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Open source companies create shared value
The free-market capitalistic definition of companies' goals was, for a long time, very simple: to make as much profit as possible. With that in mind, the only difference between a success and a failure was the investor's return on investment. Short-term profit became priority number one. However,... Read more
2 comments Posted 23 Apr 2012 by Hervé Marcy (Red Hat) Feed
The new MPL
Last week the Mozilla Foundation released version 2.0 of the Mozilla Public License. Immediately recognized as a free software license by the Free Software Foundation and approved as an Open Source license by the Open Source Initiative, MPL 2.0 is a well-crafted modern license that ought to be... Read more
1 comment Posted 9 Jan 2012 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
MPL 2.0, copyleft, and license compatibility
In part one of my Mozilla Public License piece, I mentioned license compatibility as a major feature of MPL 2.0. In fact, it's such a major - and complicated - issue that it warrants its own explanation.
0 comments Posted 7 Sep 2011 by Luis Villa Feed
In the afternoon keynotes of the first day of LinuxCon, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin sat down to talk about the twentieth anniversary of Linux with Jon "Maddog" Hall, Eben Moglen, and Dan Frye, or as Zemlin called them, The Godfather, The Lawyer, and The Suit.
2 comments Posted 18 Aug 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
This is the second part of a two-part article critiquing the output of Project Harmony.
20 comments Posted 11 Jul 2011 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
Do open source software and ballet have anything in common? Sure, they have some obvious differences. But they share an imperative to collaborate and a creative spirit. Anyhow, I’m a big fan of both, and I’ve been thinking about whether some of the lessons of open source could be applied to... Read more
3 comments Posted 11 Jul 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Harmony, the Canonical-led effort to provide a comprehensive suite of contributor agreements for open source projects, has quietly released its version 1.0, a year after Canonical general counsel Amanda Brock announced the initiative on opensource.com. During most of that year, Harmony's... Read more
22 comments Posted 7 Jul 2011 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
The Open Source Hardware and Design Aliance (OHANDA) aims to do for hardware what the Creative Commons does for intellectual property and the GPL does for software: open it up. By applying open source principles to trademarks, OHANDA hopes to free devices from some restrictions imposed by patent... Read more
2 comments Posted 21 Jun 2011 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
The Boxee Box, available since November 2010 with firmware recently upated to 1.1, is a winning compromise that makes a Linux-based HTPC easy enough for the least technical user. Linux-based HTPC (home theater PC) systems have been proliferating, and with good reason. Linux is known for being... Read more
10 comments Posted 27 May 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
On the second semester of 2010, I had one of those great ideas for a short movie. I sat down and wrote the story, thinking about the narrative, the characters, the setting and pretty much everything that would relate to production. Finishing that, I just thought to myself: “now wouldn't it be nice... Read more
0 comments Posted 14 Apr 2011 by flavio freitas Feed

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