Simon Phipps

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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, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM and as head of open source at Sun Microsystems, opening their whole software portfolio. Today he's director of the open source practice at Wipro Technologies and president of the Open Source Initiative. All opinions expressed are his own.

4 keys to success for LibreOffice as a service

VMware heads to court over GPL violations

VMware heads to court over GPL violations

The Software Freedom Conservancy alleges VMware is using GPL-licensed code in its proprietary products. VMware disagrees. It's time for a judge to decide

Open source jobs: It's a seller's market

Open source jobs: It's a seller's market

This week's survey from the Linux Foundation confirms that open source skills are in high demand

Lenovo: 'We were as surprised as you'

Lenovo: 'We were as surprised as you'

In an exclusive interview, Lenovo's Mark Cohen explains how the Superfish debacle went down. Is this the beginning of the end of shoddy software bundling practices?

Untangling the intense politics behind Node.js

Untangling the intense politics behind Node.js

Node.js needs the stability of a foundation to shepherd it. But is the one Joyent and others propose the right answer?

Is Pivotal's Cloud Foundry open enough?

Is Pivotal's Cloud Foundry open enough?

A year ago, Pivotal announced its intent to set up a foundation for the open source Cloud Foundry project, but issues lurk in the bylaws and ownership of the name

Paid development pays off for LibreOffice for Android

The Document Foundation's gamble delivers rewards with live demos at FOSDEM that show off the latest features in LibreOffice for Android

7 questions to ask any open source project

7 questions to ask any open source project

Do you truly have permission granted in advance to benefit from and innovate upon an open source project? These questions will help you find out

Every geek is Charlie

Every geek is Charlie

Internet and technology professionals must speak up and play a key role in shaping the response to the murders in Paris

Confessions of an open source purist

Confessions of an open source purist

When picking a PC, we face a three-way choice: High maintenance, out-of-the-box utility, and software freedom. Choose any two

Geeks give back: Be an open source tester

Geeks give back: Be an open source tester

Open source developers are hard-working people who don't need to hear misdirected complaints. Want an open source project to be the best it can be? Volunteer your time and become a tester

Microsoft vs. DoJ: The battle for privacy in the cloud

Microsoft vs. DoJ: The battle for privacy in the cloud

Is a U.S. warrant enough to force an American company to breach privacy laws abroad? Microsoft with the support of friends and foes alike, says no

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