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Developer Linux News for Jul 01, 2009

  • Considerations on Patents that Read on Language Infrastructure (2009-07-01 14:32:53)
    Software Freedom Law Center: "...the software freedom community should minimize its use of programming language infrastructure that comes primarily from anti-software-freedom companies, notwithstanding FaiF (Free as in Freedom) implementations. I've been thinking about an extension of that argument: that language infrastructure created in a community process is likely more resilient against attacks from proprietary software companies."

  • China Backs Off 'Green Dam' Filter (2009-07-01 05:02:53)
    Datamation: "So after months of stern warnings from the Chinese government, a controversial Internet filter got an 11th-hour reprieve today."

  • Intro to Python Introspection and Dynamic Programming (2009-07-01 03:02:53)
    WDVL: "odern programming languages, including Python, have tools which facillitate introspection. In the case of a programming language, introspection is the ability of a program to examine itself, or even the parent interpreter or compiler."

  • Okular, Debian, and copy restrictions (2009-07-01 00:16:57)
    LWN.net: "Thus, free applications do not normally implement "features" which allow their users to do less. One might think that the consensus against "antifeatures" in free software is nearly universal, but, as the case of the okular PDF reader in Debian shows, there are still exceptions."