Wind River joins Eclipse and OSDL
We, the Free Software developers, created this software to empower
everyone, and for everyone to share. But today's Enterprise Linux
is a lock-in play, designed to draw the customer into expensive
subscriptions and single-vendor service.
after years of downplaying Linux.
Jon Johansen returns to court for the appeal of his acquittal for
violation Norway's anti-circumvention law.
An end to development for the 2.4 kernel is announced by Marcelo
Tosatti (announcement). After 2.4.24, only
critical fixes will be considered.
An rsync.gentoo.org mirror server is compromised by an unknown
The first UserLinux manifesto is posted by Bruce Perens (manifesto).
... I want to walk the Court through enough of our complaint to
help the Court understand that IBM clearly did contribute a lot of
the Unix-related information into Linux. We just don't know what it
McBride in court.
IBM wins a motion to compel discovery in the SCO case; SCO, defended
by Kevin McBride rather than David Boies, loses on every point.
SCO investors BayStar and RBC obtain veto power over any SCO action
which would trigger the 20% payment to SCO's lawyers.
The Fedora Project posts a new draft leadership scheme that does
away with voting and goes for the benevolent meritocracy approach (draft).
NTT DoCoMo plans to standardize on Linux handsets.
If Darl McBride was in charge, he'd probably make marriage
unconstitutional too, since clearly it de-emphasizes the commercial
nature of normal human interaction, and probably is a major
impediment to the commercial growth of prostitution.
Microsoft starts selling patent licenses for the FAT filesystem,
leading to concern that an anti-Linux patent offensive may be in the
SCO suffers from yet another set of denial of service attacks on its
Novell joins the Open Source Development Labs (press release).
The GNOME Foundation elects a new board of directors, consisting of
Owen Taylor, Glynn Foster, Jody Goldberg, Jeff Waugh, Luis Villa,
Jonathan Blandford, Nat Friedman, Leslie Proctor, Bill Haneman, Dave
Camp, and Malcolm Tredinnick (announcement).
The European Commission Open Source Observatory launches as a
resource site for governmental open source usage in the EU (observatory).
The fact that [GNOME] comes with a license to develop and distribute
proprietary applications is the sole reason for this decision. A
long discussion on the mailing list has made it clear that GNOME
and KDE are similar in technical merit and commercial acceptance at
this time, leaving only the licensing issue as a basis for this
--Bruce Perens makes his
GNOME hacker Ettore Perazzoli dies.
The Australian Capital Territory passes a law requiring that open
source software be considered in governmental purchases.
MandrakeSoft announces decreasing losses and increasing margins for
its 2002/2003 fiscal year (shareholder
UserLinux decides to standardize on GNOME and exclude KDE as a way
of simplifying maintenance (Bruce's
Immunix Secure OS 7.3 is released promising Red Hat Linux-compatible
updates through March, 2005 (announcement).
SSC threatens LinuxGazette.net with a trademark action and tries to
have the domain name reassigned.
No, none of the code in the Linux ABI modules contains SCO IP. This
code is under the GPL and it re-implements publicly documented
interfaces. We do not have an issue with the Linux ABI modules.
Blake Stowell, February 2003
End users have a choice. They can go back to using Linux based on
the 2.2 kernel which includes no infringing code, or they can
continue using SCO's UNIX code as it is being found in Linux and
properly compensate the company for using it.
Stowell, October 2003
White Box Enterprise Linux 3.0 is released (announcement); White Box is a version of Red
Hat Enterprise Linux with trademarks and such removed.
The 2.6.0 kernel is released (announcement).
Jon Johansen is acquitted, again, in Norway.
SCO claims that the "Unix ABI" is its property and names several
Linux files it says are infringing; these include error codes and signal
numbers, and have been in the kernel since well before 2.2 (SCO letter).
Novell reasserts its claim to the Unix source copyrights (press
Red Hat acquires Sistina and reports a $4 million profit.
The XFree86 Core Team disbands (announcement).
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