FOSS, GPL, and Linux

Do you know the history of FOSS and GPL? How has GPL affected Linux development? What’s the difference between free and Open Source software? And how are all these related to the current SCO controversy? If you answered “huh?” to any of the above questions, then read on. For those who may be unaware, FOSS stands for Free and Open Source Software and GPL refers to General Public License. A recent article briefly covers the history and development of FOSS and GPL looking specifically at the impact on the Linux kernel and, by extension, Linux. The information is particularly geared towards enterprises that may be looking at Linux adoption but are not too sure how the GPL would affect them. Believe me, the water can be somewhat murky when it comes to FOSS and GPL. This article does a nice job of explaining the basics without going into too many technical details.

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