News Category: Open Source Practices

Judge Rebukes SCO, Blocks Sale, Appoints Bankruptcy Trustee

Article Source Ars TechnicaAugust 6, 2009, 8:05 am The SCO Group attempted to stave off liquidation in June by signing a last minute deal with Gulf Capital Partners and a tech firm called unXis. The terms of the agreement, which were finalized only moments before a court hearing, stipulated...
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Patent Reformer Becomes Troll, Sues Defunct OSS Company

Article Source Ars TechnicaJuly 29, 2009, 12:23 pm A small Web development and open source software company called CityWare was recently named alongside Google, Yahoo, Amazon and other software giants in a patent infringement lawsuit. What makes this unusual is that CityWare has no products...
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Pirate Party's Copyright Reform Cannon Could Sink Copyleft

Article Source Ars TechnicaJuly 27, 2009, 5:57 am Free Software Foundation (FSF) founder Richard Stallman published a statement last week expressing concern about the Swedish Pirate Party's copyright reform platform. The party's ambitious goals for copyright term reduction would blast holes...
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Open-Source Legal Education Comes to OSCON

Article Source The Open RoadJuly 17, 2009, 12:40 pm If you're an open-source developer, OSCON is the closest you'll come to Mecca, whatever your religious persuasion. But OSCON has been branching out in the past few years, and this year, for the first time, it includes a a one-day, free...
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Licensing 101 for Open Source Projects--Pick a License

Part I dealt with the impact your licensing choice can have on the use of the code you write. This part II focuses on how your choice of license impacts your ability to incorporate third party code (whether from third party programs or third party contributions). Like in in Part I, the analysis...
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Open Source is Infiltrating the Enterprise

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 15, 2009, 7:27 am James Turner over at the O'Reilly Radar writes: "There's a persistent perception that open source software is being ignored in the enterprise, that IT management fears it and it ends up being more costly to deploy than proprietary solutions. That...
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Open-Source Extremism, And How the OSI Can Help

Article Source The Open RoadJuly 14, 2009, 2:30 pm One of the profound failings of the open-source movement is how insular it has allowed its ideology to be. While the commercialization of open source has necessarily forced a new dialectic into open source (one with many different shades and...
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Free/Open Source Law Journal Launched

Article Source The HJuly 14, 2009, 4:24 am The first edition looks at the workings of the Fiduciary Licence Agreement, how Peer-to-Patent worked and the implications of recent US appeals court decisions. There are also case law reports and relevant book reviews. Karen Copehaver, a partner at...
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KDE e.V. Elects New Board of Directors

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 10, 2009, 11:04 pm KDE e.V., the association that provides representation, support and governance to the KDE community, has elected a new board of directors: "After former board member Klaas Freitag and KDE e.V. president Aaron Seigo stepped down and vice...
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GNOME Foundation Annual Report 2008 Released

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 10, 2009, 1:27 am The GNOME Foundation has released its Annual Report 2008 (19 MB, PDF): "The report aims to bring a summary of GNOME community activities in 2008. It includes a review of the year, accounts of various community activities and events around the...
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