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GPLv3 draft analysis

Our staff has been busy reviewing the draft of version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3). The license contains a number of changes from the second version of the GPL (GPLv2), though many of the changes are minor and seem to be intended to clarify terms or conditions in the GPLv2 rather than being drastic changes in the spirit of the license. The biggest and most important changes come in the areas of digital rights management, distribution, and patents. Let's take a look at the differences and see what the GPLv3 means to free software developers and users.

Latest Fedora Core 5 Beta Arrives

Linux distribution, the Fedora Project, releases its second beta of the Fedora Core 5, recommended for battle-tested Linux users only.

Life as a Linux/Unix admin in a Windows world - PT1 The experience

  •; By natas (Posted by natas on Jan 17, 2006 11:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
have been a Linux/Unix admin for about 7 years professionally now. I actually started off as a Junior Admin at a Linux company. This experience taught me alot, but also got me spoiled. At the Linux company, you were made fun of if you used Windows. We had one machine in the building running Windows, and that was for the Exchange server which we needed for our development team. This company was writing a email client for Linux, and Solaris that would communicate 100% to exchange (yes before evolution did it, and before exchange 2000). Every desktop in the building was running some distro of Linux. So basically I never had to argue about Linux/Unix stability, ease of use, etc.

First MEPIS 3.4-3 release candidate released

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jan 17, 2006 10:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest SimplyMEPIS release candidate, 3.4-3 RC1, is available for download, MEPIS creator and lead developer Warren Woodford said Saturday. The release is expected to alleviate recent problems with parallel printer compatibility, Woodford said. With this release, the free Linux distribution also moves to KDE 3.4.3 and the newest Firefox 1.5 stable build.

Review: SUSE 10 Linux--96% 64-Bit Notebook Bliss

64-bit users will be happy to hear that a lot of functionality is ready out-of-the-box with SUSE Linux 10. There are some hurdles to contend with, but rather than just point them out, Rob Reilly shows you how to move past these hurdles and get a 100% efficient Linux laptop.

HP considers open-source services

The company might sell services designed to ease customer participation in the open-source programming community.

Trolltech Expands Qtopia Embedded Technology Products with Qtopia Core

Product Strategy for Furthering Dominance in Embedded Linux is Defined

Installing Drupal on Linux: an Epic Adventure

Opinion: Installing the Drupal content management system is too much of a battle, but works well once the fight is over.

Motorola to buy Linux set-top box specialist

Chipmaker plans to acquire Kreatel Communications to boost Internet-based TV services.

Third XP Service Pack slips to boost Vistasales tools

  • The Register; By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco (Posted by tadelste on Jan 17, 2006 6:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft is planning its third Windows XP Service Pack (SP) for release in 2007, three years after the last SP, in order to concentrate engineering resources on Windows Vista.

The company has set a preliminary release date of the second-half of 2007 for SP 3, for use with Windows XP Home and Professional editions, meaning that the pack will ship after the release of Windows Vista, which is due in the second-half of 2006.

Please remember this from one of LXer features:
Judge Sporkin, the Federal Judge who refused to consent to a Microsoft-Justice Department settlement wrote:

"This Court cannot ignore the obvious. Here is the dominant firm in the software industry admitting it `preannounces' products to freeze the current software market and thereby defeat the marketing plans of competitors that have products ready for market. Microsoft admits that the preannouncement is solely for the purpose of having an adverse impact on a competitor's product. Its counsel states it has advised its client that the practice is perfectly legal and it may continue the practice. This practice of an alleged monopolist would seem to contribute to the acquisition, maintenance, or exercise of market share. . . .

Create your own real-time visual effects on Linux

EffecTV is a fantastic application written by Fukuchi Kentaro that gives you access to the raw pixel data from a video capture device. You can use its existing open source framework to modify more than two dozen effects, or add your own visual effects on Linux. This article explores the EffecTV and SDL architectures, and teaches you how to harness the power of open source video processing.

Starting An Open Source Geospatial Foundation

  • Always On; By Paul Ramsey Gary Lang and Paul Ramsey (Posted by tadelste on Jan 17, 2006 4:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In order to help move along the process of starting an "open source geospatial foundation" there will be a face-to-face meeting in Chicago, Westin O'Hare, on February 4, 2006, hosted by Autodesk.

Print a large high resolution banner on your terminal

Print a high resolution text banner in Linux

Xen Virtualization and Linux Clustering, Part 2

Now that the first unprivileged Xen domain is set up, it's time to get the cluster up and running.

Java platform selected for 3G Linux phones

Aplix says its Java virtual machine (JVM) is a component of the first shipping mobile phones powered by Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP2420 applications processors, the 902i-series phones from NEC and Panasonic that work with NTT DoCoMo's 3G mobile network.

MySQL AB Completes Record Quarter & Year

2005 is a Year of Growth & Technical Achievement for World’s Most Popular Open Source Database

Stallman unbending on software patents

The debate over the General Public License version 3 begins as the Free Software Foundation's founder says anti-patent provisions are "not a placeholder."

DVD Jon' Declares Intent To Crack Next-Gen DVDs

  • Extreme Tech; By ExtremeTech Staff (Posted by tadelste on Jan 17, 2006 2:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Jon "DVD Jon" Johansen, who popularized the means to crack the CSS system protecting DVDs, has committed to launching a tool to crach the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) used in next-generation DVDs. In a blog posting earlier this month, Johansen announced that he had registered the site, which cites a "winter 2006/2007" release date for the software.

Google censors South African search engine

  • Tectonic; By Lunga Madlala (Posted by dcparris on Jan 17, 2006 2:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What happens when you cannot find a search engine? South Africa's newest search engine, Jonga, disappeared from Google's index last week without a trace. Jonga's owner, Alistair Carruthers, is wondering why.

Firefox hits 20 percent mark in Europe

Since the summer 2004 news that Internet Explorer saw its first-ever drop in market share, keeping tabs on web browser market share has become a popular pastime for some. Since Firefox 1.0 was released in the fall of 2004, we've seen its market share inch upwards, breaking the 10 percent barrier last November. Apparently, it's doing even better in Europe.

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