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Jack M. Germain
Best Open Source Tools for Staying on Top of Projects
04/03/19 12:21 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 2437 Words


A GPL open source application, it offers project scheduling as its main function. It is a file-based project management tool that comes with a good starting set of features, including resource management through resource load charts. It supports MS Project files...

Jack M. Germain
GhostBSD: A Solid Linux-Like Open Source Alternative
02/21/19 10:54 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 2305 Words

The GPL is designed to eliminate closed source software. It requires any derivative work to be supplied with source code if requested.

By contrast, the BSD license is less restrictive in that binary-only distributions are allowed. The BSD License does not make...

Jack M. Germain
$34B Red Hat Acquisition Is a Bolt Out of Big Blue
10/31/18 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 2043 Words

In addition, both companies will remain committed to the continued freedom of open source via such efforts as Patent Promise, GPL Cooperation Commitment, the Open Invention Network and the LOT Network.

The acquisition was a smart business move for both IBM and...

John P. Mello Jr.
Major Players Roll Up Sleeves to Solve Open Source Licensing Problems
11/30/17 11:18 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 639 Words

Red Hat , Google , Facebook and IBM said they would apply error standards in the most recent GNU General Public License agreement, GPLv3, to all of their open source licensing, even licenses granted under older GPL agreements.

"There is no procedure...

Jack M. Germain
Report: Commercial Software Riddled With Open Source Code Flaws
04/19/17 2:56 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1360 Words

Some 85 percent of the audited applications contained components with conflicts, most often violations of the General Public License, or GPL. Three-quarters of the applications contained components under the GPL family of licenses. Only 45 percent of them were in compliance.

Jack M. Germain
MuseScore Can Turn Songwriters Into Maestros
10/23/15 9:02 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1161 Words

It is fully open source software licensed under GNU GPL.

The user interface is similar to a word processor or text editor for entering notes on a blank score sheet. All the playback controls and tools are located in drop-down menus...

Jack M. Germain
ConnochaetOS Makes Slackware Truly Free and a Bit Easier
06/04/15 5:04 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1165 Words

ConnochaetOS is a nice entry into a pure, free Linux experience. Of course, Linux is open source. Most people mistakenly...

Jack M. Germain
Did VMware Flout Open Source License Terms?
03/20/15 12:21 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1011 Words

Its funding of the legal action is part of the program activity of its GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers.

The suit alleges that VMware failed to comply with terms of the GNU General Public License version 2, or GPLv2 -- the...

Jack M. Germain
HP's Marten Mickos: Open Source Is Not a Business Model
02/23/15 2:58 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1714 Words

Marten Mickos, senior vice president and general manager of HP's cloud unit, advocates making money from open source. He preaches what...

Jack M. Germain
HandBrake Video Transcoder Gets a Grip on Linux
02/05/15 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1104 Words

Its AAC encoder is now the default as FAAC has been removed due to GPL compatibility issues. This encoder should work fine for most needs. But it still has quirks. So HandBrake also enabled support for the FDK-AAC encoder.

The drawback to...

Jack M. Germain
Defending the Free Linux World
12/19/14 3:03 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1673 Words

Version 2 of the GPL license is thought by some to provide an implied patent license, but lawyers always feel better with an explicit license, he told LinuxInsider.

What OIN provides is something that bridges that gap. It also provides explicit...

Katherine Noyes
Is It Time to Give BSD a Try?
12/01/14 4:55 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1225 Words

"I am a big fan of the GPL, and I recall that Linus Torvalds has said that licensing Linux under the GPL was one of the smartest things he ever did," O'Brien added. "The GPL is one of the few licenses...

Katherine Noyes
When Microsoft Went A-Courting
11/17/14 5:15 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1020 Words

"I love that Microsoft is considering open source, but I have seen no movement towards the GPL," Stone told Linux Girl. "This strikes me as an opportunity to get their software on multiple platforms but tie the developers down to Microsoft."...

Katherine Noyes
Are There Too Many Forks at the FOSS Table?
11/03/14 5:06 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1049 Words

"After all, the entire reason why RMS created the GPL in the first place was to put the END USER above all -- this is the very basis of the four freedoms that gave birth to the FOSS movement in the first...

Jay Lyman
7 Crazy-Named, Crazy Good Open Source Enterprise IT Tools
09/12/14 4:14 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 869 Words

Written in Python, Cobbler is open source under the GNU GPL.

4. Mustache

Mustache is a templating system that can be used for HTML, configuration and other files.

The software, open source under the MIT License, is used...

Katherine Noyes
Land of the Free, or Home on the Open Range?
07/01/14 7:07 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1210 Words

"You get the job done however it gets done," he said. 'Sometimes, Rules Increase Freedom' "I noticed a lot of people complaining in the comments of that thread that 'free software' is an inappropriate name due to the supposed viral nature of the GPL, ...

Katherine Noyes
The Case of the Missing OS, or Did Apple Eat Pear?
01/27/14 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1218 Words

Here in the Linux community, it's no secret that there are more flavors of our favorite operating system than most of...

Jack M. Germain
Terminator Ends the Terminal Window Blahs
12/05/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1002 Words

Kindred Kinds
Terminator is a cross-platform terminal emulator application released under GPL. Chris Jones developed the original application, but the project is now continuing under the direction of a new maintainer, Steve Boddy.

Terminator is modeled after computer...

Katherine Noyes
The Graying of the Linux Kernel Community
11/25/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1225 Words

Moreover, "the GPL was a real milestone," O'Brien added. "Linus Torvalds has said that choosing the GPL was among the best decisions he ever made."

Similarly, "the FLOSS universe is huge, but I would give my vote to Richard Matthew Stallman...

Jack M. Germain
Want Customization With That?
11/19/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1585 Words

The Cost of Rewriting Software
Once you start to resell or distribute that modified software with your own customization, then you are obligated under the GPL license to release it to the community. If you had an open source vendor...

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