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Licensing Restrictions Plague the new Portable Class Libraries

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 25, 2013

Microsoft has been releasing Portable Class Library versions of some really important libraries including the BCL Portability Pack, Async, Stream Compression and ZIP Archives, and Microsoft HTTP Client Libraries. And with the newest version of Mono also supporting PCL, one would think this would be a huge win for cross-platform developers. But that’s not the case.

Google and MPEG LA End All Disputes on VP8

by Abel Avram on  Mar 08, 2013 4

Google has obtained a license for any algorithm that may be essential to VP8 and MPEG LA has a patent for it. Google has the option to sublicense VP8 royalty-free to third party implementers, opening the way for wide adoption of the VP8 codec.

Google Would Have Paid up to $50 Million to License Java, Schmidt Reveals in Oracle vs. Google Trial

by Charles Humble on  Apr 28, 2012 5

Google would have paid Sun's asking price of $30-$50 million to license Java, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt stated at the Oracle vs. Google trial. Google didn't object to the amount of money Sun wanted, but it didn't want to give up too much control over Android. J

Java APIs Take Centre Stage in Oracle vs. Google Trial

by Charles Humble on  Apr 23, 2012 2

Last week saw the beginning of the Oracle vs. Google trial. Oracle's main complaint, involving a damages claim of $1bn, is that Android's use of 37 Java APIs infringes its copyright in the Java programming language. Google maintains APIs cannot be copyrighted, and has tried to frame the case as Oracle's response to its own failure to build a Java-based smartphone platform.

Is The Patent System Broken?

by Michael Stal on  Nov 11, 2011 5

In a recent interview with The San Francisco Chronicle the patent counsel of Google, Tim Porter, claims the patent system itself is broken. Patent offices worldwide have been increasingly granting protection to “innovations” that are not innovative. The IT Industry is currently facing a series of patent trials which some large corporates seem to leverage as weapons for attacking competitors.

Ruby 1.9.3: Improved Performance and Stability and BSD Licensed

by Mirko Stocker on  Nov 01, 2011

The latest Ruby release 1.9.3 further improves the stability and performance of the 1.9 series and brings only few new features. Ruby's license changed to 2-clause BSD + Ruby License instead of GPLv2 + Ruby License.

Sonatype Offers Insight Into Enterprise Open Source Usage

by Charles Humble on  Sep 21, 2011

Sonatype, the main company which drives Maven development, has joined a growing list of companies which aim to help organisations understand and audit their open source software usage, with the announcement of the Sonatype Insight software suite.

VMware Announces vFabric Cloud Application Platform 5, Simplifies Licensing and Deployment

by Charles Humble on  Jun 14, 2011

VMware has today announced that the next version of its vFabric cloud application platform, which it expects to ship later in the summer, will see a licensing change to a per VM model. The platform gains elastic memory for Java applications running in Spring tc Server, and a new performance monitoring tool for Spring applications running in production, based on Spring Insight.

Android Java Copyright Infringements?

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 24, 2011 1

A post on Friday claimed that the Android source tree contained more proprietary or decompiled code. What impact will this have to the Oracle vs Google case?

Apple Relaxes iPhone Development Tool and Data Sharing Restrictions

by Ron Bodkin on  Sep 09, 2010 6

Apple announced today that they "listened to our developers" and "we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code." They also announced that "for the first time we are publishing the App Store Review Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted apps."

New PHP Licensing Option for Cloud Computing

by Dave West on  Sep 01, 2010

Zend recently announced an 'unlimited subscription' licensing option for its PHP products, in support of cloud computing. Virtualization and Cloud Computing challenge traditional concepts of software licensing, e.g. one license per user, one license per server, because of the dynamism and variability of running instances inherent in both concepts. Zend offers one way to solve this problem.

Reactions and Consequences of the iPhone Developer License Change

by Abel Avram on  Apr 12, 2010 9

There is a report saying that Apple has changed the iPhone Developer License to prohibit applications written in other languages than Objective-C, C or C++ or accessing the API “through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool”. Reactions abound and this change is likely to have rippling effects across the industry.

Google Has a Problem with Some Android Developers

by Abel Avram on  Sep 30, 2009 6

Google has issued lately a cease and desist order against Steve Kondik, a well known Android developer who has created CyanogenMod, a free custom Android firmware, bundling some non open source applications like Maps, GMail, Talk, YouTube, and Market. Some see this as the first friction between Google and developers.

Web Services as an Alternative to Copy-Protected Software

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 06, 2009 1

Microsoft has released an API for generating Tags, their new barcode technology. But unlike most commercial libraries, there are no attempts at copy-protection. Instead, the library is only available as a web service.

Microsoft Is Contributing 20,000 Lines of Code to the Linux Kernel

by Abel Avram on  Jul 22, 2009

Microsoft is contributing 3 Linux device drivers, 20,000 lines of code, to the Linux kernel 2.6.32 under GPLv2 license.

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