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Open source licenses: What, which, and why | Ars Technica
A good summary (as of Feb 2020) of the open source licenses that are available. For me, I think Apache 2.0 is probably the best choice.
opensource  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  softwaredevelopment 
yesterday by mcherm
osxfuse is no longer open source - Colin Atkinson's Blog
The problem of a maintainer taking a formerly open source project and making it proprietary is exacerbated by the fact that it can't be forked because it can only be run by someone who has a signing certificate from Apple.
opensource  apple  via:HackerNews  appstore 
10 weeks ago by mcherm
Why doesn't anyone weep for Docker? - TechRepublic
Docker is losing in the market to Kubernetes. "No one is sad for Docker because they never developed a community of contributors to their product."
opensource  programming  via:HackerNews 
september 2019 by mcherm
Chrome to limit full ad blocking extensions to enterprise users - 9to5Google
An example of the problems you get when one company effectively controls the browser market. Remember, due to video DRM, Chrome effectively ISN'T open source.
opensource  google  evil  advertising  web  browsers  chrome  via:reddit  firefox 
may 2019 by mcherm
What is the incentive for curl to release the library for free? - Stack Overflow
A personal explanation of the motivation for working on open source projects.
opensource  via:reddit 
april 2019 by mcherm
Making sense of a crazy year in open source | Scale Venture Partners
One view of recent changes in open source licensing made in response to cloud providers locking in control. Companies are building a mix of 3 levels: open-source+free, proprietary+free, and proprietary+costs-to-use.
opensource  via:boingboing 
april 2019 by mcherm
Commento - Open Source Blog Comments
An open source project that offers comments on blogs. Compare to Disqus.
blogging  opensource 
april 2019 by mcherm
The Cloud and Open Source Powder Keg – tecosystems
Observation: cloud providers are packaging open source tools (eg: Elasticsearch). This leaves no role for the companies that have grown up around creating and supporting the tools. Some are fighting back with restrictive licenses and similar tools. The conflict seems inevitable.
aws  cloudcomputing  opensource  via:slashdot  history 
march 2019 by mcherm
The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003
Someone attempted to put a backdoor into the Linux kernel through subtly malicious C code. They were caught and it didn't work.
security  bug  hacking  opensource  via:reddit 
february 2019 by mcherm
MongoDB's Server Side Public License is likely unenforceable — Process Mechanics
MongoDB did something weird with their license to try to control its use in larger systems that are not open source. This article argues it might be legally unenforceable and is certainly impossible to comply with as a practical matter.
law  opensource  copyright  ip-law 
december 2018 by mcherm
Copyright Violation? Allow It!
They found /r/science using their copyrighted art. They released the art under creative commons. Everyone wins.
opensource  law  ip-law  copyright  creativecommons  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
A Decade After Trying To Block Open Source Patent Pool From Buying Its Patents, Microsoft Joins The Pool Entirely | Techdirt
10 years ago, a Microsoft FUD campaign claiming to have unspecified patents that Linux violated forced the open source community to create a defensive patent pool. Today Microsoft joins that pool. Times have changed.
patent  opensource  microsoft  law 
october 2018 by mcherm
Don’t sign a CLA | Hacker News
I explain why it IS ok (in my opinion) to sign many contributor license agreements for open source projects.
mypostings  opensource  law  ip-law  via:HackerNews 
october 2018 by mcherm
Build impossible programs - Julia Evans
Cool effort - she wasn't an expert, but she got a grant to fund a 3-month effort and built a profiler for Rust.
personal_net  programming  opensource  via:HackerNews 
september 2018 by mcherm
PyPy Status Blog: The First 15 Years of PyPy — a Personal Retrospective
The story (so far!) of the PyPy project, including both organizational issues and major design decisions.
opensource  python  pypy  history 
september 2018 by mcherm
How Tutanota replaced Google’s FCM with their own notification system | Hacker News
Explains how they built push notifications for Android without relying on Google.
opensource  mobile  android  programming 
september 2018 by mcherm
Our Approach to Employee Security Training | PagerDuty
Really good quality security training. How he did it and the slides in case you want to use them.
security  teaching  opensource  via:HackerNews 
may 2018 by mcherm
Girls and Software | Linux Journal
Eric S Raymond being inviting to and supportive of a 12-yr-old girl who shows up on an open source project discussion group. This is precisely how we ought to operate.
opensource  via:reddit  gender  womenintech  programming 
may 2018 by mcherm
The Fall of Eclipse | Hacker News
I say it wasn't Eclipse falling out of use so much as Intellij taking over because their open source community edition allowed people to discover how great their product already was.
mypostings  opensource  intellij 
april 2018 by mcherm
tax deductable donations to software projects
Some open source projects (like LibreOffice or PostgreSQL) can be donated to in a tax-deductible fashion through this non-profit.
libreoffice  opensource  taxes  postgresql 
february 2018 by mcherm
Ned Batchelder: Finding your first OSS project
Places to go to find an open source project to contribute to.
opensource  NedBatchelder  via:NedBatchelder 
january 2018 by mcherm
Supporting Hypothesis
Stripe will be contributing some money to support David MacIver's testing framework, Hypothesis.
via:HackerNews  stripe  opensource  DavidMacIver  programming 
september 2017 by mcherm
How I replicated an $86 million project in 57 lines of code
You can build a decent license plate scanner from open source libraries.
opensource  via:reddit  programming 
august 2017 by mcherm
After governance breakdown, Node.js leaders fight for its survival | ZDNet
1/3 of node.js board members resigned (and forked the project) when the board wouldn't jettison a member.
opensource  management  node.js  socialcomputing 
august 2017 by mcherm
Why I Relicensed my RNA-Sequencing Software as Open Source
The article is actually titled "I was wrong", and the author explains why. Basically, because even with a permissive license, the DISCUSSION over licensing becomes quite onerous.
opensource  via:HackerNews 
august 2017 by mcherm
This is why I drink: a discussion of Fedora's legal state [LWN.net]
About the guy who manages legal issues for the community edition of Red Hat.
law  opensource  RedHat  patent  via:HackerNews 
february 2017 by mcherm
Why I won't recommend Signal anymore - Sander Venema
A good example of why really reliable secure communication tools (and other secure tools) must be open source.
privacy  opensource  via:HackerNews 
november 2016 by mcherm
Defending the GPL without lawsuits
Linus (and "Greg" who he quotes) on why it works better to NEVER sue over GPL violations.
opensource  law  via:HackerNews  ip-law  copyright 
september 2016 by mcherm
A Model To Fund Open-Source Projects · Computing Thoughts
Charge for "early" access to new versions; release publicly when the predetermined price has been met.
opensource  via:BruceEckel  BruceEckel 
july 2016 by mcherm
Yes, the FCC might ban your operating system | prpl.works
FCC regulations on WiFi might effectively stop manufacturers from selling PCs and laptops where people can install their own OS. That would be bad.
law  opensource  wifi 
march 2016 by mcherm
How Postgres and Open Source Are Disrupting The Market for Database Management Systems - Forbes
Even Forbes recognizes that PostgreSQL is now an "enterprise-ready" database as well as being open source.
postgresql  opensource  via:reddit 
march 2016 by mcherm
ModSecurity - an Open Source WAF
A Web Application Firewall that is open source. Are we using this? If so, then in god's name, why a separate layer?!
security  opensource 
february 2016 by mcherm
Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps
The local neighbors persuaded Google maps and other mapping companies to give incorrect directions to the famous Hollywood sign in order to avoid having lots of tourists parking on their streets. They are now pestering bloggers who post about how to get there. Open Street Map has correct and accurate directions.
maps  censorship  privacy  via:HackerNews  google  opensource 
november 2015 by mcherm
Why Fogbugz lost to Jira
Fogbugz was an issue tracker; it was a startup and was around before Jira. It lost. Mostly because Jira was free for open-source, and cheap for small numbers of users; also because Jira was written in Java and Fogbugz was written in its own proprietary language.
startup  opensource  via:reddit 
october 2015 by mcherm
Open Source Is Going Even More Open—Because It Has To | WIRED
Lots of open source projects, even ones created by big businesses, have foundations created to own them. It's partly because people don't trust a corporate owner.
opensource  via:reddit  wired 
july 2015 by mcherm
Syncthing
A synched folder tool that I am looking at.
useful  opensource  dropbox 
july 2015 by mcherm
The Problem With Putting All the World's Code in GitHub | WIRED
Sourceforge went bad. If Github did so it would be bad for open source. But it looks fine for now.
github  opensource  via:reddit 
june 2015 by mcherm
Clipart - High Quality, Easy to Use, Free Support
Has some decent selection of creative-commons-licensed clip art.
useful  images  opensource  creativecommons 
may 2015 by mcherm
What We Learned From Sponsoring an Open-Source Developer for a Year — Medium
They funded the sole developer of an open source product they used. And they thought it went well.
opensource  via:reddit 
april 2015 by mcherm
Proving that Android’s, Java’s and Python’s sorting algorithm is broken (and showing how to fix it) | Envisage: Engineering Virtualized Services
They used their program prover to prove that Timsort was correct... and found that it wasn't! They can demonstrate the flaw and submitted a fix. The Java team didn't use their fix!
python  java  programming  bug  math  algorithm  opensource  via:HackerNews 
february 2015 by mcherm
Driver Signing - ReactOS
They have a cert for signing drivers in Windows and they'll use it to sign drivers of open source projects if they conform to some strict good-behavior rules.
opensource  windows  via:reddit 
february 2015 by mcherm
Open source alternatives | Howdy Stranger
Someone's list of favorite open source tools. Fairly interesting.
opensource  via:reddit 
february 2015 by mcherm
Yahoo stopping all new development of YUI | Hacker News
Yahoo is ceasing development of YUI. And some commentary about it. Few things last forever in software development.
via:HackerNews  webdevelopment  webdesign  javascript  libraries  opensource  programming  softwaredevelopment  mypostings 
august 2014 by mcherm
Legal issues for FOSS producers and users | Opensource.com
A recent case which touches several important issues on the endorsement of the GPL.
law  opensource  via:reddit 
july 2014 by mcherm
Sage: Open Source Mathematics Software
An open source python-based version of Mathematica.
opensource  python  math  mathematica  via:HackerNews 
july 2014 by mcherm
What’s the “right” way to abandon an open source package? : Dragons in the Algorithm
A discussion that happened in the Python community: what to do several years later when no one steps forward to take over the project you created but are now tired of?
blogentry  mypostings  opensource 
july 2014 by mcherm
The new 501(c)(3) and the future of free software in the United States | Jim Nelson / Yorba blog archives
This group applied for tax exempt status and (4 years later) were denied. The reasons given for the denial would apply to any open source project.
law  opensource  via:reddit 
july 2014 by mcherm
Literally worse than EA | notch.net
Notch, who made Minecraft, is making the rules clear on monetizing Minecraft servers. Only allowed if it doesn't affect gameplay.
opensource  minecraft  notch 
june 2014 by mcherm
C# and VB are open sourced | Fabulous Adventures In Coding
Hmm... Maybe Microsoft truly IS adopting the open source ethos.
opensource  microsoft  via:EricLippert 
april 2014 by mcherm
OpenStreetMap | lxbarth's diary | OpenStreetMap Isn't All That Open, Let's Change That and Drop Share-Alike
Open Street Map has a "viral" license, requiring any datasets it is used with be released under the same license. That hinders adoption.
maps  opensource 
march 2014 by mcherm
Gov't Contractor Uses Copyright, Fear Of Hackers To Get Restraining Order Against Open Source Developer | Techdirt
His former employer got a judge to order his computer seized (without allowing him a chance to defend himself in court) on the grounds that he "was a hacker" and "couldn't have written [the code] in that amount of time" (he used open source, a different language, and developed it on Github.
law  opensource  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
october 2013 by mcherm
The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003
The story of an attempt to put a back door into Linux. It was a well-disguised attempt but fortunately it failed.
EdFelten  via:EdFelten  security  opensource  programming  bug 
october 2013 by mcherm
I asked for a t-shirt, I got a job - Thought Conduit
The company made it easy for others to contribute. He started doing so and eventually became an employee.
softwaredevelopment  opensource  programming  hiring  startup  via:HackerNews 
october 2013 by mcherm
CloudFlare And Open Source Software: A Two-Way Street | CloudFlare Blog
This is exactly the attitude I would like companies to have toward open source.
opensource  via:HackerNews 
october 2013 by mcherm
JetBrains Delights the Python Community with a Free Edition of its Famous IDE, PyCharm 3.0 | JetBrains PyCharm Blog
JetBrains makes their Python IDE (PyCharm) available in a slightly-less-capable open source version (like they did with IntelliJ Idea).
python  ide  JetBrains  opensource  intellij  via:reddit 
september 2013 by mcherm
Don't trust me: I might be a spook
"I'm not an NSA stooge, but if I were I'd claim not to be. So inspect my code to verify it for yourself."
trust  security  nsa  opensource  snowden 
september 2013 by mcherm
Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer? | Vanity Fair
A detailed article about a programmer who was prosecuted for things that were barely crimes because his former employer was upset and the FBI didn't understand computers
overprosecution  via:reddit  security  opensource  programming  law  ip-law  tradesecret 
august 2013 by mcherm
Chart.js: an apology to Open Source | Hacker News
His company made him take down the open source project that was his senior thesis. I comment about my experience with IP employment clauses.
opensource  mypostings  via:HackerNews 
march 2013 by mcherm
The Pull Request Hack - Felix Geisendörfer
He says he adds as a committer anyone (almost anyone) who submits a patch for his open source apps.
socialcomputing  github  opensource  softwaredevelopment 
march 2013 by mcherm
Python Trademark Filer Ignorant Of Python? - Simon Says...
An interesting case: company applies for a trademark on "Python" for computers in Europe, and the open source community responds. There was some misunderstanding and bad behavior but remarkably little and it looks like the issue is resolving peaceably.
opensource  python  law  ip-law  trademark  via:slashdot 
february 2013 by mcherm
A license to use software for evil
The license says "this software should be used for good, not evil". IBM asked for and got an exemption.
DouglasCrockford  licensing  law  contractlaw  IBM  opensource 
january 2013 by mcherm
The meaning of the 4.0
LibreOffice fixes licensing issues, creates new extension API, and upgrades major version number.
via:reddit  libreoffice  openoffice  opensource 
january 2013 by mcherm
Fedora Linux considering switching out MySQL for MariaDB | ZDNet
Red Hat may switch from MySQL to a more open clone named "MariaDB".
zdnet  via:reddit  database  opensource  oracle  RedHat 
january 2013 by mcherm
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