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Schwartz: Censoring Free Media

Sun's Jonathan Schwartz is back with a post comparing free software and free media. "Sun has what I'd argue to be the single most valuable and focused patent portfolio on the web (and yes, we'd use it to defend Red Hat and Ubuntu, both). But suing the open source community would've been tantamount to a newspaper suing the authors of their letters to the editor. We would've been attempting to censor rather than embrace a free press. It might have felt good at the time, but it wouldn't have addressed the broader challenge - community content was becoming more interesting to our customers than our professional content."

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Linux vouchers, Microsoft, and GPL3: separating the signal from the noise (ars technica)

ars technica takes a skeptical look at Eben Moglen's recent claim that, by distributing Novell's Linux support coupons, Microsoft has committed itself to the (yet unfinalized) terms of GPLv3. "Richard Wilder, a patent lawyer for the Association of Competitive Technology (an organization partially funded by Microsoft), argues that Microsoft isn't subject to the GPL because the company isn't literally distributing Linux or any other piece of GPL-licensed software. Speaking to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Wilder said, '[Microsoft is] not distributing Linux. They're providing somebody access to a service, but they're not providing copies of Linux on a disk, and they're not providing somebody access to Linux for the purpose of download, and so they're not engaged in any distribution.'"

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Trade Shows and Conferences

Red Hat CEO: Open Source Now Legitimate (eWeek)

eWeek covers Red Hat CEO Matt Szulik in his opening address at the Open Source Business Conference. "In his address titled "The Evolution of Open Source in the Enterprise," Szulik said that enterprise companies have more opportunities today than ever to search for the capabilities they are looking for--across open and proprietary solutions."

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Companies

Freenode and OFTC IRC networks buddy up (Linux.com)

Linux.com looks at Freenode and OFTC. "Two Internet Relay Chat (IRC) networks that are used heavily by free and open source software projects, freenode and the Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC), are building bridges by swapping staff and observing each other's operations. The rapprochement brings together two organizations that sprang from a single project, and may be a precursor for more intimate ties."

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Novell and SAP partner up (Linux-Watch)

Linux-Watch examines a partnership between Novell and SAP. "SAP AG and Novell announced on May 15 that they have extended their relationship to offer a new joint support solution for customers who run SAP applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. These customers now have a single support entry point for the entire software stack -- from the operating system through the application -- to streamline resolution of support incidents, reduce complexity and lower the total cost of ownership. This new offering is named "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Priority Support for SAP applications.""

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Linux at Work

A Linux computer in every garage? (LinuxDevices)

LinuxDevices looks at a U.S. government- and automotive industry-led coalition to equip cars with wirelessly connected computers. "On the software side, the prototype OBEs [on board equipment] run Linux. The Parvus SBCs come with a basic Linux BSP. Alternatively, if OEMs want commercial support, Wind River said its General Purpose Platform, Linux Edition was selected for this purpose, in part because of the company's long-standing relationships with Delphi, Motorola, and other project participants, broad experience in automotive applications, and experience working with large ecosystems -- Eclipse's Device Software Project comes to mind here. "

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Legal

The Be Very Afraid Tour and a Word About that Patent Study (Groklaw)

Groklaw compares the recent Microsoft patent rumblings to the SCO case. "Now Linux users are being offered a "patent peace" with Microsoft in a very similar way, only this time, it's supposedly patents backing up the threat. Or is it? Let's see if we can quantify. First, on the patent study Microsoft misquotes, here's what it actually found: No court-validated software patent is infringed by the Linux kernel. None. That may be why there has never been a patent infringement lawsuit against Linux. That means that to date, Linux doesn't infringe anybody's court-validated patents. One thing we have learned from the SCO litigation, aside from the folly of suing your own customers, is that Linux is the cleanest, most pure code on the planet."

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Moglen's Slides and Talk on SUSE Vouchers and GPLv3 Available (Groklaw)

Groklaw looks at the Novell-Microsoft deal and GPLv3. "Yesterday, we got the stunning news that the SUSE vouchers have no expiration date, a legal oversight that looks to be the wooden stake in the Novell-Microsoft patent peace agreement's heart. This is what will happen when someone turns in a voucher after GPLv3 code is available under the new license, which Moglen says is sure to happen."

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Interviews

Google Keeps Close Eye on Open Source (eWeek)

eWeek interviews Chris DiBona. "Chris DiBona, open-source programs manager at Google, gave a talk called "A Year of Open Source at Google" for the Google New York speaker series. Prior to his talk, which was closed to press, DiBona spoke on May 16 with eWEEK Senior Editor Darryl K. Taft about a series of issues such as Microsoft's recent saber rattling over patents, Google's open-source development contributions and what GPLv3 means for Google."

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People Behind KDE: Troy Unrau (KDE.News)

KDE.News has announced a new interview in the People Behind KDE series. "For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel to North America for the first time this series to talk to an IRC veteran and the author of ground-shaking, in-depth promotional articles on the interesting road towards KDE 4 - tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Troy Unrau."

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Tristan Nitot, founder and president of Mozilla Europe (LaFlecha)

LaFlecha interviews Mozilla Europe president Tristan Nitot. "S.R.: Which are the most significant advancements done by Mozilla Europe since its foundation? T.N.: I think that shipping Firefox in more than 40 languages, with the official Web site translated in these languages is our major achievement. Helping Firefox gaining market share is also very important, as it makes Web developers understand that they have to test their web sites with our browser. We also hope that the content will be compatible with all modern Web browsers such as Opera and Safari." (Found on MozillaZine)

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Resources

Creating a simple DVD using 'Q' DVD-Author (Linux.com)

Linux.com looks at 'Q' DVD-Author. "Since its beginning in 2004, 'Q' DVD-Author has matured from a basic front end for the underlying command-line Linux DVD-burning tools into a full-blown DVD authoring suite. It can now create a DVD with multiple menus, multiple audio tracks, and multiple subtitles. It offers an easy-to-use templating system, built-in transcoding, and a simple module to create slideshows from still pictures."

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Ruby in May 2007 (Linux Journal)

Pat Eyler takes a look at some Ruby news. "May has been a busy month in the Ruby world, and while I've been busy with work, Erlang, and other commitments I've tried hard not to lose track of things. Here are some of the things that have caught my eye."

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Reviews

Ardour 2.0 : A Brief Practical Introduction (Linux Journal)

Dave Phillips looks at Ardour 2.0. "Ardour 2.0 is now available for download. This version is a significant improvement over the 0.99 series (1.0 was never released), with many new features and enhancements to performance and stability. The following article profiles the new Ardour as I employed it for three projects, all involving the program in the processes of composition and arranging as well as the more typical tasks of recording and editing. I've described each project in some detail, and each description includes a link to the final audio output."

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Intel and PowerTOP extend Linux laptop battery life (Linux.com)

Linux.com reviews Intel's GPL-licensed PowerTOP utility. An interview with PowerTOP project leader Arjan van de Ven is also included. "Intel recently released its PowerTOP utility, which builds on work done by kernel developers to make the Linux kernel power-efficient. PowerTOP gives you a snapshot of what apps are consuming the most power. Turn off these apps or modify their behavior, and you'll notice an instant increase in the battery life."

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Tools for Geographically Distributed Software Development (O'ReillyNet)

O'ReillyNet looks at some tools for geographically distributed software development. "The biggest risk that a GDD project faces is with its ability to effectively communicate internally. The reason that bosses want their developers in the office everyday is because that's a proven technique to build a tight, well-communicating team, which is a critical part of any project's success. GDD not only lacks face-to-face relationships but there are also language barriers which make it even more difficult. However, technology can help geographically dispersed teams achieve a level of communication as sophisticated as what develops when everyone sees each other everyday."

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LogFS: A new way of thinking about flash filesystems (Linux.com)

Linux.com covers LogFS. "Storage manufacturers are getting ready to start shipping solid state disks, and Linux-based devices like One Laptop per Child's XO and Intel's Classmate don't contain standard hard disks. To improve performance on the wide array of flash memory storage devices now available, project leader Jërn Engel has announced LogFS, a scalable filesystem specifically for flash devices." (LWN covered LogFS on the May 17 Kernel Page).

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WindowMaker project still attracting ardorous fans (Linux in Brazil)

Linux in Brazil looks at WindowMaker. "WindowMaker, the lightweight window manager that closely mimics NextStep's look and feel, was at the peak of its own popularity chart some 5 or 6 years ago, when it was shipped as default GUI in some Linux distros, and offered as a standard alternative by most of them. Since then, it was put in some sort of unofficial maintenance mode by its authors."

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