Simon80 writes "Harald Welte, known for his involvement in various open source communities, has pointed out the shortcomings of Netgear's open source router hype. Netgear's own astroturfed community site reveals that the router requires the use of binary-only kernel modules for the wireless and ethernet hardware, which is supplied by Broadcom. Also worth noting are the missing features in third-party firmware versions supplied by Netgear."Link to Original Source
Simon80 writes "Sun has announced that they're releasing Java SE, Java ME, JavaEE, and cqME (the compatibility test suite for Java ME) under the GPL version 2. They will be seeding 3 communities, one each for SE, ME, and EE, with the code releases, which will be hosted within java.net. About the choice of licence:
There is also a Q&A with Java's creator, James Gosling, about the code release."
Why the GPLv2, the most common open source license, but one that in theory allows anyone to create their own fork? Chu said, "We've chosen this direction because we wanted a license that, especially on the SE side, is the same as Linux, so people can distribute Linux with Java in it. We also believe the license will minimize proprietary forks, because people will need to share innovation back into open source."