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Contents





GNU/Linux



Free Software/Open Source



  • Events



  • Web Browsers



    • Mozilla

      • Mozilla Labs experiments with Git
        Mozilla Labs, Mozilla's research and development section, has announced that, based on the popularity of the Git distributed version control system, it is now offering an experimental fork for all Mozilla Labs projects and experiments on project hosting service GitHub. Since 2006, many Labs projects have been hosted on public Mercurial instances.


      • Mozilla fires up three new APIs in Jetpack SDK 0.7
        The Mozilla Labs developers have announced Jetpack SDK 0.7, the latest revision of the HTML/CSS/JavaScript based extension system for Firefox. The new release includes a panel API, which allows developers to float popup windows over web content, a clipboard API to give extensions access to the system clipboard and a notifications API which allows extensions to get the users attention with toaster or Growl-style messages.


      • Fennec Alpha Released For Android And Nokia N900
        An early, pre-alpha version of Mozilla's Fennec mobile browser has been around for months, but the Firefox developer has today released an official full alpha for download. And it's not just Android that's benefitting—the mobile browser has also been released for Nokia's N900 smartphone.


      • How to use Firefox's new tab manager






  • SaaS



  • Oracle

    • JavaOne: Larry Ellison to chart Java future
      There is much anticipation of Ellison's keynote, since Oracle's stewardship of Java has been regarded as unsatisfactory by many Java developers and user groups. A lack of a concrete roadmap, the lack of detail on the relationship between open source and commercial products, and the future of OpenJDK7 and JDK7 are all issues many would like to see clarified. These issues have become more critical in the aftermath of Oracle's announcement that it was taking legal action against Google for patent and copyright infringement over Google's implementation of the Dalvik virtual machine in Android, which is based on the open source Apache Harmony implementation of Java.





  • CMS

    • An overdue update from the Diaspora team
      The Diaspora team has put out an update on their progress in creating a "privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network".


    • The Anti-Facebook Arrives September 15: Will You Switch?
      In a recent blog post, the Diaspora team say they have the nascent social networking software up and running, and are happy with the near-final result. Despite these proclamations, however, it's unclear what Diaspora will look like or how it will function when Diaspora finally launches.




  • Project Releases

    • Audacious 2.4.0 – New release!
      Audacious its origins as a fork of Beep Music player and as it matured has been the media player of choice for me for a long while. The latest release is 2.4.0, doesn’t fail to impress with updates to its GUI and a plethora of features that you’ve come to expect from the creators of what to many is the defacto music player on their distro.


    • RabbitMQ 2.0.0 released
      Version 2.0.0 has a new persister for storing messages in transit, which is now only bound by disk capacity and a server which optimises memory usage by paging these messages between disk and RAM. This change gives the server higher and more consistent performance and faster start-up; previously these both degraded with higher volumes of persisted messages.




  • Licensing

    • On copyright assignment, contributor and participant agreements
      Clearly copyright assignment is integral to the dual licensing and open core licensing strategies in enabling those vendors to sell closed-source licenses to the core project and extensions, and it does restrict developer communities in those situations.

      However, as Simon briefly explains, copyright assignment is equally used by other organisations, such as the Free Software Foundation, to protect the core project. Glyn Moody described the potential benefits of such an arrangement earlier this week, while Tarus Balog provides another example of copyright assignment protecting an open source project.


    • OSS 4.0 and licenses: not a clear-cut choice
      The choice of an open source license for a project code release is not clear-cut, and depends on several factors; in general, when reusing code that comes from external projects, license compatibility is the first, major driver in license selection. Licenses do have an impact on development activity, depending on the kind of project and who controls the project evolution.




  • Google





Leftovers

  • Ben Huh Asks: “I Can Haz Reddit?” (Offers To Buy It From Condé Nast)
    It’s no secret that social link sharing community Reddit isn’t singing the praises of its corporate parent Condé Nast, which acquired the company in 2006. Earlier today the two sparred over running ads in support of California’s Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana in the state. And Reddit has previously written about the shortage of resources that Condé Nast is willing to provide. Now Ben Huh, founder and CEO of the Cheezburger network, is offering to take Reddit off Condé’s hands.


  • Science

    • Lawsuit Against the LHC Overthrown
      A Court in Hawaii has just rejected a new lawsuit brought against the Large Hadron Collider. The plaintiffs failed to produce any evidence that the machine is dangerous, the ruling says.




  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • Pacman cleans the oil – not
      Media campaigning gone weird. MSNBC reports on a BP sponsored study that the oil cleanup is like pacman and the bacteria solve the oil spill problem. Reality distortion can be so easy.




  • Intellectual Monopolies



    • Copyrights

      • Hollywood Sues Advertiser at Movie Piracy Sites
        A company that worked with sites that linked to copies of Hollywood blockbusters has become the target of a new lawsuit. The legal action filed by Disney and Warner Bros. says that Triton Media was guilty of both contributory and inducement of copyright infringement when it assisted several sites with advertising and referrals.










Clip of the Day



Lawrence Lessig talks with the Booksmith - Part III



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