Free/Libre and Open Source Software

Japan Embraces Open Software Standards

The ODF Alliance recently announced that Japan has joined Norway to be the latest country to have government mandates recommending the use of open document standards, something many consider to be a prerequisite before serious acceptance of open source software in government can ever be a possibility. How far behind is Canada in this regard?

Can Linux Adoption Ever be Accurately Gauged?

An IT Management article by Roy Schestowitz discusses the inability to create accurate statistics for adoption of Linux and other FLOSS. It is important for policy people to be aware of this, given this often underestimated statistic is a core component of the so-called "piracy statistics" from organizations such as the BSA or CAAST which FLOSS competes against.

SFLC Releases White Paper on FCC's New Rules Relating to FOSS in Software-Defined Radio Devices

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today released a white paper that considers new U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, which go into effect today, governing Software-Defined Radio (SDR) devices.

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The Global Software Industry in Transformation: After GPLv3

Professor Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center delivered a lecture in Edinburgh, Scotland 26th June 2007 titled "The Global Software Industry in Transformation: After GPLv3". ( Text, Audio, Video, DVD). The lecture hosted by the Scottish Society for Computers and Law just days before the launch of the final version of GPLv3.

Richard Stallman speaks at University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)

An article in The Mississauga News discusses how the Founder of the free software movement, Richard Stallman will speak on Copyright versus Community in the Age of Computer Networks, at 5 p.m. in the Kaneff Centre on July 5, 2007. He'll keep his lecture non-technical, and it's open to the public. He speaks at the University of Waterloo on the 6'th.

Parallels developers required prodding to come into compliance with license

An article by Matthew Broersma talks about the recent attention given to the slow release of the source code to a modified versions of the GPL covered WINE software embedded in Parallels Desktop 3.0, the Windows-on-Mac virtualization software.

Note: Wine is licensed under the LGPL with a "either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version" license agreement, meaning that it is already able to be combined with LGPLv3 and GPLv3 code.

FSF releases the GNU General Public License, version 3

Please see full press release on the launch of the GNU General Public License version 3. See also: iPhone restricts users, GPLv3 frees them, and related Defective by Design note FSF Releases GPLv3, Strikes Blow Against Tivoization (like the iPhone)

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA—Friday, June 29, 2007—The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today released version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), the world's most popular free software license.

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