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GPLv2 and GPLv3 for beginners

  • Linux-Watch; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 29, 2007 7:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Do you find open source licenses a puzzle? Does reading stories about the legal side of open source give you the heebie-jeebies? If so, then we have the document for you. A couple of years ago, I was bemoaning the fact that I'd gone from writing about technology to the law. Lord knows I hadn't planned on it. I'd come into technology journalism by being able to translate from techno-babble to English.

GIMP tricks: Snooker ball as a pseudo 3d object

  •; By Marcin “Kifer71″ Kołtunowicz (Posted by michux on Sep 29, 2007 6:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
I don’t really remeber when and where, but once I have read that GIMP isn’t suitable for pseudo 3D graphics. Nothing more fallible! I will try to prove it wrong.

Acer FR condemned to reimburse €500 for pre-installed software

[ Translated & summarized by hkwint ]
Normally, an Acer customer who doesn't wish to use Windows XP can only receive €30 as a reimbursement. However, Acer doesn't reimburse pre-installed software other than Windows XP. Not willing to pay for any of the pre-installed software, an Acer client living near Paris went to the court to receive a reimbursement for all pre-installed software, and the judge decided in favour of the client.
The judge decided, Acer should reimburse all pre-installed software, including Windows XP, Norton Antivirus, MS Works, Power DVD, and NTI CD maker. This added up to a total of over €300, and the judge ordered Acer should pay a total sum of €500 to the client to include indemnification.
Another case in which the UFC Que Choiser pressed charges against HP is still waiting for a decision by the judge.

BitRock Releases InstallBuilder 5.0, Simplifies Multiplatform Software Distribution

InstallBuilder makes packaging cross-platform applications faster and easier than ever before.

Installation Toolkit for Linux on POWER

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Paulo Ricardo Paz Vital (Posted by IdaAshley on Sep 29, 2007 3:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: IBM, Linux
The IBM Installation Toolkit for Linux on POWER simplifies the installation of Linux on virtualized and non-virtualized Power machines, gives you a bootable rescue DVD, and provides the software needed to fully exploit the Power platform. Learn to use the toolkit to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on IBM System p and System i5 machines.

Nokia details Linux tablet WiMAX plans

Nokia plans to ship WiMAX-enabled Internet tablets next year. The as-yet unnamed model or models in Nokia's Linux-powered "N-series" Internet Tablet line will use Intel "Baxter Peak" WiMAX chips and will support Sprint's "Xohm" WiMAX service, the top phone-maker has revealed.

Akademy 2008 to be Held in Belgium

The annual KDE World Summit, Akademy, has found a home for 2008 in the heart of Europe, Belgium. The event is the most important conference for the contributors of the KDE project and will be held from Saturday August 9th to Saturday 16th at the De Nayer Institute, an associated campus of the University of Leuven. There are three sub-events: a contributors conference, the KDE e.V. annual general assembly and a week long hacking session. Akademy offers a great opportunity to the community to discuss all issues face-to-face. We also look forward to the chance to mingle with all KDE enthusiasts who want to drop by.

Where's My Free Wi-Fi?

Slate has acautionary tale for public/private initiatives or 'how municipal Wi-Fi is such a flop'. This may shed some light on the failings of RHIO's:Today, the limited success stories come from towns that have actually treated Wi-Fi as a public calling. St. Cloud, Fla., a town of 28,000, has an entirely free wireless network. The network has its problems, such as dead spots, but also claims a 77 percent use rate among its citizens. Cities like St. Cloud understand the concept of a public service: something that's free, or near-free, like the local swimming pool. Most cities have been too busy dreaming of free pipes to notice that their approach is hopelessly flawed. The lesson here is an old one about the function of government. When it comes to communications, the United States relies on a privateer system: We depend on private companies to perform public callings. That works up to a point, but private industry will build only so much. Real public infrastructure costs real public money. We already know that, in the real world, if you're not willing to invest in infrastructure, you get what we have: crumbling airports, collapsing bridges, and broken levees. Why did we think that the wireless Internet would be any different?

Plain Black? WebGUI you can't afford to miss!

I stumbled upon a Content management system that was shockingly one of the best I have ever seen, and the cost?

Editors' Farewell

  • Reg Developer; By David Norfolk and Martin Banks (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 28, 2007 10:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Well, from the start of October, we hand over Reg Developer to Gavin Clarke, who's a Register employee (we were freelance) and works from California, where he sits at the development tools coalface and gets first crack at the news. Be kind to him.

Customized spins of Fedora

When Fedora 7 was released, one of the big features that we talked about was the idea of customized spins of the distribution. Now that Fedora 8 is on the way, it’s useful to look and see how we have done, and what sort of custom spins have been created.

Northeast Ohio Open Source Society Webcasting From OLF

The Northeast Ohio Open Source Society NOOSS will webcast live from the Ohio Linuxfest, Saturday September 29th, the webcast will be available from 9 AM - 5 PM at and

We are the World: Globalization, Standards and Intellectual Property Rights

On any given day you can find thousands of words of reporting, advocacy and debate over the role of patents in technology. One side promotes the availability of patent protection as the source of much innovation, while the other contends that they have exactly the opposite effect, and many other vices besides. There is, however, one inequity that patents help to perpetuate that gets little attention.

Squeeze maximum usage out of your network resources

If you have UNIX-based programming experience, then you've probably worried at some point about enhancing your network throughput. In this article, learn some useful techniques to squeeze the most out of your bandwidth, and get a big performance boost with some of the methods described here.

Songbird audio player has potential, needs work

Songbird is a cross-platform, Mozilla-based music player with high ambitions. The app is still undergoing heavy development, but it has come a long way since we looked at the 0.1 release in 2006. Songbird today can sing a pretty sweet tune, but to push its way into the big leagues, it needs to get over its own interface.

The Perfect Server - Gentoo 2007.0

  • HowtoForge; By Rachel Greenham (Posted by falko on Sep 28, 2007 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Gentoo
This tutorial shows how to set up a Gentoo 2007.0 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the x86 version of Gentoo 2007.0, but should apply to other architectures with very little modification.

Asia finds security in open source

Security is the No. 1 reason why companies in the Asia-Pacific region are adopting open source software, according to the latest IDC study. Compare your salaryUse the IT salary benchmark wizard and know the average salary differences between different job functions. Join activeTechPros.

Review: StartCom Delivers Free Enterprise Server

The most recent release of StartCom Enterprise Linux is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.0 and provides all the base functionality you'll find in that distribution. That begs the question "why bother?" Freely available might be one good reason to start with

LinuxCertified Announces Ubuntu Laptops Optimized for Engineering and Scientific use

LC2000 Series Ubuntu Linux Laptops

Linux distro for women? Thanks, but no thanks

The idea is floating around again: Let's make a special Linux distribution for women! We're smarter than that, aren't we? I say, let's spare ourselves and the world yet another pointless and less-than-useful version of Linux.

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