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Linux: Anonymous Contributions

Back in May of 2004 Linux creator Linus Torvalds suggested a simple process for tracking where patches originate from and the path they follow to ultimately be merged into the Linux kernel [story]. The process was deemed necessary to be able to prove that the kernel is an original work, and not borrowed or stolen from copyrighted works. Linus referred to SCO in the earlier email, "they've apparently made a couple of outlandish claims about where our source code comes from, including claiming to own code that was clearly written by me over a decade ago." The simple process of signing off on patches has been further refined over the past year and a half [story].

A recently submitted patch was signed off by "Noone Important", receiving the following response from 2.6 maintainer Andrew Morton [interview], "anonymous contributions rather defeat the purpose of signing off patches. I'm OK with it for small patches like this, but I'd be reluctant to accept a more subsantial piece of work on such a basis."

Network Solutions' product certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise on Monday announced that Network Solutions Enterprise Management product - SNAPPiMON is now certified on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

The Linux market in India is seeing larger penetration and acceptance both in the server and now increasingly in the desktop segment.

My sysadmin toolbox

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I'm that odd guy who puts Linux on virtually everything, and will take something apart just because I can. My Linksys WRT54G runs Talisman from Sveasoft, my iPaq runs Familiar, and even my TiVos (DirecTiVo and Series 2) have been hacked up a bit. So what does a guy like me use for software tools?

Free software sites review - December

  • Free Software Magazine; By Robin Monks (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 12, 2005 11:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups
The best of the best free software sites. A round up of the best free software sites.

Virtual processor tech heads for Linux mobile phones

  • (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 10:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Jaluna has revised its virtual platform software aimed at letting reference design vendors and device makers add Linux to designs for inexpensive mobile phones. OSware for ARM 2.0 lets Linux and legacy RTOSes (real-time-OSes) share a single processor, and has been adopted by Philips for a single-chipset mobile phone reference design expected next year, Jaluna says.

Mozilla Thunderbird Testing Day

Mozilla staff will be using the Litmus tool for this testing event. Mozilla will run this event similar to the way they ran the last Firefox RC3 testing day - members of the QA team will be in an IRC channel to answer questions if you need help at some point along the way.

Opinion: Wikipedia should be your first - not final - reference

The open encyclopaedia Wikipedia is facing renewed criticism over the credibility of its articles. Changing the goalposts from "authoritative" to "useful" may solve this problem.

Final Call to Participate in Linux Consultant Survey

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Dec 12, 2005 7:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux consultants have three days left to share their stories about battling Linux misconceptions amongst clients.

Microsoft Tackles eBay Pirates

A Microsoft investigation into the sale of counterfeit software on eBay has led to the closure of an online operation responsible for the sale of over £3 million worth of fake Microsoft software.

The activities of internet trading outfit Zoobon first came to light after Microsoft received a number of complaints from Zoobon customers unhappy with the quality of the products they had been sold.

Linuxworld Boston mulls "invisible Linux" pavilion

  • (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 6:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A major Linux tradeshow may add a pavilion showcasing embedded Linux devices and technologies. LinuxWorld Boston 2006 organizers say the "Invisible Linux" pavilion, currently at the "concept" stage, could help surface the use of Linux and open source in devices and embedded applications, given sufficient exhibitor interest.

Microsoft sued over flaw

SEOUL - A South Korean lawyer on Monday sued Microsoft Corp, the world's largest software maker, for allegedly hiding a software flaw.

Jang Young-ha, 47, filed the lawsuit against Microsoft with the Suwon District Court on charges of deception, accusing the US software giant of selling the flawed program for use in handheld electronic devices. In June, Jang bought Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server program and two servers for a total of 6 million won (US$5,802), according to the court statement.

When Jang downloaded personal data such as customers' birthdays and his schedules from the servers to his personal digital assistant, he found that the downloaded dates were always one day ahead of the original ones.

Ark Linux 2005.2 available for download

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 12, 2005 6:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new version of Ark Linux, v2005.2 -- touted as an "easy-to-use distribution designed for non-technical users" -- was released Monday. It's based on Linux kernel 2.6.14rc2 and boasts the new KDE 3.5 desktop

Champions of freeware accuse Kerala CPM of sponsoring MNCs at meet

  • Daily News & Analysis; By Don Sebastian (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 5:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI(M)'s showpiece event designed to strike a chord with industry captains and potential investors ran into rough weather on its final day on Sunday when freeware champions lambasted the seminar's IT agenda, I be telling you.

The session on information and communication at the International Congress on Kerala Studies proved a bit embarrassing for its organisers when criticism came from within the camp, you see.

Open Source Software Will Permeate Enterprise Software, Says The ...

  • Tekrati Industry Analyst Reporter (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 5:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The 451 Group believes that enterprise software vendors can no longer afford to ignore open source. In a special report, the IT industry analysts evaluate open source software as a powerful force of change with both upside and downside potential. As the lines between open and proprietary blur, licensing models will increasingly contain hybrid approaches to code ownership and permitted use. The end result: nearly every piece of enterprise software will eventually contain open source elements.

The analysts say that In the worst-case scenario, open source can do severe damage -- to licensing schemes and to legal definitions of intellectual property -- if used improperly. The potential benefits, however, are also massive -- making it important to clearly understand the critical path to finding upside in the commercial adoption of open source.

Minding your P's and Q's with Open Source & IP Indemnification

  • Onlamp; By Jonathan Bruce (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
On Friday, December 9th, the International Herald Tribune brought up some critical aspects of the appropriate uses of open source software which is ever more pressing as open source continues to go more main stream. Open source compliance continues to be difficult issue, often compounded by the large and varied range of licenses that governed the use of the software that may come with the kind of strings attached that you may not realize.

The following is a snap-shot story from IHT, highlights a well known violation of probably the most stringent of all open source licenses, GPL:

Sugarcrm Sweetens Open Source CRM

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SugarCRM 4.0 is set to debut this week with a new features in the commercial open source CRM enhanced workflow, reporting and marketing automation software.

The latest version is the 7th major release since SugarCRM started back in April of 2004 in an effort to take on the CRM market with an open source development. Version 2.5 was released at the beginning of the year.

Closed, Open Source Share Compatibility Problems

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 4:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: Software stacks, open or closed, will always be dogged by backward-compatibility issues. Deal with it.

Mozilla Thunderbird Community Testing Day

Marcia Knous wrote in to inform us about the Mozilla Thunderbird community testing day, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 13, 2005. The event will run from 6am PST until 5pm PST, and will focus on candidate builds for Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 RC2.

Help with writing XML in PHP

XML has always had a lot of hype and confusion surrounding it. However, it's not as difficult as you might think it is -- especially in a great language like PHP. When you understand and implement XML properly, you'll find there are a lot of powerful tools you can use. XPath and XSLT are two such tools that are worth checking out. Reading and writing XML in PHP may seem a little frightening, but dont be scared off. This article shares easy techniques for reading and writing XML in PHP.

Certification Helps with Path to Linux Jobs

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 12, 2005 2:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A Linux certification can be helpful, but it will not mean much if you don't know how to make Linux work for a company's needs.

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