Simon Phipps

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Simon Phipps is a well-known and respected leader in the free software community, having been involved at a strategic level in some of the world's leading technology companies and open source communities. He worked with open standards in the 1980s, on the first commercial collaborative conferencing software in the 1990s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM and as head of open source at Sun Microsystems opened their whole software portfolio including Java. Today he's managing director of Meshed Insights Ltd and a director of the Open Source Initiative and The Document Foundation. All opinions expressed are his own.

VCs who miss the point of open source shouldn't fund it

Red Hat and Microsoft cozy up in the Azure cloud

Red Hat and Microsoft cozy up in the Azure cloud

Red Hat and Microsoft have overcome their differences enough to offer RHEL on Azure, with all the trappings to make hybrid solutions work

Sad day for developers: SCOTUS denies Google's appeal on APIs

Sad day for developers: SCOTUS denies Google's appeal on APIs

Supreme Court's decision is bad news for developers targeting the U.S. market, who will now have to avoid any API not explicitly licensed as open

LibreOffice debuts in the Mac App Store

LibreOffice debuts in the Mac App Store

Getting an open source project into the storefront of Apple's walled garden is tough. But LibreOffice has done it, thanks to hard work from community member Collabora

Questions loom over 'open source' Swift

Questions loom over 'open source' Swift

Apple says it will open-source the Swift language, but the issue of software freedom lingers

SourceForge commits reputational suicide

SourceForge commits reputational suicide

Despite seeming reformed last year, download hosting site SourceForge has been caught red-handed abusing the reputations of open source projects

Oracle v. Google: We're not screwed yet

Oracle v. Google: We're not screwed yet

Superficially, the Solicitor General's advice to SCOTUS to find against Google and reject its appeal looks like bad news. But there are some substantial straws to grasp

Google stomps on scammers -- and helps open source

Google stomps on scammers -- and helps open source

A recent rules change to Google Adwords may make it easier for open source projects to protect their good reputation

The rise and rise of open source

The rise and rise of open source

The annual Future of Open Source survey confirms what we all suspected: Open source has won

Open source patent protection extended to popular software

Open source patent protection extended to popular software

Docker, Puppet, LibreOffice, and the Go language are the latest additions to the Open Invention Network's extensive patent nonaggression umbrella

Facebook gives in on patent grant

Facebook gives in on patent grant

After widespread criticism of the extremity of the termination language in its patent grant, Facebook has given in to the pressure and removed the worst excesses

Open source is better off without FoundationDB

Open source is better off without FoundationDB

When FoundationDB mysteriously folded, some people thought it was an indictment of open source. On the contrary, the episode shows why open source is needed

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