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Since the earliest days, free software and its representatives on earth have been the subject of attacks that serve to question the originality, authenticity, authorship, identity and parentage of the software - but the loose communities (if such they are) of hackers, users, developers and proponents of GNU, Linux and free software have always been quick to respond, as Stallman observes in his history of the GNU project.
Terra Soft Solutions today announced the release of Yellow Dog Linux 5.0.1, a specialty distribution for older, PowerPC-based Apple G3, G4, and G5 computers. The distribution is said to have added more than 500 package updates to go with its 2.6.17 kernel and Enlightenment E17 desktop
The UK government recently announced that servers running Linux are greener than servers running Windows because, according to the report published by the Department of Government Commerce on Open Source Software Trials in Government, open source software has lower hardware requirements and needs less frequent hardware upgrades.
The Italy-based project team for Sabayon Linux -- whose name refers to a light, airy, custard-like dessert -- released its v3.3 miniEdition distribution this week, featuring a 2.6.20 kernel and KDE desktop. Sabayon Linux miniEdition is a CD version of the latest Sabayon Linux x86/x86-64 DVD, a team member said.
The Ext2fs installable file system project is the brain child of Stephan Schreiber. Once this driver is installed on Windows (98/2000/XP), you can easily mount a Linux partition on your computer into Windows and assign a drive letter to it. Once that is done, the files in the Linux partition can be browsed, read and written to.
[Usefull if you're stuck with Windows on work or something — Sander]
A Step by step approach for how do you secure your Linux servers using IPtables. All you ever wanted to know about IPtables and then some...
Red Hat Enterprise support contracts need to be more flexible. When I learned that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, which is a big release for Red Hat I've been looking forward to for some time, was coming out on March 14, one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind was, "Great—when's CentOS 5 coming out?"
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is changing the final process of writing the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3). Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF, says that the reasons for the change are the extensive revisions in the next draft and the need "to get the community back involved in the process" as it reaches a climax. The revisions deal with issues raised by the recent Novell-Microsoft deal, and by the community about language in the license about patents and digital rights management (DRM).
The notion of doneness pervades everything we, as humans, set out to achieve. Want to send a manned rocket to Mars? It’ll be done when it’s done. Composing a new symphony? Can’t wait to hear the finished piece. Want to create a payroll system for an automotive company? Better deliver it on time, otherwise they might grow tired of waiting and pull the plug on the whole project.
Six weeks after it first promised a revamped add-ons site for its Firefox browser, Mozilla Corp. today officially launched a streamlined version that touts a beginner's list of extensions. Mozilla did not, however, cull the more than 2,200 extensions offered by the site to the "couple hundred" as it pledged to do early last month.
For reason/reasons unknown, ex-Windows users leaving Windows and seeking a free alternative somehow do not seem to be flocking to ReactOS. Instead, the Windows users are coming to Linux in general, but we hear a lot of complaints from the ex-Windows users that Linux is difficult for them to get used to. They want a free system that is Windows-like, and here they have a free system which is Unix-like.
On March 27, Oracle and the Open Invention Network (OIN) will announce that Oracle will become an OIN licensee. By doing this, Oracle opens the doors to making some of its patents available royalty-free to any company, institution, or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against Linux.
Former Debian Project Leader Martin Michlmayr is completing his doctoral thesis at the Centre for Technology Management, University of Cambridge. Entitled "Quality Improvement in Volunteer, Free, and Open Source Project: Exploring the Impact of Release Management," his thesis is based on case studies of major free and open source software (FOSS) project, including Debian, GNOME, the Linux kernel, OpenOffice.org, Plone, and X.org. A supporter of the open access movement, which tries to make academic work as widely available as possible, Michlmayr is blogging and discussing his work as often as possible. He also plans to make the final version of his thesis available on the Internet. As part of his efforts, Michlmayr talked to Linux.com about why he concludes that regularly scheduled releases are desirable in large FOSS projects.
Department of Homeland Security open source hardening project grows to 150 applications and regular scans of 35 million lines of source code
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced its new board of directors, a diverse group that represents the key stakeholders from every corner of the Linux ecosystem: the Linux kernel community, Linux vendors, distributions and users, as well as individual open source leaders.
Sun Microsystems on Tuesday introduced a Netra rack server that offers broader operating system support and is powered by AMD Opteron processors. The Netra X4200 M2, the latest in a product line targeted at the telecom industry, runs Linux, Windows, or Solaris. It is also Sun's first Network Equipment Building Standard Level 3 certified rack server powered by Advanced Micro Devices. NEBS is a widely used set of safety, spatial, and environmental design guidelines for U.S. telecommunications equipment.
This is minimalistic GNU/Linux based system. Beside the main goal - OpenGL capable, Linux based system without X, I was also looking to make system small and fast as possible, with quick kernel boot and system loading time.
[So, after case modding new now get OS modding? Sweet. — Sander
The first of the widely used "scripting" languages continues to expand its capabilities and platform range, and it makes for a particularly good match with AIX.
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