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Extending the GPL for application service providers

Funambol CEO Fabrizio Capobianco is scheduled to announce a draft version of a modified GNU General Public License (GPL) today that would add a provision requiring service providers to distribute changes to code, even if they don't "distribute" the code beyond their own servers. Capobianco calls this the Honest Public License (HPL), and the additional provision could add an entirely new wrinkle to free software.

Slackware reaches 11.0 RC1

Per the changelog, slackware-current is now Slackware 11.0 RC1.

Linuxworld: Hewlett-Packard takes Debian on board

Besides Red Hat, Suse and a number of smaller Linux distributions HP will also market and support Debian GNU/Linux, the group on the occasion of the Linuxworld Expo event announced.

Help Test Etch Beta 3 Debian Installer

Today Frans Pop announced the release of the beta 3 Debian installer

'honest' open source licence aims to close GPL loophole

An open source entrepreneur has published a new 'Honest Public Licence' (HPL) that aims to close loopholes which let firms offering hosted applications escape key stipulations of the General Public Licence (GPL). [Note that the efficiency of the development model of "open source" is brought up in the debate: "Haff questioned the belief that the GPL is a major factor in the success of Linux." If the lure were only that the source is open, why haven't non-GPL, free systems enjoyed the same success? The GPL's protections provides such an environment that a side effect is to attract developers and thereby enhance the efficiency of development. -- grouch]

Novell's giant killer: Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

I'm rather impressed. Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10 is designed to do just that – impress the user from the start, with a smooth and (mostly) simple experience that will satisfy the secretary through to the MD. It does still have some areas to work on, however.

Update on the ultimate DIY Linux home computer

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Aug 14, 2006 7:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
In our articles “Our ultimate DIY Linux box” and “AMD prices are dropping“, we introduced three systems based on the new AM2 motherboards from AMD, while one was still based on a socket 939 mainboard. Later we regretted that this system isn’t available anymore. Here’s why: it has a successor…

Xandros Home Edition Premium Review

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 14, 2006 7:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Xandros
I have been reviewing Xandros off and on since 2004. They are a great company with some serious misconceptions as to what the home user needs. I'll get into that soon enough, but let's get right into the review itself, shall we?

Software Product Documentation

  •; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Aug 14, 2006 6:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How to write good documentation for your product and why it is important ? The ideal software would be free of errors and so easy to use that everybody would be familiar with it the minute they start the application.

Open-source E-Mail Options On The March

A scrum of scrappy e-mail providers are updating their offerings, pegging their news to LinuxWorld Expo opening in San Francisco on Monday.

DistroWatch Weekly: openSUSE anniversary, Robbins returns to Gentoo, Ulteo, Central America

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 14, 2006 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 32nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The openSUSE project celebrated its first year in existence last week and it has a lot to be proud of: two great releases, many new users and a solid base for Novell's enterprise products. In the meanwhile, the founder of Gentoo Linux Daniel Robbins is once again working on his old project, while the creator of Mandrake Linux Gaël Duval keeps on hacking on the mysterious Ulteo distribution. But not all is good news this week - we are sad to say good-bye to Shawn Milo and the podcast edition of DistroWatch Weekly. Finally, if you live in Central America, don't miss the statistical table summarising visits to DistroWatch from your region. Happy reading!

Digipede's Powers: The Next McNealy?

The one thing that never ceases to amaze me when speaking with Digipede CEO John Powers is how frank he can be. Some might consider that a bad personality trait to have when trying to make a name for your upstart company; I am not one of those people.

Start-up Vyatta launches open-source router

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Matt Hamblen (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 14, 2006 3:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source software for use in networking applications is relatively rare, but start-up Vyatta recently released free software that provides basic router functions, while running on a commodity PC.

PalmSource Releases Newly Created Software Library to the Open Source Community

Created as part of the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP), the libsqlfs library is an add-on to the popular SQLite package. The libsqlfs software library was designed to provide a more flexible and convenient way to implement an Open Mobile Alliance-Device Management (OMA-DM) compliant registry.

Using umask

  • - Feature Stories; By Ryan W. Maple (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 14, 2006 1:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The umask can be used to control the default file permission on newly-created files. Announces Launch of Banner Exchange

Fossystems today announced the launch of its new online resource, The banner exchange will serve as a provider of free advertising opportunities for open source, BSD and Linux related websites.

Class Assignment: Implement a Open Source Solution for Non-Profits

The undergraduate students in the George Fox University management and business information systems program this fall will tackle a tough assignment familiar to non-profit organizations everywhere.

HP offers Debian Linux support

Debian is a steadfastly noncommercial version of Linux. But Hewlett-Packard will give it a big corporate hug Monday with the announcement of a plan to provide support for the open-source operating system.

Mozilla/Firefox Used by 68 Percent of UK Universities and Colleges

Mozilla-based programs and open source software in general are becoming increasingly accepted by UK universities and colleges, according to OSS Watch, a group that provides advice and guidance on free and open source software to UK educational institutions.

IBM Unveils Linux IM

The company will announce at LinuxWorld that its Lotus Sametime IM platform will support Linux. Meanwhile, HP will introduce its Debian Linux effort.

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