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Microsoft Updates Open Specification Promise to Include GPL/Gives $$ to Apache

http://www.groklaw.net

Microsoft has updated its Open Specification Promise page as of July 25, and it now says in the FAQ that the GPL is covered, including commercial:
Q: I am a developer/distributor/user of software that is licensed under the GPL, does the Open Specification Promise apply to me?

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Launchpad Source-Code Within 12 Months

http://www.phoronix.com

To this point...Launchpad isn't available under a free software license aside from its Storm component. However, Mark Shuttleworth has stated this afternoon that within the next 12 months they expect to release the source-code to Launchpad.

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Linguistic Problems of GPL Advocacy

http://news.slashdot.org

Reader Chemisor advances a theory in his journal that a linguistic misunderstanding is at the root of many disagreements over different licensing philosophies, in particular BSD vs. GPL. The argument is that GPL adherents desire the freedom of their code, while those on the BSD side want freedom for their projects.

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Nokia buy Symbian, will release OS as Open Source

http://fosswire.com

TechCrunch IT are reporting that Nokia has bought Symbian Ltd, the software development company famous for creating the proprietary operating system for mobile devices, Symbian OS.

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Java is finally Free and Open

http://www.jboss.org

At JavaOne in May, 2006, Sun Microsystems announced they were going to release Java as free software under the terms of the GPL. The size of the task (6.5 million lines of code) was only eclipsed by the size of the opportunity for Java as a free and open technology.

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IBM may open source DB2

http://news.zdnet.co.uk

IBM is positive about the possibility of bringing out its DB2 database-management software under an open-source licence.

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GPLv3 Watchlist update

http://gpl3.blogspot.com

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for May 31st through June 6th, 2008.

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Microsoft apologizes to Open Source Initiative for policy violation

http://blogs.zdnet.com

After outcry from various constituencies over the past couple of days, Microsoft has pulled from its CodePlex site its Sandcastle project for failure to comply with the terms and conditions required in order to be qualify as bona-fide open source.

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Pentaho Releases Business Intelligence Platform Under GPL License

http://lxer.com

Pentaho Corp., the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), today announced that its current version 2 alpha release of the Pentaho BI Platform, as well as future versions, will be distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2).

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Law.com article spins old confusions into new "danger"

http://www.softwarefreedom.org

Law.com recently ran a sensationalist piece by Edmund J. Walsh warning of the impending “dangerous real world business dispute” in store for any for-profit company that uses free software. Walsh points to lawsuits filed by SFLC on behalf BusyBox as a source of this danger, and having worked on those lawsuits, I hope I can provide a helpful counterpoint.

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Are your Firefox extensions proprietary software?

http://commandline.org.uk

In the last-post, I went through the most popular Firefox extensions and talked about whether they were good ideas or not. However, it seems that not a lot of people think about another side to this, i.e. what are your Firefox extensions licenced under?

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Dear Google: Is AGPL Evil?

http://boycottnovell.com

Google snubs a very good software licence and makes a Web-based software feature Windows-only.

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Google’s open source problem is Affero

http://blogs.zdnet.com

The best open source protection for “the cloud,” as Gordon Haff notes today, is the Affero GPL license. (Picture from our Tech Republic’s GeekEnd blog, written by Jay Garmon.)vv

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MySQL backtracks on closed-source plan

http://www.zdnetasia.com

Sun Microsystems has backtracked on previous plans to release important backup features for its MySQL database under a proprietary license, following widespread criticism from the open source community.

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Selling a Proprietary GNU/Linux by Spitting in Its Pool of Life

http://boycottnovell.com

The story of Novell is a rather complicated one because the company mocks the very same product which it tries to sell. Novell uses GNU/Linux FUD to market itself, especially by boasting Microsoft’s software patent ‘protection’ as its advantage, added value, distinguisher (the classic decoy being “interoperability”).

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