Glyn Moody looks at
challenges to open access and open data. "What this shows is that
however many battles are won, the war against closed, proprietary
approaches goes on. Open source and open standards have made huge strides,
but in other areas - open access and open data, for example - the fight is
only beginning. If you want to track what's happening here the best place
to go is Peter Suber's Open Access News. This will not only keep you
completely up to date on the latest developments in the open access and
open data worlds (with a fair amount of related open source stuff thrown in
for good measure), but it will also highlight all the important campaigns
and petitions that need your help. As recent events in the open source and
open standards world have shown, individuals can make a real
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efforts by the Linux Foundation's
Open Printing Working Group
"Printing has been a notoriously difficult capability to configure
in Linux, but work by the Open Printing Working Group is designed to
change that. Andy Oram has been examining what we can expect in the
future from this initiative, which includes distribution-independent
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Jon maddog Hall spent
the winter in Brazil
before setting sail in a search for algae.
"How does [algae] fit in with computing? Most of the readers of Linux
Journal have at least one computer in their houses. I lost count of my own
computer stock at about 15, and some of them are real electrical
power-eaters. A lot of them have really dangerous chemicals in them, like
lead and acidic materials. Fortunately, over time, power requirements per
CPU and graphics cycles have gone down, as have costs for the
hardware. Manufacturers, either through legislation or social and civic
concern, have moved to making their systems from more
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The SCO Problem
As SCO fades away, some of the pro-SCO journalists are being asked some hard questions. Here is the closest thing we'll get to an answer from Dan Lyons
on Forbes. "This time, I figured I should at least give SCO the benefit of the doubt. I flew to Utah and interviewed their managers. I attended a SCO conference in Las Vegas and did more interviews. They told me all sorts of things, like they'd found a 'smoking gun' that proved IBM was guilty, and that they were preparing to sue big Hollywood companies that use Linux server farms to make movies.
I reported what they said. Turns out I was getting played. They never produced a smoking gun. They never sued any Hollywood company.
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For anybody who has wanted to see Rob Enderle explain himself with regard
to SCO, TG Daily has that explanation at great length
. "I thought
I'd run into the cover up of the century. I was even told, as the senior
research fellow, I was not allowed to talk about Linux anymore and I was
lectured by the Head of Research on how I should have written the column
who, upon actually reading it, agreed I had done everything he had just
lectured me to do. He concluded that he must be thinking of another column
I had written (this was my first column and there was no 'other'
column). I saw this as a clear ethics problem and resigned the next day,
focused like a laser on the Linux supporters I then viewed as
criminals. And if they were criminals, than SCO must be the victim, right?
Well, that was my thought back then.
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Russia plans to install a Linux-derived "Russian OS" in every school in
that country, as reported
by CNews. Pilot programs are to start in three regions in 2008, with 2009
being targeted for a full rollout. "The main aim of the given work is
to reduce dependence on foreign commercial software and provide education
institutions with the possibility to choose whether to pay for commercial
items or to use the software, provided by the government.
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Ivan Jelic, a member of the Free Software Foundation Europe, looks at
which European countries voted for the OpenXML format as a standard.
"Romania and Bulgaria, members of European Union, together with
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, gave a green light for
Microsoft's format, with comments from Bulgaria. In this story, we take a
look at the decision processes and reactions in those countries.
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Groklaw features an
with Georg Greve, Jeremy Allison, Volker Lendecke and
Carlo Piana on the recent EU Commission's antitrust ruling against
"Sean Daly: Now, tell me a little bit more about the "blue bubble" because I wasn't present at the hearings, but in the hallway, coming out of the hearings, I kept hearing about this blue bubble bursting. What's going on here?
Georg Greve: Well, the blue bubble was a theory that Microsoft invented in order to justify that it had kept parts of the protocol secret. They said that there's a difference between the internal protocols and the external protocols, if you want to describe them like that. They said that certain protocols that are so secret that they are in this blue bubble, because they had visualized this with a blue bubble, that this could never be shared without actually sharing source code, without sharing how the program exactly works.
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Red Hat Magazine has some
nice ideas about building a community around an open source
project. "If you have an open source project, most likely you are a
designer/developer and not a marketer. Marketing is part of the job though
(sorry!), but it doesn't have to take a lot of effort. For starters, think
of the related mailing lists you are active on. If you aren't active on any
mailing lists, start! Open source lives through free exchange of email. If
you see a problem posted that might be solved by your software, it's
perfectly acceptable to mention your app. Other projects may exist as
alternatives to your own, and you want to respect them, as you want to also
respect other users on the lists. Help, but don't advertise."
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at GNOME 2.20, with screenshots. "The first major update
of GNOME, version 2.20, has arrived almost two and a half years after GNOME
2.10, its last big step forward. GNOME 2.20 boasts not just improvements to
the desktop itself, but multiple significant improvements to GNOME's
applications as well.
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LinuxDevices.com looks at MontaVista's Mobilinux 5.0
, an upcoming distribution aimed at mobile phone use. "'Typical' phones based on Mobilinux 5.0 are said to be capable of booting in under five seconds, and placing calls within 10. Boot times are reduced through XIP (execute-in-place) technology that runs applications directly from flash, without first instantiating them in RAM. Application startup times are reduced by prelinking, including to glibc.
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Carla Schroder, author of the Linux Cookbook pens
in the Women in Technology series. "[You]
definitely need a thick skin in the FOSS world. It's a self-selected group,
so it's chock-full of mavericks, the socially-inept, just plain trolls, and
all manner of folks who don't understand the importance of courtesy and
respect. But these are not representative of the excellent people who
really do things. The best FOSS people are polite and pleasant. I do not
believe that anyone is so invaluable and indispensable that they can be
excused from common courtesy. The world itself is full of mean people, and
there is no remedy other than learning how to deal with it. Girls are still
often raised to be passive doormats, and they are not taught how to set and
achieve goals, or that they are even worthy of going after what they really
want. There are no shortcuts; all we can do is dig in, do our best, and not
allow the naysayers to derail us.
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