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Web code is already open - why not make it free as well

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Legal

Oh dear. After the debacle with Microsoft Poland’s apparent racist photoshopping, Microsoft China went and got the company in hot water for allegedly “stealing” code. Yes you read that right: Microsoft and wholesale “theft” of code from another website. Of course it’s not “theft” it’s copyright infringement but tomayto/tomarto.

some leftovers:

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News
  • New KDE Decoration control module
  • Cool hack - html5tube
  • OLPC Sending XO Laptops to Haiti, Critics Say 'Don't Bother'
  • Linux Mint 8 KDE CE Release Candiate Leaked
  • Open-PC Begins to Take Shape
  • Linux laptop orchestra reprograms musical conventions
  • Linux Foundation Announces 2010 Event Schedule
  • 10 reasons why not to use Hotmail
  • Ubuntu Forums Hits 1 Million
  • Sun-Oracle: Death by Bureaucracy
  • openSUSE @ FOSDEM 2010
  • SFLS - Episode 0x1F: Is Mobile Software Freedom Possible?
  • Wicd 1.7 is out now with new features
  • Hardware database in the Mint Community website
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #176
  • Backing up your booty

today's howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to change MAC address of your WIFI or Ethernet card
  • Manipulate monitor displays easily with the xrandr extension
  • Reflashing A Dead N900
  • MySQLTuner - Performance Tunning MySQL on Linux
  • How to Remember Running Applications in Ubuntu
  • Record Your Ubuntu Desktop and Convert to .AVI
  • Install GNOME Activity Journal in Ubuntu
  • VirtualBox’s Little Secret: The Command Line

Google's Creepy Club of Chrome

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Google
  • Google's Creepy Club of Chrome
  • How To Hide From Google
  • Why Firefox Will Flame Out

Linux.conf.au - Day Two

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Linux
  • Linux.conf.au - Day Two
  • LCA 2010: From India with code
  • LCA 2010 Tuesday

Commercial open source had very good 2009

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OSS
  • Commercial open source had very good 2009
  • BETT 2010 Review
  • Black Duck Software Names Open Source Rookies of 2009
  • EU: Open Universities open source master published first two books
  • Extracting license information from rpm files and distributions

KDE vs. GNOME: Email Readers

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Software

earthweb.com: Aside from perhaps the web browser, an email reader is likely to be the first application configured on a new computer installation. And, if you are using a desktop, the default choice is likely to be KMail if you are using KDE, or Evolution if you are using GNOME.

5 Great OEM Linux Servers

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: Linux has long been popular in the datacenter, and Tier 1 vendors like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell have all had good lines of OEM Linux servers for several years now. Now Ubuntu is showing up everywhere.

Will video games make desktop Linux into a killer consumer platform?

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Linux

sutor.com: I had an interesting email exchange over the weekend with a reader of this blog who was wondering if video game producers targeted desktop Linux as platform then would this significantly increase adoption of Linux over Windows?

Novell slapped for impersonating Red Hat

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Linux
SUSE

cnet.com: It's no secret that Novell would dearly love to trade market share with Red Hat in the Linux market. Red Hat, however, isn't happy with at least one of Novell's chosen strategies for getting there: Cloning.

Businesses That Dumped Microsoft ... and Won

itworld.com: Over the past couple of years, Microsoft shops have been increasingly wooed by vendors offering alternatives to Windows, Exchange, Microsoft Office and other Microsoft wares. The competition has grown so fierce that in May, Red Hat went so far as to sue Switzerland (and win).

More Free Games for Linux

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Gaming

linuxjournal.com: Back in 2007, I wrote an article on free games for Linux and thought it was time to write a bit more on the subject. Since there are so many very good games out there, I don't waste my time on games that run poorly, or aren't aesthetically appealing.

Why Business Resists Open Source

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OSS

earthweb.com: Most open source advocates like to believe that the migration from proprietary software products over to open source alternatives is fairly straight forward. Unfortunately, it's never that simple.

From Gtk to Qt: Amarok, Knetworkmanager, and Kopete

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Software

celettu.wordpress: I’ve blogged before how I think Gtk applications are superior to their Qt counterparts, but since I’m using KDE pretty much exclusively since October last year, I’m always on the lookout for good Qt apps.

Jobs.Linux.Com: When Job Boards Go Bad

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Linux
Web

daniweb.com: Last week, The Linux Foundation launched it's new Linux Jobs board and normally, I applaud anything that The Linux Foundation (TLF) does but not this time. And I think it's great that TLF has a job board on Linux.com, however, the execution lacks the luster I've come to expect from these guys. So, what's my beef with something so positive as a job board?

The Performance Of EXT4 Then & Now

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Linux

phoronix.com: Over the past week there has been a lot of talk about the EXT4 file-system following the announcement that Google is migrating their EXT2 file-systems to EXT4. Their reasons for this transition to EXT4 are attributed to the easy migration process and Google engineers are pleased with this file-system's performance. However,

Can you force freedom and it still be freedom?

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OSS
Ubuntu

trausch.us/blog: “You can have freedom without choice.” That someone could even come up with this one is just amazing to me. The ability to choose is a major part of what freedom—or liberty—is. If you cannot make a choice on a matter, then by definition you do not have freedom in the context of that matter.

5 Multimedia Apps For Ubuntu You Can't Live Without

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Software

techdrivein.blogspot: When I first started using Ubuntu some 3 years ago, I found it really hard to get applications similar to the ones I used in Windows. After browsing for a long time, I made this amazing discovery. You don't have to look for "similar" apps, you can have even better apps here in Ubuntu/Linux.

For those about to Rock - Gentoo-based electronic guitar

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Linux
Gentoo
Hardware

geek.com: This crazy guitar is actually an open source MIDI system using a sexy touchscreen with multi-touch and reactive fretboard. The result? Called the Misa Digital he fretboard has 144 note buttons, runs Gentoo Linux and, friends, has an Ethernet port with SSH server. Now you can truly hack the Gibson.

Why I use Arch Linux

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Linux

itnewstoday.com: I came accross a lengthy interview with the Arch Linux team, and having been using the distribution for the last several months, I thought I would write about my experiences and what makes it great for me.

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  • LEDE v17.01.4 service release
    Version 17.01.4 of the LEDE router distribution is available with a number of important fixes. "While this release includes fixes for the bugs in the WPA Protocol disclosed earlier this week, these fixes do not fix the problem on the client-side. You still need to update all your client devices. As some client devices might never receive an update, an optional AP-side workaround was introduced in hostapd to complicate these attacks, slowing them down."

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  • Top Bank, Legal and Software Industry Executives to Keynote at the Open Source Strategy Forum
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    As you may have noticed, we recently re-licensed mgmt from the AGPL (Affero General Public License) to the regular GPL. This is a post explaining the decision and which hopefully includes some insights at the intersection of technology and legal issues.
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