OpenBSD 3.8 is released
Desktop Linux is a tough nut to crack. The desktop is
like teenage sex. Everybody's talking about it, but nobody's doing
Nexenta Debian/GNU/Solaris launches (announcement).
Forgent steps up its JPEG patent suits (press
Novell lays off 600 employees, including free software developers
Nexenta and Debian developers clash on licensing issues (article).
The Open Invention Network launches as a means to acquire and
enforce patents for the free software community (press release).
The Lupper worm, which affects Linux systems, hits the net; it uses
the long-fixed XML-RPC vulnerability (article).
FreeBSD 6.0 is released (announcement).
NetBSD 2.1 is released (announcement).
Famous last words, but the actual patch volume _has_ to drop off one day.
In fact there doesn't seem to much happening out there wrt 2.6.15.
It's hard to go through in any great detail, because even the
shortlog is actually almost five thousand lines and about 200kB in
size, and would thus run afoul of the mailing list limits so I
can't include it here... The unidiff is about a million lines in
size, just the diffstat is 300+kB.
Torvalds releases 2.6.15-rc1
The GNOME Foundation board is reduced to seven members as the result
of a referendum (results).
Efforts to derail the Massachusetts OpenDocument initiative continue
SonyBMG releases a software update to remove its DRM rootkit but the
cure turns out to be worse than the disease (Felten).
The Linux Standard Base becomes an ISO standard (press release).
The Linux Phone Standards Forum launches (press
Researcher Dan Kaminsky finds evidence of 500,000 systems infected
by SonyBMG's rootkit (Wired).
The Public Patent Foundation challenges Forgent's JPEG patent
After more than five years of trying, the recording industry has
not yet demonstrated a workable DRM scheme for music CDs. Gartner
believes that it will never achieve this goal as long as CDs must
be playable by stand-alone CD players. The industry may now refocus
its attention on seeking legislation requiring the PC industry to
include DRM technology in its products.
The EFF launches a class-action suit against SonyBMG (press release).
Texas sues as well.
The FSF announces that the first GPLv3 draft will come in January,
KDE 3.5 is released (announcement).
Microsoft proposes its Office file formats for ECMA/ISO standard status.
Firefox 1.5 is released (announcement).
Escaping the Java Trap published, showing how free Java is nearly
ready - and how to fix the parts that aren't (escape).
Computer Associates spins off Ingres into an independent corporation
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