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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,...

Barbara Hudson
FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 2
09/07/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1884 Words

You're right to point out that most parties that enforce the GPL are happy to let violators continue distributing during the compliance process. The article itself makes this same point, even explicitly observing that -- to the best of our knowledge --...

Barbara Hudson
FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 1
09/06/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1019 Words

A New License Is Only a Download Away
"Take-it-or-leave-it" licenses like the GPL are a form of contract known variously as a "contract of adhesion," "boilerplate contract" or "standard form contract." As such, they are subject to special rules that...

Katherine Noyes
A Tale of Two Licenses
09/01/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1458 Words

"New GPL licence touted as saviour of Linux, Android," was the wry observation at The Register .

Linux Girl's Debate-o-Meter started screaming soon afterward, so she headed straight for the blogosphere's Punchy Penguin Saloon to learn more.

'Inviting Abuse'

Jack M. Germain
Pybackup Makes Saving and Restoring Easy as Pie
08/24/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 748 Words

Its more generic name is "pybackpack." It is an easy-to-use file backup tool written for the Gnome desktop environment released under the GPL .

Most distros, including Ubuntu, do not bundle this application as the resident default choice. But it is easily...

Katherine Noyes
Is Microsoft Linux's New BFF?
07/25/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1135 Words

'The Thin Edge of the Wedge'
Indeed, "M$ hates Free Software of any kind," blogger Robert Pogson agreed. "They have attacked Linux, the GPL , copyleft, etc. -- stuff that would be of no interest to them at all except...

Jack M. Germain
Google's Java Jam
07/15/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1504 Words

License Litigation
The GPL license, under which Linux and Java fall, requires users to put their improved code back into the community. No one can uniquely profit from it, Hilwa said. The Apache license that regulates use of Android has...

Katherine Noyes
FOSS and the Freeloader Factor
07/11/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1335 Words

The GPL "needs to be replaced with 'free for noncommercial use' so that the hackers can still have a 'free as in beer' OS to hack on, the poor can also have a free OS, but those corps that are actually making...

Mark Hinkle
Wringing More Value From Enterprise Cloud Computing With Open Source
05/03/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1174 Words

CloudStack -- CloudStack is a GPL v3 licensed software platform that has been developed since 2008 by and was released as open source in 2010. It features high-availability features, advanced networking capabilities, a broad API and easy-to-use Web interface. Eucalyptus -- Eucalyptus...

Katherine Noyes
Red Hat's New Java Alternative: From Coffee to Tea
04/21/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1002 Words

It's GPL with an exception for static libraries."

Either way, Ceylon is unlikely to become the "Java killer" many have said it could be, opined Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site .

'Oracle Has...

Katherine Noyes
Android and the Great Openness Debate
04/07/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1068 Words

"There is ONLY one reason, and one reason alone, for a company to go out of their way to keep GPL V2 with so many going GPL V3, and that is because part of their business plan involves the users losing freedoms...

Richard Adhikari
Web 2.0: The Useful, the Viral and the Just Plain Strange
03/31/11 9:07 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 897 Words

OK, so does that come under the GPL ? And if we abuse space will the Man Upstairs send down a few floods or plagues in retribution? Open source fans need to...

Katherine Noyes
Litigious Times in Android World
03/31/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 835 Words

"FOSS advocates should look at Google as the wolf in sheep's clothing, as they have made sure that ZERO GPL v3 is allowed anywhere near Android," hairyfeet explained. "Why? The answer is simple: it is so the OEMs can 'TiVo trick' you...

Katherine Noyes
Much Ado About Android Licensing and Headers
03/24/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1220 Words

'Not Copyrightable Anyway'
It would have been simpler if Google had made everything GPL , Pogson conceded, "but it imported a bunch of BSD stuff and Apache stuff, so life is complicated."

Meanwhile, "the Linux folks want Linux to...

Katherine Noyes
Does FOSS Need a Charismatic Leader?
03/17/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 877 Words

"Can't you picture him barefoot, dressed in a tattered robe, coming down from the mountaintop carrying two tablets with the GPL and LGPL?" she explained. "And when he gets to the assembled people, he says, 'Take these two tablets and call me...

Richard Adhikari
Who Are the FOSS Police?
03/11/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 721 Words

Apple, Google and License Breaches
Apple has previously pulled several apps from the store that were determined to be under the GPL , and Google has received takedown requests for Android apps that violated the GPL, OpenLogic said.


Richard Adhikari
Why RHEL 6 Keeps Its Patches Under Its Hat
03/08/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 635 Words

"Under the terms of the GPL , Red Hat has to give out the bits and pieces of its operating system , but there's nothing that states it has to make things easy for anyone," Illuminata's Eunice said. "If Red Hat decided...

Katherine Noyes
Microsoft Hangs Up the Phone on GPLv3
02/24/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1061 Words

'No Surprise Whatsoever'
Of course, GPLv3 "differs from GPLv2 primarily in its relationship to patents," Hyperlogos blogger Martin Espinoza pointed out. "Microsoft has formerly demonstrated its commitment to software patents as relates to the GPL version 3, so this comes...

Katherine Noyes
How Do We Love Linux? Counting the Many Ways
02/14/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1000 Words

"Throw in the GPL (only its 'give-back' provisions, but having been upheld in court), and you've got a formula for encouraging the sort of win-win situations that we'd all like to be in for Valentine's Day," Hudson said.

"Okay, that's a...

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