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Rare review of open-source software rules set to begin

  • International Herald Tribune; By Steve Lohr (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 6:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NEW YORK The rules governing the use of most free software programs will be revised for the first time in 15 years in an open process that was to begin Wednesday.

Free Software Foundation Releases Guidelines for Revising the ...

First Public Discussion Scheduled for January

BOSTON and NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today released a document specifying the process and guidelines for revising the Foundation's GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). The FSF will release the first discussion draft of the new license for comment at the International Public Conference for GPLv3 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on January 16 and 17, 2006.

Track phone position with GoogleMaps and Java

Mologogo uses GoogleMaps with a Java and a GPS-enabled cell phone to show a target phone's position on a GoogleMap, allowing you to track it from your own phone or through the Web. This artcle provides insight into Mologogo and other Web 2.0 contenders and their privacy issues.

Open standards push Mannheim to Linux

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
"We want to decide our IT strategy in Mannheim and not have Microsoft make the decision for Mannheim," declares Gerd Armbruster, the IT infrastructure manager at the German city. For in Mannheim, open standards — not cost — is the main driver of the software strategy.

DNS Gets Its Very Own Star Registry

Here's what the world needs: Yet Another DNS Boss. That's what UnifiedRoot hopes to become with its Dot-comless alternate root server registry, at just $1,000 per domain name issued.

Debian Weekly News - November 29th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 48th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Andreas Schuldei sent out a [1]reminder for the DebConf call for papers. Martin Krafft [2]announced a [3]bug squashing party that lasts until December 14th and rewards 25 bug squashers with a [4]book.

Review: Firefox 1.5 and Thunderbird 1.5

Firefox 1.5 is finally out the door, and Thunderbird 1.5 won't be far behind. The new releases sport some interesting new features, including faster page navigation, redesigned preferences dialogs, a new update system, and much more. Let's take a look at what the Mozilla Foundation has been up in the year since the first major release of Firefox.

xlibs-dev Transition

  • Mailing list; By David Nusinow (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 2:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This mail is being written to let you all know about a pending transition underway in the Xorg packages.

DIY Telephony With Asterisk, Part 2

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 30, 2005 1:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Last week we learned a bit about what Asterisk can do (short answer: everything but cook dinner), and what hardware is needed to make it go. Today we'll put together a basic iPBX using Asterisk@Home. Asterisk@Home is a nice bundle that includes a Web-based graphical configuration interface, a Flash-based Operator Panel that lets you monitor all activity on the network, and even barge in on calls. Plus hold music, fax support and a bunch of other goodies. It's not just a toy for home users; it's also great for business use.

KDE 3.5 installation source for SuSE 10.0

  • Linuxblogger; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Nov 30, 2005 1:08 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
Installation source for KDE 3.5 is finally available for SuSE users.

A first look at Debian's GUI installer

Debian's standard text-based installer has been vilified in the past, so I was excited to see an announcement about a graphical installer under development for Debian. A good GUI installer could bring Debian to a lot of users who don't feel comfortable taking the plunge with a text installer. It's pretty early in the testing cycle for Debian's next version, dubbed Etch, so it's likely that there will be a number of changes before the new installer is finalized, but I took the current version for a test run and found that it's already fairly usable.

Marcel's Games of the Month : Fish Fillets : Next Generation

  •; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by freethinker on Nov 30, 2005 12:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
There is something I like about playing games that is, strangely enough, much the same as what I enjoy about reading science fiction or fantasy. The medium lends itself beautifully to creating other times, places, and even worlds. Some of these worlds can be familiar — what we call simulations — while others are a bit more out there. My game recommendation for this month is called Fish Fillets Next Generation, and it definitely fits into the out there category. Perhaps a little description to start with...

IBM kit moves Solaris software to Linux

  • ZDNet News; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 11:33 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Sun; Story Type: News Story
IBM plans to announce on Wednesday that it's giving away software to help customers and business partners adapt software written for Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system to its open-source rival Linux. The Migration Kit helps people assess software written in C or C++ programming languages and move it from Solaris to Linux.

IBM is an aggressive Linux booster, though it competes with its own AIX version of Unix. Sun supports Linux, but prefers customers to buy Solaris support contracts.

More Lisp--For Free

  • Onlamp; By Christopher Roach (Posted by dcparris on Nov 29, 2005 10:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
In my last post, I covered learning to program with a dialect of Lisp, called Scheme, from resources freely available on the internet from the SICP course at MIT. In this post, I plan to continue this theme by going over a few reasons that I have found for learning Lisp and to offer a few more resources for those of you out there who would like to add Lisp, or Scheme, to their programming repertoire.

Things to Do With Firefox 1.5

  • SitePoint; By Thomas Rutter (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 9:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many of you no doubt have tried out the Beta and Release Candidate builds. Here’s a list of things to do and see with Firefox 1.5.

Time to ban IM?

  •; By A. P. Lawrence (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 29, 2005 8:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Personally, I don't like IM to start with, and wouldn't allow it on any network that I had to maintain. It seldom has any real business purpose, and any excuse that can be made for it can be fulfilled by other means almost always.

A test where copying is encouraged!

Bangalore: The grounds of the Bangalore Palace have seen many high tech conferences but nothing like this: On Tuesday nearly 3000 young `techies' queued up for over an hour to register for `', the annual Free and Open Source Software conference which began five years ago as the Bangalore Linux event.

Quickly Debug PHP apps with PHPEclipse plug-in

  • IBM developerWorks; By Tyler Anderson, Freelance writer (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 29, 2005 7:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Eclipse, IBM, PHP
This article details various methods for debugging PHP applications, including the PHPEclipse plug-in for Eclipse. A slick development environment with real-time syntax parsing abilities.

Trying for the Top: Desktop Linux Aims for the Big Time

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 29, 2005 6:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
The OSDL is bringing together the best and brightest of Linux desktop developers to smooth Linux's road to challenging Windows on the desktop.

Linux Kernel Multiple Denial of Service Vulnerabilities

Some vulnerabilities have been reported in the Linux Kernel, which potentially can be exploited by malicious, local users to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).

[Ed: Secunia did not classify these as critical, but don't take chances you aren't prepared to pay for. - dcparris]

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