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Linux Weekly News for June 22, 2000

Jun 22, 2000, 20:57 (0 Talkback[s])

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Leading items and editorials: How should code be regulated?, Linux on handheld computers, Software patents - the fun continues, Interview with Carey Bunks and One last note on Linux laptops.

"How should code be regulated? Your editor has just finished a lengthy project - reading Lawrence Lessig's Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. The project was long because LWN leaves little time for outside reading, and because one does not push through Lessig in a hurry - even without reading all the footnotes. Anyway, the book, which makes a number of interesting points about freedom in the networked era, finishes with a direct call for the application of regulation to software...."

"Linux on handheld computers. The Linux system has turned up in a great number of places, from desktop systems and web servers through to top-500 supercomputers and cameras. So far, however, it has been mostly absent from the ubiquitous, handheld, "palmtop" systems seen in so many shirt pockets. If Linux is useful in all those other contexts, why not in handheld systems as well?..."

"Software patents - the fun continues. The "Eurolinux Alliance of European software companies and Open Source associations" has announced (in English and in French) the creation of a petition against the implementation of software patents in Europe. The announcement includes quotes from a number of European free software business figures. Those who would like to avoid the creation of U.S.-style patent problems in Europe may want to have a look and consider adding their names to the petition...."

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