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Rms: The GNU GPL Is Here to Stay

  • Onlamp; By Federico Biancuzzi (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 5:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
In a recent interview, ESR shocked a lot of people when he said, "We don't need the GPL anymore." Federico Biancuzzi contacted RMS representatives to talk about the past, the present, and the future of the GNU GPL. Among other things, they discussed the new clauses of the upcoming GPL version 3.

KDE Accessibility Cooperation

Recent weeks have seen a lot of cooperative activity between the KDE Accessibility Team and various other Free Software accessibility teams. The Free Standards Group Accessibility Workgroup, KDE Accessibility and GNOME Accessibility teams have now released a joint statement describing some of this cooperation. "We believe users who are persons with disabilities should be empowered to choose technologies from any and all environments which provide accessibility just as other desktop users today routinely use a mix of technologies from different desktop environments. Our goal is seamless interoperability."

Security Alerts: MySQL Trouble

Welcome to Security Alerts, an overview of recent Unix and open source security advisories. In this column, we look at problems in MySQL, umount, KDE's kcheckpass, GNOME Workstation Command Center,, Squid, TWiki, ncompress, grip, Turquoise SuperStat, gtkdiskfree, and LessTif.

It's not v2.0, but update now available

  • (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 5:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While some office suite users are still waiting for 2.0 to arrive, its parent organization has quietly released 1.1.5. The latest OO.o ( boasts several new features, not the least of which is support for importing OpenDocument documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux: A Lesson in Encryption, Part 2

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Sep 22, 2005 2:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You don't need a secret decoder ring to use cryptography on your system--just some keys and a few tips.

Xml in Firefox 1.5, Part 1: Overview of XML features

Developers like the Firefox attention to standards compliance, inherited from its Mozilla roots. The most recent version, Firefox 1.5, comes with many features for XML developers, including XML parsing, XHTML, CSS, XSLT, SVG, XML Events in JavaScript™, and XForms.

A Linux Business Model for VARS, Consultants and Start-ups That Works

Many people wonder how to make a living selling Open Source Software. If you feel slightly stuck, here's an explanation that might make sense to you.

Scribes 0.1 Released

Scribes is a text editor for GNOME. It is simple and easy to use. Scribes allows you to focus entirely on your tasks.

For a freer World Social Forum

  • Planet Porto Alegre; By Rafael Evangelista (Posted by bstadil on Sep 22, 2005 1:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hipatia, the NGO on knowledge share, will work for participants of Porto Alegre Forum, to say goodbye to Microsoft.

The kind of world that we will create is directly linked to the way we distribute knowledge and to the way we deal with key questions such as patents and intellectual property. Update Sees the Light of Day

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 1:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Release candidate of Version 2.0 is almost ready. In the meantime, new Version 1.1.5 supports the importing of OpenDocument documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Brazil has become a trailblazer in computer use

  • The State; By JACK CHANG (Posted by bstadil on Sep 22, 2005 12:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While Brazilians live with levels of poverty and violence that mark them as Third World citizens, they are emerging as trailblazers in the kind of high technology that's propelling many First World economies.

Smartphone Summit Enterprise Solutions 2005 Conference is Just Around the Corner

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Online Pre-Registration Discount Rate for the September 26th Showcase Event Ends This Friday

Free Certification At LinuxWorld-05

Canada-based internationally vendor-independent organization advocating the use of Linux, Open Source and Free Software, through certification of Linux Professional Institute (LPI), has concluded plans to offer free certification at the two-day forthcoming Linux World Expo in the United Kingdom (UK).

How to Market Open Source Software: Top 3 Mistakes & 5 Useful ...

  • (subscription) (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 11:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Open source" is almost as hot a buzzword these days as "dotcom" used to be. Unfortunately, that's not where the resemblance ends. If you screw up your open source marketing, the backlash can be pretty nasty. In our exclusive interview, MySQL's VP Marketing Zack Urlocker reveals how to avoid three most common open source marketing mistakes:

Mozilla 1.7.12 Released

Mozilla 1.7.12, a security and stability update to the Mozilla Application Suite, is now available for download. Fixes are included for the international domain name (IDN) link buffer overflow vulnerability and the Linux command line URL parsing flaw. There are also other security and stability changes, including a fix for a crash experienced when using certain Proxy Auto-Config scripts. In addition, some regressions introduced by previous 1.7.x security updates have been resolved. If this description sounds like our article on Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7, that's because most of the fixes included in the two releases are the same.

Inkscape review: It's all in the UI

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If Inkscape were at the 1.0 release level, I could easily forget a reviewer's responsibility and gush about it like an adolescent in love. Fortunately, it is only at version 0.42.2, and has enough gaps in functionality that I can view it more sensibly. A Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) program, Inkscape faces a pack of competitors, including Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Macromedia FreeHand, Draw, and Xara X. Yet, even at its current early stage, Inkscape has already distinguished itself from the crowd. By focusing its development on the basic interface, objects and paths, and text objects, Inkscape already shows an awareness of interface and usability issues that makes it one of the most promising desktop free software projects of the last few years.

You can't offshore legacy systems Integrity

This article examines the critical role that older workers with extensive knowledge about legacy systems should play in maintaining, integrating, and replacing those systems. Based on his consulting experiences, the author describes effective techniques for discovering legacy system characteristics and leveraging the wisdom of experienced Older staff members.

Device Profile: Kontron ThinkIO industrial PLC

  • (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Kontron is shipping a DIN-rail-mounted PLC (programmable logic controller) based on an embedded PC that primarily targets Linux. The ThinkIO PLC supports up to 64 modular Fieldbus I/O clamps from Wago, and runs CoDeSys (controller development system) "soft PLC" software from 3S Software.

Novell, under pressure, will buy back its stock

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2005 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
Software company's decision to repurchase $200 million worth of shares follows recent, vocal requests for financial change.

Debian trademark policy under question

  • CNET; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Sep 22, 2005 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
Developers discuss whether Linux project needs to change policy in light of recent legal moves.

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