Articles, stories and opinion pieces on open source that do not necessarily reflect the official position of the NZOSS.

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Old lawsuits never die.

I truly thought this old SCO lawsuit had been killed off, dead and buried, never to see the light of day again but no... It has risen again. ArsTechnica has the details here for those of you interested enough in reading it... Short form: nothing new and will fail again. Most likely an attempt by the venture capitalists at the helm to make a quick buck, which was the original SCO strategy as well... didn't work then. Won't work now.

More thoughts on keeping Open Source Open

The announcement a few weeks ago about the Elastic/Kibana license change to the SSPL has caused a bit of concern in the community, as such changes do. One response that popped up was from Matt Yonkovit over at Percona who outlines why he thinks open is better. Percona themselves seem to be doing nicely as a database service organisation supporting both open and sspl databases. As Matt says, it's hard but still worth it. 

Empty threats

So Google is having a bit of a fit about a proposed Australian law that would force it to pay journalists for content that it uses to attract people to its website and 'threatens' to disable search in Australia if the law is enacted. Here's a news flash, Google is not the only search engine on the market so good luck with that one lads.

Psst... Wanna buy a watch?

The term 'globalisation' may have become a euphemism for exploitation of foreign workers at the expense of your own labour force in some ways but once each country gets past that initial colonisation phase and starts developing their own markets you get to see some interesting technologies... in this case open source smartwatches. For those of you with a development bent there is the PineTime SmartWatch dev kit or if you want a ready to wear product you can get a P8 SmartWatch or go in with some friends and/or family members and get a three pack PineTime...

Ba-Dum Tish

Drum roll please... Continuing on the theme of being asked to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain we have an open source view of the SolarWinds debacle... Yes, the one that appears to have allowed 'state operatives' access to a significant part of the US Government's infrastructure as well as affecting other Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft... you know, the US company that NZ Govt agencies spend so many of our tax dollars on in spite of there being viable alternatives here in New Zealand.

Security Theatre

I've long been a fan of Sun Tzu because I believe that knowing how an opponent thinks is crucial to knowing how to deal with them. I've also held the view that a significant part of the security industry that exists today does so solely because of the actions of a single company. The prevailing view in the IT industry has been get to market first at all costs and the ongoing effect of this is that anything that is seen as slowing down the delivery of the next MVP is a problem... so the first things to go in time critical projects are security and testing. Our target market becomes our test bed whether they like it or not.