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[News] Free Software Penetrates Many Applications

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Penetrates Many Applications
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:51:11 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Poll: Do you use open source code in your apps?

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| # Yes (73%)
| # No, for non-technical reasons (licensing, 
| legal, can't find what I need, etc.) (16%)
| # No, for technical reasons (11%)


New KonaKart eCommerce Software Release

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| KonaKart is a Java / JSP / XML based 
| solution with easy to use java APIs and a 
| SOAP Web Service interface that allow you 
| to quickly integrate eCommerce 
| functionality into your existing systems. 
| The customizable parts of KonaKart are Open 
| Source and available under the GNU LGPL.


Macraigor OCDemon Port To ARM Cortex-A8

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| The Macraigor Eclipse Ganymede/Galileo + 
| GNU Tools Suite is an implementation and 
| packaging of the Eclipse Ganymede/Galileo 
| platform, CDT (C/C++ Development Tooling) 
| 5.0.x, and DSDP (Device Software 
| Development Platform) 1.0 plug-ins, and a 
| program called OcdRemote that provides an 
| interface between Eclipse, the GDB debugger 
| and a Macraigor On-Chip Debug device.


CES 2010: The Best of Times and the Worst of Times for Free Software

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| Most of the eBook Readers at CES use free 
| software in locked-down devices that 
| restrict customers' access to certain 
| publications, prevent them from sharing, 
| and violate their privacy. 
| Telecommunications companies have harnessed 
| Android in the battle for a larger share of 
| the smartphone market and collaborated on 
| applications with FOSS programmers while 
| preventing customers the right to chose 
| between carriers. These companies have a 
| vested interest in limiting the 
| functionality of the devices they sell so 
| consumers buy the next model in a couple of 
| years, rather than improve the one they 
| already own.


Why We Chose the GPL for Nexus

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| Normally we would have used a 
| BSD/MIT/Apache license for software that we 
| develop.   This is what weâre used to, with 
| most of our developers having been active 
| in the Apache community for years, weâre 
| all very familiar with the philosophy 
| behind this license.   When we announced 
| that Nexus was going to be released under a 
| GPL license, some of our colleagues wanted 
| to know how a group of Apache participants 
| decided to use the GNU Public License? When 
| we started Nexus, the plan was to create a 
| commercial product.  We hadnât thought 
| about creating Nexus as a commercial 
| product built atop an open core.   Once we 
| got into the effort, we soon realized that 
| creating a commercial-only product with a 
| team full of open source developers 
| wouldnât be very fun.   When you develop a 
| commercial product, you limit yourself to a 
| small group of developers working in an 
| isolated environment.   It didnât take us 
| long to remember that close-source 
| development isnât as productive (or 
| interesting) as developing a product out in 
| the open, and as we like working with other 
| developers, we very quickly decided to take 
| the hybrid, open-core approach to Nexus.


Selecting OSS Software: 10 Questions Answered for Sonatype Nexus

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| We thought for a long while before 
| selecting the GNU Public License (GPL) for 
| Nexus and we made it clear right from the 
| start why we chose the GPL. We knew that we 
| would invest heavily in Nexus.  Even though 
| the people involved with Sonatype are 
| traditionally users of Apache style 
| licenses, we didnât know how our business 
| would evolve and we wanted to choose a 
| license that would offer adequate 
| protection for that investment. We were 
| honest and upfront about it. We chose a 
| more restrictive license first this allows 
| us to adapt and use a less restrictive 
| license in the future if we think it is 
| appropriate for the community.



On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL  On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL

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| When I co-signed the letter objecting to
| Oracle's planned purchase of MySQL 1 (along
| with the rest of Sun), some free software
| supporters were surprised that I approved
| of the practice of selling license
| exceptions which the MySQL developers have
| used. They expected me to condemn the
| practice outright. This article explains
| what I think of the practice, and why.
| Selling exceptions means that the copyright
| holder of the code releases it to the
| public under a free software license, then
| lets customers pay for permission to use
| the same code under different terms, for
| instance allowing its inclusion in
| proprietary applications.
| We must distinguish the practice of selling
| exceptions from something crucially
| different: proprietary extensions or
| proprietary versions of a free program.
| These two activities, even if practiced
| simultaneously by one company, are
| different issues. In selling exceptions,
| the same code that the exception applies to
| is available to the general public as free
| software. An extension or a modified
| version that is only available under a
| proprietary license is proprietary
| software, pure and simple, and no better
| than any other proprietary software. This
| article is concerned with cases that
| involve strictly and only the sale of
| exceptions.

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