ZDNet UK has a piece about concerns over the next version of the GNU General Public License. The article points to a thread on the Debian Legal mailing list, discussing the fact that the Linux kernel is distributed exclusively under the GPL version 2.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
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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In his interview last week with our ownDavid Berlind Microsoft open source strategist Jason Matusow (right) articulated a new open source concept I call negotiable source.Negotiable source means you can negotiate for some open source rights and the responsibility that comes with them.
Mass market endorsements can have a powerful 'bandwagon' effect. (The illustration and headline come from The Band Wagon starring Fred Astaire.
Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP) goes on sale tomorrow. Though I have a PS2 and a shelf full of games, I don't really consider myself much of a gamer, so I won't be queueing up at midnight tonight or rushing to the store first thing tomorrow to snag a PSP, but I'll probably pick one up if I can find it at Costco.
Here is a story that hasn't gotten much media love this week.Novell will combine several products into a suite it says can replace Windows for a small business.
Whenever I see a study I look at who sponsored it. Take this for example.
It's a pity that so much (virtual) ink about open source has to be about legalities rather than technical issues. While I find the law interesting, I don't think it's as much fun or as fascinating as the technology.
As open source tools become more professional service revenue can replace license revenue naturally. JBoss, based near my home in Atlanta, is Exhibit A.
Larry Rosen (right), former general counsel for the Open Source Initiative, has not turned against the General Public License (GPL). He remains a strong open source advocate.
Microsoft's anti-interoperability license has been rejected by the European Commission. (That's the same EC that's bullying through the anti-competitive patent directive.