paxcoder (1222556) writes "Contrary to earlier analyses that predicted a decline of copyleft software share to as little as 50% this year, John Sullivan, the executive director of the Free Software Foundation, claims the opposite has happened: In his talk at FOSDEM 2012 titled "Is Copyleft Being Framed?", Sullivan presented evidence of a consistent increase of usage of copyleft licenses in relation to the usage of permissive licenses in free software projects over the past few years. Using publicly available package information provided by the Debian project, his study showed that the number of packages using the GPL family in that distribution this year reached a share of 93% of all packages with (L)GPLv3 usage rising 400% between last two Debian versions." top
paxcoder (1222556) writes "John Sullivan, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, spoke at FOSDEM 2012 a few days ago about free software licensing trends. For his talk titled Is Copyleft Being Framed?, Sullivan researched publicly available Debian packages' information, and found that the usage of copyleft licenses is rising, compared to the usage of permissive licenses. Despite dedication to permissive licenses by organizations such as Apache, Google and Mozilla, the percentage of packages using licenses in the GPL family rose steadily from 71% in 2005 to a surprisingly high 93% last year, with (L)GPLv3 usage rising as much as 400% between the last two Debian versions." Link to Original Source top
paxcoder (1222556) writes "Gnome Shell... is different. Very much so. The fallback was inadequate. I suspect that many people, like me, turned to the alternatives. My choice was LXDE, which worked ok, until (lx-)panel broke in the unstable branch of the distro that I use. Tired of using the terminal to run stuff, I replaced the standard panel with the one from Xfce. That made me realize that we really don't need a packaged desktop environment, there are pieces ready for assembly. If you customize your graphical environment, what elements do you use? Which window manager, file manager, panel(etc.) would you recommend? Do you have a panel with a hardware usage monitors, how do you switch between workspaces? Anything cool we might not know about?" top
In the same time, Debian is considering a special distro that would run on 'plug computers' for which some of the goals, along with the wiki and the mailing list have been set at Debconf 10, as early as 3 days after the now-famous Moglen's talk (first link). At present stage, developers are still proposing hardware and software which will make FreedomBox a reality, and particular attention is now being given to yet another GNU project, GNUnet, a versatile secure peer-oriented networking framwork." top
paxcoder (1222556) writes "You have been informed about Diaspora, a (to-be) distributed free social network. What you may not have known is that it was inspired by an excellent talk by Eben Moglen called "Freedom in the Cloud". But it doesn't stop there. At Debconf 10 this month, Moglen went further, and shared his vision of a free, private, and secure Net architecture relying on ("for lack of a better term") freedom boxes — low-price, ultra-small, plug it into the wall personal servers. He believes they will catch on since they will eventually cost less than a router, provide more functionality and freedom to the user, and even help your friends bypass any censorship by encrypting and routing their traffic. Since hardware is being taken care of, we are called to assemble the software stack. The title of this sequel talk is How we can be the Silver Lining of the Cloud." top
paxcoder (1222556) writes "We heard that Swedish Pirate Party decided a while ago to host PirateBay. Now, TorrentFreak reports that they will do so from Swedish Parliament! It says the reason is their "parliamentary Immunity from prosecution or lawsuit for things done as part of their political mandate" granted by the Swedish Constitution. The Pirate Party said that they "can never accept the copyright industry'(TM)s way of systematically and legally harassing anyone who tries to build next-generation industries", and this is also why they are trying to "criminalize copyright lawsuits against noncommercial file-sharers and websites, as well as lawsuits against ISPs for linking to copyrighted material", TorrentFreak writes."