The year kicked off with a campaign by advocates of open source database MySQL
to keep the software open. More than 14,000 signed a petition asking the European Union to block the sale of MySQL owner Sun Microsystems Inc. to notoriously proprietary Oracle Corp. if the latter didn’t agree to spin off MySQL as another company or release past and future editions under a general public licence
Toronto District School Board teachers launched an online petition of their own in an effort to reverse a board decision to stop introducing Apple Inc.’s Macintosh computers
to Toronto classrooms for general use. TDSB general manager of IT Lee Stem argued that the move to Web –based applications was making hardware and operating systems less relevant, but trustee Michael Coteau argued the board could better spend its energy working with Apple on getting more affordable machines into students’ hands.
Though three other tech-related bills died on the order table with prime minister Stephen Harper’s proroguement of Parliament in late 2009, it was the anti-spam and anti-malware legislation
that Internet service providers mourned most.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Advance Technology Alliance called for the appointment of a cyber-security czar
, mirroring the approach of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Speaking of Microsoft challengers, Redmond was going to court to ask for a rehearing in a patent
case that awarded Toronto-based i4i Inc. $290 million
in damages and an injunction against the use of custom XML technology in Microsoft’s Office suite after a Texas jury found the company wilfully infringed i4i’s patents.