- Bloatware on Android phones
What Priya Ganapati at Wired means are the pre-installed and often difficult or impossible to remove trial applications that are a fixture of PCs. Carriers are following in the footsteps of computer makers, taking advantage of the customizability of Android phones to bog them down with the same nonsense for much the same reason, some extra cash through providing access to 3rd party software and services. Unfortunately, the phone makers aren’t paying too close attention, at least to the backlash and subsequent reduction in bloatware on PCs, as Ganapati goes on to explain. Thankfully not all carriers have succumbed to this urge.
- Mullenweg stands firm: WordPress themes, plugins are convered by GPL
Slashdot links to the decision and some legal reasoning on how the GPL extends from the server’s source to extensions which are not usually covered, being separate works. This is the culmination of quite a bit of heated back and forth between Mullenweg and the author of a commercial theme.
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