Quoted – FOSS Devs’ Biggest Complaints: Documentation and Licensing – Linux Insider

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FOSS Devs’ Biggest Complaints: Documentation and Licensing

“What makes open source so good is often what makes it undesirable,” suggested Scott Testa, director of Entrepreneur and Business Boot Camp at Villanova University. “If you are a big corporation, you want to adhere to the license, but in some cases the legal issues are not clear. If you are a programmer, you just want to get the code writing job done.”

“What makes open source so good is often what makes it undesirable,” Scott Testa, director of Entrepreneur and Business Boot Camp at Villanova University, told LinuxInsider.

“By nature open source has poor documentation and problems trying to figure out if your intended use is legal,” Testa explained. “If you are a big corporation, you want to adhere to the license, but in some cases the legal issues are not clear. If you are a programmer, you just want to get the code writing job done.”

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Quoted – EC delays Oracle acquisition of Sun – Internet News

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Quoted – EC delays Oracle acquisition of Sun – Internet News

While a tiny portion of Sun’s business comes under European Commission scrutiny, what becomes of Sun while it waits?

Now, the problem all stems from MySQL, an open source database worth about $300 million to Sun. For a giant like Oracle, that’s a small amount, but that’s what the EC is focused on in its investigation.

Scott Testa, professor of Business Administration at Cabrini College in Philadelphia, said that this kind of scrutiny really is not warranted.

“The acquisition of MySQL makes sense on the Oracle side because they’ve been losing some business to the open source market. So I can see where the EU says ‘hey, you’re acquiring a competitor that’s making in-roads to your space, we want to look more,’ but at the end of the day, it’s such a little part of the market it doesn’t make sense,” he told InternetNews.com.

Testa believes Oracle will keep MySQL. “Even though it’s a small piece of business, I think Oracle wants that MySQL business. They don’t want to have to sell it to someone. So it’s a weird thing. I guess I feel bad for Sun but that’s technological Darwinism. They stuck to Sparc and Solaris to the end of time. I feel bad but it is what it is,” he said.

Even though Sun hardware is taking the hits, Testa thinks the biggest value is, ironically enough, in Sun’s software assets. “Honestly, the most valuable assets at Sun are Java and MySQL, plus Solaris and some consulting stuff. But the hardware business? I don’t see a lot of value in that. The software stuff is where the value is,” he noted.

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Quoted – Ecommerce Times – Wikipedia to Tinge Suspect Entries With Orange Cast

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Wikipedia wants to give users more confidence in the reliability of its information, so it has come up with a color-coding scheme that will assign an orange background to less-trustworthy information — the darker, the more suspect — and a white background to content that ranks high for accuracy. However, Wikipedia hasn’t said much about how it will arrive at its rankings.

College students rely on Wikipedia too much, said Scott Testa, a business professor at Cabrini College, the problem is not limited to that site. Rather, many younger people have developed the habit of automatically turning to the Internet to find authoritative resources.

Wikipedia is not riddled with errors, in Testa’s view: “Nine times out of 10, I would say, an entry is accurate.”

The problem is that 1 percent of errors.

“That has soured it as a source, especially for people in academia,” noted Testa.

WikiTrust will help — as will the larger push to greater transparency and credibility on the Web.

“Web 2.0 information sources, in general, are moving in this direction,” Testa observed. “It is a sign that the technology is maturing.”

sers more confidence in the reliability of its information, so it has come up with a color-coding scheme that will assign an orange background to less-trustworthy information — the darker, the more suspect — and a white background to content that ranks high for accuracy. However, Wikipedia hasn’t said much about how it will arrive at its rankings.

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OpenX Launches Online Advertising Exchange

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OpenX Technologies launches online advertising exchange

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