Stallman on Steve Jobs: Tasteless or Incisive?

Well it’s starting to look like 2011 is just going to be one, long roller-coaster ride. No sooner does the prospect of a quiet day loom on the horizon than something happens to turn the world on its ear once again. In the past two weeks, of course, we’ve had to endure the loss of […]

GNU PDF project leaves FSF High Priority Projects list; mission complete!

We’re pleased to announce that another project can be removed from our list of high priority free software projects: GNU PDF. The goal of the GNU PDF project from its beginning in 2007 was to provide a complete implementation of the emerging ISO standard for PDF, ISO 32000-1. We’ve had free software PDF viewers for […]

German court case could imperil GPL licensing

In a case that could threaten open source GPL licensing in Germany, a Berlin court yesterday began hearing a lawsuit from German DSL router vendor AVM against web-filtering software firm Cybits. AVM charges that by modifying Linux kernel code in router firmware, Cybits is infringing on copyright, while Cybits’ defense claims GPL licensing permits it […]

On GPL Compliance, Android Tablets Get an ‘F’

There seems to be no stopping the current avalanche of Android tablets, and that’s undoubtedly a good thing for Linux. A shadow was recently cast upon that otherwise sunny landscape, however, in the form of a report examining said tablets’ GPL compliance. “The GPL requires that vendors either provide the source code to the GPL […]

Free Software Foundation Turns 25

“On this day, 25 years ago, Richard Stallman created the Free Software Foundation. He had been the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Lab. Tired of seeing software that he and others had written appropriated (without acknowledgment or compensation) by disreputable software companies and then told to pay for software they had […]

Happy 27th Birthday GNU Project!

A hearty Happy 27th Birthday to the GNU Project! Here is a link to the original announcement of the GNU Project posted by Richard Stallman on September 27, 1983. Without the GNU project FOSS as we know it today would not exist. Thank You to everyone who works and has worked on the GNU project […]

Stallman crashes European Patent session

Software freedom activist Richard Stallman made an unexpected appearance at a European Patent Office presentation in Brisbane today. Stallman, pictured, who was also due to address the World Computer Congress later in the day, carried a placard that said: “Don’t get caught in software patent thickets”. He briefly interrupted a presentation by European Patent Officer […]

Apple is Still Attacking GNU Linux and the GPL

GIVEN THAT Apple is suing Linux (via HTC) and merely exploiting Free software, no wonder people in the Free software world — developers in particular — dislike Apple. This company’s mistreatment of developers and other groups has already given Apple some antitrust issues. Very recently we learned that Apple was retaliating against partners for developing […]

Linux developer in solo bid to enforce GPL

A Linux developer is attempting to get the Singapore-based maker of a tablet device to comply with the GPL without taking the usual route of going to the courts. Red Hat employee Matthew Garrett says he has written to the US Customs about the fact that Fusion Garage, the maker of the Joojoo tablet, has […]

Broadcom releases open source wireless driver for Linux

Broadcom has released its brcm80211 wireless driver for Linux, suitable for the BCM4313, BCM43224 and BCM43225 802.11n wireless chips, under a GPL2-compatible license. Kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman has already merged it into the staging tree, the area reserved for drivers which are not of normal Linux kernel quality, and announced that the driver will be […]

More GPL enforcement work again.. and a very surreal but important case

In recent days and weeks, I’m doing a bit more work on the gpl-violations.org project than during the last months and years. I wouldn’t say that I’m happy about that, but well, somebody has to do it :/ Right now I’m facing what I’d consider the most outrageous case that I’ve been involved so far: […]

GCC – ‘We make free software affordable’

GCC and GNU Emacs are the two facets of the GNU operating system that have probably done more than any other to take GNU and free software from idealistic concept to a utilitarian reality. Having previously looked at GNU Emacs and the Hurd, Richard Hillesley looks at the history and progress of GCC. GCC began […]

Conservancy Receives Default Judgment For BusyBox GPL Enforcement

Software Freedom Conservancy received a default judgment on 27 July 2010 against Westinghouse (PDF) in Conservancy’s ongoing lawsuit against many GPL violators of BusyBox’s copyrights. This order of default judgment marks the first time a court in the USA has granted an injunction ordering a GPL violator to permanently cease distribution of out-of-compliance GPL’d software. […]

Linux Foundation launches major open-source license compliance program

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Linux, announced on Aug. 10 at LinuxCon the launch of the Open Compliance Program, a comprehensive initiative to help companies and developers comply with open-source licenses. You may not know it, but getting businesses and developers to obey open-source licenses has become a much bigger problem […]

The Linux Foundation Tries To Help With Software Licensing

The Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon is taking place this week in Boston and they have used this conference for making a few announcements, such as Qualcomm joining the foundation as a platinum member (even though they are not really open-source friendly) and rolling-out the Open Compliance Program. The Linux Foundation’s Open Compliance Program is designed to […]

The GPL Wins Again

In December 2009, the Software Freedom Conservancy filed lawsuits against 14 consumer electronics vendors alleging that they were not in compliance with the GPL license. Of those 14 vendors, 13 have now either settled amicably or are in productive discussions toward a settlement. In one case, consumer electronics vendor Westinghouse failed to comply, and a […]

BusyBox and the GPL Prevail Again

I thought you’d want to hear about what’s just happened in the Software Freedom Conservancy v. Best Buy, et al case. It’s another BusyBox case regarding infringement of the GPL, mostly about high definition televisions with BusyBox in them, and while the case is not finished regarding other defendants, it’s certainly set another precedent. One […]

GPLv3 now dominates at Google Code #oscon

Google’s open source programs manager Chris DiBona (pic left) took the stage at OSCON today and he had some interesting things to say, about licensing. I’ve heard DiBona speak on open source licensing several times over the years. This time his talk wasn’t about licensing specifics, but rather about adoption. According to data presented by […]

My take on the FSF action against Apple over GNU Go

About two weeks ago, the FSF announced that it has taken action against the Apple App Store over their distribution of GNU Go. This has apparently set off some people like lefty and triggered a length and wide debate. I personally very much support the action the FSF has taken. Anyone involved in distribution of […]

Enforcement of the GNU GPL in Germany and Europe

GPL enforcement is successful in Europe. In several court decisions and out of court settlements the license conditions of the GPL have been successfully enforced. In particular, embedded systems are the main focus of such compliance activities. The article describes the practice of enforcement activities and the legal prerequisites under the application of German law. […]