As 2007 draws to a close, three emerging trends are gaining momentum. The first is that companies are releasing formerly proprietary code under an open source license. The second is that open source companies are being acquired or are issuing public offerings. The third trend is that very large number of citizens increasingly uses the Internet to oppose politicians and law makers who threaten, sometimes unwittingly, the fundamental principles of open source development.

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As 2007 draws to a close, three emerging trends are gaining momentum. The first is that companies are releasing formerly proprietary code under an open source license. The second is that open source companies are being acquired or are issuing public offerings. The third trend is that very large number of citizens increasingly uses the Internet to oppose politicians and law makers who threaten, sometimes unwittingly, the fundamental principles of open source development.

These three trends tie into this month's editorial theme: Clean intellectual property or clean IP. In a nutshell, clean IP is about reducing license incompatibilities and non-compliance with licensing terms. Clean IP significantly affects the value of the code released as open source and the value of a company that develops and markets software.
 

"OERs will really start to succeed when they can augment our experience of the learning space that is the entire internet, instead of sitting off to the side and requiring learners to self-identify that they want an OER."

Scott Leslie, researcher

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"Finding and fixing a software problem after delivery is often 100 times more expensive than finding and fixing it during the requirements and design phase."

Software Defect Reduction Top-10 List

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"For years the software industry has largely competed on the basis of symmetry: Oracle versus IBM in databases; BEA versus IBM in application servers; etc. Feature wars, price wars, but not true competition wars. That is, competing by playing a different game, with different rules. Open source enables an alternative battleground upon which to compete, with community, code, and culture the new competitive tools."

Matt Asay, VP Business Development at Alfresco

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"The primary hurdles to increasing adoption of F/LOSS software in the sector are missing applications, lack of information about support options, lack of training and familiarity of nonprofit staff on F/LOSS applications, and, finally, perception... There is still the perception that F/LOSS is harder to support, or that it's not possible to find support for F/LOSS."

NOSI Primer

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"...the use of FOSS does not pose risks that are fundamentally different from the risks presented by the use of proprietary or self-developed software. However, the acquisition and use of FOSS necessitates implementation of unique risk management practices."

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council

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"Open source has revolutionized the IT industry, both from the vendor perspective and the user perspective. What that means is that a lot of the assumptions that IT has about the way to do projects and work with vendors really need to be reexamined...How do you find the things you traditionally got from vendors in what I call this "unbundled" world?"

Bernard Golden, CEO of Navica

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What is your first thought when you encounter the term "open source support"? A programmer typing the answer to a question using a chat utility? Hours spent scouring the Internet for a working configuration sample? Contacting a support engineer at a commercial call centre? If you find it difficult to think about a support engineer, you're not alone.

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The editorial theme of this month's OSBR is Support.

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