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Shuttleworth clarifies Ubuntu's stance on proprietary drivers

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by SamShazaam on Feb 17, 2007 11:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
Ubuntu's Technical Board has decided not to activate proprietary video drivers by default in the upcoming Ubuntu 7.04 ("Feisty Fawn") release. Some people have interpreted this to mean that Feisty won't include these drivers, or that Ubuntu was backing away from proprietary drivers. Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's founder and backer, however, has now taken pains to tell the public that Ubuntu will continue to include and use proprietary software for "essential hardware."

RPM development on the road to revival

The RPM Package Manager (RPM) package format and utilities are the backbone of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Fedora Core, SUSE, and Mandriva Linux distributions, a host of smaller distros, and the Linux Standard Base. For years, the RPM utilities and specification were maintained by Red Hat. That changed in 2006 when, following a lengthy period of uncertainty, the company relaunched as an independent hub for RPM development.

Webhosting Services Firm, Layered Technologies, Chosen by PHP SaaS ...

  • (press release) (Posted by dcparris on Feb 17, 2007 10:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: PHP
Frisco, Texas - (The Hosting News) - February 16, 2007 - Self-managed, dedicated server platforms and services firm, Layered Technologies, Inc. (LT), has been deployed by SaaS Provider, SolidPHP, for dedicated server and hardware infrastructures.

The New Communnity Forum, a clearinghouse for discussing various XForms implementations, has recently launched. It contains significant resources for people interested in XForms development.

GPL Draft Has Microsoft/Novell Deal in Mind

NEW YORK -- When the the third draft of the General Public License (define) comes out, look for language that addresses the recent Microsoft-Novell patent deal.

Is there a secret story behind the Novell/Microsoft deal?

Was the Novell/Microsoft deal a worthwhile well-meaning effort between renegade open-source geeks at Microsoft and geeks at Novell that got derailed by salespeople and management, after which it was turned into a nightmare deal with the devil? I raise this question because I know someone with ties to people at both Microsoft and Novell. He has a credible story to tell about what really happened, and how much it differs from what we now know about the Novell/Microsoft deal. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get him to write up the history - yet. While I continue to pester him, here's the short version, third hand.

[Actually, it sounds like what happens all too often in the everyday, rough-and-tumble business world. - dcparris]

Nist recertifies open source encryption module

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has recertified the OpenSSL open source encryption module. OpenSSL once again is compliant with Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 Level 1 standard, according to the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) of Hattiesburg, Miss.

Red Hat opens regional centre in Vršac

Red Hat opened a regional center for support, research and development for Southeast Europe. Serbian Minister of Science and Environmental Protection Aleksandar Popović said at the opening that the centre would initially employ 30 people and significantly increase the number of employees in years to come.

Configuring Writer

Like other applications, Writer has dozens of options available from Tools > Options > Writer. These options allow you to adjust both the general settings of Writer and specific options for different kinds of formatting. Many are ideal for desktop publishing, and a similar set of options is available for web documents under Tools > Options > Writer/Web.

Announcing Mira Groupware

  • J_K9@Linux; By J_K9 (Posted by J_K9 on Feb 17, 2007 5:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mira Groupware is now an official project, created to resolve the problem of an unsatisfactory selection of Open Source groupware solutions. Find out what it is, how it could help you and your business and how to contribute to its undoubtable future success!

News: Xandros To Follow BridgeWay With Enterprise Virtual Server

Xandros, a company best known until now for its Linux desktop, will soon follow up on this week's announcement of BridgeWays software for Linux/Windows/Unix management with a new virtualization-enabled enterprise server, running not just on Xandros' long-time Debian platform but also on the Red Hat and Oracle Linux distributions. Jacqueline Emigh files this exclusive report.

The Pillars of KDE 4: Decibel Definitions and Benefits

In part 1, we gave a general overview of Decibel. In part 2, we cover everyone's favorite section - the definitions! Well, at least we hope that the definitions will be informative. Part 3 will describe some benefits for developers while part 4 deals with benefits for users. Read on for the details. Decibel is a service that is concerned with real time communications; therefore, everything that connects one user with another user and makes it possible to get replies instantaneously is in the scope of Decibel. Decibel is based on the Telepathy D-Bus API's and uses the Tapioca implementation of these API's.

GPL Medicine: What Medsphere Will Try Next

Fred Trotter onGPLMedicine writes:'...Medsphere will release a version of"VistA" under an open source license. The license will probably not be the GPL, since that would mean that they might later have trouble interfacing that code with proprietary modules they might release. Medspheres“release” will be at least 90% standard VistA. Medsphere will take something that is public domain and put it under a FOSS license and say"See, we are open source!!". They will point to minor improvements (or merely changes) and say,“see we have contributed to the community!” However when a real VistA mumpster takes a look at the release, they will be underwhelmed...'

Cuba Embraces Open-Source Software

Cuba's communist government is trying to shake off the yoke of at least one capitalist empire _ Microsoft Corp. _ by joining with socialist Venezuela in converting its computers to open-source software.

Fedora 7 Delayed - End Of May 2007

The release of Fedora 7 has now been delayed. This new delay pushes the release of Fedora 7 back nearly a month - from the end of April to now the end of May 2007. None of the upcoming Fedora 7 test releases have yet been pushed back, but now there will be a fourth test release for Fedora 7...

Citadel virtual appliance enables open source groupware in minutes

The folks at, who brought us the open source Citadel groupware platform, have made it even easier to get running with a virtual appliance for VMware. 1000 downloads in the first 72 hours indicate that both evaluation and takeup of this impressive platform are strong.

Open C eases way for open source on S60

Nokia has announced the latest version of its S60 software platform, S60 third Edition Feature Pack 2. A key feature of the latest release is the extension of the C++ development environment to include what Nokia is calling Open C. Open C is an extension of P.I.P.S (PIPS is POSIX on Symbian, introduced by Symbian in January) and provides standard POSIX C APIs on Symbian OS.

Mono on the Mac: Time to look beyond Linux?

As you’ll no doubt be aware, the Mono Project is an ambitious, open-source initiative, largely coordinated by Novell. The aim is to build a complete suite of ECMA- compliant .NET tools (C# compiler, runtime, class frameworks, etc) which work across all supported platforms, including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. For more background on the project, check out “Mono (software)” on Wikipedia.

Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha (Herd) 4 Screenshots

Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" 7.04 has two more months before its planned release on April 19th. Herd 4, the fourth alpha release is another milestone on the road to final release. Herd 4 is the first herd release after Feature Freeze, meaning testing is very much needed and each alpha/beta release from now on will require extensive testing to guarantee rock-solid stability in the final version. - Screenshots of Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 4 are available at

Samba developers stay put, thank you very much

On February 6, the blog Boycott Novell ran a story suggesting that Novell's Samba development team had resigned en masse to take jobs at rival Red Hat, in protest over Novell's well-publicized patent agreement with Microsoft. That would be big news, a major coup for Red Hat. Closer inspection, however, reveals that it simply didn't happen.

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