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Ubuntu Software License Updated to Comply with GNU GPL

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  • Ubuntu Software License Updated to Comply with GNU GPL

    The company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system, Canonical, has changed the licensing terms of Ubuntu to comply with the GNU General Public License and other free software licences.

    This week, Canonical added a “trump clause” that says that when Canonical’s license contradicts the widely accepted “copyleft” license GPL, GPL shall prevail.

    Activist groups, including the Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Conservancy have been in discussion with Canonical for nearly two years, trying to get Canonical’s policy to unequivocally comply with the generally accepted GNU GPL software license.

  • Thoughts on Canonical, Ltd.'s Updated Ubuntu IP Policy

    Most of you by now have probably seen Conservancy's and FSF's statements regarding the today's update to Canonical, Ltd.'s Ubuntu IP Policy. I have a few personal comments, speaking only for myself, that I want to add that don't appear in the FSF's nor Conservancy's analysis. (I wrote nearly all of Conservancy's analysis and did some editing on FSF's analysis, but the statements here I add are my personal opinions and don't necessarily reflect the views of the FSF nor Conservancy, notwithstanding that I have affiliations with both orgs.)

  • The Controversy Behind Canonical's Intellectual Property Policy

    In the world of FOSS, a small change to a license can be a big deal. For users of proprietary software, changes in the EULA are hardly even registered. Those users click "Ok" and forget about it in the blink of an eye. They have accepted that they are severely limited as far as their rights to alter or redistribute the software is concerned.

    But for users of free software, such as Linux or any of the hundreds of packages that make up a modern operating system, a license change has the potential to change their rights dramatically. So, these events are usually the cause of controversy.

OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 Is Based on Linux Kernel 4.1 and Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" RC2

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On July 16, the OpenELEC development team informed us all about the immediate availability for download and testing of the third Beta build of the anticipated OpenELEC 6.0 GNU/Linux operating system designed for embedded devices.

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Announcing rkt v0.7.0, featuring a new build system, SELinux and more

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Server

Today we are announcing rkt v0.7.0. rkt is an app container runtime built to be efficient, secure and composable for production environments. This release includes new subcommands for a rkt image to manipulate images from the local store, a new build system based on autotools and integration with SELinux. These new capabilities improve the user experience, make it easier to build future features and improve security isolation between containers.

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Google to Help Bring Linux Containers (and Cash) to OpenStack

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Google

GCC 5.2 Officially Released

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GCC 5.2 was officially released this morning as the second stable update of the GCC 5 series.

For those still not used to the GNU Compiler Collection's new versioning scheme, GCC 5.2 is just a stable point release... A bug-fix release over GCC 5.1, the first stable release of the GCC 5 series that was introduced back in April. GCC 6 is coming next year as the annual major update to this leading open-source compiler.

GCC 5.2 fixes more than 81 bugs/regressions in the GCC5 series. The new release can be downloaded from gcc.gnu.org.

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Canonical Clarifies IP Policy, No One Else Happy

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In the continuing saga of Canonical versus contributors' rights, a clarification was issued today. Most consensus is that Canonical's "trump clause" fixes the largest part of the intellectual property dispute, but still leaves issues unresolved. The Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Conservancy played key roles and have issued their own statements. Bradley M. Kuhn, Matthew Garrett, and Jonathan Riddell weigh in as well.

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Canonical and FSF: the Latest

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  • Free software fans land crucial punch in Ubuntu row – but it's not over

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) have been bickering with Canonical since 2013 over concerns that certain clauses of the Ubuntu IP rights policy seemed to claim to override provisions of the GNU General Public License (GPL) – something the GPL explicitly forbids.

  • Conservancy & the FSF Achieve GPL Compliance for Canonical, Ltd. “Intellectual Property” Policy

    Today, Canonical, Ltd. announced an updated “Intellectual Property” policy. Conservancy has analyzed this policy and confirms that the policy complies with the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), but Conservancy and the FSF believe that the policy still creates confusion and possible risk for users who wish to exercise their rights under GPL.

  • Compilation Copyright Irrelevant for Kubuntu

    Compilation copyright is an idea exclusive to the US (or North America anyway). It restricts collections of items which otherwise have unrelated copyright restrictions. A classic example is a book collection of poetry where the poems are all out of copyright but the selection and ordering of poems is new and has copyright owned by whoever did it.

The best Linux distributions for beginners

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Linux

Dabbling for the first time in Linux starts with choosing a Linux distribution. A typical “Linux” system is built up of software from many different open-source projects, including the Linux kernel. Linux distributions—or “distros”—are the projects that package all this software into an easily installable, usable operating system.

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NetworkManager 1.0.4 Is a Massive Release with Lots of IPv6 Improvements

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Software

On July 14, Lubomir Rintel announced the immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance release of the stable NetworkManager 1.0 network connection management software for GNU/Linux operating systems.

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SystemRescueCd 4.5.4 Moves to Linux Kernels 3.14.48 and 3.18.18 LTS

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On July 13, François Dupoux, leader of the SystemRescueCd project, has informed users about the immediate availability for download of another maintenance release of his Live CD Linux distribution.

According to the brief changelog, which we've attached at the end of the blog post, the SystemRescueCd 4.5.4 release brings updates to both the standard and alternative kernels, as well as new versions of some of the most essential core components, which include e2fsprogs, xfsprogs, and btrfs-progs.

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