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Open Source activist criticizes device manufacturers

In his latest blog entry, Open Source activist Harald Welte provides an overview of the work he has done to date as the operator of the initiative, which prosecutes breaches of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Legally, he believes that his efforts have been a success and have the potential to help prevent future violations of the GPL, especially as the software industry comes to understand the license better.

Exploring filesystems with Explore2fs

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Nov 2, 2006 12:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Juggling files between Windows FAT filesystem and Linux's EXT2 filesystem was especially time consuming as Windows failed to recognize my Linux partitions. That's when I discovered Explore2fs (, a little utility that enables one to easily locate and transfer files from an EXT2/3 partition into Windows. In a chat with Packt Columnist, Mayank Sharma, John Newbigin shares the status of Explore2fs and his other hacks, talks about his involvement with the CentOS project, and gives some good advice to budding FLOSS hackers.

90 minute interview with Richard Stallman discussing GPLv3 & other topics

Richard Stallman talks about the GPLv3 and why Free Software and Open Source don't always have the same goals:
Some of the topics discussed are DRM, leverage with hardware vendors and dealing with a Linux kernel released under GPLv2.

Dell Won't Support Linux On The Client; Points To "Community" ...

Dell may be ready to broaden the line of processing platforms it uses in its desktops and notebooks, but it isn't ready to do the same with operating software platforms. On the Dell corporate web log, Matt Domsch, Dell Linux software architect, said the company remains ready to back up its hardware warranties for those who buy PCs and load Linux on them but it won't go a lot further..

OSS call centres the next big thing

Datapro subsidiary BizCall plugs VoIP and open source software for government call centres. Now we've just got to get decision makers to understand what open source is.

Giving Google a licence to code

Google's open source chief talks about the joys of Linux, the cost of Windows and his concerns about the new version of the GPL

Make up your mind on ICT, Shuttleworth tells government

Mark Shuttleworth yesterday urged the South African government to decide on an ICT strategy for the country and deliver on it. For anyone who has heard him speak in the last year this is not exactly a new line of argument. Lets hope this time that someone is listening.

Piracy creates jobs, FOSS creates opportunities

APC director slams the anti-piracy campaign during the Internet Governance Forum in Athens. Spend money on fighting real crimes, not prosecuting software pirates, she says.

Microsoft opens full Windows CE kernel source

In its most tacit acknowledgment yet of the power of open source, Microsoft is distributing complete kernel sources to all recipients of its Windows CE 6.0 SDK, released today. Developers need only acknowledge Microsoft's "shared source" license, using Microsoft's IDE (integrated development tool), after which requested sourcecode components are installed, according to an article at WindowsForDevices

Build a 2006 Space Odyssey HAL 9000 with Autonomic Computing

  • IBM/developerWorks; By James R Cybrynski, et al. (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 2, 2006 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
In this article see how HAL 9000, the computer in the 2001: A Space Odyssey movie could predict equipment failure, answer personal questions, learn to sing "Bicycle built for Two," and go insane, based on IBM Build to Manage Toolkit components. Also, see how autonomic computing can be implemented today; determine if there is such a thing as a Hofstadter-Moebius loop in programming; and discover the meaning of HAL.

The GPLv3 Debate: Focusing On the Issues

LXer Feature: 02-Nov-2006

Yesterday we sought to "separate the wheat from the chaff", so to speak. Today, we'll take a look at the heart of the issue - the technical question that has been raised around the GPL's anti-DRM clause. I'm all for fighting DRM. I want the digital content I pay for to be available on my terms, seeing how I already paid for it. The question, though, is whether the GPLv3 will be the most effective tool for combating Big Media's attempt to take away our fair use rights.

KDE and Distributions: MEPIS Interview

The MEPIS distribution has been one of the bigger KDE-centric distributions around for some years now, created to make desktop GNU/Linux easier to use. As part of our KDE and Distributions series founder and main contributor Warren Woodford talks to KDE Dot News about the history and current vision of the distribution.

Sun Finalizes Open-Source Java Plans

Sun Microsystems is gradually providing more details on how it plans to open source its core Java technology, delivering on a promise the company made to developers back in May at its JavaOne conference.

Red Hat touts telecom readiness

Red Hat says 29 ISVs (independent software vendors) have joined its Telecommunications Partner Program during the last six months. Additionally, the company says it is working with leading NEPs (network equipment providers), ISVs, and operators to define requirements and ensure that RHEL can be deployed in carrier-grade settings.

Nalf's Stallman-isms

Editor's Note: In all the debate about the GPLv3 and Stallman's personality, sometimes it gets a little overheated. One of LXer's readers, nalf38, took a sort of humorous view of the mudsling. Similar things have been done with politicians, so I hope hackers on both sides of the debate will appreciate the humor in these lines. Note his final comment about the zealots. Now, without further delay...

Firefox Kid’s New Start Up, Parakey

Blake Ross, one of the more high profile members of the Firefox team1, has been quietly working on a new start up for a while. He has been successful in keep the wraps on his new startup, Parakey, but now it seems is close to revealing plans for his next big idea.

IBM targets Microsoft .NET developers

Collaboration battleIBM is drawing on some Web 2.0 weaponry to push developers into dumping Microsoft as a collaboration and messaging platfrom and adopting Java and Lotus.

Songbird aims to be the Firefox of media players

Firefox 2.0 received a ton of fanfare on its official release recently. A few days before that release, and with much less fanfare, Songbird 0.2 was released to the wild as well and, although not ready for prime-time yet, it could represent a very disruptive stab at the media player market upon its official launch sometime in 2007.

BSD Release: OpenBSD 4.0

Theo de Raadt has announced the release of OpenBSD 4.0: "We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 4.0. This is our 20th release on CD-ROM (and 21st via FTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of ten years with only a single remote hole in the default install. As in our previous releases, 4.0 provides significant improvements, including new features, in nearly all areas of the system. New/extended platforms: armish - various ARM-based appliances, using the Redboot boot loader, currently only supporting the Thecus N2100 and IOData HDL-G; sparc64 - UltraSPARC III based machines are now supported; zaurus - support for the Zaurus SL-C3200."

Access to Release Open Source Application Framework

ACCESS has announced it plans to release an Application Framework to the open source community under Mozilla Public License (MPL) v1.1. Security features that extend the Linux kernel are planned for release under the General Public License (GPL) v2. The Framework will be released before the end of the year and will be the industry’s first open source mobile Linux application framework for commercial use.

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