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Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer After Google ‘s $10 million Friday acquisition of Applejet, Aaron Iba, AppJet’s CEO has announced that their service would reopen to the public as opensource. Applejet is the developer of EtherPad , a document collaboration service like Google Docs with some enhanced features notably one that displays document updates to all users in real time. With the MIT-led EtherPad team working side by side with the Google Wave development group, Wave is better poised to become a much improved office suite version of Google docs. Etherpad’s users who were not looking forward to the anticipated shutting down of their service on 31 March as was initially announced are relieved to know that that they will be able to continue usage until the code is released. AppJet has given users a clear roadmap to the shutdown. The service is now closed to new ... (more)

Mozilla Thunderbird Connector for Open-Xchange Now Available

Open-Xchange, which provides business-class open source collaboration software, has introduced a free connector for Mozilla Thunderbird, the cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The "Community OXtender for Thunderbird" software connector gives users full access to appointments and contacts stored in the Open-Xchange Server and enables them to use Thunderbird as a rich PIM (Personal Information Management) client to access data online and offline. The software packages and documentation are available at (more)

Open Source Playing Key Role in Cloud Adoption

A report by Black Duck Software, provider of products and services for aiding software development through managed use of open source, says that open source projects are helping in the adoption of cloud computing. According to the press release, cloud computing frameworks and platforms designed to support integration with cloud services, scalability in private and public clouds, and manage and store cloud data are growing rapidly and include well-known open source projects such as Hadoop, Eucalyptus, Hyperic, deltaCloud, OpenStack and OpenECP. The research based on the analysis ... (more)

Microsoft Revamps Controversial Windows 7USB/DVD Tool

Microsoft Developer Microsoft has redone the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool that it pulled down sometime back after it was widely discussed that the tool contained code which violated the GNU General Public License. The source code in question came from ImageMaster, a tool that is used for reading and writing disk images. Microsoft called the violation an unintentional mistake, and took full responsibility for the infringement even though the code had been supplied by a third party. Now Microsoft has finally released the tool again under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv... (more)

Open Source Group Files Lawsuit Against Samsung, BestBuy and Others

Software Freedom Law Center(SFLC), a non-profit law firm established in 2005 to provide pro-bono legal services to FOSS developers, has filed a lawsuit against Best Buy, Samsung, Westinghouse, JVC and 10 other consumer electronics companies. The SFLC acted on behalf of Software Freedom Conservancy which claims that the defendants sold products containing its BusyBox application in violation of the terms of the software's license, the GNU General Public License version 2. BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. It is a compon... (more)