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At last week's launch of the first draft for the revised GNU General Public Licence (GPL3), the Debian project was out in force. Besides Branden Robinson, the Debian Project Leader, Debian members at the meeting included Don Armstrong, Benjamin Mako Hill, Bruce Perens, and several Debian members from the Boston area. In the aftermath of the meeting, a consensus is still emerging, but Debian members seem to regard GPL3 generally favorably, although some have concerns about exact wording and the implications of some parts of the draft.
Have Go Daddy employees been hitting a small ISP below the belt on his blog, as claimed? It's a classic case of the David versus Goliath. Email Battles presents the evidence, then hides behind the sofa while you decide.
If you're doing things yourself, though, or you have one of those rare hosts, then you might find that you need to weigh up the positives and negatives of different database software.
Would you like to ask him why he quit, and who inspired The Boston Globe to investigate Quinn (which in turn instigated a Commonwealth investigation clearing Quinn completely), and what will happen to ODF? I felt the same way, and so I asked him. Here are his answers ...
1. he hears Microsoft was the Boston Globe's source
2. ODF has a good chance to prevail.
And much more.
The Royal Bank of Scotland has revealed that it is working on a large content management system based on the open source application server Zope.
This is the real source of the listed changes expected in version 2.0 of the upcoming Firefox. However, this blog is more than a mere listing of expected feature changes. Reasons are given as to the expected pace and goals as well as user feedback with some expression of trepidation regarding some changes, e.g. the bookmarks.
Why is IBM supporting Linux? Because we admire it, we believe in it, we need it and it's good for customers. And, well...it's a lot of fun.
[ED: All but the last played on a broken Debian Testing desktop that has only Flash. Five out six ain't bad - HC]
SpreadFirefox seeks to promote Firefox through living, breathing human beings rather than meticulously orchestrated campaigns. We don't spend any time developing "The Message". The message is the Firefox product itself, and we've found that our users can spread it more genuinely and passionately than anything money can buy.
Red Hat and Novell have released patches for a critical security hole in their Linux distributions, which stems from a vulnerability in the KDE desktop environment.
Now, if you haven't played a decent game of computer chess lately, it's time to check out this month's Linux game over at UnixReview.com. In the article, I'll tell you about eboard, a great chess-playing program that lets you play against your own system, play against another player remotely, or join an online game using the FICS protocol (Free Internet Chess Server). You can read all about it at UnixReview.com
Ever since Linux came to the fore in the late '90s, people have had widely differing opinions about which distribution makes the best Windows desktop replacement. To his credit, DesktopLinux.com editor and inveterate operating system tester Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols isn't ducking this sticky question.
Users who signed up for the beta of Version 1.5 a few months ago are automatically receiving upgrades to the 188.8.131.52 beta. The rest of us get it later this month.
Some industries (such as financial services and health care) have regulations which require permanent retention of all email. The Citadel.org groupware server is now among the first to support message journaling, making regulatory compliance easy to configure.
Niels Provos' Systrace is a utility that monitors and controls what an application can access on a system by creating and enforcing access policies for system calls. For the Linux crowd, it's something like the US National Security Agency's SE Linux, but it's more flexible and, if used properly, it can improve a system's overall security by "sandboxing" untrusted applications and users.
Pertec Inc. last week introduced UbuntUSB, touted as an easy way to install Ubuntu Linux on a portable USB hard drive, letting any PC boot Ubuntu Linux without requiring either BIOS or system reconfiguration.
John Battelle spotted a post from Chris Marino at Tumbling Duke that has the worrisome suggestion that Google is allowing third parties to set cookies based on searches people do. But I dropped an IM to Dave Naylor, who immediately spotted this being due to Firefox prefetching.
A Taiwanese software company specializing in DVD software and other home computing software is shipping a packaged Linux-based entertainment OS. PowerCinema Linux, which targets device makers and PC integrators, can turn resource-constrained embedded devices into powerful multimedia devices, according to the company.
[Ed: This is a repeat from another publication posted for the benefit of anyone who missed it previously. -tadelste]
The CEI-430 is the Industry's First ARINC 429/717 Interface for PC/104-Plus
John "Maddog" Hall will consider parallels between open source software and music, addressing the risk that patents "kill off ideas instead of promoting them" at this year's Australasian Linux conference, to be held in Dunedin this week. "Odd things about business in the large corporate world will (hopefully) be explained," he says, including "companies who really want to do the right thing, but cannot. "The talk will, of course, partly be tongue-in-cheek, partly be around my collection of automated musical instruments, and partly have a real message," he says.
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