A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.
Google's bid to appeal the verdict in its case against Oracle over Java has failed, with the US Supreme Court rejecting the same.
Linux and open source solutions provider Red Hat, has reported a net profit of US$48 million for the first quarter of its current fiscal year, an increase of 26 per cent on the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal year.
Two years after the revelations about mass surveillance by the NSA and a month after an appeals court declared the activity illegal, the collection of data goes on apace in the US and around the world.