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Should an Open Source Licence Ever Be Patent-Agnostic?

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linuxjournal.com: Sharing lies at the heart of free software, and drives much of its incredible efficiency as a development methodology. It means that coders do not have to re-invent the wheel, but can borrow from pre-existing programs. Software patents are about locking down knowledge.

GPL's cloudy future

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Jeremy Allison: One of the things about getting older is that you learn to ignore things until you have to do something about them. It’s a learned efficiency, I suppose. I finally realized I have to do some serious thinking about cloud computing.

Open Source Depends Upon Your Bug Reports

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techrepublic.com: Over the weekend I did an update on my Elive Compiz powered main PC. I didn’t realize it at the time but the update was actually an upgrade and I wound up running the unstable version.

Beyond the rhetorical fictions about “free software”

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esr.ibiblio.org: A friend directed me to a comment thread over at the Volokh Conspiracy, a blog I occasionally read and considerably respect. The response I ended up writing is substantial enough that I think it’s worth posting here.

Open Source Study Reveals High Level of Code Reuse

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ddj.com: An analysis of 1,311 open source projects revealed that open source developers reused code from those projects in other projects more than 365,000 times, saving the open source community over 316,000 staff years and tens of billions of dollars in development costs.

Recession vs. FOSS

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raiden.net: Pundits and business executives alike are predicting gloomy economic times for 2009. But when the talk turns to free and open source software (FOSS), suddenly the mood brightens.

The GPL - Not fade away

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h-online.com: These days free and open source software (FOSS) is recognised as a significant model for the development and distribution of software, transforming the way that software is written, perceived, packaged and sold. A large part of the success has been due to the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Building on Richard Stallman's Greatest Achievement

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linuxjournal.com: What was Richard Stallman's greatest achievement? Some might say it's Emacs. Others might plump for gcc. And then there is the entire GNU project. But for me, his single most important hack was the creation of the GNU General Public Licence.

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