Simon Phipps

Columnist

Open Sources blogger 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. He worked with OSI standards in the 1980s, on the first commercial collaborative conferencing software in the 1990s, and helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM. He was a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance. Today he's an independent open source consultant and president of the Open Source Initiative.

LibreOffice's superlow defect rate puts proprietary software to shame

Alice is killing the trolls -- but expect patent lawyers to strike back

Alice is killing the trolls -- but expect patent lawyers to strike back

The wheels of justice spin slowly, but they seem finally to be running software patents out of town

No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack

No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack

CloudStack's lifeblood is its user community, so the Citrix shakeup is much ado about nothing

LibreOffice cash-for-code strategy tests open source ethic

In an unusual, controversial move, the Document Foundation is taking bids for paid development of LibreOffice for Android

Nude photos, phone records, NSA data offer essential lessons for admins

Whether via Apple's iCloud, the DEA, or the NSA, data is leaking everywhere -- can anyone avoid exposure?

Linux Foundation's certification sets new benchmark for admins

Do open source projects need formal certification? Two notable open source foundations think they do

Walmart's investment in open source isn't cheap

While proprietary vendors want us to focus on price, innovators focus on the flexibility and business value of open source

SAP embraces opens source -- sort of

Years of slow change are finally leading to new openness at SAP, at least in connection with SAP HANA

This is the golden age of open source

We're in the golden age of open source, not a 'post-open source' society. More than ever, we must take its definition seriously

Are open source foundations nonprofits? The IRS says no

OpenStack and Yorba are denied nonprofit status. Does this challenge the role of foundations -- or signal open source's maturity?

Facebook's big problem: Ethical blindness

Conducting psychology experiments on users without their knowledge isn't a matter of terms of use, privacy, or security -- it's a question of decency and ethics

Governance for the GitHub generation

As more projects drop contributor license agreements, permissionless governance gains support. Here's what that means

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