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Jack M. Germain
GhostBSD: A Solid Linux-Like Open Source Alternative
02/21/19 10:54 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 2305 Words

The GPL is designed to eliminate closed source software. It requires any derivative work to be supplied with source code if requested.

By contrast, the BSD license is less restrictive in that binary-only distributions are allowed. The BSD License does not make...

John P. Mello Jr.
Major Players Roll Up Sleeves to Solve Open Source Licensing Problems
11/30/17 11:18 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 639 Words

Red Hat , Google , Facebook and IBM said they would apply error standards in the most recent GNU General Public License agreement, GPLv3, to all of their open source licensing, even licenses granted under older GPL agreements.

"There is no procedure...

Jack M. Germain
Report: Commercial Software Riddled With Open Source Code Flaws
04/19/17 2:56 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1360 Words

Some 85 percent of the audited applications contained components with conflicts, most often violations of the General Public License, or GPL. Three-quarters of the applications contained components under the GPL family of licenses. Only 45 percent of them were in compliance.

Jack M. Germain
HandBrake Video Transcoder Gets a Grip on Linux
02/05/15 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1104 Words

Its AAC encoder is now the default as FAAC has been removed due to GPL compatibility issues. This encoder should work fine for most needs. But it still has quirks. So HandBrake also enabled support for the FDK-AAC encoder.

The drawback to...

Katherine Noyes
When Microsoft Went A-Courting
11/17/14 5:15 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1020 Words

"I love that Microsoft is considering open source, but I have seen no movement towards the GPL," Stone told Linux Girl. "This strikes me as an opportunity to get their software on multiple platforms but tie the developers down to Microsoft."...

Katherine Noyes
The Case of the Missing OS, or Did Apple Eat Pear?
01/27/14 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1218 Words

Here in the Linux community, it's no secret that there are more flavors of our favorite operating system than most of...

Katherine Noyes
The Graying of the Linux Kernel Community
11/25/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1225 Words

Moreover, "the GPL was a real milestone," O'Brien added. "Linus Torvalds has said that choosing the GPL was among the best decisions he ever made."

Similarly, "the FLOSS universe is huge, but I would give my vote to Richard Matthew Stallman...

Katherine Noyes
Valve: The Linux Steam Engine That Could?
09/30/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1252 Words

First, "how are they gonna have DRM in SteamOS without running afoul of the GPL?" hairyfeet asked. "After all, Google had to spend over a billion to make their GPL V2-only fork for Android and ChromeOS, and I just don't see Valve...

Katherine Noyes
Software Wars: FOSS' Big Chance to Shine on the Silver Screen
01/10/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1314 Words

Where their hatred of RMS and GPL came from is beyond me; PTSD, perhaps? "Raw performance: How soon people forget that M$ was willing to ship software that crashed at the drop of a hat for years before GNU/Linux and Free Software showed...

Katherine Noyes
Microsoft's Bizarro World LinuxCon Sponsorship
11/12/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 964 Words

It may not be likely thanks to the GPL , "but since Google already pulled it off, and, as M$ is the copycat company (Zune, Kin, Surface, Bing), it's not impossible."

With a "maneuver staged to show 'Hey, Microsoft has changed' and...

Katherine Noyes
LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice, Part Deux
10/08/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1040 Words

'The GPL Is More End-User Friendly'
For Slashdot blogger hairyfeet, it's all a matter of licensing.

"The Apache license is more developer friendly, the GPL is more end-user friendly, so it all depends on which of those you are,"...

Katherine Noyes
Oracle's Patent 'Disaster': Beginning of a Bright New Era?
05/29/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 863 Words

"Certainly Google did not copy much of Java, if any, and the APIs were released under the GPL anyway if the world was welcome to write Java software," Pogson added. "How do you do that without the APIs?"

The same law...

Katherine Noyes
A Tale of Two Suites: Do We Still Need OpenOffice.org?
05/17/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1007 Words

"It's common knowledge that NOBODY in business will go near GPL after the V3 debacle," he noted. "Apache on the other hand is MUCH more business-friendly, and the Apache server is used all across the business landscape, so I can see businesses...

Katherine Noyes
Is It Wrong to Make a Profit From FOSS?
03/19/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1555 Words

'Bad Actors on Both Sides'
Part of the issue is that "there are bad actors on both sides: pedantics from OSS who scream at any hint of business and profits, and poseurs from business who violate GPL while walking away...

Katherine Noyes
Microsoft Contributes to Samba, World Keeps Spinning
11/10/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 893 Words

"As often happens, a couple of developers at a company found a way to improve core Samba code," Hertel went on. "They got permission to submit the patches under their own copyright and the terms of the GPL , and they sent...

Barbara Hudson
What Open Source Can Learn From Steve Jobs, Part 2
11/01/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1066 Words

A Final Lesson ...
There has been a long history of such attacks on anyone who "dares" to make a profit , even indirectly, with open source code that is licensed under the GPL . It's no coincidence that alternatives...

Barbara Hudson
How NOT to Push a New Open Source License, Part 1
09/15/11 11:04 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1307 Words

Add to that the way that each iteration of the GPL adds more restrictions, and maybe it's time for yet another license -- but Bruce Perens' covenant isn't it.

And now for something completely different...

Part 2: The Respect The Programmer...

Barbara Hudson
FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 2
09/07/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1884 Words

You're right to point out that most parties that enforce the GPL are happy to let violators continue distributing during the compliance process. The article itself makes this same point, even explicitly observing that -- to the best of our knowledge --...

Katherine Noyes
Is Microsoft Linux's New BFF?
07/25/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1135 Words

'The Thin Edge of the Wedge'
Indeed, "M$ hates Free Software of any kind," blogger Robert Pogson agreed. "They have attacked Linux, the GPL , copyleft, etc. -- stuff that would be of no interest to them at all except...

Jack M. Germain
Google's Java Jam
07/15/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1504 Words

License Litigation
The GPL license, under which Linux and Java fall, requires users to put their improved code back into the community. No one can uniquely profit from it, Hilwa said. The Apache license that regulates use of Android has...

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