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My experience with FreeBsd 8

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BSD

raiden.net: Freebsd is really a great distro. FreeBsd can be also considered the mother or father of all the other BSD derivatives you can find over at Distrowatch. Classified as the unknown giant among free operating systems, Freebsd 8, which was recently released, is really a great and stable operating system.

Microsoft Settles EU Antitrust Case Over Web Browser

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Microsoft

bloomberg.com: Microsoft Corp. ended more than a decade of antitrust disputes with the European Union by giving consumers a choice among Web browsers.

Open Science and climategate: The IPCC/CRU needs to take a leaf out of CERN's Book

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Sci/Tech

This is not the place to debate the immense subject of climate science but it is necessary to say something about “climategate” in order to explain what happens when scientists and politicians collude to distort, hide and even destroy critical (raw) data and methodologies which, unlike the output of CERN, have absolutely colossal financial implications for every man, woman and child on this planet. Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.

Taking a Look at VLOS

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Linux

wgo.wolf911.us: Why VLOS you may ask, well hang on and you will see how Sabayon’s entropy and molecule is helping others produce their own distros. I was browsing distrowatch the other night and noticed that VLOS has come back to life.

MEPIS 8.5 Beta1

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Linux

planetoss.com: MEPIS Linux, the KDE based Linux distribution, released the beta1 of MEPIS 8.5. MEPIS Linux was one of the easy to use Linux distributions besides PCLinuxOS, before Ubuntu arrived.

Understanding licenses, bit by bit

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OSS

blogs.fsfe.org/adridg: An idea that is suggested every now and then is to look at software licensing and give it a kind of “Creative Commons” feel; that is, present the terms of the license in a pleasant and orderly way by means of icons. Now, we’ve already come to the realization that calling something “Creative Commons licensed” is vague to the point of being useless.

3 top Linux distros go for different users

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Linux

computerworld.com: At first glance, there's little to differentiate between the latest releases of the top Linux distributions: Red Hat's Fedora 12, Novell's openSUSE 11.2 and Canonical's Ubuntu 9.10. However, a closer look reveals real differences -- in fact, each is meant for a different audience.

Firefox 3.5.6 and 3.0.16 Officially Released

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Moz/FF

mozilla.org: As part of Mozilla’s ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox 3.5.6 and Firefox 3.0.16 are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as free downloads:

today's leftovers:

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News
  • KOffice - We Have a Plan
  • MySQL 5.5 Milestone 2 improves replication and stored procedures
  • Cloud-oriented netbook distro arrives in beta
  • When your hobby becomes a job: reflections on the em28xx driver situation
  • The Linux Graphics Documentation That's Needed
  • The Relevancy of ODF 1.0
  • Greg K-H: How I apply patches to the stable tree
  • Oracle, MySQL and the EU: The Endgame Q&A
  • Microsoft spanks Drupal: It's all about competition
  • Find Bar - Second version of a search toolbar for OpenOffice.org
  • Is open source a train anyone can stop?
  • Improving boot time on Gentoo
  • China to nurture open source software development
  • Customizing htop
  • Quick Overview of Bsd Systems With Main Focus on Openbsd

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to Synchronize a local directory with a remote directory using rsync in ubuntu
  • Custom MOTD for your linux machine
  • How to Get Missing PPA GPG Keys Automatically
  • Verify the Destinations of Shortened URLs the Easy Way
  • Searching and Filtering Photos in digiKam — Part 1
  • Custom Transitioning Backgrounds In KDE3
  • HowTo: Create sar Graphs With kSar
  • Fix for vmware-hostd crash on ubuntu 9.10 with vmware server 2.x
  • Learn to use extended file attributes in Linux to boost security
  • UJS Manager for Opera Unite (Opera 10.10 Browser) installs User Scripts as Extensions
  • CIFS VFS Shutdown Error When Using SMBFS
  • Configuring Strong Wi-Fi (802.1X) Authentication in Linux, Part II

google is your butler- the tension between utility and privacy

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Google

tieguy.org/blog: I’ve often defended Google’s thirst to know things about people with a butler analogy. Good software should, like a butler, try hard to understand your preferences and act on them for you without you even realizing they are there. The problem, of course, is that your butler has a lot of incentives to keep your private information private.

10 OSes on the Move

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OS

serverwatch.com: It's certainly been quite a decade in the world of enterprise operating systems: There have been some spectacular winners, like Linux, and few epic failures, like Microsoft Vista. With the end of the decade little more than two weeks away, now seems a good time to take a look at what the future might hold. So to mark the end of the Noughties and the start of the Tens here is a highly subjective list of 10 OSes that will (or in some cases won't) be making the news during the next 10 years.

Bruce Perens' Statement on Busybox Lawsuits

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OSS
Legal

perens.com/blog: I am the creator of the Busybox program which is currently subject to lawsuits brought by Mr. Erik Andersen and the Software Freedom Law Center, and which was subject to previous suits brought by SFLC, Mr. Andersen and Mr. Robert Landley.

Red Hat Settles Five-Year-Old Shareholder Lawsuit

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Linux
  • Red Hat Settles Five-Year-Old Shareholder Lawsuit
  • HP Partners With Microsoft, Novell And Red Hat To Streamline Sun Migrations
  • Piper Jaffray Reiterates an 'Overweight' on Red Hat, Raises PT to $34

some interviews:

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Interviews
  • Ubuntu's Jono Bacon: Managing an Open Source Community
  • Interview With James Vasile – Software Freedom Law Center
  • An Interview w/ IBM developerWorks GM Jim Corgel

Cherrypal Offers Laptop for Under $100

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Linux
Hardware

pcworld.com (IDG): PC maker Cherrypal has done something Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child couldn't do: make a laptop that breaks the US$100 price barrier. It can run the Linux or Windows CE operating systems, which are also found on cell phones.

oh Debian, how I dislike you

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Linux

adeb.posterous.com: Ok, I will admit it, Im a Redhat guy - I understand it, it makes sense to me. However Id like to think I know my way around a Debian based system, but it seems I dont.

Nine Months Later: Mono 2.6 and MonoDevelop 2.2

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Software

tirania.org/blog: About nine months ago we released MonoDevelop 2.0 and Mono 2.4. Today we are releasing the much anticipated upgrades to both. Mono 2.6 and MonoDevelop 2.2.

SimplyMEPIS 8.5 beta2 Improvements

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Linux

mepis.org: Warren Woodford has uploaded SimplyMEPIS 8.4.94, the beta2 of MEPIS 8.5. Warren reports the follow changes: "The rapid response of the Debian KDE Team made it possible for us to recompile KDE 4.3.4 in time for this beta. And we were able to fix the perpetually problematic Python toolchain."

Puppy Linux: Just for fun

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Linux

itpro.co.uk: Puppy Linux is something different, a tiny version of Linux that can be stored on a USB memory drive, will run in memory, and can be used for working on the move.

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Simon Phipps on Public Domain and Facebook’s React Licence

  • Public Domain Is Not Open Source
    Open Source and Public Domain are frequently confused. Here’s why it’s a mistake to treat the two terms as synonyms. Plenty of people assume that public domain software must be open source. While it may be free software within your specific context, it is incorrect to treat public domain software as open source or indeed as globally free software. That’s not a legal opinion (I’m not a lawyer so only entitled to layman’s opinions) but rather an observation that an open source user or developer cannot safely include public domain source code in a project.
  • 5 Reasons Facebook’s React License Was A Mistake
    In July 2017, the Apache Software Foundation effectively banned the license combination Facebook has been applying to all the projects it has been releasing as open source. They are using the 3-clause BSD license (BSD-3), a widely-used OSI-approved non-reciprocal license, combined with a broad, non-reciprocal patent grant but with equally broad termination rules to frustrate aggressors. The combination represents a new open source license, which I’ve termed the “Facebook BSD Plus Patent License” (FB+PL), and to my eyes it bears the hallmarks of an attempt to be compatible with both the GPL v2 and the Apache License v2 at the same time, in circumvention of the alleged imcompatibility of those licenses.

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