Just How 'Free' Are Open Source Licensing Models?

Confusion and controversy about Open Source licensing did not start with current Free Software Foundation efforts to revise the GNU General Public License (GPL). Nor will emergence of an acceptable GPL V3 – or of a revised Lesser GPL or Affero GPL (thanks Dana Blankenhorn) – make OS licensing much less problematical for enterprise users.

Perens Lashes Out at Claims GPL 3 Brings Legal Risks

Open-source developer and evangelist Bruce Perens has scathingly dismissed claims by a lawyer for the Association for Competitive Technology that the latest draft of Version 3 of the GNU General Public License brings legal risks.

Linux Standard Base Updated

The Linux Foundation updated its Linux Standard Base (LSB) server specification Monday to include new automated testing toolkits to make it easier to develop applications for different distributions of the open-source operating system.

SourceForge and Krugle Bring Code Search to World's Largest Open Source Software Repository

SourceForge.net and Krugle, Inc. today announced that SourceForge.net has embedded Krugle's search engine into the world's largest repository of open source software.

OLPC's Linux-based operating system available for download

A live CD that boots Sugar, the system that will be included in the One Laptop Per Child project. It's in the beginning stages, but shows off some cool stuff. Works great on my MacBook, just wish they could get wifi working.

Debian Etch: first impressions

Debian deserves some extra attention. The latest release is being distributed and I have no doubt that it will be installed on quite a few machines over the coming days and weeks. Personally I want to try it on the iMac Indigo and on a virtual machine under VMware. The netinstal images were a breeze to download and that was enough for now. I did not feel like downloading three DVD images or 22 CD images at the moment.

Sweet News for Open Source CRM and Red Hat

SugarCRM, the open source application developer, is gaining momentum among software developers, according to TechIQ magazine. That's also very good news for Red Hat, TechIQ reports.

Announcing the OCRopus Open Source OCR System

The goal of the project is to advance the state of the art in optical character recognition and related technologies, and to deliver a high quality OCR system suitable for document conversions, electronic libraries, vision impaired users, historical document analysis, and general desktop use. In addition, we are structuring the system in such a way that it will be easy to reuse by other researchers in the field.