free software

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
open source licensing
Free software licenses can be divided into two broad categories: copyleft licenses (like the GPL), which require derivatives of the software to be licensed under the same terms; and permissive licenses (like the MIT/X11 license), which allow the software to be reused in any project, even closed-... Read more
8 comments Posted 8 Aug 2013 by Nicolas Suzor 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
Review of 4 text editors for Linux
This is a short list of my favorite graphical text editors for Linux that can be classified as IDE (integrated development environment). Here, I give the pros and cons of working with the following:  
19 comments Posted 30 Jul 2013 by Linuxaria Feed
free and open source software in government
See the FSFE's 'free software' questions for federal and local government at the Ask your candidates campaign page. The Free Software Foundation Europe published its free software-related election questions (in German) for this fall's elections to the German parliament, which will take place on... Read more
illegal foss
When the free vector drawing program Inkscape was first released in late 2003, I realized this software could do some part in helping to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the United States. This worthy goal is still within reach. Let me explain. From 1990 to 2000, I spent quite a bit of... Read more
10 comments Posted 18 Feb 2013 by Phil Shapiro Feed
Open source beliefs
Let's say you want to understand what makes free and open source software (FOSS) so vital today—and what makes those who write it so committed to their difficult work. How would you do this?
8 comments Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
patent stop sign
"Patents are here to stay." This is the sort of statement that makes me uneasy. I guess in the 17th century the common wisdom was "slavery is here to stay." In the 18th century giving voting rights to women seemed absurd and foreseeing open borders between France and German was crazy talk in 1945.... Read more
42 comments Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Carlo Piana Feed
open parliament
France is the latest government to move from open source-friendly to open source-active, to paraphrase the European Commission's aspirational reference to Cloud Computing. In late September, French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, signed a guideline (in French here and a rough translation here)... Read more
0 comments Posted 8 Nov 2012 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
community
In his recent post, Glyn Moody asks an important question: "Can open source be democratic?" He describes how free software emerged as a distributed, bottom-up system of writing code. The central defining aspects of that culture are a uniquely open process not just of programming but also of its... Read more
5 comments Posted 10 Sep 2012 by Mirko Boehm Feed

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