Open Source / GPL

Curtin undergrad wins open source contest

Curtin University of Technology Sarawak undergraduate Lai Chiong Ching emerged winner of the Sarawak open source competition with his entry File Injection and Retrieval Application Version 2 (FIRA2).

He described FIRA2 as an encryption application which compresses and hides text messages inside bitmap image files.

Open source advocates step up government lobby efforts

A Canadian open source group focused on the public sector is bypassing this week's GTEC conference in favour of a direct marketing approach to members of parliament.

Getting Open Source Logic Into Government (GOSLING) recently distributed a package containing two CDs with open source software and a backgrounder on Canadian use of the technology to the offices of 308 MPs. The campaign is part of an effort to educate the Harper government on the benefits of what GOSLING members refer to as free/libre open source software, or FLOSS.

Merging corporations with co-ops and open source

Greg Dean, a communications student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, has a new twist on open source business models. For more than a year, Dean has been working with his friends Devon Girard and Charles Latimer, as well as an unnamed lawyer, to find a way to merge the concepts of a co-operative with that of a corporation to create an open source company that he currently calls the Information and Communications Technology/ Open Source Co-op (ICT/OS). Recently, he spoke to the Vancouver PHP Users' Group about the structure that he is starting to implement.

OSGeo Selects Tyler Mitchell, Open Source Advocate, as Executive Director

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, today announced that Tyler Mitchell has been hired as its new executive director. Mitchell-who has a decade of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience as an Analyst, Manager, open source advocate and author-will be responsible for the Foundation's day-to-day operations, supporting development and promotion.

Open-Source Version of MSDN Launched

The Free Standards Group (FSG), the organization behind the Linux Standard Base, this week launched what it hopes will become an open-source answer to the Microsoft Developer Network, giving programmers a single resource for building and testing LSB-compliant applications.

When is Asia ready for major open source conferences

My friend Bjorn Stabbel posed some interesting questions about the lack of enthusiasm for open source in China. Bjorn is an owner in a software development company, Exoweb, that specializes in content Management systems using Python and Plone development.

Funambol Announces Phone Sniper Community Program

Funambol Launches Industry’s First Open Source Community-Based Phone Certification Program to Accelerate Mass Adoption of Mobile Services.

Tens of Thousands of Funambol Community Members in 212 Countries Get Paid and Recognized for Certifying Wireless Devices.

Leaked letter warns of open source 'threat to eco-system'

A leaked letter to the European Commission has revealed the extent of lobbying by proprietary software groups to prevent the widespread adoption of open-source software.