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Links 3/5/2010: Joojoo Comes to Europe, Symantec Acquires PGP

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  • LinuxCertified Announces its next “Linux Fundamentals” Course

    This two-day introduction to Linux broadens attendees horizons with a detailed overview of the operating system. Attendees learn how to effectively use a Linux system as a valuable tool. They get familiar with the architecture and various components of the operating system, learn both graphical and command line tools, and learn to do basic networking. This class is scheduled for May 13th – 14th, 2010.

  • Desktop

    • IronKey launches secure online banking USB stick

      The IronKey TAB runs a Linux based operating system which in turn runs a dedicated Firefox based browser. It takes a number of steps to prevent key-loggers from intercepting passwords and has an optional virtual keyboard for non-keyboard password entry. It also makes use of the IronKey’s integrated RSA SecurID to provide login tokens, but adds an extra, variable obfuscation to ensure that any malware spies will see an invalid token.

      In some ways, the IronKey TAB is similar in intent to the process of booting a Live CD of Linux and performing banking from the read only Live CD environment, but without the need to reboot the host system and activated only when the stick is plugged in and the stick itself is not compromised.

    • ZaReason Ships Ubuntu 10.04 Systems

      WorksWithU: Do you think Ubuntu can still define a mobile internet device (MID) market, or is that the domain of iPad, Android, Chrome, etc.?

      ZaReason: I’d keep an eye on MeeGo. They have some pretty serious backing in the form of Intel, Nokia, and Linux Foundation. We hope to see the fruits of that collaboration in the near future.

    • What would be the difficulties between Windows and Ubuntu Linux for the migrating Windows user?

      I wish to migrate to Ubuntu 8.04, because I think it would benefit my programming education, and I would get some needed computer literacy skills, but I believe I’ll have problems with Linux from the first time I booted the Live CD – no, it’s not about my files – I don’t have much to migrate:

    • Being evil online is fun, but is it really worth the thrill?

      For the past few years, I’ve always tried to use Linux because I wanted to see what a freely created, communally built operating system could do.

      Right now, I’m using Mac OS X on my laptop, because I can. Once again, it’s an operating system built by Apple (which just this week is in a face-off with a journalist who bought one of its prototype phones and published details of its hardware).

      But, honestly, I think I prefer Linux: my MacBook’s fans are whirring off their axles in an attempt to chill OS X’s overenthusiastic feature set, whereas with Linux the whole thing stayed cool and responsive.

  • Server

    • NASA’s Nebula cloud descends on Washington

      Nebula runs Eucalyptus using Linux and the XEN and KVM open source hypervisors. It also makes use of MySQL and the open source RabbitMQ messaging system, used to communicate between virtual machines and to push information down to end user browsers, according to Rabbit Technologies CEO Alexis Richardson. Richardson’s outfit was recently purchased by VMware’s SpringSource division.

  • Graphics Stack

    • ATI Catalyst 10.4 Brings Initial Support for Ubuntu 10.04

      AMD has just announced the release of its newest graphics card drivers for Linux.

    • New Nvidia Video Driver for Linux Supports X Server 1.8

      Nvidia announced a few days ago, on its forum, a new version of its proprietary driver for the Nvidia graphics cards. Nvidia 195.36.24 adds support for new GPUs, and fixes a few issues. But the most important thing is that Nvidia 195.36.24 has support for X Server 1.8.

    • New standard takes on OpenCL and CUDA

      As such, PathScale has started offering free Fermi cards to open source developers in a bid to encourage the development of solid open source drivers.

    • PathScale plans CUDA killer

      While compilers are the company’s bread and butter, PathScale is also looking to push open source and help to develop better GPGPU drivers for the open source community – so much so, in fact, that the company is offering free Nvidia Fermi graphics cards to “qualified open source developers and researchers” looking to write open drivers and compilers.

  • Applications

  • Distributions

    • Arch Linux lost one of its biggest contributors

      Jan Mette (funkyou) passed away of as-yet unknown causes. Jan was a major contributor to the Arch Linux community, the creator of KDEmod and a founding member of the Chakra team. Our sincerest condolences go to his family, friends and the Chakra team.

    • Citrix downplays Red Hat’s decision to drop Xen

      Citrix CTO and longtime Xen proponent Simon Crosby said he is unfazed by Red Hat’s decision to drop the Xen hypervisor from its enterprise Linux software and focus its virtualization efforts around the KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) hypervisor. Crosby claims the move won’t harm Xen’s standing in the virtualization market.

    • Debian Family

      • DIN rail PC offers choice of field buses

        Kontron announced two rugged, fanless PCs designed for DIN Rail mounting. The ThinkIO-Solo and ThinkIO-Duo include Debian Linux, 1.06GHz Intel Celeron or 1.2GHz Core Duo U2500 processors, up to 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage, a CompactFlash socket, two Ethernet ports, and support for DVI-I and VGA monitors, the company says.

      • NorthScale Updates Market-Leading Memcached Distribution; Adds Debian Package to Download Options

        With today’s announcement, NorthScale Memcached Server is now available via easily downloadable software packages for Windows, Red Hat Linux, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions supporting the .rpm and .deb package formats. Downloads are available at www.northscale.com/get_started.html.

      • Ubuntu

        • Ubuntu 10.4 lives up to the hype

          With Ubuntu 10.4 there is a lot of good and it begins with the installer. One of the issues I’ve had with Live CDs is that a new-to-Linux user has trouble understanding the concept of the live CD. Ubuntu has solved this by not really stressing the “live CD” aspect. Instead they have a bootable CD that, upon boot, right away presents you with two options:

          * Try out Ubuntu
          * Install Ubuntu

          It can’t get any clearer than this. No more will new users load up a live CD and wonder why there is an Install icon on the desktop. This is just one more step towards that user-friendly Nirvana that all OS developers are searching for.

        • Ubuntu’s Lucid Lynx Linux OS Debuts With an Eye on ISVs

          The Ubuntu Linux 10.4 release codenamed the Lucid Lynx is set for general availability today, providing users with new desktop, server and cloud capabilities. Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind Ubuntu, is also highlighting the broad ISV support for the release.

          The Lucid release is particularly important for Ubuntu as it is the project’s first enterprise Long-Term Support (LTS) release since the 8.04 Hardy Heron release in 2008. Ubuntu LTS releases come out every two years and offer three years of support on the desktop and five years on the server, while regular Ubuntu releases only come with support for 18 months.

        • Ubuntu 10.04 Server Edition

          Ubuntu Server Edition is changing the server market for businesses by delivering the best of free software on a stable, fully supported and secure platform.


          Most organizations want the reassurance of having a professional service behind them, that s why Canonical provides exceptional services for Ubuntu Server Edition.

        • Software Review: Ubuntu 10.04 – Late Night Thoughts
        • Ubuntu 10.04: First Impressions and Features
        • Ubuntu Launches 10.04 ‘Lucid Lynx’
        • Ubuntu 10.10 for netbooks to have single menu bar design

          Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, this week announced that the next version of Ubuntu will incorporate a global menu bar for all of its applications. The new universal menubar will only be enabled by default on the netbook edition of Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat”.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Linux Everywhere

      • Introduction to the QNAP TS-459 Pro

        The NAS is based on nettop hardware, so it’s no surprise to see that there is custom Linux software powering the device. This works very well in the background, but it also means there is huge scope for improvement in functionality via firmware updates. There is even a VGA port for advanced NAS diagnostics should you feel the need to delve a little deeper.

      • Chinavision CVOB-E72 pico-projector packs Linux & WiFi for YouTube playback

        We’ve seen pico-projectors with integrated low-power PCs before, but Chinavision’s CVOB-E72 goes one step further. As well as a VGA resolution projector, you also get a Linux-based OS with WiFi b/g, a battery apparently good for up to 2hrs runtime, and a wireless remote control with a full QWERTY keyboard.

      • Alcatel-Lucent’s Linux Smart Desktop Phone

        Linux is no stranger to the world of mobile smartphones, but what about deskphones?


        And yes it’s powered by Linux.

        The device is officially called the IC phone and there is a developer portal now live which give some additional details on SDK and developer potential for the phone.

    • Development

      • Tools and distributions for embedded Linux development

        The deployment of Linux on the desktop and in the server room is well served by the general-purpose distribution. In the embedded world things are very different: although Linux is used widely, the concept of the general-purpose distribution is much less in evidence. Many vendors rely on forked board support packages or home-grown builds to create their systems, effectively creating their own customized distribution in the process. While embedded platforms represent a challenge to the traditional Linux distribution, there is no shortage of community projects to support the development of embedded Linux systems.

      • Linux build software targets multicore SoCs

        Enea announced it has expanded its relationship with NetLogic Microsystems, which acquired RMI Corp. last year, along with its Linux-ready, MIPS64-based XLP, XLR, and XLS multicore, multithreaded processors.

    • Mentor

    • LynuxWorks

      • Linux-ready separation kernel rev’d, drives wireless medical sensor device

        LynxSecure 4.0 lets developers run modified guest OSes, such as Linux or LynuxWorks’ own LynxOS-SE real-time operating system, in a para-virtualized mode that optimizes performance. Alternatively, it can also virtualize unmodified OSes such as Windows, for complete compatibility, the company says.

      • Video: LinuxWorks founder on embedded software

        The developer of the LynxOS real-time operating system has so far escaped the wave of acquisitions in which Intel Corp. acquired Wind River, Cavium Networks bought Montavista and Research in Motion bid to buy QNX Software Systems. “I think the play now is in the ancillary parts of the software stack such as virtualization and security,” said Singh in an interview at the Embedded Systems Conference.

    • Texas Instruments

      • Texas Instruments embraces Linux for C64x DSPs

        Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced Linux kernel support for its TMS320C64x™ digital signal processors (DSPs) and multicore system-on-chips (SoCs) targeted for applications such as communications and mission critical infrastructure, medical diagnostics, and high-performance test and measurement. As customers move towards open source as a key element of their products, application developers can benefit from the availability of Linux on TI’s high-performance DSPs by having less software to develop, and focusing more on differentiating features and software in their applications.

      • CodeSourcery to Port GCC to Texas Instruments’ C6000(TM) Processors

        CodeSourcery, a leading provider of tools for professional embedded C and C++ developers, is working with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) to port the GNU Toolchain to TI’s C6000 family of digital signal processors (DSPs) and multicore system-on-chips (SoCs).

      • Sourcery G++™ Improves Embedded Application Performance

        odeSourcery, the leading provider of GNU tools for professional embedded C and C++ developers, announces the immediate availability of the spring 2010 release of Sourcery G++ for ARM®, ColdFire®, IA32, MIPS®, Power Architecture®, Stellaris® and SuperH® processors. The latest release features enhancements that boost application performance and make it easier to get started with GNU/Linux application development.

    • Wind River

      • Intel’s Wind River quintuples telecom throughput

        Just how fast is ultra-fast? According to a Wind River release, when running on Linux on an Intel Xeon 5500-based reference board, the new Network Acceleration Platform managed iPv4 forwarding at a rate of 21 million packets per second – and that’s using just four threads.

    • MontaVista

      • MontaVista targets OMAP and MIPS SoCs with Android kit

        MontaVista announced a “rapid deployment program” offering software reference platforms for Android development on Texas Instruments’s ARM Cortex-based OMAP3x and MIPS Technologies’ MIPS processors. The reference platforms include a system-wide Automated Test and Validation Suite, as well as integrated IPTV, DTV, and video on-demand engines, says the Cavium subsidiary.

      • Linux kernel port targets multi-core DSP SoCs

        Texas Instruments (TI) announced Linux kernel support for its TMS320C64x multi-DSP core system-on-chips (SoCs). Code Sourcery, Enea, Nash Technologies, and PolyCore have signed up to support the Linux port with, respectively, multi-core ready compiling and debugging tools, telecom middleware, inter-processor communications and LTE support, and MCAPI framework code, respectively, TI says.

    • ARM

      • ARM9 SoCs get hardware encryption

        Atmel is using this week’s ESC (Embedded Systems Conference) in Silicon Valley to launch two ARM-based system-on-chips (SoCs) featuring hardware encryption and authentication. The SAM9G46 and SAM9M11 support 256-bit AES, triple DES, and SHA, and they’ll run Linux on 400MHz ARM929EJ cores, the company says.

      • Linux firmware released for ARM-based printing SoCs

        Zoran Corp. announced Linux-based firmware for its ARM-based Quatro family of system-on-chips, which target touchscreen-enabled printers and scanners. The Inferno firmware offers an API, printer engine driver, print language support, and other tools for developing Linux applications on Zoran’s ARM9-based Quatro 4300 and dual ARM11-core Quatro 4500 processors, both of which include printing-optimized DSPs.

    • Android

      • Google Android 2.2 / FroYo: Successor Codenamed Gingerbread

        As FroYo has not even been released yet details regarding Gingerbread are extremely scarce, however we have heard that Gingerbread will be based on Linux Kernel 2.6.33 or 34, whether it will be Android 2.3, 2.4 or 2.5 is also unclear.

      • Vodafone unveils own-brand Android smartphone
      • Android in 2013: Open Source

        Making up for that, in part, will be more high-profile open source applications on top of Android. One pundit complained recently that there were so few Android open source applications. There are actually a fair number of them, but pundits rarely can get past brand names. And, truth be told, there are few brand-name open source projects on Android today. That will change, in part due to Android’s market presence (e.g., Mozilla’s Fennec will be reasonably popular by 2013) and in part due to changing technology (e.g., more brand name apps will be written in HTML5 and therefore will run on Android).

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Asus Eee PC 1005PE review

        A small button above the keyboard lets you quickly power the netbook up with a more basic Linux-based operating system – called ExpressGate – for speedy access to the internet. Windows 7 is also installed. Other features include 500GB of online storage, boosting the 250GB of local hard drive space. Three USB ports are also in place.

    • Joojoo

Free Software/Open Source

  • Update: Symantec buys encryption specialist PGP for $300 million
  • Symantec Acquires PGP, GuardianEdge

    Symantec is ramping up its encryption software portfolio with the acquisitions of PGP and GuardianEdge for $300 million and $70 million, respectively.

  • Symbian Foundation releases web app toolkit

    The Symbian Foundation has released a web application development toolkit for the open-source Symbian^3 mobile platform.

  • Open source HTML5+jQuery media player

    The mediafront platform is an open source (GPLv3) front end media solution for the web. Through its integration with popular content management systems, it employs an innovative and intuitive interface that allows any website administrator to completely customize the front end media experience for their users without writing any code!

    In addition, this platform offers two open source media players that can be used free of charge on any website. These media players can be used either as a stand alone solution, or within any content management system. One is flash based and the other is HTML5/jQuery based.

  • BT looks to open source to increase innovation

    BT is seeking to increase innovation in its IT functions through the gradual introduction of open source methods.

    Jeremy Ruston, head of open source innovation at BT, told a meeting at the BCS last week that BT had undergone a “profound philosophical change” by making all its software development open, “just as it is, in fact, at Google”.

  • Midmarket Leads Open-Source BI Adoption

    A recent Aberdeen Group Inc. survey found 48 percent of open-source BI users have annual revenues of $50 million or less, whereas only 37 percent of the users of traditionally licensed BI products are that small.

    Of the more than 300 organizations surveyed, almost 90 percent said they were using open-source BI software alongside more traditional BI software. Cost savings, better hardware utilization, and innovation were cited as the top three motivators for adding open-source to their software portfolio.

  • Of firmwares and cameras

    There is also an initiative to push for cameras’ operating system to go open source, and with applications be developed so users can customize how the shooter behaves.

  • Burn Blu-rays onto recordable DVDs

    The developers of x.264, the open source version of the h.264 hi-def video codec used by YouTube and many others, have taken the first step towards building a free Blu-ray creation toolkit. They’ve been able to make the codec compliant with Blu-ray video.

  • HIMSS: Nothing more authentic and scalable than open source

    If peers are helping peers meet the critical and sensitive needs of their organizations, say for example at HIMSS – why wouldn’t it be the same for our software development? Open source may be a deviation from conventional thought, but today it is playing an active role in meeting these requirements and helping organizations to scale.

    Open-source software offers a better alternative: what you see is what you get, the customer can fully evaluate a technology to understand what is offered, what it does, how it can be improved, and how to fits it into a workflow.

  • NCHICA Selects Mirth Meaningful Use Exchange(TM) to Power NHIN Connectivity

    Mirth Corporation, the leader in commercial open source healthcare information technology, announced today that the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communication Alliance (NCHICA) has selected Mirth Meaningful Use Exchange (Mirth MUx) to achieve Nationwide Health Information Exchange (NHIN) connectivity.

  • Bringing open source to schools

    The best way to ensure the spread and success of open source is to introduce the next generations of users, and potential contributors, to open source at an early age. But this isn’t trivial. Aside from software suitable for young users, it takes a lot of support materials to teach a class and spread the word to educators. One of the better documented attempts at reaching students is Máirín Duffy’s eight-session Inkscape class and K12 Educator’s Guide to Open Source Software.

  • Open Source Scales Better Than Proprietary, The Cloud Needs Massive Scale to Succeed, Therefore the Cloud Needs Open Source

    The problem is I don’t know if I agree with this. I don’t subscribe to the 1000′s of elves in cyberspace fixing bugs in open source code. I think the fact is that a very small number of code contributors actually work on any given open source project. Yes Linux and Apache are the exceptions, but by and large most open source projects actually have a tiny number of code contributors.

  • 2010 FOSS reporter ICT Award launched

    The Free and Open Source Software community is inviting media works and broadcast reports for the 2010 FOSS reporter Award.

  • Phones

    • The Iphone OS needs to be opened up, says Kaspersky

      THE INFOSEC CONFERENCE WAS TOLD that Apple’s Iphone is secure for now, but if Apple doesn’t open up the system it will lose out to rival mobile operating systems due to its lack of flexibility.

    • Building platforms for growth in the new wireless era

      Observing leading platform companies such as Google and Apple reveals a number of tactics that can be employed across a wide segment of the wireless industry. Google, in particular, has been successful in making an impact via its much-hyped, open source, Android platform. At the heart of this platform is an operating system built on the foundations of Linux open source software code, and as such, Android is available to anyone to use, build, and develop without incurring license or royalty payments.


      Compared to Apple’s ecosystem, the Android developer community is drawing on traditional open-source development strategies: networks of lead programmers collaborate across the code’s core software interfaces. Like Apple, Google distributes free software developer kits and application programming interfaces (APIs) to facilitate community-based development. More users and program usage will spur more innovation and improve its ability to quickly and efficiently resolve quality issues. In return, greater exposure of the Android platform will likely arise and heighten its potential for becoming a de facto wireless standard.

  • Events

  • Mozilla

    • Firefox Mobile – Review

      The N900 is my handheld of choice and as I’ve stated before it is by far the web browsing phone currently on the market. The most wonderful thing about FOSS is choice, just like a desktop computer the N900 provides you with a variety of web browsers to choose from and the Mozilla cooperation choose Maemo as the first platform to release their mobile browser for. I’ve been using firefox as the primary browser on my N900 since just prior to it’s 1.0 release, the following are my summations of what I think of Mozilla’s mobile browser.


      All in all I think firefox mobile is the best browser currently available for the Maemo platform and thanks to the browser-switchboard it is the default browser on my device.

    • Hands-on: Mozilla’s foxy Fennec prerelease build for Android
    • Firefox 1.1 Beta sails onto the Nokia N900 mobile phone

      The Nokia N900 handset is based on the Linux-based Maemo platform and is also noted to be dubbed as a pocket computer. With the trendy phone, users can seamlessly carry out all their online activities from their mobile device itself. Now Firefox is all set to grace the handset terrain by unfurling Firefox 1.1 Beta onto the Nokia N900.

    • Firefox challenges Facebook with ID platform

      Facebook’s ambition to become a default identification platform for the web could be threatened by an in-browser identity management system from Mozilla. The firm behind second-placed browser Firefox is testing an open-source system called Account Manager, which unlike Facebook’s platform will allow users to switch between identities from different services.

  • Databases

    • Riptano Offers Cassandra Commercial Support

      A company has been formed to supply commercial support to users of open source Cassandra, a database for sprawling Web data. Social networking sites Twitter, Facebook, and Digg are among the prominent users of Cassandra, with Twitter storing 15 million tweets a day.

    • Impari Systems offers IT services

      Matt Burkhardt offers those and other services through Impari Systems Inc. at 502 Fairview Ave. The company uses free and open source software — software liberally licensed to grant users the right to use, study, change and improve its design through the availability of its source code.

  • Oracle

    • Compellent adds file-level access to SAN

      Compellent is adding integrated file-level access to its SAN product, and using Sun’s open source ZFS to do so.


      He was confident that the lawsuits over NFS between NetApp and Sun, now Oracle, were very low-risk, saying that in ten years of open source software lawsuits had raised their heads but nothing had happened. Also: “Oracle is very committed to its open storage acquisition.”

  • CMS

  • Business

    • xTuple Dominates Market Demand For Open Source ERP
    • GroundWork Open Source Deploys eLearningZoom Learning Suite to Offer Certification Training Worldwide
    • Choosing the Right Open Source ERP/CRM Solutions

      People used to be apprehensive with open source solutions as they felt they were complex. However, this is not exactly true. Open source solutions are not just confined to Linux platforms, there are solutions available for Windows platform as well, which are very simple to install and get started with in a wizard based format. And when you contemplate about implementing ERP or CRM solutions for your organizations, you can very much consider open source solutions rather than going for expensive proprietary solutions. If you are clear about the organizational business processes and how you want to define or chart out those with ERP solutions, then you can give an open source solution a try. Today’s open source ERP or CRM solutions offer almost all the functionalities for every organizational function that any proprietary solution would offer.

    • Opsview upgrades open source monitoring offering

      Opsview, the open source systems and apps monitoring software has updated its Community edition to coincide with the release of coincide with the release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

  • BSD


    • FSFE founder Georg Greve knighted

      Now CEO of Kolab Systems, a Free Software busines, “He continues to be active amongst FSFE members and European core team”, says the FSFE.

    • Should Hacking Be Encouraged?

      “My daughters are both active on the web on social networking; my son does hack in PHP,” blogger Robert Pogson began. “One out of three is OK, I guess.”

      Women do have definite advantages in FLOSS, Pogson added, “because merit is the deciding factor in advancement.


      The world definitely needs more free-thinkers, but “it’s not just hackers who are free-thinking,” Montreal consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack pointed out.

      “One thing that has always got me was the number of people who think they are free-thinking simply because they are anti-establishment or copying people they think are intelligent,” Mack explained. “Free thought is more than just taking a contrary position — it’s analyzing for yourself when the established ways of thinking are right and when they are wrong.”

  • Releases

  • Government

    • Election special: Tories shed light on tech plans

      The Tories promise to open up the £200bn government procurement market to small and open-source companies, partly by breaking up large ICT projects into smaller components.

    • Barriers to London’s open source adoption

      When the Greater London Authority, a city-wide body, started to look at free and open source software they had little to learn from other levels of British government. The pace of adoption has been glacial in the UK, despite recent interest in open data. Having rolled out cost-saving open source technology for some back-office systems and web sites, the GLA has found that partnership across the wider public sector introduces the biggest barriers. The need for government bodies to interface with each other has held back the aspirations of the UK’s open source action plan.

    • Web symposium tackles local government issues

      Open source advocate Nat Torkington and Rugby World Cup 2011 marketing and communications manager Shane Harmon are among the speakers at the fifth annual ALGIM (Association of Local Government Information Management) Web Symposium in Wellington early next month.

  • Licensing

    • Announcement – Open-source release, HUBzero

      The developers of HUBzero announced its open source release. The software is a platform which its Purdue University creators says allows for easier use of clusters and grid computing, making it “a sort of a Swiss Army Knife for deploying and accessing computational research codes.”

  • Openness

    • Qbo open-source robot wants to be Ford Model T of ‘bots

      Open-source and DIY robotics should be the ideal match, but the expense of robot hardware often puts it out of reach for all but the most deep-pocketed enthusiast. Five years ago Francisco Paz decided to produce not only his own robot, Qbo, but to open-source the project so that hopefully the cost of entry would be lower for anyone else wanting to follow in his footsteps.

    • Is It Possible To Create And Launch Your Own Satellite?

      Satellite engineer Song Hojun has developed a DIY personal satellite that can be launched and operated at a reasonable cost. Hojun’s Open Source Satellite Initiative makes it possible for regular people to develop and eventually launch their own satellites. He gave a presentation demonstrating his satellite at the Machine Project last week.

    • The disruptive future of printing

      I heard Ben speak about the RepRap, along with many other programmers, scholars and activists committed to making all kinds of information available to be freely used, reused, and redistributed, from “sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata” as their website puts it.


      As with so many advocates of free and open source solution, Ben and his friends are also planning to turn engagement into action by offering to help groups that want their own RepRap get off the ground by printing off the plastic parts needed to build your own.

  • Programming


  • Science

  • Security/Aggression

  • Environment

  • Internet/Net Neutrality/DRM

    • DRM

      May 4 is the “Day Against DRM”. Talk with people about it. Tell them they have options. Tell retailers you do not want that stuff. DON’T BUY IT. You will be getting less than you want.

      My objections to DRM have nothing to do with respect for copyright. I believe creators of works should have some rights to how they are used. I disagree with the length of copyright terms. I see no reason why patents, rights to things tangible, are less than rights to things intangible but copyable. That is arbitrary law in my view. There is no good rationale for it. Why should not the period of copyright be the same as patents, 18 years or so? This thing about offending old people by propagating their works during their lifetime is silly. People make their choices in life for better or for worse. We should not, as a society support some people’s choices more than others. That is not fair.

  • Copyrights

    • Copyright

      So, it appears to me that cheap, legal copies made in another country covered by the Berne Convention could be imported to Canada legally. If M$ caused the copies to be made legally in a country in which Berne applies, they cannot go after an importer for violation of copyright. Similarly, if M$ make copies in a country not covered by Berne, then later importation are equivalent to copying. I am not a lawyer so do not rely on this. It is my opinion based on the plain reading of the law. Whatever the EULA says does not trump copyright law when it comes to finding infringement of copyright. M$ may have grounds to sue for breaking a contract but usually that provision just involves termination of the contract.

      Checking some prices: Malaysia “7″ Ultimate $206 and $205 in Canada

      So, concerns about M$ not making any money in far-flung reaches of Earth are over-blown.

    • World Day of Commons on October 15, 2010.

      Based on the Manifesto Reclaim the Commons crafted in Belem during the WSF 2009, we suggest to organize a World Commons Day on October 15, 2010.

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    The staff representatives of the European Central Bank E-mail their colleagues -- with European Central Bank managers' approval -- regarding the European Patent Office and its attacks on staff unions

  9. Gross Violation of Workers' Rights in EPO: Denial of Christmas Vacation/Leave for Slower Workers

    A look at an E-mail from within the EPO which shows how Christmas is used to squeeze staff, urging them to work even faster (despite speed gains) or lose their Christmas leave

  10. The Bogus Narrative Floated by EPO Management: Our Judges and Examiners Are Armed and Violent

    A look at the union-busting and protest-crushing moves from high-level EPO managers, who are trying to convince politicians that they do so in an effort to stop terrorists and neo-Nazis

  11. Support SUEPO or End Up Like They and Some of the Boards Did

    SUEPO, the fast-growing staff union of the EPO, increasingly needs the support and protection offered by action and participation from staff

  12. NRC Handelsblad (Dutch Evening Newspaper) Speaks About EPO's Refusal to Accept Court Orders From The Hague

    Article explains the depths of the issues inside the EPO and the unacceptable immunity that management at the EPO continues to exploit, shaming or discrediting the very notion of the rule of law in Europe

  13. HeBS Digital and Black Duck Press Releases Treated Like Articles, Used to Muddy the FOSS Waters

    Free/Open Source software (FOSS) is under attack again, and it's the proprietary software lobby that's responsible for that

  14. EPO President Battistelli Now Intimidates Even National Delegations

    Report about an embarrassing incident implicating Benoît Battistelli and some angry comments cast over the witch-hunting of a judge, using all sorts of questionable tactics

  15. A Look at the Latest Gross Deletionism at the EPO's 'Media Partner', French Newspaper Les Échos

    The EPO's bogus 'journal of record, which Team Battistelli likes to cite in order to bolster its warped version of events at the EPO while maintaining a close secret relationship with the publisher, keeps censoring its own reporters (spiked paragraphs, silently self-censored or censored after publications)

  16. Rumour About Efforts to Dismiss a Board Judge by Intimidating Boards of Appeal

    Comment found online accuses the Administrative Council of pressuring, by threats, Directorate-General 3 to dismiss a judge who is silently accused (with selective 'leaks' to the media, reportedly orchestrated by EPO managers) but not even proven guilty

  17. President Battistelli Now Pressures/Threatens Politicians Who 'Dare' to Complain About Abuses and Unacceptable Conditions at the EPO

    Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’, a French politician, unleashes an angry letter from Benoît Battistelli and reveals just to what lengths the EPO's Team Battistelli is willing to go in order to crush political backlash

  18. EPO: It's Like a Family Business - Part IV

    Some more background information about Elodie Bergot and Gilles Requena, who are married whilst also sharing positions of power at the EPO (and also strong connections/ties with the EPO's President, Mr. Battistelli); Rumours afloat at the EPO -- some with ever-increasing circulation too -- are worth noting

  19. Translation of Thomas Magenheim-Hörmann's Article in the German Media, Urging European Politicians to Intervene in EPO Chaos and Lawlessness

    Frankfurt-based media presents an opinion piece written by a Munich-based economic correspondent, Thomas Magenheim-Hörmann

  20. German Press Says Broken EPO Lets President Severely Punish Staff Not Even Guilty of Any Wrongdoing

    Juve publishes an article which attempts to be 'balanced' (meaning it believes everything that EPO officials say) but at the same time reveals unacceptable practices that go in inside the EPO

  21. German Media Reveals That Out-of-Control EPO Management is Even Threatening and Abusing Lawyers Now

    The EPO's longstanding fight against justice escalates to an unprecedented war on lawyers themselves; “After this latest move,” says a German newspaper, “even lawyers are starting to feel threatened by the Office.”

  22. Washington Post Only Entertains Debate About Patent Trolls (But Not Patent Scope) Whilst US Lawyers Trick the System to Patent Software

    The Bezos-owned Washington Post continues to help those who wish to eliminate patent trolls (which bother Amazon amongst other large conglomerates) but remains void of any coverage about patent scope, including software patents that patent lawyers work so hard to defend

  23. It Pays (Off) to 'Bribe' the Media: Watch How Les Échos Covers EPO Matters and Self-Censors

    French newspaper Les Échos is self-censoring yet again and it is framing the EPO scandals as the fault of employees, not the fault of abusive managers who are working with Les Échos as a so-called 'media partner' (the EPO management is French-dominated)

  24. 'Leaked' PDF Shows How EPO Management Tried to Crush Judge Who 'Dared' to Criticise EPO Management

    The EPO's management continues to chill potential critics and is now making an example of a board's judge, despite having no such authority over him

  25. Links 21/11/2015: Community Appreciation Day, Jolla's Problems

    Links for the day

  26. EPO: It's Like a Family Business - Part III

    A look at how the EPO's management (Željko Topić in particular) defended the unprecedented promotion of Ms Bergot (wife of the president's close assistant), even in the face of outcry from EPO staffwarning

  27. In an Effort to Counter EPO Staff Narrative (After ~2,000 of Staff Protest) EPO Management Portrays Staff as Violent But Provides No Evidence

    The EPO's management has a poor record on accuracy and truth and the latest staff-shaming tactics serve to reinforce that track record

  28. Gross Aggression by EPO Management Shows the Urgent Need to Remove Immunity From EPO

    The increasingly militant approach of EPO management (with counterterrorism staff added to interrogate EPO staff) serves to show an organisation gone truly bonkers

  29. Patents Roundup: Alice Decision Still Upsets Patent Lawyers, Microsoft AstroTurf Group Lobbies on FRAND, Google and Red Hat Recalled

    The reaction of patent profiteers to scope/boundary restrictions, the FRAND lobby by Microsoft's longtime front group, FRAND matters in Korea (affecting Android), Google's response to patent threats, and Red Hat still keeping quiet about its patent agreement with Microsoft

  30. Links 20/11/2015: DockerCon EU, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2

    Links for the day


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