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Debian scrutinizes GPL3

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.

Now Go Daddy's Accused of Astroturfing

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.

Which Database Is Right For You?

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.

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Royal Bank of Scotland embraces open source

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

Racing Towards 2 [Firefox 2.0]

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.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

show120announce Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 120:
We talk to Steven Mautone from the eyeOS project
Linc sets up a CVS server
Dan talks about the GP2X again
Pat gives a rundown of tovid and soundKonverer
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Linux on eServer Products > Servers > IBM eServer Linux on eServer Products > Servers > IBM eServer Linux on eServer

  • IBM eServer site; By unlisted, probably several creators of the cartoons (Posted by Herschel_Cohen on Jan 25, 2006 4:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, IBM
Why is IBM supporting Linux? Because we admire it, we believe in it, we need it and it's good for customers. And,'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]

Firefox: the User Unleashed

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.

Critical flaw hits Red Hat and Novell Linux

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.

Marcel's Linux Game of the Month : eboard

  •; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by freethinker on Jan 25, 2006 1:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
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 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

Choosing a desktop Linux distro

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 12:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
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, editor and inveterate operating system tester Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols isn't ducking this sticky question.

Firefox Auto-Upgrade Users Become Surprise Beta Testers

Users who signed up for the beta of Version 1.5 a few months ago are automatically receiving upgrades to the beta. The rest of us get it later this month. groupware server now has journaling for email compliance

Some industries (such as financial services and health care) have regulations which require permanent retention of all email. The groupware server is now among the first to support message journaling, making regulatory compliance easy to configure.

Add an extra layer of security with systrace

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.

Ubuntu hitches a ride on USB drives

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.

Google Not Installing Third Party Cookies -- It's Firefox ...

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.

Linux home entertainment OS targets consumer devices

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]

Condor Engineering Introduces New High Density ARINC 429 Interface for PC/104-Plus

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 24, 2006 6:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The CEI-430 is the Industry's First ARINC 429/717 Interface for PC/104-Plus

Expectations high at Linux conference in New Zealand

  • Computerworld Australia; By Stephen Bell (Posted by tadelste on Jan 24, 2006 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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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