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Yet another overblown open source debate

Two years after the open-source licensing wars over "badgeware" and license proliferation, it's clear that customers simply don't care.

By December 11, 2008

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SugarCRM, GPLv3, and the all-importance of brand in open source

SugarCRM is giving away its software. It should never give away its brand.

By December 6, 2007

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Google bans the Mozilla Public License

Google has wrongly banned the Mozilla Public License from its accepted licenses for Google Code. This is wrong-headed and misguided.

By August 2, 2008

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Facebook adopts the CPAL poison pill

What is Facebook trying to accomplish? If the point was to protect the Facebook platform from competition (and, to be frank, derivative works), Facebook chose a good license in CPAL. If it was to encourage development, it couldn't have chosen a worse li

By June 3, 2008

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The openness debate hits data portability

While vendors care a lot about things like data portability, it turns out that customers really don't.

By December 26, 2008

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What does CPAL mean and how did it get approved?

I don't like the new Common Public Attribution License. But I think I can see how it was approved.

By July 27, 2007

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A time to reap, a time to sow: A phased approach for open-source businesses

Perhaps there's not one business model that is always right, but rather a phased approach to licensing that changes as one's need to monetize the software changes.

By May 16, 2008

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Bruce Perens campaigns to join the OSI

Bruce Perens wants to be on the OSI board. What has he done to deserve this?

By March 19, 2008

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Mark Radcliffe and the rule of open-source law

Mark Radcliffe is finally getting some of the attention he deserves. Is it too much? I don't think so, and here's why.

By August 31, 2007

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A quasi-comprehensive look at open source in 2007: Part 1

A look back at the top stories of 2007 vis-a-vis open source.

By December 27, 2007