Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 06:23PM
Studio Ghibli, which we already loved for animation like Spirited Away and The Cat Returns, has a new reason to be loved. It released Toonz, its animation software, as OpenToonz, under the BSD license (though the download site has terms of service in Japanese). The release has the earmarks of a dual licensing model, though. A premium version of Toonz, ToonzPremium, will be available for purchase.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 06:13PM
According to an article in IT World Canada, "a critical software package in the open source code base that many Node.js applications rely on suddenly disappeared. The problem was quickly rectified, but it caused problems for many users – and belies a fundamental problem with open source software."
The problem was with a 17-line package called left-pad, which pads out lines with zeros. It was unpublished due to a legal dispute, the details of which are unclear from the article. Calling this a "fundamental problem" with open source is not really accurate. It is true that unpublishing open source code can cause problems for users. Unpublishing proprietary code could do that, too. It is worse that any legal dispute would arise over a 17 line package that pads zeroes.
This article has a better explanation of the legal dispute and what happened.