OpenOffice.org 1.0 is released (announcement).
Red Hat Linux 7.3 is released (announcement).
The GNOME 2.0 release is delayed, again, in the interests of
CD copy protection schemes are defeated with a magic marker, but the
movement to ban markers under the DMCA never quite gets off the ground.
The Digital Consumer's Bill of Rights is posted, but doesn't seem to
get that far either (Bill of Rights here).
It's as if the judge ruled that Congress can ban the sale of
printing presses, because the First Amendment right to publish
speech was not attacked directly and quills and ink are still
-- Cindy Cohn,
A constitutional attack on the DMCA fails in the ElcomSoft case;
presiding Judge Whyte argues that a ban on circumvention devices is
constitutional, even if those devices have legal uses.
Caldera International issues an earnings warning and lays off 73
A U.S. Appeals court refuses to hear the 2600 DVD case, leaving the
lower court ruling (which said that linking to DeCSS was illegal) intact.
The defendants eventually decide not to appeal.
Turbolinux 8 Workstation is released (announcement).
Gcc 3.1 is released (announcement).
The Embedded Linux Journal ceases publication, but lives on as a
section within the regular Linux Journal.
Sun donates an unlimited number of copies of StarOffice 6.0 to the
Chinese Ministry of Education.
Word gets out that Red Hat has filed for software patents covering
some of its kernel work. The company responds with a statement of
position which promises that patents will be freely licensed to GPL
The ADEOS development project is announced; it promises a way of
implementing real-time Linux systems while avoiding the RTLinux patents (announcement).
The UnitedLinux consortium announces it existence; the group, made
up of Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE, and Turbolinux, will pool its operating
system development efforts in order to save money and offer a more
standardized platform. (Press
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