Linux in the news
Glyn Moody writes
the game Second Life
Linux Journal. "Unless you have been living under a rock for the six
months, you will have noticed that the virtual world Second Life is much in
the news. According to its home page, there are currently around 1,700,000
residents, who are spending $600,000 - that's real, not virtual, money - in
the world each day. These figures are a little deceptive - there are
typically only 10,000 to 15,000 residents online at any one time, and the
money flow is not a rigorous measurement of economic activity - but there
is no doubt that Second Life is growing very rapidly; moreover, we are
beginning to see it enter the mainstream in a way that has close parallels
with the arrival of the Web ten years ago.
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ComputerWorld talks with Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian
. "We never changed our position. All I cared about was, I lost a deal with a large retailer to Microsoft for the first time about 12 or 18 months ago. It was going to be an all-Linux deal, and I lost it because they were unduly influenced, in my opinion, to be fearful of these [IP and indemnity issues]. From my point of view that was really too bad, because Linux lost. Then I watched it happen three more times.
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Scott Handy, IBM's Vice President of Worldwide Linux and Open Source,
about the Novell/Microsoft patent agreement.
"Handy put it more strongly, though. From where he sits, Microsoft's Novell deal indicates that "Microsoft is coming to terms with the fact that Linux is an unstoppable force in the marketplace."
Rosenthal continued, "Unfortunately, embedded in Microsoft's recent endorsement of Linux are claims regarding customers' needing protection from patent attack. Those claims are baseless.
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Trade Shows and Conferences
, India's premiere Free and Open Source Software conference.
"The FOSS.in conference, since its 2001 launch, has been scaling up
to tap into some of the best tech presentations from across the globe, as
also the growing Indian digirati scattered worldwide. Sirtaj Singh Kang,
who is of Indian origin and now based in Australia, is back to FOSS.in for
the sixth time. Commented corporate computing strategist Atul Chitnis, "He
is the closest we have in India to having a FOSS superstar..." The initials
FOSS stand for "Free and Open Source Software."
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the "Software Patents: A Time for Change?" conference. "On November
17, Boston University Law School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
hosted the "Software Patents: A Time for Change?" conference. A unique
gathering of geeks and lawyers, the 10-hour conference consisted of a
series of panels ranging from the perceived problems with software patents
to possible solutions.
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that the French parliament is about to put Linux on its desktops.
"The project, backed by parliament members Richard Cazenave and
Bernard Carayon of the Union for a Popular Movement party, will see 1,154
French parliamentary workstations running on Linux, with OpenOffice.org
productivity software, the Firefox Web browser and an open-source e-mail
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Linux at Work
on efforts to run Fedora Core 5 on the Sony PlayStation 3
"If you're one of the fortunate few to have scooped up a Sony PlayStation 3 (and not gotten mugged in the process), and you're looking for a tax break, I have some good news: You might be able to count your new "toy" as a business expense.
Seems that Sony was good enough to make available a download called Open Platform for PlayStation 3, which enables users to install third-party apps on their PS3s. Some Linux enthusiasts are already taking advantage of it by loading their shiny new systems with Fedora Core 5 OS.
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Here's a fairly long ZDNet weblog entry by David Berlind
on the problem of "open source" licenses which lack OSI approval. "When it originally avoided the OSI's process for certifying the authenticity of its license, SugarCRM set a precedent that others have already followed. If the trend continues (and it shows no signs of abating), the total number of unblessed licenses will at some point out-number the number of blessed ones. If the SPL takes an inch... another unblessed license that takes a mile, or maybe even two will eventually turn up. Sooner or later, 'open source' will become nothing more than a meaningless catch-all phrase that, by virtue of standing for all sorts of licenses (blessed and unblessed), actually ends up standing for none of them.
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It would appear that an effort to localize the Ubuntu distribution for the
Kurdish language has come under investigation in Turkey. Relatively vague
press reports can be found on Wikinews
. "The Diyarbakir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office yesterday
launched an investigation into Sur Mayor Abdullah Demirbas who commissioned
a Kurdish language version of a widely used computer program.
There is also an article in
which is said to cover the situation.
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Linux.com looks at
Software in the Public Interest (SPI). "Software in the Public
Interest (SPI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to further the
interests of free hardware and software. It is best-known as the public
face of Debian. However, after several years of relative inactivity, SPI is
getting its affairs in order and expanding to include other projects. At
its November meeting yesterday, the SPI board of directors discussed a wide
range of topics, from the status of talks with potential member projects,
the removal of an apparently defunct project, and the issue of the Debian
trademark in Spain. Most importantly, the board resolved to settle at its
next meeting a domain name dispute with the Open Source Initiative (OSI)
that dates backs to 1998.
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with Marc Fleury
, the founder and leader of the JBoss Division of Red
Hat. "From the point of view of the free software movement "it is
very good news that Java has been GPL'd, because it creates a protection in
terms of intellectual property around the Java Virtual Machine [JVM]."
Fleury believes that JVM will evolve more rapidly under the influence of
the open source community, but that Sun will benefit by retaining control
of the branding "and that's a good thing" for JBoss, for the developers,
and for the open source community.
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BluWiki has a new vendors
wiki page that contains information on computer hardware.
The site includes information on the availability of open-source drivers,
FOSS friendliness and more.
(Thanks to Fred.)
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the availability of the free online course
An Introduction to Linux Basics
"LinuxBasic.org, an online community devoted to helping people learn to install and run Linux, has announced its second free Linux class. "An Introduction to Linux Basics" aims to instill a basic understanding about Linux for beginners who want to know more about how the system works, according to the site.
Advanced Linux users will find an opportunity to dig deeper into some areas they always wanted to know more about or to fill gaps in their knowledge, according to Stefan Waidele of the LinuxBasic.org team.
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Ralf Hildebrandt and Patrick Koetter present
The Book of Postfix in a Linux Journal article.
"Developed with security and speed in mind, Postfix has become a popular alternative to Sendmail. The Book of Postfix published by No Starch Press is a complete guide to Postfix whether used by the home user, as a mailrelay or virus scanning gateway, or as a company mailserver. Practical examples show how to deal with daily challenges like protecting mail users from SPAM and viruses, managing multiple domains, and offering roaming access. The following is chapter 5 from "The Book of Postfix".
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Linux.com looks at
GNOME project web site rejuvenation. "Like any large organisation,
the GNOME Project faces a formidable challenge in maintaining an effective
Web site. Trying the balance the demands of promotion, documentation, and
community coordination is made all the more difficult when you only have
volunteers to do the work. But over the past year the GNOME community has
developed and begun to execute a well-defined process to refocus and
rejuvenate its much-neglected Web presence.
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