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And now, on to something different... Copyright!

Most free software licences allow you to get someone else's software code and modify it as you see fit, provided you mention the original author and contribute your modifications back to the community - or at least, to the original author (who may then decide to include it in his own version of the software). Those licences however, don't grant you the right to call someone else's code your own: while you can hack at it as much as you want, only your own code is yours.

Development Release: B2D Linux

The developers of Taiwan's B2D Linux have released a new "pre-stable" build of their Debian-based distribution. This will be followed by a longer testing period before the final release of a stable B2D Linux 2006.

Firefox 2.0 coming your way on Tuesday

Users of the current version of the browser Firefox 1.5 will find that not much has changed as far as the user interface is concerned. There have been some improvements with the tabs feature, such as enabling users to close and reopen individual tabs more easily and a history list of previous tabs that have been opened.

Kids say"thank you" to (Ed)Ubuntu team

Weve just installed two donated computers in a community nursury and breakfast/after schol club in Lincolnshire. The kids absolutely love them, most are from underpriviledged backgrounds and many of them have never used a computer before. As a result they will grow up computer literate.

A bit more insight into Munich's Debian

  • Debian-News.net; By Christian Jensen (Posted by cj2003 on Oct 21, 2006 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian
Steve McIntyre visited the LiMux team in Munich and has posted a small report about the visit on his blog. LiMux is the specially tailored Debian distribution City of Munich deploys.

Linux webpad draws enthusiastic mini-review

The PepperPad 3 appeals to both computer neophytes and Linux hackers, suggests CarryPad Editor Steve Paine in an enthusiastic mini-review. Paine praises the device's user-friendliness, as well as its open, hacker-friendly, x86-based architecture.

Businesses Embracing Firefox As The Other Browser

The number of businesses allowing employees to download the Firefox Web browser soared this year, and at least one analyst believes the recently released Internet Explorer 7 could boost use of Firefox in companies.

Third Firefox 2.0 pre-release hits the web

Firefox 2.0 is taking quick steps toward becoming reality. Mozilla Corp. earlier this week released v2.0 RC3, following the RC2 release of the popular open source Web browser on Oct. 8.

Thousands of TeX fonts at your fingertips

Even if you're relatively new to TeX, the open source typesetting program, you're probably familiar with its default 12-point Computer Modern Roman font. TeX distributions actually ship with thousands of free fonts, however, and more are freely available from places such as the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network. Looking for a good way to show font charts and display samples of any TeX font on your system? Here's how.

Proprietary coders complain about OS study

Proprietary software makers have complained to the European Commission that they have not been given enough time to review a report on the economic role of Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS), and accuse the commission of being "intolerant to opposing comments" regarding the research.

Developer website set up for Linux

Developers are being urged to join the new Linux Standard Base (LSB) Developer Network, a developers’ website designed to rival the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN). The site has been set up by the Free Standards Group (FSG), a non-profit organisation dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards.

Open source project challenges traditional storage

A number of open source storage projects have popped up in recent months, most with a focus on developing heterogeneous storage management software. But the latest open source group to make the scene is not aimed at building out the SMI-S specification or creating low-cost backup-and-recovery tools. The Cleversafe project is challenging the conventions of traditional data storage with an entirely new approach to how companies and individuals store, encrypt, and manage information.

Release-critical Bugreport for October 20, 2006

Bug stamp-out list for October 20, 2006

Mainframe 2.0 concepts for Java developers

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Kris D. Hansen (Posted by solrac on Oct 21, 2006 1:36 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The mainframe is cool again. Some are even speculating that a rebirth is occurring and are talking about Mainframe 2.0. Take a look at Mainframe 2.0 innovations and see how to deploy a Java application on the new Big Iron.

The Perfect Xen 3.0.3 Setup For Debian Sarge

This tutorial at HowtoForge provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen (version 3.0.3) on a Debian Sarge (3.1) system.

Speaking UNIX, Part 4: Setting and managing permissions on UNIX

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Streicher (Posted by solrac on Oct 20, 2006 10:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
UNIX provides robust tools and infrastructure so that you can both protect and share information. This article looks at user privileges and, in particular, examines how to manipulate file permissions to restrict or share your directories and files with others. Understanding permissions is crucial if you want to speak UNIX fluently. Learn how to manipulate file permissions to protect your files, or share them with others.

osCommerce is first class for second-tier toy retailer

  • IT Managers Journal; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 20, 2006 9:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ty Simpson just wanted to get his hands on the Wiggles. His daughter was a big fan of the Australian music group for kids, but Simpson couldn't find any licensed products here in the United States. So, he decided to go into business, and started importing and selling Wiggles dolls, hats, books, DVDs, and other merchandise. Demand was so great that it didn't take Ty's Toy Box long to outgrow off-the-shelf, proprietary ecommerce systems.

Time for some serious bashing of you-know-who

  • TheDebianUser.org; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Oct 20, 2006 8:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Normally, I’m trying to refrain from this. But after reading the latest blog entry from Debian Developer and Debian Project Leader #2 Steve McIntyre, I came to the conclusion that obviously the next Sunday doesn’t exist. Oh well…

Linux World Conference and Expo 2006 is Filled to Capacity

Surbiton, Surrey, United Kingdom, 10/20/2006 - LinuxWorld 2006 is set to be a huge success with more than 70 exhibitors filling the hall to capacity. The show, which is due to take place on 25th and 26th October in Olympia 2, London, will showcase the latest offerings and products from leading Linux companies such Oracle, Novell, Hewlett Packard, Scalix, Transtec, IBM and Sirius.

HP all-in-one device works great with Linux

I recently replaced both my Epson CX5400 All-in-one printer/scanner and my Brother MFC-210C fax/copier with a single all-in-one Hewlett-Packard Officejet 5610. Not only does the new product do more than both of the machines it replaced, it does it in less space. The price isn't real big, either.

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