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RMS transcript on GPLv3, Novell/MS, Tivo and more

For anyone interested in the latest GPLv3 summary, but who didn't make it to the 5th international GPLv3 conference in Japan last week, a transcript of Richard Stallman's keynote has been published. Enjoy.

Web 2.0 and Tim O'Reilly as Marshal Tito

As the Web 2.0 bandwagon continues its rapidly accelerating path downhill towards the inevitable crash we find ourselves at another turning point in the development of the networked world. Ten years ago we were faced with a choice between the controlled homogeneity of the ‘information superhighway’ or the many and various delights of the unsupervised Internet, and we chose wisely.

Shell Scripting, oooh...its easy

  •; By Benjamin D. Thomas (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 27, 2006 6:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Blessen Cherian, CTO and Executive Team Member of writes, "Shell scripting is nothing but a group of commands put together and executed one after another in a sequential way. Let's start by mentioning the steps to write and execute a shell script."

Local firm offers SMEs lease-to-own servers running on Open Source

Linux company GEN Automation Technologies does their share in promoting Free Software by providing small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) the options to avail of rental and lease-to-own servers running an Open Source.

Open source translation memory application OmegaT - new Russian site

New Russian site about popular open source translation memory application OmegaT has launched - Some documentation (Instant Start Guide) has been translated into Russian.

'Nigeria to benefit from Wazobia Linux'

The power of free software is being put to best use in Africa with localised Linux operating systems such as Wazobia in Nigeria gaining in popularity.

UK pays lip service to open source in schools

  • Computer Business Review; By Matthew Aslett (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 27, 2006 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The UK's Open Source Consortium has joined criticism of UK government education policy towards open source software, maintaining that the British Education Communications and Technology Agency 'pays lip service' to open source while effectively excluding it from purchasing frameworks.

Xandros Linux conquers a hostile Sony laptop

I have an impressive talent for buying laptop computers hostile to Linux. Right now I'm using a Sony Vaio VGN-FS840/W, with more proprietary drivers than you can shake a stick at. It's so bad that even a retail edition of Windows XP won't run on it; you need the OEM Windows (and sure enough, Sony is too cheap to include the CD), or you need to go to the Sony support site, download all of the drivers, and make your own supplement CD.

KDE Commit-Digest for 26th November 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Dolphin, an alternative file manager, is imported into KDE SVN. Work on session management in Kontact becomes visible with the implementation of state remembering for tabs in aKregator. Mailody gets a better SMTP implementation, with authentication support. Many functionality improvements in Okular. An experimental generic API for integration of more online music store services (following the example of the Magnatune implementation) is proposed and developed in Amarok. Continued speed and memory optimisations in KOffice and KDE 4 (via. kdelibs).

Primed for desktop Linux

  • ZDNet Australia; By Steven Deare (Posted by jdub on Nov 27, 2006 12:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora, GNOME
The consultants that rolled out Australia's biggest known Linux desktop project are backing themselves for more.

DistroWatch Weekly: Future of Fedora, Ubuntu vs openSUSE, first look at Xandros Desktop 4.1

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 27, 2006 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 48th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the end of the year 2006 approaching fast, many developers are hard at work preparing their latest product releases. A new version of Xandros Desktop, the subject of our first look review, will be announced later this week, while SabayonLinux 3.2 and the PlayStation edition of Yellow Dog Linux 5.0 are also expected shortly. Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 is about to enter its hard-freeze period, while the recent release candidate for openSUSE 10.2 is reportedly shaping up into a highly polished distribution. Many other projects have been making steady progress towards their future releases - Freespire has launched its development process which will lead to a stable version 2.0 in the first quarter of 2007 and many far-reaching changes are also planned for the next release of Fedora Core. All these topics, together with the usual round-up of interesting news from around the distro world - that's issue 179 of DistroWatch Weekly. Happy reading!

Microsoft-novell patent agreement betrays the Open Source ...

Bruce Perens, a prominent figure in the open source movement and to some extent in the free software movement, has shot an open letter to Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian accusing the company of betrayal.

Warning, poachers on the loose

Is it right for free and open source projects to capitalise on the dissatisfaction created by the Microsoft-Novell deal and try to attract developers who work for Novell to jump ship?

OLPC $100 laptop Linux user interface video

  •; By (Posted by dcparris on Nov 26, 2006 10:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Here is a new video of the "Sugar" user interface for the $100 One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) laptop. As you may know, the mission of this non-profit association is to develop a low-cost laptop—the "$100 Laptop"—a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children.

First look at $100 laptop Linux interface

  •; By Mike Clendenin (Posted by dcparris on Nov 26, 2006 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While many analysts are busy tearing down Sony PS3's and Nintendo Wii's, a few insiders are taking a closer look at the first batch of $100 (eventually) laptops to roll off the production lines in Shanghai as part of the One Laptop Per Child program backed by Nicholas Negroponte and MIT's Media Lab.

Lee Epting: S60, Open Source and Tools

Richard Bloor recently caught up with Lee Epting, vice president of Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer program, and took the opportunity to find out how she views the changes in S60 over the last year, including the increasing role of open source software.

Printing in Calc, Part 2: Print selection and printer options

In part 1 of this entry, I discussed how to use Calc's page styles to control how spreadsheets print. However, although page styles are one of the most useful tools for the task, they are far from the only ones. How you setup pages for printing and the printer or export options are also part of the arsenal. None of these tools is useful on every occasion, and you may have to mix and match them to get the results you want, but, the more you know about them, the less of a nightmare printing a spreadsheet becomes.

RO: OpenIT Romania

OpenIT is a fresh Romanian Linux and OSS magazine. Free for all, for the people, by the people. The PDF (in Romanian) is downloadable from and has 14 articles about Linux and open source software. This is a product of a handful of people that met on the Linux Forum and decided it was time to start an initiative like this. A free magazine for the Romanian public. Enjoy.

First Technical Dutch Open Source Event to be held in Einhoven this weekend

The T-Dose foundation presents its first Technical Dutch Open Source Event (the meaning of the acronym T-DOSE) , an event both for Open Source users and developers. The event will be held at the University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, near the Belgian and German border. Eindhoven is internationally known as the home of Royal Philips Electronics.
Two rooms will be reserved for speakers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and Ukrain. A very broad range of topics will be discussed, ranging from Intellectual Property and Open source, an Open Source project for children (secondary school) to learn about and help create Open Source, to more technical topics as embedded Linux. Also, the LPI will be present, and LPI exams will be taken.

[ - Note: I'll try to be there if I can. It promises to be very interesting, no matter what your specific interests are! - hkwint ]

(See the T-Dose page for more information)

The Server Business Gets Its Report Card

The latest server numbers are in and Gartner and IDC agree on giving IBM pride of place. Gartner says worldwide server shipments grew 9% year-over-year to just over two million units with revenues up 4% in Q3 to $13 billion. IDC puts the revenue number at $12.9 billion, up 3.5%, calling it the fastest growth rate in four quarters and the largest Q3 outlay for servers since 2000.

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