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New GPL 3 Draft Imminent, Yet Final Release Delayed

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OSS

A new draft of the upcoming GNU General Public License Version 3 (GPL 3) will be released shortly, participants in the drafting process say, but a final release is likely to slip past the March 2007 deadline that the GPL's maintainer, the Free Software Foundation (FSF), initially set as the "latest possible release date."

What Happened to The Open Management Group?

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OSS

Whatever happened to the Open Management Consortium (OMC)? Since last May when six open source management projects announced the formation of the OMC, the group has issued nary a peep of news. Is there an agenda?

Patents cut both ways for Microsoft

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Microsoft

Here is Steve Balmer focusing on Linux, making the tired claim that there is so-called Intellectual Property in Linux that violates patents held by Microsoft. Meanwhile Microsoft gets hit with a hefty patent violation of its own; 1.5 billion (yes, that is a “B”) for the use of the mp3 patent without payment of royalties. It appears that patent obligations are for others, not for Microsoft to worry about.

Note to new Linux users: No antivirus needed

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Linux

One of the most common questions I hear new Linux users ask is "What program should I use for virus protection?" Many of them lose faith in me as a source of security information when I reply, "None." But you really don't need to fear malware on your new platform, thanks to the way Linux is built.

Nat: "Is 'open source' now completely meaningless?"

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OSS

Nat Torkington is trying to come up with the agenda for OSCON, and has discovered that the minute one steps out of the world of community open source to scan the ranks of commercial open source, you find lots of commercials, but little source.

KVM steals virtualization spotlight

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Software

Four months ago, almost nobody had heard of an open-source virtualization software called KVM. But that was then. The project, backed by a stealth-mode start-up called Qumranet, uses a technical and cultural approach that has quickly drawn powerful allies--including Red Hat and Linux founder Linus Torvalds.

Creative Commons - Version 3.0 Launched

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OSS

The latest version of the Creative Commons licenses — Version 3.0 — are now available. To briefly recap what is different in this version of the licenses:

Clipmarks - double-edged FireFox extension

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Moz/FF

Looking for a useful note taking tool I tried out the Clipmarks extension for Firefox. Clipmarks allows one to select clips of text and pictures from websites and store them on the Clipmarks website. These clips can either be kept private or shared with the public.

What You Need to Know About Linux Rootkits.

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HowTos

A rootkit is a group of software tools which an attacker can use to hide their tracks. A rootkit can also contain software which allows the attacker to get root access and steal or remove files on a system. Another goal for a rootkit is for the attacker to maintain access to the hijacked computer. Rootkits are written for many different operating systems however, this article will only talk about Linux rootkits.

Linux Commercialization Transforms Community

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Linux

Last week I interviewed, by invitation, with one of the two major Linux commercial vendors in the US. I would characterize the interview as one of the most humiliating experiences I can remember. I soon discovered the company had no plans to conduct a normal interview.

Fedora 7 Test 2

Fedora 7 Test 2 is being pushed out the door this Tuesday (February 27), but thanks to the excellence of Pungi we decided to run our own spin. New in Fedora 7 Test 2 is the artwork along with quite a few other changes that we commented on in our Fedora 7 Preview earlier this year. In this article we have some of the first screenshots from Fedora 7 Test 2.

PyCon Days 2 & 3

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Software

Yesterday brought PyCon 2007 to a close. Well, sort of. There are sprints going on for the next few days, but the formal sessions are over. This was a great experience for me and I’m already looking forward to next year. I’ll try to put my thougts together for a “PyCon 2007 as a whole” blog post later.

National Open Source Centre launches today in the Houses of Parliament

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OSS

The National Open Centre (NOC) is launched today by John Hemming MP, in the Houses of Parliament. The NOC will help the UK to benefit from open source and open standards by developing strategic analysis and policy, clarifying opportunities and fostering innovation.

Also: Standards make open source political

Hey Linux Fans: Certification Isn't Pre-Installation

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Linux

Dell says, ". . . we have seen a consistent request to provide platforms that allow people to install their operating system of choice." (Emphasis added.)

Also: Can Dell change the Linux market?
And: Dell takes small steps toward Linux

Our beliefs cloud our judjment.

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OS

Everybody has their "favourite" operating system. That's fine, in fact that's good. Everybody should have an operating system to champion. What is not good is when we allow our beliefs to blind us to the real facts of our chosen package of ones and zeros.

Open Source is my programming

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Humor

Open Source is my programming; I shall not hide.
He maketh me to lie down in fast hard drives: he leadeth me beside the CPU bus.
He restoreth my source code...

Critical JavaScript flaw hits Firefox

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Moz/FF

Mozilla has confirmed a potentially serious flaw in its open source Firefox browser. The disclosure comes on the same day that Mozilla released an update for Firefox, which does not address the JavaScript flaw.

CLI Magic: Access your Bluetooth phone via the command line

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HowTos

Recently, I upgraded my cell phone to a Motorola RAZR v3 from T-Mobile, a Bluetooth-enabled device. I wanted to copy files to this device using my Laptop running Debian testing (Etch) using command line tools. I found what I needed in a package of Bluetooth tools and daemons called BlueZ.

Why Microsoft Should Acquire Linux

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Microsoft

Alright, I’m going to say this. I think Microsoft should acquire Linux. If Microsoft acquires the distributions and in essence, controls much of the Linux market, Microsoft wouldn’t need to sabotage such a rapidly growing market.

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