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Developer Linux News for Aug 26, 2002

  • All Source Code Should Be Open (Aug 26, 2002, 19:00)
    "This secrecy is the key reason we have such lousy software. Software designers, programmers, and managers get away with bad code because no one outside their small workgroup ever sees it..."

  • Another Retailer to Sell Lindows-Powered PCs (Aug 26, 2002, 18:00)
    "Still angling to steal market share from Microsoft, Inc. Monday lured a San Diego system builder and retailer to sell PCs powered by the Lindows operating system in its stores..."

  • Update: CNET News: Why Larry Lessig Gets an "F" in Software (Aug 26, 2002, 15:59)
    "But Lessig is also going further. In his latest book, 'The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World,' he draws a distinction between the intellectual property developed by, say, an Ernest Hemingway, and the intellectual property created by a code jockey..." [A counter-argument to this article from Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann has been linked. -ed.]

  • NewsForge: Two on XVID vs. Sigma Designs (Aug 26, 2002, 14:30)
    From XVID's press release: "The XVID development team, author of the popular XVID MPEG-4 video codec, claims that Sigma Designs' REALmagic MPEG-4 Video Codec is an illegal copy of the XVID software and publicly requests the company to stop violating their software license and copyrights." Two stories on this conflict within.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.20-pre4-ac2 (Aug 26, 2002, 12:58)
    Changelog, link within.

  • Release Digest: GNU, August 25, 2002 (Aug 26, 2002, 05:00)
    This weekend's GNU app: GNU Aspell.

  • Release Digest: GNOME, August 25, 2002 (Aug 26, 2002, 05:00)
    This weekend's GNOME apps: XML Security Library 0.0.8, CVSGnome Build Script 0.3.2, Gtk# 0.4, Quick Lounge 0.87, and KanjiPad 2.0.0.