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Jack M. Germain
Hawking Open Source in Tough Times
02/24/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1448 Words

On the other hand, the GPL and the LGPL licenses may require more consideration in adoptions because they have more restrictions. Many companies will shift to commercial licenses when they go into production, so those licenses may be less attractive to a...

Jeremiah T. Gray
Launching a Linux Startup: No Funny Business
03/25/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1396 Words

For now, companies like 37signals have found a sweet spot, but they don't offer anything that can't be currently or eventually accomplished with GPL software.

It's fantastic that small businesses are able to make money in exchange for granting access to...

Jack M. Germain
Open Sourcing Healthcare One Patient at a Time
04/01/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1234 Words

Open source healthcare IT solutions are just beginning to become acceptable alternatives to proprietary software systems. As is happening in other...

Jack M. Germain
Open Core Debate: The Battle for a Business Model
04/15/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1335 Words

Is software truly open source if you pay for additional features? Your answer may depend on whether you side with the...

Katherine Noyes
Ruminations on the Chrome-to-Linux 'Clusterf*ck'
06/08/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1225 Words

'It Would Be Good to Standardize'
Nothing in FLOSS , GPL or GNU/Linux precludes standardization, blogger Robert Pogson asserted.

"Many FLOSS packages are created to fill a niche and are not intended to be on every desktop," he told...

Jack M. Germain
Microsoft Puts C#, CLI Under No-Lawsuit Umbrella
07/08/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 828 Words

The Community Promise spells out Microsoft's assurances that it will not file "necessary claims" against anyone using, selling, importing or distributing any covered implementation under distribution models including open source licenses such as the LGPL and the GPL .

Microsoft's Motives...

Katherine Noyes
Shill-Shocked: The Dark Side of Community Discussion
07/30/09 9:11 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 2029 Words

"One cannot really be considered a member of the FLOSS community while criticizing FLOSS in general as some do, but it may have nothing to do with M$," he explained. "For example, many in the *BSD fold have issues with the GPL ...

Katherine Noyes
The Joy of Linux Myth Debunking
08/24/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 986 Words

Debunking long-held myths is always a gratifying exercise, but never is that more true than when said myths have done our...

Jack M. Germain
Openbravo Maps a Shortcut to ERP Implementation
09/02/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 534 Words

Openbravo announced on Tuesday its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) product, called "QuickStart," an alternative to the company's generally more...

Katherine Noyes
Teeth-Gnashing and Tongue-Lashing Over Desktop Linux Foot-Shooting
10/19/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1303 Words

The GPL and other free software licenses, meanwhile, "work to keep costs down," and "in the market, it is very hard to beat a free lunch," he noted.

In short, 2009 "is the last year anyone will have a hard time...

Katherine Noyes
FOSS Goes to Washington, and Nvidia Keeps Its Driver Code to Itself
10/29/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1359 Words

Nvidia "should rely on patents to keep their hardware IP protected and use copyright to protect their code," he asserted. "They can publish the code under the GPL . It is of little use to a competitor because the competitor cannot duplicate...

Katherine Noyes
Is 'Ethical Malware' an Oxymoron or a Best Practice?
12/07/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1464 Words

"Without the GPL and the gnu toolchain, Linux would probably be in a very different space right now, especially with respect to the corporate-sponsored code contributions to the kernel," she explained.

"The resulting photo op would just be a bonus :-),"...

Jack M. Germain
FOSS Feats and Follies: Q&A With Red Hat Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields
01/22/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 690 Words

They're OK with using software that is not freely licensed, or build pieces that are not released under copyleft-type licenses like the GPL . From the very beginning, Fedora Project has always published everything that we make, from the Web site to the...

Jack M. Germain
F-Spot: An Able-Bodied All-in-One Image Machine
02/03/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1059 Words

F-Spot is an open source project overed under the terms of the GNU GPL licensing stipulations. As a testament to its usefulness and popularity, F-Spot is included with numerous Linux distributions. You can find a binary package for most here...

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...

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,...

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
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
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...

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...

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