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Exclusive: Richard Stallman, interviewed at GPLv3 Conference in Barcelona, by Sean Daly

Groklaw's own Sean Daly was in Barcelona at the 3rd International GPLv3 Conference in Barcelona, Spain, this week, and while there, he had the opportunity to interview Richard Stallman [as Ogg (3.8 MB)] . He asked Mr. Stallman what programmers should focus on next, about DRM, binary drivers, proposed changes to the GPL, and what he feels he has yet to accomplish.

Clarifying the types of software, their use

My recent column about "free software" generated some interesting responses, leading me to the conclusion that there is much confusion in the general public about software licensing, and some differing points of view.

Debian Based Linux Distributions and Live CD's list

Debian Based Linux Distributions and Live CD's list

Creating A Safe Directory With PAM And EncFS

  • HowtoForge; By Stef Bon (Posted by falko on Jun 25, 2006 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This HowTo is about creating a user-session-safe directory which offers security on- and offline. This is done with PAM, a module named pam_script and EncFS ("Encrypted Filesystem"). This safe directory is used to store credentials and other sensitive information during a session. When a usersession is ended, in the worst case an encrypted directory remains on the harddrive. In the best case everything is removed. This construction is only meant to store information during a session, not for documents or any other valid information.

Fud Never Changes

Hey, it's our old friend FUD making an appearance yet again! FUD, of course, stands for "fear, uncertainty and doubt," and is a weapon that Microsoft has long been accused of using to stave off competition and try to sow just enough doubt in customers' minds to back them off from using non-Microsoft products.

The pull of the fruit

OS X is certainly a beautiful operating system, and I universally recommend it to people who don’t want to learn about their computer or don’t have an experienced Unix-using friend close at hand. For me, though, it’s more of an inspiration than an aspiration.

Week in review: 2006-06-18 through 2006-06-24

Back by popular demand (6 people said they liked it), here is the list of links to all stories posted on LXer from Sunday, June 18, through Saturday, June 24, 2006. There were 251 stories posted to LXer during this past week. Wednesday and Saturday each had 43 stories, with Sunday being the slow day at 23.

(By the way, creating this list involved only free software and I am once again grateful to Ben Okopnik for his tutorial, The Deep, Dark Secrets of Bash.)

Callisto Eclipses Other Open-Source Competition

This week, the Eclipse Foundation will celebrate its most significant release to date, Callisto, an update that incorporates 10 linked projects in the IDE. Partners say the release is a major milestone on Eclipse's path to becoming the IT industry's de facto Java development platform.

ReviewLinux.Com: Xandros 4 Home Edition - Premium is a breeze to install!

Xandros 4 Home Edition - Premium is one of the easiest Linux Distributions to install. ReviewLinux.Com takes you through the entire installation procedure with a quick screenshot tour. Xandros 4 Home Edition - Premium is the Best Windows (tm) replacement OS!

More About Plugins (from Down Under)

One of the responses the Massachusetts ITD posted last week to its RFI on ODF converter plugins wasn't a formal response at all, but an informal email sent by Adam Kennedy, of Australia's Phase-N. That didn't mean that Phase-N didn't have something important to say, however.

Attack of the 3D Desktop

  • Free Software Magazine; By Matt Barton (Posted by grouch on Jun 25, 2006 5:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
I guess it's just natural that folks pondering the future of the GUI would turn to 3D spaces. After all, clearly 3D has played a dominant role in the most important software genre: videogames. However, past efforts towards the "3D Desktop" have seemed impractical.

Open source advocacy - the Open SuSE way

This article highlights the recent development that is going on at Novell prior to the final release of SuSE enterprise linux desktop ver 10 which is slated to be released sometime next month. The fact that Novell has taken an approach similar to Red Hat in providing integrated desktop which is Gnome redesigned is worth noting here.

Innovations in Pervasive Computing

  • ibm.com/developerWorks; By Mikko Kontio (Posted by grouch on Jun 25, 2006 4:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Pervasive computing has greatly increased the use of small computing devices over the last 10 years. Some of the devices users now take for granted actually combine older ideas and technologies with newer ones that have only recently become possible. This article discusses the nature of these combinations, and challenges you to come up with your own innovations in pervasive computing.

Erp Enters Open-Source Renaissance

For systems integrators catering to small and midsize manufacturers, there is great news—the world of ERP is entering an open-source renaissance with companies such as Compiere, ERP5, OpenMFG and Open For Business (OFBiz).

Apple: The Next Microsoft?

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Jun 25, 2006 2:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Could it ever happen? Is there even a possibility that we will see OS X on the PC? To be honest, I believe there is.

Jaspersoft to Speak on Open Source Business Models at OSBC Europe

CEO Paul Doscher joins executives from Intel, Funambol, and Trolltech to discuss dual licensing at Europe's Inaugural Open Source Business Conference

The PC Guy: Finding free software

  • NorthJersey.com (Posted by grouch on Jun 25, 2006 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
When I was a kid, one of my favorite possessions was a ragged book with a well-worn cover. Its title: "100 things you can get for free."

Book covers setting up, using, and hacking Ubuntu

Ubuntu Hacks, a new volume from O'Reilly Media ($29.99), explains the phenomenon of Ubuntu's popularity, expounds on its use, and offers easy-to-understand "hacks" -- that is, how to tweak it to do exactly what you want.

Tor: Freedom for whom?

Tor is a system designed to anonymise Internet connections for users concerned about their privacy. It's free, it's simple, it's effective -- and it facilitates troublemaking.

Novell's Bandit to open source identity management software

Novell's creation of Bandit, an open source project, has been met with plaudits from a multitude of vendors whose interests one might assume to be quite divergent.

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