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Lawrence Ricci March 2010 Entries
Sony steps back from Linux?
In Cnet today I saw something interesting: According to Sony, it plans to release PlayStation 3 firmware version 3.21 on Thursday to achieve one goal: eliminate the "Other OS" option currently available in all pre-Slim models of the video game console. The feature allowed PS3 owners to install an operating system--in almost every case, Linux--onto the PlayStation 3. No surprise. l Sony is a company heavily invested with legacy IP (games, all that music and Blueray). They know that content can be ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:28 PM

Types of Open

Good post here from Bill Anderson

Posted On Sunday, March 21, 2010 7:27 PM

Are Google Maps Open?
Right now they are ‘free’ but it is clear what the path forward is: 4.3 Advertising. The Service currently does not include advertising in the maps images. However, Google reserves the right to include advertising in the maps images provided to you through the Service, but will provide you with ninety (90) days notice prior to the commencement of advertising in the maps images. Such notice may be provided on relevant Google websites, including but not limited to the Google Geo Developers Blog and ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2010 6:58 AM

Is Java Open?
One way to answer- “which one” Brew, IBM, Nokia, Android? Well lets look at the real deal- Sun Java. How will this work for embedded devices: DEFINITIONS…. The use of Software in systems and solutions that provide dedicated functionality … or designed for use in embedded or function-specific software applications, for example but not limited to: Software embedded in or bundled with industrial control systems, wireless mobile telephones, wireless handheld devices, netbooks, kiosks, TV/STB, Blu-ray ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2010 10:08 PM

What is "Open" anyway?
This terms is often used with many meanings. For example, some people consider Flash 'open' and 'multi-platform' . But Flash is a product of Adobe systems, locked down, copy protected and distribution restricted. And versions for other than standard PC, home use, may carry licence fees. Check it out: 3.1 Adobe Runtime Restrictions. You will not use any Adobe Runtime on any non-PC device or with any embedded or device version of any operating system. For the avoidance of doubt, and by example only, ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2010 4:38 PM

GPL the Dark Side
This blog is about the GPL Issues nobody talks about. Its about the evil inherent in the GPL License. Evil? But did not someone tell us that "open" is good? Well, yes, and I might agree. It just depends on what we mean by 'open'. There are many kinds of 'open' license, and many of these I like. But I maintain the GPL; the principle license of the Open Source Software Foundation, is most certainly NOT open for business. And to the extent that software is conceived, developed, and maintained business, ......

Posted On Thursday, March 4, 2010 4:37 PM

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