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CBR's open source VIPs - part one

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Despite the involvement of big businesses in free and open source software, the movement continues to be dominated by individuals. In the first of two features, Matthew Aslett identifies the open source VIPs.

HP may fork the GPL

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A proposed patent provision in a revamped General Public License isn't sitting well at Hewlett-Packard, raising concerns that two competing versions of the licence could survive.

Closed Source Software: The Future of Windows and Linux?

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I have been struggling with one major problem lately with the Linux operating system and that problem is the amazing lack of new and exciting software.

OSS moving into government

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Open source software will become increasingly important for governments around the world Gartner analyst Andrea DiMaio said yesterday. Speaking at the Gartner Symposium in Cape Town, DiMaio said motivations like reducing fixed-term licence fees and developing local ICT industries were among the most important drivers for most governments to switch to open source software.

Rethinking the Future of Open Source Licenses

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It is impossible to underestimate the importance of Open Source software and, as a result, the Open Source licenses. There's a lot to think about in the land of Open Source these days, much discussion, and much discussiion to come. And there is much rethinking.

Spanish Region Goes Entirely Open Source

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The Spanish region of Extremadura has gone open source, deciding to move its entire administration to Linux and open-source software within a year.

The Zen of Open Source

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"Open source is not just a matter of altruism--it's also good economic sense," said Sun Microsystems' Simon Phipps (pictured) in a recent speech. "Sun has now contributed more lines of open source code than any other organization, including the University of California, Berkeley," he said.

Issue 13 of Free Software Magazine

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Issue 13 of Free Software Magazine brings you a bunch of fine articles covering various aspects of the free software world. We have Richard Fennimore showing us how to spruce up Ubuntu, Robin Monks plays with a few of the best Tetris clones and John Goerzen tells you who to call for your free software phone needs. Plus, Robert Pogson teaches us how to set up class using Edubuntu, LTS and thin clients and much more... Download.

Defense Department Marches Towards Open Source

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In a new initiative to spur more use of open source software (OSS) within the US Defense Department, the department's Office of Advanced Systems and Concepts (AS&C) has begun teaming up with Red Hat, Novell, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and AMD--along with big systems integrators and "non-traditional" open source companies--to glean insights that will help shorten the learning curve to deployment.

Promoting Open Source

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THE Free Open Source Software Group (FOSS) has been invited to demonstrate a wide range of open source applications at PC Fair 2006 (II), which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from August 11 to 13.

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Graphics: Mesa 17.2.6 RC, AMDGPU, and Vulkan

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Kernel: Linux 4.15, TLDR, and Linus Torvalds' Latest Rant

  • Linux 4.15 Adds AMD Raven Ridge Audio ID
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  • Linux 4.14.2 Fixes The BCache Corruption Bug
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  • TLDR is what Linux man pages always should have been
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    Developers are often accused of not thinking about security, but Linux kernel founder Linus Torvalds has had enough of security people who don't think about developers and end-users. After blasting some kernel developers last week for killing processes in the name of hardening the kernel, Torvalds has offered a more measured explanation for his frustration with security myopia. While he agrees that having multiple layers of security in the kernel is a good idea, certain ways of implementing it are not, in particular if it annoys users and developers by killing processes that break users' machines and wreck core kernel code. Because ultimately, if there are no users, there's not much point in having a supremely secure kernel, Torvalds contends.

Unity 7 Hoping To Become An Official Flavor For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

While Canonical abandoned their work on the Unity desktop environment in favor of the Unity-inspired customized GNOME Shell that debuted in Ubuntu 17.10, some within the community have remained interested in maintaining Unity 7 and even getting it into an official spin/flavor of Ubuntu. Posted today to the community.ubuntu.com was a Unity maintenance roadmap, reiterating the hope by some in the Ubuntu community for Ubuntu Unity to become an official LTS distribution of Ubuntu. They are hoping to make it an official flavor alongside Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Xubuntu, and others. Read more Original/direct: Unity Maintenance Roadmap

Programming/Development: Django and Google India

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  • Google to prepare 1.3 lakh Indians for emerging technologies

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