In light of the recent GPL compliance complaint made by the Free Software Foundation against Apple's App Store, which sells and distributes software for Apple gadgets, it was probably inevitable that other problem applications would surface. While there are various opinions on whether the App Store can legally distribute GPL-covered binaries—along with diverging opinions on what benefits, if any, the App Store provides to free software projects—it is clear that some people object to their GPL-licensed code appearing in the App Store. So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the port of the The Battle for Wesnoth for the iPhone/iPad, which was released last November, has run into some resistance.
Chalk this one up as a victory for the free software movement: Thesis, the wildly popular proprietary WordPress theme from developer/designer Chris Pearson, is now available under a split GPL, the license that makes it possible to alter and redistribute this software as you see fit.
NASA is dropping Eucalyptus from its Nebula infrastructure cloud not only because its engineers believe the open source platform can't achieve the sort of scale they require, but also because it isn't entirely open source.
Friday, May 21 2010 @ 10:11 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
IDC expects worldwide revenue for open source software to rise to $5.8 billion by 2011. Foreseeing the strong promise open source technology holds, Sonata has set up an Open Source Center of Excellence (CoE to evaluate and integrate various Open Source tools to deliver low cost solutions to its customers, with a faster time-to-market. Aniruddha Banerjee, head, technology services business, Sonata Software, talks to Vanisha Joseph of LFY about open source as a fertile terrain for the developer community.
While there has been speculation about it for weeks, Google has announced today from their I/O conference that they have open-sourced the VP8 video codec. VP8 is the video codec that was developed by On2 Technologies and then Google got its hands on it by acquiring the company a few months back. The older On2 VP3 codec is what went on to become the Theora codec. Google has also announced WebM as a new container format that combines the VP8 video codec with Vorbis audio.
It's over. The jury has found that the copyrights did not go to SCO under the APA or anything else. The verdict is in. Novell has the news up on their website already, but I heard it from Chris Brown also.
The GNU/Linux systems have reached an important level of maturity, allowing to integrate them in almost any kind of work environment, from a desktop PC to the sever facilities of a big company. In the module called "The GNU/Linux operating system", the main contents are related with system administration. This book is the main documentation for the module.
Saturday, August 29 2009 @ 11:21 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
Opensourc3 Issue 2 is out. Issue 2 looks at the Open vSwitch project, GlusterFS distributed file system for the Cloud, Distributed Web Architecture, Live Kernel patching with Ksplice and Image vs Package Management.
City of Vancouver embraces open data, standards and source
Sunday, May 24 2009 @ 09:55 AM CST Contributed by: Linegod
Vancouver city council has endorsed the principles of making its data open and accessible to everyone where possible, adopting open standards for that data and considering open source software when replacing existing applications.
"So it's great," said Andrea Reimer, the city councillor who proposed the motion that passed Thursday afternoon. "The local online community was all very, very happy, and now we just have to look forward on implementation and figuring sort of the order with which we do that."