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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...

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
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
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...

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...

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
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...

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
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...

Katherine Noyes
Licenses, Libraries, Laws and Loopholes
08/20/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1267 Words

"Umm... nothing?" answered Phroggy, for example. "If you're writing your application from scratch without using anybody else's libraries, you're free to release it under whatever license you like, even if it happens to talk to a GPL'd client plugin thingie, and...

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
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
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...

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
Leeches or Users? Should Enterprise IT Have to Give Back to FOSS?
06/11/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1002 Words

'Use a License That Requires It'
Indeed, "so far there have been few continual offenders when it comes to 'borrowing' Linux," Slashdot blogger drinkypoo agreed via email . "While offensive examples of Tivoization -- which flaunts the letter of the GPL ...

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
FOSS and the Labyrinthine Land of Licensing
05/29/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1549 Words

The bigger question is, if I take my GPL license and add it to my proprietary program, am I required to turn over the entire thing to the open source community? That question has yet to be answered by any court in the...

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...

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...

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...

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