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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
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
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...

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
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...

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
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...

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...

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...

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 --...

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
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...

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...

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
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
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
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
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
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
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...

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