Open Source Licensing


Freedom and Choice in Open Source Licensing: Comparing the EUPL v1.1 and the GPL v3

The European Union Public License (EUPL) version 1.1 was released and approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) on January 9, 2009. A major milestone in the evolution of open source licensing, the EUPL contains some important distinctions that set it apart from other popular open source licenses: it’s written with native […]


What Does Oracle’s Buyout of Sun Mean to Open Source?

Oracle’s Buying Sun: What This Means to Open Source   Sun has been responsible for the single largest corporate investment in open source software to date. Sun’s actively funded and well supported OSS projects are at the core of the community.         http://www.sun.com/software/opensource/learnmore.jsp A short list, seriously: […]


Open Source Insecurity

Jay Lyman of The 451 Group posted this note specific to the security of open source software. Content that I contributed to the post . . . 1. There is a direct correlation between reported vulnerabilities and usage. The most used applications have the most consistent and accurate issue reporting, as […]


Is FOSS Ready for USA?

Following the recent inauguration of our 44th president, it is fitting that we focus on our nation and the security of it through open source. The United States was founded on principals of freedom, so it makes sense that now we look towards “free software” to protect her. However, a question […]


What happened to the GPL Project Watch List

In October 2008, our research project was hit with the same economic crunch that has been affecting businesses throughout our country. The members of the Research Group are proud of what we delivered for more than a year, and we are glad that we were given the opportunity to deliver […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 10/24

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for October 18th to October 24th 2008. Black Thursday, this day in 1929. This Week: Week Summary New Projects The Next Step for FOSS Adoption User Contributions This week our GPL v3 count is […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 10/17

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for October 13th to October 17th 2008. October 17, 1956: The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England. This Week: Week Summary New Projects Open Office […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 10/10

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for September 26th to October 3rd 2008. October 10, 1871 – The Great Chicago Fire: Chicago burns after a barn accident. The fire lasts from October 8 to October 10.   This Week: Week Summary […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 10/03: Financial Crisis and Open Source

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for September 26th to October 3rd 2008. October 3, 2008 – The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 for the U.S. financial system is signed by President George W. Bush. This Week: Week Summary New […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 09/19

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for September 12th to September 19th 2008. September 19, 1995 marked the first International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This Week: Week Summary New Projects Interop 2008 and Open Source User Contributions Moving along […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 09/12

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for August 29th through September 12th, 2008. September 12, 1992 – NASA launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47 which marked the 50th shuttle mission. On board are Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 08/22

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for July 25th through August 22nd, 2008. This Week: Week Summary New Projects Are Software Patents Incompatible With Open Source And Free Software Ideals? License Proliferation: Less is more, one is best User Contributions […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 08/08

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for July 25th through August 8th, 2008. August 8, 1963 – Great Train Robbery: In England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal £2.6 million in bank notes. This Week: * Week Summary * New Projects […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 07/25 3

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for July 11th through July 18th, 2008. July 25, 1946 – At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team. This Week: […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 07/18

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for July 11th through Juky 18th, 2008. Following a challenge by President Kennedy, NASA astronauts John Young and Mike Collins launch this day in 1966 and dock the Gemini 10 to the Agena in […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 07/04, 4th of July Edition 2

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3/AGPLv3 adoption for June 27th through July 4th, 2008. The Declaration of Independence, signed in Congress July 4, 1776, defined the United States, and began an experiment in liberty and freedom that has existed since.   […]


GPLv3 One Year Anniversary Edition 06/29/08 3

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3/AGPLv3 adoption for the past year. Steve Wozniak tested his prototype Apple I computer, this day in 1975. This Edition: GPLv3 – One Year Later GPLv3 – 10,000 projects Interviews Conversation With Chris DiBona Richard Stallman […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 06/20/08

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for June 14th through June 20th, 2008. The Secretary of State approves the transfer of Wernher Von Braun and other Nazi rocket scientists to the US, this day in 1945. his Week: Week Summary […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 06/13

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for June 7th through June 13th, 2008. President Johnson nominates Thurgood Marshall this day in 1967. This Week: Week Summary New Projects FOSS licenses based on US Copyright law User Contributions Two More Weeks… […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 06/06

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for May 31st through June 6th, 2008. This day in 1934, President Roosevelt signed the Securities Act of 1933. This Week: Week Summary New Projects FOSS licenses based on US Copyright law User Contributions […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 05/30

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for May 24th through May 30th, 2008. The Peasant’s Revolt began this day in 1381. This Week: New Projects Clipperz Follow Up AGPL v3 Hits 100 Projects User Contributions Congrats to the Grads For […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 05/16

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for May 2nd through May 16th, 2008. This day in 1822, the Turks defeated the Greeks in the Greek War of Independence.  For those of you who track our numbers carefully, you will have […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 05/02

  The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for April 26th through May 2nd, 2008.   The Siege of Cuautla, this day in 1812. New project conversions this week include: OdinMS: OdinMS attemps to replicate the functionality of a Maple Story […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 04/25

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for April 19th through April 25th, 2008. Happy Earth Day In this green week where we support the protection of our environment, it is nice to work in the open source community that shares […]


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 04/18 5

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for April 4th through April 18th, 2008. The RMS Carpathia brought 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City, this day in 1912. AGPL v3 is Growing Our database is being adjusted […]