Consensus on GPLv3 No Longer a Distant Dream

Posted in FSF, GPL, Law at 9:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

You may be pleased to hear that GPLv3 is gradually gaining acceptance. It is facing relatively minor (~16%) opposition, according to this recent study.

A survey of open-source programming experts that start-up OpenLogic pays to resolve software troubles has revealed some favorable feelings about the new third draft of the General Public License (GPL).

Of the 45 people who responded, 50 percent said they believed GPL 3 is good for the open-source programming movement. That’s not a majority by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s three times the 16 percent who said they believed GPL 3 wasn’t good for open source. And 30 percent said they weren’t sure.

There is some decent coverage of the GPLv3 and its importance in the following news article.

Like the software it governs, there is still time to make changes to the GPL.

However radical he might seem, Mr. Stallman has proven you don’t have to look like a CEO to have a major impact on the way this business works. If he can change the system, we all can, and we all should.

Finally, full transcripts of Richard Stallman’s talk in Brussels are available online.

Novell Seeks New Linux Identity with New Opensuse Slogan

Posted in Humour, Marketing, Novell, OpenSUSE at 9:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

We try never to make fun of Opensuse (the ‘community’), which is in some sense the biggest victim of Novell’s management. However, since Novell is after a spanking tagline and it’s a holiday, perhaps you would appreciate some humour:

  • openSUSE – Because Vista Is Expensive
  • openSUSE – We’re Now Americans, And Steve Is Our Friend
  • openSUSE – Our MONO Culture Is Not Microsoft (Yet)
  • openSUSE – Forget About Ron, Some Of Us Are Still Germans!


Happy Easter! (to those who celebrate it)

Quote of the Day, Different Context

Posted in Deals, Microsoft, Novell, Quote at 9:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Quote of the Day comes from a blog which analyses the Microsoft-Google gameplay. It applies equally well to Microsoft’s handling of the “Linux threat”.

“It appears that Microsoft has finally realized that as a mature firm, the future growth is elsewhere. It is stealing a page from Larry Ellison’s playbook and is going into full acquisition mode…”

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