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The French Parliament has passed what the anti-Digital Rights Management (DRM) group EUCD.INFO calls "the worst copyright law in Europe." Popularly known as DADVSI (Loi sur le Droit d'Auteur et des Droits Voisins dans la Société de l'Information, or Law on Author's Rights and Related Rights in the Information Society), the bill now goes to President Jacques Chirac to be signed into law. However, opponents of the bill hope that alleged unconstitutional maneuvering by the government and possibly unconstitutional aspects of the law itself can still be used to prevent at least some aspects of DADVSI from coming into effect.
Solegy LLC has adopted support for encryption of SIP messages among service providers using its ServicePDQ™ managed platform. The news is timely as it addresses the recent disruptions to VoIP service caused by attempts to block SIP messages and media by network operators around the world.
Phipps, Sun's chief open source officer, said the transition to open source Java would come in a matter of months, not years. What he meant was that it would happen within the next 10 or 11 months. However, what attendees quickly trumpeted to the blogosphere was that the move was imminent. So Phipps had to go back to the press to clarify that it wouldn't be happening quite that soon. So began a fresh round of concerns about whether Sun was dragging its heels on open-sourcing Java.
Squiz today announced that leading community review forum, CMS Matrix, has voted MySource Matrix as the world's best supported open source CMS application.
Lance Ulanoff, my colleague at PC Magazine, has a problem. One of his favorite applications is the Macromedia vector-based drawing tool, Freehand. Those of you who pay close attention to software as a business already know where this tale is going.
Technocrat.net's internet provider, The Planet, has just merged with EV1 Servers.
EV1 is best known for having paid SCO for a license to use Linux, something that most people in the world had the brains not to do.
You may remember a brief frisson when Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, announced that the company was switching from IBM processors and would put Intel processors in Apple Macs. Some devotees regarded this as akin to a religious betrayal; more detached folk regarded it as inevitable. IBM had refused to develop the PowerPC processor line any further and it would have been nuts for Apple to go into the chip business. That left only Intel. QED.
[Interesting point - dcparris]
I was lucky enough to be Documentum's first employee in Europe in 1993. While there, I worked closely with Geoffrey Moore and got "religion" about understanding not just the so-called "chasm" but the whole marketing model and its implications for strategy, marketing, product, and operational behaviour. I started working with John Newton in the late '80s and we recently discussed marketing models and their relevance to Open Source as well as Geoffrey Moore's new thinking in Darwin and the Demon. This conversation was the root of my thoughts on rules for Open Source marketing - new model, new rules (and some old ones).
This wednesday, the EC will decide if Microsoft eventually will be fined. Prior to that decision, EC Commissioner Kroes of competition says: "I see no other way out for MS"
[ - The full article is available in Dutch only - hkwint ]
Nope, there ain't much new news around. If you are bored, here are some suggestions for you:
- Check which groups already switched to Linux.
- Go read ESR's The Cathedral and the Bazaar". If you are still bored after reading it, read it in Danish.
- Go read some Halloween Docs.
- Go read more about DRM. This is the best article I ever read about it.
- If you need some new inspiration to flame Microsoft, proceed to http://msversus.org/this site.
- Warning: This one is usefull! Help some Linux-noobs.
- Look at the Firefox Counter and wait for it to pass 200M. If it did, submit an article about it at LXer.
- Try a HURD LiveCD.
- Read about Linux and learn a new language both at the same time!
- Stop preaching to the choir, and tell a different audience why they should use Free Software.
- Kick me in the butt until I finish my new article, 'A Gentoo diary' - Part 1
Recently, I have been pondering why is Firefox so darn popular? This is a question that I honestly ask myself sometimes, often while browsing the web from within the browser itself. The real trick is that there are so many different ways to answer this.
The second iCommons summit, held at the end of June in Rio de Janeiro, proved many things about the free culture movement. The most exciting development is that we're growing rapidly, both in terms of the numbers of activists and advocates who identify themselves with the movement, and in terms of the quantity of content being distributed under free licenses. But the summit also highlighted some issues that iCommons needs to address if it is to maintain its vitality and legitimacy. This article is is a friendly prod that I hope will strengthen and unite the community.
Get an introduction to Groff (GNU Troff), the latest open source implementation of Troff, a document-preparation system that generates print and screen documents for various devices from the same input source
. Learn how to use it for preparing your documentation, help systems, reports, or any printed output where professional quality, portability, and support for multiple output formats are desired.
Mandriva has announced a set of online, tutored training classes aimed at satisfying the growing demand for Linux skills among both businesses and individuals.
Pentek will ship a more powerful version of its software radio transceiver, it says. The Model 7142 will offer more processing power and RAM than the earlier Model 7140. It will ship in several add-in card formats, and support Linux initially, followed by Windows and VxWorks.
Online media, e-commerce and Open Source software firm, VA Software Corporation, has appointed Mike Rudolph as Vice President of SourceForge.net Marketplace. Mr. Rudolph comes to VA Software's OSTG division with more than 16 years of e-commerce, marketplace, community marketing, and operations experience.
The OpenZaurus Project has released a new version of its Linux-based software stack for Sharp Zaurus PDAs. OpenZaurus 126.96.36.199 is based on a 2.6.16 Linux kernel, and includes some 13,000 "ready-to-install" packages. Nine Zaurus models are fully supported, while others can be updated selectively.
The second-annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), is scheduled for Oct. 12-13 in Portland, Ore. Designed for information technology executives and managers in national, state and local governments, GOSCON features in-depth sessions on open source implementation and best practices, as well as presentations from individuals such as Brian Behlendorf and Larry Augustin.
"Open source" refers to software whose programming code can be viewed, modified and changed by its users. In that way, users have the ability to improve the software, making it better for everyone and speeding the pace of technological improvements.
[Sounds like free software, but if they feel more comfortable with "open source", so be it. Governments are slow to grasp the idea of freedom. -- grouch]
There is plenty of free software at the local library
Free software is becoming widely available via Web sites dedicated to providing computer users with access to freeware and shareware. Fledgling software developers also use the Web as a medium to make new software available for a trial download so users can test the product, provide feedback and possibly assist with its development.
[Please, be kind to librarians; their specialty is not software development models. -- grouch]
Tripod Data System (TDS) has updated its Recon series of rugged handheld computers. The new Recon-X series PDAs feature twice as much Flash memory (up to 256 MB) as the original, along with optional built-in Bluetooth and 802.11g WiFi. A Linux-based version will begin beta testing next week, and ship in July or early August.
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