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03.21.12

Links 21/3/2012: Torvalds Secrets, Radeon HD 7000 Driver Now Free/Libre

Posted in News Roundup at 7:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

Free Software/Open Source

  • A Peek Behind the Curtain at Puppet Labs

    In this interview, Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of Puppet Labs, explains why the Puppet configuration management tool is a huge hit with sys admins, and tells us what to expect next from the popular open source project.

  • Open source moving in mobile

    We got another reminder of how disruptive open source software is to mobile computing this week, when Linux and Android merged back together. This appears to be good news for a number of parties, but Android and Linux developers and users seem particularly likely to benefit. The inclusion of Android code in the Linux kernel and the ability for Linux developers to more easily work on the Android environment and applications also ties into some of the key topics we’ll be covering in a Webcast March 21 titled ‘Open Source, A Tale of Two Cities in the Mobile Enterprise,’ presented by 451 Research and Black Duck Software.

  • Web Browsers

    • Chrome

      • Chromium OS Desktop Shell Eschews Google’s Cloud-Only Mantra

        Ever since Google started working on its Chrome OS operating system, it has had a pronounced focus on allowing users to only work with cloud-based data and applications. This has drawn criticism from many users, and some from us here at OStatic, as seen in this post. With Chrome OS, Google placed a heavy bet on the idea that consumers and business users would have no problem storing data and using applications in the cloud, without working on the locally stored data/applications model that they’re used to.

  • CMS

  • Licensing

  • Openness/Sharing

  • Programming

Leftovers

  • Finance

  • Censorship

    • America: Iran Can’t Control The Internet, Only We Can

      The Obama administration has condemned Iran for trying to take control of the Internet. In addition, The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued guidance and licensing information to further support the free flow of information to citizens of Iran – a freedom the Iranian regime has consistently denied to its people.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • ACTA

        • De Gucht goes rogue again

          Concerned of the ACTA dossier many citizens contacted the press staffers of his colleague Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Commissioner Michel Barnier is right when he emphasized the need for better communications. Karel De Gucht had the opportunity to embrace the public attention to ACTA, and strengthen the institutional cohesion with the European public, help the transformation of the EU towards an “Europe of the citizens”. He didn’t exercise this opportunity, and it appears to me the reason is a fundamental disrespect to democratic principles, he doesn’t take the public seriously.

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