Whilst the Microsoft patent agreement is in place there is
*nothing* we can do to fix community relations. And I really mean
nothing. We can pledge patents all we wish, we can talk to the
press and "community leaders", we can do all the right things
w.r.t. all our other interactions, but we will still be known as
GPL violators and that's the end of it.
Allison leaves Novell
Debian worries about the new Python trademark policy, but
distribution of Python is not interrupted (discussion).
The Virtual Citizenship Association is created out of the failed
Free Ryzom campaign (web
The Nouveau driver pledge launches with the goal of raising $10,000
in one month for the development of a free NVIDIA driver. The project
exceeds its goals (pledge
Linden Labs releases the Second Life Viewer code under the GPL; one
year later, some needed libraries remain non-free (press release).
Mike McGrath becomes the Fedora Infrastructure leader
There's usually about a two-year cycle where Linus and some people have
trouble with something, and then they work it out. Despite their kicking
and screaming, they eventually will go to GPL 3.
-- Bruce Perens
The MySQL license changes to GPLv2-only to avoid an automatic change
The Nokia N800 is released (press
Alan Cox testifies before the House of Lords on systems security (report).
The Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group merge
OpenXML relies on undisclosed patents, and undisclosed or
incomplete licensing terms that make any independent
reimplementation impossible or heavily risky. It obliges
implementors to reverse-engineer the behavior of old closed
Microsoft applications and formats. It uses non-standard formats
for languages and dates, and specifies known bugs, such as treating
1900 as a leap year.
sounds the alarm.
to become the Linux Foundation.
linux.conf.au 2007 is held in Sydney; some participants call it the
"best LCA ever" (LWN
Seclists.org is shut down by GoDaddy after a complaint by MySpace
The Linux Driver Project launches, promising free drivers for any
vendor wanting to cooperate with the community (announcement).
Foresight Linux 1.0 is released (announcement).
The LiMo Foundation is launched to help promote development of Linux
for mobile devices (press
rPath gets $9.1 million in venture funding (press release).
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