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Even The Open Source Community Gets Overly Restrictive At Times

http://www.techdirt.com

Reader Brad sent in a fascinating post from a little while back by Steve Streeting, a software developer who created an open source 3D rendering engine called OGRE. In the post, Streeting describes his evolving view on open source licenses.

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Symbian Releases Microkernel and SDK

http://symbian.org

The Symbian Foundation today announced a significant milestone in its plan to move the entire Symbian platform into open source: the release of the platform microkernel (EKA2) and supporting development kit under the Eclipse Public License (EPL).

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GPLv2 clause 6

http://blogs.fsfe.org

So I talked about licenses. And license obligations. And interesting bits of the GPL version 2. There’s one clause of the GPL version 2 that I’d like to single out because it’s one that is surprising to me — and rarely mentioned. Clause 6.

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Open Core: The worst of both worlds

http://www.jejik.com

However, I think that most them are missing the elephant in the room: Open core is not sustainable in the long term because it represents the worst of both worlds. Open core tries to find a middle ground between proprietary software and free software, but it reaps the benefits of neither and inherits the problems of both.

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The Difference Between EULAs and Open Source Licenses

http://www.osnews.com

In France, the GPL has scored yet another major win in court. What makes this infringements case special is that it was filed not by the developers of the infringed-upon code, but by users, demonstrating that they, too, can successfully enforce the GPL.

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Why do companies prefer proprietary products to GPL products?

http://dmartin.org

I do understand why companies often prefer BSD and Apache products to the GPL. But what I don't understand is why companies prefer proprietary over GPL.

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GIMP to go (L)GPL3

http://www.h-online.com

According to the change notes for the current development branch the next release of the GIMP image editor will be licensed under the GPL3 and LGPL3

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Is use of the GPL really decreasing?

http://www.itwire.com

Is it reasonable to raise the question "does X still matter?" when the X in question is in use among nearly two-thirds of the target users under discussion?

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A new GCC runtime library license snag?

http://lwn.net

The saga of the GCC runtime library has been covered here a couple of times in the past. The library's license is a legal hack which tries to accomplish a set of seemingly conflicting goals.

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Sony open sources digital effects software

http://www.zdnetasia.com

Film effects specialist Sony Pictures Imageworks has released five digital image-manipulation software tools under open source licenses.

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Launchpad Open-Sourced. Now What?

http://www.workswithu.com

Launchpad, a Web application developed by Canonical for managing software development, was finally open-sourced last week.  But with a number of its other products remaining proprietary, what are Canonical's real intentions towards living by the free-software ideology that drives projects like Ubuntu?

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Background on the new Microsoft code

http://linux-network-plumber.blogspot.com

This saga started when one of the user's on the Vyatta forum inquired about supporting Hyper-V network driver in the Vyatta kernel. [...] The driver [initially] had both open-source components which were under GPL, and statically linked to several binary parts.

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Why the GNU GPL Still Matters

http://www.computerworlduk.com

Contributing to projects that use more permissive licences than the GNU GPL means that it is likely that many will not contribute because of their distaste for free riders.

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International Free and Open Source Software Law Review

http://www.ifosslr.org

The International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSS L. Rev.) is a collaborative legal publication aiming to increase knowledge and understanding among lawyers about Free and Open Source Software issues. Topics covered include copyright, licence implementation, licence interpretation, software patents, open standards, case law and statutory changes.

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Introducing RDF for GNU Licenses

http://www.fsf.org

I'm happy to announce that Resource Description Framework (RDF) metadata now accompanies all of the GNU licenses. This provides a great new tool that developers can use to raise awareness about the free software license they use for their work, and that users can use to find the software they're looking for.

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