GNU bash 3.0 is released
What it boils down to is that Linux has patent risks; but they can
and will become conventional insured risks, just an everyday cost
of doing business.
will help you out.
Open Source Risk Management states that Linux violates 283 patents,
though none of them have been validated in court (press
Munich's Linux conversion is put on hold as a result of patent
concerns; the holdup does not last for long.
AJ Towns, the Debian release manager quits; his replacement proposes
a September 15 (2004!) release (announcement).
When people say SCO is just a litigation company, it really bugs
IBM contributes its Cloudscape database to the Apache Software
IBM pledges not to initiate patent attacks against Linux, or at
least against the kernel.
Computer Associates releases Ingres as free software (press
The 2.4.27 kernel is released (announcement).
Traditional software is like witchcraft. In history, witchcraft
just died out. The same will happen in software. When problems get
serious enough, you can't have one person or one company guarding
their secrets. You have to have everybody share in knowledge.
Circuit City begins deploying Linux-based point-of-sale systems in
over 600 stores (press release).
The 2.6.8 kernel is released, followed quickly by 126.96.36.199 after a
fatal bug turns up (announcement).
Lindows gives up on its IPO (press
SCO finally makes peace with BayStar clearing the way for BayStar to
sell its holdings.
KDE 3.3 is released (announcement).
An appeals court rules in favor of Grokster, saying it is not liable
for copyright infringements by users of its service.
Summary: the kernel developers all like how this is working. No stable
internal-kernel API, never going to happen, get used to it (syscalls won't
break). Drivers outside of the tree are on their own (quote: "you're
screwed") (conclusion: get into the kernel, quick before it runs crazily
away in a big honking yellow bus of ever-accelerating development.)
The Philips Webcam driver is removed from the 2.6 kernel on its
author's request (FAQ).
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 is released (announcement).
Sendmail releases a SenderID test implementation, but concerns about
Microsoft's patents overshadow the release (coverage).
Debian considers releasing sarge with a 2.4 kernel (DWN).
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