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GPLv3's device-related language evolves

  • (Posted by NoDough on Jun 3, 2007 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After two years of work by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the open source community, the GNU General Public License Version 3 (GPLv3) is due on June 29. The "final draft," released May 31 for comments, persists with "anti-TiVo-ization" language, although the scope is narrowed to consumer devices only.

TiVo warns that GPL3 could hurt its business

  • Guardian Unlimited; By Jack Schofield (Posted by dcparris on Jun 3, 2007 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Since the main point of the Free Software Foundation's new GPL3 (General Public License 3) is to prevent "TiVo-isation," this surely does not come as a surprise. However, Information Week reports that in an SEC filing, TiVo says: "If the currently proposed version of GPLv3 is widely adopted, we may be unable to incorporate future enhancements to the GNU/Linux operating system into our software, which could adversely affect our business."

Free Software Foundation releases last-call draft of new GNU licence

  • ComputerWorld (UK); By China Martens, IDG News Service (Posted by dcparris on Jun 3, 2007 12:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
New licence addresses issues arising from Microsoft-Novell deal

TurboLinux Wizpy Linux MP3 Player Ships in June

Japanese company TurboLinux is ready to ship their Linux MP3 player Wizpy this month world-wide. You can already order it in Japan on

[If you have problems with the standard links, try this: I4U Wizpy story - dcparris]

Looking for a small Linux that will run with a GUI in 4MB of RAM

  • Personal; By tracyannne (Posted by dave on Jun 3, 2007 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
I have been given a really old Laptop, it has a 486 DX 66 MHz CPU and 4 Meg of RAM. It's currently running Win 95. I'd like to find a tiny Linux that I can run on it.

Cat 7.5 released: F@H, Linux & OGL

  •; By Richard Swinburne (Posted by dcparris on Jun 3, 2007 9:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Yesterday ATI released its latest Catalyst drivers, version 7.5. The update includes a much needed performance boost for OpenGL with last generation X1-50 series products, in good time for Quake Wars: Enemy Territory

[Need to hear from GNU/Linux users on their experiences with these drivers - dcparris

Tiny SBC integrates biometrics, Linux

U.K.-based startup TriMetrix has announced a tiny single-board computer (SBC) designed for use in devices requiring biometric scanners, including time/attendence, access control, and POS (point-of-sales) equipment. The TMX1000 has a powerful ARM9 processor, and comes with an open-source software stack based on Linux 2.6.

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 7

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Fedora 7 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Data Analysis 2.0

  • Reg Developer; By Donna Burbank (Posted by dcparris on Jun 2, 2007 4:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
What happens to traditional data analysis in the world of the web?. The World Wide Web can be thought of as one very large database, with information distributed in loosely-connected nodes across a wide array of systems. Compare this to the historically structured world of the relational database management system (RDBMS), where data is neatly managed in tables and columns in a relatively closed environment.

Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter #126

Hi, guys. Here's the latest Mandriva newsletter.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 HOW-TOs: 100 Essential Techniques

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 2, 2007 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: PHP

This book gets right to work. Don't expect Karlins' streamlined text to hold your hand if you don't know the ins and outs of Dreamweaver yet. It's not that kind of book. Think of this as Adobe's (Peachpit Press, really) version of an O'Reilly "Hacks" book. You've got 100 hot tips on hand to enable you to improve your Dreamweaver web design skill sets. That said, they aren't presented in a random fashion at all.

Eben Moglen: How to change the world

Professor Eben Moglen is a polished speaker, a true orator. It is a real treat to hear him speak, and if you ever get a chance to do so, I heartily recommend that you do. I learned last week that he communicates just as well in one-on-one sessions.

Linux Gazette #139 is out!

  •; By Ben Okopnik (Posted by dave on Jun 2, 2007 9:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!

Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.

I got my Ubuntu pre-installed Dell E520N today!!

I voted with my wallet for pre-installed Linux from Dell. I think this is a good start for having alternatives to Windows for some average users.

Semantic Desktop and KDE 4: State and Plans of NEPOMUK-KDE

Liquidat has posted a nice overview of the technology known as NEPOMUK, a part of KDE 4. An excerpt reads: "Nepomuk-KDE is the basis for the semantic technologies we will see in KDE 4. Sebastian Trüg, the main developer behind Nepomuk-KDE, provided me with some up2date information about the current state and future plans".

FSF Releases "Last Call" Draft of GPLv3

This is an FSF press release that summarizes the changes in the final draft of the GPLv3.

Zenwalk 4.6 mini Linux boasts latest Xfce desktop

The Zenwalk project today released Zenwalk Linux 4.6 (code-named Red Pill). The lightweight distribution utilizes a cutting-edge Linux kernel with KVM support, along with the relatively new Xfce 4.4.1 desktop environment.

PCLinuxOS Magazine June 2007 Issue 10 Released

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the June 2007 issue (#10)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

Some highlights include:

  1. KDE User Guide Part 3 & 4
  2. Linux Mint - A Review
  3. Top 10 Firefox Extensions
  4. Scroogle and Opera Integration
  5. Linux and the Masses
  6. As always, much more

Download June 2007 Issue 10

Mirror Download June 2007 Issue 10

HTML Version June 2007 Issue 10

Device profile: LearningSoft Indigo assessment system

LearningSoft has used customized Linux-based handheld devices in an "assessment system" aimed at helping classroom school teachers create, administer, and score tests. Aimed primarily at grades three through eight, the "Indigo Learning System" uses Aeronix's $99 Zipit chat device running a custom software stack.

Google: We like the web the way it is

“We feel very strongly about this being an industry effort and being a standard. We want this to be the one way that developers can add offline capabilities to their applications,” says Jeff Huger, Google’s VP of engineering, during the keynote for the company’s global Developer Day.

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