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free software legal seminar
The Free Software Foundation will be providing a half-day legal seminar titled "GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics", taking place on Monday, March 24 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Anyone can register to attend the seminar, though it is aimed particularly at practicing lawyers and law... Read more
0 comments Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
free software legal issues
The year 2013 continued the trend of the increasing importance of legal issues for the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community. FOSS projects have  increased from 900,000 in 2012 to 1,000,000 in 2013, according to Black Duck Software. Last year, I provided a look at the top legal issues from... Read more
7 comments Posted 11 Feb 2014 by Mark Radcliffe Feed
free and open source software on your computer
Previously, I provided several options for organisations wanting to update their current Windows XP environment to a free and open source (FOSS) environment rather than a more recent Microsoft platform when Microsoft officially abandons its venerable Windows XP in April 2014.  
2 comments Posted 6 Jan 2014 by Dave Lane Feed
Google Summer of Code annual Mentor Summit
Over 280 attendees representing 177 mentoring organizations gathered for a two-day, code-munity extravaganza celebrating the conclusion of Google Summer of Code with the annual Mentor Summit held at Google in Mountain View, California.
1 comment Posted 5 Dec 2013 by Remy DeCausemaker Feed
free open source software survey 2013
In 2002, the GSyC/LibreSoft research group at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos successfully surveyed a broad swath of over 2500 respondents (mostly developers) from open source and free software communities. They have long been researching and collaborating with Free and Libre Open Source Software (... Read more
0 comments Posted 20 Nov 2013 by Jen Wike (Red Hat) Feed
free and open source opportunities for women
The Linux Foundation became a sponsor for the FOSS Outreach Program for Women earlier this year, choosing seven interns to hack on the Linux kernel from June through September. And, the results are in: the intern group ranked among the largest contributors to Linux kernel 3.12.
5 comments Posted 11 Nov 2013 by Jen Wike (Red Hat) Feed
balancing free software
Microsoft and Nokia protest "price predation" and play at being prey. Does no-cost software harm consumers? The FairSearch coalition thinks so, at least when it comes to Google: They say Google engages in predatory pricing when it distributes Android – a Linux-based mobile operating system –... Read more
8 comments Posted 15 Aug 2013 by Patrick McBride (Red Hat) Feed
make things better
I occasionally get asked why I spend so much of my free time writing software and giving it away for free. There are a number of reasons for this—I like to build things and I use it as an excuse to practice and improve my skills—but one of the most driving motivators for me is that I see open... Read more
3 comments Posted 7 Aug 2013 by Jeremy Kahn Feed
teachers as learners
Knowing everything about any open source project is impossible. If you're going to deal with a large community, you're not going to know all the details. This is unlike teaching courses where everything is black-and-white, and there are plenty of reference texts. If you're going to teach open... Read more
5 comments Posted 1 Aug 2013 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
foss lawyers
Co-authors: Thomas Jansen and Hannes Meyle The GPLv2 continues to be the most widely used FOSS license, but has been rarely interpreted by courts. Most of these decisions have come from Germany as a result of the enforcement actions of Harold Welte. The recent Fantec decision in Germany is the... Read more
3 comments Posted 30 Jul 2013 by Mark Radcliffe Feed

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