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  • Stallman joins the Internet, talks net neutrality, patents and more

    According to Richard Stallman, godfather of the free software movement, Facebook is a "monstrous surveillance engine," tech companies working for patent reform aren't going nearly far enough, and parents must lobby their children's schools to keep data private and provide free software alternatives.

    Written by Jon Gold24 March 15 04:13
  • 'Free Unix!': The world-changing proclamation made 30 years ago

    It was 30 years ago today -- which is to say Sept. 27, 1983 -- that the seeds were planted for both Linux and the open source software movement, though neither is called that name by the man who help set both of them into motion, the irascible Richard Stallman.

    Written by Joab Jackson27 Sept. 13 20:44
  • Church, advocacy groups sue NSA over surveillance

    Nineteen organizations, including a church and gun ownership and marijuana legalization groups, have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. National Security Agency for a surveillance program that targets U.S. residents' phone records.

    Written by Grant Gross16 July 13 18:53
  • Software firms go to Washington to defend patents

    Software patents, facing new scrutiny in the U.S., drive innovation and protect huge investments by developers, representatives of software companies said during a Capitol Hill briefing.

    Written by Grant Gross21 Feb. 13 18:16
  • UEFI secure boot fix released for Linux

    After just a few months of development, users finally have an official way to run Linux on machines using Windows 8's UEFI secure boot framework.

    Written by Jon Gold11 Feb. 13 21:09
  • Stallman parody site catches Stallman's eye

    A recent online posting of Richard Stallman's astonishingly long set of instructions for those who would hire him as an event speaker has spawned a parody website -- The Stallman Dialogues -- as well as some debate over the propriety of people constantly poking fun at the enigmatic and controversial founder of the Free Software Foundation.

    Written by Paul McNamara07 Nov. 11 22:28
  • Looking for Free Software? A new directory can help

    There are free and open source alternatives to just about every proprietary software package available today--the trick is just finding the right ones for your business.

    Written by Katherine Noyes30 Sept. 11 09:34
  • Tor Project, Flash cloner win free software awards

    A project to ensure privacy and anonymity on the Web that helped dissident movements in Iran and Egypt was honored by the Free Software Foundation in the group's annual award ceremony. The Free Software Foundation also honored an individual who created an Adobe Flash player clone that contains no proprietary software.

    Written by Jon Brodkin25 March 11 07:42
  • OSI, FSF want inquiry of Microsoft consortium deal on Novell

    Protesting the secrecy of the deal, the Open Source Initiative and the Free Software Foundation have jointly asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the purchase of more than 800 patents by a Microsoft-led consortium, CTPN Holdings.

    Written by Joab Jackson and Chris Kanaracus21 Jan. 11 04:43
  • Microsoft won't stop .Net on Android

    Oracle's patent and copyright lawsuit against Google for its use of Java in Android won't be repeated by Microsoft if .Net is used on the Linux-based mobile operating system instead.

    Written by Rodney Gedda27 Aug. 10 09:34
  • Court patent ruling leaves software patents intact

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ducked the question of whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) should continue to issue software patents in a ruling Monday striking down a business-method patent.

    Written by Grant Gross29 June 10 05:09