This week FSF Europe (FSFE) announced the release of its Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA), a form of copyright assignment in which a free software project can place its collective copyright under the control of a single organization or trustee. The agreement is designed to reduce the problems in managing copyrights in large projects, and to reconcile differences in copyright worldwide. However, exactly how important, useful, or necessary the FLA is depends upon whom you talk to in the free software community. To some extent, FSFE even seems to be operating contrary to the advice of the original Free Software Foundation in the United States.
Document storage is hot, hot, hot! There has been an explosion of methodologies and tool sets -- both open source and proprietary -- to fulfill the demand for quickly locating and searching documents. Mash Apache Derby with a new OpenOffice 2.0 feature> to create a repository that lets you store, search, and extract ODF documents in a standards-based manner.
Network configuration management provider AlterPoint is a new member of the Open Management Consortium, offering both proprietary and licensed software. "Companies that do not build their software on top of open source will go the way of the dodo bird," said company CEO Scott Harmon. "I do not think you can afford to have a 100 percent proprietary product."
A member of the Indian Broadband Forum, Brian Fernandes has released the first public release of a Mozilla Firefox browser extension which helps the customers of BSNL DataOne broadband connection to monitor their usage.
Instead of working on different solutions for getting VBA macros from Word, Excel & Co. to run in the free Office suite, Sun and Novell now want to merge their hitherto separate projects and enlist the help of the open-source community in developing the solutions further. Given that the two projects despite different approaches had to a great extent come up with the same or similar solutions, a suboptimal situation had emerged, the companies declared.
IBM is to launch its first official foray into the Linux desktop market with the launch of its Open Client offering for Linux and Windows.
On the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) Intel developers have presented a reworked WLAN driver for the IPW3945 WLAN hardware, which is to be found in, among other devices, the up-to-date Centrino notebooks. Unlike the IPW3945 driver for the chips presented a little less than a year ago the new one functions on its own, hence no longer requires a proprietary program in user space.
Now translated to the fourth language, Catalan, and with more to come, GetGNULinux.org announces a formation of the "GNU/Linux Matters" association based in France, in order to promote the adoption of GNU/Linux.
Ten schools in the Northern Cape have been added to the list of over 200 schools using the Shuttleworth Foundations Linux-based tuXlabs through a sponsorship by Absa and Engen.
inden Lab®, creator of 3D virtual world Second Life® (www.secondlife.com), released the code of its Viewer application to the open source software development community. Developers can now access the source code to the Second Life end-user software in order to make modifications, enhancements and to add new features. The move marks Linden Lab’s continued commitment to building the Second Life Grid as an open, extensible platform for development, rather than a closed proprietary system.
On Monday, The Mozilla Corporation, which oversees the development of all things Firefox, is relaunching the Firefox add-ons community site. With the redesign, the organization hopes to enhance the ability of add-on developers to collaborate and test each other's creations.
Sometimes it can be useful to have a dump of the current database schema. The script below reads the schema from a MySQL database and outputs XML that describes the schema.
With the recent Internet backbone problems and floods, accessing the Web became a problem for many of us. There are several reasons for this "inconvenience".
The idea of Rhapsody offering a Linux music service is fantastic, except for the fact that they have opted not to allow the full functionality offer to those in the Windows world. It really is a let down for Linux users, but is this something that we can blame Rhapsody for?
The question is which open-source license should govern the building of projects out of the company's technology crown jewels. The open-source Solaris project began with a Community Development and Distribution License (CDDL), and open-source Java employs version 2 of the General Public License (GPL).
Transferring files from one computer to another on a network isn't always a straightforward task. Equipping networks with a file server is one way to simplify the process of exchanging files, but if you need a simpler yet efficient method, try Woof -- short for Web Offer One File. It's a small Python script that facilitates transfer of files across networks and only requires the recipient of the files have a Web browser.
New features and enhancements increase productivity, speed, and stability for agile developers using the modeling tool with UML as well as domain specific languages.
Novell and Intel Corporation today announced the availability of paravirtualized network and block device drivers that will allow Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell, operating on Intel-based server platforms featuring Intel Virtualization Technology.
Gran Paradiso Alpha 2, an early developer milestone aimed at testers and web application developers, has been released. This is the second milestone released from the Gecko 1.9 branch. There are no significant user interface changes. Core layout and rendering changes include support for the Web Applications 1.0 API for changing stylesheets, ACID2 test compliance, and improvements in the Cairo graphics layer. As mentioned earlier, Gran Paradiso the project codename for Firefox 3.
IBM said on Sunday it will offer an open desktop software system for businesses that puts the cost of managing Apple or Linux computers on a more equal footing with Microsoft's Windows software, improving the economics of Windows alternatives.