RMS: The GNU GPL Is Here to Stay (6 tags)
Though some in the open source world claim that the GPL is now unnecessary, RMS and the Free Software Foundation are still working night and day to promote the idea of software freedom. Part of that is a revision to the popular GNU General Public License. Federico Biancuzzi recently chatted with Richard Stallman about the goals and plans and successes of the GPL.
Open Source and Free Documentation Licenses, Part 1: The GNU FDL (4 tags)
The same principles that apply to open source licenses also apply to licenses for documentation and works other than software. In part one of a three-part series, Andrew St. Laurent looks at the first of three such licenses, the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL). He reviews the FDL section by section, and concludes with a look at some minor problems and ambiguities in definitions. Andrew is the author of Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing.
ESR: "We Don't Need the GPL Anymore" (3 tags)
During a recent Brazilian conference on free and open source software, hacker, writer, and speaker Eric Raymond stated that open source would see more rapid success if the GPL didn't make people nervous. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed ESR to gain more context for the statement and to explore these views more fully.
Freedom, Innovation, and Convenience: The RMS Interview (2 tags)
Since 1984, Richard M. Stallman has fought for software freedom as a coder, a project leader, and a philosopher. The GNU GPL and GNU/Linux projects are just two results of that work. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed rms about his views on freedom, the GNU project, and the Linux kernel and GNU/Linux distributions.
Unix Gems for Mac OS X (2 tags)
Mac OS X users benefit from the platform's Unix underpinnings every time they launch their system. But the Unix heritage brings more to the table than power and stability; it also includes dozens of time-tested, useful utilities. In this article Kevin O'Malley shows you three Unix gems he thinks you'll start using right away.