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Glyn Moody's look at all levels of the enterprise open source stack. The blog will look at the organisations that are embracing open source, old and new alike (start-ups welcome), and the communities of users and developers that have formed around them (or not, as the case may be).

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The Cost of Open Source: the Solution?

As I wrote yesterday, we need some way to "persuade" the deep-pocketed companies free-riding on free software like OpenSSL that it is really in their interests to support it properly. I was discussing this thorny issue on Google+ with Alan...

Tags: alan cox, enisa, freeriding, heartbleed, liability, linux, open source, osi, ross anderson, simon phipps, vulnerabilities

The Cost of Open Source: the Problem

The security expert Bruce Schneier is not one much given to hyperbole. So when he writes in connection with the newly-discovered Heartbleed flaw: "Catastrophic" is the right word. On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11. Then,...

Tags: bruce schneier, bug, edward snowden, eric raymond, flaw, freeriding, heartbleed, nsa, open source, openssl

Windows XP: End of an Era, End of an Error

So we are now officially living in a post-Windows XP era: After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is...

Tags: linux, malware, microsoft, open source, uk government, windows, windows xp

Huge EU Win: Data Retention Directive Declared Invalid

This is getting worrying. Last week, we had two big wins: the European Parliament voted in favour of both net neutrality and open clinical trial data. I expected the latter, but was worried the former might be watered down. In...

Tags: data retention, ecj, edward snowden, eu, european commission, european court of justice, gchq, nsa, privacy, proportionality, rights, spying, surveillance

Microsoft: Windows Will Cause Business $500bn of Problems in 2014

Microsoft has been quite quiet on the research front recently - well, actually, it's been quiet on pretty much all fronts recently, as it continues to grapple with its loss of power and influence. But it has broken radio silence...

Tags: adware, costs, criminals, ecosystem, free software, malware, microsoft, open source, p2p, rootkits, security, study, trojans, viruses, windows, worms

Arduino: Open Hardware at 10

Something strange is happening in the world of openness: projects are celebrating anniversaries. And not just any anniversary, but ones that remind us that free software and associated open projects have been around for decades now - more than three...

Tags: arduino, gnu, linux, microcontroller, open hardware, open source

Big EU Votes on Net Neutrality and Clinical Trials Data

Like me, you are probably getting slightly tired of the net neutrality saga in Europe. It has dragged on for years now, and it's tempting just to throw up your hands and move on to something else. But boring as...

Tags: clinical trials, european parliament, marco civil, meps, net neutrality, open data, specialised services

TTIP Update XXI

In Update XX, I noted that despite the European Commission's claims to the contrary, there was simply no evidence of any meaningful transparency in TTIP. However, that changed today, when the Commission announced its consultation on investor-state dispute settlement. That's...

Tags: canada, coffee, european commission, gdp, isds, nafta, tafta, ttip

What's Up with Apache Web Server?

For most of free software's history, two projects have stood out: GNU/Linux and and the Apache Web server. Indeed, as far back as 2000, when I wrote Rebel Code, it was clear that Apache had already done something rather special:...

Tags: apache, chrome, firefox, iis, microsoft, netcraft, nginx, open source, rebel code, web server

TTIP Update XX

At this stage of the TAFTA/TTIP negotiations it's clear that there are two main areas of controversy: investor-state dispute settlement, and transparency. I've discussed ISDS extensively in the previous updates, so here I'd like to look more closely at transparency...

Tags: civil society, consultations, eu, european commission, investor-state disputes, isds, ngos, openness, tafta, transparency, ttip, us