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Date: 2005-12-21 12:28:41
ASK-OSS December 2005 Newsletter
ASK-OSS Project Launched
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Australian Service for Knowledge of Open Source Software (ASK-OSS) project. ASK-OSS provides a national focal point for advice, management, governance, storage and dissemination of open source software (OSS) for research and higher education. ASK-OSS provides unbiased, pragmatic guidance on: selection of appropriate OSS for research; choosing appropriate OSS licenses; management/governance for OSS development; and storage and community development of OSS.
December saw a few Australian Open Source events, including the Open Source Developers Conference (http://www.osdc.com.au/), and many Open Source parties in the lead up to the summer break. January brings one of the best technical Open Source conferences in the world, linux.conf.au (http://linux.conf.au) in Dunedin NZ.
New Information Available
This newsletter will provide regular updates about ASK-OSS. The project website (available from January onwards) will be the central information source for ASK-OSS, and new website items will form the basis of this monthly newsletter.
Every month we have an opinion piece tackling opportunities and challenges we all face in the wide world of Open Source. This month we will talk briefly about the up and coming GPL3.
The GNU GPL (General Public Licence) is the world’s most widely used open source software licence. It was drafted in 1991, is used in tens of thousands of software projects, and is one of the primary reasons for the success of GNU/Linux and Open Source. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is drafting the 3rd version of this licence and there are according to Richard Stallman two main objectives:
See below for some links about progress to date:
In each newsletter we’ll mention a useful book about Open Source issues. For those with an interest in the details of Open Source licenses, this month we recommend reading "Open Source Licensing" by Lawrence Rosen. An excellent book review is available on the Amazon website when you search for the book and the book receives 4.5 stars out of 5. The book provides a comprehensive review about Open Source licences and their implications to your organisation.
Case Study of the Month
This month’s case study of the month is MAMS, the Meta Access Management System project at Macquarie University, funded in the FRODO (http://www.dest.gov.au/Ministers/Media/McGauran/2003/10/mcg002221003.asp) round of SII projects from DEST under Backing Australia’s Ability. MAMS is an identity and access management project for higher education, particularly for inter-institutional single-sign-on. The Full case study is below however future newsletters will reference case studies on the ASK-OSS website.
MAMS is an identity and access management application for higher education particularly for inter-institutional single-sign-on. Read on for more details.