The X.Org Foundation releases X11R6.7
This release marks the return to community development of the X
Window System under governance open to all contributors for the
first time since the founding of the X Consortium in 1988.
, the first post-XFree86
SCO's motion to dismiss the Red Hat suit is denied, but the trial is
put on hold pending the outcome of the IBM case (Groklaw
The 2.6.5 kernel is released (announcement).
The Yankee Group claims that switching to Linux is prohibitively
Linux in the defense environment is the classic Trojan horse
scenario--a gift of 'free' software is being brought
inside our critical defenses. If we proceed with plans to allow
Linux to run these defense systems without demanding proof that it
contains no subversive or dangerous code waiting to emerge after we
bring it inside, then we invite the fate of Troy.
-- Dan O'Dowd CEO, Green
and obligatory DiDio quote).
Progeny Debian 2.0 is released (coverage).
Mandrakelinux 10.0 Official is released (announcement).
Martin Michlmayr is re-elected as Debian Project Leader (voting results).
Sun and Microsoft make a deal; Sun gets $2 billion and the two
agree to work together.
Lindows (the distribution) becomes Linspire (press
Lindows (the company) files for an IPO (Form
BayStar demands its money back from SCO (letter).
It looks like I'm going to have to reconsider something I'd been
taking for granted -- that Linux on the desktop, and especially the
laptop, was a non-starter in the operating systems race. While I
wasn't paying sufficient attention, the proverbial tortoise has
been playing some serious catch-up.
Open Source Risk Management certifies that the Linux kernel is free of
copyright infringements (PDF
Red Hat decides to disable SELinux in Fedora Core 2 after testing
makes it clear that some difficulties remain (announcement).
The Public Patent Foundation challenges Microsoft's FAT filesystem
The Netfilter Project gets an injunction against Sitecomm stopping
the distribution of Sitecomm's products in Germany until its GPL violations
are resolved (announcement).
If instead, it turns out there are significant numbers of people
who believe their participation in Debian is really more about
proving that they are Holier Than Stallman, those that *are*
interested in making something useful for their users have their
choice of either (a) trying to see if they have the votes to
shut-out the fanatics, (b) try to build something useful that uses
Debian as a base, and leaves the insanity behind, or (c) join the
Fedora project, or some other distribution.
The Debian Project changes its social contract; the new wording
requires the distribution to be "100% free" and causes another delay in the sarge
Linuxant gets caught circumventing the kernel's GPL module check (coverage).
Gentoo chief architect Daniel Robbins resigns.
Gentoo Linux 2004.1 is released (announcement).
Turbolinux 10F is released (announcement).
Gcc 3.4 is released (release notes).
MontaVista gets $7 million in venture investments (press
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