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Links 1 through 10 of 151 by Simon Phipps tagged GPL

When we speak of free

software, we are referring

to freedom, not price. --

I stumbled across this almost-decade-old posting from Danny's site after being reminded of it by his new postings.

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Richard Stallman does not believe that copying the headers alone from a GPLed file creates a derivative work.

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Rbust reply from Red Hat concerning their decision to stop sharing details of the patches they are applying to the Linux kernel with non-subscribers. On the assumption that all the work they do on the open source code itself is committed upstream, I can see no reason at all why this step is wrong. It may make them less helpful to other developers who have come to depend on them, but they do have to defend themselves against competitive attackers and this seems a good compromise that breaks no rules.

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Excellent decision here. They could have done this at absolutely any time, but I'm pleased they've done it now.

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Very reasonable and balanced commentary from Mark Wielaard calls for the licence terms surrounding JDK7 and 8 to be reconsidered in the light of the need for open source communities to be able to freely work with the specifications.

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"To summarize:
* The App Store terms apply to GPLed software in the App Store.
* Those terms force strict Usage Rules on customers that prohibit many activities that are allowed under the GPL.
* Those restrictions are not allowed under GPLv2 section 6."

In a posting to the VLC mailing list Brett Smith gives expert advice on the compatibility of the GPL and the App Store's rules. Ultimately this conflict arises because of Apple's desire to place what it regards as "fair use restrictions" based on the assumption that everything is proprietary. They could pretty easily fix it by adding an open source exception to the terms. Paging Ernie Prabhakar...

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"Google could have avoided all this by building Android on top of IcedTea, a GPL-covered Java implementation based on Sun's original code, instead of an independent implementation under the Apache License. ... It's sad to see that Google apparently shunned [the GPL's] protections in order to make proprietary software development easier on Android."

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The Linux Foundation has marshalled its considerable corporate resources and allies to create an impressive compliance program to address the problem that they face from community members enforcing the GPL with gusto.

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Pamela picks up both my article and Mark's and asks the obvious question. For the record, Mark is wrong to assert that I think only copyleft licenses are proper open source licenses. As for the "what does freedom mean" question Pamela is asking, that one will run and run and is at the root of the division between the BSD-ish and GPL-ish approaches.

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They are using the EUPL by preference and allowing GPL et al by implication. Huge news, and a sign of a trend that will sweep europe as each country sees the value of ending the stranglehold of the big softwrae companies and the SIs.

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