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TomTom gets allies in Microsoft Linux patent lawsuit fight

http://blogs.computerworld.com

When Microsoft first sued TomTom for patent violations in TomTom's Linux-powered navigation devices, I wasn't sure how much of a fight TomTom would put up. Legally TomTom was between a rock and a hard place. You can't use restricted-use patents in GPLed software.

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TomTom Sues the “Patent Troll” Microsoft

http://boycottnovell.com

A quick glance at TomTom’s response to Microsoft’s lawsuit that jeopardises the GPL and Linux

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Created by komrad 9 years 21 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 21 weeks ago
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Enderle on TomTom - Here We Go Again - Updated 2Xs

http://www.groklaw.net

Rob Enderle stands up to defend Microsoft, whom he assumes must have valid patents being asserted in Microsoft's patent litigation lawsuit against TomTom. He therefore wants TomTom to just pay up, and he'd like Linux folks to quit being a drama queen about it all. So, I guess that means Enderle still doesn't understand the GPL? You think? Linux folks are not going to be moving on.

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Created by vikash 9 years 22 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 22 weeks ago
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Experts: Microsoft's FAT licensing terms might violate GPL

http://www.sdtimes.com

Microsoft's current FAT file system licensing program could hobble the development and free distribution of GPL-licensed software, says an open-source legal advocate. However, licensing terms that were once published on Microsoft's website, which have since vanished, would have been compatible with the GPL.

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Quote of the Day: Why Novell Might Already be Violating the GPL

http://boycottnovell.com

Quote: "are they distributing FAT kernel components under GPL while paying for Microsoft licenses for that technology?"

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Microsoft sabotaging GPL, claims Samba

http://www.zdnet.com.au

Samba project leader Jeremy Allison has accused Microsoft of trying to prevent people using and distributing software under the GNU General Public Licence, by forcing cross-patent licensing deals.

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Created by Noog 9 years 22 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 22 weeks ago
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Who should Software Freedom sue on FAT32?

http://blogs.zdnet.com

Microsoft owns FAT32, but it didn’t appear to pursue its rights. Until the TomTom case. At which point Jeremy Allison of Samba says Microsoft had secret cross-licensing deals with all those other guys which violate the GPL. So who should Software Freedom sue?

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Created by penguinista 9 years 23 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 23 weeks ago
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Hercules releases GPL MIDI drivers for Linux & GPL DJ Software Mixxx 1.6.1+Herc is released.

http://mixxxblog.blogspot.com

On Feb 16, 2009 Hercules released GPL Linux MIDI drivers for their DJ Console / DJ Control series of MIDI input controllers ( Mk2, RMX, MP3 Control, DJ Control Steel ).

Yesterday, the Mixxx open source DJ team released Mixxx 1.6.1+Herc for Linux, as well as control mapping update packs for Windows and OSX.

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Created by ironstorm 9 years 25 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 25 weeks ago
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serena@ghost webcomic

http://www.xentalion.com

Self plug alert!
I've been writing a web comic called serena@ghost, which is about a GNU/Linux geek. The big difference between my comic and other web comics is that I've been releasing the Inkscape SVG source under the GPL 3. It's been running for a little over a year now, and I'd like to see what the people here think of it.

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Created by xentalion 9 years 27 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 27 weeks ago
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[FSF] Free Software Supporter -- Issue 11, December/January 2009

http://lists.gnu.org

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* LibrePlanet Conference 2009!
* FSF files suit against Cisco for GPL violations
* BadVista: We hardly knew ye
* GCC libraries get updated license exception
* An open response to Chris Frey regarding GFDL 1.3
* Updating the Free Software Definition
* More background about the Cisco case
* The bootable membership cards are (finally) here!
* 3D graphics are 100% free software

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Created by can.axis 9 years 27 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 27 weeks ago
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Ciclope Astro: GPLed software without all the freedom we usually associate with Free Software

http://www.innovations-report.de

"The web-based planetarium is distributed under the GNU General Public License [...] If you plan to use, adapt or redistribute this code, please be also sure to have a look at the Google Maps API's Terms of Use." -- via Ciclope Ast

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Created by can.axis 9 years 28 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 28 weeks ago
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Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig (99 of 108)

http://www.coboto.com

«... In a math department, anyone would be free to tinker with a proof that someone offered. If you thought you had a better way to prove a theorem, you could take what someone else did and change it. In a classics department, if you believed a colleague's translation of a recently discovered text was flawed, you were free to improve it.

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Created by can.axis 9 years 28 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 28 weeks ago
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Plug-in architecture on the way for the GCC

http://www.sdtimes.com

"When Richard Stallman began writing Bison in 1983, he was only trying to build the bits of an operating system he would need to write an operating system. But that recursive goal was no stranger than the recursive name he would create for the software he would eventually create: GNU is Not Unix (GNU).

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Nokia Puts the L in License

http://www.linuxjournal.com

The licensing of the Qt toolkit has perhaps been one of the great sagas of the Open Source world. It was Qt's proprietary license — and KDE's reliance on Qt — that led to the creation of the GTK-based GNOME Desktop Environment in 1997.

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Created by leo 9 years 29 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 29 weeks ago
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Is Phoenix about to Enter GPL Violation HyperSpace?

http://www.computerworlduk.com

If ultraportables were last year's big surprise success for GNU/Linux, one of the potentially exciting technologies for this year is the instant-on pre-operating system that loads in seconds when you power up a desktop or portable.

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