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2004 Linux Timeline: March

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Open source software is increasingly important as a source of innovation; it can be far more reliable and secure than proprietary software because talented programmers around the world can examine the code and try to break its security, without having to worry about hidden backdoors or holes. Yet such examination and the resulting improvement appears incompatible with a prohibition on tampering.

--Committee for Economic Development

SCO announces its quarterly results; the company loses $2.3 million and brings in $20,000 in SCOsource revenue (announcement).

SCO files suits against AutoZone and DamlerChrysler; neither has any direct relevance to their use of Linux.

The FreeS/WAN project winds down after five years of work (goodbye letter). [Gentoo]

Gentoo Linux 2004.0 is released (release notes).

XFree86 4.4.0 is released, but finds few takers (release notes).

Microsoft also indicated there was a lot more money out there and they would clearly rather use Baystar "like" entities to help us get signifigantly more money if we want to grow further or do acquisitions.

--Mike Anderer bringing SCO and friends together.

The Netfilter Project settles with Fujitsu-Siemens over the latter's GPL violations (announcement).

SCO names Computer Associates as an SCOsource licensee. CA denies that it actually bought any licenses.

The European Parliament approves the Intellectual Property Rights Directive, which directs member states to add DMCA-like provisions to their laws (details).

Mandrakelinux 10.0 community is released (announcement).

At current prices, we believe our stock represents an attractive investment opportunity and that this action reflects our ongoing commitment to improving long term stockholder value. We believe we will have sufficient capital resources to undertake this buyback program and continue to pursue our strategic initiatives.

--The SCO Group starts to worry.

Mandrakesoft files a plan to exit bankruptcy (announcement).

Sleepycat, Trolltech, and MySQL announce large increases in revenue which they attribute to their dual-license business model (press release).

Open Source Risk Management announces its Linux indemnification insurance offerings (press release).

The 2.6.4 kernel is released (announcement).

The GNOME 2.6 release is delayed due to a server compromise; the GNOME sources had not been tampered with (announcement).

[suse] SUSE Linux 9.1 Professional is released (announcement).

The Aberdeen Group predicts a bright future for open source databases, two years in the future (coverage).

If you install with the default
SELinux will be the result
SELinux is a form of MAC
For more answers, check the FAQ
By explicitly stating what apps can use
Unwanted accesses it will refuse

-- Fedora waxes poetic

The second Fedora Core 2 test release happens; it is probably the largest real-world test of SELinux to date (announcement).

SCO tries to split the IBM trial so that it can face the patent countercharges separately.

IBM files a new counterclaim against SCO asking for a declaratory judgment that its Linux activities do not violate SCO's copyrights (filing).

VM thrashing in a stable kernel

Utah enacts an anti-spyware law, the first of its kind in the U.S. (coverage).

GIMP 2.0 is released (review).

For law firms and lawyers, open source represents a rich opportunity to benefit from the increased complexity of licensing and copyright agreements. Only lawyers benefit from this

-- Institute for Policy Innovation

GNOME 2.6 is released (announcement).

EV1Servers.Net regrets having bought SCO "Linux licenses" (coverage).

Mandrakesoft officially exits bankruptcy and its shares return to active trading (announcement).

The "PIRATE act" hits the U.S. Senate; it would require the Justice Department to file lawsuits against file traders.

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