Lawsuit threatens to break new ground on the GPL and software licensing issues

When Versata Software sued Ameriprise Financial Services for breaching its software license, it unwittingly unearthed a GPL violation of its own and touched off another lawsuit that could prove to be a leading case on free and open source software licensing. This post takes a look at the legal issues raised by both cases and what they mean for FOSS producers and users.read more
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The great Ars experiment—free and open source software on a smartphone?!

Android is a Google product—it’s designed and built from the ground up to integrate with Google services and be a cloud-powered OS. A lot of Android is open source, though, and there’s nothing that says you have to use it the way that Google would prefer. With some work, it’s possible to turn a modern Android smartphone into a Google-less, completely open device—so we wanted to try just that. After dusting off the Nexus 4 and grabbing a copy of the open source parts of Android, we jumped off the grid and dumped all the proprietary Google and cloud-based services you’d normally use on Android. Instead, this experiment runs entirely on open source alternatives. FOSS or bust!
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Milind Bhandarkar talks big data and open source software

Big data is one of the most pervasive buzzwords in today’s technology world. But it’s impossible to deny how deeply data touches all aspects of not just our lives but also business and industry. The amount of data collected about everything is staggering—a typical transatlantic flight generates 30 terabytes of data about the engines alone!
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