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DistroWatch Weekly: SUSE 10.1, Kororaa controversy, "least popular" distributions

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 puts its weight behind Ubuntu Linux

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, Google Detail Linux Tablet Collaboration

  • eWEEK Linux; By Henry Kingman (Posted by dcparris on May 16, 2006 6:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
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.

Will Maxthon's Windfall Illuminate Microsoft?

After Maxthon gulped down yet another infusion of cash from yet another venture capitalist, observers are wondering what's next for the better-than-IE browsing platform based on Microsoft's rendering engine. Will the cash allow Maxthon to withstand a coming onslaught from the new, improved Internet Explorer 7? Or is the money intended to buy lipstick for an upcoming sale to a well-known suitor?

Fedora Weekly News Issue 46

Reader Beware as ODF Coverage Increases

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.

Sun promises to Open Source Java

  • ZDNet; By Joris Evers (Posted by keithcu on May 16, 2006 4:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
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.

Can You Prove Your E-Mail Isn't Spam?

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.

Screw the Digital-Rights Bugaboo

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]

OpenClovis Aims to Transform Telecommunications Market with New Open Source Platform Backed by Industry Giants

AT&T, HP, IBM, Intel and leading venture capitalists support OpenClovis Software Project to accelerate industry shift to COTS hardware and software

Sleazier Still

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?

Multi-threaded MIPS cores gain embedded Linux support

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.

Sun Recasts Java Licensing for GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris ...

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]

The pragmatic desktop Linux user

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on May 16, 2006 12:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
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!

Ethernet bridges under Linux

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.

Only in America? Copyright Law Key to Global Free Software Model

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]

Open Standard Madness

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?

Three Short Tales Of Linux

  • Internet Financial News; By David Utter (Posted by dcparris on May 16, 2006 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
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.

A cool thing

From shared webhosting to an own virtual server in just 75 hours, using just free and open source. See the how and why.

My desktop OS: Arch Linux

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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