Novell posts its Xgl code
We get in the situation where lots of people are sitting there with arms
folded, complaining about lack of a new kernel release while nobody is
actually working on the bugs. Nobody knows why this happens.
bringing this work out from behind closed
Linus releases 2.6.15, fifteen years to the day after he bought the
machine he first developed Linux on (announcement).
The Free Software Foundation announces Gnash, intended to be a free
Flash media player. Someday. (Announcement).
Coverity receives a grant to perform audits of free software from
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Another banner year has passed, with Linux once again proving
its superiority in the area of crappy wireless (WiFi) support.
Linux oldsters love the current state of wireless, because it hearkens
back to the heady days of Yuri Gagarin, Sputnik and Linux kernel 0.99,
when getting hardware to work under Linux required either engineering
knowledge or luck (or both).
John Linville takes over the Linux wireless stack, bringing a new
level of energy to Linux 802.11 development.
CERT releases its 2005 vulnerabilities list which purports to show
that "Unix/Linux" has three times as many vulnerabilities as Windows (list, snide LWN response).
Novell releases AppArmor under the GPL (press
Mono is added to Fedora Core thanks to a promise of protection from
the Open Invention Network.
Microsoft's FAT filesystem patents are upheld - for a while (article).
The first GPLv3 draft is released
The Linux kernel is under the GPL version 2. Not anything else. Some
individual files are licenceable under v3, but not the kernel in general.
And quite frankly, I don't see that changing.
The "Digital Content Protection Act" enters the U.S. Congress; among
other things, it would have enshrined "customary historic use" of media,
giving a veto power over any new technologies (article).
The ghost of software patents begins to stir in Europe, though, by
the end of the year, it remains just a ghost.
Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell wins the 2005 Free Software Award (announcement).
The Rockbox iPod port produces audio (announcement).
OSDL accepts a set of proposals from the kernel development
community on how it can better serve that community (proposals).
SeaMonkey 1.0 is released, keeping the old Mozilla suite alive (info
The ReactOS project suspends development for a code audit among
fears of contamination from proprietary code (announcement).
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