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Looking into the FSF's BadVista campaign

BadVista is the latest in a series of activist campaigns launched by the Free Software Foundation (FSF)in the last eight months. It follows the highly successfulDefective By Designcampaign against so-called Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies, and an unnamed effort to encourage the activist media to make free software part of their agenda. Released on December 15, the campaign currently takes the form of a blog site coordinated by John Sullivan, a program administrator at the FSF. The site features a logo with its name over a quartered flag reminiscent of the Windows logo, but in black and with what appears to be a skull in one corner. So far, the contents is mostly the announcement of the site, an explanation of its purpose, and a news aggregate about the problems and limitations of Microsoft's Vista operating system.

Talent In An 'Open Source' Media World

  • MediaPost Publications; By Dave Morgan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Everybody knows that the media world is undergoing extraordinary changes from the digitization of content and the growth of digital platforms like the Internet. Predicting who will win and who will lose in this transformation has been both a parlor game and a game of high-stakes finance for everyone involved. While there has been lots of speculation as to what might happen to different companies, what hasn't been talked about as much is, what will happen to media industry people?

ATI A Year in Review 2006

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Dec 22, 2006 1:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Kernel
After running 120 tests using ten benchmarks and the twelve ATI display drivers that were released in 2006, our ATI A Year in Review has been completed! In this article we delve into how ATI has affected the Linux community this year, and how they are actively working on improving their image and support. But what direction is ATI/AMD headed in for 2007? We answer all of these questions and share a lot more exclusive information in our Phoronix ATI/AMD AYiR 2006 review.

Report: Is Linux Ready for Small Business?

Many small businesses have avoided Linux for a variety of reasons: not enough applications, complexity of installation or that it requires too much technical know-how to run. The technology has matured over many years, which raises the question: how valid are these considerations today? Drew Robb reports.

Linux powers controllable Christmas lights for charity

Alek Komarnitsky's controllable Christmas lights started out as a hoax, but now Komarnitsky is using Linux to power the controllable Christmas lights for real in order to bring attention to celiac disease.

Browsing, Open Source and Litigious Affairs

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 21, 2006 10:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Just as the year in open source was cruising to a finish in 2006 -- all gussied up in a neat bow for the year, November arrived with a splash to re-draw the whole map.

Jeremy Allison Has Resigned from Novell to Protest MS Patent Deal

The legendary Jeremy Allison (of Samba fame) has resigned from Novell in protest over the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement, which he calls "a mistake" which will be "damaging to Novell's success in the future."

The Future of XML

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Elliotte Rusty Harold (Posted by solrac on Dec 21, 2006 8:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The first 10 years of XML were only the beginning. This article Takes a good look at the future of XML. XQuery and native XML databases will be very, very hot. Also pay attention to anything called Web 2.0. Yes, it's hype; and yes, if you asked four speakers at this conference how they defined Web 2.0, you got six different answers; but there's a lot of reality behind the hype. XSL-FO and XForms will be more important next year and developers will start to build impressive systems with them.

Why Ecma? (Part I)

A year ago, many words were written (including by me) on why Microsoft may have chosen Ecma to package Microsoft's Office Open XML formats as a standard. Now that Ecma has finished that project and adopted the result, there's additional data to examine that sheds some light on that question. That will be my topic today, and for the next several entries.

Creative Commons gets new chairman; Lessig to continue as CEO

After four successful years of revolutionizing how content is shared in the real world, Lawrence Lessig, founding chairman of Creative Commons, announced his retirement as chairman of the board last week. Lessig passed the CC torch to Joi Ito, a venture capitalist from Japan.

Pledging to Fund Nouveau

David Nielsen has started a pledge drive to fund nouveau development. (nouveau is a project to produce complete and free open source drivers for NVidia video cards.) This pledge drive does not have the official support of the nouveau developers, but what a wonderful idea to be able to present them with $10,000 to support their work! If you would like to use the hardware you’ve already paid for under terms that respect your freedom and choice, consider pledging $10 to this effort. (I’ll discuss the pragmatics and politics of free drivers more in a subsequent weblog soon.)

Assessing the scalability of open source

Small businesses with small budgets can save a lot of money by deploying open-source software — at least in theory. The Linux operating system and office productivity software such as OpenOffice can be downloaded free. That sounds a lot better than paying $200 (£101.49) for each system's OS and $300-500 more for an Office suite.

How To Compile A Kernel - The Debian (Sarge) Way

Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on Debian Sarge systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

Microsoft names three takers for its Linux support

Two banks and an insurance company have accepted Microsoft Corp.'s offer of technical support for Novell Inc.'s SUSE Enterprise Linux. One of the three, Credit Suisse Group, has yet to use SUSE Linux, said spokeswomen at the two software vendors.

Eyeon ships Fusion for Linux

Eyeon has released the Linux version of Fusion. Based on the recent December release of version 5.1 of the visual effects software, Fusion on Linux is the company’s next universal platform initiative.

Going green

Adam Turner looks at how to keep your old computer from joining the mountain of tech waste that's clogging our landfill.

South Korea's ETRI develops advanced Linux desktop search system ...

New Meta data based Linux desktop search system, which overcame the limitation of current Linux desktop search capabilities, was developed. Thus likely to fuel more active developments in open source based semantic desktop search technology too.

Time to denationalise the software monopolies

Analysis As PR stunts go, Sun Microsystems' Blackbox trailer park computing launch this autumn wasn't bad. Sun pumped up some rather dull AMD Sun servers by unveiling a black, spray-painted, branded shipping container that could be crammed with Sun storage and server devices.

Kubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) Step By Step Installation with Screenshots

  • (Posted by gg234 on Dec 21, 2006 11:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Kubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) Step By Step Installation with Screenshots

Brazilian state struggles to write free software license

One of the aims in the drafting of the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) is to internationalize the language to make it easier to translate. Those who doubt the need for this effort only need to look at the efforts to write an alternative free license in the Brazilian state of Paraná to change their minds. Despite the good intentions of its creators, the alternative license has been labeled as non-free by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its Latin American counterpart, the FSFLA, and is currently being re-written under some protest -- all of which might have been avoided or minimized had an internationalized version of the GPL been available.

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