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Links 12/11/2009: MythTV 0.22 Reviews, Sidux 2009-03 (Μώμος) Released

Posted in News Roundup at 8:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Multimedia

    • Media PC on Linux

      As for now I can say about the hardware that it’s “linux-friendly”. I’m also very positive surprised by the performance of the whole solution (as well in case of the graphics, as of the processor – more about this comes with the next article).

    • TV Mythos Renewed: MythTV 0.22 with Many Improvements

      The MythTV hard disk recorder software is available in a new version that is based on Qt4 and supports new hardware and the VDPAU decoder.

    • Thoughts on Mythbuntu 9.10 (MythTV 0.22)

      I’ve been running Mythbuntu 9.10 on both my main MythTV box and frontend Zotac Ion box for a couple of weeks now.

    • TV Mythos Renewed: MythTV 0.22 with Many Improvements

      The MythTV hard disk recorder software is available in a new version that is based on Qt4 and supports new hardware and the VDPAU decoder.

    • Podcast Season 1 Episode 21

      In this episode: Firefox turns 5, Microsoft allegedly borrows some GPL code and the Fat Elf is no more. We talk about what our perfect Linux distribution would look like and ask whether everyone should be compelled to contribute to free software projects.

  • Desktop

    • LinuxCertified Announces Ultra-Affordable Full Featured Laptop with Ubuntu 9.10

      LC2210Si comes with a 14-inch screen and provides an optimal trade-off between mobility and power. The laptop come pre-configured with many of the common tools used by the technical users.

    • Testing Out Linux File-Systems On A USB Flash Drive

      Our test system was running Ubuntu 9.10 (x86_64) with the GNOME 2.28.1 desktop, X Server 1.6.4, GCC 4.4.1, and the system’s main drive was formatted to EXT4. Rather than using the Linux 2.6.31 kernel that ships with Ubuntu 9.10, we had used the Linux 2.6.32-rc5 kernel, in order to pull in all of the latest work for the various file-systems. During our testing process, each file-system was formatted to occupy the entire 32GB flash drive and was then mounted with each file-system’s default options.

    • Boot Multiple ISO from USB (MultiBoot USB)
    • There and back again. Linux to Mac

      I now have Ubuntu 9.10 running on my MacBook Pro. Gnome-desktop, kubuntu-destop, xubuntu-desktop are all installed. I like desktop options, but prefer KDE 4. I can switch between apps, terminals, connect to the network and print. I have not seen one spinning beach ball. I am much more productive. I am so happy to have Amorok back to manage my music, and KDE to manage my desktop, and konsole as a terminal application, and, and, and… I am just so much happier.


      Would I buy another Mac for myself, just for the hardware? No. While the trackpad is cool, other companies have caught up on the piece of hardware. The keyboard may be enough to make me come back to the hardware, but I doubt it.

    • Linux PC launches for the elderly

      The SimplicITy (see the IT, geddit?) is a simplified desktop with just six buttons for basic tasks such as email and chat. It’s set up with a Linux Mint based operating system and an Eldy.org linked email client.

    • Valerie Singleton launches PC for the elderly

      Television presenter Valerie Singleton has teamed up with technology companies to develop a Linux-based PC designed specifically for the over 50s.

    • Blue Peter presenter creates Linux PC for elderly
    • Street-wise solution to computer viruses

      One is a version of Microsoft’s operating system like Windows XP. While the other is a version of freely downloadable Linux operating systems like Ubuntu.

      “The viruses usually attack Windows applications and operating systems while Linux is resistant,” he said.

      Wambugu says that once a user detects a virus on the Windows system, he can restart with the Linux OS which will enable him to locate the virus and delete it.

  • Server

    • Take Your Web Server With You

      Running a Web server on your Linux laptop is definitely something that doesn’t get much attention. You’ll be happy that you set up your public_html directory and familiarized yourself with starting up Apache the next time you need to transfer a huge file to one of your associates.

  • Kernel Space

    • PulseAudio 0.9.20 Arrives With Fixes

      If you have been running into problems with PulseAudio on your system, an update has been made available this morning that you may want to try. PulseAudio 0.9.20 was released and it carries bug-fixes and translation updates, but not much more. Among the PulseAudio fixes are for the Bluetooth audio support, core fixes, and many ALSA-related changes.

    • A report from JLS

      Given this context, it makes sense that the 2009 Kernel Summit went to Tokyo. Japan (and the Linux Foundation) did a great job of hosting this high-profile event; some developers were heard to suggest that the summit should be held there every year. But one also should not overlook the significance of the first Japan Linux Symposium which followed the Summit. JLS 2009 is the beginning of what is intended to be an annual, world-class Linux gathering. Your editor’s impression is that this event has gotten off to a good start.

  • Applications

    • VirtualBox 3.1 Beta Brings Teleportation & More

      Sun Microsystems had released VirtualBox 3.0 earlier this year with OpenGL 2.0 support for guests, long-awaited SMP guest support, and other improvements. This was a nice release for this virtualization platform, but VirtualBox 3.1 is now approaching. The first beta release of VirtualBox 3.1 has been released today and it brings a few key changes.

    • GNOME Office: Is it a viable office suite?
    • Tabu Audio Player

      Even though I’m currently sick with H1N1, also known as swine flu, this morning I was feeling well enough to write an ebuild for an interesting media app I found: Tabu Audio Player. It’s an interesting player — while it still needs some translation work into English, it’s simple and has an appealing UI drawn by Cairo.

    • Free and Open Source Screencasting Software Applications for Linux

      A screencast (also known as video screen capture) is a digital recording of computer screen output that usually contains audio narrations. So basically, an application that records a user’s screen activities and then saved them in video format is called screencasting software. The program is often used for training, demoing, documentation, and for assessing technical skills.

    • Smile – a great photo show software for Linux

      For long I’ve been trying to find something to create photo shows with Linux. So far Cinelerra has been the best choice but being.. well, not as simple as I’d hope it to be, I haven’t been able to create any photo shows. Then I found Smile – and here’s a result from playing maybe 10 minutes. Took some random photos from my travels.

  • K Desktop Environment

    • Krita has got a new website!

      After two years and various attempts, Krita finally has a website of its own. And a really nice one, too. Thanks to Krita forum user Kubuntiac who did all the hard work and heavy lifting! Take a sneak peek at krita2d.org — soon we’ll point krita.org to the new location!

  • Distributions

    • Elive 1.9.51 Unstable – Review and Commentary

      Elive is a debian based linux live cd that runs the beautiful Enlightenment window manager. Today we’re going to take you on a visual tour of the cd and discuss how it’s progressing. There are two versions available.. a stable version which must be purchased or a development version which can be downloaded for free. We chose the latter for the purposes of this review.

    • New Sabayon Servers

      Finally Fabio gave me the pics of the server, and finally I’ve found some time to publish those pics! As we said on the website, thanks to your donations, the end of the fundraiser allowed us to buy the new servers. And now you can see how we spend your money to give you a better service and the best linux distro ever!

    • New Releases

    • Sidux

      • Articles: sidux 2009-03

        Later than originally planned, we now have the pleasure to announce the immediate availability of sidux 2009-03 “Μώμος”, shipping with kernel 2.6.31 and KDE 4.3.2 in the following flavours:

        * KDE-lite, amd64, en/ de, ≈565 MB.
        * KDE-lite, i686, en/ de, ≈560 MB.
        * KDE-full, amd64+i686, en/ de (bg, da, el, es, fr, hr, hu, it, ja, nl, pt, pt_BR, ro, ru through liveapt) ≈2.1 GB.
        * XFCE, amd64, en/ de, ≈495 MB.
        * XFCE, i686, en/ de, ≈490 MB.

      • sidux 2009-03 Has Linux Kernel and KDE 4.3.2
      • Sidux 2009-02 – Review and Commentary

        We decided to take the KDE Lite version of Sidux 2009-02 for a test spin and see how it fares amidst other debian based distributions.


        Sidux is a debian based linux distribution that is based on the Sid branch. It features KDE and is, for the most part, normally not something I would recommend for beginning users. This is primarily due to it favoring text-based tools as opposed to GUI based for things such as package installation and the like. This makes it a great distribution for intermediate to expert users who are looking for an optimized debian with KDE 4.3.

    • Mandriva

      • Mandriva Linux 2010 (Free)

        For this review I picked the Mandriva Linux 2010 (Free) version. This version contains 100% free software and weighs in at a chunky 4.3GB when you download it. Now please understand that I am not a “free software fanatic” type at all. I have no problem using distros that have some proprietary software blended into them but I like to use one that doesn’t have that stuff every once in a while.


        Summary: Mandriva Linux 2010 (Free) is a great desktop distro for certain Linux users who prefer a distro with only “free” software. Other folks should probably opt for Mandriva One or the Powerpack release which come bundled with Flash and other software.
        Rating: 4/5

      • Mandriva 2010 adds Moblin, rolls in full set of Eee PC drivers

        Mandriva Linux 2010 also contains “full hardware support for every currently-available Eee (PC) model”, boasts the Mandriva 2010 Tour.

        “All the Mandriva configuration tools have been tested and tweaked where appropriate to fit into the lower resolution screens common on netbooks, and we have also tweaked some third-party applications for this restraint.”

    • Red Hat Family

    • Debian Family

      • The Karmic Koala – Not Ubuntu’s Vista

        If you are thinking of installing Ubuntu Karmic but are being put off by the hue and cry you are reading all over the net, I can confidently say to you that go ahead and install it. It is a great release and your your system is likely to run smoothly with it. The bug issues you are hearing are the exception rather than the rule to the Ubuntu experience. Go on and enjoy real freedom.

      • Rough?

        In summary, my few weeks with Ubuntu 9.10 as my main OS have thrown up no major roadblocks that would cause me to look at moving elsewhere; Fedora would be tempting if that situation were to arise.

      • Karmic Koala – The Breakthrough Release

        Ubuntu has come a long way in a few years and pulls together diverse strands of rapid progress in the wider Linux ecosystem. This is a breakthrough release presenting a new optimised kernel, an improved filesystem, solid progress in hardware compatibility and a better user interface as well as improvements in codec and plug-in installation and performance. It is a major step forward in terms of ease of use, performance and versatility.

      • Ubuntu One: Not the Holy Cloud Grail but useful enough and with a lot of potential

        Still, a free 2 GB is a nice enticement for any given cloud-backup service. And watching what Ubuntu One eventually becomes looks to be a popular sport among FOSS proponents. I’ll be one of them.

      • Canonical’s Jono Bacon on the agony, ecstacy of Ubuntu Karmic – and my rant on the state of Linux today

        In a nutshell: Ubuntu’s under the hot lights. People expect more from it than they do from any other FOSS operating system. And it generally delivers more than any other, if not as much as people are counting on in their lofty expectations.

        I use Ubuntu for many reasons: It seems to have the right balance between total “freedom” and the ability to play most multimedia, its developers are focused more on the desktop and less on the server (although Ubuntu is making a big play there), and its vast user base means that when there are problems, the community (including me in this blog) can often solve problems that benefit all users.

      • A Beginner’s Guide to Installing Software in Ubuntu 9.10
      • “Explaining to Girls”
      • Ubuntu devs fix some showstopper bugs

        The Ubuntu development team has identified a couple of problems which could have been behind complaints from a small subset of users who found the upgrade from older releases to Karmic Koala (version 9.10) a difficult process.

      • Remaster ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala with remastersys
  • Devices/Embedded

    • Korenix Unveils JetBox 9430-w Embedded Linux Computer with -40~80℃ for High-Performance & Secure VPN Networking

      Korenix Unveils JetBox 9430-w Embedded Linux Computer with -40~80℃ Operating Temperature – An Excellent Ruggedized Solution for Building High-Performance & Secure VPN Networks in Extreme Industrial Applications.

    • Economy Size Geek – A Pico-Sized Platform with Potential

      I saw a short video on YouTube about something called a Beagle Board, and it looked really interesting. It was this incredibly tiny board with plenty of ports. It even had an HDMI, which meant it would be easy to hook up to the LCD television in my living room. I put in my order to Digi-Key, and a few weeks later, it showed up. (I ordered it while Digi-Key was working on a new version, so your order should arrive faster.)

    • HD-ready SoC moves up to Cortex-A8 core

      ZiiLabs is sampling a Cortex-A8 system-on-chip for HD-ready mobile devices that supports Android and ZiiLab’s Linux-based Plaszma OS. Like ZiiLabs’ ARM9-based ZMS-05 SoC, used in its Zii Egg PMP, the ZMS-08 supports 1080p H.264 decode and 720p videoconferencing, but it adds a 1GHz Cortex-A8 core and plus OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics.

    • Cavium Networks to buy MontaVista Software for $50 mln

      Chipmaker Cavium Networks Inc (CAVM.O) agreed to acquire MontaVista Software for $50 million in cash and stock, to expand into embedded Linux support and services.

    • Semiconductor vendor to acquire MontaVista

      Semiconductor firm Cavium Networks announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire embedded Linux pioneer MontaVista Software for $50 million. After the acquisition wraps up in December, MontaVista will run as a separate operating unit, retain its own brand name, and support multiple architectures, MontaVista execs Jim Ready and Dan Cauchy told LinuxDevices.

    • Linux lies at the heart of another Silicon Valley takeover
    • Intel spins text-to-speech device for the visually impaired

      Intel announced a Linux-based device with optical character recognition and text-to-speech technology. Designed for visually impaired or dyslexic users, the Atom-based Intel Reader is equipped with a five-megapixel camera for snapping photographs of text, which it then simultaneously displays and reads aloud, says Intel.

    • Intel Offers an E-Reader, With a Difference
    • Intel Reader – Text To Speech Reader
    • Inexpensive Linux controller in rugged enclosure

      JK microsystems introduces its OmniEP controller, which provides an array of I/O devices supported by a pre-installed Linux 2.6 kernel.

    • Phones

      • The Way We Live Next: Social apps and open-source R&D

        Nokia’s The Way We Live Next event is intended less as a launch for new phones and more as a way of showing off the latest concepts and ideas from the Nokia camp. This year, the dominant themes were the company’s movement towards open source operating systems and the emerging commercial and social potential of phones in the developing world.

    • Android

      • Android: A Better iPhone?

        Of course, content has always been important. Why the focus here? Why now? Simply because today’s mobile devices — starting with the iPhone — and now with newer, more capable devices including the Hero from HTC/Sprint, Droid from Motorola/Verizon, are simply awesome devices upon which to view content.

      • Google changes direction with Android Open Source Project

        Google originally created the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) so that the community had full visibility into platform evolution and decision-making. This allowed anyone who was interested in exploring and contributing to Android to use the Android Open Source Project resources.

      • Android: Linux–Only Different

        It’s true that Android doesn’t carry over many of the device compatibility and other types of plumbing in most Linux distros, but there is no doubt that its Linux roots saved Google engineers from lots of coding and gave them a sense of direction as they shaped their new operating system. Embedded versions of Linux don’t carry over lots of userspace components, either.

      • Asus and Garmin Make an Android

        I just love company tie ups, and Asus – Garmin is one particular company I am interested in. I have yet to see any of their old devices first hand, though I am aware of the M20 and G60 by reputation. The G60 in particular got my attention when it launched as it used the Linux mobile operating system.

      • Garmin to embrace Android with plans for new handset

        Despite the less than favourable reviews of the nuvifone G60 which was released in limited markets recently Garmin are determined to score a segment of the rapidly expanding smartphone market and the rising star that is Android OS seems like a much more sensible choice than Linux and Windows Mobile.

      • Archos 5 Internet Tablet Android-based PMP

        Gone is Archos’ own – not exactly super swish – Linux-based OS and in its place sits Google’s Linux-based mobile operating system, the first time that it’s been seen in an official capacity on a shipping product that’s not a phone.

        However, it’s probably worth getting this out of the way early on: not all Android devices are created equal. Yes, Android is an open source operating system that any manufacturer can download and install onto its hardware without paying a fee. However, don’t expect it come with all the applications you’re accustomed to seeing on phones from the likes of HTC, for example. Specifically, you won’t find Google’s suit of apps on there by default since Google doesn’t give those away for free.

      • Archos 5 Internet Tablet review
      • The Androids Have Landed

        Verizon has joined the Android invasion. T-Mobile was the first to incorporate the Google open source operation system, but with Sprint and now Verizon on board, the Android is mounting a taciturn coup d’etat that could annihilate the iPhone OS and become the top dog of operating systems.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Qualcomm to introduce first Snapdragon powered smartbook today

        Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform combines a low power ARM-based processor with wireless connectivity including WiFi, 3G, GPS, and Bluetooth. There aren’t any details on the device that will be launched today, but it’s a good bet it runs some sort of Linux operating system since Windows XP, Vista, and 7 don’t run on ARM processors. Theoretically it could also run Windows CE, but all of the demos of Snapdragon devices I’ve seen have been machines running Linux.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Top 10 Open Source Hall of Famers

    Among the 36 legendary software projects in InfoWorld’s Open Source Hall of Fame, these 10 top our list as the most important and valuable. It’s a rare software product that has no alternatives, but the software landscape would be far poorer without any one of these nearly indispensable tools.

  • Sixth Sense For Real and Open Source Too

    The demo was shown first during the TED conference in California in February 09. The crowd were super awed by his technological breakthrough, which actually cost no more than 350 dollars.

  • Top Open Source technical writers on the Web

    A while back, Ivan Walsh put together a list of the top 50 tech writers on the Web. That list was an interesting mix of people we’d heard of and regularly read and a few new names.

  • Hippo and Sonatype Announce Distribution and Technology Partnership

    Hippo has successfully employed Sonatype’s products for internal development and many implementations in the past. The partnership further strengthens the relationship between the two companies and provides Hippo’s customers with access to the Sonatype product suite and its expert knowledge, as well as ensures optimal synergy when building Hippo with Maven / Sonatype tools.

  • Open Source Provider and Cloud Computing to Make Possible Successful Combo

    With over five million application downloads and over 500,000 users in 75 languages within the customer relationship management, or “CRM,” industry, open source CRM providerHowever, according to SugarCRM (News – Alert) CEO Larry Augustin, the company has a strong cloud story to pitch as well.

  • Lessons from Leaders: How JBoss did it

    JBoss was an Open Source company providing free middleware software to it’s customers. By the end of 2003, JBoss had been downloaded 5 million times, and the company was doing about $1m a year in revenues, selling training, documentation and consulting. Around that time, Bob Bickel joined the company, and initiated a process to raise venture capital. The raising of VC funds was a trigger that was needed to hire a professional management team, and to enter a new growth phase. Together with Bob, the company had figured out that once an application migrated from development to production, they could charge their customers for a subscription based initially around support, that should result in a better monetization than the other revenue streams.

  • Broadcom serves up open source voice codecs

    Broadcom is releasing its wideband and narrowband codes, in both floating-point and fixed-point C code, as open source software under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), version 2.1, which is published by the Free Software Foundation.

  • Broadcom Goes Open Source to Push HD Voice
  • Energy

    • Why Open Source for the Smart Grid Needs a Kick-Start

      But the benefits of open source for the smart grid could be significant. Of course not everything needs to be based on open source, but in areas like the home, where the power grid meets consumer electronics and broadband networks, having a open source platform could lead to much more innovation, interoperability between devices and networks, and low cost development, than a closed system.

    • People Power introduces open source energy monitoring

      Electricity monitoring startup People Power Company is creating open source technology that will allow its residential customers to automatically control their electrical appliance use and monitor it in real time.

  • Datacentre

    • Hadoop Crunches Web-Sized Data

      The answer is a cluster-based analysis system, sometimes referred to loosely as a cloud database system. At the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo Nov. 3 in Santa Clara, Calif., representatives of Yahoo explained how they use Hadoop open source software, from the Apache Software Foundation, to analyze the Web.

    • Open Source clustering solution for MySQL

      Continuent, Inc., provider of solutions for continuous data availability, advanced database replication, backup and database performance scalability has announced availability of Continuent Tungsten Community Edition for MySQL.

  • Health

    • Is open source the key to successful national e-health?

      The Federal Government and healthcare industry bodies should abandon proprietary software and embrace open source software if Australia is to have a successful national e-health platform, argues e-health academic, Professor Jon Patrick.

    • 10 Open Source Projects Changing Medicine

      With health care reform being all the rage, Open Source projects are becoming popular topics as alternatives to the incredibly expensive and complex software suites in use today. Smarter Technology has a great list of 10 open-source projects targeted at health and medicine, including a few great data visualization tools.

  • Copyrights

    • Copyright/left at the centre of open source business strategies

      I have recently come to the realisation that copyright control is not just a part of each of the four elements, and not just a fifth additional element, but should perhaps be considered the central element which profoundly influences the other four.

      Copyright control has a symbiotic relationship with both the open source software license (I’ll leave the copyright/left discussion for another day) and the development strategy, and is influential in determining both the end user license strategy and therefore the choice of revenue trigger.

      This has become abundantly clear thanks to the discussion surrounding Oracle’s acquisition of Sun and MySQL.

    • Community contributions and copyright assignment

      This time around, your editor heard grumbles from a surprising number of people, all about the same topic: copyright assignment policies.

  • United Kingdom

    • Guildford council’s website costs ‘extortionate’

      The purchase comes after a government policy in February set out objectives for public sector IT that encouraged using free, open source software where possible.

    • Open source will be included in all company models

      The UK is fourth in a league table of adopters of open source across the world, according to a survey commissioned by the company, sitting behind France, Germany and the US. Yet there are challenges facing adoption.

    • Open source project recognised for national achievements

      An open source project run by a regional broadband consortium has been nominated for a prestigious national IT award. The National Digital Resource Bank (ndrb) is a finalist in the eGovernment National Awards’ Local e-Government excellence category because it has shown how affordable technology can be leveraged to give nationwide access to locally-funded educational resources. The North West Learning Grid and government-accredited open source provider Sirius Corporation plc have partnered with JANET, the UK’s education network, to make the ndrb a reality.

  • Mozilla

    • Is Mozilla’s contributions program working?

      It’s been just under four months since Mozilla launched its pilot program for contributions, a way for users to donate to add-on developers for their time and effort.

      The program was launched in tandem with a redesign of Mozilla’s add-ons site that gave developers their own profile pages. Many add-on makers were already running donation programs through their own sites, but wanted the option to show up in Mozilla’s catalog too.

    • Mozilla releases second Firefox 3.6 beta

      Mozilla, racing to release Firefox 3.6 before the end of the year, has released a second beta of the open-source browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

  • CMS

    • Open Source CMS market share report 2009

      The 2009 Open Source CMS market share report was released a couple of weeks ago. The report concludes that WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal maintain a large lead on the rest of the pack, and that they are the dominant players in the market.

    • ImpressCMS Wins 2009 Most Promising Open Source CMS

      The Packt award is really more of a popularity contest than a statement of fitness for a particular purpose, but it can serve to indicate where there is growing or waning energy around various open source projects. For a analysis of the top 20 most popular open source CMS, see the free 2009 Open Source Market Share report.

  • Funding

    • LCA 2010: Keeping the funds rolling in

      McMillan is best known for being involved in setting up New Zealand’s biggest open source company, Catalyst, in 1997. He recently retired after 11 years of working for the company. He’s also been a developer with the Debian GNU/Linux project since 2002. Whether by accident or design, the last six digits of his mobile number spell out DEBIAN.

  • Releases

    • Gorilla Logic Announces Release of OpenGXE, An Open Source Tool for Backend SimulationTM of Enterprise Applications

      Gorilla Logic, the enterprise application development services and consulting firm known for delivering resources capable of a 10X productivity increase, today announced the release of their Open Gorilla X-ecution Engine (OpenGXE). An open source application development tool, OpenGXE is designed to provide a mechanism for simulating the backend of applications, allowing for business requirement validation before any time or money is spent coding.

    • Intalio Announces Jetty 7

      Intalio, Inc., the Enterprise Cloud Company, today announced the immediate availability of Jetty 7, the leading lightweight open source Java application server. The new release includes features and capabilities that extend Jetty’s reach into mission-critical environments, as well as support its deployment on top of cloud computing platforms.

  • Government

    • DoD: Open-source software more secure

      Daniel Risacher, Associate Director of Enterprise Services and Integration at the DoD’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, helped write a memo requiring all DoD agencies to evaluate open-source software on an equal basis with proprietary software. The reason is simple, according to Risacher: Software that goes through a process of peer review tends to be more reliable and secure than software that has not had the same level of scrutiny.

  • Openness

    • Creative Commons: Best practices for webmasters

      For webmasters and web designers, the question of where to find high quality images and other media to use on your sites can be complicated. It can be expensive to purchase photos, even if you stick to stock photography. If you run a blog or another site that requires lots of photos, you can go broke just by purchasing images. But there is a way that you can legally use photos, music and even text for free: Creative Commons.

  • Programming


  • Government Will Pay $3 Million in Coffee Table Spying Suit

    The U.S. has agreed to pay $3 million to a former government worker who accused officials with the CIA and State Department of spying on him with a bugged coffee table.

  • HP buys 3Com for $2.7bn cash

    Hewlett-Packard is taking a swing at Cisco Systems by acquiring networking equipment maker 3Com for $2.7bn cash.

  • Man presses $400 billion lawsuit against Bon Jovi over baseball anthem

    A Massachusetts man is appealing a $400 billion lawsuit against Bon Jovi, TBS, Time Warner, Major League Baseball, ASCAP, and others against all odds.

    Yes, $400 billion.

  • Feds Charge $522K for FOIA Request

    The Treasury Department wants more than $500,000 to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request, a fee an attorney on the case suggested Tuesday might be one of the largest bills of its kind.

  • Intellectual Monopolies/Copyrights

    • Newspaper epitaph: ‘Who else is doing it?’

      But innovation is a dirty word at newspapers. When confronted with a potentially game-changing idea, the first question publishers always ask is, “Who else is doing it?” That phrase could well stand as the industry’s epitaph.

    • A Look At All The Sites Owned By Rupert Murdoch That ‘Steal’ Content

      As Rupert Murdoch talks about how he wants to cut off Google, while claiming that aggregator sites are “parasites” and “stealing” from him — and that fair use would likely be barred by the courts, it seemed like a good time to examine at least some of the sites that are owned by Rupert Murdoch that appear to aggregate content from other sites and which rely on the very same fair use argument. We’ve mentioned a few in the past, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to explore them more thoroughly.

    • As Hollywood Insists Canada Is A Den Of Copyright Thieves, Movie Business Is Thriving

      For years, Hollywood has pushed a totally ridiculous claim that Canada is somehow a den of copyright thieves, and it needs to make its copyright laws much more strict. This fantasy has worked on journalists and politicians, who insist that the movie industry is dying in Canada due to rampant piracy. Except someone forgot to inform the real world. An anonymous reader sends over the news that the owners of Cineplex in Canada are reporting record box office sales and revenue, even with the current economic downturn.

    • 9 out of 10 dentists

      If your business model is to grow and sell oranges, then it’s no good picking the oranges, then leaving them on the footpath outside your house with a price tag on each one. It doesn’t matter how great your oranges are, or how hard you’ve toiled in your garden. Someone WILL take your oranges. Some will get kicked to the side of the road. Some will get stepped on. But it’s not because people are immoral and don’t understand or appreciate fruit properly.

    • Nobel Prize Winning Scientists Say Federally Funded Research Should Be Available Free Online

      Really, they’re pushing in favor of a new law, the The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009, which seems to make a lot of sense. If the government is funding the research, the more widely available it is, the better.

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    Demand of 35% increases from the boards serves to show that Battistelli now does to the 'independent' judges what he already did to examiners at the Office

  3. The Lobbyists Are Trying to Subvert US Law in Favour of Patent Predators

    Mingorance, Kappos, Underweiser and other lobbyists for the software patents agenda (paid by firms like Microsoft and IBM) keep trying to undo progress, notably the bans on software patents

  4. Patent Trolls Based in East Texas Are Affected Very Critically by TC Heartland

    The latest situation in Texas (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in particular), which according to new analyses is the target of legal scrutiny for the 'loopholes' it provided to patent trolls in search of easy legal battles

  5. Alice Remains a Strong Precedential Decision and the Media Has Turned Against Software Patents

    The momentum against the scourge of software patents and the desperation among patent 'professionals' (people who don't create/develop/invent) is growing

  6. Harm Still Caused by Granted Software Patents

    A roundup of recent (past week's) announcements, including legal actions, contingent upon software patents in an age when software patents bear no real legitimacy

  7. Links 18/11/2017: Raspberry Digital Signage 10, New Nano

    Links for the day

  8. 23,000 Posts

    23,000 blog posts milestone reached in 11 years

  9. BlackBerry Cannot Sell Phones and Apple Looks Like the Next BlackBerry (a Pile of Patents)

    The lifecycle of mobile giants seems to typically end in patent shakedown, as Apple loses its business to Android just like Nokia and BlackBerry lost it to Apple

  10. EFF and CCIA Use Docket Navigator and Lex Machina to Identify 'Stupid Patents' (Usually Software Patents That Are Not Valid)

    In spite of threats and lawsuits from bogus 'inventors' whom they criticise, EFF staff continues the battle against patents that should never have been granted at all

  11. The Australian Productivity Commission Shows the Correct Approach to Setting Patent Laws and Scope

    Australia views patents on software as undesirable and acts accordingly, making nobody angry except a bunch of law firms that profited from litigation and patent maximalism

  12. EPO 'Business' From the United States Has Nosedived and UPC is on Its Death Throes

    Benoît Battistelli and Elodie Bergot further accelerate the ultimate demise of the EPO (getting rid of experienced and thus 'expensive' staff), for which there is no replacement because there is a monopoly (which means Europe will suffer severely)

  13. Links 17/11/2017: KDE Applications 17.12, Akademy 2018 Plans

    Links for the day

  14. Today's EPO and Team UPC Do Not Work for Europe But Actively Work Against Europe

    The tough reality that some Europeans actively work to undermine science and technology in Europe because they personally profit from it and how this relates to the Unitary Patent (UPC), which is still aggressively lobbied for, sometimes by bribing/manipulating the media, academia, and public servants

  15. Links 16/11/2017: WordPress 4.9 and GhostBSD 11.1 Released

    Links for the day

  16. The Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO) is Rightly Upset If Not Shocked at What Battistelli and Bergot Are Doing to the Office

    The EPO's dictatorial management is destroying everything that's left (of value) at the Office while corrupting academia and censoring discussion by threatening those who publish comments (gagging its own staff even when that staff posts anonymously)

  17. EPO Continues to Disobey the Law on Software Patents in Europe

    Using the same old euphemisms, e.g. "computer-implemented inventions" (or "CII"), the EPO continues to grant patents which are clearly and strictly out of scope

  18. Links 16/11/2017: Tails 3.3, Deepin 15.5 Beta

    Links for the day

  19. Benoît Battistelli and Elodie Bergot Have Just Ensured That EPO Will Get Even More Corrupt

    Revolving door-type tactics will become more widespread at the EPO now that the management (Battistelli and his cronies) hires for low cost rather than skills/quality and minimises staff retention; this is yet another reason to dread anything like the UPC, which prioritises litigation over examination

  20. Australia is Banning Software Patents and Shelston IP is Complaining as Usual

    The Australian Productivity Commission, which defies copyright and patent bullies, is finally having policies put in place that better serve the interests of Australians, but the legal 'industry' is unhappy (as expected)

  21. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Defended by Technology Giants, by Small Companies, by US Congress and by Judges, So Why Does USPTO Make It Less Accessible?

    In spite of the popularity of PTAB and the growing need/demand for it, the US patent system is apparently determined to help it discriminate against poor petitioners (who probably need PTAB the most)

  22. Declines in Patent Quality at the EPO and 'Independent' Judges Can No Longer Say a Thing

    The EPO's troubling race to the bottom (of patent quality) concerns the staff examiners and the judges, but they cannot speak about it without facing rather severe consequences

  23. The EPO is Now Corrupting Academia, Wasting Stakeholders' Money Lying to Stakeholders About the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    The Unified Patent Court/Unitary Patent (UPC) is a dying project and the EPO, seeing that it is going nowhere fast, has resorted to new tactics and these tactics cost a lot of money (at the expense of those who are being lied to)

  24. Links 15/11/2017: Fedora 27 Released, Linux Mint Has New Betas

    Links for the day

  25. Patents Roundup: Packet Intelligence, B.E. Technology, Violin, and Square

    The latest stories and warnings about software patents in the United States

  26. Decline of Skills Level of Staff Like Examiners and Impartiality (Independence) of Judges at the EPO Should Cause Concern, Alarm

    Access to justice is severely compromised at the EPO as staff is led to rely on deficient tools for determining novelty while judges are kept out of the way or ill-chosen for an agenda other than justice

  27. Links 14/11/2017: GNU/Linux at Samsung, Firefox 57 Quantum

    Links for the day

  28. Microsoft: Sheltering Oneself From Patent Litigation While Passing Patents for Trolls to Attack GNU/Linux

    Another closer look at Provenance Asset Holdings and what exactly it is (connection to AST, part of the cartel Microsoft subsidises to shield itself)

  29. The Patent Trolls' Lobby is Losing the Battle for Europe

    The situation in Europe is looking grim for patent trolls, for their policies and the envisioned system (which they lobbied for) isn't coming to fruition and their main casualty is the old (and functioning) EPO

  30. Unitary Patent (UPC) is Dead to the EPO and ANSERA is Not the Answer as Patent Quality Declines and Talented Staff Leaves

    EPOPIC comes to an end and the EPO does not mention the UPC 'content' in it; ANSERA, in the meantime, raises more questions than it answers and IP Kat makes a formal query


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