Battle for Wesnoth 1.0 is released
And I have seen _lots_ of total crap work that was based on
specs. It's _the_ single worst way to write software, because it by
definition means that the software was written to match theory, not
, LWN editorial productivity drops
Microsoft's FAT patents are rejected by the U.S. Patent Office.
Don Marti steps down as editor of the Linux Journal (goodbye).
Sun promises not to enforce any patents against OpenDocument -
version 1.0, at least (statement).
Oracle acquires Innobase
This announcement represents further validation of the open source
movement. The beauty of open source software and the GPL license is
freedom. As with all MySQL code, InnoDB is provided under the GPL
license, meaning that users have complete freedom to use, develop,
and modify the code base. We are pleased to see even broader
industry acceptance of open source database technology.
Marten Mickos makes lemonade
, maker of the InnoDB engine used by MySQL
The Better Desktop initiative launches (press
The Nessus security scanner is relicensed and is no longer free
SUSE Linux 10.0 is released (announcement).
Ubuntu 5.10 ("breezy") is released (announcement).
A release plan for Debian 'etch' is posted; it calls for a release
in December, 2006 (plan).
Bob Young departs Red Hat (article).
Oh, and at least one major distro has been served with legal papers
due to them shipping closed source kernel drivers, and more are on
the way. That's the direction some developers are taking. Others,
myself included, [are] taking the technical way and just making it
so damn hard to write and ship a closed kernel module, that they
will just give up eventually. Combine that with the
EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL() stuff in the kernel, and I give it about 1-2
more years before it's just technically impossible to write such a
The EFF decodes watermarks added by color printers (article).
Mandriva Linux 2006 is released.
Minix 3 is released (article).
OSDL's Mobile Linux Initiative launches (press release).
Microsoft posts a new set of "shared source" licenses, two of which
even might qualify as free.
MySQL 5.0 is released (announcement).
OpenOffice.org 2.0 is released (announcement).
The Galeon developers give up; they will create Epiphany extensions
Open Source Risk Management offers "compliance insurance" for
companies afraid of violating the GPL (article).
Mark Russinovich discovers the Sony rootkit
Larry [McVoy] conveyed his very legitimate worry that a fast,
stable open source project such as Mercurial poses a threat to his
business, and that he considered it "unacceptable" that an employee of
a customer should work on a free project that he sees as competing.
To avoid any possible perception of conflict, I have volunteered to
Larry that as long as I continue to use the commercial version of
BitKeeper, I will not contribute to the development of Mercurial.
, starting all kinds of
The Analog Content Security Preservation Act is proposed as yet
another broadcast flag effort (EFF).
The 2.6.14 kernel is released (announcement).
The OpenEZX project launches to coordinate hacking on the
Linux-powered Motorola A780 cellphone (project).
Wine 0.9 is released, declared ready for commercial testing (announcement).
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