News Category: Open Source Practices

Does Microsoft's 'Sudo Patent' Protect User Account Control?

Article Source InformationWeek's Open Source WeblogNovember 12, 2009, 11:49 am Has Microsoft gone one step closer to patenting the words "May I?" That's been the general sentiment about the granting of Microsoft's "Rights elevator" patent -- which would cover User Account Control ("UAC") in...
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Microsoft Pulls Windows 7 Tool After GPL Violation Claims

Article Source Ars TechnicaNovember 10, 2009, 11:02 am Last week, Within Windows noted something suspicious in regards to Microsoft's use of the GNU's General Public License (GPL): "While poking through the UDF-related internals of the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, I had a weird feeling...
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Project Management Lessons from the FreeDOS Project

Article Source FOSSBazaarNovember 10, 2009, 9:12 am A lot of people seem to think that open source is a magic solution to project management and that open source projects will automatically attract a large and healthy community of contributors and users who will improve the software. This, of...
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SFLC Tech Director Finds One New GPL Violator Every Day

Article Source Ars TechnicaNovember 9, 2009, 7:27 pm Bradley Kuhn, the technical director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), has published a helpful set of guidelines about the most productive way to respond to a suspected violation of GNU's General Public License (GPL). The...
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Let's Act on ACTA Before it's Too Late

Article Source Linux JournalNovember 9, 2009, 8:19 am It was over a year ago that I wrote about the “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (ACTA), a new global standard for the enforcement of intellectual monopolies currently being discussed by representatives of the United States, the...
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Court Gets A Torrent-full About Linux

Article Source Linux JournalNovember 4, 2009, 6:28 pm BitTorrent is one of the most contentious technologies available. At least, that is, to the Old Order, those lovely suit-clad corporate types bent on holding technology forever in the days of the — manual — typewriter. The technology,...
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Just the Facts - Exporting Encryption Algorithms

Article Source FOSSBazaarOctober 30, 2009, 2:58 am Open source developers may not realize it but in certain circumstances their work is subject to export regulation. When open source developers create an account on SourceForge.net they are required to agree to SF’s terms and conditions....
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Novell Aims SCO Tussle at the Supremes

Article Source The RegisterOctober 28, 2009, 11:31 am Novell wants the US Supreme Court to review its seemingly-never-ending legal tete-a-tete with SCO over the famous UNIX and UNIXware copyrights. As noticed by Groklaw, Novell has filed a motion with a federal appeals court asking for a 90-...
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F/OSS and the Public Sector

Article Source FOSSBazaarOctober 28, 2009, 2:14 am I've long held the view that the public sector stands to gain more from the adoption of F/OSS technology and principles than perhaps any other area. This is not just about saving on software licensing, reducing integration and support costs,...
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A Bit of a Licence

Article Source Linux JournalOctober 26, 2009, 8:49 am One of the striking aspects of the free software community is its obsession with licences. It's as if within every hacker there's a lawyer struggling to get out. But maybe it's not so surprising; as Larry Lessig reminded us, “code is...
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