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Licensing & Compliance Lab update

by Donald Robertson Contributions Published on Nov 14, 2013 05:57 PM

In January, my coworker, Joshua, put together a blog post detailing what the Licensing & Compliance Lab accomplished in 2012, and why it would matter in 2013. Now it's time to share the progress that we have made in the first half of this year.

Compliance investigations
and backlog reduction

Since our last update we have continued to reduce our backlog, responding to and resolving almost 200 reports of license violations and handling over 400 licensing and compliance questions from clients. In terms of compliance, we have resolved several long-running cases, bringing violators into compliance with the GNU General Public License and GNU Free Documentation License. We have already nearly reached our annual goal for payments from clients and violators for the services we provide. While we still have a ways to go, our progress has put us in a great position going forward.

Hardware certified to Respect Your Freedom

RYF logo

In April, we awarded Respects Your Freedom hardware certification to the ThinkPenguin TPE-N150USB USB Wireless N adapter. While many wireless cards and adapters using Atheros chipsets work well with fully free operating systems, ThinkPenguin's device is the first to carry the promise that it will always remain free. In June we awarded certification to the long-range version of the wireless adapter, the TPE-N150USBL, as well as the LulzBot TAZ 3D printer, the latest model by Aleph Objects, Inc.

The Free Software Directory overhauled

The FSF has maintained the Free Software Directory for many years, and there is currently a long-running effort to revamp this useful tool. In the first half of 2013, Joshua updated the Directory's back end, making it easier for volunteers to contribute. He also set up a system to import package info from the Debian Main repository. Thanks to these efforts, along with weekly meetings with volunteers to update and add new entries, the Directory has grown to include over 7,000 packages.

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