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News Archive - March 2007

Debian Leaders, Old and New, and HTML

Tuesday 20th March 2007

Category: News

First of all, Debian is currently in the process of electing a new Debian Project Leader (DPL). They each have a platform, while asked some of their own questions.

Speaking of Debian leaders, the very first, Ian Murdock, gives his thoughts on Debian, as well as joining Sun Microsystems.

Finally, some news that should have some delighted - the World Wide Web Consortium have started work once more on HTML.

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World Domination, Warships and Aircraft

Sunday 4th March 2007

Category: News

First up is an article on and World Domination, looking at how the tool could help the GNU/Linux community, and what some of the drawbacks might be.

Next up is the good news that AMD have released the source of the BIOS for a Gigabyte motherboard. In case you were wondering, this is not just some dusty old motherboard that somebody picked to get in the headlines - it's a recent board with support for AMD's latest socket, two graphics card in SLI, and all sorts of other fancy stuff.

Some more good news is that something positive came out of a certain somebody leaving Fedora for Ubuntu - namely a speedup in yum. Speaking of code, the open source community has asked Ballmer to show us the code to prove that GNU/Linux has violated Microsoft's intellectual property, rather than just bandying words around.

In the UK, we did get a pleasant response regarding patents from Number 10. The first paragraph reads:

The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software. Although certain jurisdictions, such as the US, allow more liberal patenting of software-based inventions, these patents cannot be enforced in the UK.

Its not all good news for Blighty though - our warships are fitted with Windows 2000. Fortunately, the article goes beyond saying, "Argh! Windows! Guns!" and actually addresses what it sees as some of the problems. How valid these concerns are is up to you to decide. Elsewhere in Britain, we get our very own Open Source think tank.

Perhaps controversially, somebody has suggest that Microsoft Should Acquire Linux. I'm not so sure about that myself!

Finally, an article on If Operating Systems Ran The Airlines....

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