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2006 Linux and free software timeline: December

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The Free Ryzom campaign represents a unique opportunity for the free software movement and the emerging free gaming field. A fully free MMORPG (massively multiplayer online roleplaying game) engine and client/server architecture would allow the development of a myriad of universes, each one evolving its own philosophy and unique content - but sharing in general technical improvements.

-- the Free Software Foundation kicks in $60,000

Mozilla agrees to work more closely with Linux distributors on Firefox releases (article).

The third Desktop Architects' Meeting happens in Portland (article).

Judge Kimball reaffirms the ruling throwing out most of SCO's claims for lack of evidence (Groklaw).

OSDL lays off much of its staff; the remainder is to focus on legal issues.

Novell states its intention to implement OpenXML support for (press release).

OpenSUSE 10.2 is released (announcement).

If people take our code, they'd better behave according to our rules. But we shouldn't have to behave according to the RIAA rules just because we _listen_ to their music. Similarly, nobody should be forced to behave according to our rules just because they _use_ our system.

-- Linus Torvalds

The kernel developers seriously consider banning proprietary modules but back off in the end.

The FSF launches to highlight its complaints with Microsoft's new operating system (press release).

The Software Freedom Law Center argues against software patents in the U.S. Supreme Court (press release).

Red Hat announces an initiative to support RPM and retake control of this important tool (announcement).

Linux 2.6.20-rc3 ...because it's always a good idea to cut a release *before* you go out to party and get drunk.

-- Linus Torvalds finishes the year

Guido van Rossum worries about the Python 3000 process which appears to have departed from the course he had in mind (message).

The Free Ryzom Campaign fails in its attempt to purchase the Ryzom source (announcement).

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