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Katherine Noyes
Would Linux Be Better Off Without the FSF?
03/22/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1122 Words

GNU/Linux debate -- "sorry, RMS, 'Linux' already won," Travers opined--other key distinguishing issues include: "Is nVidia in violation of the GPL due to the fact that they release closed-source drivers? Linus says no, RMS says yes," Travers pointed out. "The relative merits of...

Katherine Noyes
Microsoft Goof - One Small Snag in a Code-Licensing Quagmire
11/17/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 871 Words

"If Microsoft and Windows 7 can't avoid the GPL , who can?" he asked.

In fact, it has become rare to find a piece of software that's licensed under just one license, Lyman noted. As a result, problems like this "happen...

Jason Z. Cohen
What's a Derivative Work? Depends Who You Ask
01/02/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 678 Words

For example, the GNU GPL mandates that those who use software covered by its license make available the source code. Several companies are discovering the consequences of not complying with this provision of the law since the Software Freedom Law Center went...

Jay Lyman
Open Source Developer Dumps Novell Over Microsoft Deal
12/26/06 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 510 Words


"I believe that even if it does not violate the letter of the license, it violates the intent of the GPL license the Samba code is released under, which is to treat all recipients of the code equally," Allison wrote in...

Jay Lyman
Microsoft-Novell Honeymoon Ends
11/22/06 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 718 Words

While development of the next GPL -- the original and most popular open source license -- was previously bogged down by disagreement over its digital rights management (DRM) provisions, the Microsoft-Novell deal puts more focus on its patent provisions, which would not...

Jay Lyman
Trolltech Shares Listed on Norwegian Stock Exchange
07/07/06 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 700 Words

The firm's dual licensing approach allows users of its software to develop with it under the GPL open source license, or a paid commercial license with Trolltech. At the conclusion of its IPO, the 170-employee company claimed the purchase of more than 7.5...

Philip H. Albert
License Proliferation: When More is Less
04/26/05 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1335 Words

Even some attorneys reading the GPL , MPL and the CDDL might find that they are obscure and complicated enough that even they cannot "be assured of knowing his or her rights." And, while I might get heat for this, sometimes it...

Elizabeth Millard
Red Hat, Novell Get Real
06/28/04 1:10 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 633 Words

This additional licensing allows developers to build on RealNetworks' media player framework under the terms and conditions of the GPL "free software" license.

In addition to the GPL, developers have two other licensing options. The RealNetworks Public Source License is an...

Phil Albert
Can Sun Emulate Linux by Open-Sourcing Solaris?
06/15/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1219 Words

Another is that Linux is licensed under a "modified GPL license." Because the text of the GPL is arguably ambiguous, the interpretation of the terms by different licensors creates legally different licenses from the same words. Under the modified GPL license, it...

Phil Albert
Practical Open Source Corporate Policies
05/11/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1003 Words

If the programmer licenses software under the GPL , the licensee has a downstream constraint that prevents the licensee from limiting downstream copying. A company that does not want to be limited in what it does with its products needs a policy...

Jay Lyman
OSDL: Ignore SCO's Linux Legal Threats
02/11/04 1:18 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 758 Words

Moglen, who told LinuxInsider that the proposed license from SCO would be incompatible with the existing GPL used by Linux developers and distributors, also argues in the paper that regardless of who prevails in the SCO dispute, Linux users still will have...

Katherine Noyes
Stallman and Ubuntu: Sticks and Stones and a Blogosphere Brawl
12/17/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1781 Words

... was only a few weeks ago that the Linux blogosphere's Punchy Penguin Saloon suffered its latest round of damage thanks to the recent skirmish over the GPL , but now the popular establishment of questionable repute is actually shut down for a...

Jack M. Germain
FOSS' Fight Against China's Free-as-in-Pirated Syndrome
10/23/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1589 Words

For consumers and many supply-chain endpoints in the computing industry, however, open source players are yet to be recruited and encouraged to abide by GPL licensing dictates and code sharing rather than program stealing.

A series of OpenStack meetings by core contribution...

Katherine Noyes
The Things Microsoft Could Do to Make Up For It All
07/12/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1412 Words

'Just Add 3 Letters: GPL'
Similarly, "Well, if their enterprise value keeps nose-diving at its current rate of descent they'll be bust in four years," wrote AndyPagin. "I'll be happy to dance fanatically on their grave, or at least...

Katherine Noyes
Linux Distros and the Codec Conundrum
05/20/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 905 Words

"How can you even HAVE proprietary codecs in a GPL distro?" hairyfeet wondered. "I thought you had to be free to modify and distribute to be GPL? There is NO way that MPEG-LA or any other codec license holder is just gonna...

Katherine Noyes
Linux Blog Safari: Android's True Nature, Reasons Not to Use Ubuntu and More
11/08/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1074 Words

"Even if we accept that CentOS does hurt Red Hat, what can Red Hat actually do about it?" wrote Jezz. "The GPL (General Public License) stops them from squashing the product -- which is exactly the point of the GPL. The GPL...

Dana Gardner
Eclipse Likely Won't Suffer the Same Fate as Java
04/01/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 862 Words

That also tended to influence the Java community to further embrace Eclipse, Apache and GPL , and to look to the JCP as in a mere maintenance and updates committee role, not where the next levels of technical innovation (and the next levels...

Jay Lyman
Sun Sticks to Slow, Steady Road for Open Sourcing Java
08/31/06 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 614 Words

The company should choose the GPL over CDDL because it could mean Java's incorporation into Linux distributions, he said.

"The time to compete and provide a strong alternative to .Net is now," Gardner said, criticizing Sun's continued pursuit of license fees...

Jay Lyman
Debian Linux to Include OpenVZ Virtualization
08/07/06 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 625 Words

"We realized it was a mistake," he said of the QPL licensing, which gives the copyright holder more control. "We [changed] not only to conform with Debian, but also because we are pretty confident about the way we are going and we think GPL ...

Jay Lyman
GPLv3 Gets Second Draft
07/28/06 3:04 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 625 Words

Stallman didn't," Moglen said, referring to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and to Richard Stallman, the father of the free software movement and principal author of the original GPL. "The idea of sharing has triumphed. We are winning, and we will win, but...

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