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Richard Stallman speaks on GPLv3, DRM, patents, and his role

  • Free Software Foundation Europe; By Ciaran O'Riordan (Posted by ciaran on Mar 31, 2006 2:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community, GNU

The first full GPLv3 event since the launch of the draft was held recently in Turin, Italy. The whole thing was recorded and a transcript has been put online as well as the video and audio. Topics covered in the presentation included software patents, DRM, and licence compatibility. The transcript also includes the Q&A session, which covered "What about Linux?", "Can we really win against DRM?", "Why are you making the decisions this time, will a team do it next time?", and "What issues were considered but then not addressed?".

Judge quashes MS bid to subpoena Oracle and Sun

Refusing to annoy the EC, rejection comes as Microsoft squares off in Brussels over a potential 2-million-euro-a-day fine for failing to comply with the terms of a 2004 anti-trust ruling by the Commission on Microsoft's bundling of Media Player with Windows.

IBM offers bounty for Exchange customers

Big Blue says partners can earn up to $20,000 by getting Microsoft Exchange customers to switch to Lotus Domino on Linux.L

Dubbed "Migrate to the Penguin," the latest IBM incentive plan, to be announced later on Thursday, is an expansion of its Move2Lotus program, which is aimed at winning over third-party consultants and software resellers that work with Microsoft's Exchange.

DRM, 'Trusted Computing', and the future of our children

Over 500 million people use the Internet, and over a billion computers are deployed around the world. It has become impossible to ignore the issue of content management and access. Call it Digital Rights Management if you will, or call it working out how to manage copying in the digital realm. We need to solve the problem of how digital information will be shared.

HP South Africa confirms Linux laptop plans

As predicted by <i>Tectonic</i> early in February, HP South Africa has officially announced the release of a range of notebooks that will run the Linspire Linux operating system.

Standards Wars: Situations, Strategies and Outcomes

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 30, 2006 8:39 PM EDT)
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Lately, there seem to have been more high-profile "standards wars" than ever before.

JBoss delivers message to IBM and BEA

Middleware statement: JBoss is ramping up its challenge to closed-source web servers and messaging middleware with updated editions of its software for enterprise IT infrastructures.

Ehad 2006 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Mar 30, 2006 6:13 PM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - includes all official updates released until 25-Mar-2006; OpenOffice.org 2.0 (Hebrew version from official project with hspell and Culmus); removed KOffice; the full range of desktop applications are now installed as default; Ehad desktop, boot and LILO theme; local packages: ehad-media (define software repositories with ease) , ehad-guide (a guide for Israeli Internet Connectivity), ehad-radio (Hebrew Internet Radio launcher), hocr (Hebrew OCR), hdate (Hebrew calendar), Anka (new type-1 font from 'culmus fancy' series).

OSDir had a look at the latest Ehad in their Ehad 2006 Screenshot Tour.

Updated all Debian boxes

Today I upgraded all Debian machines in the company. The reason for doing so was mostly because of dsa-1017, which describes vulnerabilities in the actual 2.6.8 kernels (of Debian “Sarge” aka stable). We are using an apt-proxy, so all in all it took me less than an hour.

DesktopBSD 1.0 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Mar 30, 2006 4:19 PM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - We are pleased to announce that DesktopBSD 1.0 is now available from our download mirrors and via BitTorrent. Changes include: upgrade to KDE 3.5.1; update to FreeBSD 5.5-PRERELEASE; user-friendlier package manager; printing fixes; hardware event notifications; many smaller improvements.

OSDir took a peek at the first stable version of DesktopBSD in their DesktopBSD 1.0 Screenshot Tour.

Linux trademark bid faces deadline

A renewed bid to register the word "Linux" as an Australian trademark must meet an early April deadline or face defeat.

Tutorial: Generation LinuX, Part 2--Web Research

In Part 2 of this series, Rob Reilly steps parents, guardians, and "geekparents" through the basic steps of exploring the vast Internet using open source tools. What comes naturally for us may not be so easy for younger kids, so remembering the basics is a good place to start.

HP seems to listen

On last year’s Linuxtag I was bugging some HP staff about the laptops they planned to offer without the usual Redmond tax. Plus I did so later on the phone. On this weblog, I asked why they cancelled producing and selling our Deskjet 6840 printer without further notice. Plus I asked more or less all hardware vendors to increase their support for free (libre) and open source software.

Penguin Day Seattle employs FOSS for good works

Free and open source software can help save the world. That was the point of Seattle's Penguin Day, which brought together nonprofits and FOSS advocates looking to support this other community.

Microsoft Hired Ex-EU Judges for Mock Trial

Microsoft is going to major extremes, as expected, to fend off the EU's antitrust case. Unfortunately they've decided to coerce ex-EU judges to assist them.

A Brief History of Microsoft FUD

   This time it's patents that will ensure the downfall of GNU/Linux and with it, the entire world of open source. But before hanging up your certified geek propeller-hat and retraining as a dental hygienist, you might want to consider the following brief history of Microsoft's use of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) as a weapon against GNU/Linux.

Is virtualization the installation miracle cure?

New multi-OS software comes with a hidden bonus. But licensing fixes are needed.

Updating made easy with EasyUbuntu

Ubuntu uses only open/free formats, so it doesn't include playback support for formats such as MP3, Windows Media Audio (WMA), and Audio Video Interleave (AVI) that may have some restrictions. If your country has no such restrictions or legal issues with these formats, the Restricted Formats article on the Ubuntu wiki can help you install software that plays such files. Or you can do it they easy way, with EasyUbuntu, a Python script that gives Ubuntu users access to commonly used applications and codecs through a neat graphical user interface (GUI).

Beware of Those Calling Themselves Open Source



Free software is software that anybody can use, copy, modify and redistribute freely without having to ask for authorization from anyone. Some companies think that using the open source label will fool the unsuspecting into believing they're part of the community. Just try redistributing their software and see what happens.

Ponytails Hurt Open Source, Peter Quinn Says

  • Syscon Australia; By Enterprise Open Source News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Mar 30, 2006 5:18 AM EDT)
Syscon writes: Ousted Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn (pictured) simply won't leave the stage, it seems. Months after his controversial tenure in The Commonwealth, which ended in the wake of his controversial effort to place open source on 50,000 desktops throughout state government, Quinn was recently in the news with remarks he made about "sandals and ponytails" at the inaugural Linuxworld Australia event in Sydney.

Peter, I take back anything nice I ever said about you.

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