- RedHat e FSF contra as patentes de software
- London Stock Exchange troca microsoft por GNU/Linux
- Red Hat afirma que detém cerca de 75% do mercado pago de GNU/Linux
- Mark Shuttleworth o manda chuva da Canonical/*buntu fala sobre clouds abertas
- Google pede à microsoft que suporte o padrão da W3C para gráficos vectoriais, o SVG
- IE, Chrome, Safari enganados por falso certificado do paypal, tudo graças a um buraco da CryptoAPI da microsoft
- Tribunal confirma que ao comprar-mos software, este é nosso e podemos como tal, revendê-lo
I have exciting news for you. Red Hat has just filed its brief [PDF] in Bilski, and it’s saying things you certainly have been hoping someone would express to the Supreme Court. For one thing, they explain the tech, how programs are algorithms, and thus they should not be patentable. The brief asks the Supreme Court to adopt the lower court’s machine-or-transformation test, but also — yay! — to exclude software from patentability!
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Friday, October 2, 2009 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today submitted an amicus curiae brief calling on the Supreme Court to affirm that software ideas are not patentable. After outlining the positive impact that the free software movement and the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) have had on computer use, the brief explains how software patents are an obstacle and a danger to software developers.
FSF founder Richard Stallman and the free software movement have been campaigning worldwide against software patents since the late 1980s, but the effort in the United States is coming to a head with the Supreme Court now reviewing patentable scope for the first time since 1981’s Diamond v. Diehr case.
According to Red Hat Executive Vice President Paul Cormier, Red Hat now represents 75 percent of the paid Linux market, easily beating out other players in the sector such as Novell’s SUSE Linux and Canonical’s Ubuntu.
“This summer, the London Stock Exchange decided to move away from its Microsoft .Net-based trading platform, TradElect. Instead, they’ll be using the GNU/Linux-based MillenniumIT system. The switch is a pretty savage indictment of the costs of a complex .Net system. The GNU/Linux-based software is also faster, and offers several other major benefits. The details provide some fascinating insights into the world of very high performance — and very expensive — enterprise systems. … [R]ather than being just any old deal that Microsoft happened to lose, this really is something of a total rout, and in an extremely demanding and high-profile sector. Enterprise wins for GNU/Linux don’t come much better than this.”
Shuttleworth told delegates at a BT open-source event on Monday that to emerge as a leader among the alternatives now on offer, a cloud platform must have open-source implementations. He gave the example of the Eucalyptus implementation of EC2, which the Canonical-sponsored Ubuntu Linux distribution has adopted for private and public cloud use.
SVG is a World Wide Web Consortium specification for high-quality, interactive graphics on the web using XML. Other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Opera support it, said Brad Neuberg, a developer advocate at Google and a member of the Open Web Advocacy group. “I think SVG has a really special history,” he said at the SVG Open 2009 conference at Google headquarters. “I’m just blown away by the kind of level of passion and the level of commitment.”
The certificate exploits a security hole in a Microsoft application programming interface known as the CryptoAPI, which is used by the IE, Google Chrome and Apple Safari for Windows browsers to parse a website’s SSL certificates. Even though the certificate is demonstrably forged, it can be used with a previously available hacking tool called SSLSniff to cause all three browsers to display a spoofed page with no warnings, even when its address begins with “https.”
Excellent news. In the ongoing case involving Autodesk and a guy, Timothy Vernor, who was trying to sell legally acquired used versions of AutoCAD on eBay, the district court judge has ruled that Autodesk has no right to restrict the sales of its used software. This wasn’t a huge surprise, as the court indicated as much last year, when it refused to grant Autodesk’s motion to dismiss the case. But this is an important ruling for a variety of reasons. Beyond just reiterating the well-established right of first sale on software, it also helps clarify that when you by a piece of software, you own it, rather than just license it.
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