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Change OSS Licenses to Make More Money?

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openlogic.com: In a recent article1, Monty Widenius, a primary author of MySQL, argues that typical open source licensing is a problem for entrepreneurs, and that a change is needed. He recommends something he calls "business source." Clearly, this is not in the spirit of open source.

In a World Without Open Source

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wired.com: In the Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,” we see a graphic example of how small initial changes can lead to monumental consequences over a fairly short time. A similar story can be seen in the rise of open source software from Linus Torvalds’ first release of source code in 1991.

Contributing to FOSS Projects, a counterpoint

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fossadvocates.org: Earlier this week, another “advocacy site” (which I will not link here, as I don’t believe he advocates, nor does he deserve the traffic, for his shoddy “journalism”) posited that volunteering to work on a smaller Linux distribution, such as Solyd or Cloverleaf or Crunchbang, or any other smaller distribution, was akin to pissing in the wind, and possibly career suicide.

What’s Your Take on the GPL?

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fossforce.com: To some the GPL is merely a really cool model for developing software. There are others who see the ideas represented in the GPL as being able to be applied to any form of what’s become known as "intellectual property."

Meet the next open-source stars

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networkworld.com: Despite the collective nature of the process, there are some obvious stars in the open-source firmament. Linus Torvalds invented the Linux kernel. Richard Stallman came up with the philosophy of free software. But what about the next generation of open-source leaders?

Richard Stallman becomes a Hall-of-Famer

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fsf.org: Today Free Software Foundation founder and president Richard Stallman was inducted into the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame!

Are freeloaders helpful or hurtful to open source communities?

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opensource.com: Concerns are raised every once in a while in the broader free and open source software community about freeloaders. The attitude expressed is that if you're getting the benefit of FOSS, you should contribute. Building a business on a FOSS project you don't own, whether you're providing a service or product around a FOSS project should in return garner some sort of quid pro quo. I

Open Source Downloads An Endangered Species

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linuxadvocates.com: With news this week that GitHub is banning storage of any file over 100Mb and discouraging files larger than 50Mb, their retreat from offering download services is complete. It's not a surprising trend.

MySQL mistake is a wake-up call on open source ownership

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infoworld.com: So-called 'contributor agreements' give corporate sponsors of open source projects too much power

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