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Android, Java, and the tech behind Oracle v. Google (FAQ)

Wondering what the lawyers and programmers are talking about in the highest-profile tech trial in years? Here's a guide to the ties between Android and Java -- and the history leading up to the case.

By April 20, 2012


Why Oracle, not Sun, sued Google over Java

The seeds for the infringement suit against Google and Android were sown at Sun, but it took Oracle's financial power to bring them to fruition.

By August 13, 2010


Best Buy, Samsung, others named in GPL suit

Case filed Monday in New York by the Software Freedom Law Center alleges 14 electronics retailers sold products containing BusyBox software in violation of license.

By December 14, 2009


Microsoft reposts Windows 7 download tool

Software giant restores a tool that allows Windows 7 to be more easily installed on older Netbooks. This time, though, it is under an open-source license.

By December 9, 2009


Zemlin: 'Industry transformation depends on Linux' (Q&A)

Linux is not simply a great way to lower costs for enterprises: Linux Foundation exec Jim Zemlin says it is the critical component for transforming the technology industry.

By December 7, 2009


Conversions to GPLv3 from version 2 moving slowly

For all its sound and fury, the third version of the General Public License has not had much impact on the industry yet. Very few projects have adopted it. Here's why.

By July 9, 2007


2,000 GPLv3 projects and counting, finds Palamida

GPLv3 is making steady inroads into the open-source license market. World domination is just around the corner.

By April 1, 2008


Microsoft: Windows 7 tool used GPL code

Microsoft confirms that a tool intended to allow Netbooks to more easily move to the new operating system was based in-part, and unintentionally, on open-source code.

By November 13, 2009


Microsoft pulls Windows 7 download tool

Software giant takes down tool aimed at making it easier to put Windows 7 on Netbooks after blogger raises question about whether the software improperly uses open-source code.

By November 10, 2009


GPL 2 adoption falls among open-source set

The fall of GPLv2 below 50 percent of all open-source projects may not be cause for panic, but it likely is a harbinger of more Apache code to come.

By August 27, 2009