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Ubuntu launchpad for Affero?

http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk

The controversial Affero general public license could get an unexpected boost from Ubuntu developer Canonical. Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical's chief executive, has said AGPL is "a strong candidate" for the eventual open source release of Launchpad, Canonical's developer collaboration tool.

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Created by vlovindia 6 years 30 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 30 weeks ago
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Microsoft Has a Reasonably Discriminatory Plan to Illegalise FOSS

http://boycottnovell.com

A few days ago we wrote about Microsoft’s defense of RAND (and a bit of its latest slime against Groklaw). Do not be mistaken or deliberately misled to the point of believing that this RAND gotcha only applies to OOXML. It also applies to Mono and — by association — to Moonlight, which Microsoft hopes to infect the World Wide Web with.

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Google's festering problem with the AGPL

http://www.cnet.com

Google apparently likes open source that lets it "borrow" open-source software while giving comparatively little back, and always on Google's terms.

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RIAA to help enforcing the GPL

http://blog.milkingthegnu.org

Free/Iliad is a French Internet provider with a whooping €1B in revenues. Its founder Xavier Niel boasts being a very profitable business with all salaries representing only a few percents of Free’s revenues: a performance that might be better explained by the amount of open source leveraged by their massive infrastructure.

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From "happy hacking" to "screw you" - the story of Meraki

http://www.virishi.net

I've been following the development of mesh wifi technology for several years now. From the moment I first grokked what was going on with it, it struck me as a great disruptive technology.

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GPL v3 Has Reached 2000 Projects!!!

http://gpl3.blogspot.com

Our database now contains over 2000 projects that are using the GPL v3. This is a large milestone for the license, and seems to still be the beginning of wider adoption. Nine months have passed since the release of the controversial license and it has already gained 2k projects.

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The GNU GPL: Free as in Will?

http://blog.s11n.net

As anyone who has anything to do with [non-Windows] software development knows, GNU’s definition of “free” is “free as in freedom and free as in beer.” But what dictionary did the GPL author(s) use when looking up a definition for “freedom”?

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OpenOffice.org goes to LGPLv3

http://blogs.sun.com

You may recall that a team from Sun devoted a great deal of time to the process of drafting the GPLv3. Our engagement was not just the monitoring exercise that I suspect it was for many of the corporate participants.

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Microsoft Singularity: What is the mess we've been handed?

http://penguinpetes.com

I'm totally tortured with agonizing over Microsoft's Singularity. See, I have a standing moral obligation with myself as follows: If Microsoft ever released a purely Open-Source or Free Software system - as defined by the Free Software Foundation, the Open Source Initiative, or common conventional wisdom - I have said (and will repeat here) that I would download it, try it out, review it, and possibly adopt it, to be treated no different from software from, for example, Red Hat Inc. or BSD.

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The impact of licensing choice

http://blogs.the451group.com

Tim Bowden published an interesting post earlier this week about the impact that the choice of open source license has on the potential valuation of an open source vendor. Taking the MySQL and PostgreSQL databases as an example, Bowden wrote:

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Created by vlovindia 6 years 38 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 38 weeks ago
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Who told you that reading a license is boring?

http://planet.sabayonlinux.org

In the last 24 hours I implemented Licenses validation, whitelisting, masking and database support to Entropy. When I started, I tried to find out if someone (maybe crazy like me?) had already made a list of free (as in freedom and/or beer) software licenses. I didn’t dig too much and decided to have a look at /usr/portage/licenses. OMG, 811 licenses to read!

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Barracuda turns to open source users for patent research

http://www.linuxworld.com

Barracuda Networks CEO Dean Drako says his company won't license a virus scanning patent from Trend Micro, and he's going to users to help build Barracuda's case file of prior art—previous software products and documentation that could help invalidate the patent in court.

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The Non-Revocable GPL

http://www.groklaw.net

I know by now you've seen the notice by the guy claiming to "revoke" the GPL license on his code, because I'm getting email about it.

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HP Launches Open Source Governance Initiative

http://www.internetnews.com

HP is among the biggest backers of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the world. As such they've developed their own best practices and tools to help their customers understand what Open Source licenses their applications contain as well as helping to maintain compliance with the terms of the various licenses.

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Software emancipation: An open letter to Linus Torvalds

http://blogs.zdnet.com

After years of watching the software industry twist itself in knots trying to differentiate “open” vs. “free” and having to re-invent code simply because it had the wrong comments at the top, I think it’s time to put an end to the madness. This promoted me to write the following letter to Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel

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