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Barbara Hudson
How NOT to Push a New Open Source License, Part 2
09/16/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 896 Words

The RPL addresses one problem prevalent in most licenses, including the BSD, MIT, and GPL -- it's easier to just edit the file in front of you to fix a bug or add a feature than it is to contact the author and...

Katherine Noyes
'Bossie' Awards Crown FOSS' Best of Breed
09/15/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 816 Words

That, in fact, "is what FOSS should be about -- not about politics or factions, or all the GPL vs. BSD flamewars, but 'can this software make someone's day easier and/or better?'" hairyfeet concluded. "If it does, that is what makes good...

Jack M. Germain
Pybackup Makes Saving and Restoring Easy as Pie
08/24/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 748 Words

Its more generic name is "pybackpack." It is an easy-to-use file backup tool written for the Gnome desktop environment released under the GPL .

Most distros, including Ubuntu, do not bundle this application as the resident default choice. But it is easily...

Katherine Noyes
FOSS and the Freeloader Factor
07/11/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1335 Words

The GPL "needs to be replaced with 'free for noncommercial use' so that the hackers can still have a 'free as in beer' OS to hack on, the poor can also have a free OS, but those corps that are actually making...

Mark Hinkle
Wringing More Value From Enterprise Cloud Computing With Open Source
05/03/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1174 Words

CloudStack -- CloudStack is a GPL v3 licensed software platform that has been developed since 2008 by Cloud.com and was released as open source in 2010. It features high-availability features, advanced networking capabilities, a broad API and easy-to-use Web interface. Eucalyptus -- Eucalyptus...

Katherine Noyes
Red Hat's New Java Alternative: From Coffee to Tea
04/21/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1002 Words

It's GPL with an exception for static libraries."

Either way, Ceylon is unlikely to become the "Java killer" many have said it could be, opined Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site .

'Oracle Has...

Richard Adhikari
Web 2.0: The Useful, the Viral and the Just Plain Strange
03/31/11 9:07 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 897 Words

OK, so does that come under the GPL ? And if we abuse space will the Man Upstairs send down a few floods or plagues in retribution? Open source fans need to...

Katherine Noyes
Does FOSS Need a Charismatic Leader?
03/17/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 877 Words

"Can't you picture him barefoot, dressed in a tattered robe, coming down from the mountaintop carrying two tablets with the GPL and LGPL?" she explained. "And when he gets to the assembled people, he says, 'Take these two tablets and call me...

Richard Adhikari
Why RHEL 6 Keeps Its Patches Under Its Hat
03/08/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 635 Words

"Under the terms of the GPL , Red Hat has to give out the bits and pieces of its operating system , but there's nothing that states it has to make things easy for anyone," Illuminata's Eunice said. "If Red Hat decided...

Katherine Noyes
How Do We Love Linux? Counting the Many Ways
02/14/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1000 Words

"Throw in the GPL (only its 'give-back' provisions, but having been upheld in court), and you've got a formula for encouraging the sort of win-win situations that we'd all like to be in for Valentine's Day," Hudson said.

"Okay, that's a...

Katherine Noyes
The Tragedy of 'Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome'
02/07/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1237 Words

There are few things more tragic in this world than seeing a friend or family member suffer at the hands of...

Richard Adhikari
Version Vexations: Keeping Big Linux Operations on the Same Page
01/04/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 832 Words

It's free software released under the GNU GPL and is a core component of many Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the Fedora Project, SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE and Meego.

The RPM format is part of the Linux Standard Base .

Jack M. Germain
Linux Video Editing Apps: The Simple, the Slick and the Stumbly
11/17/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1390 Words

Avidemux works on Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license.

Format Favorites
It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be...

Jack M. Germain
3 Free Personal Finance Apps You Can Take to the Bank
11/10/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1234 Words

It is an ideal crossover app, licensed under the GNU GPL . It has versions for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

Content Driven
GnuCash has the look and feel of a check-book register. Its GUI...

Matt Benjamin
Open Source Databases Have Come of Age
09/28/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1186 Words

When the Internet and World Wide Web finally went mainstream in the mid-1990s, new Unix-like operating systems running on PCs went...

Jack M. Germain
VLC Media Player: The Cone Knows Its Formats
08/18/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1075 Words

The world of open source software has ample choices for editing and manipulating audio and video media files. But when you...

Katherine Noyes
Does Copying = Stealing?
07/15/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1246 Words

'We Can Hardly Criticize the RIAA'
"Linux and Free/Open Source software are entirely dependent on copyrights, and some FOSS fans get pretty righteous on the subject, especially for GPL violations," Schroder began. "And yet when it comes to music, movies,...

Jack M. Germain
Analytics 'R' Us
06/11/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1210 Words

I began to understand the opportunities and the limits of the GPL (General Public License). All of a sudden the picture occurred to me of an unbelievable software analytics company that could handle the biggest data files and would have the speed to...

Katherine Noyes
Prefab May Give Any Software Open Sourciness
04/02/10 10:49 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1016 Words

"While the technical ability to modify a program -- best embodied by access to the complete source code -- is an important part of freedom as well, without the permissions granted by free licenses such as the GNU GPL," Robertson concluded,...

Katherine Noyes
The Dating Game, Linux-Style
02/15/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1132 Words

Well the Day of Love is safely behind us again for another year, and not a moment too soon! For some...

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