Why all software needs a license

All software developers should add a copyright license. Why? Because open source licensing is all about granting permission in advance

Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source

Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source

Like an abusive partner, Microsoft says it 'loves' Linux -- when what it means is that it desperately needs Linux

Open source has won -- let the infighting begin!

Open source has won -- let the infighting begin!

The dynamics of software are changing, from hoarding licenses to growing communities. But that won’t make the market any less competitive

What Google's petition to the Supreme Court really means

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

As patent trolls fade, a group formed to combat them thrives

As patent trolls fade, a group formed to combat them thrives

The Open Invention Network grows dramatically despite a Supreme Court decision that dealt patent trolls a mortal blow

ARM's Mbed falls short of true open source

ARM's Mbed falls short of true open source

Virtually all essential infrastructure is now really, actually open source. Did ARM not get the memo?

LibreOffice's superlow defect rate puts proprietary software to shame

LibreOffice's superlow defect rate puts proprietary software to shame

LibreOffice code is among the cleanest you'll find, with one-tenth the defect density of the average proprietary code base for similar-scale apps

Alice is killing the trolls -- but expect patent lawyers to strike back

Alice is killing the trolls -- but expect patent lawyers to strike back

The wheels of justice spin slowly, but they seem finally to be running software patents out of town

No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack

No, Citrix did not kill CloudStack

CloudStack's lifeblood is its user community, so the Citrix shakeup is much ado about nothing

LibreOffice cash-for-code strategy tests open source ethic

In an unusual, controversial move, the Document Foundation is taking bids for paid development of LibreOffice for Android

Nude photos, phone records, NSA data offer essential lessons for admins

Whether via Apple's iCloud, the DEA, or the NSA, data is leaking everywhere -- can anyone avoid exposure?

Linux Foundation's certification sets new benchmark for admins

Do open source projects need formal certification? Two notable open source foundations think they do

How Red Hat can catch the developer train

Developers are embracing a range of open source technologies, virtually none supported or sold by Red Hat. Can the open source giant recover?

Walmart's investment in open source isn't cheap

While proprietary vendors want us to focus on price, innovators focus on the flexibility and business value of open source

Does government finally grok open source?

New GitHub data suggests that governments are finally all in on open source, but the truth may be a little less sexy

Fresh attacks on open source miss the mark

Critics are laying siege to open source, but their arguments both mistake what open source is and how companies benefit from it

SAP embraces opens source -- sort of

Years of slow change are finally leading to new openness at SAP, at least in connection with SAP HANA

This is the golden age of open source

We're in the golden age of open source, not a 'post-open source' society. More than ever, we must take its definition seriously

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?

Are open source foundations nonprofits? The IRS says no

OpenStack and Yorba are denied nonprofit status. Does this challenge the role of foundations -- or signal open source's maturity?

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