Until September 20, 2007, nobody had ever sued anybody for violating the General Public License (GPL) ‚Äî not a single company, project, or individual developer in the license's then-eighteen year existence.
Keir Thomas calls trademarks a menace to open source, but Joe Brockmeier disagrees. When used properly, he says, trademarks, like copyright, are a handy tool to protect and promote open-source projects.
The TomTom case exposed a long-simmering problem resulting from the combination of patents, proprietary software companies and open source. Andrew Tridgell recently patched Linux's VFAT implementation, but the cult of silence that surrounds intellectual property will bedevil open source projects fo...
SCO, the dying Utah UNIX vendor, could finally be headed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and liquidation. The US Trustee representing the Justice Department in SCO's bankruptcy proceedings has filed a motion to dissolve the company, asserting that its repeated attempts at reorganization have failed and that it has practically no hope of recovering. CEO Darl McBride says that SCO intends to fight the motion.