Linux News for Aug 29, 2007
The Four Freedoms Applied to Hardware (2007-08-29 23:30:49)
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 (2007-08-29 23:00:12)
Hoosier Penguin: "It was the smell of ozone
that warned me..."
Community Roles (2007-08-29 22:30:50)
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? (2007-08-29 21:45:47)
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 (2007-08-29 21:00:18)
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
Linux The Fastest-Growing Smartphone OS (2007-08-29 20:30:22)
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 (2007-08-29 20:00:51)
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
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
Linux: Hasta la Vista, Microsoft! (2007-08-29 18:45:32)
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 (2007-08-29 18:41:58)
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 (2007-08-29 18:00:01)
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? (2007-08-29 17:15:45)
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
FSF Links Up with Environmental Groups (2007-08-29 16:30:18)
Linux.com: "Continuing its efforts to connect
with social activists, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has
released an open letter signed by major environmental
Study: Reduced Open Source Developer Productivity Linked to "Restrictive" FLOSS Licenses (2007-08-29 15:45:15)
Zzzoot: Subtitled: "Where 'Restrictive'=GPL and
U.S. Will Likely Vote Yes on OOXML (2007-08-29 15:00:57)
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 (2007-08-29 14:15:58)
OpenBSD Journal: "Unfortunately, they seem to
think that they can strip the BSD license right out of it..."
Introducing the Hardy Heron (2007-08-29 13:30:10)
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 (2007-08-29 12:45:36)
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 (2007-08-29 12:00:19)
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 (2007-08-29 11:15:52)
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
FSF Latin America Experiences Revival (2007-08-29 10:30:24)
Blue-GNU: "After a bit of a stuttering start,
the FSFLA is definitely well under way and making strong
Linux and Real-Time Java Power German Traffic Lights (2007-08-29 09:45:38)
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 (2007-08-29 09:00:59)
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
Linux: Sanitizing block_device_operations (2007-08-29 08:15:00)
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 (2007-08-29 07:30:17)
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
Two Open Source Email Virus Scanners for Linux (2007-08-29 06:45:01)
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 (2007-08-29 06:00:37)
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 (2007-08-29 04:30:48)
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 (2007-08-29 03:45:14)
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
What's The Rule For Embedding Open Source Software? (2007-08-29 03:00:12)
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 (2007-08-29 02:15:24)
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... (2007-08-29 01:30:33)
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 (2007-08-29 00:45:15)
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 (2007-08-29 00:00:59)
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..."