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Linux News for Dec 29, 2006

  • ZDNet Korea: First phase of Korea's open-source city is high success (Dec 29, 2006, 23:30)
    "Following the trend of open source adaptation in major cities worldwide, one of the major Korean cities, Gwangju Metropolitan City, successfully jumped onto the open source transition, receiving spotlight from related industry."

  • Editor's Note: Peace, Love, and Preciouss Secretss (Dec 29, 2006, 22:00)
    In which we conclude that no matter how loony the FOSS world appears, it's a bastion of sanity compared to anything else.

  • Laughing Squid: Windows Vista Laptop on eBay, Proceeds Going To EFF (Dec 29, 2006, 21:00)
    "So regarding my infamous Acer Ferrari 1000 Windows Vista laptop (one of several sent to bloggers which are stirring up a quite a bit of controversy), I think the best thing to do at this point is auction it off on eBay and donate the proceeds from the auction to one of my favorite non-profits, The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)."

  • Phoronix: Ubuntu: 32-bit v. 64-bit Performance (Dec 29, 2006, 20:00)
    "One of the common (and leading) reasons for 64-bit processor owners continuing to use 32-bit software is due to some software not being available for x86_64 Linux. The key package that keeps many Linux users to running i386 software is for Macromedia Flash Player..."

  • San Jose Business Journal: Linux group wants software patents made null (Dec 29, 2006, 18:00)
    "An open source advocacy group has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a Microsoft Corp. case asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate all software patents.

    "The New York-based Software Freedom Law Center's (SFLC) amicus brief was submitted earlier this month in Microsoft v. AT&T, which is scheduled for argument before the high court in February."


  • Linux-Watch: Anatomy of a blogger bribe (Dec 29, 2006, 16:30)
    "I've never seen a computer this slick and fast. And did I mention that Vista ROCKS?"

  • PC World: Room for Improvement (Dec 29, 2006, 15:00)
    "First up: Desktop search...My personal gripe with both programs: I can't get either of them to index my e-mail..."

  • Linux-Watch: A medical open-source legal hell-hole (Dec 29, 2006, 13:30)
    " To open-source or not to open-source was never in question as far as Steve Shreeve, founding CEO and largest shareholder of Medsphere Systems Corp., was concerned. So, this summer, Steve, self-proclaimed open-source software leader, and his twin-brother Scott, released the company's matured code on SourceForge under the GPL.

    "Their reward? They were then sued for $50 million by their company."


  • IBM Developerworks: Get the most out of Z shell (Dec 29, 2006, 12:00)
    "The Z shell (zsh) was designed with interactive use in mind rather than programming, so it incorporates a lot of functionality that makes using and running commands much easier. Examples include more extensive filename matching (globbing), multiple I/O streams for redirecting input and output, and a fully customizable command-line completion system."

  • internetnews.com: Google's Open Source Airbag (Dec 29, 2006, 10:00)
    "Apparently airbags aren't just for cars anymore. Google is actively developing and open source multiplatform crash reporting system."

  • NixCraft: Apache web server - disable a site for maintenance using mod_rewrite (Dec 29, 2006, 08:00)
    "This tip will help you to disable a site for maintenance using mod_rewrite without redirecting url."

  • Linux Journal: The Ultimate Distro (Dec 29, 2006, 04:30)
    "In the beginning, Linus created two floppy discs, called "boot" and "root"

  • LXer: Ten of the Biggest Dutch Municipalities Say 'Enough!' to Microsoft (Dec 29, 2006, 01:30)
    "Nonetheless, open source software isn't mentioned in the manifest. This is done deliberately. Instead of asking for open source, the manifest explains what the goals of that 'open source' should be; making it harder for suppliers to abuse the term 'open software', and label their closed software 'open'."