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Skype for Linux and Mac OS X is reporting on Skype, the Global Internet Telephony Company, today announced the availability of its feature-rich Skype for Mac OS X Version 1.0 and Skype for Linux Version 1.0 software applications, enabling high-quality voice calling via the Internet for multiple computer platforms. Skype is the leading VOIP-category product worldwide, with more than 23 million registered users, and more than 130,000 new users per day.

Five Newly Approved Licenses

  • OSI News Weblog (Posted by dave on Feb 1, 2005 3:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
The OSI board has approved five new licenses for certification.

The social structure of open source development

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 1, 2005 3:55 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: Interview
Andreas Brand is a sociologist researching ways of recruiting and organising teams of volunteers on the Internet. He has been studying KDE as an example of an open source project based upon collaboration without hierarchies. As part of his work he has conducted interviews with KDE developers, participated in several open source conferences, analysed the KDE home page, and distributed a questionnaire among volunteers. We asked him about his thoughts on the KDE development model.

New Law Center Founded to Assist Open Source Software Developers

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Feb 1, 2005 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Software Freedom Law Center to be led by noted IP lawyer and professor Eben Moglen of Columbia University - initial funding support from Open Source Development Labs

In the Black and Moving Forward: Gaël Duval on Mandrake in 2005

  • Open for Business (Posted by dave on Feb 1, 2005 2:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Mandriva
Going into 2005, Mandrakesoft is a company that has gone against everything that was predicted. It has survived the dot-com bust, become profitable and continues to frown on the idea of moving away from Free and Open Source Software development in favor of the proprietary approach advocated by many of the newer GNU/Linux distribution developers. To catch up on the changes since their last full interview, Mandrakesoft co-founder Gaël Duval recently agreed to talk with OFB’s editor-in-chief, Timothy R. Butler, about where the company is heading and the state of the industry at the present time.

Black Duck Lawyer: Due Diligence Can Help Avoid IP Disputes

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 11:21 PM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
At the OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit, an attorney for Black Duck Software advises enterprises using open-source software to establish policies to protect against intellectual property claims.

Ubuntu for Mama

I got sick of rebuilding my mothers PC every 6 months because she is way to trusting and like the funny things her friends send her. Every 6 months her machine becomes so loaded with adware/spyware/malware that it has a hard time booting. [...] So she's been migrated to Ubuntu.

Wireless Linux HOWTO

The purpose of this document is to describe the exact steps, hardware, and software required to establish a functional wireless connection between a PC and Router on a Linux-based operating system. These instructions detail how I was able to set up and configure a wireless network using Mandrake 10.1.

Group to Divide Linux Standards Base

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 8:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Moving away from a single, core LSB, the Free Standards Group has decided to break it down into modules that can be combined to build a server or a desktop standard.

World Social Forum pushes for Global Free Software, Other Issues

  • (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 6:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Estimated 120,000 people winding up the World Social Forum meeting in Brazil. FOSS figures prominently in the agenda. " Activists at the World Social Forum, where Microsoft is viewed as a corporate bogeyman, urged developing nations yesterday to leap into the information age with free, open-source software."

The Open-Source Challenge

Microsoft, Oracle and other conventional vendors must reinvent themselves to vie in the global marketplace where open source contends.

Online Music Store powered by Open Source: Linux, Apache, PHP, MySQL

When providing the world with Independent Music, wouldn't it be nice to know that they were also promoting Open Source? There aren't many websites out there (that I know of) that do...

Linux is mission critical for Czechs

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Jan 31, 2005 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE; Story Type: News Story
The Czech postal service is putting its faith in open source, by migrating a vital application onto SuSE Linux.

Review: Ubuntu Linux--Would You Like Some Community With That?

Ubuntu is a Debian-based distribution that is probably the most philosophical of all Linux distributions, which is saying a lot in the Open Source space. Bill von Hagen discovers the philosophy behind the code in this review.

Sun's No-Op Announcement

Last year IBM took a significant step forward in cooperation with the free software community, by offering blanket licenses for 500 of its patents to all free software developers. This does not cover all of IBM's software patents, which must number in the thousands. And there are other areas where IBM does not yet cooperate with the free software community--they have not provided the necessary information to port a free BIOS to ThinkPads, for instance, and they are still pursuing Treacherous Computing. Nonetheless, this is a real step. Recently Sun made an announcement that superficially seems similar. It said that Sun had given us "free access to Sun OpenSolaris related patents under the Common Development and Distribution License." But those words do not really make sense. The CDDL is a license for the copyright on software, not a policy for licensing patents. It applies to specific code and nothing else. (Copyright and patents have essentially nothing in common in the requirements they impose on the public.)

Grocer Rings Up Savings With Linux Cash Registers

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 5:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The new Linux-based POS systems have been installed in about two-thirds of the company's 140-plus supermarkets in New England and New York. Hannaford Bros., a division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group, expects to complete the implementation of the thin-client systems by October, said CIO Bill Homa.

Linux goes from small to tiny

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 4:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Damn Small Linux is a really amazing distribution and, as we noted, rather than having DSL take over the whole machine and then the PC requiring a reboot to get back to Windows, there is a version called "Embedded DSL" that can run alongside Windows in much the same way that coLinux can.

Talking Windows and Linux in Round Rock

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Dell CEO] Rollins says the long-term solution to the interoperability issues faced by companies that want to deploy both Windows and Linux will involve some kind of systems-management approach that makes it easier for companies to run and manage the two environments side by side. Once that happens, he says, the differences in the two platforms will become “immaterial” to the companies that use them.

Open-source Foes

Yes, Sun Microsystems' new OpenSolaris really is an open-source project. And no, it's not likely to be much like the Linux open-source project. How are they alike? Both projects will produce a production-grade version of Unix, including source code, that we'll be able to download and use without paying for. So from where corporate IT sits, there's lots of similarity.

Tutorial: Connecting To A Wireless LAN With Linux, Part 1

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 11:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Wireless hardware for Linux is a moving target. The wireless network adapter that worked fine with Linux yesterday may be released with an unsupported radio chipset today, and with no indication of the change. So buyer beware--always confirm the chipset before you buy. Part 1 begins within.

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