You may ask - why? Why, for heaven's sake, do I need to make paper backups, if there are so many alternative possibilities like CD-R's, DVD±R's, memory sticks, flash cards, hard disks, streamer tapes, ZIP drives, network storages, magnetooptical cartridges, and even 8-inch double-sided floppy disks formatted for DEC PDP-11?
Who gets to make money off WordPress?
Dust-up brewing in the world of WordPress as theme author Chris Pearson
head honcho Matt Mullenweg
battle out the question: Is a theme a 'derivative work'? [more inside]
After years of meticulous research of historic documents, mapping, modeling, texturing, and trying to convince a video game released in 1998 to do something it was never intended to be capable of, the 72 kilometer, 567-turn Piccolo circuito delle Madonie was released
as a community add-on track for Grand Prix Legends
last September. The track was home of the Targa Florio
from 1932 to 1936 and 1951 to 1977, and is made up of curving
, winding mountain roads
in the Sicilian countryside
, and is beautifully recreated in the game. Best of all, it's absolutely free
[Patent Lawsuit Filter] On Wednesday Sun Microsystems announced a counter suit against Network Appliance, wherein they will draw on their "defensive portfolio" which is "one of the largest patent arsenals on the internet". They are going to be requesting a permanent injunction to remove all of NetApp's filer products from the marketplace
, and also seeking monetary damages (half of which they've pledged to donate to the Software Freedom Law Center
and Peer to Patent Project
). Last month, NetApp sued Sun
for patent infringements in ZFS
. Earlier this month in Texas, the first ever patent infringement lawsuit against Linux distributors
was filed. [more inside]
To work around the proprietary whims of digital audio software developers and laptop processor limitations during the mid- and late-1990s, a small band of technically-minded people, including the electronic musician Blitter
, pulled together in the late 1990s to engineer the open-source OPEN DSP
EZ-Kit platform, a 16-bit computer designed entirely with a focus on low cost and extensible control and DSP arithmetic capabilities. While this project and similar commercial offerings
never seemed to gain the critical mass needed to sustain long-term interest, perhaps the new Arduino hardware
project from MIT's Processing hardware group
may gain a foothold with Processing
and Pure Data
audio software hobbyists and artists alike, allowing the creative community to extend, enhance and share inventive uses of new technology. Arduino's use has already begun
in fascinating museum installations
around the world, and has become a part of this year's SONAR
and Ars Electronica
An Open Letter to Zed.
Someday people will realise that the GPL offers no protection from anything, and use a real free software license
Think tanks attack Open Source
"The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute’s attack on Linux
is just the latest in a series of attacks on Open Source by think tanks.....
I was able to detect a common theme to all their criticism. They all seem to be funded by Microsoft. "
SCO is at it again
... this time they've asked a federal judge to declare that Linux's general public license — a backbone of the free software movement — unconstitutional.
Let's hope the judge has more sense than SCO.
Build your own Howard Dean website!
The Dean campaign has released web site "kits" under the GNU GPL and based on the Drupal
codebase, which allow web-based communities to quickly and easily build their own sites to support Dean's campaign. Last night, he held a conference call
with over 3,500 "house parties" and individuals to spread the word. If Dean gets the nomination, he'll have technology to thank for it.
(yeah, via slashdot.)
Take your hands off the GPL and back away from the keyboard...
New twist in the SCO vs. IBM and the rest of the known computing universe: it appears SCO's primary argument in their case will in fact be that the GPL
is invalid, trumped by US federal copyright law. (Quote redirect from via Inquirer
from Wall Street Journal
). And apparently, I'm not alone
in beginning to think there's merit to the "Microsoft's behind all this!" conspiracy theories, since these "coincidences" are really starting to pile up...
Peru goes GNU.
And I quote: "You may have heard about this if you watch the free software news, but I just want to repeat it for anyone who hasn't. The Peruvian government has introduced legislation requiring government offices to use free software; Microsoft is unhappy; and a member of the Peruvian Congress has written a response which I highly recommend reading, in which he explains in strong terms why it's out of the question for the government of a democratic nation to use proprietary software."
Let's stop wasting US$ 78 billion a year.
Is software development really this inefficient? Aside from the main theme, there is also an interesting statement from a CIO towards the end of the article. "Those folks [involved in the open-source movement] are very knowledgeable, very good at what they do, and they're producing really great code," [...]
Is the GPL a binding legal contract?
If so, who would be able to (and could afford to) bring necessary legal action against groups who choose to ignore the terms?
Political software licences?
prevents commercial use. Should it also try to enforce human rights?
Cyber Patrol hacker sells out for one dollar
< I made my political point
and just don't want further annoyance... ...Mattel initiated legal action in e-mail subpoenas in mid-March and Skala and Jansson removed cphack from their sites, but not before urging computer activists to copy and distribute it.... ...Nevertheless, some mirror site operators think open source software protections make the issue moot. The court cannot impose an Internet ban because cphack was released under the GNU General Public License
... > perhaps you've seen this--the final decision will be interesting with repect to free speech and the GNU GPL
. something to watch anyhow.
Dontcha hate it when something like Winamp
gets bought out by AOL? It crashes a bit too much on my home system so I went looking for alternatives and was glad when I found FreeAMP
(it's GPL'ed to boot!). Take the high road, use the mp3 player that guarantees no AOL buyouts on your desktop.