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Katherine Noyes
On GPL Compliance, Android Tablets Get an 'F'
01/10/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1264 Words

A shadow was recently cast upon that otherwise sunny landscape, however, in the form of a report examining said tablets' GPL compliance.

"The GPL requires that vendors either provide the source code to the GPL components with the device, or alternatively to...

Richard Adhikari
Version Vexations: Keeping Big Linux Operations on the Same Page
01/04/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 832 Words

It's free software released under the GNU GPL and is a core component of many Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the Fedora Project, SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE and Meego.

The RPM format is part of the Linux Standard Base .

Katherine Noyes
Oracle: Bull in the FOSS China Shop
12/13/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 799 Words

"Just because something is FOSS does NOT give you the rights to the copyrights or trademarks!" he said. "Look up the GPL -- it says you have the right to the source code, that's it. GPL v3 has some language about trademarks...

Jack M. Germain
Linux Video Editing Apps: The Simple, the Slick and the Stumbly
11/17/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1390 Words

Avidemux works on Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license.

Format Favorites
It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be...

Jack M. Germain
3 Free Personal Finance Apps You Can Take to the Bank
11/10/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1234 Words

It is an ideal crossover app, licensed under the GNU GPL . It has versions for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

Content Driven
GnuCash has the look and feel of a check-book register. Its GUI...

Katherine Noyes
Oracle's New Kernel: Custom Tuning or Proprietary Lock-In?
09/30/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 893 Words

'That Is Part of the GPL'
Oracle's kernel "seems less proprietary than custom," Montreal consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack opined. "Personally I don't see a problem with it, since a) Red Hat's constant back-porting of kernel features is...

Matt Benjamin
Open Source Databases Have Come of Age
09/28/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1186 Words

When the Internet and World Wide Web finally went mainstream in the mid-1990s, new Unix-like operating systems running on PCs went...

Katherine Noyes
How Linux Land Got Better Since Last Summer
09/09/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 841 Words

SCO was "the hit man in a nasty, well-funded attack on linux that was supported by much of the media, but that ended up backfiring by validating everything we've been saying about linux and the GPL software development model," Hudson added. "That's...

Jack M. Germain
VLC Media Player: The Cone Knows Its Formats
08/18/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1075 Words

The world of open source software has ample choices for editing and manipulating audio and video media files. But when you...

Jack M. Germain
Who You Gonna Call? Q&A With Software Freedom Law Center's Eben Moglen
07/23/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1061 Words

Their license is the GPL , so we do attempt to contact companies around the world that manufacture devices using BusyBox to honor the GPL. Sometimes companies are unresponsive to our inquiries. They don't answer our letters or phone calls. And only under...

Katherine Noyes
Does Copying = Stealing?
07/15/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1246 Words

'We Can Hardly Criticize the RIAA'
"Linux and Free/Open Source software are entirely dependent on copyrights, and some FOSS fans get pretty righteous on the subject, especially for GPL violations," Schroder began. "And yet when it comes to music, movies,...

Katherine Noyes
The Things Microsoft Could Do to Make Up For It All
07/12/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1412 Words

'Just Add 3 Letters: GPL'
Similarly, "Well, if their enterprise value keeps nose-diving at its current rate of descent they'll be bust in four years," wrote AndyPagin. "I'll be happy to dance fanatically on their grave, or at least...

Jack M. Germain
Analytics 'R' Us
06/11/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1210 Words

I began to understand the opportunities and the limits of the GPL (General Public License). All of a sudden the picture occurred to me of an unbelievable software analytics company that could handle the biggest data files and would have the speed to...

Katherine Noyes
Linux Distros and the Codec Conundrum
05/20/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 905 Words

"How can you even HAVE proprietary codecs in a GPL distro?" hairyfeet wondered. "I thought you had to be free to modify and distribute to be GPL? There is NO way that MPEG-LA or any other codec license holder is just gonna...

Richard Adhikari
Cities of the Future, Part 4: Open Source Avenue
04/13/10 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1327 Words

Verizon was sued by the Software Freedom Law Center in 2007 on behalf of Busybox , a GPL-licensed package , on the grounds that one of Verizon's suppliers used a GPL-licensed app in Verizon's FIOS wireless routers without fulfilling the redistribution obligations of GPL ...

Katherine Noyes
Prefab May Give Any Software Open Sourciness
04/02/10 10:49 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1016 Words

"While the technical ability to modify a program -- best embodied by access to the complete source code -- is an important part of freedom as well, without the permissions granted by free licenses such as the GNU GPL," Robertson concluded,...

Katherine Noyes
Would Linux Be Better Off Without the FSF?
03/22/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1122 Words

GNU/Linux debate -- "sorry, RMS, 'Linux' already won," Travers opined--other key distinguishing issues include: "Is nVidia in violation of the GPL due to the fact that they release closed-source drivers? Linus says no, RMS says yes," Travers pointed out. "The relative merits of...

Katherine Noyes
A Big, Linuxy 'Thank You' to Matthew Katzer
03/04/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 955 Words

'I Don't See the Excitement'
"I really don't see the excitement," Slashdot blogger hairyfeet told LinuxInsider. "The other side basically came up with the most foolish arguments that even a first-year law student could have ripped to shreds, trying to claim that GPL ...

Katherine Noyes
The Dating Game, Linux-Style
02/15/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1132 Words

Well the Day of Love is safely behind us again for another year, and not a moment too soon! For some...

Jack M. Germain
F-Spot: An Able-Bodied All-in-One Image Machine
02/03/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1059 Words

F-Spot is an open source project overed under the terms of the GNU GPL licensing stipulations. As a testament to its usefulness and popularity, F-Spot is included with numerous Linux distributions. You can find a binary package for most here...

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