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 CEO of open source consultancy Meshed Insights and president of the Open Source Initiative.

Little Suse wakes up, Linux shakes up

Suse jumps into software-defined storage

As its steady post-Novell recovery continues, Suse moves into enterprise software-defined storage

Twitter emoji: 5 lessons for effective open source

Twitter emoji: 5 lessons for effective open source

An emoji library may seem an unlikely source of best practices for open source. But Twitter's careful work provides an excellent guide

Microsoft must finish the job of opening .Net

Microsoft must finish the job of opening .Net

Microsoft's open developer strategy is amazing and welcome news. But the company must still bite the bullet and make peace with open source

Why all software needs a license

All software developers should add a copyright license. Why? Because open source licensing is all about granting permission in advance

Joyent open-sources its core technology

Joyent open-sources its core technology

Cloud pioneer Joyent throws down the gauntlet to the bloated world of OpenStack with fresh open source releases

Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source

Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source

Like an abusive partner, Microsoft says it 'loves' Linux -- when what it means is that it desperately needs Linux

Patent trolls have one fewer legal loophole to hide behind

Patent trolls have one fewer legal loophole to hide behind

With one subtle stroke, the Judicial Conference of the United States retires an old rule -- and denies patent trolls a major weapon

What Google's petition to the Supreme Court really means

What Google's petition to the Supreme Court really means

Following the reversal of its historic win against Oracle over the copyrightability of APIs, Google has asked the Supreme Court to intervene

As patent trolls fade, a group formed to combat them thrives

As patent trolls fade, a group formed to combat them thrives

The Open Invention Network grows dramatically despite a Supreme Court decision that dealt patent trolls a mortal blow

LibreOffice's superlow defect rate puts proprietary software to shame

LibreOffice's superlow defect rate puts proprietary software to shame

LibreOffice code is among the cleanest you'll find, with one-tenth the defect density of the average proprietary code base for similar-scale apps

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

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