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News] Boxee an Not-So-Open Source Shame, but Runs on GNU/Linux

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Boxee - You are NOT “Open”

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| Alrighty then, please let me know exactly how Boxee is “open”.
| This has actually come up on the Boxee forums, where the defense seems to 
| be “it is a private alpha so that means we really aren’t distributing it” and 
| a little of “it’s those darn lawyers, dontcha know”.  
| Truly, I am not a lawyer, but it seems to me Boxee is in flagrant violation 
| of the GPL. It’s pretty tiring how people get called out on the GPL and then 
| make busy with some tapdance about how it’s all a misunderstanding, and we 
| really really support FLOSS and it’s just the lawyers mucking about.   



Microsoft rethinks open-source CodePlex site

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| This got Microsoft in trouble in October when it emerged the company was
| posting code to CodePlex using licenses not compatible with the terms of the
| Open-Source Initiative (OSI). Microsoft describes CodePlex as
| its "open-source project hosting web site" and points users to a Wikipedia
| page on OSI licenses.


Open Source is not about freedom, nor is it about licenses.

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| Yes, freedom is necessary, but it's not sufficient. There's plenty of free
| software out there that has no value because there is no community
| surrounding the software. The pyramid of editors, developers, contributors,
| and users is absent. You can maximize your freedom by living as a hermit.
| Such a person is free to do anything they can do within their personal
| resources -- which isn't much. Freedom is maximized in a society, which means
| giving up some freedoms in exchange for the resources to make use of other
| freedoms. "Your freedom to swing your fist ends when it hits my nose."



Microsoft not so 'open' after all?

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| Head of open-source group says more than half of licenses don't pass muster
| [...]
| Michael Tiemann, president of the non-profit Open Source Initiative, said
| that provisions in three out of five of Microsoft's shared-source licenses  
| that restrict source code to running only on the Windows operating system
| would contravene a fundamental tenet of open-source licenses as laid out by
| the OSI. By those rules, code must be free for anyone to view, use, modify as
| they see fit.    
| [...]
| By his count, the OSI has rejected "two dozen" or so license applications for
| language that restricted the use or redistribution of software and its source
| code, even when the restrictions were written with what Tiemann
| called "moral" intent. For instance, the OSI has rejected license
| applications from Quakers and other pacifists who sought to prevent the use
| of software for weapons such as landmines.    
| "I am highly sympathetic to that point of view," he said. "But the OSI is not
| in the business of legislating moral use. We allow all use, commercial or
| non-commercial, mortal or medical."  

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