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News Archive - January 2006 - News Post

GPL3, Google and Gentium

Thursday 26th January 2006

Category: News

Somewhat unsurprisingly, there has been plenty of talk recently on the draft of the new GPL3. Debian has had its (unofficial) say, while Linus has said that he won't use GPL3 for the Linux kernel. Overall, the draft seems to be a hit, although there's still a fair way to go.

Moving away from Open Source for just a moment, and we have the news that Google are resisting the US Department of Justice. Specifically, they are refusing to hand over certain data since it "threatens trade secrets". Elsewhere, The Inquirer has been bought by VNU - it will be interesting to see how, if at all, the site changes. Having said that, some of the Internet community are already somewhat unhappy about it.

Moving back to free software, and we have Gentium, an open source font that, while still in early development, looks promising. As another alternative to proprietry software, GNU is developing an open source Flash implementation, while will support up to Version 7, while there is still no Flash 8 for Linux from Macromedia (apparently, we have to wait for 8.5, and miss out on Flash 8 entirely). Finally, there is a handy little guide to CSS that has popped up on the Internet.


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