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Open Source Copyrights Legally Enforceable

A federal appeals court has struck down a lower court ruling that found that open source copyrights may not be legally enforceable if they're licensed under terms that are "intentionally broad." Ruling on an appeal brought by software developer Robert Jacobsen, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said Wednesday that open source users that do not comply with the software's strict licensing terms can, in fact, be sued for copyright infringement -- even if the software is free.

Open Source Wins Landmark Legal Validation

Open source developers now have newly clarified protection, thanks to an appeals court ruling over the validity of their licenses. A judge with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that programmers who"engage in open source licensing" and copyright their work do"have the right to control the modification and distribution" of their products.

Easy Ruby development, the Eclipse way

Almost three years ago, developerWorks published "Using the Ruby Development Tools plug-in for Eclipse," which introduced some of the features found in the Ruby Development Tools (RDT) plug-in for Eclipse. Current at the time was V0.5. We revisit that tool in this article. Today, RDT is called Aptana RadRails and is available as a plug-in for Aptana Studio or Eclipse. This article introduces some of the plug-in's new features.

[Screenshots are from the Windows version, but it works the same on Linux of course — Sander]

How To Create A Bash Install Script

Have you ever wanted to create an installer program on a Linux system, but didn’t want all the hassle of an actual install builder? I have. So I’m going to show you how you can create such an installer with very little hassle. I can’t actually claim credit for this method though; I actually got the idea from Sun’s JDK installer for the Linux platform. You download a “.bin” file, change the file mode so that it is executable and then run it. It displays the end user license agreement, gets some feedback and then goes about installing Java for you. Well, if you open that .bin file up in a text editor (say vi) you’ll see that it’s nothing more than a shell script with a binary chunked onto the end. Thus my plans for world domination were born…

Interview with Scott James Remnant, Lead-developer of Ubuntu Desktop Linux

Previously, we've interviewed the lead-developers of Arch and Gobo Linux. Two distributions for the more advanced users out there. This time, we're going in the complete opposite direction to understand more about a user friendly Linux-distribution: Ubuntu.

QGIS earns a spot on GIS software map

Quantum GIS 0.11.0, released last month, is a free geographic information system (GIS) application released under the GPL that runs on multiple platforms, including Linux. QGIS can read, edit, and export common GIS file formats. After installing it and using it to work with existing data layers available from official data repositories, performing common spatial analysis tasks, and sharing files and data with the commercial GIS products, I found QGIS has the potential to be a viable alternative to proprietary commercial GIS programs from the likes of ESRI and Intergraph/Geomedia.

NetBeans 6.5 beta promises PHP simplicity

Sun Microsystems has taken another step in its long journey towards greater support of open source by delivering the first beta of its next crop of NetBeans. The NetBeans 6.5 beta builds on the open source integrated development environment's earlier support for dynamic languages with support for PHP.

Ugandan students translate Firefox

Students and linguists from Makerere University have translated the open source web browser, Mozilla Firefox, into Luganda at a Translate@thon held on the campus in Kampala, Uganda last week. The two-day gathering brought together almost 200 students and allowed them to make a practical contribution to their language’s presence in the digital age.

Open source good for security

The key to IT security is secure software - software that is written with not only features, but also security, in mind, says David Jacobson, technical director at Linux services company Synaq. However, says Jacobson, software is seldom developed with an eye on back-end security requirements. Developers are usually under pressure to deliver on required features within tight deadlines which leave little time to check for vulnerabilities each step of the way. The result is that most software is inherently vulnerable.

Set up your firewall with Firewall Builder

Firewall Builder (fwbuilder) is a graphical application that can help you to configure IP traffic filtering. It can compile the filtering policy you define into many specifications, including iptables and various languages used by Cisco and Linksys routers. Separating the actual policy you define and the implementation in this way should let you change what hardware is running your firewall without having to redefine your policy for that platform.

Warning: DNS flaw spills over to OpenID

OpenID sounds like a great idea - essentially single-sign on for multiple web sites or web applications, without participating sites having to see your credentials. But is it trustworthy and safe in the light of recent revelations concerning a flaw on the DNS system on which it relies?

If You Love Your Data, Set It Free

In the past, data was structured, secure and tightly controlled. The bad news is that the data was limited by the firewall of personnel, technologies, and process rigidity. Today, however, the demand is for just-in-time and inclusive data, moving away from a monolithic data system mentality to multiple sources of data that provide real-time inferences on consumers, activities, events and transactions.

Community Journalism and Open Source Share Common Bond

Community journalism encourages members of the community to participate in the news process, not just as passive readers, but as active producers of the news itself. This direct connection to the product is similar in many ways to the kind of community building that goes on in open source development.

The Nortel-Pingtel Deal: The Bigger, Hidden Open Source Story

  • The VAR Guy (Posted by thevarguy on Aug 14, 2008 8:32 AM EDT)
  • Groups:
Yes, Nortel Networks acquired Pingtel -- an open source VoIP firm. But the bigger story: Nortel may finally realize it needs to leverage open source communities to combat Cisco Systems. At least that's the spin from The VAR Guy.

Lest we forget the REAL FUD [tm]

We all know the term “FUD“, don’t we? If you haven’t heard of it, it means “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt”, and it was created a big software monopoly, often headlined “Get the facts”. Some years ago, I got the real facts. And the real FUD.

Mozilla CEO John Lilly on Apple and iPhone

Wired: Are you going to develop a version of Firefox for the iPhone? Lilly: No. Apple makes it too hard. They say it’s because of technical issues — they don’t want outsiders to disrupt the user experience. That’s a business argument masquerading as a technological argument. We’re focusing on more important stuff. The iPhone has been influential, but there’s not that many of them. We’re part of the LiMo Foundation — Linux on Mobile. The Razr V2 is a LiMo phone, and you’ll see more in the next year or so.

This week at LWN: Harald Welte on his new role with VIA

Hiring a well-known free software advocate to oversee efforts to work with the community is a good plan for any company, but for a company that has had rocky community relations, it may be essential. VIA Technologies has done just that, by contracting with Harald Welte to help guide its strategy to work more closely—and less contentiously—with the community. VIA announced a new effort aimed at cooperation with the free software world last April, but got off to a slow start that had people wondering about its commitment to fulfilling that promise. Welte will be well placed to ensure that community concerns are heard within VIA.

Big court win for open source licences

In a significant victory of free and open source licences the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - which deals with IP issues - has upheld an open source licence, in particular referencing the Artistic Licence from Creative Commons.

Back To Basics: Avoiding Recursive Alias Disasters On Linux And Unix

  • The Linux and Unix Menagerie; By Mike Tremell (Posted by eggi on Aug 14, 2008 5:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Sun
How to avoid alias recursion loops in any Linux or Unix shell.

Youtube-dl - Download videos from Youtube in openSUSE

youtube-dl is a small free opensource command-line program to download videos from youtube-dl is a platform independent tool that works on UNIX, Linux, Mac OSX and Windows. The latest version of Youtube-dl is 2008.08.09 and requires the Python interpreter, version 2.4 or later. I’ll try to keep it updated if changes the way you access their videos. After all, it’s a simple and short program.

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