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European ministers favour open specifications and open source

European ministers favour open specifications and open source

European ministers responsible for eGovernment policy of the European Union say the open source model could be promoted for use in eGovernment projects, they said in a statement last week in the Swedish city of Malmö. Addressing open specifications, the ministers state: “It is important to create a level playing field where open competition can take place in order to […]

Students line up for new free software master at open universities

Students line up for new free software master at open universities

Two of Europe’s open universities, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain and Open Universiteit in the Netherlands, are about to start the first courses of what will become a Master programme on free and open source software and open standards, The Free Technology Academy (FTA). The program could prove popular, the number of early registrations shows. The registration for […]

How to configure LVM on Mandriva One 2010

How to configure LVM on Mandriva One 2010

Mandriva One is one of three desktop Linux distributions published by Mandriva. It is a Live CD edition with the option to install to hard disk. Mandriva One 2010 is the first release of Mandriva One to have support for setting up LVM. LVM had only been possible in the Free and Powerpack editions. This tutorial offers a step by […]

FSF works with PayPal to the benefit of the free software community

FSF works with PayPal to the benefit of the free software community

The Free Software Foundation thanks PayPal for responding to its concerns and making its terms more free software friendly. BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Monday, November 23rd, 2009 — Usually when you hear good news about licensing from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), it’s because some noteworthy software has become free software or GPL-compatible when it wasn’t before. Today’s news is […]

Internet monitoring system to publish tools as open source

Internet monitoring system to publish tools as open source

An Estonian government project to safeguard the country’s Internet infrastructure will publish some of the tools it is developing as open source, using the European Union Public Licence (EUPL). The project will be monitoring network traffic in Estonia, aiming to prevent network problems. The project was awarded this summer by the National Informatics Center (RIA) to the Finish IT security […]

Advocacy group protests government’s approving of OOXML

Advocacy group protests government’s approving of OOXML

April, a French free and open source software advocacy group, is protesting the French government’s approval of Microsoft’s OOXML as a government document standard, alongside the open document format ODF. France on 11 November published its Référentiel Général d’Interopératibilité (General interoperability framework for public administrations and local governments, RGI). To allow public administrators to exchange documents without trouble, the RGI […]

Open source key to software re-use of public administrations

“Free and open source software enables more effective actions, with a very low cost, when financing small projects for public administrations”, says Osvaldo Gervasi, president of Umbria’s Open Source Competence Center (CCOS) and professor of Computer Science at University of Perugia. “This type of software is key to the re-use of applications by public administrations.” The activities of Umbria’s open […]

Introducing the Open Web Foundation Agreement

Introducing the Open Web Foundation Agreement

The Open Web Foundation was founded to help developer communities collaborate and share technical innovation on the web, bringing to the world of formats and protocols the same successful grassroots approaches established by the open source community. Modeled after the Apache Software Foundation and Creative Commons, the Open Web Foundation seeks to facilitate the creation and implementation of specifications with […]

EU space agency to start a repository for open source applications

EU space agency to start a repository for open source applications

The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to build a repository for hosting and developing it’s open source applications, including flight software, ground software and engineering tools. The organisation on 11 November posted a call for tender to start the development of the repository. ESA wants to determine the requirements, architecture and implementation of a repository of space open source software. […]

Chair of Denmark’s standards committee: ‘Microsoft is lying’

Chair of Denmark’s standards committee: ‘Microsoft is lying’

Mogens Kühn Pedersen, chair of the Danish Standards Committee, says Microsoft is lying when it says it will implement ISO OOXML in the next version of its suite of office applications. On Saturday Pedersen accused the software vendor of lying, in an article by the Danish news site Business.dk, part of the newspaper Berlingske Tidene. Pedersen, professor of Informatics at […]

P4P Remodels File Sharing

P4P Remodels File Sharing

“Peer-to-peer” (P2P) is synonymous with piracy and bandwidth hogging on the Internet. But now, Internet service providers and content companies are taking advantage of technology designed to speed the delivery of content through P2P networks. Meanwhile, standards bodies are working to codify the technology into the Internet’s basic protocols.

MPAA wants to control your TV

MPAA wants to control your TV

The MPAA is pressuring the FCC for the authority to cripple recording devices using so-called “Selectable Output Control” (SOC). Basically, SOC would enable Hollywood to actually shut off the video outputs on your cable box, DVR, or other recording device when particular movies or shows come on. When the movie’s over, the outputs might turn back on. Your devices would […]

Component Directory Lockdown – New in Firefox 3.6

We hate crashes. When Firefox crashes, we try to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible, but we’d much rather you not crash in the first place. In Firefox 3.6, we are changing the way that some third party software hooks into Firefox which should eliminate a good chunk of those crashes without sacrificing our extensibility in […]

Why the GPL Sinks SCO’s Copyright Infringement Claims, Even if it Owned the Copyrights

Editor’s note: This is a very long, but informative article. It’s worth the read. If you are new to the Free Software community, you need to have some understanding of the license that governs it, or at least one of the main licenses. I’ve started to wonder if Novell or IBM has explained to SCO’s Chapter 11 Trustee Edward Cahn […]

Linux is top OS on supercomputers

Linux is top OS on supercomputers

Data compiled by top500 shows that Linux is the operating of choice on supercomputers. That’s good news. The table (image reproduced below) does not go into details like which distro is the most popular on these supercomputers, but that’s not important. What matters is that we’ve won that battle.

Listen, Watch, Read: Computers Search for Meaning

European Researchers have created the first integrated semantic search platform that integrates text, video and audio. The system can ‘watch’ films, ‘listen’ to audio and ‘read’ text to find relevant responses to semantic search terms. At last, computers are able to look for meaning in our multimedia searches.

How to install XBMC on Hymera

How to install XBMC on Hymera

Hymera Open is a Debian-based, desktop-oriented GNU/Linux operating system. It is one of the best distro’s that’s has been reviewed on this site. As good as it is, and as many software packages there are in its repository, it lacks a decent media center application. The only one in its repo is an outdated Elisa media center. XBMC, the other […]

Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD and Mandriva One 2010: Reviewed and Compared

Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD and Mandriva One 2010: Reviewed and Compared

I’m used to reviewing one distro at a time, and that has worked quite well. You could read a review and assuming it is well written and detailed, decide whether to download and install it on your PC. For this review, however, I’m doing a two-for-one – revewing and comparing two very popular distros. For the reader, I think it […]

More Freedom Necessary as Top Developers Abandon iPhone

More Freedom Necessary as Top Developers Abandon iPhone

Apple’s ridiculous iPhone app approval process has hit a new low, with rejections for “ridiculing public figures” and using Apple’s own APIs to access Apple icons. These are just the latest reasons why the U.S. Copyright Office should approve EFF’s effort to legalize jailbreaking of the iPhone—customers and developers shouldn’t need Apple’s approval before using the software they want.

Keeping a Global Eye on Copyright Law

Keeping a Global Eye on Copyright Law

We spend a lot of our time at EFF trying to spot new proposals in copyright across the world, and understanding whether they’re good or bad for civil liberties. We’re not the only ones: our understanding depends on the work of hundreds of researchers worldwide who are constantly sifting through new drafts and consolidating older reforms in hundreds of nations.