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Articles by Serdar Yegulalp
posted in August 2008

Open Source Code Auditing By Design, Not Happenstance

If there's any one thing you hear said consistently about open source, it's the security benefits. My take: given how much we depend on software, we need to stop assuming open source = secure, and take steps to make sure that happens. Here's one idea how.

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Copyright Ruling For Open Source: Good And Bad News?

The other week, the open source community enthusiastically welcomed a court ruling that set a strong precedence for open source licensing. Not everyone was enthusiastic, though. Among the cautionary dissenters is Michael P. Bennett, partner, Wildman Harrold (Chicago). To Michael, it's a two-edged sword that can harm as much as it can help.

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Copyright And Open Licensing: Not Mutually Exclusive

Yesterday the open source world got handed a major victory in the courts -- or, rather, given another brick for its growing wall of legal defense. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the use of content under a properly worded open license is still protected by copyright law.

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Wanna Be A Kernel Guy? Here's How

Contributing code to the Linux kernel probably seems about as easy as, say, reading the entire Buddhist canon in its original Pali. Now there's a how-to guide, written in plain English, about how exactly to go about being a "kernel guy."

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Defective By Design, Or Just Dimwitted?

My friend has a PC running XP -- old, but not so old that he can't watch DVDs on it, something he does pretty regularly. He uses the FOSS application VLC to watch DVDs and typically has no trouble with it. That is, until he tried to play Shoot 'Em Up. No dice.

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What Linux Will Look Like In 2012

Our open source expert foresees the future of Linux: By 2012 the OS will have matured into three basic usage models. Web-based apps rule, virtualization is a breeze, and command-line hacking for basic system configuration is a thing of the past.

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A Semi-Painless 3 Beta Test

Beta-testing is an inherently messy business, made all the messier if you have to install a beta on a production system. With a new beta of 3 in the wild, I wanted to dive in and try it, and found a nearly perfect way to do that without much effort.

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The Open Source Licensing Implosion

I read Bob Sutor's words about an impending implosion in both open source licenses and standards-setting bodies, and found myself nodding: It's not just that there are "too many open source licenses," but that the consequences for blithely creating new ones are finally becoming concrete.

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Who's Paying For Open Source And Why

So who's buying licenses for open source applications? Enterprises, from the look of it -- which would explain why most of the for-pay editions of FOSS applications are branded as the "enterprise" edition. But there's more.

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Not Just Free -- Really, Really Free

How free does Linux need to be? As free as possible, or so goes the philosophy behind a number of Linux distributions that strip out everything that isn't wholly untethered by IP restrictions.

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Microsoft's Word To Investors About Open Source

Microsoft's annual 10-K filing with the SEC has a few lines in it about open source as a competitor that has raised more than a few eyebrows. I'm scarcely surprised, especially since it highlights Microsoft's schizoid behavior over open source.

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Linux Standards Base 4: Herding Cats?

Is any attempt to standardize Linux akin to herding cats, especially given the proliferation of distributions and packages? Jim Zemlin doesn't think so, and has been trying to do something about it via the Linux Standards Base.

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