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Linux and the GPL: A Storm Erupts

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone in the land of stars and stripes, it's a pretty safe bet that blood pressures are rising and tensions are high here in the Linux blogosphere. The holiday season is hard upon us, after all, and Linux Girl, for one, has resorted to her preferred coping strategy ...

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Microsoft Hangs Up the Phone on GPLv3

Little did we know when Microsoft's Jean Paoli uttered the words, "We love open source" late last summer that there would be so many occasions in subsequent months to look back on that statement and scratch our heads in wonder. Case in point: the company's recent decision to severely restrict the op...

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On GPL Compliance, Android Tablets Get an ‘F’

There seems to be no stopping the current avalanche of Android tablets, and that's undoubtedly a good thing for Linux. 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 provid...

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GPLv3: Is It Catching On?

The third version of the GNU General Public License version 3, released last summer, is on the slow road to acceptance. The new licensing conditions usher in numerous changes in how open source software developers regulate what users of their freely distributed programming code are legally able and ...

Verizon Under the Gun for GPL Infringement

The Software Freedom Law Center is challenging Verizon's use of BusyBox open source code in the wireless routers provided to its FiOS customers. SFLC has filed suit against Verizon in the U.S. District Court of New York on behalf of BusyBox developers Erik Andersen and Rob Landley, alleging that the...

Linux Blog Safari: Asus’ eeePC and the GPL, Linux in 2008

With all the buzz about Android starting to settle down, and the respite from it all afforded by Thanksgiving, the last few weeks have felt a little more mellow in the Linux blogs. One topic that did generate some passionate attention, however, was the question of whether Asus' new eeePC subnotebook...

FSF Approves Affero GPL for SaaS Apps

The Free Software Foundation on Monday published the GNU Affero General Public License version 3, a version of the GNU GPLv3 designed specifically for network-oriented free software. The AGPLv3 is based on version 3 of the GPL but includes an additional terms to allow users who interact with the lic...

Linux Blog Safari: Gutsy Gibbon, the Greenphone, GPLv3, Microsoft

It's been a contentious few weeks on the Linux blogs, what with the big Microsoft news on Monday as well as a few key product happenings and subsequent evaluation. The release of Canonical's Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon on Oct. 18 has been a particularly hot topic. Included in the release, which replace...

GPL v3: Was It Worth the Effort?

The third version of the GNU General Public License version 3, released last summer, is on the slow road to acceptance. The new licensing conditions usher in numerous changes in how open source software developers regulate what users of their freely distributed programming code are legally able and ...

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GNU GPL Creator Richard Stallman on the Meaning of ‘Free’

"Free software" is a term that's often used interchangeably with "open source," and often understood simply to mean software that is obtained without charge. However, the idea of free software is neither about openness nor about price; it is a matter of freedom, and its implications extend into the ...

GPL Settlement: Plenty of Buzz, No Deal

Despite a press release by the defendant indicating its desire for a quick settlement, the licensing beef between BusyBox and Monsoon Multimedia is in fact still alive and well. No agreement has yet been reached, said Daniel B. Ravicher, the attorney who is prosecuting the Software Freedom Law Cente...

First US GPL Lawsuit: What’s ‘Free’ Got to Do With It?

In what promises to be a precedent-setting case, the Software Freedom Law Center announced Thursday that it has filed the first ever U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit based on a violation of the GNU General Public License. The case was filed on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox against...

Free Software Licensing, Part 2: Beyond GPL

While the Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public Licenses are used in nearly three-quarters of all free and open source software, GPL-based licenses not the only game in town. There are dozens of free and open source-focused software licenses, and while most aren't used -- or aren't even usef...

Microsoft Declares Immunity From GPLv3

Microsoft has issued a statement about its position in regard to the Free Software Foundation's version 3 of the GNU General Public License, which was crafted in part to protect users from possible Microsoft patent infringement lawsuits. Microsoft's stance? The company, in four paragraphs of text, e...

After Months of Wrangling, GPL v3 Unleashed

After an unprecedented development process that brought four drafts in eighteen months, the Free Software Foundation has released the third version of the GNU General Public License, the world's most popular free software license. "Since we founded the free software movement over 23 years ago, the f...

GPL ‘Last Call’ Aims to Make MS-Novell Deal Last of Its Kind

The Free Software Foundation has released the "last call" draft of version 3 of the GNU General Public License. The near-final draft simultaneously paves for the way for the controversial Microsoft-Novell Suse Linux distribution pact while at the same time inhibits similar deals from occurring again...

Novell: GPLv3 Could Be Risky Business

Public companies are required to note possible risk factors that investors need to be aware of, and one of the risk factors reported by Novell notes the uncertainty of the effects of the new and upcoming GNU General Public License, according to the company's annual United States Securities and Excha...

Sun May Release OpenSolaris Under GPL

Sun Microsystems is considering the possibility of releasing OpenSolaris, the open source version of its Solaris operating system, under the latest version of the GNU GPL, the primary free software license. Up to now, OpenSolaris has been offered only under the Common Development and Distribution Li...

Survey: Open Source Developers Welcome GPL v3 Draft 3

Open source software provider OpenLogic last week announced the results of a survey focusing on the most recent draft of the GPLv3. The survey results indicate that OpenLogic Expert Community members are positive toward the most recent GPLv3 draft. Seventy-one percent of respondents who currently us...

Latest GPL Draft Aims to Sink Microsoft-Novell Pact

Months after it planned to release the third discussion draft of the GNU General Public License Version 3, the Free Software Foundation has finally posted a draft on its Web site. GPLv3 is the first upgrade of the document in 16 years, when Version 2 was released. GPLv3 is a direct response to sever...

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