News Category: Open Source Practices

The Far-Reaching Implications of Licence Violation

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 1, 2009, 1:00 pm When we think about the implications of non-compliance with F/OSS licensing the considerations tend to be around legal exposure and concern that the conditions of a reciprocal license, e.g. the GPL, may propagate into proprietary code. When risk...
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Postscriptum and Prescription of the Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA)

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 1, 2009, 3:22 am Adriaan de Groot talks about the use of a Fiduciary License Agreement in the KDE project: "The Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA) between KDE contributors and KDE e.V. is one that assigns those assignable rights derived from authorship from the...
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Black Duck Highlights Diversity in Open-Source Licensing

Article Source eWeekJune 30, 2009, 1:11 pm Black Duck Software, a maker of software for analyzing open-source code, on June 30 announced results of a study that shows¬â "increasing diversity in license types being chosen for open-source projects." According to Black Duck there has been "...
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The Doctor Who Model of Open Source

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 30, 2009, 3:47 am Peter Murray-Rust describes the governance model of some FOSS projects related to chemistry: the "Blue Obelisk community seems to have evolved a “Doctor Who” model. You’ll recall that every few years something fatal happens to the Doctor...
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GPL, ScummVM and Violations

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 30, 2009, 3:42 am The ScummVM project published a press release a few weeks ago saying that some games for the Nintendo Wii console made use of ScummVM without complying with the terms of the GPL. ScummVM developer Eugene Sandulenko has now revealed more...
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TiddlyGuv: An Open-Source Governance System

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 26, 2009, 4:06 am This is an overview of TiddlyGuv, an open-source governance application under development at Osmosoft, the open source innovation arm of BT. TiddlyGuv helps enterprises manage their open-source activities, and TiddlyGuv itself is an open-source,...
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Spain: Fear of Change Biggest Problem when Moving to Open Source

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 26, 2009, 1:10 am OSOR covers a report about open source migrations in Spain: "Overcoming users' fear of change made to their computing environment is the biggest issue organisations must deal with when moving to open source, according to a report by the Ministry...
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Red Hat, Alfresco Attack Microsoft SharePoint

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 26, 2009, 12:56 am The VAR Guy looks at Alfresco's open source alternative to SharePoint: "The VAR Guy hears it all the time: VARs and managed service providers generate hefty profits with on-premise and hosted Microsoft SharePoint. In fact, SharePoint has grown...
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Actuate ‘Treats’ Its Sales Force to Open Source 101

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 25, 2009, 1:07 am Matthew Aslett of The 451 Group looks at Actuate's open source activities: "I had an interesting chat with Nobby Akiha , senior VP marketing and Rich Guth, VP open source strategy, at Actuate, about the company’s ongoing conversion to open...
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Open Source Governance in a Small to Medium Size Company

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 24, 2009, 5:41 pm Having been involved with Open Source Software (OSS) in companies large and small, one of many issues that arise is the importance of establishing guidelines to assist with and promote the use of OSS both internally and in product development as...
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