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Sep
16
comment Is my understanding of the license for JQuery.xmleditor correct?
@GlenH7: his question is primarily "However, I am not quite sure whether my current understanding is right. Can anybody perhaps enlight me?"
Sep
16
answered Is my understanding of the license for JQuery.xmleditor correct?
Sep
16
comment Who is the copyright owner of a contribution (commit) to a GPL-licensed project?
This question is not asking for specific legal advice, and this is an issue that software developers should be familiar with. I think it's an acceptable question as long as it stays general.
Sep
15
answered Is it okay to use exceptions as tools to “catch” errors early?
Sep
12
comment Intentionally incorrect use of language features, specifically “ref” in C#, as a hint to colleagues
@Doval: That may be true, but it's a fact of life, which is why absolute statements are rarely correct.
Sep
12
comment Intentionally incorrect use of language features, specifically “ref” in C#, as a hint to colleagues
@Doval: the most common is when dealing with interop.
Sep
11
comment How do you make sure a .net client application is not being hacked to bypass authorization claims?
You should change the phrase "secure as possible" to "reasonably secure". You don't want nor can afford "as secure as possible".
Sep
10
comment Could the creation of many methods in Java affect performance?
@IsraelFonseca: Think of every time you've ever heard someone use that phrase, and replace it with the longer phrase, and you'll find the result is pretty much no different, when in context.
Sep
10
comment Could the creation of many methods in Java affect performance?
@david.pfx: Common sense is a phrase used as shorthand for "if you disagree with me you're an idiot"
Sep
9
comment Could the creation of many methods in Java affect performance?
There is no such thing as common sense, especially in software development.
Sep
8
comment GPL- How much source must be released?
@DougM: No, GPL 3 was mainly because of vendors shipping hardware that would only run software cryptographically signed with a particular secret key, thus preventing users from modifying the software and running it on their hardware, despite that software being GPL software. gnu.org/licenses/rms-why-gplv3.html
Sep
8
comment Is it correct to keep version numbers of all components always the same?
You know what's a better tool to find out when things have changed? Source control.
Sep
8
comment GPL- How much source must be released?
@DimitryAlexandrov: You've answered no because you are focusing on whether they release or not, not based on what terms a hypothetical release would have to be under. Additionally, in the OPs example, Wolfram Alpha, Wolfram does sell that to be run on customer's hardware: products.wolframalpha.com/appliance and if the OPs situation took place, the terms of that sale would have to be per the GPL.
Sep
8
answered Is it correct to keep version numbers of all components always the same?
Sep
8
comment GPL- How much source must be released?
The answer to your first paragraph is still yes. While Wolfram would not be required to distribute their software, if they did, they would be required to do so by the terms of the GPL.
Sep
7
comment GPL- How much source must be released?
@JörgWMittag: Linking does require human interaction: someone developing the software choosing whether to use the linked software or not. While RMS himself is not a lawyer, the FSF has lawyers in its staff. While the linking claim has not been ruled true, it has neither been ruled false, it has not been tested in court. However, other times where the terms of the GPL have been challenged in court, the GPL has prevailed. Regardless, the text of the GPL explicitly states that if a GPL software is part of your 'whole', your software must also be released as per the GPL. Violate at your own risk.
Sep
7
comment GPL- How much source must be released?
@JessSmith: that situation is no different than any other license, if the copying of the code constitutes a derivative work, then the resulting copied code has to be distributed according to the same terms as the original work. Whether doing that would constitute a derivative work isn't completely for certain, but almost surely is: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/86754/…
Sep
7
comment GPL- How much source must be released?
Good thing the FSF has already provided an explanation of those details: gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#UnreleasedMods
Sep
7
answered GPL- How much source must be released?
Sep
7
comment GPL- How much source must be released?
@BasileStarynkevitch: we can think for ourselves here, you know. The FSF makes this very clear that linking a GPL software into any body of work requires the whole work to be licensed per the GPL. gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#GPLInProprietarySystem