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Murphy's Law: LiberKey. GPL Violation or Sour Grapes?
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| Here's a brief background: On various forum posts, John Haller--creator of
| the PortableApps software suite--has called out LiberKey for trademark and
| GPL violations related to the licensing of the open-source and freeware apps
| bundled in its software suite. Although LiberKey has responded to various
| forum posts on the topics, it's been difficult to track down their arguments
| for two key reasons. First, the developers are French. Their official
| forums are in French and their occasional replies to LiberKey criticisms come
| in the form of readable--but admittedly crude--English. Second, the
| developers have yet to release an official stance beyond these
| difficult-to-track forum replies. However, I contacted LiberKey for their
| side of the story, and they sent me an official statement they've created to
| respond to the licensing allegations.
SFLC: Microsoft violated the GPL
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| Microsoft violated the General Public License v2 (GPLv2) when it distributed
| its Hyper-V Linux Integration Components (LinuxIC) without providing source
| code, says the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC).
| The violation was rectified when Microsoft contributed more than 20,000 lines
| of source code to the Linux community last week. The drivers are designed to
| improve the performance of the Linux operating system when it is virtualized
| on the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V hypervisor-based virtualization system.
| "It seems to me that Sam [Ramji] is likely correct when he says that talk
| inside Microsoft about releasing the source was under way before the Linux
| developers began their enforcement effort," said Bradley Kuhn, a policy
| analyst and tech director at the SFLC.
| "However, that talk doesn't mean that there wasn't a problem. As soon as one
| distributes the binaries of a GPL'd work, one must provide the source for
| those binaries, so Microsoft's delay in this regard was a GPL violation.
| "The important thing to note from a perspective of freedom is that this
| software, whether it is released properly under the GPL or kept proprietary
| in violation of the GPL, is a piece of software designed to convince people
| to give up free virtualization platforms like Xen and KVM, and [to] use
| Microsoft's virtualization technology instead," Kuhn added.
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