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Blog Entry object code Introducing the Compliance Lab's summer intern
by Brett Smith published Jun 23, 2011 last modified Jul 08, 2011 03:05 PM
William Theaker recently started working at the FSF as this summer's licensing intern. In this post, he writes about what brought him to free software, and the goals for his internship.
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News Item x-conference/x-cooltalk Statement on's move to Apache
by Brett Smith published Jun 10, 2011
When moves to a non-copyleft license, there's a ready replacement for people who want a productivity suite that does more to protect their freedom: LibreOffice.
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Blog Entry text/texmacs Two new projects can help free software replace Skype
by Brett Smith published Jun 08, 2011
GNU Free Call and WebRTC are both building frameworks that stand to make Skype obsolete.
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Blog Entry Announcing our license recommendations guide
by Brett Smith published May 25, 2011 last modified May 25, 2011 03:17 PM
We've compiled a single resource that guides you through the process of choosing a license for new software, documentation, and other functional data.
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Blog Entry Parabola GNU/Linux joins the FSF list of free distributions
by Brett Smith published May 20, 2011
Parabola GNU/Linux is a full featured general-purpose distribution that's committed to only including free software.
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Blog Entry Another High Priority Project done: The Unarchiver provides free RARv3 extraction tools
by Brett Smith published May 10, 2011 last modified Oct 31, 2019 03:44 PM — filed under:
This collection of software fills an important gap in free software support for different archives.
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Blog Entry Good news about the Novell/CPTN deal
by Brett Smith published Apr 22, 2011 last modified Apr 26, 2011 01:19 PM
Earlier this week the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) announced a joint decision regarding Novell's proposal to sell 882 patents to CPTN Holdings, newly formed by Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and EMC. The authorities ultimately approved the sale, but with conditions that prevent the companies from using the patents to attack free software.
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Blog Entry Farewell, Groklaw, and thanks!
by Brett Smith published Apr 13, 2011
Pamela Jones recently announced that Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on May 16. It's sad news.
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Blog Entry object code Steer clear of Android Market and its DRM
by Brett Smith published Mar 09, 2011 last modified Mar 09, 2011 06:08 PM
Google recently made headlines after they identified some malware being distributed through the Android Market. Not only did they stop distributing those apps, but they used their "remote kill switch" to remove the apps from phones where they were already downloaded. This is a kind of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) that all computer users should avoid.
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Blog Entry Windows Phone 7 and Xbox ban GPL software
by Brett Smith published Feb 28, 2011
Recently word started getting around that the terms for getting apps on Windows Phone 7, and indie games on the Xbox, have changed. Now, programs submitted to Microsoft cannot have any code licensed under a copyleft license. Even if a single file is licensed under a weaker copyleft license like the LGPL, Microsoft will apparently reject it.
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