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FSF’s Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 3

Where did this "you are permanently barred from distributing" stuff originate? In digging around, I found a post titled "A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance" at the Software Freedom Law Center dated August 26, 2008, written by the team of Bradley M. Kuhn, Aaron Williamson and Karen M. Sandler.

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FSF’s Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 2

Mr. Smith was kind enough to reply two days later: "Hi Barbara, Thanks for your feedback. I’ve responded to some your specific points below. I’m aware that a license change in Linux would require significant effort. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t be done. I wish it was easier for them, but we think they stand to benefit from upgrading even in this current situation. …"

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FSF’s Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 1

My first thought was that someone was engaging in click-bait journalism. Even the title of the post — "Android GPLv2 termination worries – one more reason to upgrade to GPLv3" — is something I would expect from anti-Android trolls, not the Free Software Foundation. The conclusion at the bottom of the article, that companies using Android should urge Linux developers to switch to the GPLv3, is so bad it’s not even wrong.

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The Death of the Smartphone

Smartphones and tablets might be the current hot technology, but history says it’s all just another fad. Twenty years from now, almost nobody will own either device. Seems unbelievable, but the same technology that makes them hot today will make them not tomorrow. Consider what happened to another "must-have" technology: the fax machine.

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