Today in ComputerWorld there is a story about the Government being wary about Trusted Computing and DRM protections such as those introduced in Microsoft Vista. At the same time the Government is in the process of drafting and passing legislation in the copyright ammendment bill which will legally protect DRM implementations from reverse engineering that would enable evaluation of security threats for everyone else.
Microsofts long expected patent offensive against free software has finally begun with a statement published in CNN Money claiming that Free Software infringes 235 Microsoft patents. Unlike previous articles which were not specific there are actual numbers on the number of patents that Microsoft are claiming are infringed by Open Source Software.
Today ComputerWorld covered our submission to the Commerce Committee regarding the protections for technical protection measures. A substantial part of our document consisted of arguments made previously by the Ministry of Economic Development and by numerous submissions to the discussion documents previously published.
The New Zealand Herald reports on how Linux is becoming a real competitor to Windows on the desktop. Peter Griffin reports that "It's taking a long time, but with each new generation of the Linux computer operating system, open source software takes a step towards being a viable alternative for consumers to Microsoft's Windows."
Last Thursday the New Zealand Open Source Society presented its point of view on Technical Protection Measure legislation being introduced in the Copyright Ammendment Bill currently under consideration. The NZOSS is asking for the entire TPM section to be removed.
Silverstripe, a company who recently released a open source CMS system, has been asked by TVNZ's Closeup program to explain how they can make a real business around open source. This is an opportunity for the New Zealand Open Source community to get the message out to the broader community.
ComputerWorld claimed this week that SAFI Technologies would be cleansing the island of Niue of open source. Those claims have however been discredited by Tim Johnson, Managing Director of SAFI Technologies.
Open source is undermining shrink wrap software and fundimentally changing the software industry claims Ray Lane, a managing partner in Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The software market is in transition from high profit margins of 70% or more to margins more in line with the hardware market at 20%.
While Microsoft have been successfull at selling software at high margins the entire industry is now experiencing a contraction due to the availability of quality open source solutions which can be used with minimal technical experience.
Lots of coverage of of a large US software company and their $3 software offer. One angle from the BBC Microsoft aims to double PC base and a slightly more cynical view from The Register Microsoft debuts Windows for the Poor. I'll leave you to pick your preference but I will elaborate on a post I made to one of those sites.
I do a bit of work amongst low decile education institutes here in NZ in the technology adaptation area, mainly kindergartens and childcare centres. During the training sessions they would rant a bit about how the NZ govt. deal with Microsoft didn't cover Early Childhood Education and how unfair it was as they had to fork out around $300 to get an academic use copy.
SilverStripe, the company that developed the open source SilverStripe Customer Management System, has been given $50,000 from Google to mentor ten students. The software projects the students will be working on are aimed at making web sites easier to create and maintain. The projects will become part of the standard distribution of the SilverStripe CMS distribution.