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[News] GPLv3 and Free Software in General Keep Growing

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GPL Project Watch List for Week of 10/24

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| This week our GPL v3 count is at 3349 GPL v3 projects, an increase of 112 GPL 
| v3 projects. The AGPL v3 count is at 181 AGPL v3 projects. The LGPL v3 number 
| is at 400 LGPL v3 projects, an increase of 55 LGPL v3 projects.  


Open Source Coding: A new buzzword for college graduates

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| Two of the key contributors to Linux and Open Source are Google and Red Hat ( 
| I am deliberately ignoring others!). Google reports, each time you use the 
| Google search engine, you are using open source software, which relies on the 
| Linux kernel, GCC, Python and Samba, and commits code into each of those 
| projects. Google maintains a healthy relationship with the open source 
| software development community by releasing Google-created code, providing 
| vital infrastructure, and by creating new open source software developers 
| through programs such as the Google Summer of Code. Red Hat offers a summer 
| intern program and certification courses for undergraduates, graduates, and 
| candidates who hold a master’s degree in business administration.         



Clearing up anti-GPL3 FUD

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| Some of the bad publicity about GPL3 is deliberate. A particularly
| bad article by Dan Lyons of Forbes magazine painted an offensive
| picture of GPL3 and Richard Stallman, even accusing Stallman of
| having sex with flowers (!!!) after Lyons failed to comprehend
| a scientific joke.


Perens Lashes Out at Claims GPL 3 Brings Legal Risks

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| "Let's make it clear that [ACT] is Microsoft's lobbying front and
| that they are going to paint as negative a picture as they can,"
| Perens told eWEEK in an interview.
| "Obviously, GPL software is displacing Microsoft enough to have
| them concerned, and it's doing it at customers who are important
| to them. A lawyer's job is to scare the other side if they can--because
| they know it's cheaper than winning a case in court," he said.


Open sourcerers do battle for GPLv3

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| Mark Taylor, a former head of the Open Source Consortium in the UK,
| thinks the whole thing is being blown out of all proportion.
| He told us: "The only people worrying about the GPL draft are people
| like ACT. Everyone else is really pleased with the draft. The original
| GPL aimed to prevent deals like the one between Novell and Microsoft.
| They just found a loophole. This draft closes it."


Microsoft: shades of Saddam Hussein

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| When they write the history of the computer history 10 years from now, the
| date May 14, 2007 will be marked in red: it's the day when everyone knew
| that Microsoft was starting to go down the tube.


Microsoft patent claims complicated by GPLv3

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| The current version of the GPL, the open-source license for Linux,
| does not have specific protection against patent litigation for
| companies distributing Linux. However, GPLv3, which is expected
| to be in final release in the next couple of months, has a
| provision promising patent safety to those who receive software,
| such as Linux, distributed under the license.

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