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Jay Lyman
Microsoft Loves Linux - as Long as It's Not Red Hat
06/12/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 773 Words

... when you thought it couldn't top itself -- having contributed Linux kernel code under the GPL , broadly supported Linux alongside Windows with its systems management and other software, and spun off a new subsidiary dedicated to openness , Microsoft showed yet...

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
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 v. Google: The Trial and the Errors
04/26/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1131 Words

"Either you believe that there should be NO controls whatsoever, the flipside of which would mean making any language licensed under GPL null and void, or they do have control, in which case they get to say what you do and don't...

Katherine Noyes
Linus, Linux and the Millennium Technology Prize
04/23/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 970 Words

"I'm not saying that Linus doesn't deserve the recognition he gets, any more than RMS shouldn't be credited with the GPL," he added. "I'm just saying it's ironic that he is winning this award for the work that corps have done...

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
Linux Loses Flash Player - but Does Anyone Care?
03/01/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 976 Words

"Why do you think Google has been so careful about not allowing GPL V3 into Android?" he said.

So, "enjoy your Pyrrhic victory, because soon you won't have flash to kick around anymore; instead it'll all be locked behind an H.264...

Richard Adhikari
Spark Tablet Coming for the FOSS Crowd
02/03/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 702 Words

The recently announced Spark tablet might prove to be the first Linux-running open source tablet fully capable of being modded by...

Katherine Noyes
Going All-FOSS With a New Computer
01/05/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 905 Words

Linux bloggers' New Year's resolutions tend to be many and varied in any given year, but one most can surely...

Stephen R. Walli
The Flowering of Open Innovation
11/29/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 961 Words

Corporate Involvement
FOSS licenses have evolved over the past 30 years from the more liberal academic do-as-you-will licenses and initial ideas of software freedom, e.g., the BSD and MIT licenses, and the first GPL . As the software IP landscape...

Katherine Noyes
Will a Spoonful of Mint Help the GNOME 3 Go Down?
11/14/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1182 Words

Linux Mint also has "a tiny community dominated by a few individuals acting as single points of failure," he added. "Linux Mint is even reluctant to distribute the source code unless the package is under the GPL."

The Debian Alternative...

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...

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
Stallman on Steve Jobs: Tasteless or Incisive?
10/17/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1333 Words

"Stallman might be an egotistical ass, but he is certainly the foremost champion of the rights of the user," Espinoza went on. "Some programmers don't like that, so they don't like the GPL , and they don't like Free Software. They call...

Richard Adhikari
Malware Munches on Mitsubishi, and Certificates Can Lie
09/20/11 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 650 Words

In the wake of repeated hacker attacks on defense contractors in the United States comes news that the systems of Mitsubishi...

Barbara Hudson
How NOT to Push a New Open Source License, Part 2
09/16/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 896 Words

The RPL addresses one problem prevalent in most licenses, including the BSD, MIT, and GPL -- it's easier to just edit the file in front of you to fix a bug or add a feature than it is to contact the author and...

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...

Katherine Noyes
'Bossie' Awards Crown FOSS' Best of Breed
09/15/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 816 Words

That, in fact, "is what FOSS should be about -- not about politics or factions, or all the GPL vs. BSD flamewars, but 'can this software make someone's day easier and/or better?'" hairyfeet concluded. "If it does, that is what makes good...

Barbara Hudson
FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 4
09/09/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 755 Words

Critics have rightly pointed out that by this definition, the GPL does not meet these standards. This doesn't make it a bad license -- sharing source code benefits everyone involved. However, heavy-handed attempts to impose further restrictions on end-users beyond the license,...

Barbara Hudson
FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 3
09/08/11 9:01 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 673 Words

FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 2 Where did this "you are permanently barred from distributing" stuff originate? In digging around, I found a post titled "A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance" at the Software Freedom Law Center dated August 26,...

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