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News Item OSI and FSF Send Joint Position to Department of Justice
by Brett Smith published Jan 20, 2011 last modified Jan 20, 2011 01:08 PM
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) and Free Software Foundation (FSF) have sent a joint position statement to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), urging it to scrutinize Novell's proposal to sell patents to the newly-formed CPTN Holdings. Both organizations believe that CPTN Holdings may use these patents to attack free, libre, and open source (FLOSS) software. The full text of the statement follows.
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Blog Entry D source code Over 1,000 sign the petition asking This American Life to use Ogg Vorbis
by Brett Smith published Sep 27, 2011 last modified Sep 27, 2011 05:56 PM
We just delivered our petition to the show, asking them to be part of the software patent solution by using a free format.
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News Item Over 450 letters sent to the USPTO proposing guidelines to end software patents
by Brett Smith published Sep 28, 2010 last modified Nov 05, 2010 09:42 AM
Last week, we put out an action item asking people to write to the USPTO, and explain to them why software should not be eligible for patents under their forthcoming post-Bilski guidance. To answer the call, you all sent in more than 450 letters, offering the USPTO all kinds of legal and practical reasons why they should stop issuing software patents. This is a tremendous response, and we're very grateful to you all for participating. Thank you very much!
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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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People who have signed our petition to This American Life
by Brett Smith published Aug 30, 2011 last modified Sep 02, 2011 06:16 PM
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Recommending licenses for new free software projects
by Brett Smith published Oct 17, 2011 last modified Oct 18, 2011 03:31 PM
We recently published a new page on our site, entitled "How to choose a license for your own work." It's a comprehensive set of license recommendations for new projects. It explains what factors are important to consider when making licensing decisions, and suggests specific licenses for different scenarios.
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Blog Entry Ryzom is free software! What can we do from here?
by Brett Smith published May 06, 2010 last modified May 06, 2010 08:27 AM
Ryzom is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), where players work together to explore a fantasy world and set out on various quests. Today, the Ryzom team has released the game as free software: both the client and server programs have been released under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3, while its models, textures, and other art are covered by CC-BY-SA 3.0.
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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 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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by Brett Smith last modified Aug 19, 2011 05:46 PM
Petition This American Life to publish their show in Ogg Vorbis format.
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