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Cisco Settles With The Free Software Foundation

Brett Smith, licensing engineer for the FSF writes: BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Wednesday, May 20, 2009 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Cisco Systems, Inc. are pleased to announce that they have reached a joint agreement. Under the agreement, the FSF has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against Cisco.

Software licenses are not for linguists

There was a journal entry recently published on Slashdot which sparked several reactions. I think that it is safe to say most geeks realize that our lives will shortly depend entirely on computer software (much more than they do now). Most smart people realize the need to ensure that we keep software development as free, […]

Site and code overhaul in progress

Its been nearly a year with the same design and format, its time for something new. A few things that used to be here aren’t here anymore. Here’s a list of breakage: Code repo is (mostly) down: I’m moving all of my Mercurial repositories to another system. The bandwidth they use is getting rather high, […]

How McAfee hurts innovation

McAfee recently warned investors that using ‘open source’ software could result in unanticipated (or ancillary) obligations resulting in disclosure of proprietary code, citing ‘ambiguous’ language in the GPL. This is rather ironic because McAfee has not cited one ‘ambiguous’ sentence in the GPL, only suggesting that some exist. What McAffe has done is built a […]

What happened to GRSH?

A dozen or so people have written in to ask me what happened to GRSH (Gridnix Shell), our souped up version of dash with special built-ins for ease of clustering. I took the repository down, I’ll explain why. GRSH started out using the POSIX compliant mini shell, dash, which is distributed under the less restrictive […]

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