Software Licensing

Software Licensing news, information, and how-to advice

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Hey, Oracle! Untangle your licensing knots, once and for all

Campaign for Clear Licensing urges Big Red to undo the Gordian knot of its licensing practices, but don't expect overnight results

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Twitter emoji: 5 lessons for effective open source

An emoji library may seem an unlikely source of best practices for open source. But Twitter's careful work provides an excellent guide


Microsoft must finish the job of opening .Net

Microsoft's open developer strategy is amazing and welcome news. But the company must still bite the bullet and make peace with open source

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New Windows Enterprise licensing helps -- but beware the fine print

Per-user subscription option finally moves Microsoft into sensible cloud licensing and makes many enterprise tasks easier and cheaper

Oracle licensing practices lead to mistrust among customers, says survey

The group behind the survey says it is advocating for manageable licensing terms and isn't against Oracle

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What Google's petition to the Supreme Court really means

Following the reversal of its historic win against Oracle over the copyrightability of APIs, Google has asked the Supreme Court to intervene

Oracle hits back at ex-employee's claims over in-memory database option

Former employee's claim that a new in-memory processing option is turned on by default -- triggering additional license fees -- sparks debate in dueling blog posts

Oracle's new database patch could cost you $23,000 per processor

Latest patch set for Oracle's database automatically enables in-memory processing -- a feature for which Oracle charges extra

We're living in a post-open source world

Increasingly, software isn't sold, it's used to power services offered over the Internet. So why contend with the complexities of open source licensing?

Why GPL still gives enterprises the jitters

Though open source is a way of life in many companies, the GPL still inspires hesitancy -- for surprising reasons

No boss? No problem! An ERP upgrade done right

When a messy ERP transition hits rough waters, one tech pro relies on know-how, grit, and luck to right the ship

Adobe Creative Cloud crash shows that no cloud is too big to fail

Adobe's ID services went down for over 24 hours, leaving Creative Cloud users -- and a great many others -- locked out of their software and accounts

Virtualizing Oracle software: Don't pay for what you don't need

Moving Oracle databases to virtual infrastructure may not result in software savings. Here's why, and what you can do about it

SAP users rattle sabers over charges for user-friendly Fiori apps

Fiori should be included as part of the annual maintenance fees customers already pay, users say

Supreme Court set for landmark decision -- good or bad -- on software patents

Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank reaches the Supreme Court, with expectations of long-awaited clarity on the legality of software patents

Microsoft scrambles to simplify its licensing

Microsoft is pledging dramatic improvements to its notoriously complex enterprise licensing, but some experts are skeptical

Open Compute pushes GPL-like license for 'open source hardware'

Facebook's open hardware effort adopts 'prescriptive' license requiring altered designs to be contributed back to foundation when sold

Foiled! How to beat software vendors' sneaky price increases

Between complex licenses and the cloud, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP have lots of ways to hike up prices. Here's how to fight back

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