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[News] GNU Learns Reasons for Participating in GNU Projects

  • Subject: [News] GNU Learns Reasons for Participating in GNU Projects
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:44:04 +0100
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Reasons Why You Don't Contribute To Open-Source Software

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| GCC on the other hand tends to have a 
| higher standard with regard to code quality 
| and documentation with requiring patches 
| comply with the GNU style. 


Freedom, the Marathon, Open Source Software and Beer

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| So too do both facets of the word âfreeâ 
| apply to the open source world. GNU.org 
| maintains a definition of free software 
| that begins by taking the distinction on 
| directly as follows: Free software is a 
| matter of liberty, not price. To understand 
| the concept, you should think of free as in 
| free speech, not as in free beer.


Free vs open: What's the difference?

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| The phrase 'Free Software' is used by the 
| Free Software Foundation (FSF) in its older 
| meaning: it's software that comes with no 
| restrictions for you to modify it and 
| distribute it.
| The FSF defines these freedoms as: the 
| freedom to run the program for any purpose, 
| commercial or otherwise; the freedom to 
| study how the program works, and change it 
| to make it do something else the freedom to 
| redistribute copies; the freedom to improve 
| the program, and release your improvements.
| That much makes sense: we share our 
| software and everyone benefits. But it does 
| confuse many people because you are quite 
| within your rights to sell that software if 
| you want it â Free Software can have a non-
| free price tag. 


Cherry-Picking Open Source Licenses

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| The widespread creation and reuse of open 
| source software by commercial companies has 
| introduced a whole new level of complexity 
| to the legal challenges related to software 
| licenses. Companies distributing open 
| source software must draft or choose an 
| appropriate license for their original code 
| and they must understand and comply with 
| the license obligations imposed on them 
| with the use of third-party code, including 
| open source. Deciding what open source 
| license to distribute software is a key 
| element in building an ecosystem of users, 
| partners, supporters, and advocates.
| [...]
| Whether an author or business model demands 
| restrictive or permissive licensing terms, 
| there is likely to be an OSI-approved 
| license that supports the goals of the 
| individual or organization. So you may not 
| need to create your own license or pay an 
| attorney to create one for you. Authors 
| need to weigh their objectives against the 
| various types and popularity of licenses. 
| Users need to understand the license 
| obligations of open source software they 
| are considering, evaluate them for their 
| particular use case, and be sure they can 
| abide by them. There is an abundance of 
| open source available. It's a valuable and 
| powerful resource that many companies 
| employ to improve the efficiency and speed 
| of their development process.



FSF Advocates Free Software for U.S. IPEC Joint Strategic Plan

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| The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has
| responded to the United States executive
| "Intellectual Property" Enforcement
| Coordinator (IPEC) Joint Strategic Plan.
| The FSF argues that the government should
| use free software to provide more freedom
| and transparency to its constituents and
| reduce the need to engage in costly
| copyright enforcement activities on behalf
| of proprietary software companies. The FSF
| states that "the most egregious harms to
| the public interest in the areas of
| copyright and patents come not from a lack
| of enforcement, but from extraordinarily
| excessive enforcement."

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