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Developer Linux News for Jul 24, 2009

  • Maybe software services could harm free software after all (Jul 24, 2009, 20:33)
    O'Reilly Blogs: "What worries free software advocates is that their software can be enhanced without sharing the source, if the software is hidden behind a web interface. I claimed that this is not really a threat to the free software movement..."

  • How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software (Jul 24, 2009, 20:03)
    GNU.org: "I support these changes, in general; but the specific combination chosen by the Swedish Pirate Party backfires ironically in the special case of free software. I'm sure that they did not intend to hurt free software, but that's what would happen."

  • Linux tip: Creating a pixel ruler from the command line (Jul 24, 2009, 19:03)
    IBM Developerworks: "Learn how to use the Linux command line and some basic Bash scripting techniques to draw lines and text on images using ImageMagick. And create a pixel ruler along the way."

  • Intel's Wind River Claims Lead in Embedded Linux (Jul 24, 2009, 16:03)
    InternetNews: "Intel's Wind River subsidiary is now the leader in embedded Linux, at least when it comes to revenues, according to the market analysis by VDC Research."

  • Microsoft Linux code originally violated GPL (Jul 24, 2009, 15:33)
    IT Wire: "The driver code that Microsoft contributed to the Linux kernel this week was originally in violation of the GPL, a post by Stephen Hemminger, an engineer with open source vendor Vyatta, says."

  • Microsoft and Vyatta rebutt reports of GPL violation (Jul 24, 2009, 14:33)
    The H Open: "Reports that Microsoft had to release the Hyper-V Linux Integration Components (LinuxIC) under the GPLv2 because they had violated the GPL have been rebutted by Microsoft and Vyatta."

  • Open-Source Apps Earn Software Security Seal Of Approval (Jul 24, 2009, 14:03)
    bMighty: "Two prominent open-source projects recently got a thumbs-up from Veracode, a company that applies a standards-based approach to software vulnerability testing."

  • Convert SpreadSheets to CSV files with Python and pyuno, Part 1v2 (Jul 24, 2009, 10:03)
    Linux Journal: "One of the enhancement suggestions I got was to add the ability to extract all the sheets and/or a specific sheet rather than always extracting the first sheet. The following update to the code does just that."

  • Communicating requirements to kernel developers (Jul 24, 2009, 04:03)
    LWN.net: "Recently, the question of how user-space programmers can communicate requirements to the kernel community was raised. The ensuing discussion was short on definitive answers, but it did begin to clarify a problem in an interesting way."