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Latest GPL draft splits legal hairs over Novell/Microsoft, causing ...

The latest draft release of the GNU Public License version 3 (GPLv3) released last week includes provisions that aim specifically to stop future software patent deals like the one made by Microsoft and Novell last fall. The proposed language has caused controversy in the technical and legal realms of the open source community.

Next Up on the System i5: Native GNU g++ and IBM XL C/C++

While the Java and C# programming languages and their respective Java Virtual Machine and Common Language Runtime environments for executing Java and C# programs get a lot of the glory these days, and there's plenty of excitement around PHP (also an interpreted language) as it moves into the commercial world from the Web, the simple fact remains that an awful lot of very good systems and application programs are still written in the C or C++ language. And that is why I think that IBM should offer support for a native, open source GNU g++ compiler on the System i.

When Will AIGLX Come For ATI?

  •; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Apr 2, 2007 10:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For months now Radeon/FireGL owners have been wondering whether or not ATI Technologies / Advanced Micro Devices is actively working on AIGLX support for their official drivers or whether they will even support it with their binary fglrx drivers. It has now been longer for ATI to add support for AIGLX than it took them for official Radeon X1000 product support, which also received a great deal of negative scrutiny for the belated product support.

Report: GPLv3 Draft Comment Phase Begins

Now that the third draft of GNU Public License (GPL) version 3 is out the door, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) will be "actively" seeking out comments from the open source community--and officials expect to get particularly strong response around provisions involving the Novell/Microsoft deal and so-called "Tivo-ization" in embedded devices.

News: Canonical Launches Beta of Launchpad 1.0

One of the major advantages of open source software development is the collaborative efforts between the members of any given project. But what happens when projects don't talk to each other? That's where a web-based collaboration service like Launchpad comes in. LinuxPlanet talks with Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth to get the details of the beta launch.

Open-Xchange Names New CEO and CTO

Open source collaboration provider taps industry veterans as demand grows for SaaS and more flexible alternatives to proprietary groupware.

Report: A New Dawn Rising For Open Documents?

With the filing of a new bill in Oregon, five US states have now taken legislative action around adopting open documents. Still, government agencies in the US lag way behind those in Europe in moving beyond Windows lock-in.

Stillsecure announces open-source network and security services ...

StillSecure this week announced an open-source platform for IPv4-based routing, firewall, DHCP, intrusion-prevention, Wi-Fi and VPN services.

Displaying "MyComputer", "Trash", "Network Servers" Icons On A GNOME Desktop

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 2, 2007 5:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNOME
This short guide describes how you can configure your GNOME desktop to display various icons such as My Computer, Network Servers, Trash, etc. on the desktop. By default, these items are placed on one of the panels (Trash) or hidden in the Places menu. Having these icons on the desktop is useful if you switch from a Windows desktop to a GNOME desktop and are used to having them on the desktop.

Download podcasts and sync music automatically with podget

Many so-called podcatchers have shown up to help users download podcasts on request. Most of them are great applications, but what do you do when you want all of your podcasts downloaded automatically and synced to your MP3 player? I used to use Monopod to download podcasts and then move them to my MP3 player by hand -- until I found podget. Using podget, cron, and some shell scripts, I was able to automate the whole process, saving myself 10 minutes and unneeded hassle every day.

DistroWatch Weekly: PCLinuxOS and MEPIS Linux, Arch Linux 0.8, Oracle Enterprise 5

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 2, 2007 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! April is traditionally one of the most exciting months on the distribution release calendar and this year will be no different - Mandriva, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and possibly Gentoo and Slackware are all getting ready for delivering their latest and greatest later this month. In other news, Arch Linux 0.8 hits the download mirrors, Foresight Linux publishes its first monthly newsletter, the developers of GParted LiveCD have released a new "Clonezilla" edition, and Oracle prepares for the upcoming release of Enterprise Linux 5. Also in this issue: an overview of PCLinuxOS and MEPIS Linux as part of the update to our "Top Ten Distributions" page. Finally, we are pleased to announced that the recipient of the March 2007 donation is the CentOS project. Happy reading!

Open News Podcast Episode 7 Released

This week on Open News Novell Responds To The GPLv3, Dell Warms Up To Linux, and All This Huff Over 326 Lines Of Code? plus much more ...

The Sorry State of WiFi Support with Feisty Beta

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Apr 2, 2007 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I have been keeping up with most of the reviews for the new beta release of Ubuntu Feisty with great interest. As a full-time user of Ubuntu Dapper and Edgy, I’m, to say the least, "comfortable" in all aspects of getting the most from my Linux experience.

KDE Commit-Digest for 1st April 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: The beginnings of a KControl module for Decibel configuration make an appearance. Developments in the Subversion plugin for KDevelop. More optimisations in the KJS JavaScript interpreter. Further progress in the KBattleship rewrite. New country maps in KGeography. KRfb, a desktop sharing utility, starts to be ported to KDE 4. A new GStreamer backend for Phonon, and QSR, a search-and-replace utility, are imported into KDE SVN.

Satellite Operations go Open Source

The European Space Agency is using an inhouse developed open source "Space Craft Operating System", called SCOS-2000. A recent project, the German TerraSAR-X radar imaging craft is using it.

PCLinuxOS Magazine April 2007 Issue 8 Released

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the April 2007 issue (#8)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

We are simultaneously publishing the HTML Version of the Magazine as well for our low bandwidth users.  The HTML Site is W3C standards compliant for easy browsing.

Some highlights include:

  1. KDE User's Guide
  2. What is ROOT?
  3. A Letter to My Windows Friends
  4. Free as in Free Beer
  5. Creating a Favorite Applications Menu
  6. As always, much more

Polippix: The Political Linux Distribution of Denmark

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Apr 1, 2007 10:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Most of us have seen more than our fair share of freedom. And again, for the majority of us, we maintain the ability to choose which OS we want to use and be able to use the said OS without the fear of our privacy being invaded by our respective governments.

Using external file devices in Linux: Climbing the "mount" command

In my four years of using Linux, it has gotten a lot better about automatically detecting and mounting devices; in particular, I almost never have to mount hard drives or cd-roms manually any more. Other devices, however, remain problematic. You may never have to use the mount command in Linux. You may also win the lottery jackpot; I wouldn't bet on either. This article is intended to help new users save a lot of the time and trouble that I have gone through.

Nat Friedman: "Flamewars are part of the community culture"

Novells CTO / Open Source doesn't see long term problems from the Microsoft deal - an interview about the future of the Linux desktop, legal DVD-support and the mistakes of the Hula project

Free Single Board Computer runs Linux

The Free ECB_AT91 V1 is a Single Board Computer made by emQbit. You can buy one, or download the specs and build your own. It runs Debian, OpemEmbedded and BuildRoot.

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