The GNU C Library copyright-assignment policy changes

[Development] Posted Jul 29, 2021 22:22 UTC (Thu) by corbet

The change in copyright-assignment policy proposed in June for the GNU C Library project has now been adopted:

The changes to accept patches with or without FSF copyright assignment will be effective after August 2nd, and will apply to all open branches. Code shared with other GNU packages via Gnulib will continue to require assignment to the FSF.

The library will continue to be licensed under the GNU Lesser Public License v2.1 or later.

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FSF-funded call for white papers on philosophical and legal questions around Copilot

[Front] Posted Jul 29, 2021 21:36 UTC (Thu) by jake

On its blog, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced a call for white papers about GitHub Copilot and the questions surrounding it. The FSF will pay $500 for papers that it publishes because they “help elucidate the problem“:

We can see that Copilot’s use of freely licensed software has many implications for an incredibly large portion of the free software community. Developers want to know whether training a neural network on their software can really be considered fair use. Others who may be interested in using Copilot wonder if the code snippets and other elements copied from GitHub-hosted repositories could result in copyright infringement. And even if everything might be legally copacetic, activists wonder if there isn’t something fundamentally unfair about a proprietary software company building a service off their work.

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Kernel prepatch 5.14-rc3

[Kernel] Posted Jul 25, 2021 23:16 UTC (Sun) by corbet

The third 5.14 kernel prepatch is out for testing.

Here we are, a week later. After a relatively big rc2, things seem to have calmed down and rc3 looks pretty normal. Most of the fixes here are small, and the diffstat looks largely flat. And there’s not an undue amount of stuff.

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K-9 5.800 released

[Development] Posted Jul 24, 2021 17:53 UTC (Sat) by corbet

After a long pause, the K-9 Android mail client project has released version 5.800. “The user interface has been redesigned. Some of you will love it, some will hate it. You’re welcome and sorry.” There are also a number of improvements to make background operation work better on current Android systems.

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