News Category: Open Source Practices

As License Issues Swirl, A New CAOS Report

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 9, 2009, 9:14 am The 451 Group has released a report about open source licensing: "There has been no shortage of lively discussion on open source software licenses with recent shifts in the top licenses, perspectives on the licenses or lack of them for networked,...
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Switzerland: Court to BBL: 'Continue Using Proprietary Licences at Own Risk'

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 7, 2009, 3:21 am OSOR: "The Swiss government's Department for Building and Logistics (BBL) can continue to use the Microsoft licences it purchased without a public tender earlier this year, but at its own risk, the Federal Administrative Court of Switzerland said...
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PostgreSQL 8.4 Now Available

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 2, 2009, 4:06 am PostgreSQL 8.4 has been released: "The release, which comes after sixteen months of development by the PostgeSQL Global Development Group, adds a number of new features such as per-column permissions which gives more control over which users can...
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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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