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Red Hat feeds the patent trolls and fools the FOSS community

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fosspatents.blogspot: I have dug up a court filing that reveals one of the best-kept secrets in the open source industry: Red Hat coughed up $4.2 million in June 2008 to settle a patent infringement suit that had been brought by FireStar Software.

Is it really a business vs. open source world?

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itworld.com: It seems like there's no such thing as a non-controversial Linux distribution anymore. Look at the news and the blogosphere, and lately it seems like every major distro company's in some kind of hot water with various elements of the community.

A decade of Freedom: FSFE turns 10

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fsfe.org: Free Software Foundation Europe is ten years old this March. FSFE was founded in 2001 as "an organization dedicated to Free Software activities in Europe" and "the official sister organization of the Free Software Foundation in the United States" in Europe.

An Open Forge

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sourceforge.net: A little over a year ago, we began developing a new platform with a flexible plugin based architecture called Allura. The platform was created from day one with openness in mind. It was developed using open source technology like Python and MongoDB, to host open source software.

Thoughts On GPL Compliance of Red Hat

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ebb.org/bkuhn: I have been a bit amazed to watch that so much debate on this has happened around the words of preferred form of the work for making modifications to it from GPLv2§3. In particularly, I can't help chuckling at the esoteric level to which many people believe they can read these words.

NASA to Host Open Source Summit

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prnewswire.com: NASA will host a summit about open source software development on March 29-30 at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both days.

Who Are the FOSS Police?

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linuxinsider.com: About 70 percent of the time, a mobile app that contains open source code fails to comply with basic FOSS licensing requirements, according to a study conducted by OpenLogic. With hundreds of thousands of mobile apps for platforms like iOS and Android, violations could be quite rampant, if the study's sample is representative of the whole. But who's place is it enforce these licenses, and how?

GPL expert gives Red Hat the all-clear

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itwire.com: Well-known free software activist and GPL expert Bradley Kuhn says Red Hat's recent change of policy with regard to provision of its kernel source appears, on the surface, to be GPL-compliant.

Are Mobile Apps Violating Open Source Licenses?

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linuxplanet.com: There are a lot of mobile apps that use open source software, but how many of them are in compliance with open source licensing rules? As it turns out, not very many.

Richard Stallman interview video

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theinquirer.net: FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION president Richard Stallman spoke to The INQUIRER as part of his UK tour. Talking to us at The Institution of Engineering and Technology at its building on the bank of the river Thames at Savoy Place, Stallman talked about how coders can get involved in free software and how Android isn't all bad.

Also: FSFE Newsletter - March 2011
And: Free software is what we humans are talking more about

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