The European Commission concludes that software sharing between EU
governments would be a good thing
MandrakeSoft would gain nothing by joining United Linux, and doing
so would damage our reputation. Joining United Linux could destroy
many of the features that have made Mandrake Linux so widely
popular, such as our 'easy to install, easy to use' approach. It
should be noted that several recent polls indicate that the four
United Linux companies currently rank lower than Mandrake Linux in
, though openness beyond government
agencies would be limited (press
Continued troubles with IDE in the 2.5 kernel lead to a "foreport" of
the 2.4 code (patch).
Criticism of the IDE development process reaches a new high.
The Kondara Linux project (a Japanese distribution) dissolves. Some
of its developers go on to form Momonga Linux.
VA Software founder Larry Augustin steps aside and no longer runs
the company he founded (which no longer does what he founded it to do).
The "largest and most powerful Linux supercomputer" is sold to Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory by Linux NetworX (announcement).
MandrakeSoft signs a deal to sell Mandrake-installed systems through
RealNetworks announces it will open its "Helix" platform
One issue we have now, a unique competitor, is Linux. We haven't
figured out how to be lower priced than Linux. For us as a company,
we're going through a whole new world of thinking.
CEO Steve Ballmer
some codecs are to remain proprietary (announcement
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 ("Woody") is released (announcement).
Ogg Vorbis 1.0 is released.
A bill to legalize attacks on peer-to-peer networks is introduced by
U.S. representatives Howard Berman and Howard Coble.
Unable to sell advertising, LWN.net announces it will shut down on
August 1 (announcement + 127
comments). You may have noticed we're still here, though.
But if you don't do something now, this freedom that you built,
that you spend your life coding, this freedom will be taken
away. Either by those who see you as a threat, who then invoke the
system of law we call patents, or by those who take advantage of
the extraordinary expansion of control that the law of copyright
now gives them over innovation. Either of these two changes through
law will produce a world where your freedom has been taken
away. And, If You Can't Fight For Your Freedom . . . You Don't
Lessig at OSCON
The 2.5.27 kernel contains a new IDE bug which causes lockups and
filesystem corruption. Kernel hackers are not impressed. 2.5.27 also
includes the new, reverse-mapping VM implementation.
Perl 5.8.0 hits the net (announcement).
The EuroZope Foundation is launched to promote Zope in Europe (announcement).
NaN says it will free the Blender source if $100,000 can be raised
by Blender supporters. In October, they pulled it off.
Secure Computing Corporation puts out a statement of assurance on its
SELinux patents that does not actually assure too many people (LWN coverage).
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