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GPLv3 draft tackles new 'threats' to free software

Fifteen years since the release of the GNU Public Licence version 2, FSF founder Richard Stallman has updated the licence to deal with new threats to the free software movement such as software patents and digital rights management. The new GPL also looks to make the licence more applicable to countries around the world, although there are some potential problems. Tectonic spoke to local legal expert Pria Chetty to get some intitial thoughts in the draft.

GNU/Linux: An Amazing Story



Regardless of the critics, even in spite of them, the Linux Story remains one of the greatest in recorded history. You have protagonists and antagonoists, drama, plots and subplots and we have only made it through part of Act II. So much more remains for others to tell.

Perhaps, the heroics of this story makes Linux so easy to embrace.

Firefox 2.0 Alpha, MacTel Version Soon

Mozilla plans to have an early alpha version of Firefox 2.0 in users hands by February, with builds of Firefox, Camino and Thunderbird for Macs running on Intel processors available the following month, recent statements from company developers indicate.

Details of a release date for Firefox 2.0 Alpha 1 [has] appeared ... [and] a security and stability update would be coming to Firefox 1.5 by the end of this month.

Clarity, internationalization on GPL 3 agenda

  • Computerworld Australia; By China Martens (Posted by dcparris on Jan 17, 2006 3:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is due to release the initial draft of the GNU general public license (GPL) version 3 Monday. Software vendors and lawyers expect the draft to include a number of clarifications in the license's wording so it can better recognize global copyright.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 29

Welcome to our issue number 29 of Fedora Weekly News.

Review: Conglomerate XML Editor reaches basic functionality

Graphical XML editors generally take one of two paths. Ones like FrameMaker with SGML provide a tree-like structure that is often more arcane than editing the raw files. Others, like XMetal, offer a graphical interface whose resemblance to a standard word processor can be equally misleading. By contrast, Conglomerate takes a different approach with a graphical representation of XML structure that no one could mistake for anything else. Currently at version 0.9.1, Conglomerate still has rough edges, but enough basic functionality to suggest the potential of its approach.

Issue 10 of Free Software Magazine is out and it's free!

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by dave on Jan 17, 2006 1:03 AM EDT)
The latest issue of the world's leading free software magazine is out and as usual it's free:

GPL V3 - first draft

It's out! The first draft of version three of the heart and soul of open source software– the GNU General Public License – was released tonight after 15 years of status quo. Tectonic brings you the full document.

Gnu Classpath 0.20

GNU Classpath, essential libraries for java, is a project to create free core class libraries for use with runtimes, compilers and tools for the java programming language.

FSF Explains GPL 3.0 Vision

The co-authors of GPLv3 release a document giving the rationale behind the changes proposed to the open-source license.

Comment on the ATI petition

I have written a wee comment about that petition, criticising the shortfalls I see.

Setting up a local web server in Debian Linux

Any web developer, designer, or webmaster can benefit from having a local web server. Even if that developer has no interest in securing and maintaining the server his or her websites live on, a local web server can act as a convenient mirror for testing updates, trying new designs, and other general sand-boxing activities.

Fedora Core 3 Transferred to Fedora Legacy

With the release of Fedora Core 5 Test 2, the Fedora Core Steering Committee would like to announce the transfer of Fedora Core 3 to the Fedora Legacy Project.

Looking Forward: Fedora Core 5

  • Mad Penguin; By Adam Doxtater (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 16, 2006 6:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Fedora
I usually like to wait for a Linux distribution to officially be released before I review it, but there comes a time in every mans life when he needs to live on the edge and this is my time. I am... ahem... living on the edge. I'm not sure how many of you recall, but last year I did a short review of Fedora Core 4 right before it's release (FC4 Test 2 if I recall correctly) to give everyone a rundown of what to expect in the eagerly anticipated release. I thought it would be interesting to see where it was at exactly one release later, so here we are folks.

Linux Kernel Multiple Remote and Local Denial of Service ...

Multiple vulnerabilities were identified in Linux Kernel, which could be exploited by remote or local attackers to cause a denial of service.

The first issue is due to an infinite loop in the "netlink_rcv_skb" [af_netlink.c] function when handling a specially crafted "nlmsg_len" value, which could be exploited by local attackers to cause a denial of service.

The second flaw is due to an error in the PPTP NAT helper that does not properly calculate the offset when handling an inbound "PPTP_IN_CALL_REQUEST" packet, which could be exploited by attackers to crash a vulnerable system.

The third vulnerability is due to an error in the PPTP NAT helper that does not properly calculate the offset based on the difference between two pointers to the header, which could be exploited by attackers to cause a kernel crash.

Windows Vista, Tainted Already

The "experience" link on Microsoft's Windows Vista PR info is already tainted at this stage of the game.Try to view it on Ubuntu (or perhaps your favorite brand of Linux) with Firefox web browser. It's a link on the Windows Vista PR page called "The Experience" When you click it, the page is all messed up. Evidently Microsoft still needs a lesson in how to make w3c.org compliant HTML. Thus, your experience becomes immediately tainted. Guess they don't care about pulling over Linux fans back to their platform.

UWIN - Unix for Windows (When you have to use it)

There are times when you are forced to use a Windows machine and there is no way of getting your hands on a PC running Linux. This situation is common if your office PCs all run windows and the company policy forbids you from installing an alternate OS on it. And you feel your productivity is severely hampered because certain tasks - which could easily be accomplished using the plethora of command line tools in Linux - do not have an easy solution in Windows.

Sybase to diversify portfolio to Linux, RFID

(BNamericas.com Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)US software supplier Sybase (NYSE: SY) is looking to expand its product offering beyond databases in Mexico and is in search of distribution partners to help it sell solutions in the areas of business intelligence, RFID and Linux, online news service Infochannel reported.

Draft of GPL Version 3 now available for comment

The Free Software Foundation has published the first draft of the much-anticipated version 3 of the GNU General Public License. The draft of the new version is almost twice as long as version 2: It weighs in at more than 4,500 words, versus 2,500 for the earlier version.

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