The 2.6.11 kernel is released
It's nice that patches are called "fix the frobnozzle gadget", but this
analysis would be a lot easier if people would also label their patches
"break the frobnozzle gadget" when that's what they do. Oh well.
The stable 2.6 kernel release tree is created as a way of quickly
dealing with serious problems in 2.6 releases (article).
Linux Device Drivers, third edition is released (press release, online book). Linux Kernel Development, second
edition is also released (review).
[T]his affair has highlighted the mandarin mechanisms of Europe at their
baleful worst. The killer argument that won the day for software patents?
"We are adopting the position for institutional reasons so as not to create
a precedent which might have a consequence of creating future delays in
other processes." Lay down your keyboards, ye knights of open source; you
have lost your freedom in a noble cause.
The European Council adopts software patents, seemingly in violation
of its own procedural rules (FFII
A formal security contact for the Linux kernel is established; there
never was one before (article).
GNOME 2.10 is released (article).
Russ Nelson steps down as the head of the Open Source Initiative
after criticism of some of his writings gets too loud.
The Debian Project considers relegating some architectures to
"second class citizen" status (article).
The Mozilla Foundation announces that the Mozilla 1.8 release will not
happen; development will focus on Firefox and Thunderbird instead (article).
KDE 3.4 is released
Let's make all end user devices nonprogrammable. No one can
connect to the Internet on a machine that creates code. If you want a
computer to do programming, you would have to be licensed. We could license
software companies to purchase programmable machines, which would be
completely traceable along with the code created on them.
saves the net.
The Canopy Group dumps all of its SCO shares on Ralph Yarro as part
of a settlement between the two parties.
Harald Welte warns thirteen companies about GPL non-compliance at
CeBIT (press release).
Linspire Five-0 is released (press
Mandrakesoft moves to a one-year release cycle (roadmap).
Slackware drops the GNOME desktop (ChangeLog).
Gentoo Linux 2005.0 is released (announcement).
Acrobat 7 is shown to phone home, much to the surprise of its users
XFree86 4.5 is released; the world yawns.
Ubuntu offers collaboration with UserLinux; the UserLinux developers
are not interested (offer).
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