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HOWTO: Pick an open source license

You've made the decision to release your code as "open source". Ok, what does that mean, what is an open source license, and how do you pick the right one?

Microsoft takes on net nasties

Allchin says Ballmer, the world's 13th wealthiest man with a fortune of about $18 billion, spent almost two days trying to rid the PC of worms, viruses, spyware, malware and severe fragmentation without success.

Financial firm trades in OpenView for open source

Five years ago Yodlee Inc. purchased a proprietary application to monitor its core application and network infrastructure. Then the troubles began.

The Redwood City, Calif.-based provider of risk management applications implemented Hewlett-Packard's OpenView product to monitor

its own IT infrastructure, but instead of a smooth, carefree process, the company quickly realized several unforeseen challenges on the radar screen.

Should RISC OS be open sourced?

The debate over whether or not RISC OS should be open sourced took another turn this week when Peter Naulls argued that "certain parts" of the OS could be released under an open source licence.

A Comparison of Solaris, Linux, and FreeBSD Kernels

I spend most of my time teaching classes on Solaris internals, device drivers, and kernel crash dump analysis and debugging. When explaining to classes how various subsystems are implemented in Solaris, students often ask, "How does it work in Linux?" or, "In FreeBSD, it works like this, how about Solaris?" This article examines three of the basic subsystems of the kernel and compares implementation between Solaris 10, Linux 2.6, and FreeBSD 5.3.

The economics of commercial open source

The goal of the series is to expose a trend in open source that is leading to the creation of a new breed of "effective" monopolies by commercial open source companies.

Open-source leader steps aside at industry group

The Open Source Initiative says that it has reorganized in an effort to bring more structure to the open-source software movement and that co-founder Eric Raymond is stepping down from his position as president.

Speed improvements expected in KDE 4

KDE 4, the next major version of the Linux desktop KDE, is likely to start up and run faster due to changes that have been made to Qt, the graphical framework that KDE is built on.

An open-source shot in the arm?

Medicine: The open-source model is a good way to produce software, as the example of Linux shows. Could the same collaborative approach now revitalise medical research too?

Open-source companies see profit aplenty

It's easy to make money giving away software--just don't give away too much of it.