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New PHP Licensing Option for Cloud Computing

by Dave West  Followers 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.

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Reactions and Consequences of the iPhone Developer License Change

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers 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.

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Google Has a Problem with Some Android Developers

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers 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.

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Web Services as an Alternative to Copy-Protected Software

by Jonathan Allen Follow 127 Followers 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.

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

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers 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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23 .NET Open Source Projects

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Jul 02, 2009 12

Eric Nelson, a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft and Technical Editor of MSDN UK Flash, has compiled a list of 23 .NET open source projects mostly based on recommendations sent by UK developers. Other great projects did not make it into the list, while Microsoft’s contribution include: ASP.NET MVC, DLR, IronRuby, IronPython, MEF.

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OpenMoko Faces MP3 Patent Dispute

by Jonathan Allen Follow 127 Followers on  Nov 16, 2008

The Linux-based phone, OpenMoko is currently in a patent dispute with Sisvel, the Italian patent holding firm known for its aggressive enforcement of MPEG patents.

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IcedTea: The First 100% Compliant Open-Source Java

by R.J. Lorimer Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 21, 2008 8

The IcedTea project has passed the Java Test Compatibility Kit, becoming the first 100% open-source licensed Java implementation to be completely verified as Java-compliant.

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IcedTea Bridges Open-Source Gap with OpenJDK

by R.J. Lorimer Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 01, 2008

It has been over a year since OpenJDK was officially released by Sun. The IcedTea project has been created to help remove encumbrances in its adoption by the open-source community.

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ExtJS Licensing Continues to Evolve as a Result of Controversal Switch from LGPL to GPLv3

by Nick Laiacona Follow 0 Followers on  May 01, 2008

Jack Slocum, lead developer of the popular Javascript library ExtJS, announced this week a community effort to develop two new exceptions for open source software developed using ExtJS 2.1 or greater. This move came as a response to frustration and confusion surrounding recent changes in the Ext JS licensing model from LGPL to GPLv3.

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More on RPC in Adobe Flex Applications with AMF, BlazeDS, and/or GraniteDS

by Jon Rose Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 17, 2007 3

Last week, Adobe made a major change to the Adobe Flex Platform with the announcement that much of LiveCycle Data Services is being open sourced in the BlazeDS project, including the AMF specification and code. This change should eliminate one of the final cost and licensing barriers for those considering adopting the Flex Platform.

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Dalvik, Android's virtual machine, generates significant debate

by Ryan Slobojan Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 19, 2007 8

With the release of Google's Android SDK earlier this week, there was much discussion of the APIs and the expected impact in the mobile space. However, one particular area which generated significant debate in the Java community was the Dalvik virtual machine which is the basis of the Android platform.

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The Story of TestDriven.NET and Visual Studio Express

by Jonathan Allen Follow 127 Followers on  Jun 02, 2007 14

When we first reported on Jamie Cansdale's TestDriven.NET, it sounded like the classic big company bullies the little one. But as the full story was been revealed, sentiment has begun to swing from die-hard support for Jamie Cansdale to a call to boycott TestDriven.NET . InfoQ looks back at how this unfortunate incident came to pass.

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Apache Harmony Questions Sun Regarding JCK License Terms

by James Kao Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 11, 2007 2

Yesterday, Geir Magnusson Jr., VP of Apache Harmony, wrote an open letter to Sun Microsystems expressing dissatisfaction with IP rights restrictions in the Java Compatibility Kit license and frustration over the lack of traction discussing the matter with Sun.

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Microsoft to Enforce User Interface Guidelines

by Jonathan Allen Follow 127 Followers on  Nov 24, 2006 1

In order to promote the ribbon design as a replacement for menus and toolbars, Microsoft has decided to license the Office 2007 User Interface including the new "ribbon paradigm " via a set of guidelines. And unlike previous guidelines and standards, violating a "mandatory" clause carries real legal repercussions.

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