Here is LWN's thirteenth annual timeline of significant events in the Linux
and free software world for the year.
In what is becoming a fairly standard pattern, 2010 brought various patent
lawsuits, company acquisitions, new initiatives, and new projects. It also
brought new releases of the software that we use on a daily basis. There
were licensing squabbles and development direction
disagreements—all things that we have come to expect from the Linux
and free software world over a year's time. Also as expected, though, were
the improvements in the kernel, applications, distributions, and so on that
make up that world. Linux and free software just keep chugging along, and
we are very happy to be able to keep on reporting about it.
This is version 0.95 of the 2010 timeline. There are almost certainly some
errors or omissions; if you find any, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For those with a nostalgic bent, our timeline index page has links
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going all the way back to 1998.
- January: Linux.conf.au, SpamAssassin 3.3.0,
Firefox 3.6, Mobile Firefox, ...
- February: MeeGo announced, FOSDEM,
OpenOffice.org 3.2, Linux 2.6.33, Apache turns 15, ...
- March: Ubuntu One music store, Apple sues HTC,
Ubuntu goes purple, Novell owns Unix copyrights, ...
- April: Embedded Linux Conference, Perl 5.12.0,
GCC 4.5.0, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, ...
- May: systemd announced, Linux 2.6.34, WebM
launches, Fedora 13, MeeGo 1.0, ...
- June: Linaro announced, LinuxTag, Bilski ruling
disappoints, HTTPS Everywhere, ...
- July: Python 2.7, OpenSolaris board issues
ultimatum, Akademy and GUADEC, Battle for Wesnoth app, ...
- August: Linux 2.6.35, BusyBox prevails again,
LinuxCon, Oracle sues Google, CyanogenMod 6.0, ...
- September: Broadcom open wireless driver,
Mageia announced, PostgreSQL 9.0, LibreOffice announced, GNOME 2.32, ...
- October: Ubuntu 10.10, Linux 2.6.36, First
GStreamer conference, CELF merges with Linux Foundation, ...
- November: Kernel summit, Fedora 14, RHEL 6,
First MeeGo conference, Novell acquired, ...
- December: openSUSE Tumbleweed, KOffice forks,
Apache resigns from Java board, X11R7.6, ...
SpamAssassin suffers from a Y2K10 problem. It increased the spam
scores of email with 2010 dates, which suddenly became much more prevalent
(SA developer blog
post, LWN coverage).
Application developers want systems that work the way the man pages
say they work. They do not want additional or conditional restrictions.
How many commercial applications start their installation instructions
with "disable SELinux"? (Hint: lots)
-- Casey Schaufler
Ted Ts'o leaves the Linux Foundation for Google. His two-year
fellowship as LF CTO, on-loan from IBM, was completed in December (news
The Linux laptop orchestra (L2Ork) debuts (news
linux.conf.au 2010 is held in Wellington, New Zealand. This is the
tenth linux.conf.au (under
that name, anyway), and the second held in New Zealand. LWN had extensive
coverage from the conference (Overview, Community destruction, Package copyrights and license
GCC static analysis, HackAbility, and Graphics drivers).
Canonical announces a switch to Yahoo as the default search provider
for Ubuntu, starting with Lucid Lynx (10.04). This change is reverted in
April and Lucid ships with a Google default (announcement, reversion).
SpamAssassin 3.3.0 is released. This is the first major release of
filtering solution since 2007 (announcement).
Ubuntu has had a lot of success by building an entire movement around one simple message, as articulated in Ubuntu's Famous Bug #1: "Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace.
This is a bug, which Ubuntu is designed to fix." That's a great big
inspirational message, and their tenacity in pursuing the vision implicit
in that message has won them many fans. But it's also led them into
compromises that are, I believe, ultimately bad for free software.
-- Greg DeKoenigsberg
OpenStreetMap data is used in Haiti earthquake relief efforts (Michael Tiemann's blog posting).
Firefox 3.6 is released (announcement).
Red Hat launches opensource.com to explore applying open source
principles to other fields (About
The European Commission clears Oracle's purchase of Sun, paving the
way for the acquisition to close (announcement).
Mozilla releases Mobile Firefox (aka "Fennec") for Maemo (announcement).
If there's truth to the allegation, here, then it should be possible to produce
a cert. It should be possible to produce a certificate, signed by CNNIC, which
impersonates a site known to have some other issuer. A live MitM attack, a
paypal cert issued by CNNIC for example.
-- Mozilla's Johnathan
Nightingale on the CNNIC uproar
Symbian opens up its code, though it is a short-lived open source
"project" as its web sites will close in December (announcement,
site shutdown announcement -- these links may not function after
Facebook releases its HipHop PHP translator, which translates PHP to
highly optimized C++ (announcement).
If you spend all day with your co-workers, socialize only with your
co-workers, and then come home and eat dinner with — you guessed it — your
co-worker, you might go several years without hearing the words, "Run
Solaris on my desktop? Are you f—ing kidding me?
Matt Asay becomes Canonical Chief Operating Officer (announcement).
FOSDEM '10 held in Brussels, Belgium (LWN coverage).
Maemo and Moblin merge to become MeeGo. Nokia and Intel merge their
mobile Linux initiatives under Linux Foundation stewardship (LWN article).
Fedora implements the "No Frozen Rawhide" plan, which will
stop blocking progress of rawhide in preparation for releases (proposal,
OpenOffice.org 3.2 is released (announcement).
Forks aren't always great, but I honestly don't think of forks as being a bad thing and I've tried to instill in Google the same ethic.
In fact, I'd say that the various forks of Linux, and how the Linux
maintainers have roped back in some forks (and let others go on their merry
way) is what made the Linux kernel great and not just a BSD rehash.
Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) 8x is held in Los Angeles,
with several LWN authors (and an editor) in attendance. (Moving the needle, Legal issues, Codeplex foundation and open
vs. non-relational, Color
kernel development, Gnash, and 10,000,001 penguins).
LWN editor Forrest Cook departs (announcement).
Linux 2.6.33 is released (announcement, KernelNewbies summary).
The Apache web server turns 15 (announcement).
The Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI) case (aka Jacobsen vs. Katzer)
is settled on terms
favorable for free software (Andy
Updegrove analysis, previous LWN coverage [1, 2]).
The Ubuntu One Music Store added for Ubuntu 10.04 as a way for
Ubuntu users to buy MP3s while supporting Canonical (LWN coverage).
yikes, that macro should be killed with a stick before it becomes
self-aware and starts breeding.
Apple sues HTC for patent infringement targeting Android (LWN article).
Elliott Associates makes an unsolicited offer to buy Novell, which
starts the process that led to an accepted bid by Attachmate (with Elliott's
assistance) in November (press
Google is forking existing FOSS code bits for Chromium like a rabbit makes
babies: frequently, and usually, without much thought. Rather than leverage
the existing APIs from upstream projects like icu, libjingle, and sqlite
(just to name a few), they simply fork a point in time of that code and
hack their API to shreds for chromium to use.
"spot" Callaway on Chromium's bundled libraries
Ubuntu updates its branding, moving from its brown theme to a
purple-ish look, with updates to its logos as well (announcement). The branding change
also impacts the location of window buttons in the default GNOME interface,
which sets off something of a firestorm (LWN article).
Mozilla starts the process of updating the Mozilla Public License
Open Clip Art Library releases version 2.0 of its collection of SVG
clip art graphics (announcement).
Sony removes "install other OS" support from Playstation 3 firmware
"upgrade", so users can no longer run Linux on PS3s. (LWN article).
But having used both Ubuntu Linux and Mac OS X, as well as Windows, I just
don't think using Linux is tantamount to donning some hair-shirt to pay
penance in the name of freedom.
Novell wins ownership of the Unix copyrights, in yet another defeat
for SCO in its attack on Linux (LWN article).
PHP 6 development process restarts after several attempts to
complete the release, which was derailed mostly by Unicode issues (LWN coverage).
GNOME 2.30 is released (announcement).
The first MeeGo code release is made (announcement).
Since Emacs is just an editor, not a god, it cannot do miracles.
Subversion puts out a proposed vision and roadmap for the version
control system (VCS), which recognizes that it has "no future"
as a distributed VCS (DVCS) (proposal).
The Embedded Linux Conference is held in San Francisco (LWN
coverage: Android and the
community, Embedded Linux
status, and Using LTTng).
You can't modify Fedora under F/OSS principles and still call it Fedora,
just like you can't modify Firefox under F/OSS principles and still call it
Firefox. Both of us do this to protect the good name of the project. We'd
be in an extremely glass house-y situation if we tried to 'call out'
Mozilla over this. It'd be ridiculous.
The apache.org infrastructure is attacked in a direct, targeted fashion
using cross-site scripting and password brute-forcing (report).
Perl 5.12.0 is released and the project moves to a time-based yearly
release schedule (announcement).
Java inventor James Gosling leaves Oracle shortly after Oracle's
acquisition of Sun (blog
The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is held in San Francisco
(LWN coverage: Some notes and
Stefano Zacchiroli is elected as Debian Project Leader, succeeding
Steve McIntyre (results).
GCC 4.5.0 is released (LWN coverage).
The Qubes security-oriented, virtualization-based open source OS is
announced; it is built atop Xen and Linux (announcement,
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS ("Lucid Lynx") is released (announcement).
Lennart Poettering announces "systemd" as a replacement for
init, and it has gained traction in both Fedora and openSUSE
though it has yet to be released in either distribution (announcement).
I resent being called an imaginary user. Being imaginary would seriously
screw with my weekend plans.
Red Hat and Novell fend off patent suit by IP Innovation, which, as
its name might
imply, is a patent troll. The suit was over some very broad patents that ended
up being invalidated (LWN coverage of the suit, Groklaw
of the outcome).
All video codecs are covered by patents. A patent pool is being assembled
to go after Theora and other "open source" codecs now. Unfortunately, just
because something is open source, it doesn't mean or guarantee that it
doesn't infringe on others patents. An open standard is different from
being royalty free or open source.
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) founder Georg Greve receives the
German Cross of Merit (announcement).
The Ryzom multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) code is released as
free software after several years of almost being freed (announcement, 2008 LWN coverage).
Mandriva looks for a buyer (news
article (in French), Google
Linux 2.6.34 is released (announcement, KernelNewbies summary).
The answers to your Security Questions are case sensitive and cannot
contain special characters like an apostrophe, or the words "insert,"
"delete," "drop," "update," "null," or "select."
-- Novel SQL injection protection as reported on BoingBoing
Linux Mint 9 is released (announcement).
Google launches the WebM media format for the web, which includes
the VP8 video
codec acquired when it bought On2, the Vorbis audio codec, and the Matroska
container format (announcement,
Fedora 13 is released (announcement).
The Diaspora project forms to develop a privacy-friendly alternative to
Facebook and other social networking sites. Its request for $10,000 in
funding results in more than 20x as much in donations (LWN coverage).
The Libre Graphics meeting is held in Brussels (LWN coverage).
MeeGo 1.0 is released (announcement,
The Free Software Foundation asks Apple's App Store to comply with the
GPL on an iPhone port of GNU Go, which leads to Apple removing the app
from the store (FSF blog post
Thrilled to read that Intel finally did the right thing, and dropped the
requirement for (C) assignment (of whatever form) to be able to contribute
to clutter - making it a truly open project; nice! I feel a sudden urge to
contribute, something, anything now it belongs to us all.
The Linaro consortium is announced, which seeks to simplify the
ARM Linux landscape (announcement, LWN article).
Rockbox 3.6 is released, with many new features for the free music
player firmware (announcement, LWN review).
LinuxTag is held in Berlin, Germany (LWN coverage: Mark Shuttleworth, Thomas Gleixner, and Stefano Zacchiroli)
Another, seemingly final, setback for SCO in SCO v. Novell (Groklaw
Most mixers are self-contained and not hackable, but Siciliano says many
home automation systems tap into appliances such as blenders and coffee
machines. These home networks are then open to attack in surprising ways: A
hacker might turn on the blender from outside your home to distract you as
he sneaks in a back window, he warns.
News hypes "hacker" threats
SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) is held in Spartanburg, South Carolina
(USA) (LWN coverage).
GNOME finalizes speaker guidelines, which are meant to reduce
friction and present a more welcoming face to newcomers (guidelines,
The US Supreme Court rules in the Bilski case, which affirms the
lower court's ruling against the Bilski patent, but does not make hoped-for
changes to the patentability of software (LWN article).
File locking on Linux is just broken. The broken semantics of POSIX locking
show that the designers of this API apparently never have tried to actually
use it in real software. It smells a lot like an interface that kernel
people thought makes sense but in reality doesn't when you try to use it
-- Lennart Poettering
FFmpeg 0.6 is released with support for WebM and better HTML5
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launches HTTPS Everywhere,
which is a Firefox plugin
to promote better web security (LWN article).
Jared Smith becomes the new Fedora Project Leader, succeeding Paul
Python 2.7 is released as the last major version in the 2.x series
When a respected information source covers something where you have
on-the-ground experience, the result is often to make you wonder how much
fecal matter you've swallowed in areas outside your own expertise.
3D graphics drivers that require proprietary user-space drivers (or
"blobs") are blocked from inclusion in the kernel by graphics
maintainer Dave Airlie (LWN coverage).
OpenSolaris governing board issues an ultimatum to Oracle
threatening dissolution if no contact person is put forward by Oracle (news
The first draft of an Open Source Hardware Definition is released
(draft, version 1.1).
Akademy, KDE's yearly conference, is held in Tampere, Finland (wrap-up
ISO changes its standardization processes to avoid some of the
abuses seen in Microsoft's OOXML push (LWN coverage).
The Battle for Wesnoth struggles with possible GPL violations because of
its appearance in the Apple App Store, which to some extent parallels
the Gnu Go problems in May (LWN article).
I appreciate the fact that [Motorola's Lori] Fraleigh and Motorola are
honest in their disdain for software developers. Unlike Apple - who tries
to hide how developer-unfriendly its mobile platform is - Motorola readily
admits that they seek to leave developers as helpless as possible, refusing
to share the necessary tools that developers need to upgrade devices and to
improve themselves, their community, and their software.
Ubuntu experiments with open font development, though the closed
beta of the Ubuntu font does raise some eyebrows (LWN coverage).
The Women's Caucus publishes recommendations for increasing the
participation of women in open source (recommendations).
The GNOME Users and Developers European Conference (GUADEC) is held in
The Hague, Netherlands (LWN coverage: Luis Villa keynote, GNOME 3 release plans, Privacy, encryption, and the
desktop, GNOME Shell, Banshee, and GUADEC notes).
OSCON is held in Portland, Oregon (LWN coverage: "Open phones" and Building communities).
FWIW, security by obscurity has a bad rep in some circles, but it is an
essential component of any serious security policy. It just should never be
the *only* component.
-- Guido van
Jos Poortvliet becomes the new openSUSE community manager, succeeding
Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier (announcement).
The EFF wins three DMCA exemptions for cellphone unlocking,
cellphone "jailbreaking", and fair use of DVD content (press release).
GNOME and KDE announce a second Desktop Summit to be held in Berlin,
Germany in August 2011—it will combine GUADEC and Akademy much as
was done at the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit in 2009 (announcement).
Linux 2.6.35 is released (announcement, KernelNewbies summary).
If my corporate overlords told me I had to use my Exchange "messaging"
account for external email communication, they would get a quite clear 'no'
in response. My response may also contain suggestions that they use certain
other objects for purposes for which they were not designed.
AppArmor, the long out-of-tree kernel security module, is merged for the
2.6.36 kernel largely due to the efforts of Canonical (LWN blurb).
BusyBox once again prevails in a GPL enforcement suit (Groklaw
The fourth Linux Storage and Filesystems Summit is held just prior
to LinuxCon (LWN
reports: day 1 and day 2).
GNOME announces a new copyright assignment policy such that new
modules that require copyright assignment need to get explicit approval (announcement,
The Indian government has refused to let [researchers] review the machine,
and insists that it's tamper-proof. Even after the initial report came out
proving this not to be the case, the government has continued to insist the
machines are fine and have no problems. Here in the US, it's quite
troubling how much the government has relied on e-voting machines without
allowing security researchers to really test them, but at least they don't
arrest those who have been able to access and test the machines.
LinuxCon is held in Boston (LWN coverage: MeeGo, Media panel, One billion files, Two bootcharts, and LinuxCon moments).
Illumos, an fork of OpenSolaris, is announced in the wake of
much uncertainty in the OpenSolaris community (LWN coverage).
The Linux Foundation announces the Open Compliance Program to help
companies ensure they are complying with the free software licenses of the
code they use (Linux.com
Oracle sues Google over the Dalvik Java reimplementation that's used in
Android; the suit is for both patent and copyright violations (LWN's thoughts).
Combining both of their work together, they have been able to make a 20
minute long voice call from a baseband processor running a Free Software
GSM stack. For all we know, it is the first time anything remotely like
this has been done using community-developed Free Software. Five years ago
I would have thought it's impossible to pull this off with a small team of
volunteers. I'm very happy to see that I was wrong, and we actually could
do it. With less than half a dozen of developers, in less than nine months
of unpaid, spare-time work.
Allison Randal is named as Ubuntu Technical Architect in addition to
her role as Chief Architect for the Parrot virtual machine (announcement).
Vim 7.3 is released after two years of development on "Vi IMproved"
The OpenSolaris governing board resigns en masse as expected
due to Oracle's unwillingness to appoint a liaison to the board (Simon
Phipps's blog posting).
LinuxCon Brazil is held in São Paulo (LWN coverage: Linus & Andrew and Consumers, experts, or admins?).
CyanogenMod 6.0—replacement firmware for Android phones—is
released (LWN blurb and
Linux 126.96.36.199 is released for those still hanging onto the 2.4
series (announcement and 2.4 EOL
Lessons? Well, as many have noted, reporters do need to ask more questions
about too-good-to-be-true technology stories. Coders and architects need
to realize (as most do) that you simply can't build a safe, secure,
reliable system without consulting with other people in the field,
especially when your real adversary is a powerful and resourceful
state-sized actor, and this is your first major project.
O'Brien on Haystack
The Mozilla Labs Gaming project is announced to foster web gaming
Microsoft's CodePlex.com code hosting site donates $25,000 for Mercurial
development, assisting with project lead Matt Mackall's efforts to
fund his work on the distributed version control system (DVCS) (announcement).
Linus Torvalds becomes a US citizen, which delays some patch testing
while he registers to vote (lkml
Broadcom releases an open source driver for its current wireless
chipsets, but notably does not free the firmware for earlier chipsets
(announcement, LWN coverage).
Nevertheless, everyone I know that has reviewed the newly released
[Broadcom] driver code is being treated for eye cancer. I wouldn't expect
to see it in F-14.
Fedora decides not to ship systemd in Fedora 14 in a rather
late-breaking change; it should reappear in Fedora 15 (FESCO meeting minutes, related
The Mageia community fork of Mandriva is announced (announcement, LWN article).
PostgreSQL 9.0 is released (announcement, LWN article).
Diaspora makes its first code release of the alternative free social
networking platform, though there
are some major security concerns with the early release (announcement,
Qt 4.7 is released (announcement,
Oracle updates the kernel used in its RHEL-based "Unbreakable Linux",
moving from 2.6.18 to 2.6.32 which may show other enterprise Linux vendors
that they don't have to drag old kernels forward forever (LWN blurb).
My package made it into Debian-main because it looked innocuous enough; no
one noticed "locusts" in the dependency list.
The LibreOffice fork of OpenOffice.org is announced by a large
portion of the OOo development community (announcement, LWN interview with Michael Meeks).
Linux-Kongress is held in Nürnberg, Germany (LWN coverage: GSM security).
LinuxCon Japan is held in Tokyo (LWN coverage: Stable kernels, Kernel messages, and SSDs and the block layer).
GNOME 2.32 is released as the last in the 2.x series (announcement, new features).
Smeegol, an openSUSE-based version of the MeeGo UI, is released. The
project soon runs afoul of MeeGo trademark issues (announcement, LWN trademark
issue coverage and Smeegol review).
When you build software in Java and the JVM, you are being locked into only
running it on a platform controlled by a single company - Oracle. Oracle is
working to maintain this platform control, by refusing to remove the field
of use clauses in the TCK, effectively preventing Apache Harmony from ever
being able to ship a real release. The lawsuit against Google also confirms
Oracle belief about using their control of the platform aggressively.
The LLVM compiler project releases version 2.8, including major
improvements to the Clang C++ support and two new projects: libc++ and LLDB
The Software Freedom Conservancy appoints Bradley M. Kuhn as its
full-time executive director (LWN blurb and interview).
Red Hat settles a patent case with the patent troll Acacia, but
shares no details of the settlement terms (InternetNews blog
The Utah Open Source Conference is held in Sandy, UT (LWN coverage:
Learning from failure, Inexpensive audio/video
recording, and Applying open
Security measures should report to the system owner -- not to the ISP
or the manufacturer. The owner of the machine should determine which
software it's appropriate for it to run. This whole idea of
collectivist "approval" of your computing environment gives me the
Microsoft VP Scott Charney suggests barring computers without a
"health certificate" from the internet as a way to fight botnets and
other internet security threats. Of course, those certificates would have
issued by Microsoft. (blog
Ubuntu 10.10 ("Maverick Meerkat") is released (announcement).
Debian welcomes non-packaging contributors as project members in a
landslide vote: 285-14 (vote
The Open Document Format Plugfest is held in Brussels, Belgium to
discuss interoperability between ODF-supporting applications (LWN coverage).
faithfully reproduce the bug that arithmetic on integers greater than 2^53
silently does something stupid, then your implementation of the language
The AsbestOS bootloader, which allows Playstation 3s to run Linux once again, is
The Free Software Foundation announces a hardware endorsement
program to distinguish hardware that "respects your freedoms" (announcement, LWN coverage).
Linux 2.6.36 is released (announcement, KernelNewbies summary).
The first ever GStreamer conference is held in Cambridge, UK (LWN coverage).
The 2010 openSUSE conference is held in Nürnberg, Germany (LWN
The state of openSUSE, The future of LibreOffice, and
Making testing easier).
There is not one out-and-out success story of a company building a great
high-quality custom user interface on the standard Linux stack, except
Android, which is hardly a model of collaborative software development.
Mark Shuttleworth announces that Unity
will be the default desktop for 11.04 ("Natty Narwhal") in preference
to the GNOME 3 Shell (ars
The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) announced a merger with the Linux
Foundation at the Embedded Linux Conference Europe
(ELCE), which was held in Cambridge, UK. (CELF/LF merge blurb and ELCE coverage: The state of embedded Linux and
The Yocto project for easing embedded Linux development is announced
at ELCE (project home page).
A plugin for Firefox that sniffs web application credentials from
wireless networks, called Firesheep, is released (LWN article).
MeeGo 1.1 is released (announcement).
The 2010 Kernel summit is held in Cambridge, MA (extensive LWN coverage).
And please also don't top-post. Being the antisocial egomaniacs we are,
people on lkml prefer to dissect the messages we're replying to, insert
insulting comments right where they would be most effective and remove the
passages which can't yield effective insults.
-- Tejun Heo
Fedora 14 is released (announcement).
Stormy Peters announces that she is leaving her position as GNOME
foundation executive director to work at Mozilla on the open web (blog post)
The Linux Plumbers Conference is held in Cambridge, MA (LWN
coverage: LibreOffice and code
ownership and Life after X).
Our real problem with tracing is lack of relevance, lack of utility, lack
of punch-through analytical power.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is released (press
The Apache Software Foundation issues a warning that it will stop
participating in the Java Community Process if the TCK tests are not made
available to it; access to the TCK has been promised for some time (Apache
Operating systems written by normal people rarely end up with desirable
The first MeeGo conference is held in Dublin, Ireland (LWN coverage:
Visions of MeeGo, Beyond mobile devices, MeeGo security high-level view,
MeeGo security framework).
AMD joins the MeeGo project (press
Novell agrees to be acquired by Attachmate, while selling off 882
patents to a consortium owned by Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and EMC (LWN blurb and article).
Security through bad mouthing the messenger for raising the issue is normally reserved for government ministers, IMHO it has no place here.
-- Alan Cox
GNU's Savannah project hosting site suffers a SQL injection attack
that reveals users' encrypted passwords (LWN blurb).
CentOS struggles with its efforts to release its rebranding of RHEL 6 (LWN
Novell puts out a message to assure those worried that Attachmate will
retain the Unix copyrights even after the acquisition closes (brief message).
A generic anti-harassment policy for open source conferences is
developed in the wake of numerous sexual (and other) harassment
incidents (LWN article).
Unfortunately, my government does not agree with my definition of
winning. They think that living in fear and trying desperately to keep us
all 100% safe while flying is the most effective way to fight terrorism. It
reminds me of a boss that told me he liked it when people lived in fear of
being fired, they worked harder. I told him being fired held no fear for
me. When you live in fear, you do irrational things - like sending millions
of people's shoes through an xray scanner every day.
The Linux Foundation publishes its annual kernel development report (announcement).
The openSUSE "Tumbleweed" project to create a rolling release is
announced (announcement, LWN coverage).
A Linux client for the Ryzom MMORPG is released (LWN article).
The GRUB bootloader accepts code to support booting from ZFS and
releases the code under the GPLv3, without a copyright assignment (LWN article).
KOffice forks (or splits) and becomes the Calligra Suite (LWN article).
The Hudson continuous integration server runs into Oracle interference
when trying to change its development infrastructure in yet another
example of the software giant not quite understanding free software
communities (LWN blurb).
Also, anytime you are creating a new commit with the same changes as
another commit, you are destroying `git blame`'s ability to tell you who to
flog publicly. And as we all know, public floggings are the lifeblood of
software development teams.
Google announces the availability of Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread"),
along with a software
development kit and a new flagship phone: the Nexus S (2.3
announcement, Nexus S
announcement, code release).
Matt Asay announces his resignation as Canonical's COO in order to
join a mobile web application startup (blog
The Yocto project has a two-day summit in San Francisco involving 40
members of the embedded Linux community (LWN coverage).
An allegation is made that the US FBI paid to have a backdoor put into
OpenBSD's IPSEC implementation, though it is still unclear whether
there is any truth to it (LWN blurb, update from
Theo de Raadt).
The obvious choice would be 'yugo', to honor fine eastern European
solutions for mobility.
Ikonen suggests a name for Debian's MeeGo packages
The Apache Software Foundation resigns from the Java Community Process
executive board as it previously warned that it would over the
availability of the TCK tests (LWN blurb).
Richard Purdie is named as a Linux Foundation fellow to work on the
Yocto project and other related tools (announcement).
Several projects announce that they have become licensees of the Open
which collects patents for the defense of free software projects (LWN
blurbs: Gentoo, The Document Foundation
(LibreOffice), and KDE).
FOSS.IN announces that 2010 will be the last year it is held; it has
been the premier
free and open source conference in India over the last decade or so (LWN posting).
X11R7.6 is released (announcement).
Openwall GNU/*/Linux 3.0 is released, which marks the ten year
anniversary of the security-enhanced Linux distribution (announcement).
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