Three organizations are teaming up to offer what they claim is the first open-source compliance insurance policy to provide coverage for companies around the world that are using open-source software in their businesses or within their own operations. The three organizations are risk mitigation consultancy Open Source Risk Management Inc. (OSRM), a Lloyd's of London underwriter Kiln PLC and a Lloyd's broker Miller Insurance Services Ltd.
The stage is set for some fireworks on the last day of the JavaOne show next week, where Sun Microsystems Inc. has assembled a panel to debate the thorny issue of whether it should release its Java technology under an open source license.
Not only is it now easier to track development of the Linux kernel, but Linux contributors will now also receive more credit for their input, the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) announced on Monday.
ObjectWeb and the Apache Software Foundation, which each develop an open-source Java application server, have reached a technology sharing agreement designed to accelerate certification of their products under Sun Microsystems Inc.'s latest J2EE standard.