Items tagged with GPL

Healthcare.gov, the new government website designed to help Americans find and apply for health insurance plans across 36 of the 50 states (14 states have their own health insurance exchanges) hasn't had a smooth rollout. Troubles have dogged the site from Day 1, and a recent discovery isn't going to help matters, even if it's just an embarrassing faux pas. British developer SpryMedia has found its own code being used on Healthcare.gov. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with that, since the code in question is licensed under the GPL, as shown below. But on Healthcare.gov, the aforementioned section... Read more...
In a somewhat similar flap to that over Wikipedia and pictures of the prophet Muhammad, Sony has delayed the hotly-anticipated PS3 game LittleBigPlanet due to the discovery of background music tracks containing two expressions found in the Quran. The game had been scheduled for North American release Tuesday. Instead, Sony says it will start shipping LittleBigPlanet to N.A. retailers on October 27. Copies of the game that have already shipped elsewhere in the world will be recalled from retailers and replaced, according to Sony. It was a post by one user, solid_08, has seemingly brought the release... Read more...
Earlier this week we reported that a disgruntled Eee purchaser was considering taking ASUS to court over alleged GPL violations.  Those supposed violations stemmed from the alleged failure to provide complete source code for the software on the Eee PC in an accessible manner & location.  As we initially suspected, it appears to have been an oversight."Asustek stated that it has always respected the spirit of the GPL and the failure to make the source code available was due to an omission by one of the company's software technicians. The company is working on publish all the related... Read more...
Early in 2004 IBM challenged Sun to co-develop an open-source implementation of Java. Sun did not immediately warm to the idea. Though IBM has its own implementation of Java and could easily have open-sourced it, IBM believed that any open source version of Java should have Sun involved. At the same time Eric Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative and one of open source's fathers, backed IBM and called on Sun to contribute Java to the open source community. In Raymond's opinion, the "'Sun Community Source License' promoted proprietary lock-in. He also contended... Read more...