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DRM - The Digital Vigilante

"When we think of this we think of mobs going around beating and killing people they believe have broken the law. In these cases the police usually treat the vigilantes as offenders and those the vigilantes persecuted as victims. This seems fair and just doesn't it? People shouldn't take the law into their own hands." It is different with DRM though.

Lobbyists denigrate open source in leaked letter to EC

In a letter to the deputy director general of the European Commission's Enterprise and industry section, which made its way into the hands of the INQUIRER, Hugo Lueders, of the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC) seeks to rubbish a report into the economic impact of open source software (dubbed FLOSS in the EU, so as not to upset the French – Free/Libre Open Source Software).

Openlogic Indemnifies Open Source Customers

Colorado-based OpenLogic said today that it is now offering its customers indemnification coverage for intellectual property infringement on 160 open source projects offered by the firm. OpenLogic said the coverage was targeted at giving enterprises peace of mind when using open source products.

Mac Mini becomes Linux-based IP PBX

An East German company will soon begin selling an IP-PBX setup based on a Mac Mini running Linux. 4S Newcom's iBlue package comes with an iPod Shuffle that acts as a boot device for the Mac Mini, plus five Linux-based VoIP phones.

Open source globalization benefits organizations, individuals

  • IT Managers Journal; By Christof Wittig (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 16, 2006 10:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software can help manage large software projects of globally distributed, individual contributors with virtually no management overhead. As open source blends more and more with the commercial software industry, this property of the open source phenomenon, which I will refer to as "open source globalization," may have an even higher impact on engineering jobs than IT offshoring. But this time, the news is not so bad for those who embrace the change.

Report: At Intel's Request, Glide Online Suite To Get Linux Client, Back End

Under urging from Intel Corp., TransMedia's Glide online applications suite--an emerging competitor to Microsoft Office--will gain a Linux desktop client in January of next year plus a Linux version of its back-end infrastructure during the March 2007 timeframe. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

The bottom line of morality: free or not

This article argues that the fundamental moral layer is the "state of freedom" and hence the most fundamental moral question, the first one to ask, is how free is the society and its individuals.

Linux: ext4 Merged Into -mm

With the release of the 2.6.19-rc1-mm1 kernel, the ext4 filesystem was merged into Andrew Morton's -mm tree for further testing. In the announcement Andrew notes that the new filesystem is compatible with ext3 until you add a file that has extents. He also notes, "when comparing performance with other filesystems, remember that ext3/4 by default offers higher data integrity guarantees than most. So when comparing with a metadata-only journalling filesystem, use `mount -o data=writeback'.(Although this doesn't seem to make much difference with ext3)" The goal is to stabilize the new filesystem within the next six to nine months, and ultimately to replace the ext3 filesystem.

Developers do not matter, Users even less. Part 3: RMS and Linus, those Byzantine emperors...

In part 2 of this essay, I had discussed the relationship between users and developers of the Free and Open Source Software from the point of view of the community. I tried to show in what kind of framework this relationship could work, and how it could ensure the community's coherence and plausibility. In this last part, I will briefly discuss the GPLv3 in the light of the user-developer relationship.

KOffice 1.6 Released

The KOffice team is proud to announce the 1.6.0 release of its office suite. This release is mostly a feature release of Krita and Kexi, but also contains major enhancements to the OpenDocument and MathML support of KFormula and new scripting functionality. This version also contains a vastly improved version of KPlato, our project planning application. Download packages for Kubuntu, SuSE or you can try before you install with the KOffice 1.6 live CD.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 62

  •; By Thomas Chung (Posted by dcparris on Oct 16, 2006 7:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Fedora
Welcome to our issue number 62 of Fedora Weekly News.

ApacheCon 2006 wrapup

ApacheCon 2006 ended its week-long run in Austin, Texas, on Friday. The event proved that Linux is not the only brightly shining star in the world of free and open source software.

Full Open Source compliance and Database independence, one step ...

Full Open Source Compliance and Database Independence are now one step closer for Open Source ERP project Adempiere ( with its first version released today, as scheduled. The Adempiere Bazaar as the project community call themselves also boasts of being independent of any commercial entity and thus does not lock in any business partner that uses this application. It provides a full stack of tutorials and documentations in its Wiki.

Sabayon Linux miniEdition looks sharp on the bleeding edge

  •; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Oct 16, 2006 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU, Linux
Last week the Sabayon Linux project released ISO images of its miniEdition 3.1 live CD Linux distro. Sabayon has earned a reputation for running right on the cutting edge; it is the first distro to deploy a live CD using the Beryl compositing engine and Nvidia's newest beta video drivers. The only reason I tested the miniEdition instead of the full DVD ISO is that the DVD torrent estimated three days to complete the download. Seeing how much there is the miniEdition, perhaps I should be glad.

Mozilla brainstorms Firefox 3.0

Wish-list goes live The final version of Firefox 2 isn't available for download yet, but developers at Mozilla are already asking the community for suggestions on features they'd like to see included in the next version of the browser, Firefox 3.0.…

Openlogic Launches Indemnification for its Certified Library of ...

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- OpenLogic, Inc., a leading provider of software, stacks, and support that enable enterprises to easily deploy and manage customized open source environments, today announced that it will now offer customers indemnification coverage for intellectual property infringement on each of the more than 160 open source products included in OpenLogic's Certified Library. Customers using OpenLogic Enterprise will now gain access to indemnification for the broadest set of open source products in the industry.

Review: SELinux by Example

  • - Feature Stories; By Ryan W. Maple (Posted by dcparris on Oct 16, 2006 3:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU, Linux
If you use Linux then you've most probably at least heard of Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux). In this feature story Ryan W. Maple gives a review and his opinion of the latest and greatest book to cover SELinux:SELinux by Example: Using Securit...

Fedora Infrastructure Team - Help Wanted

The Fedora Infrastructure team is looking for some more volunteers to help better support the day to day activities of the Fedora Project contributors and developers. We are looking for dedicated, capable volunteers to help in all aspects of our Infrastructure.

Breach Security Releases Latest Version of ModSecurity(TM) Open ...

Breach Security Inc., today announced the release of the ModSecurity version 2.0 open source Web application firewall. ModSecurity version 2.0 provides greater flexibility, enhanced attack detection, and support for XML and Web Services. At the same time, Breach Security is releasing the ModSecurity Console for monitoring multiple sensors and ModSecurity Core Rules that together provide easy-to-deploy baseline Web application security.

Open Source Pioneer, Eric S. Raymond, Joins Freespire Leadership Board

Eric S. Raymond, one of the co-founders of the open source movement, has joined the Freespire Leadership Board. A community-driven, Linux-based operating system, Freespire was developed to give users the option of combining free open source software with certain proprietary codecs, drivers and applications.

Mr. Raymond, well-known as both a theorist and an advocate for the open source movement, joins twelve other Freespire Leadership Board members, composed of thinkers, business people, evangelists, and key members of the Linux community. In recent weeks, Mr. Raymond has spoken publicly about the ''necessary compromise'' that open source advocates must be willing to make, by providing for an easy way for open source software to work with key proprietary technologies for which there are not yet adequate open source alternatives.

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