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Katherine Noyes
Litigious Times in Android World
03/31/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 835 Words

"FOSS advocates should look at Google as the wolf in sheep's clothing, as they have made sure that ZERO GPL v3 is allowed anywhere near Android," hairyfeet explained. "Why? The answer is simple: it is so the OEMs can 'TiVo trick' you...

Katherine Noyes
Oracle's New Kernel: Custom Tuning or Proprietary Lock-In?
09/30/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 893 Words

'That Is Part of the GPL'
Oracle's kernel "seems less proprietary than custom," Montreal consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack opined. "Personally I don't see a problem with it, since a) Red Hat's constant back-porting of kernel features is...

Katherine Noyes
How Linux Land Got Better Since Last Summer
09/09/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 841 Words

SCO was "the hit man in a nasty, well-funded attack on linux that was supported by much of the media, but that ended up backfiring by validating everything we've been saying about linux and the GPL software development model," Hudson added. "That's...

Jack M. Germain
Microsoft FOSSifies .Net Micro Framework
11/18/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 848 Words

By licensing the Micro Framework under Apache, the release throws down a gauntlet to open source .Net work-alike Mono , which is licensed under GNU GPL and LGPL . What used to be a stark choice between highly proprietary and closed source .NET...

Katherine Noyes
FOSS' Sunny Place in the Cloud
11/12/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1029 Words

On another level, however, "what's more problematic is that the use of free software by cloud computing providers does not trigger the distribution clause of the basic GNU GPL," Moody pointed out. "This means that any cloudy tweaks made to free...

Katherine Noyes
Linux - The New 'Hot' Job Skill
08/06/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1412 Words

Of course, Linux could get derailed in the mobile space "if RMS gets nasty and comes out with an even more anti-business GPL V4," hairyfeet opined. "His GPL V3 has already caused a rift where Linus won't actually put the kernel under...

Katherine Noyes
On Pi Approximation Day, Flying Pigs and DRM
07/27/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1422 Words

"A few years ago, Microsoft was describing the GPL as cancerous, so this seems like a major U-turn for the software behemoth," wrote the bloggers over at TuxRadar .

"Sure, the ultimate goal is there to make Linux play ball better...

Katherine Noyes
Leeches or Users? Should Enterprise IT Have to Give Back to FOSS?
06/11/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1002 Words

'Use a License That Requires It'
Indeed, "so far there have been few continual offenders when it comes to 'borrowing' Linux," Slashdot blogger drinkypoo agreed via email . "While offensive examples of Tivoization -- which flaunts the letter of the GPL ...

Michael P. Bennett and Katherine K. Ivers
Open Source Software: Your Company's Legal Risks
09/04/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1720 Words

Third, although the license examined in Jacobsen was the Artistic License, not the more widely used General Public License (GPL), the analysis and decision can be applied to the GPL , as it contains similar requirements labeled as "conditions."

Following this...

Jeremiah T. Gray
Open Source: The Key to a Software Meritocracy
08/22/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 917 Words

This is not to say that all proprietary software and networks are imminently doomed; indeed, both the BSD and GPL licenses have merit, but the system that uses technology to restrict and control is living on borrowed time.

Into Its Own...

Brad King
SourceForge's Larry Augustin: A Better Way to Build Web Apps
03/18/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 974 Words

That's what's interesting about open source and the GPL . Once software goes into the GPL, you can't take it back. People can stop contributing, but the code that exists, people can continue to develop on it.

There was always a sense...

Rob Enderle
Linux: Success or Failure? Return of Sage Circle, Cisco's Possible Future, Product of the Week
12/17/07 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1537 Words

The newest version of the GPL appears to be designed to put TiVo out of business , and the next version will supposedly target Google in much the same way.

In this last, there are two emerging camps: those who want this...

Chris Maxcer
Free Software Licensing, Part 1: Third Time's the Charm?
07/23/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1689 Words

It comes roughly 16 years after its wildly successful predecessor, GPL v2, became one of the most used software licenses ever. Today, about three quarters of the world's free software packages are distributed under GPLv2. GPLv3 has some big shoes to fill.


Jay Lyman
Ubuntu Creator Urges Abandonment of OpenSuse
11/27/06 2:58 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 404 Words

"Novell's decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shock waves through the community," Shuttleworth wrote in his blog and on the OpenSuse mailing list. "If you are an OpenSuse developer who...

Jay Lyman
Google Offers Service to Host Open Source Software Projects
07/28/06 10:57 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 737 Words

Drawing the License Line
While there is no approval process for Project Hosting projects, Google will monitor for legitimacy, and is limiting open source software projects to a choice of one of seven open source licenses: the General Public License (GPL), Apache, Mozilla , MIT, BSD, GPL2, or LGPL, with GPL ...

Jennifer LeClaire
SteelEye CTO Sees Positive Trends for Linux in '06
01/17/06 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 766 Words

All indications are that it will be neutralized in the long term by active enforcement of the GPL and other defense mechanisms like the patent commons projects and education about the merits of the open Linux development process.

LinuxInsider: How are other...

John P. Mello Jr.
Lawsuits, Copyright Pilfering Allegations Added to Sony CD Snafu
11/22/05 8:15 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 992 Words

"The licenses in question are the Free Software Foundation's GPL for mpg123 and DRMS, and the LGPL for the other programs. The terms of the GPL would require the companies to distribute the source code of XCP, which they're certainly not doing.

Jennifer LeClaire
Sony's Latest Headache: Copyright Infringement Allegations
11/18/05 10:38 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 595 Words

The GPL includes requirements that require any developer that uses source code from LAME to "cause the whole of the work to be licensed at no charge to all third parties under the terms of the license."

First4Internet and Sony BMG...

Jennifer LeClaire
Open-Source Compliance Insurance Hits the Marketplace
11/01/05 10:41 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 592 Words

Simple actions like making these tools available on an extranet, or sending them to external partners or suppliers, constitutes "distribution" under a GPL license and requires a company to open source that proprietary application, making it freely available to competitors.

But Interabor...

Susan B. Shor
Oracle Puts Squeeze on MySQL With Latest Buy
10/10/05 9:50 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 410 Words

The beauty of open-source software and the GPL license is freedom. As with all MySQL code, InnoDB is provided under the GPL license, meaning that users have complete freedom to use, develop, and modify the code base," company CEO Marten Mickos said. "We...

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