Linus Torvalds never supported the Free Software movement. He sort of
accidentally drifted into making a contribution to the Free Software
community, but not because he ever supported our goals. And so he has
actually said that he is against our aims of defending freedom for all
users. What can you do?
Debian's Alioth server is compromised (announcement).
SanDisk MP3 players are seized at a trade show in Berlin as the
result of a dispute over software patent royalties (BBC).
A proposed update to the Creative Commons licenses runs into trouble
resulting from its anti-DRM provisions (article).
The "Citizendium" launches as a fork of Wikipedia; progress since
then is slow.
The 2.6.18 kernel is released (announcement).
Finally, we recognise that defining what constitutes DRM abuse is
essentially political in nature and as such, while we may argue forcefully
for our political opinions, we may not suborn or coerce others to go along
with them. Therefore, attempting to write these type of restrictions into
GPLv3 and then relicense all FSF code under it is tantamount to co-opting
the work of all prior contributions into the service of the FSF's political
A poll of kernel developers reveals almost universal opposition to
The Debian "Dunc-Tank" launches as an effort to raise money to pay
Debian developers (announcement).
Freenode founder Rob Levin dies in a bicycling accident (notice).
The Linux-ready firmware developer kit launches; the work is
sponsored by Intel (announcement).
Mozilla Corp. tells Debian to stop using the Firefox trademark;
Debian responds by switching to Iceweasel (article).
Mandriva Linux 2007 is released (announcement).
A court in Germany upholds the GPL against D-Link
Ultimately, we need to recognize that Linux is a 15-year-old kernel and
that there will be another technical development to supersede it
eventually. I can't say what that will be, but I think the best chance of
mobilizing individual contribution to it would be to use GPL 3.
-- Bruce Perens
Eric Raymond joins the Freespire "Leadership Board," having found a
distribution more to his liking (announcement).
The first draft of version 2 of the GNU Free Documentation License is
BusyBox maintainer Rob Landley quits as the result of a GPLv3
dispute in which Bruce Perens stated his intent to fork the project (article).
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