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Open Source Initiative (OSI) Announces New Interim President, OSI To Elect Additional Board Members, Address Contemporary Licensing Issues

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), a non-profit corporation responsible for the management and promotion of the Open Source Definition (OSD), today announced the appointment of Michael Tiemann as interim president, taking over the position from Russell Nelson. After adding additional members, OSI's newly expanded board will select a full-term president and focus its immediate efforts on working with the community to evaluate the OSD licensing process.

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Brussels shouldn't push through software patents, Dutch parliament said Thursday

  •; Brussel moet softwarepatent niet doordrukken (Posted by hkwint on Mar 4, 2005 7:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Translation of the article: THE HAGUE - The Dutch Parliament doesn't agree with the European Commission, who wants to push through a directive about software patents. A motion by a member of parliament, Örgü (VVD party, liberals), which insists on the withdrawal of the directive, was adopted unanimous on thursday.

Mozilla China Launched

Mozilla China marks third non-profit international affiliate and largest new market for the Mozilla Foundation

Sowing the Seeds of Open Source Advocacy

  • (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 7:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Advocacy is critical to the spread of open source and free software. Good advocacy can help spread freedom and software quality, while bad advocacy can reinforce unpleasant stereotypes. Good advocacy requires far more than just being right, though. Jono Bacon explores how to approach the message and the audience.

Linux: Kernel Release Number, Part II

In the continued discussion on release numbering for the Linux kernel, Linux creator Linus Torvalds decided against trying to add meaning to the odd/even least significant number. Instead, the new plan is to go from the current 2.6.x numbering to a finer-grained 2.6.x.y. Linus will continue to maintain only the 2.6.x releases, and the -rc releases in between. Others will add trivial patches to create the 2.6.x.y releases. Linus cautions that the task of maintaining a 2.6.x.y tree is not going to be enjoyable..

Mandrakelinux Community Newsletter #101

Welcome to the Mandrakelinux Community Newsletter - dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the latest Mandrakelinux-related news and info.

The Debian Delay: Is Sarge MIA? Or Simply a POW of Process?

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Mar 4, 2005 4:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
The latest release of Debian Linux, code named "Sarge" was supposed to report for duty at the end of last year. That didn't happen. Why has Sarge been delayed and ultimately does it matter? Debian developers and Debian's founding father talked to LinuxPlanet about Sarge's delay and its ultimate deployment.

An Introduction to Embedded Linux Development, Part 4

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 4:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The final article in this series describes using the Background Debug Mode provided in Motorola processors.

Conversation with a successful Linux services entrepreneur

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 4, 2005 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Con Zymaris runs Cybersource, an IT service company in Melbourne, Australia. Cybersource started as a one-man Unix shop in 2001 and has gradually evolved into a decent-sized Linux/FOSS-based business that serves a client base Zymaris says is now 20% government, 20% corporate, and 60% small/medium-sized businesses. (The interview was conducted via IRC and has been lightly edited for spelling, grammar, and continuity.)

My Workstation OS: Knoppix

What do you expect from a desktop operating system? It should be easy to use, should shield users from technical issues such as hardware configuration, and should be secure and reliable. Knoppix is a LiveCD GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian that meets all those criteria, and it's the distro I use as my regular desktop operating system.

OSS gets moving in East Africa

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Mar 3, 2005 7:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This past weekend saw the first open source software weekend in Uganda. Here, East African Center for Open Source Software chairman Victor van Reijswoud writes about the success of the weekend workshop.

Gates Gets Knighthood Queen Gets Virus

  • The Spoof; By Phil Maggitti (Posted by Koriel on Mar 3, 2005 5:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
BUCKINGHAM PALACE – Shortly after the private ceremony in which she conferred knighthood on Microsoft founder Bill Gates yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II began “operating sluggishly,” said a Buckingham Palace spokesperson.

DPL platforms now available

  • Mailing list; By Matthew Palmer <> (Posted by dave on Mar 3, 2005 5:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian, GNU; Story Type: News Story
The platforms for the candidates for Debian Project Leader for the coming year are now available from

Remember the guy that wanter to buy a copy of Linux as a proprietary release?

Remember Jeff Merkey? He's the guy who tried to buy a license to take the Linux kernel proprietary last year, among many other exploits. He has now posted a message, claiming "another Linux patent," pointing to U.S. Patent 6,862,609, granted on March 1 to a certain Jeff Merkey. The patent itself (which appears to cover a scheme for running a RAID array over an FDDI-like network) is not particularly threatening, but it is interesting to note that he has assigned the patent to the Canopy Group. Anybody who wondered who Jeff was working for need wonder no longer. [Need not be a subscriber to see this summary.]


"The Commission might end up paying dearly for its rash collusion with Microsoft" -- "Commission president apparently loves to play high-stakes poker with the EP" -- "Bill Gates is at the moment making himself ever more enemies in the EP"

SCO Group admits errors in its 2004 financials

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 3, 2005 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
SCO Group, whose stock is in danger of being de-listed from the Nasdaq Exchange, admitted Thursday that it has made a number of accounting mistakes during the past year -- so many that it announced that it will have to completely restate its numbers for the quarters ending Jan. 31, 2004, April 30, 2004 and July 31, 2004. SCO did say, however, that "the impact of the anticipated corrections does not impact the Company's previously reported net loss or its earnings per share for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2004."

SA smashes Linux certifications record

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Mar 3, 2005 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Almost 200 Linux professionals write more than 300 Linux Professional Institute exams - in just one day - squashing the previous record held by Hong Kong.

The Linux Cookbook, 2nd Edition: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use by Michael Stutz

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Mar 3, 2005 12:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A great reference for new Linux users who want quick tips for using various command-line features.

Authors slam Sun's open source strategy

  •; By Amy Kucharik (Posted by tadelste on Mar 3, 2005 11:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Authors slam Sun's open source strategy

Computing Our Liberty: March 2005

The idea is to *compute* our computing liberties as they were the past month time and as they are now. This means that we will review and comment major free software related events happening last month and their impact on our computing freedoms, that is, mainly our software freedoms.

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