News Category: Open Source Practices

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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Licensing 101 for Open Source Projects: Choosing an Open Source License

The most important thing for your open source projectâÃôs success is obviously good and useful code. Licensing, however, can make or breakÂ¬â  your project as well. Choosing the right open source license for your software is crucial for your projectâÃôs success as it determines, amongst other...
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LCA: The Business of Open Source, New Zealand, January 2010

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 9, 2009, 10:13 am We are submitting a proposal to hold a mini-conf for people interested in the business of open source at LCA 2010 http://www.lca2010.org.nz/. Â¬â  This mini-conf is for people interested in business aspects of open source.¬â Â¬â  Topics include...
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101 Open Source Apps for Enterprises

Article Source FOSSBazaarJuly 9, 2009, 9:24 am Datamation lists 101 open source enterprise applications: "Until recently, few enterprises were using open source software for back office applications, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM). But...
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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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