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GPLv3 to miss March deadline

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The release of the third version of the GNU Project's General Public License will be delayed by a few months. "We were supposed to release the third draft in January, and we have not yet done so," Stallman said in reply to a query. "We are almost ready."

The emerging FOSS revolution in Cuba

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Cuba is the rough diamond of the western-southern hemisphere. Intentionally neutered by almost 50 years of U.S. foreign policy, Cuba has still been able to create one of the world's highest literacy rates, provide free health care to all its citizens, and exports more doctors than any other nation. Now Cuba stands on the precipice of a revolution in the use and development of free and open source software. This will not only likely have dramatic effects on the internal politics of the nation, but also lead to Cuba's next significant export -- free and open source software.

Linux Could Prevent Use of 4,200,000,000 kg of Fossil Fuels a Year

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There's been a lot of talk in the last couple weeks about the significant negative impact that Windows Vista will have on the environment. Almost 100% of this negative impact is the waste that it will generate by making millions of machines obsolete.

Open Source: The Only Software One Really Owns

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Bill Gates once called the open source community a bunch of communists, thinking the open source ideal was against anyone owning the fruits of their programming labors. However, he has missed the real point. It's about not being held to ransom -- freedom to modify, extend and supplement your technology as you see fit.

Help Lobby Washington To Protect Open Source from Software Patents

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The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is making another attempt to reform patent law. I need your help to lobby them to add protection from software patent attacks for Open Source software and Open Standards.

Growisofs WRITE Errors

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Growisofs is a fairly universal DVD writing program for Unix OSs these days. While we were working on an a quick article explaining a few different uses the following error message came up: WRITE@LBA=10h failed with SK=4h/ASC=08h/ACQ=03h.

Also: Creating Large (>2GB) DVD Backups Under Linux

Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" a step closer

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Ubuntu developers are finalising preparations for the release of the next version -- dubbed Feisty Fawn -- of the popular Linux distribution in mid-April.

How to use Inkscape’s new blur filter

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The blur filter, one of the most eagerly-awaited Inkscape features, was recently introduced in Inkscape version 0.45. The blur filter opens up a wide range of photo-realistic rendering possibilities. I’ll walk you through some example applications of the blur filter so you can get a feel for what some of those possibilities are.

Trolltech Becomes the First Corporate Patron of KDE

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Trolltech, the Norwegian company behind the Qt toolkit has become the second Patron of KDE. Being a Patron of KDE is an ideal way to both support the KDE project and become a more active member of the KDE community. Of course, aside from financial matters, sponsors of KDE are a vital part of the vibrant community outreach scheme.

Linux is bad for business, bad for America, and bad for mankind

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I realized that the $3000 laptop was no longer necessary, and that all the things I wanted to do with a computer I could do with Linux on an older, cheaper machine. I wouldn’t ever buy another $3000 computer, because I know now that the hardware I kept pushing for is unnecessary.

Why Microsoft should never, ever acquire Linux

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It seems that barely a month can go bye without me finding some Linux based content that I object to and it's happened again. An article on was trying to explain Why Microsoft Should Acquire Linux and I couldn't help but think "why not turn water to wine along the way".

Edubuntu: Linux for education

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Edubuntu is the Ubuntu distribution's educational variant. It provides a software platform that allows educators to spend more time teaching with computers and less time managing them. In addition to Linux and the typical productivity software, Edubuntu provides the organisational package SchoolTool and educational programs for children between preschool and high school, with three age groups within this demographic, each with their own relevant settings.

Firefox 3.0 opens door to Web apps, Mozilla says

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If the Firefox browser were a car, it would be in the garage right now being souped up by an anxious group of gear heads. When Firefox 3.0 is released later this year, the open-source browser is likely to contain a host of new features.

Knights and Merchants announced

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Knights and Merchants recreates a fictitious kingdom in the era of the Middle Ages. All game elements and scenes are based on the Anglo-Saxon period, of around 1200 A.D. Linux Game Publishing announced the release of Knights and Merchants for Linux for the 12th of March.

Open-Xchange Deploys Largest OSS Customer Win in History

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Open-Xchange Inc. announced today that it has signed a partnership with 1&1 Internet to provide hosted email and collaboration services based upon Open-Xchange's award-winning Smart Collaboration™ technology.

Adjusting MP3s with mp3gain

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If you listen to music on CD much, you'll notice that some CDs sound much louder than others. This difference carries over when you rip the CD to MP3, and can be really annoying when you're going from song to song on your MP3 playlists on your computer or portable music player. One way to iron out the differences is to use MP3Gain to adjust your MP3s to have the the same volume.

Also: How to convert MP3s to OGG Vorbis (and more)

We're All Trapped in the Patent Holders' Nets

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The Novell-Microsoft pact has made us all aware that we can be clubbed over the head by a Microsoft intent on protecting what it calls its "intellectual property" Reading between the lines of some statements made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on February 15, underscores the fact that they may be planning to swing the patent bat against us at some point.

Also: Ballmer Dismisses Linux Threat, Talks Up Intellectual Property

Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: Keep an Eye On Your Servers

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Today's networking grab-bag contains iftop, ApacheTop, and sysctl. iftop is a nice realtime bandwidth monitor, ApacheTop is an almost real-time Apache monitor, and sysctl is used to control hundreds of kernel parameters in a most elite fashion. sysctl comes with all Linux distributions, and iftop and ApacheTop are just a Yum install or apt-get install away.

Uncertifiable Linux

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I tried hard not to blog this, but the flesh is weak (however willing the spirit Smile. I'm not sure how newsworthy it is that IBM is refusing to certify Oracle's Linux. After all, IBM doesn't necessarily overflow with love for Oracle.

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