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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.