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+ - European Parliament votes for net neutrality and forbids mobile roaming costs

Submitted by TBerben
TBerben (1061176) writes "The European Parliament has voted to accept the telecommunications reform bill. This bill simultaneously forbids mobile providers from charging roaming costs as of December 15, 2015 and guarantees net neutrality. Previous versions of the bill contained a much weaker definition of net neutrality, offering exemptions for "specialized services", but this was superseded in an amendment (link in Dutch) submitted by Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake (liberal fraction). Note that the legislation is not yet definitive: the Council of Ministers still has the deciding vote, but they are expected to follow the EP's vote."

+ - oVirt 3.4 Released Finally Enabling Management and VMs on the Same Machine->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Red Hat's open source oVirt project hit a major milestone this week with the release of version 3.4. It's got improved storage handling so users can mix and match different resource types, though the big new feature is one that seems painfully obvious. For the first time oVirt users can have the oVirt Manager and oVirt VMs on the same physical machine.

"So, typically, customers deployed the oVirt engine on a physical machine or on a virtual machine that wasn't managed or monitored," Scott Herold, principal product manager for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization said. "The oVirt 3.4 release adds the ability for oVirt to self-host its engine, including monitoring and recovery of the virtual machine." -

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+ - Waze hit with class action suit: plaintiff requests souce code under GPL.->

Submitted by jonklinger
jonklinger (1166633) writes "A class action lawsuit was brought against Waze, claiming that their source code and map data were licensed to Waze by the community under the GPL. The plaintiff, Roey Gorodish, requests a copy of the recent source code and map data.

This is (as far as I know) the first ever GPL class action suit, too bad it will be quashed by bad facts later as I see it."

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+ - Why doesn't m.Slashdot work without cookies?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I turned cookies off on Chrome on my Nexus and Slashdot will no longer load unless I request the desktop site. No other site has problems, by m.slashdot just shows up blank. Why /., why?"

+ - EU accused of doing nothing to free themselves from dependence on Microsoft->

Submitted by jrepin
jrepin (667425) writes "The European Commission and European Parliament are doing nothing to rid themselves of their dependance on Microsoft, two lobby groups said Wednesday, Document Freedom Day.

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and Open Forum Europe urged EU institutions to support open standards in an open letter to Giancarlo Vilella, president of the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Innovation and Technological Support. He also chairs the body that coordinates IT activities for government agencies including Parliament, the Commission and the Council of the E.U.

The letter highlights several problems, including that video streams of Parliament and Council hearings are still only available in the proprietary Microsoft Windows Media Player and Silverlight formats. This prevents EU citizens who wish to participate in the legislative process from watching without being forced to use the products of a single company, the groups wrote."

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+ - Independent Movies using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)->

Submitted by vismaya
vismaya (3553107) writes "We can see a tremendous boom in the open source software sector. Almost everywhere there is a mark of using Open Source Software. Internet is highly occupied with them – Open Source Frameworks, Open Source Engines etc., Internet’s successful huge service vendor – WordPress attained its success only by offering WordPress as an opensource framework. Wherever we see and whatever software we use have something incorporated from open source sector. High running servers and services, even enterprises are relying on open source. We can visibly see a silent revolution happening all over the world – the open source revolution."
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+ - Wayland Support Aimed For Next X.Org Server Release->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Support should finally come with X.Org Server 1.16 this summer for supporting XWayland, the means of allowing legacy X11 applications to run within a root-less X server window on Wayland-based compositors without the need for any application/game changes. With the revised design, XWayland has generic 2D acceleration over OpenGL and a cleaner design compared to earlier revisions. With GNOME 3.12 having better Wayland support and Plasma Next around the corner, it looks like 2014 could be the year of Wayland's take-off!"
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+ - It's Document Freedom Day 2014: What Does that Mean for You?->

Submitted by Andy Updegrove
Andy Updegrove (956488) writes "A decade ago, the standards war between ODF and OOXML was just about to launch. At stake was not only breaking monopoly control of the desktop, but more importantly, issues such as whether archived documents would remain accessible in the future, whether you could use software and hardware of your choice to create documents, and how much the ability to create and exchange documents would cost. That war died down, but the issues remained — unresolved. Today is Document Freedom Day, which is dedicated to turning the tide and achieving true document freedom. If that sounds like a pretty low priority, just remember this: it’s not a question of whether the documents you save may be your own. Rest assured, it IS your documents that will be saved — or not."
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+ - Canonical's Troubles with the Free Software Community->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "Bruce Byfield looks back at the soured relationships between Canonical and the free software community. Partly analysis, partly a review of past conflicts, the writer touches on Mir and Wayland, and what he sees as Canonical's attempts to take over projects. From the article, "However, despite these other concerns, probably the most important single reason for the reservations about Ubuntu is its frequent attempts to assume the leadership of free software — a position that no one has ever filled, and that no one particularly wants to see filled. In its first few years, Ubuntu's influence was mostly by example. However, by 2008, Shuttleworth was promoting the idea that major projects should coordinate their release schedules. That idea was received without enthusiasm. However, it is worth noting that some of those who opposed it, like Aaron Seigo, have re-emerged as critics of Mir — another indication that personal differences are as important as the issues under discussion.""
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+ - Ableton Live Killer "Bitwig Studio" Released for Linux->

Submitted by polyp2000
polyp2000 (444682) writes "Myself and a many others will be pretty excited to learn that we now have the option ditch proprietary os'es in the music studio because in addition to OSX & Windows ; Linux is supported. So here we have a cross-platform DAW designed from the upstart by a team who left Ableton to come up with something designed to shake up the market somewhat and solve some of the problems with traditional DAW's.

Some people may be a little disheartened to learn that it is not open source (that doenst really bother me) — but it does feature an open API to permit modding of the software. It also supports VST's and linux native plugins. I will be taking the demo for a test drive tonight. Are there any linux users here on Slashdot that have been lucky enough to have tried the beta yet?"

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+ - Apache CloudStack 4.3 Released->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Apache CloudStack 4.3 is now out providing cloud users with a long list of new features. At the top of the list is support for Microsoft's Hyper-V, as well as support for scalable instance sizing that is unrelated to the auto-sizing feature common on all modern cloud platforms.Hugo Trippaers, vice president of Apache CloudStack explained that what Dynamic Comput provides is instead having to maintain lists of fixed compute offerings catering to all, a number of dynamic offerings can be made available, and the user has the freedom to set, for example, the number of CPUs.-"
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+ - Ubuntu phone isn't important enough to demand an open source baseband->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Canonical is producing a version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution specifically for smartphones, but Richard Tynan, writing for PrivacyInternational.org, recently pointed out that the baseband in Ubuntu-powered phones will remain closed source (and highly proprietary). So, while Ubuntu itself is Open Source, the super-critical firmware on the phones will not be. This creates the immediate practical problem of leaving the information transmitted by your phone open to snooping by organizations that take advantage of issues in the Closed Source firmware.

Some have criticized Canonical for missing an opportunity to push for a fully Open Source smartphone, but in order to fix this problem (and open up the code for this super-critical bit of software), we need companies that have a large amount of clout, in the smartphone market, to make it a priority. Canonical (with Ubuntu) just doesn't have that clout yet. They're just now dipping their toes into the smartphone waters. But you know who does have that clout? Google.

Google has made a point of touting Open Source (at least sometimes), and they are the undisputed king of the smartphone operating system world. And yet I hear no big moves by Google to encourage phone manufacturers to utilize Open Source basebands, such as OsmocomBB. So has Canonical missed an opportunity? No. Not yet. If (some may say "when") Ubuntu gains a critical amount of market share in the phone world, that will be their chance to pressure manufacturers to produce a truly Open Source phone. Until then, Canonical needs to continue to work within the world we have today."

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+ - JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Mozilla today announced that Brendan Eich would be its new CEO. Eich had been serving as Mozilla's CTO and has been with Mozilla since day one — literally day one. Eich was a Netscape engineer when AOL decided to create the open-source Mozilla project in 1998. The choice of Eich as CEO seems obvious to some, after a string of recent short-tenured CEOs at Mozilla's helm."
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