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Google’s open source problem is Affero

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| When the FSF approved Version 3 of the Affero GPL in November, they wrote
| that “It requires the operator of a network server to provide the source code
| of the modified version running there to the users of that server.”
| And there hangs our tale. Google can’t live with Affero. If Google’s services
| are under Affero, Google has to give away its “secret sauce,” the code which
| makes it different. (Its secret source, as it were.)
| [...]
| Right now such losses are no big deal. But as Google gains in power, it’s as
| inevitable as Newton’s Third Law that this Affero controversy will grow.
| For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.


Read the Fine Print on "Open Source" Software

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| The term "open source" was supposed to remove that confusion, and was
| deliberately chosen to emphasize what the software is, rather than what it
| isn't. The good news is that when the term "open source" was coined, just 10
| years ago, the world was ready to listen, and incorporated this term into its
| vocabulary. The bad news is that the open source world is now so diverse,
| with so many licenses and commercial interests involved, that it is often
| hard to know whether a program is truly available on an open source basis
| without reading the fine print. Even when a reporter does a good job of
| describing the software and license, you should double-check the details, to
| ensure that you won't get your organization into trouble.



Do we need to protect open source from the cloud?

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| Some view this as a simple loophole to be plugged. The GPL was originally
| written very much within the context of Unix programmatic and operating
| system interfaces. Therefore, the reasoning goes, the only reason the GPL
| didn't encompass access via Web services is that there were no Web
| services--at least in anything like their current form--when the GPL was
| created. That the new GPLv3 specifically doesn't address this "loophole"
| either was more a matter of practicality than principle by this view.
| And, in fact, one approach to eliminating this loophole is a straightforward
| enough approach. The Affero GPL is a straightforward extension to the GPLv3
| license that essentially expands the definition of distribution to encompass
| the delivery of services over the network.


AGPLv3 Keeps Open Source Vibrant in Age of SaaS

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| For all practical purposes, the AGPLv3 is a key advance for everyone involved
| in open source, regardless of if you are a software developer, Internet end
| user or enterprise end user. The AGPLv3 closes the ASP loophole and keeps the
| freedom of open source software alive, in the age of SaaS and hosted
| applications.


Sun touts 'industrial strength' developer platform

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| Sun is responding to developers' desires to see applications they build run
| across any device and grant them the opportunity to apply their Java skill
| set regardless of the platform. And, through Project Insight, developers can
| make use of, and own, the data they reap from their own applications, and
| have access to freely available code from GPL, the "world's most popular and
| ubiquitous open source license".


Rethinking Gobuntu [and Launchpad to Possibly Pick AGPLv3]

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| In the case of Launchpad, we do view you as a co-owner of the data, so
| the resolution of this problem is important to us. As you point out,
| there's no really clear best practice that works well and has been shown
| to be commercially sustainable. That's different to the GPL (even v3). I
| think the Affero GPL is a strong candidate for the front line of
| thinking on the subject, and that's what I am inclined to use when we
| publish Launchpad's source code.


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 04/18

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| Now onto our recently added license the AGPL v3. Last week our database
| contained 55 AGPL v3 projects. This week we are at 68 AGPL v3 projects, which
| is an increase of just over 20%. This is a significant increase percentage
| wise, even though it is only a 13 project increase. However, our prediction
| is that the adoption rate will rise in number and decrease in percentage as
| the current amount in the database grows. * *


AGPL v3 to be added to Palamida Watch List

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| Palamida is tracking adoption of GPL v3 on a special blog. The last post
| mentioned an incredible rate of adoption for it. There are already more than
| 2,000 projects using the license (or a variation of it, like LGPL v3), with a
| good chance to reach 5,000 by the end of the year. I feel we are about to
| reach the tipping point, when everyone will move from GPL v2 to v3. * *


Google pays for Affero ban

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| The projects will join around 10 other AGPL-licensed efforts on SourceForge,
| compared to six on Google Code. Before the defections, Google had been
| discouraging other AGPL projects, saying Google Code does not support AGPL. *
| The dispute between Google and developers who want to use AGPL - a version of
| GPLv3 tailored for use in software as a service - has rumbled on since last
| November, when AGPL was finalized. *


Google blocking AGPL in Google Code

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| So, first AGPL was not good enough for Google because it was not
| OSI-approved. That limited its popularity... Now it is OSI-approved. Still,
| it is not popular enough to be accepted in the Google closed open source
| hosting site? *
| And, by the way, why should people put their open source code in the hands of
| someone who likes open source only when it does good to its business (ehm,
| that could include me, but we are not talking about me, are we ;-) ? *
| C'mon Chris, give developers the ability of using AGPL for their own projects
| in Google Code. Your fight for no proliferation of licenses is something I
| subscribe to, but AGPL is the license of the future, no matter if Google
| likes it or not. And I can guarantee you it will become even more popular if
| it is accepted in Google Code... * *


Funambol Helps New AGPLv3 Open Source License Gain Formal OSI Approval

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| March 13, 2008 - Funambol, the leading provider of Mobile 2.0 messaging
| software powered by open source, today announced that the AGPLv3 has received
| formal approval by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Funambol led the process
| of the license's approval by the OSI after adopting AGPLv3 in November. It
| was the first company to adopt the license, which closes the "ASP loophole". * *


Census started for enterprise open source use

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| Intended as a pluggable architecture for organizations to provide their own
| fingerprint rules and identify open source packages, OSS Discovery is
| licensed under the new Affero GPLv3 (AGPLv3) for open source SaaS. *


Funambol Is First Major Commercial OpenSource Company To Support AGPLv3

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| Funambol, the leading provider of mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by
| open source, today announced it has adopted GNU AGPLv3. This makes Funambol
| the first major commercial open source software company to adopt the license
| that was just released by the Free Software Foundation. Funambol adopted
| AGPLv3 because the company views it as a major open source license of the
| future. * * *

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