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7 Reasons Why Free Software Is Losing Influence

Bruce Byfield | Datamation | November 22, 2011

Five years ago, when most of the Java code was released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), Sun Microsystems took care to enlist the Free Software Foundation (FSF) in the announcement, collecting approving statements from Richard Stallman, the president of the FSF, and Eben Moglen, its legal counsel. Read More »

7 Reasons Why Free Software Is Losing Influence

Bruce Byfield | Datamation | November 22, 2011

Five years ago, when most of the Java code was released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), Sun Microsystems took care to enlist the Free Software Foundation (FSF) in the announcement, collecting approving statements from Richard Stallman, the president of the FSF, and Eben Moglen, its legal counsel.

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Do We Still Need The FSF, GNU and GPL?

Glyn Moody | The H Open | June 13, 2011

It's easy to take things for granted – to assume that the world will always be as it is. And then sometimes you receive a mild jolt: some new information appears that makes you sit up and reconsider your preconceptions. Here's one jolt I received recently: Read More »

FSF Uses Unproven Compliance Issue to Promote GPLv3

Brian Proffitt | IT World | August 22, 2011

The Free Software Foundation (FSF), in its quest to promote version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPL) over the GPLv2, has joined the chorus of observers who have made broad hints that vendors within the Android operating system ecosystem are guilty of some violation of the GPLv2. Read More »

Further defining 'Free' and/or 'Open Source' Software

The battle continues over the correct definitions of 'Free' and/or 'Open Source' Software (FOSS). For many readers who don't follow this issue closely, it's time to take another look at the subject.

According to the GNU organization and the Free Software Foundation (FSF)'Free' Software is not about price – it's about liberty and freedom.. Read More »

Kitware's Contribution to the OSTP RFI On Publically Funded Data: the “Open Source Way”

Peter Murray-Rust | A Scientist and the Web | January 5, 2012

Here I want to applaud the response from Kitware, a company I know remotely (though have never visited). I work closely with Marcus Hanwell, who has developed Avogadro, an Open Source molecular editor (picture at the end of this mail). Read More »

Mozilla Pushes Out MPL 2.0

Ben Woods | ZDNet UK | January 4, 2012

Mozilla has finished work on version 2.0 of its Mozilla Public Licence, updating the agreement for the first time in more than a decade to fit better with other free software and open-source licences. Read More »

On The Continuing Decline of the GPL

Matthew Aslett | The 451 Group | December 15, 2011

...The figures indicate that not only has the usage of the GNU GPL family of licenses (GPL2+3, LGPL2+3, AGPL) continued to decline since June, but that the decline has accelerated. The GPL family now accounts for about 57% of all open source software, compared to 61% in June.

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Ruby Project Ditches GPL in Favour of BSD

Gareth Halfacree | Thinq_ | October 30, 2011

Ruby 1.9.3-p0, the first release in the new stable series, was released last night, but in addition to several new features and improvements - including better support for library loading, and locking in multi-threaded programs and support for Unicode 6.0 - comes with a change in licensing. Read More »

Windows Store Makes a Special Allowance for Open Source

Katherine Noyes | PC World | December 8, 2011

Microsoft has caused plenty of angst among fans of open source software over the years--just recently with its secure boot plans for Windows 8, for example--but this week it appears to have delivered a small gift instead. Read More »