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Updated Free Documentation License released

With arguments about changes to the GNU General Public License (GPL) still sizzling, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released a discussion draft of the new version of the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL). Many of the changes to the FDL mirror those to the GPL, including increased clarity of language and changes in wording to make internationalization clearer. In addition, the draft expands the license to make it suitable for audio and video, defines fair use, and introduces the Simpler Free Documentation License (SFDL), which is presented as a more straightforward alternative to the FDL. However, it seems questionable whether these changes will be enough to silence previous criticisms.

Be yourself. Take Control. Have fun!

Are you in control over your own digital life? It just isn't fun to have someone else tell you what you can or can't do with your own property, from your computer to the music you bought. This article was written to contrast the two worlds and inspire you to make the leap, escape an increasingly dystopian system.

Flash for Linux: Adobe's Disappointment

Lately, I have found myself becoming more and more disenfranchised with the whole concept of flash media. I’ve been feeling that way ever since the original Macromedia days and continue to feel that way now with Adobe.

Review: Conversational Voice Recognition With Wizzard Software

Voice recognition has been a dream of many for the last 10 years. It's an illusive goal because interpreting speech is very complicated and takes a lot of computing power. Rob Reilly reviews one Linux application trying to meet the challange.

Online Journalism at Internet Speed

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Sep 27, 2006 1:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yesterday, the New York Times broke a story that suggested that IBM would put its entire patent portfolio on line, would post all of its patent applications as well, and finally, would call for an end to all "business method" patents. The only problem is, none of those things turned out to be true.

Understand IPv6 Addresses

  • Enteprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Sep 27, 2006 1:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Today we're going to learn all about how to understand IPv6 addressing by breaking it down into nice understandable chunks, and we'll cover some shortcuts for writing IPv6 addresses. You'll be able to look at an IPv6 address and understand exactly what it does.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 159:
Author and columnist Marcel Gagne talks about his latest book
Mozilla vs Debian, who's right?
GPLv3 is causing quite a stir in the F/OSS world
We'll see you in Columbus this weekend
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
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You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Distribution Release: Cross Linux From Scratch 1.0.0

Jeremy Utley has announced the release of Cross Linux From Scratch (CLFS) 1.0.0, a book that teaches how to make a cross-compiler and the necessary tools to build a basic system on a different architecture: "The CLFS Development team is pleased to announce the final release of CLFS 1.0.0, code-name 'Bender'. This release features Glibc 2.4, GCC 4.1.1, Binutils 2.17, and supports the x86, x86-64, SPARC, PowerPC, PPC64, MIPS, MIPS64, and Alpha, including multilib on those architectures that support it. Cross-building is also supported, even from non-Linux host systems such as Solaris, *BSD, and OS X."

Fear the Metasploit Framework

The Metasploit Project is one of the most popular penetration testing suites available. If you're responsible for the security of networked systems, you'll want to become familiar with Metasploit Framework, so you can test your client PCs before someone with malicious intent does it for you. I'll walk you through an example exploit of a Windows XP system to show you how effortlessly Metasploit can penetrate remote systems.

Securing NFS - Tunneling NFS over SSH

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on Sep 27, 2006 10:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The goal of this howto is building an NFS server that works on an SSH tunnel. This way all traffic between your hosts and the file server is encrypted and thus more secure. Normally you should enter a password every time you try to establish an SSH connection but since we could be mounting at bootup we will use ssh-keygen to create a keypair so we can login without entering a password. We will, however, limit that login session to executing just one command.

Review: Mesk Audio Player 0.2.1

  • PolishLinux.org; By Hadret (Posted by michux on Sep 27, 2006 10:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNOME, Linux
Recently I've been looking for an audio player that would resemble the famous Windows player called Foobar 2000. I have found a lot of clones, and just a few original applications. Mesk audio player was among the latter. Mesk left a good impression on me, especially thanks to its smart way of presenting playlists and the generally appealing interface. The only thing stopped me from leaving Quod Libet, in favor of Mesk was the lack of tray integration.

French ISP to give away Linux computer with every broadband connection

The french telephone company Neuf Cegetel is giving away a free Linux PC with every broadband connection: an all-in-one box with an Intel 852 GM chip, Six USB Ports, 512 Mb of RAM, 512 Mb of Flash memory and integrated broadband modem/router and even a telephone. All for 150 euro. It will be running a custom distro containing Firefox, Abiword, Gnumeric, GIMP, Gkview, Ekiga, MPlayer, and Bizanga, among other things.

Linux does the job

The surest way to beat the competition is to start fast and stay ahead. That strategy made Taleo a 2006 Enterprise All-Star Award winner for the virtualized application infrastructure it completed in June 2005.

Xandros Partners with Bull to Peddle Linux on Servers

The German unit of French server maker Bull said this week that it would be offering Xandros Server on its servers. Bull will also support the desktop variant of Xandros, called Xandros Desktop, on the PCs it distributes and supports in Germany.

Open source seen as piracy cure

Since the level of software piracy in Indonesia remains the third highest in the world after Ukraine and China, a senior official says the country should "go open source".

FSF rebuts anti-GPLv3 claims

The Free Software Foundation is seeking to counter recent claims of prominent Linux programmers who have argued vehemently against new features in an update of the widely used General Public License.

Academic study hopes to uncover the secrets of open source

  • Computerworld; By Liz Tay (Posted by liz on Sep 27, 2006 7:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A research team from UC Davis has been awarded a three-year, US$750,000 NSF grant to investigate the open source phenomenon.

Red Hat grapples with Wall St. over JBoss

Red Hat was grilled by Wall Street today on plans its for JBoss after profits took a nose-dive in Q2. Chief executive Matthew Szulik fielded question after question on finances, business and technical tactics for the recently acquired company by an analyst crowd clearly trying to figure out its impact on Red Hat.

SAM Linux revs up

A new version of the PCLinuxOS-based SAM Linux Desktop was released on Sept. 25. SAM 2006-3 includes a 2.6.16.27 kernel and the XFce 4.3.90.2 desktop, and comes as a combination live and installation CD.

Red Hat, IIT Delhi hold knowledge symposium

Red Hat has shared the proceedings of their recently held Knowledge Symposium titled, " Owning the Future: Ideas and their role in the digital age". The event organized jointly by IIT Delhi and Red Hat was held in New Delhi and was supported by the Software Freedom Law Center, CII and Creative Commons.

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