WorldWatch Week in Review

A look at worldwide OSS news for the week of October 4 - 10.

This week in WorldWatch.LinuxGazette, the most popular article was (surprise!) about SCO. My personal favorite was Maureen O'Sullivan's thesis on Linux and the Commons. We also received some more great reasons to switch to Linux from the Microsoft Corporation. Another article covered some writings and presentations from Benjamin (Mako) Hill, who sounds like another Linux/FLOSS advocate worth listening to.

The things that happened this week that are not amusing are twofold: first, the UN reversed its decision on FLOSS. As Maureen O'Sullivan and many others have noted, it seems necessary that at some point there should be specific recognition that some things may not be patented. This UN resolution had seemed to be a good step in that direction. Second, I've been to the airport three times to get my promised ISDN terminator box, and it still hasn't shown up. Because it's the rainy season here in Costa Rica, the line speeds are down to about 9600 baud. That would've been great in 1979, but in 2003 it's a major irritation. Maybe this week....

Willy Smith is Editor in Chief of WorldWatch.



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