Lexmark files a DMCA suit against Smartek
Happy new year to you all, hopefully most of you are back from the
dead and the hangovers are all long gone. And if not, I'm told
reading a large kernel patch is _just_ the medication for whatever
-- Linus releases
, claiming that making
interoperable printer cartridges is a copyright violation.
MandrakeSoft asks for money from its users to keep the company from
going broke (company
Jon Johansen is acquitted in a Norwegian court of all charges related to his role in the writing and distribution of DeCSS.
The Neo Project stops its Xbox key cracking attempt, citing
unspecified "legal reasons." The project has since disappeared
The Xbox challenge is extended for a year, and the person behind the
challenge is revealed to be Michael Robertson of Lindows.com.
The purpose of copyright law is to provide incentives and
protection to authors to create and publish original works, not
give corporations the power to control the flow of information. We
should not permit copyright extremists to exploit current laws for
that goal, and we should reject their demands that Congress give
them even broader power to control and license information.
Bruce Perens launches a series of books, all of which are to be
released under a free license.
The Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act is upheld by the U.S. Supreme
court. This challenge, headed by Lawrence Lessig, had hoped to put some
brakes on the continued expansion of copyright holders' powers.
The RIAA, BSA, and CSPP make a deal for unified lobbying of
Congress; mandates for digital rights management technology will be
opposed, but any expansion of the rights of users of copyrighted material
will also be opposed. (Press
MandrakeSoft files for bankruptcy, having failed to raise the
capital it needs. (Press
SCO is a trusted UnitedLinux partner, we have faith in what they're
-- SUSE spokesman Joe
A Red Hat spokesperson had no comment, saying the company believes
the SCO story is a rumor.
SCO's intellectual property push could yet present the Linux
community with its first serious legal difficulties.
-- LWN, January 30
The first rumors of the SCO Group's plans come out (Linux Business Week
AMD and IBM become UnitedLinux partners (Press
MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition is launched (Press release).
SUSE Linux Office Desktop is released (Press release).
LWN celebrates its fifth anniversary.
A nasty CVS vulnerability puts network-accessible repositories at
risk worldwide, but exploits are rare.
All major distributions receive Linux Standard Base certification
HP and Sun withdraw from the Desktop Linux Summit after the
event starts to look rather less vendor-independent than had been once
SCO announces its library licensing program for Linux, allegedly in
response to customer demand. The company also announces
SCOoffice Server, based on Linux.
Xandros Desktop 1.0 is released (press release).
Microsoft comes under regular fire for its apparent eagerness to
end-of-life its products, making them more difficult and expensive
to support, and hence forcing users to upgrade to the next
version. But without fanfare Red Hat has quietly introduced its own
approach to end-of-life, and compared to this, Microsoft's idea of
an upgrade cycle looks pretty sedate.
Bitstream releases its Vera fonts to the GNOME project under an open
RealNetworks releases the Helix DNA Server source. (Press
Red Hat announces a new errata policy limiting support for Red Hat
Linux to one year after its release (announcement).
The MS-SQL worm is loosed, infecting over 100,000 systems in less
than 30 minutes.
KDE 3.1 is released (announcement).
19,000 people attend LinuxWorld in New York City.
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