Displaying items by tag: Sam Varghese

Tuesday, 24 July 2007 04:15

Ubuntu lives in a closed system

Ten days into July, Canonical, the company which is best known for the Ubuntu Linux distribution, released the source code for one component of Launchpad - a system that serves as a single repository for revision control.
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It's tax time in Australia. Three weeks into the new financial year, now is about the time when people have all their documentation ready to give the government its yearly pound of flesh.
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Tuesday, 17 July 2007 19:11

Slackware: old warhorse is going strong

The last time I looked at Slackware was nearly seven years ago; version 7.1 was thrown my way by a magazine and I was asked for a review. My usage of the distribution had ended early in 2000 when I moved to Debian after using Slackware 4.0 and then 7.0 for about a year.
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Monday, 16 July 2007 06:02

GPL: fear is the key

The third revision of the General Public Licence has been out for just short of three weeks but plenty of people are already questioning why take-up has been so slow.

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Saturday, 07 July 2007 05:15

Microsoft's latest: blame Oprah Winfrey

I live in the state of Victoria in Australia. On this day, the 7th day of the 7th month in the year of our Lord 2007, I hereby declare that I am not bound by the traffic laws of Victoria and that I can drive my car at any speed I choose.
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Friday, 06 July 2007 08:48

OOXML: one small step for Microsoft

A couple of days before the United States of America observed its independence day, the state of Massachusetts declared that it had suddenly discovered that Microsoft Office Open XML document format met the definition of an open standard.
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Thursday, 05 July 2007 05:40

Joomla!: there's more gas in this story

Yesterday (July 5) I ran an article in this space with the title which is retained above. This article consisted of a reaction to the piece Joomla! - the licence stays the same from the project co-founder Brian Teeman who is now no longer with Joomla!.

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Tuesday, 03 July 2007 20:06

Joomla! - the licence stays the same

When the Joomla! project - one of the most widely used open source content management systems - announced on June 15 that that it would be "committing to compliance with the GPL" users were left wondering at the implications.

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Sunday, 01 July 2007 06:50

In praise of the GPLv3

These days, Richard Matthew Stallman, the enigmatic founder of the Free Software Foundation, isn't exactly flavour of the month.

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Friday, 22 June 2007 06:07

Vista: They took five years for this?

Linux users can, at times, be the worst kind of ingrates, whining and complaining about what they perceive as missing features in a free operating system.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2007 06:58

Nine days left for patent deals

There are exactly nine days left for Microsoft to get other Linux companies to sign up for patent cross-licensing deals.

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A few months back, the self-styled open source advocate Eric S. Raymond made a grand announcement about switching Linux distributions and moving from Fedora to Ubuntu.

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Thursday, 14 June 2007 06:25

Apple is no angel

Occasionally, I leave the environs of free and open source software and venture out to comment on proprietary software. Today I thought Steve Jobs and Apple needed a bit of attention.

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A few days ago, I became aware of a fact I'd never known before: the chief executive officer of Xandros Corporation is named Andreas Typaldos.

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Thursday, 07 June 2007 23:27

Dell's next step - SUSE Linux desktops?

Why would the world's second-ranked PC seller make an effort to sell an operating system that it's never sold before on custom hardware - and do it in a half-hearted manner? Why would it do this at a time when it's desperately trying to regain its number 1 ranking?

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Wednesday, 06 June 2007 04:54

A cry from Xandros: please, take note of us

The deal Xandros Corporation signed with Microsoft on June 4 is an indicator of several things.

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Monday, 04 June 2007 07:32

Fedora 7.0: moving to outpace Sun

With its release of Fedora 7.0 last week, Red Hat has signalled that it is acutely aware of the threat that Sun could pose to its market share in the years ahead.

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Thursday, 31 May 2007 22:40

GPLv3: the sting remains, says RMS

The Free Software Foundation will publish the last call draft of the third revision of its General Public License (GPLv3) today and has retained sufficient bite in it to penalise Microsoft.
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Thursday, 31 May 2007 08:43

Is the FSF about to pardon Novell?

Has the Free Software Foundation, like many others, chosen the path of least resistance and decided to bend with the wind? A Reuters report about the forthcoming final draft of the GPLv3 would make it appear so.

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Monday, 28 May 2007 07:49

Red Hat advises caution over patents

Red Hat's Mark Webbink is not the sort of person to issue threats. He's somewhat unusual in that he's a legal counsel who uses clear, concise prose when he speaks. Like all those in the profession, he does speak carefully but thankfully his speech is free of obfuscation.

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