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Developer Linux News for Nov 20, 2001

  • Mosfet.org: Rage against the File System Standard (Nov 20, 2001, 23:08)
    "Here's a quick question: How are modern Linux systems worse than most old MS DOS systems? MS DOS applications knew how to use subdirectories to organize different applications. Linux distributions seemed to have forgotten this, making most people's computers utter and complete messes."

  • AbiWord Weekly News #70 by Jesper Skov (Nov 20, 2001, 20:49)
    Much activity this week with a lot of bugs closed. We also got a few new features (ImageMagick gfx import probably being the biggest). The first 0.9.5 prerelease is scheduled for branching within the next day or so. We need users to help us out by triaging bugs (it's not hard, really, and you'd do the developers a big favor) - see below in the bug section for details.

  • MIT: Stallman to Receive $830K: Takeda Award Promotes Open Computing (Nov 20, 2001, 16:51)
    "Software pioneer and MIT research affiliate Richard M. Stallman has been named as a co-winner of the 2001 Takeda Award for Techno-Entrepreneurial Achievement for Social/Economic Well-Being. Stallman shares this award with Linux inventor Linus Torvalds and TRON open architecture developer Ken Sakamura. Each of the winners will be awarded 100 million yen, currently about $830,000, at a ceremony in Tokyo on December 4."

  • LinuxPR: Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group Presents "The Business of Open Source Software" (Nov 20, 2001, 16:04)
    "Eric S. Raymond, a prominent thinker on the subject of open source software, author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar, and president of the Open Source Initiative , will be OCLUG's special guest for the event. He will give the keynote address on the subject of the growing role of open source in the world of business."

  • LinuxPR: Announcement by the FSF Europe: "We speak about Free Software" (Nov 20, 2001, 13:00)
    "The OSI set out to maintain the integrity of the movement and prevent abuse by proprietary vendors by introducing "Open Source" as a trademark for Free Software; but this initiative failed. Examining the development of the Open Source Initative after three years, it becomes apparent that the reasons to prefer the term Free Software have become even more true. Speaking of Free Software or the equivalent term in other languages offers many advantages, which we explain below."

  • OSNews.com: Interview with Microsoft's Zac Woodall (Nov 20, 2001, 12:08)
    "We of course have a policy on GPL code: we can't look at it. What is the reason for this? Well, in my read of the GPL it states that if a work includes GPL code, or is derived from GPL code, then the GPL applies to the aggregate work. And it is very hard to discern between which ideas are completely yours, and which are influenced by code you have seen in the past. What this means is that by incorporating, or possibly even reading GPL code, you are placing your own IP in jeopardy."

  • Linux Kernel 2.4.15-pre7 Released (Nov 20, 2001, 07:36)
    Changelog, link within.

  • OSNews.com: Interviews Progeny's Steven Schafer (Nov 20, 2001, 03:37)
    "Both decisions made good business sense, but were still a bit difficult to make. Several people inside and out of the company felt very passionate about the NOW project, so it wasn't taken as well as the Progeny Debian decision. Our commitment to the Debian Project was understood in the latter case, which helped with the reactions."