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Linux News for Aug 29, 2007

  • The Four Freedoms Applied to Hardware (Aug 29, 2007, 23:30)
    LinuxDevCenter: "The Free Software Foundation has defined Four Freedoms related to software. These freedoms apply to users of software, not necessarily developers..."

  • Down(time) in Flames (Aug 29, 2007, 23:00)
    Hoosier Penguin: "It was the smell of ozone that warned me..."

  • Community Roles (Aug 29, 2007, 22:30)
    SunMink: "In considering the nature of open source communities that gather around various Free software commons, I often find I need to distinguish between the different roles people play..."

  • Does the FSF Have Teeth vs. Microsoft? (Aug 29, 2007, 21:45)
    InfoWorld: "I was corrected that the FSF wouldn't lead the legal battle, but that the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) would..."

  • 2010: The Year of the Linux Desktop (Aug 29, 2007, 21:00)
    Limulus: "In order to determine when 'the year of the Linux desktop' arrives, we should look back in history and determine when 'the year of the Windows desktop' arrived and under what circumstances..."

  • Linux The Fastest-Growing Smartphone OS (Aug 29, 2007, 20:30)
    LinuxDevices: "Linux will power about 31 percent of all smartphones sold in 2012, and by then will have shipped in 331 million devices, says ABI..."

  • Order Out of Chaos (Aug 29, 2007, 20:00)
    Government Computer News: "When Doug Babb first signed on as chief information technology systems architect at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the base was running a dizzying mix of operating systems, servers and applications..."

  • Linux Foundation Statement On OOXML (Aug 29, 2007, 19:30)
    LinuxPR: "On September 2, the comment and voting period will close on ISO/IEC DIS 29500, the draft specification based upon Microsoft's Office Open XML formats (OOXML)..."

  • Linux: Hasta la Vista, Microsoft! (Aug 29, 2007, 18:45)
    The Independent: "But now, this stranglehold has been broken. Dell, one of the global giants that supplies businesses and homes with PCs, is selling some of its PCs with Linux, a rival operating system, already installed..."

  • Down(time) in Flames (Aug 29, 2007, 18:41)
    It wasn't a long uptime; as we'd just moved into this new house in January. But after over seven months of uptime (and about two years before that), I am saddened to report that my main work computer went down in a sea of ozone-laced smoke this afternoon.

  • On GNOME's 10th Anniversary, de Icaza and Waugh Look Back, Ahead (Aug 29, 2007, 18:00)
    Linux.com: "It seems like just yesterday that the GNOME Project got its start, but actually it was a decade ago that Miguel de Icaza got the ball rolling..."

  • KDE 4.0: Revolution or Hype? (Aug 29, 2007, 17:15)
    Computerworld Australia: "The next-generation of the KDE open source project, version 4.0, has been touted as the beginning of a new era in desktop computing, but only two months from the first release some users are wondering if it's just all hype..."

  • FSF Links Up with Environmental Groups (Aug 29, 2007, 16:30)
    Linux.com: "Continuing its efforts to connect with social activists, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released an open letter signed by major environmental organizations..."

  • Study: Reduced Open Source Developer Productivity Linked to "Restrictive" FLOSS Licenses (Aug 29, 2007, 15:45)
    Zzzoot: Subtitled: "Where 'Restrictive'=GPL and Non-Restrictive=BSD"

  • U.S. Will Likely Vote Yes on OOXML (Aug 29, 2007, 15:00)
    internetnews.com: "Meanwhile, the cut-off date for the final vote tally as to whether it will become a recognized ISO standard looms this coming Sunday, Sept. 2. However, the final results will likely not be decided until early next year..."

  • Linux Driver Copyright Violation (Aug 29, 2007, 14:15)
    OpenBSD Journal: "Unfortunately, they seem to think that they can strip the BSD license right out of it..."

  • Introducing the Hardy Heron (Aug 29, 2007, 13:30)
    jonobacon@home: "I am delighted to have the pleasure of announcing the Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04), the next version of Ubuntu that will succeed Gutsy Gibbon (Ubuntu 7.10, due for release in October 2007)..."

  • Microsoft Memo to Partners in Sweden Surfaces: Vote Yes for OOXML (Aug 29, 2007, 12:45)
    Groklaw: "IDG in Sweden is reporting the contents of a leaked Microsoft memo sent to Microsoft partners there, telling them to join the Swedish Institute of Standards and vote yes on OOXML..."

  • DST to Celebrate Software Freedom Day (Aug 29, 2007, 12:00)
    Tectonic: "Software Freedom Day, the worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software, will take place on September 15. One of the main South African events will take place at the department of science and technology in Pretoria..."

  • German Universities Tap Novell for Infrastructure Needs (Aug 29, 2007, 11:15)
    CNNMoney: "Novell today announced that state universities across the Federal State of North Rhine Westphalia in Germany have selected Novell for their critical IT infrastructure systems..."

  • FSF Latin America Experiences Revival (Aug 29, 2007, 10:30)
    Blue-GNU: "After a bit of a stuttering start, the FSFLA is definitely well under way and making strong progress..."

  • Linux and Real-Time Java Power German Traffic Lights (Aug 29, 2007, 09:45)
    LinuxDevices: "A major European vendor of city-wide traffic management systems is porting its flagship traffic light controller to Linux and real-time Java..."

  • Three MythTV Linux Distros Compared (Aug 29, 2007, 09:00)
    Linux.com: "My Series 1 TiVo is getting old, so I am planning an escape route based on MythTV, a free software system that turns an old computer into a personal video recorder..."

  • Linux: Sanitizing block_device_operations (Aug 29, 2007, 08:15)
    KernelTrap: "'It's time to sanitize prototypes of bdev ->open(), ->release() and ->ioctl(),' Al Viro began in an RFC posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list..."

  • Points of Attack: PHP and Ajax (Aug 29, 2007, 07:30)
    ONLamp: "It's easy to get caught up in the dynamic potential of Ajax. But with innumerable possibilities also comes increased risk. If security isn't a major concern, it should be..."

  • Two Open Source Email Virus Scanners for Linux (Aug 29, 2007, 06:45)
    Linux.com: "If Linux is hardly affected by viruses, why do system administrators use anti-virus software on their Linux email servers...?"

  • Seeking a Little Linux? Try Blackbox (Aug 29, 2007, 06:00)
    The Napa Valley Register: "My son, who is just beginning college with his new (used) eBay laptop computer, was trawling the net the other day when he came across a nifty little software tool called Blackbox..."

  • Network Management And Monitoring With Hyperic HQ On Ubuntu 7.04 (Aug 29, 2007, 04:30)
    HowtoForge: "This document describes how to set up Hyperic HQ on Ubuntu 7.04. The resulting system provides an awesome, web-based 'Systems-Management-Software...'"

  • Configuring a YUP Update Server (Aug 29, 2007, 03:45)
    Linux In Novell's East Region: "When you register SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server you automatically set nu.novell.com as an update source..."

  • What's The Rule For Embedding Open Source Software? (Aug 29, 2007, 03:00)
    InformationWeek: "I just talked with two CIOs who have different takes on embedding open source software in their companies' products. One sees it as standard practice, the other approaches it like a snake in a bag..."

  • Feisty in Wireless Land (Aug 29, 2007, 02:15)
    iTWire: "Recently I've been reading a lot about how well Ubuntu works on laptops, particularly when it comes to handling wireless connections..."

  • Linux User--You Have The Right To Remain Silent, Anything You Say... (Aug 29, 2007, 01:30)
    Blog of Helios: "There could come a day when it will be against the law... at least in the United States to use, possess, advocate or distrubute any Linux Operating system..."

  • Microsoft Buys and Sells Its Version of the 'Facts' on Sharepoint, OOXML (Aug 29, 2007, 00:45)
    CNET News: "Wow. I guess when you have more cash than taste you can afford to buy research reports that say all sorts of nice things about you..."

  • Ubuntu Adds Ho-Hum Features In Latest 'Gutsy Gibbon' Alpha (Aug 29, 2007, 00:00)
    InformationWeek: "Ubuntu, the Linux distro which I've personally found to be somewhat less than it's cracked up to be--your mileage may vary--is getting an update..."