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New Tutorial: Continuing CVS
Posted By Ken Guest - 21:12, 29 August 2003
Dave O'Connor explains how to tag CVS Repositaries, manage branches, set up triggers and discusses CVS Web.
European Protests Against Software Patents
Posted By Ken Guest - 15:02, 25 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 15:02, 25 August 2003
On Wednesday, August 27th, there will be a last-minute demonstration at the European Parliament in Brussels against the proposed directive on software patents, organized by the FFII. As an additional (or alternative) action, people and organizations are encouraged to participate in an online demonstration that day, replacing the main pages of their Web sites with text explaining the dangers of introducing unlimited patentability in Europe.
The proposed directive would make it impossible to refuse patents on algorithms and business methods such as a recently-uncovered EPO patent granted to Amazon on ordering a gift for and automatically delivering it to a third party, which is even broader than its infamous 1-Click patent (which will also be patentable).
ILUG Knoppix CD
Posted By Ken Guest - 14:19, 21 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 14:19, 21 August 2003
The .iso of the ILUG Knoppix CD is now available from the website.
It contains Irish ISP settings, ILUG graphics + more.
ViM tutorial: word completion, indenting, function navigation
Posted By Ken Guest - 08:59, 20 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 08:59, 20 August 2003
Ken Guest focuses on how ViM can quicken software coders.
Connecting to IOL Broadband with a USB modem
Posted By Ken Guest - 10:19, 18 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 10:19, 18 August 2003
As contributed by Gary
I've written an article on connecting to iol broadband with a usb modem which may be useful to some Linux users.
ILUG Response to European Union Copyright Directive
Posted By Paul O'Malley - 13:14, 15 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 13:14, 15 August 2003
Have a look at http://www.tabserv.com/ILUG/ for a chance to contribute to the EUCD debate in a constructive, proactive way. We have less than 30 days.
Linux license - third time's the charm?
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 11:09, 15 August 2003
Called the UK number I was given. I gave my details - do you know how ridiculous the phrase, "Hi, my name is Kevin Lyda and I'm calling about purchasing a Linux license" sounds after you've said it about a dozen times? Anyway she gave me the number of the Irish office. I explained that I'd already called them and I'd been sent to the UK number. So after going on hold and being transfered about, I finally was asked for my details and they'd call me back. I gave them and upon asking when I could expect a call back was told they'd try to get back to me today. As licensing schemes go I think this one is terribly inefficient. And to date I've yet to be asked how many machines I have to license - 3 desktops and 2 servers for the curious.
Continuing the quest for a Linux license
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 10:56, 15 August 2003
So I contacted the number in Ireland since the UK number I was given didn't work. The first person put me on hold while trying to find a local distributor. She was unable to find one so she transfered me to the "support department" (not sure I heard that correctly). The woman who answered there was unclear what I wanted so I explained that I had downloaded Linux off the net and was calling to get the license SCO said I needed. She still seemed unclear but suggested I call the UK and gave me a number (and she gave it with the country code and the leading 0 which is incorrect, but I'll manage). I'm calling that number now - country number three in my quest for a Linux license!
SCO execs had a preset sale plan
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:34, 14 August 2003
SCO Group Inc. said three of its executives began selling shares on a preset schedule after the company filed a software lawsuit against International Business Machines Corp. that seeks as much as $50 billion.
GNU Questions: RMS on SCO, Distributions, DRM
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:01, 14 August 2003
In September of 1983, a computer programmer working in the Massachusetts Institute for Technology AI Lab announced a plan that was the antithesis of the proprietary software concept that had come to dominate the industry.
SCO to argue General Public Licence invalid
Posted By Adam Beecher - 09:58, 14 August 2003
SCO WILL attempt to win its $3 billion case against IBM by arguing that the General Public Licence (GPL) is invalid. That's what a pleader at legal practice Boies Schiller and Flexner is telling the Wall Street Journal today.
SCO Executives Sold $1.2 Million In Shares Since Lawsuit
Posted By Adam Beecher - 20:47, 13 August 2003
SCO executives have sold more than 119,000 shares of their company worth $1.2 million since it filed a lawsuit against IBM in March, according to reports published Tuesday.
FSF FTP Site Cracked, Looking for MD5 Sums
Posted By Adam Beecher - 17:48, 13 August 2003
The Free Software Foundation's FTP site at ftp.gnu.org has been "compromised", and they don't seem to have full backups. They've yanked a bunch of recent packages (and their whole alpha.gnu.org ftp site), and when I asked about it they responded 'Our FTP server was compromised, yes. We are beginning to find good MD5sums for files which have not yet been restored, and they will be available again Real Soon Now. If you can provide MD5sums for any of the files listed in MISSING-FILES, it would be very much appreciated.'
An ILUGger's attempt to get a Linux License
Posted By Kevin Lyda - 20:37, 12 August 2003
Edited by Ken Guest - 20:37, 12 August 2003
On calling +1 800 726 8649 I reached an IVR system. The correct option to pick is option 1 (product sales) and option 1 again (to speak to an operator). At that I got a nice lady on the phone who didn't sound like she'd been screamed at a lot lately. That's a good thing - if people call be nice to the operators. I then found out they aren't taking orders - they're taking contact details and they'll ring back in 7 to 10 days. I explained I was in Ireland and she gave me the number for the Irish office, which is a UK number... +44 171 722 6014. She thought they'd moved to Dublin, so that might not be correct. The consensus is that the number is wrong since the 171 area code is gone in the UK. Another ILUG member is looking up the correct number for dublin.
GnuCash needs help
Posted By Ken Guest - 14:59, 12 August 2003
GnuCash is a professional level accounting package
It runs on Linux, Mac OS/X and other systems.
The GnuCash project needs a lot help - there are only seven developers.
It's future is uncertain, unless people give a hand.
New Euro law could make criminals of us all
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:29, 12 August 2003
Want some reasons why the EU proposed "Enforcement of intellectual property rights" should not go through? Read on...
SCO sells a Linux license
Posted By Adam Beecher - 22:28, 11 August 2003
Yes, they found someone gullible enough to bite. At least that's what they're claiming in a press release that's being spread all over the place, including on money.cnn.com. Naturally, SCO can't tell you who it is because of "confidentiality provisions," but the truth will certainly come out sooner or later.
Linux: Flavour vs. Flavor
Posted By Adam Beecher - 11:13, 11 August 2003
Jasper Spaans recently submitted a patch to the lkml that "changes all occurrences of 'flavour' to 'flavor' in the complete [2.6 development kernel] tree". This quickly led into a lengthy and frequently humorous discussion about the which spelling is better, and if it even matters.
The penguin road patrol
Posted By Adam Beecher - 10:58, 11 August 2003
When Pavement Management Services, the Melbourne franchise of a Sydney outfit, was granted a contract by VicRoads to carry out the annual survey of the road network in September last year, the company's owner, Rishi Viner, decided that the time was right to begin doing the surveys using video technology.
Lufthansa Systems Chooses Linux
Posted By Adam Beecher - 17:08, 10 August 2003
Nice2Cats writes "Remember all of the jokes about operating systems as airlines? Well, Heise is reporting that Linux is just going to take over the computer systems of Germany's airline Lufthansa instead. SuSE and Lufthansa Systems have a joint press release (in German, it should appear here when it comes out in English) out where Karlheinz Natt from Lufthansa Systems gushes (my translation): 'We are registering a steadily increasing demand for Linux-based solutions from our customers.' "
The Empire Strikes Back ...
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 18:40, 8 August 2003
Edited by Proinnsias Breathnach - 18:40, 8 August 2003
Okay ... it's more IBM Strikes back ... but http://radio.weblogs.com/0120124/ has a great digest view of what's going on ... (Thanks to Kevin Lyda for that link)
The actual details are here: IBM-SCO.pdf (it's a big download !)
SCO: In the best traditions of Harry Enfield "Ya didn't wanna do that !"
"Alternatives to Windows Applications" updated
Posted By Ken Guest - 09:26, 8 August 2003
The "Alternatives to Windows Applications" page has been updated with regard to 3D modelling/rendering software.
Novell's Stone Speaks Out
Posted By Adam Beecher - 16:07, 5 August 2003
The vice chairman and open-source backer offers his two cents on the Ximian deal, Novell's future relationship with Microsoft and the latest SCO skirmish.
Red Hat Fires Back at SCO
Posted By Adam Beecher - 16:06, 5 August 2003
Red Hat Inc. on Monday fired a warning shot at The SCO Group with a pair of legal actions aimed at disarming SCO's claims of copyright violation over Linux.
Novell Acquires Ximian
Posted By Adam Beecher - 16:04, 5 August 2003
Novell Inc. pulled off a Linux coup today by snapping up developer Ximian Inc., but according to Ximian's top developer, it will mostly be business as usual.
Yet another POTD - 7 Drunken Nights ?
Posted By Proinnsias Breathnach - 17:48, 1 August 2003
There has been more talk of impending drunken boasting of installing Linux on 386s and Printers and the like.
Rumour has it this event will take place in Messrs. Maguire's in Dublin, on Thursday next - the 7th August from about 19:00 onwards.
Come one - come many !