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GPL Project Watch List for Week of 10/03: Financial Crisis and Open Source

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| We have noticed an increase in AGPL v3 numbers this week, which shows that
| the interest in the AGPL v3 is still growing. It is a relatively small
| license compared to the GPL v3, but is finding its niche in the market.
| Recently we were also contacted by a user of our site about our AGPL v3
| information, who is looking to developer psychology related services using
| AGPL v3 software. It just goes to show that the AGPL has caught the interest
| of a select group of people and can be used in a wide range of fields.
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http://gpl3.blogspot.com/2008/10/gpl...k-of-1003.html


Recent:

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.
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https://fossbazaar.org/?q=content/ag...brant-age-saas


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.
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http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-993...&subj=NewsBlog


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.
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https://fossbazaar.org/?q=content/ag...brant-age-saas


Stallman warns against cloud computing

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| In an interview reported by The Guardian, he said, "It's stupidity. It's
| worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign."
|
| Stallman warns that cloud computing is simply a trap to entice users' into
| entrusting their data and computing applications to proprietary systems that
| are beyond their own control and which service providers could make more and
| more expensive for users over time. He doesn't trust the vendors.
|
| "Somebody is saying this is inevitable -- and whenever you hear somebody
| saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make
| it true," Stallman said.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...-against-cloud


Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman

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| Web-based programs like Google's Gmail will force people to buy into locked,
| proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time, according to the
| free software campaigner
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...chard.stallman
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