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More 2005 Reviews

Dec 22, 2005, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])

SearchOpenSource: The Open Source Year in Review

[ Thanks to Jane Walker for this link. ]

"Analysts and users alike saw victories for open source software (OSS) in 2005 in the areas of personal productivity applications, customer relationship management (CRM) and databases, where open source vendors such as MySQL gained some ground on proprietary stalwarts like Oracle Corp.

"But even as the open source movement gained momentum in 2005, other events--like the political brouhaha over OpenDocument in Massachusetts and SuSE provider Novell Inc.'s well publicized personnel cuts--were less encouraging to the open source community..."

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vnunet: 2005 Review of the Year: Open Source

"The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) opened the Patents Commons Reference Library in November, providing an overview of patents that have been pledged towards open source. OSDL's chief was quoted as saying that the open source patent was hereby diffused.

"During the past year corporate Linux supporters from IBM to Philips have scrambled to support Linux, pledging that they will not enforce their patents against the open source operating system and, in some cases, to open source in general..."

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