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Free Vs. Open

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Richard Stallman, founder of the Boston-based Free Software Foundation, has created a new version of his GNU General Public License, or GPL, under which many free software programs are distributed. In an interview by e-mail with Forbes, Stallman says freedom is more important to him than popularity. He also describes the differences between "free software" and "open source." And yes, he thinks one is better.

Ingres predicts the end of open source

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In this second of a two-part vnunet.com interview, Ingres' chief technology officer Dave Dargo talks about his vision for open source and the role it plays in the world.

PCLinuxOS: A Bright, New, Live-Linux on the OS Horizon

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PCLinuxOS (PCLOS) is a nicely-developing, Live-Linux on CD distribution. It is a good desktop Linux, which also can be installed permanently if you like. PCLinuxOS has become increasingly eclectic, drawing on packages from several of the best Linux distros, we asked PCLinuxOS founder and leader, Texstar, about that in an e-mail discussion.

Mandrake Founder to Sue Mandriva over Pink Slip

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Mandriva executive Gael Duval today confirmed rumors that he was laid off from the company he co-founded, along with a number of other Mandriva employees. Duval told NewsForge that he is going to bring suit against Mandriva for "abusive layoff." He also plans on working on new oss os Ulteo.

Interview: Men of Mono

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In issue 78 of Linux Format, on the shelves now, we have an interview with Edd Dumbill and Niel Bornstein - two prominent Mono coders who've written a book on the open source .NET implementation. Here's a few of the questions we asked, along with their answers:

Interview with Chris Smart, Kororaa Project

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Up until last week, Kororaa was a little-known distribution - a decent alternative of installing Gentoo Linux on one's hard disk, but otherwise nothing too exciting to write home about. Then all of a sudden, Kororaa has shot to fame. We have asked Chris Smart a few questions about the project.

The Alpha-Male: Interview with Kenneth Granerud of Wolvix

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As you might know, Wolvix recently appeared on the Linux distribution scene and Tuxmachines has been quite taken with this wonderful offering. As I generally prefer qt-based applications to their gtk counterparts, there must be something special about Wolvix Linux to become one of my top three or four favorite distros. We wanted to try and verbalize what it is. Wolvix features xfce4 as its default desktop and has recently undergone some slight changes in philosophy. This not only did not deter Tuxmachines, it seemed to only endear it more. In fact, we wanted to know more about this wonderful distro and its insightful developer, Kenneth Granerud. So, we posed some questions to which he obliged.

Interview: Hans Reiser

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In this interview, Hans looks back at Reiser3, describing the advantages it had over other filesystems when it was released and its current state. He then explores the many improvements currently in Reiser4.

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