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Time to get off Red Hat's case?

Red Hat is a company that is easy to dislike. Maybe it’s the relationship with IBM. Maybe it’s the way they absorbed JBOSS. Maybe it’s CEO Matthew Szulik, or the proprietary way in which the company operates. Maybe it’s because they’re based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and don’t schmooze the Silicon Valley press corps, which has something in common with that of Washington, D.C. Whatever, I think it’s time we got off Red Hat’s case.

Get ready for mod_atom

There may or may not be a need for an Apache module implementation of the Atom Publishing Protocol, but Tim Bray has gone ahead and created one anyhow.

There They Go Again: It's Time to Just Say No to Microsoft and Ecma

Ecma, the same very cooperative standards body that helped Microsoft submit OOXML to ISO/IEC in record time for global adoption, has just announced that it has chartered a new Technical Committee - this time to produce a standard that would be completely compliant with Microsoft's XML Paper Specification (that's Microsoft's answer to Adobe's PDF).

Final text of GPLv3 and LGPLv3

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

FSF releases the GNU General Public License, version 3

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, June 29, 2007 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today released version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), the world's most popular free software license.

Entering A Safe Mirror When Logging In With Unionfs And Chroot

  • HowtoForge; By Stef Bon (Posted by falko on Jun 29, 2007 7:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
When reading a hint on the website of LinuxFromScratch I discovered the special capabilities of unionfs, specially in combination with chroot. Later I read a HowTo on a wikiwebsite of Gentoo, about entering a chrooted home directory when using a special script as shell. Combining these two brings me to using a chrooted environment, which you enter when logging in as a special user. This environment is an exact copy (mirror) of the system you are working on. Because you are in safe copy of the real system, you can do whatever you like, it will never change the system, everything stays inside the cache (the readwrite branch).

Google Desktop for Linux: Plain ol' desktop search

Linux users finally have their own edition of Google Desktop. The beta release was announced Wednesday, and I've been putting the application through the wringer since then to see how well it stacks up on Linux. I found that it's a nice offering, but it slows a system down noticeably.

India's Kerala state goes open source

  • ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News; By Aaron Tan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 29, 2007 5:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Following the footsteps of neighboring Tamil Nadu, Kerala will adopt open source software in schools and government agencies.

iPhone restricts, GPL3 frees - FSF

Not everyone in the world will be waiting for the release of the iPhone today. Many will be waiting for the release of version 3 of the General Public Licence.

Build a rich Eclipse Plugin

Extend parts of the Eclipse IDE to add rich functionality to your plug-in. After completion, you should be able to use the Eclipse IDE plug-in development wizard

Mozilla updates Sunbird calendar application

Mozilla yesterday released a new version of its Sunbird standalone calendar application, v0.5, an upgrade from the current 0.3.1 edition. The new version includes support for Google Calendar, automatic migration capabilities from other plug-ins, and many performance improvements, the company said.

The Distro Jungle

People new to Linux are often confused by the large number of distributions there are to choose from. The good news is that you can safely ignore most of them. This article helps you cut through the confusion of choosing a Linux Distribution your exploration—and helps you understand just what it is you've chosen.

Lightning and Sunbird 0.5 released

The newest versions of Lightning and Sunbird, released simultaneously by Mozilla yesterday, include 38 new calendars as well as support for Google Calendar, a viable print function, enhanced support for Outlook displays and numerous other upgrades.

Microsoft's Silverlight gets Linux treatment

An open source version of Microsoft's potential Adobe Flash challenger, Silverlight, has been developed within two months of being unveiled as a beta.

KDE developers receive Mandriva Flash Linux keys at aKademy 2007

Mandriva today announces its sponsorship of the 2007 aKademy KDE conference, which is taking place in Glasgow from June 30th to July 7th. As well as sponsoring the conference, Mandriva is arranging to provide special edition Mandriva Flash USB keys to developers attending the conference as a token of appreciation for their work.

Options in Calc

Like other applications, Calc has several dozen options in how it is formatted and operates. These options are available from Tools -> Options -> Calc. Thanks to's habit of sharing code between applications, some of the tabs for these options resemble those found in other applications. Others are unique to Calc and the business of spreadsheets. Either way, the more you know about Calc's options, the more you can take control of your work.

Is a Linux Civil War in the Making?

Opinion: With Microsoft selling the ammo? Or, is Microsoft fighting the wrong war with the wrong weapons?

iPhone-like Linux phone delayed

As Apple launches its iPhone today, a company attempting to build a similar touchscreen-based phone around an open, user-extensible Linux OS has acknowledged significant delays. OpenMoko now hopes to ship its first "mass market" model in October.

AntiX spin on Mepis in 'pre-final' stage, should be 'final' in early July

AntiX, the Fluxbox-based, 128 MB RAM-friendly version of Mepis is now in its "pre-final" stage, with a final release from its maker anticapitalista expected in early July, according to the developer himself on the Mepis forum.

Beyond Simple Objects in Java db4o

So far, creating objects and manipulating them in db4o looks pretty easy -- maybe a little too easy, in fact

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