Developer Linux News for Nov 20, 2001
Mosfet.org: Rage against the File System Standard
"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
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
"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" (2001-11-20 16:04:00)
"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
LinuxPR: Announcement by the FSF Europe: "We speak about Free Software" (2001-11-20 13:00:34)
"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 (2001-11-20 12:08:48)
"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 (2001-11-20 07:36:03)
Changelog, link within.
OSNews.com: Interviews Progeny's Steven Schafer (2001-11-20 03:37:11)
"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