News Category: Open Source Practices

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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SCO Ousts Darl... But The Saga Continues

Article Source InformationWeek's Open Source WeblogOctober 20, 2009, 8:08 am Just when you think the saga of SCO can't get any weirder, it does. The SCO Group announced in the last few days it was firing Darl McBride, but also "restructuring" and also "looking to raise additional funding and...
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GPLv2 Ambiguities Linger On

Article Source InformationWeek's Open Source WeblogOctober 16, 2009, 8:47 am Scarcely a week goes by without some criticism or analysis of open source licensing, and this time around it's whether or not the GPLv2's "legally ambiguous". The whole story comes by way of The Register, gleaned from...
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Notes from FOSSBazaar Meeting at Open World Forum

Article Source FOSSBazaarOctober 15, 2009, 7:28 am We had a very productive FOSSBazaar meeting at Open World Forum in Paris earlier this month. The slides of the presentations are available and here are some notes about the meeting. We identified a number of issues that people are interested...
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Take Two On Three Ways

Article Source InformationWeek's Open Source WeblogOctober 13, 2009, 7:59 am I goofed a bit in my previous blog about open core / open source licensing. As always, the details are full of devils -- but that afforded a chance to bring some more thought to the table. Not long after I made the...
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