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[News] Free Software Reconciliation, GNU/Linux vs Linux Revisited

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Can't We All Just Get Along? Q&A With OSA Community Dev Chair Gopi Ganapathy

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| What the open source community needs is a more streamlined way to bring 
| everyone together to collaborate and ensure interoperability, says Gopi 
| Ganapathy, president and CEO of Essentia and the new Community Development 
| Chair of the Open Solutions Alliance.   


Is it GNU/Linux or Linux?

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| It is Debian GNU/Linux, but it is Linux Mint and just plain old Ubuntu. But 
| Canonical says Ubuntu is a Linux-based distro, not a GNU/Linux based distro. 
| It is also PCLinuxOS and not PCGNU/LinuxOS. Redhat calls it Redhat Linux and 
| the list goes on. So what is it GNU/Linux or Linux?   
| I have been criticised for using Linux by itself and have seen others being 
| chastised for it elsewhere. You write a long article and the only comment 
| from some people is that you failed to call it GNU/Linux. They are showing 
| disdain for you and are telling you that they will not read what you write 
| until you follow their terminology. I get it, but don’t like the bad 
| attitude. Their cause suffers as a result of their rudeness and quite frankly 
| I don’t care that they choose not to read what I write. I actually believe in 
| freedom.       



Forrester: Open source apps lag behind Linux in the enterprise

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| Interest in the deployment of open source enterprise applications is lagging 
| far behind knowledge of and deployment of the Linux operating system, 
| according to a survey from analyst group Forrester Research.  


Why “open source” misses the point of software freedom

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| The philosophy of the younger open source movement is an inadequate response 
| to the older free software movement; the ethics the open source movement 
| never discuss keep coming up (any discussion of digital management 
| restrictions (DRM), the recent update Microsoft pushed on Windows users  
| without the the user’s consent are recent examples).   


Public Advocacy for Open Source Software--Preferences and Requirements

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| To the extent that the public funding agency has a defined goal of 
| funding "open source software", the OSI has always encouraged precisely one 
| definition: software licensed under one of the more than 60 OSI-approved 
| licenses.   


Why, Why, Why OSI?

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| See? It doesn't say OSI can't discriminate. It can if it wants to, as far as 
| the OSD is concerned. So Microsoft's representatives and defenders need to 
| stop twisting the definition's words.  


OSI email group gets catty over Microsoft's Permissive License request

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| Things got really interesting when Chris DiBona, longtime OSI member, open 
| source advocate, and open source programs manager for Google, Inc. chimed in: 
|     I would like to ask what might be perceived as a diversion and maybe even 
|     a mean spirited one. Does this submission to the OSI mean that Microsoft 
|     will:  
|     a) Stop using the market confusing term Shared Source
|     b) Not place these licenses and the other, clearly non-free , non-osd
|     licenses in the same place thus muddying the market further.
|     c) Continue its path of spreading misinformation about the nature of
|     open source software, especially that licensed under the GPL?
|     d) Stop threatening with patents and oem pricing manipulation schemes
|     to deter the use of open source software?
|     If not, why should the OSI approve of your efforts? That of a company who 
|     has called those who use the licenses that OSI purports to defend a 
|     communist or a cancer? Why should we see this seeking of approval as 
|     anything but yet another attack in the guise of friendliness?    


Reverse-Halloween: The Marketing Checkbox Strategy

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| Getting Microsoft software licenses OSI-approved and similarly getting 
| Microsoft's proprietary document formats approved at ISO are like painting an 
| old Chevrolet.  
| [...]
| This may be enough to satisfy the enterprise customer that he is achieving 
| something different. Clearly, the substance is no different: it's a lock-in 
| in sheep's clothing.  


Merging "Open Source" and "Free Software"

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| Of course, they are not. Other Shared Source licenses may very well be too 
| restrictive to be considered Open Source. But, Microsoft may conveniently 
| divert the attention from this little detail to the fact that some of 
| Shared Source licenses are Open Source.   


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."   


Should we fight the proprietary open source power?

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| The definition has changed since I first wrote the Open Source Incline back 
| in 2006. It’s now a development model, not a licensing model. 

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