On September 2, the comment and voting period will close on ISO/IEC DIS 29500, the draft specification based upon Microsoft’s Office Open XML formats (OOXML). The Linux Foundation (LF) has received questions from outside its membership regarding its position on adoption of OOXML in its current form as a global standard. In sum, the Linux Foundation calls upon those National Bodies that have not yet cast their votes to vote “No, with comments.”
When I talk to family and friends outside of the technology business about what I do, I often get reactions like this, “I’ve never seen or used Linux. It’s just used by technology geeks, right?” My reply? “I’ll bet you a thousand dollars you’ve used Linux. You just haven’t realized it.” I then ask them the following:
One of our successful programs here at the Linux Foundation is also one of the least well known — at least in the United States. Three times a year, the Linux Foundation Japan office brings in leading Linux luminaries to present and interact with local senior software developers. The goal? To increase open source participation by talented Japanese developers. The result? Even though it’s not an exact science, accepted patches from Japanese developers have been rising over the last years.
Dan Frye, IBM’s VP of open systems development and an LF board member, suggested at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit that the Linux community should “just chill about v2 and v3.” We agree.
While at first look, having software available under different licenses may sound complicated, it’s actually not much different than the multitude of licenses that have always been available in both the open and closed source worlds. GPLv3 represents one more.
WHAT a difference 16 years makes. Last month, the technology world was abuzz over an interview in Fortune magazine in which Bradford Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, accused users and developers of various free software products of patent infringement and demanded royalties. Indeed, in recent years, Mr. Smith has argued that patents are essential to technological breakthroughs in software.
The first ever Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit ended on Friday. I spent today de-compressing and summing up the highlights and accomplishments in a news release that will go out tomorrow. By my estimation (and most I’ve talked to), the LF Collaboration Summit was a great success.
Here’s the formula I used to make this determination:
The right people + collaborating on the right projects +having a great time = success.
So I think you can all imagine that I don’t have much time for blogging, given the time requirements that organizing the LF Summit require. But I just wanted to say that so far this inagural meeting has been AMAZING.
I’ve been working with open source companies for about six years now, and very closely with Linux for the past four, and I have never see such a diverse and accomplished group of people gathered together. At the summit, we have (in the words of one very well known journalist I won’t name)
It’s been a hard week. First Bill Hilf, open source program manager at Microsoft (talk about a tough job), tells the world that “Linux doesn’t exist in 2007″ and that Linus has a job. (For the Linux Foundation no less. Can’t believe we didn’t keep that a secret.)