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Novell’s Linux pact with Microsoft has cost it open-source guru Jeremy Allison, who left in protest to take a position at Google.
The perpetual debate over the legality, practicality, and wisdom of using, distributing, producing, and supporting binary-only drivers flared up again recently, with a recent debate on the Linux Kernel Mailing List over the legality of binary-only drivers simmering down and Ubuntu company Canonical considering enabling binary drivers by default in the next release.
There's a comprehensive update of the long-raging Wireless Wars at the IEEE site right now, written by Greg Goth, and aptly titled This Little Standard Went to Market; This Little Standard Blew Up. Those wars, you may recall, have been raging for years. Most recently, attention has focused on a new and hotly-contested wireless personal area network standard intended not to replace WiFi, but to allow other types of devices - like stereo equipment - to be connected wirelessly.
Let's be honest here. When most of us think of open source and free software, we really aren’t thinking of something flashed to a BIOS ROM chip. And yet when it comes to the Linux BIOS project - that’s exactly what’s happening here.
Many religions have some sort of holiday during this season, and many companies close down or work short hours until the current year ends and the next one begins. We, too, will be taking time off to spend with our families and friends, so NewsForge will be on a reduced posting schedule between now and January 1. We'll still cover breaking news, and you'll see a trickle of feature articles and NewsVac links, but not as many as you're used to.
LXer Feature: 25-Dec-2006
Here's hoping you find a penguin under your tree this year!
Mozilla Firefox 18.104.22.168, a security and stability update for Firefox 2, has been released.
Security and Stability updates for Mozilla products based on the Gecko 1.8.0 branch have been released.
The Cocotron is an open source project which implements an Objective-C API very similar to that described by Apple Computer's Foundation and AppKit framework documentation.
Red Hat got back in the good graces of investors with a strong third-quarter financial report that featured a 2-cent-a-share upside surprise and a 45% jump in revenue. The news gave shares of the open source software provider a much-needed boost: In after-hours trading Thursday, the stock was up $2.54, or 14%, to $20.50.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced the second release candidate 2.6.20-rc2 kernel, "it's a couple of days delayed, because we've been trying to figure out what is up with the rtorrent hash failures since 22.214.171.124. I don't think we've made any progress, but we've cleaned up a number of suspects in the meantime." He noted that he had been aiming to make the 2.6.20 kernel a quick, stable release, "I was really hoping to make 2.6.20 an easy release, and held back on merging some stuff during the merge window for that reason. And now we're battling something that was introduced much earlier.." He also noted that the bug in question isn't likely to affect many people, "but it's still a worrisome problem, and we've had 'top people' looking at it. And they'll continue, but xmas is coming." The bug is discussed inthis thread on the Linux Kernel Mailing List.Regarding changes in the current release candidate, Linus summarized that in addition to general stabilization, "this mainly does some driver updates (usb, sound, dri, pci hotplug) and ACPI updates (much of the latter syntactic cleanups). And arm and powerpc updates." A nice summary of what's gone into the upcoming 2.6.20 kernel can be found in theKernelNewbies Wiki which has a list including asynchronous SCSI scanning, multithreaded USB probing, HID Layer split: allows things other than USB to use the HID layer (Bluetooth), and I/O Accounting.
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: A new game, KSquares, is imported into KDE SVN, with KLines starting on the (now familiar) path towards scalable graphics and general improvement.
Comment of the Day - 24-Dec-2006
LXer reader, schestowitz, points out that Microsoft has one or two balance-sheet liabilities of its own:
Opening the Pandora Box? I suspect not... IBM and others would rip them.
Microsoft's Undisclosed Balance-sheet Liability
NT influenced by Unix
,----[ Quote ] (Gates:) "And through Windows NT, you can see it throughout the design. In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix. There are so many of the design decisions that have been influenced by that environment. And that's no accident." In light of the recent saber rattling about Linux and patents, the "There are so many of the design decisions that have been influenced by that environment" sentence is particularly interesting if these patent threats include things that are prior Unix art. "In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix" is also telling. I said before that I don't think that's the case; I think the patent stuff is talking about things like Samba and Mono, but even there the "influenced by that environment" could be important in the court of public opinion if not in actual law. `----
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Penguin in the Pew 2.0, available through Lulu.com, both in paperback and PDF formats, is now available as a free (gratis) download from Matheteuo Christian Fellowship
Vista's content protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history, claims a new and detailed report from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
LXer Feature: 24-Dec-2006
With Christmas around the corner, you'll be glad to know that you can check out over 100 vendors around the globe who offer desktop and notebook computers with GNU/Linux pre-installed. Put another way, LXer's Pre-Installed Linux Vendor database is now available!
Dear Propeller Heads: One of my New Year's resolutions is keep up with technology. What's going to happen in 2007 that I should be aware of? A: That's amazing! Your timing is perfect for the 3rd annual Propeller Head Predictions! Nostradamus, Jeane Dixon, Miss Cleo and the Propeller Heads we're in good company. So here goes.
Episode 1 "The Filesystem Menace" of the open source video podcast the_source has been released just in time for Christmas.
Firefox users have been urged to update their browser immediately after Mozilla, the organisation behind the popular browser, said it had fixed eight vulnerabilities in Firefox 2.0.
'Twas the Saturday before Christmas and throughout Ruby-land hackers were working, refact'ring by hand. Their programs were written with the greatest of care in hopes that a new VM soon would be there. The newsgroup was still, the irc channels too In light of the quiet, what's a blogger to do? When up on the mail list, there arose such a clatter I sprang to my laptop to see what was the matter. When what to my wondering eyes should appear but a great bunch of news before the New Year.
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