That is the heart of the argument Sun President Jonathan Schwartz made at the Open Source Business Conference this week. As reported by our own Stephen Shankland, because code used with GPL components must be released under the GPL, it imposes on its users a rather predatory obligation to disgorge all their IP back to the wealthiest nation in the world, the United States, where the GPL originated.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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I suspect most readers of this blog hope the SCO Group gets thumped in its copyright suit with IBM. I'm on your side.
I think Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols may just have a point in his latest column.
Philip Howard of Bloor Research (right) says that if open source is strategic, it will benefit mainly the current players. Plus a change, plus c'est la mme chose, he writes.
Former Sun, now Intel open source diva Danese Cooper (right) has helped OSI get a new board, our David Berlind reports. It's a better board, geographically diverse and diplomatically oriented.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in MGM v. Grokster.
Europe's Open Source Consortium has begun work on a set of ethical guidelines covering open source development. Is this trip really necessary?
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, wrote Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. But will you love SuSE as I love SuSE once she goes by her married name of Novell?
I usually stick to open source-related topics on this blog, but this story really resonated with me. Dr.
Open source bundling is the new trend. Martin Lamonica's story yesterday about SourceLabs describes one such bundles.