By nature of our interests and where open source commonly intersects the law, we post a lot about patents in the Law channel on opensource.com. And it's been an interesting year for patents. In May, a verdict was delivered in favor of Red Hat and Novell in an infringement case based on bad software... Read more
20th century companies defined success by their hard assets. In contrast, 21st century businesses are based around information and ideas. In this video, Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat, explores how we add value in today's contemporary business, and, by extension, as a society.
A big part of my day job is to help organizations with their brand positioning and strategy (I also write about brand strategy quite a bit over here). So when I read the article in the New York Times this past Sunday about TEDx, the relatively new (and incredibly popular) offshoot of the... Read more
On occasion I get the opportunity to speak publicly about some of the things I've learned over the years applying the open source way in organizations.
Daniel Pink published an interesting piece over the weekend in The Telegraph about Netflix's innovative corporate policy of not having a vacation policy.
Five experienced technology journalists gathered to a standing-room only audience at LinuxCon Tuesday to discuss "Hype vs. Reality: Today's Linux Story from the Media's Perspective," moderated by Jennifer Cloer of the Linux Foundation. The panel consisted of:
When I hear people talk about how awesome their organizational culture is, I often find myself wondering what sort of “great” culture it is. For me, great cultures fall into two categories: entitlement and mission-driven. Those “best places to work” lists don't usually make a distinction, but I do... Read more
Red Hat and Novell stood up to a patent bully and got a favorable jury verdict in the IPI trial which invalidated some software patents that should never have been issued. It's hard to see how that's not a good thing for open source. It's also good that the particular battle has inspired discussion... Read more
Open source is an interesting thing to say the least. In fact, that's quite an understatement. Allow me to explain:
It's Spring 2003. I'm the Red Hat general counsel. Total Red Hat revenues the prior year were less than $100 million. Red Hat's loss on continuing operations was $17 million. Only the year before did Red Hat launch its Advanced Server offering, the predecessor to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. SCO... Read more