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Linux Mint 8 vs Ubuntu 9.10

Linux Mint 8 vs Ubuntu 9.10

On the surface, trying to write a comparative review of Linux Mint 8 (Helena) and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic koala) would seem like a pointless exercise. After all, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. So what’s the point? Well, as in cases such as this, where one product is based on another, there begins to emerge – at some point – […]

Data Privacy Day is January 28, 2010!

Data Privacy Day is January 28, 2010!

Around the globe, people use powerful technologies and devices every day to improve their lives. Businesses develop software, build hardware and provide services designed to enhance individual productivity, communications and safety. We have come to depend on mobile communications, instant access to information, and intelligent services. We are empowered by these technologies in ways that those who have lived before […]

Open standards made mandatory for public administrations

Open standards made mandatory for public administrations

Open standards have been made mandatory for the IT systems of Hungary’s public administrations. The Hungarian parliament voted in favour of amendments prescribing open standards, to a law on electronic government services, on 14 December. The changes received 197 votes in favour, one against and 146 abstentions, according to the Open Standard Alliance, a Hungarian advocacy group that lobbyed in […]

Convert flash to Ogg with TinyOgg

Convert flash to Ogg with TinyOgg

TinyOgg is a new Web application that makes it possible to “watch and listen to Flash-based videos without the need to Flash technology.” And it does this by first converting any flash video file to an Ogg (Theora) format. Ogg Theora is a “free and open video compression format from the Xiph.org Foundation”.

12 Trends to Watch in 2010

12 Trends to Watch in 2010

It’s the dawn of a new year. From our perch on the frontier of electronic civil liberties, EFF has collected a list of a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we think will play a significant role in shaping online rights in 2010. In December, we’ll revisit this post and see how it all worked out. 1. […]

Configure the graphical firewall client on Linux Mint 8

Configure the graphical firewall client on Linux Mint 8

Linux Mint 8 (aka Helena) is the latest version of the popular, desktop-oriented distribution. It is based on Ubuntu 9.10, and like Ubuntu, it comes with ufw, the uncomplicated firewall, running out of the box (actually, on Mint 8, it is not enabled). Ufw presents a user-friendly command line syntax for managing IPTables/Netfilter. However, a graphical interface presents an even […]

Putting the “Public” In Publicly-Funded Research

Putting the “Public” In Publicly-Funded Research

By Corynne McSherry: Sometimes an idea is so blindingly, obviously good that you have to wonder why it hasn’t already been implemented. A few years ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had an idea like that. Why not create a free, public, online archive of findings from research studies that were funded by Americans’ tax dollars? That way, members […]

Free software without the freedom?

Free software without the freedom?

Editor’s note: This article was written by John Sullivan in February of 2006. While the date of original publication is old, the points discussed are still in play today. If you’ve never read this, or are new to the concept of Free Software, this short article is worth reading. This is a response to an article by John Carroll, addressing […]

On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL

On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL

When I co-signed the letter objecting to Oracle’s planned purchase of MySQL 1 (along with the rest of Sun), some free software supporters were surprised that I approved of the practice of selling license exceptions which the MySQL developers have used. They expected me to condemn the practice outright. This article explains what I think of the practice, and why. […]

Qt Graphics and Performance – OpenGL

Qt Graphics and Performance – OpenGL

Introduction Here’s the next instalment of the graphics performance blog series. We’ll begin by looking at some background about how OpenGL and QPainter work. We’ll then dive into how the two are married together in OpenGL 2 Paint Engine and finish off with some advice about how to get the best out of the engine. Enjoy! Why OpenGL? Before I […]

The Economic Case for Open Source Foundations

Abstract An open source foun­da­tion is a group of peo­ple and com­pa­nies that has come together to jointly develop com­mu­nity open source soft­ware. Exam­ples include the Apache Soft­ware Foun­da­tion, the Eclipse Foun­da­tion, and the Gnome Foundation. There are many rea­sons why soft­ware devel­op­ment firms join and sup­port a foun­da­tion. One com­mon eco­nomic moti­va­tion is to save costs in the devel­op­ment […]

Privacy by Design: The 7 Foundational Principles

Privacy by Design is a concept I developed back in the 90’s, to address the ever-growing and systemic effects of Information and Communication Technologies, and of large-scale networked data systems. Privacy by Design advances the view that the future of privacy cannot be assured solely by compliance with regulatory frameworks; rather, privacy assurance must ideally become an organization’s default mode […]

How to install Cairo-Dock on Simply Linux 5

How to install Cairo-Dock on Simply Linux 5

Simply Linux is an Xfce-based distro from the same Russian team that publishes ALT Linux. After the customizing simply linux 5 post, the next obvious tip for our new-to-Linux friends is how to sex up their Simply Linux 5 desktop with Cairo-Dock.

Customizing Simply Linux 5

Customizing Simply Linux 5

Simply Linux 5 is a distro from the same team that publishes ALT Linux. The first review of this distro on this site has just been published. This post is to offer some customization tips to those new to Linux and to this distro, and will address the following configuration changes: Change system font size Point the package manager to […]

Customizing ALT Linux 5 Ark desktop

Customizing ALT Linux 5 Ark desktop

ALT Linux is an rpm based distro that was just reviewed and listed on this site. It is a GNOME-based distro with decent graphical management utilities. Like most distros, the default installation leaves room for some tweaking and customization. This post presents detailed step by step guides on how to customize or enable several aspects of the installation that should […]

ALT Linux

ALT Linux

ALT Linux is an APT-ified, RPM-based distribution developed and maintained by the ALT Linux Team (ALT is recursive for ALT Linux Team). It was originally based on Mandrake (now Mandriva) Linux. There are two main development branches, “ALT Linux 5.0 Ark, a suite designed for making integrated solutions, and ALT Linux 5.0 School, a suite that is targeted at secondary […]

Cenatic campaign: ten reasons for using open source in education

Cenatic campaign: ten reasons for using open source in education

Using open source software offers schools a unique opportunity to advance the information society that is fair and free, says Cenatic, Spain’s resource centre on open source and open standards. Cenatic on Friday published a brochure ‘Ten reasons for using open source in education’, meant to show the country’s autonomous regions the benefits of open source software, and to ensure […]

French Military contributes code to Mozilla Thunderbird

French Military contributes code to Mozilla Thunderbird

The latest release of the open source email client Mozilla Thunderbird contains code from the French Military. The involvement of the Ministry of Defence with the free software email client goes back to 2006 when it defined requirements for added security features to Mozilla Thunderbird . The primary modifications donated by the French military are security features such as delivery […]

The Anatomy of a Modern GPL Violation

I’ve been thinking the last few weeks about the evolution of the GPL violation. After ten years of being involved with GPL enforcement, it seems like a good time to think about how things have changed. Roughly, the typical GPL violation tracks almost directly the adoption and spread of Free Software. When I started finding GPL violations, it was in […]

New issue of BSD Magazine in stores

New issue of BSD Magazine in stores

New issue of BSD Magazine, Infinity, Freedom, FreeBSD, is now in stores. Inside you will find: Keeping FreeBSD Up-To-Date: OS Essentials – An important system administration task, and a principle of running a defensible network, is keeping operating systems and applications up-to-date. Richard Bejtlich presents multiple ways to do that. Is NetBSD ready for a desktop? – In this article […]