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A Microsoft Windows / Linux Conspiracy Theory

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OS

Chris Pirillo: I think Microsoft has given up on Vista behind the scenes. I’m sending this via email because well, I know it sounds like tinfoil hat time, but I think there’s some validity to it.

Fl0p: Decoding the Evil Genius Mindset

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Humor

geek00l.blogspot: People who come from Unix background always have the real guts, and I bet you know what is RTFM all about. In fact it is Read The Fun Manual when you don't know how to use the commands or understand the technical section, sounds polite isn't it ;P

Talking to Torvalds

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Linux

bcs.org: He hates cellphones, but thinks that acceptance of the open source concept is now taken for granted - in a good way. BCS managing editor Brian Runciman interviewed Linus Torvalds after he received the BCS Lovelace Medal.

Showstoppers list for KDE’s 4.0 Beta 3 release

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KDE

liquidat: The KDE 4.0 Beta 3 release was shifted to October 10. Additionally the release team specified the KDE parts which have to be ready at the beta release date or which might otherwise be a showstopper.

putting a stake in the ground

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Moz/FF

zarro boogs: Performance matters more than ever in the browser space, and even as the Web grows up and gets bigger we need to continue to push harder on getting smaller and faster. The Firefox team is going to put a really big stake in the ground on performance, with the bulk of the focus on cleaning up our own house.

Also: Spread Firefox V.2 Getting Close

GNOME 2.22 planning: Empathy messaging client and toolkit proposed for inclusion

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Software

arstechnica: We have previously discussed Empathy, an open source instant messaging client and toolkit that is part of the Telepathy project. Empathy has officially been proposed for inclusion in GNOME 2.22, making Telepathy and the Mission Control connection management framework potential external dependencies.

Also: GNOME 2.22 planning: GIO and GVFS proposed for inclusion

Novell and the GPL V3 Poison Pawn

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SUSE

inforworld blogs: This morning I read through an interesting translation of a 10 question written interview between members of the Brazilian Linux Community and Novell. Of course there are some revealing tidbits about Mono and ODF (two areas of strange attraction between Novell and Microsoft), but I found the following quote of particular interest:

The "Paradox of Choice" in the F/OSS World

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OSS

o'reilly blogs: My friend Dave just built a machine to run CentOS. Last night he lamented that he didn’t like the video player. I cringed, “Is it well-known free software video player? I’ve not had much luck dealing with the developers and I recommend another well-known free software video player.” Another friend, Jim, snickered. “This is what I hate about Linux. There’s just too much choice.”

GPLv2 vs. GPLv3 for beginners

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OSS

linuxdevices: A research firm serving the mobile phone industry has published an 18-page whitepaper about open source licensing. Entitled "GPLv2 vs. GPLv3," the paper examines the meteoric rise of open source software, and the forces that shaped each license, before concluding with an extremely detailed point-by-point comparison.

Ubuntu 7.10 Review & Screenshots (Beta)

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Ubuntu

cybernews: I started off my morning with some Ubuntu 7.10 action since the first Beta had just been released. I downloaded the 688MB ISO image, burned it to CD, and got started immediately with the Live CD.

New Opera Developmental Snapshot available

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Software

my.opera.com: New stuff: Added menu item to never reload a page (Right click > Reload every - Never) and when running Gnome, Opera will now use the native GTK file chooser when opening and saving files (w00t)!

Akademy 2008 to be Held in Belgium

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KDE

dot.kde.org: The annual KDE World Summit, Akademy, has found a home for 2008 in the heart of Europe, Belgium. The event is the most important conference for the contributors of the KDE project and will be held from Saturday August 9th to Saturday 16th at the De Nayer Institute.

Slackware: the classic distro that's as timely as ever.

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Slack

lxer: Slackware enjoys the official position of “the eldest” of all of the currently developed distributions. Started in 1993 by Patrick Volkerding it began its life as a series of improvements to SLS' version of Linux. By and by, it grew into a separate distro of its own. In fact, several other distros (who shall remain nameless) used Slackware as their basis before they ventured off into their respective directions.

openSUSE is Looking for a Chief Linux Evangelist

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SUSE

opensuse news: To strengthen the openSUSE project we’re looking for an enthusiastic Chief Evangelist to promote and spread the adoption of openSUSE, develop and nurture the openSUSE communities, and pro actively drive openSUSE marketing.

Also: Virtualization from Novell. Built to Innovate.

The Many Hats of Sourceforge.Net

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OSS
Web

zdnet blogs: Ross Turk of Sourceforge (right) was troubled by my post about Mashable’s Open Source God, which to him read as though I were calling Sourceforge a site meant exclusively for developers. That is its perceived niche, and its greatest strength, something it should be proud of.

Linux distro for women? Thanks, but no thanks

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Linux

linux.com: The idea is floating around again: Let's make a special Linux distribution for women! We're smarter than that, aren't we? I say, let's spare ourselves and the world yet another pointless and less-than-useful version of Linux.

Also: GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

People of openSUSE: Carlos Gonçalves

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Interviews
SUSE

opensuse news: Here is another ‘People of openSUSE’ interview, this time with Carlos Gonçalves, a very active member of our Portuguese community and founder of ENOS. By the way Carlos joined the ‘People of openSUSE’ initiative and will do some interviews in the future!

Wireless Project Suggests 'Changes-licensed-under' Tag

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "Based on the new guidelines posted by the SFLC on 'Maintaining Permissive-Licensed Files in a GPL-Licensed Project: Guidelines for Developers', specifically section 5, we are introducing a new tag for use with patches which deal with files licensed under permissive licenses (BSD, ISC) on Linux wireless in our larger GPL project, the Linux kernel," explained Luis Rodriguez.

Mixing GPL and BSD code just takes care

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: The issue in the Atheros case were changes to an OpenBSD driver aimed at enabling 802.11 under a GPL license, which de Raadt called a “stealing our code thing.” The SFLC decided that the new files were separately copyrighted works, but SFLC head Eben Moglen convinced most to release the code so it could be re-incorporated in OpenBSD. Most, but not all.

Gutsy Beta Testers, come on in

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Ubuntu

jono bacon: Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, Cats and Dogs, Sheep and Goats, Ace Of Bass, Boys 2 Men…erm…, anyway, I am pleased to point your already curious noses in the direction of the Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Beta Release. It is out, and it needs testing. And, guess what? This is where you ‘orrible lot come in.

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