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Welcome to this year's 20th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. With a successful SUSE Linux 10.1 release freshly behind us, the attention of distribution watchers can once again turn to Ubuntu, as the project's final two weeks of "Dapper" development focuses on bug fixes and polish. Has Kororaa broken the GPL by including proprietary kernel modules on their live CD? Nobody knows for sure, but even if it hasn't, the controversy means that the project's developers might stop all work on their Xgl edition.
Sun Microsystems plans to offer support for the Ubuntu server Linux distribution on its T1 server line, the company said at the JavaOne industry conference in San Francisco. "We will be aggressively supporting the fork that Ubuntu has been doing," Sun chief executive Jonathan Schwartz said at the conference.
Nokia says it will offer an upgrade for its 770 Internet tablet that will bring better memory performance, VOIP capabilities and a pre-installed Google Talk client.
There have been a number of stories published on-line in recent days that warrant both comment and qualification. That's both good news and bad news.
When Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz repeated Greens' statement on stage, the audience cheered. "The question is not whether we will open-source Java, the question is how," Schwartz reiterated.
There are some simple steps your company can take to demonstrate that the e-mails you're sending aren't spam. If you're not taking them, many recipients are now ready and willing to filter your messages into the trash.
I have mixed feelings about so-called digital-rights management and its benefits. My concerns don't stem solely from DRM itself, but from the fact that it's not only illegal to crack DRM systems—it's essentially illegal even to think about cracking them. This, of course, stems from the onerous Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It and other laws and structures were pushed into play by lobbyists for the movie and record industries.
[It is hard to believe that I actually agree with Dvorak about something! - SamShazaam]
AT&T, HP, IBM, Intel and leading venture capitalists support OpenClovis Software Project to accelerate industry shift to COTS hardware and software
It's sleazier than we thought. In last week's Computerworld, Don Tennant spent his editorial going ballistic about an attempt by Microsoft to intimidate its customers. Tennant recounted how a Microsoft manager named Janet Lawless sent a series of increasingly threatening letters to Dale Frantz, CIO at Auto Warehousing Co., about how Frantz's company appeared to be using unlicensed software and how Microsoft wanted the issue resolved. Frantz figured this was about his Microsoft software licenses, so he kept offering evidence that he was in compliance. Tennant concluded that Lawless was trying to intimidate Frantz to land a software deal. They were both wrong. It's sleazier than they imagined. And just why am I not surprised?
TimeSys says its online support service for embedded Linux developers now supports the latest multi-threaded processors from MIPS Technologies. Initial LinuxLink support for MIPS's 34K core family is based on Linux 2.6.15, with a bump up to 2.6.16 planned this month, TimeSys says.
SAN FRANCISCO, JAVAONE(SM) CONFERENCE, May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java(TM) technology, today announced that Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 5 is now available for redistribution by GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris(SM) operating system distributors under the new Operating System Distributor's License for Java (also known as the "Distro License for Java" or DLJ).
[So why am I still skeptical? - dcparris]
Sometimes, you can't get what you want. That's the point Robin "Roblimo" Miller makes in his pained confession at NewsForge, that when it comes to the video production that makes up 10 percent of his work time, it's best done using Camtasia, a proprietary Windows-only program. Argh!
The Linux kernel has long had the ability to turn the average PC into a network bridge, or, taken to an extreme, a multiport switch. This article explains how to configure network bridging support under Linux, and also provides a short guide to the use of the spanning tree protocol in networks with multiple paths.
The existence of legal systems without robust enforcement of copyright law, in countries where software development is a highly robust enterprise, is a serious threat to the free software model.
[Here's an interesting perspective on copyright and FOSS at the international level. - dcparris]
As Cyber Cynic Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols predicted, someone has come up with a way to get Microsoft Office to read and write the open-standard Open Document Format. Would you believe a Microsoft lapdog organization is whining about how unfair this is to Microsoft?
A Dow Jones Newswires reporter took a shot at switching from Windows to Linux on a Sony Vaio machine, and found he could do some things much better than others.
From shared webhosting to an own virtual server in just 75 hours, using just free and open source. See the how and why.
I've been a Linux diehard since my early days with Debian 1.3. I visited various RPM distributions, including Red Hat, Mandrake, and SUSE, flirted with Gentoo, and jumped on the Ubuntu bandwagon, but I could never find a single place to settle -- until I tried Arch Linux.
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