Papyrus Industry Consortium now fully formed and running!

I know I’ve blogged before about the Papyrus Industry Consortium in recent postings. But we are now staffed and up and running, as seen in the official Eclipse press release from Embedded World.

And this is not a small, developer community around Eclipse offerings. Just look at the founding members, from both user and supplier companies: AdocusAirbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, Atos, CEA ListCombitech/Saab, EclipseSourceEricsson,  Flanders makeFraunhofer Focus,OneFact, and Zeligsoft (where I currently work). There are some big names in there! And there may be more announcements coming…

I don’t want to rehash what is already stated in the press release, on the web site, or in the charter. I’ll just summarize that the Papyrus Industry Consortium is a group of users and suppliers who pool their resources to create, promote, and use open source modelling tools for systems engineering. In a way, you could say that the Papyrus Industry Consortium is “leading open source modeling for industry!”

But asides from OneFact and Zeligsoft, where are the companies from the Americas? We certainly need more representation in the open source modelling world! I know there is a lot of modelling usage in the systems space in North America, there must be some interest… Even the US DoD’s CIO stated in “Clarifying Guidance Regarding Open Source Software (OSS)“:

To effectively achieve its missions, the Department of Defense must develop and update its software-based capabilities faster than ever, to anticipate new threats and respond to continuously changing requirements. The use of Open Source Software (OSS) can provide advantages in this regard.

I know, having worked at IBM Rational, that many US DoD funded projects use modelling, could they be interested? Let us know if you are!

So for all my friends and colleagues in North America: if you or your company in interested in knowing more, get in touch with me! It will be my pleasure to talk about the Papyrus Industry Consortium and what we are doing and planning to do in the future.

I will be at EclipseCon between March 6 and 11. If you happen to be attending or are around Reston, VA (or Washington, DC), we could even meet in person!

By the way, if you are at Embedded World this week, go to Hall 4, Booth 160 and talk to the PolarSys people there – the Papyrus IC being an industry group under Eclipse PolarSys.

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Tesla going Open Source?!?

Elon Musk posted All Our Patent Are Belong To You [1] in the Tesla Motors blog.

His arguments are familiar with those of the software open source industry: You can’t rely on big companies to truly advance technology. In the software industry, many modeling tools are still based on mid-1990s approaches and technologies, which is similar to Big Auto’s continued preference for gasoline (or diesel) powered vehicles.

What that in mind, and to promote other companies in producing zero-emission cards, he removed all the patents from Tesla Motors’ patent wall and stated:

Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

I also really liked another quote he made:

I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible.

And finally:

We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.

This must say something about the strength of the open source movement and its potential business possibilities!

Go read the blog post. It’s not too long and informative!

[1] See this wikipedia entry if you don’t get the reference.