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[News] More Free Code (GNU GPL) Hits the Street

  • Subject: [News] More Free Code (GNU GPL) Hits the Street
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 01:45:23 +0000
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Axon II Microcontroller and Open Source Library

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| John Palmisano of the Society of Robots 
| writes with news of the Axon II 
| microcontroller, and a matching software 
| library designed specifically for robotics. 
| The board is about 2.5 inches square (even 
| though it looks 12 stories tall in the 
| animated 3D tour above!) 
| [...]
| The WebbotLib software library is written in 
| C and licensed under the GNU GPL. 


Rockwell Automation sponsors release of open-source software stack

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| Open-source EtherNet/IP communication 
| stack developed by the Vienna University 
| of Technology cost effectively connects 
| I/O devices.


eDoorways Engages Top Open Source Developer DPCI to Assist With Platform's Acceleration to Web 3.0

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| DPCI, an interactive technology agency which 
| delivers integrated content management 
| solutions, has agreed to assist eDoorways in 
| converting the company's Internet platform to 
| Drupal, an Open Source Content Management 
| System written in PHP and distributed under 
| the GNU General Public License.



Big Win for GNU GPL in France

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| One of the fallback positions for purveyors of FUD is that
| the GNU GPL may not be valid, because it hasn't been
| properly tested in court. That's getting increasingly
| implausible as a stance. After being upheld in Germany a
| few times, here's a big decision in its favour in France:
|  In a landmark ruling that will set legal precedent, the
|  Paris Court of Appeals decided last week that the company
|  Edu4 violated the terms of the GNU General Public License
|  (GPL) when it distributed binary copies of the remote
|  desktop access software VNC but denied users access to its
|  corresponding source code. The suit was filed by
|  Association pour la formation professionnelle des adultes
|  (AFPA), a French education organization.
|  ...
|  The events of the case go back to early 2000, when Edu4
|  was hired to provide new computer equipment in AFPA's
|  classrooms. Shortly thereafter, AFPA discovered that VNC
|  was distributed with this equipment. Despite repeated
|  requests, with mediation from the Free Software Foundation
|  France, Edu4 refused to provide AFPA with the source code
|  to this version of VNC. Furthermore, FSF France later
|  discovered that Edu4 had removed copyright and license
|  notices in the software. All of these activities violate
|  the terms of the GNU GPL. AFPA filed suit in 2002 to
|  protect its rights and obtain the source code.

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