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VMware alleged to have violated Linux’s open source license for years

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 06 March 2015 - 03:26 PM

Virtualization software maker VMware is facing a lawsuit alleging that it has been violating the GPLv2 free software license for years with its use of Linux and other source code in ESXi.
Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig filed the suit in the district court of Hamburg, Germany with funding from the nonprofit Software Freedom Conservancy, which works to "promote, improve, develop, and defend" free and open source software. The case centers on "a combined work that VMware allegedly created by combining their own code ('vmkernel') with portions of Linux's code, which was licensed only under GPLv2," the group said in an FAQ describing the lawsuit.

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 05:34 PM

Here's More!


How 2 Legal Cases May Decide the Future of Open Source Software


The open source universe may soon be less collaborative and more litigious. Two cases now in the courts could open the legal floodgates.




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Posted 08 March 2015 - 01:11 AM

The popular open source licenses make it easy to download stuff for free, even share it with others, but not to modify it. Unfortunately most of the open source community insists on using such licenses, and the small part this isn't is scattered across thousands of little home-brew licesnses, which isn't any better. It's going to take many lawsuits, before a large portion of the open source community decides to create, and start publishing content under an open source license that really is open.


Regardless of whether VMware has violated the GPLv2, I hope they win the lawsuit, because if they take a finanical hit their products will suffer, and that affects me.

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