Lawrence Lessig argues Eldrich v. Ashcroft in the Supreme Court
The Court clearly got it. Though the other side had written
literally 300 pages trying to show all the good CTEA did (and
pronounce it like it is a disease -- sateeeya), the Court hadn't
bought any of it. Congress was not acting to promote progress, it
was acting to reward "court favorites." The only question the
Court was struggling with is whether it has the power to do
anything about it.
case centers on whether Congress can extend copyrights forever.
Red Hat Linux 8.0 is released (announcement).
The BitKeeper flames begin anew when the "non-compete clause" (which
denies BitKeeper use to anybody trying to write a free source management
system) comes to light (LWN
The sendmail source distribution is compromised with a trojan horse,
which remains on the server for about a week (CERT advisory).
Openwall GNU/*/Linux 1.0 is released
Facing Hollywood's battery of high-paid lawyers and lobbyists, Mr
Lessig may seem hopelessly outgunned. But the case before the
Supreme Court this week shows what determined public-interest
lawyers such as Mr Lessig can achieve, even against heavy odds. And
Mr Lessig has most consumers on his side, something that the
entertainment industry, sooner or later, will have to reckon with
). Owl is a secure
Linux distribution by Solar Designer and others.
The Open Source Applications Foundation surfaces, though it has been
in existence for about a year. This group, funded by Mitch Kapor,
is working on a new "personal information manager" application as its first
A Linux system is infected by an email virus; the first documented case of
such an infection involves the WINE emulator.
The first Xandros Desktop release happens (announcement).
Zope 2.6.0 is released (announcement).
The main conclusion of the analysis was that FOSS software plays a
more critical role in the DoD than has generally been
recognized... One unexpected result was the degree to which
security depends on FOSS... Taken together, these factors imply
that banning FOSS would have immediate, broad, and strongly
negative impacts on the ability of many sensitive and
security-focused DoD groups to defend against cyberattacks.
-- The MITRE
Corporation (FOSS = 'Free and Open Source Software')
Version 1.0 of the Twisted Developer Platform is released (announcement).
SuSE Linux 8.1 is released (announcement).
New Xbox security measures are broken within three weeks; the new
hardware security had been meant to keep Linux (and other software) off the
SuSE announces that it will produce a desktop distribution (announcement).
Linus merges the device mapper (LVM2) patch, leaving the rival EVMS
out in the cold. The EVMS group decides to rewrite its user-space code to
work with LVM2.
A new cryptographic API is added to the 2.5 kernel; this is the
first time that crypto code has been allowed into the mainline Linux
I'm the last straggler coming back from the hunt, and I've got what
looks like it might be a wooly mammoth on my shoulders, and my
tribesmen are complaining that I'm late for dinner. How about
helping me by cutting down a tree for the roasting spit instead?
Reiser didn't quite make the freeze
The CLIC clustering distribution is launched by MandrakeSoft and
The Debian Desktop project launches (announcement).
RealNetworks releases its Helix DNA client under a free license (announcement).
The 2.5 kernel feature freeze goes into effect (mostly) as planned
on October 31.
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