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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...

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...

Katherine Noyes
Ode to Groklaw: A Requiem for What Was Lost
08/26/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1202 Words

"For more than a decade GROKLAW has been a bastion of freedom," blogger Robert Pogson pointed out. "Bullies were assaulting the world of IT with campaigns against the GPL, Free Software, and Linux with attempts to put a stop to diversity...

Jack M. Germain
Concurrent's Chris Wensel: The Open Source Path Is a Rocky Road
07/02/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1671 Words

Honestly, the very first version of Cascading was under the GPL license and not the Apache license. The GPL license allowed me to figure out what the commercial opportunities were without actually giving away the farm.

I wasn't sure if I was...

Katherine Noyes
Ubuntu Strikes Out on Its Own Again
05/13/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1343 Words

It's also "going to suit Canonical's new goals, in the mobile and desktop, to distribute commercial apps with different licenses than GPL," he added.

In short, "I hope for the best for Canonical, and that they can indeed thrive with...

Jack M. Germain
Puppet Labs' Kanies: 'The Right Resources to the Right Relationships'
05/07/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1595 Words

It was released as free software under the GPL in 2005 until version 2.7.0 and the Apache 2.0 license after that.

The Puppet language helps sys admins simplify how they manage systems using Puppet. The software provides automation to manage infrastructure throughout...

Jack Germain
When It Comes to Installation, xPDF Has a Hex on It
04/24/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1014 Words

To be kind, xPDF is an example of an open source project that unfairly gives Linux a bad name to new users. xPDF is a freeware program ported to the Linux platform under the GNU GPL version 2 license. Therein lies the...

Katherine Noyes
Is 'Linux' a Word Better Left Unspoken?
04/18/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1322 Words

Samsung is also "not shy to advertise that their printers work with GNU/Linux," he added. "They even supply the text of the GPL and explain things for their TVs that run GNU/Linux. Why would they have any different view with other smart...

Jack Germain
Morphlabs' Yoram Heller: Gearing Up to Beat Amazon
04/09/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1262 Words

Then there is the open core model with its GPL license, which MySQL did very well. And you have what we do, which is taking various open source technologies and productizing them into something different. We are actually obfuscating a lot of the...

Jack Germain
Sigil's E-Book Editor Is a Bestseller
03/20/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1224 Words

Sigil, released under the GNU GPL v3 license, takes a WYSIWYG approach to this process. Its developers -- lead developer and maintainer John Schembe, along with Grant Drake and Dave Heiland -- include a comprehensive user manual in the .epub file format...

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
Great Expectations for Linux in 2013
01/03/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 934 Words

Hairyfeet's hope and dream, then, "is just for Google to keep doing what they are doing, bringing FOSS up as a legitimate OS that your average user can actually buy and use," he concluded. "Because at the end of the day, I thought that was the goal of FOSS (not RMS and GPL ...

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
MyNotex Would Be Perfect With Cloud Sync
12/05/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1172 Words

It is released under the GPL license version 3.

Notes within subjects have fields to enter a title, a date of creation/modification, any number of tags and text. You can encrypt individual notes within a notebook file.

I like this specialized...

Katherine Noyes
Linux and the GPL: A Storm Erupts
11/26/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1278 Words

'Please Explain'
"Your company appears to be shipping kernel features in RTS OS that are not made available under the GPL," charged Linux developer Andy Grover, a software engineer at Red Hat , in a posting on the kernel...

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...

Jack M. Germain
Darhon Finance: Feature-Packed but Some Assembly Required
10/24/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1220 Words

Darhon Finance is a comprehensive personal finance program packed with features to manage finances and bank accounts, track credit cards...

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
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
Canonical, the FSF and the Ongoing Secure Boot Saga
07/12/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1247 Words

"The problem with the GPLv3 is it is even less clear than the GPL v2, and Ubuntu is right to be concerned," Travers explained. "The license is long, it's complicated, and it's contradictory with its presumed meaning, so you can't simply read...

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