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Bill & M. Gates foundation for-profit investments harm the health & environment of the poor

LXer Feature: 17-Jan-2007

The LA Times wrote a great article about the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Since it is eight pages long, a short summary:
Though most people think the Bill and Melinda Gates is a charitable foundation, this can be doubted. The foundation invests in a lot of companies, and makes as much profits as it gives away. Because it gives away 5% of its money every year, it therefore is a charitable foundation, and therefore they don't have to pay most taxes.

Open Source Development Labs’ Carrier Grade Linux Working Group ...

Mountain View, CA – The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux and open source software, today announced that its Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) Working Group has become the newest member of the Mountain View Alliance (MVA), a consortium of open specification organizations in the telecommunications industry.

Sun to License OpenSolaris Under GPLv3

"Sun Microsystems is set to license OpenSolaris under the upcoming GNU General Public License Version 3 in addition to the existing Common Development and Distribution License, sources close to the company have told eWEEK."

Adobe Delivers Flash Player 9 for Linux

SAN JOSE, Calif.-(Business Wire)-January 17, 2007 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe(R) Flash(R) Player 9 for Linux, the next-generation client runtime for engaging with Flash content and applications on Linux open source operating systems. Adobe Flash Player 9 delivers a consistent cross-platform experience and extends unprecedented performance and advanced features to the broadest set of developers and users to date. Additionally, Linux developers can create, test and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the Linux platform using the free Adobe Flex(R) 2 Software Developers Kit (SDK), Adobe Flash Player 9 and the free Flex Data Services 2 Express.

GPL Challenges: A Reality Check

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jan 17, 2007 11:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Have you ever sat back and pondered why we don’t see more Linux OEMs distributing Linux over Windows? Most might find themselves running down the usual list of reasons, but I have one that you might not have considered - the GPL.

[I get it. Let's cave because everyone else is. Honestly Matt, what _are_ you saying? -dcparris]

Why Apple Lost Me as a Potential User

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Jan 17, 2007 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I'd like to go on record and say that I really don't have anything against Apple whatsoever. Macs are a big part of this household these days and not just because of me either. My better half is a Mac fan times twenty and uses it with great joy each day. She uses a Mini and PowerBook of the PowerPC variety. I would never be able to get her to use Windows - ever.

2007: A Year of Open-Source Acceptance

2007 has barely begun, and already I've been asked to look back on 2006! The trends of 2006 are still playing out, and will continue to do so through the first quarter of 2007, making it harder than usual look into the crystal ball for the upcoming year. But in a few years, we will all look back at 2006 as the year everything changed again.

Open Source Viewed as Not Obstructing Government's Activities

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Judith M.S., Head of the Indonesian Internet Café or Warnet Association, has said she considered that the government's activities will not be hampered by the utilization of open source software.

100 Million Copies of IE7 Installed

Sadly Microsoft has now distributed more than a 100 million copies of Internet Explorer 7 since its release in October.

[Not necessarily big news, but the article might be interesting to some - dcparris]

Announcement: Citizens Have the Right to Choose

Considering that the computer literacy trainings for the general population announced by the Government of Republic of Macedonia are in general a positive move for development of information society, the Metamorphosis Foundation and the NGO Free Software Macedonia encourage the Government to provide right to choose for the citizens, by offering trainings for use of free and open source (FOSS) also.

Ancud IT to Become First German System Integration Partner of Open ...

Ancud IT, solution provider for open source enterprise portals, today announced a strategic partnership with Intalio, the leading open source business process management company. The goal of the alliance is the joint development of open source based portals for business process management. Being Intalio's first German partner for system integration, Ancud IT will combine its enterprise portals with Intalio's BPM

Kurumin 7.0 Light Screenshots

The Kurumin project has announced the release of Kurumin Light 7.0, a mini-CD edition of the Brazilian distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. Kurumin Light comes on only 182 MB, but includes the full KDE desktop with Konqueror and Kaffeine, the Kurumin-specific magic icons and all the custom scripts. Compared to the standard edition, it lacks some of the larger applications, such as and Java, and it also comes without support for scanners and 3D acceleration. Kurumin Light can be used as a live CD, but a hard disk installation script is also available for those who wish to give it a permanent space on their hard disk. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Kurumin 7.0 Light are available at

Qtopia installation tips and tricks

Foreword: This article unravels the mysteries of Trolltech's Qtopia development framework, for new users just trying to get it installed. The article includes examples based on GPL-licensed versions of Qtopia and KDevelop. It was written by three employees of Mindfire Solutions, a New Delhi, India-based software development services house.

Fedora 7: The Linux Knight in Shining Armor?

Fedora Core 6 was released on October 24, 2006 and scheduled to come out a half-year later is the seventh major release for the Fedora Project. However, unlike Yarrow, Tettnang, Heidelberg, Stentz, Bordeaux, and Zod, Fedora 7 is shaping up to be the most ambitious release yet. With all the work and reform going into Fedora 7 it poses the question, will Fedora 7 be Linux's knight in shining armor?

Video interview of Linus Torvalds talking about 2.7 kernel

  • ZDNet Australia; By Munir Kotadia and Chris Duckett (Posted by daria42 on Jan 17, 2007 6:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Kernel, Linux
ZDNet Australia has put up a video interview of Linux creator Linus Torvalds talking about the kernel development process, explaining why the unexpected resilience of kernel version 2.6 has delayed the move to kernel version 2.7.

Intel boosts hardware-based Linux virtualization

With Intel Corp. processors supporting the company's Virtualization Technology (VT) becoming more pervasive, Linux kernel developers are writing the code to improve hardware virtualization and hence performance. Speaking at this year's Linux and open-source conference in Sydney, Intel software engineer Jeff Dike spoke about three virtualization methods -- User-Mode Linux (UML), Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) and hardware virtualization.

Real-time Linux flies cameras over NFL games

FSMLabs says its real-time Linux distribution is being used to fly cameras above NFL games, film sets, and other events. RTLinux powers the real-time camera control software used by Cablecam, a provider of video footage to sports broadcasting companies and movie studios.

[Finally, Linux doing some real work ;-) - Scott]

Linux: Automatic Kernel Tunables

Nadia Derbey posted a set of patches to the Linux Kernel Mailing List titledAKT, Automatic Kernel Tunables, explaining,"this is a series of patches that introduces a feature that makes the kernel automatically change the tunables values as it sees resources running out." The kernel portion of the AKT framework is described as providing sysfs interfaces for registering tunables, and for activating the automatic tuning of registered tunables. Nadia explains the second feature,"it can be called during resource allocation to tune up, and during resource freeing to tune down the registered tunable." The userland portion of the framework provides an interface for configuring whether or not a tunable should be set automatically.The default automatic adjustment routine provided by the patches simply allow a tunable to be configured with a minimum and maximum values, as well as a thresholds.

UML maintainer Jeff Dike makes virtualization predictions

SYDNEY -- One of the great things about is the chance to mingle with some of the brightest lights in the open source community. For example, Jeff Dike, author and maintainer of User-Mode Linux is here this week to talk about UML and the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). During one of the breaks on Monday, I sat down with Dike to talk about UML's immediate future, and picked his brain about other virtualization technologies.

So Many Distros, So Little Time

Do we really need a separate distribution like GNewSense strictly for ideological purity? Ubuntu can be made truly free by removing the restricted modules package and leaving the multiverse packages disabled. That’s all you need to do. Not hard, is it? If Feisty Fawn, the next release, includes binary blobs in the kernel as Red Hat/Fedora does then there is exactly one extra step: recompile the kernel leaving out the offending bits. That’s the worst case scenario for ANY Linux distribution.

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