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Linux News for Mar 25, 2008

  • Is the AGPL Half-Empty, or Half-Full? (Mar 25, 2008, 22:30)
    451 CAOS Theory: "AGPLv3 closes a loophole that many would have preferred to see addressed by the GPLv3..."

  • Why Open Source Contributes to Productivity (Mar 25, 2008, 21:00)
    Hack Your Day: "I think this is because open source stuff contributes to productivity. Not necessarily personal, but community productivity..."

  • Microsoft's Real Open-Source Nightmare (Mar 25, 2008, 19:30)
    Coop's Corner: "If Microsoft really got singed because of strong anti-U.S. blowback, it would prove an incredible boon for open source..."

  • A Hard Problem (Mar 25, 2008, 18:45)
    LinuxWorld: "Simon Phipps proposes a hard problem: expanding the definition of 'open source' to include patents..."

  • More OOXML BRM Messiness: A Delegate from Brazil Challenges "Law of Silence" (Mar 25, 2008, 18:00)
    Groklaw: "More issues now have surfaced regarding some tactics being used to get OOXML approved as a standard..."

  • Survey: Devs Dip Into Both Open, Closed Apps (Mar 25, 2008, 17:15) "If you thought that most open source developers work for open source companies, you might well be wrong..."

  • Open Source Software Made Developers Cool. Now It Can Make Them Rich (Mar 25, 2008, 16:30)
    Wired: "Last spring, marketer and blogger Hugh MacLeod posted a question on his site: If open source is such a phenomenon, where are all the open source billionaires...?"

  • Yet Another Eee Rival Arrives (Mar 25, 2008, 15:45)
    PC Pro: "Yet another manufacturer has unveiled an Eee PC rival, further crowding the emerging Linux-powered micro-notebook market..."

  • F9 Beta Release Announcement (Mar 25, 2008, 15:00)
    Announcement: "Ah, spring... when a young penguin's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of... Beta testing! Yes, spring has sprung, and so has the Beta release of Fedora 9..."

  • IBM Takes Stake In Open Source Database Vendor (Mar 25, 2008, 14:15) "For more than a decade, PostgreSQL has been a cornerstone of the open source database market. In recent years, EnterpriseDB has emerged as a leading vendor supporting and driving PostgreSQL forward..."

  • Russian Postal Service Wears Red Hat (Mar 25, 2008, 13:30)
    Hellmail: "Russian Post and American company Red Hat signed the Protocol of intentions on IT development based on open freeware earlier this month..."

  • NSA Updates SELinux (Mar 25, 2008, 12:45)
    Government Computer News: "The National Security Agency has released a new version of Security Enhanced Linux..."

  • Mythbuntu 8.04 Brings MythTV Improvements To Fruition (Mar 25, 2008, 12:00)
    Phoronix: "Last November we had looked at Mythbuntu 7.10 and found it to be an excellent MythTV distribution..."

  • A Frugal Experience (Mar 25, 2008, 10:30)
    Planète Béranger: "Three days ago, I installed Frugalware 0.8. As the speed and the availability of the repositories is not always stellar, I decided to download the DVD1 and to install everything on it..."

  • Troubleshooting Defunct (Zombie) Processes on Linux (Mar 25, 2008, 09:00) "Normally a zombie process means that the process has died but remains in the process table because the parent hasn't called wait() to 'reap' the process and retrieve the return code..."

  • Virtual Compound Pages (Mar 25, 2008, 07:30)
    KernelTrap: "'Allocations of larger pages are not reliable in Linux. If larger pages have to be allocated then one faces various choices of allowing graceful fallback or using vmalloc with a performance penalty due to the use of a page table...'"

  • DOSBox, Part I: Installation and Configuration (Mar 25, 2008, 06:00)
    PolishLinux: "In this article I am going to explain how to configure and use DOSBox, the best MS DOS emulator for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux systems..."

  • Phoronix: ASUS GeForce 9600GT 512MB [Review] (Mar 25, 2008, 04:00)
    "In late February NVIDIA had introduced the GeForce 9 series with the introduction of the mid-range GeForce 9600GT 512MB graphics card..."

  • Freespire 2.0.3 [Review] (Mar 25, 2008, 03:00)
    distro-review: "Freespire is one of those distros that I'm always being recommended to try, so this week instead of reviewing a brand new release I'm stepping back to try Freespire 2.0.3 and see how it measures up..."

  • 9 Improvements Needed in GNOME (Mar 25, 2008, 01:30)
    Datamation: "Although I regularly use KDE, Xfce, and other desktops for GNU/Linux, I keep returning to GNOME..."

  • Microsoft Continues to Prey Upon the Overly Cautious with Patent Deals (Mar 25, 2008, 00:00)
    The Open Road: "Just when I thought Microsoft had closed patent cross-licensing deals with every Japanese firm ever to have considered corporate existence, Microsoft surprises me with a deal with Onkyo..."