microbee writes: Early this year, Topix, a popular community forum, faced investigation from 33 state attorneys general for charging for 'expedited review'. It was settled on Auguest 9th. Today Tech Crunch posted an article in which Topix CEO Chris Tolles talks about his experience with dealing with these attorneys general.
microbee writes: ndiswrapper is an open source Linux Kernel module licensed under GPL that could load certain Windows drivers under Linux kernel through the Windows NDIS interface. This enables many users to use devices that are otherwise non-functional under Linux.
Due to the fact that ndiswrapper loads closed-source binaries into the kernel, there have been some discussions and disputes on how Linux kernel should treat it. The general consensus, however, is that ndiswrapper is GPL'ed, and those Windows drivers are clearly not derived works from Linux kernel, so there are no licensing issues with it.
microbee writes: eWeek has a story that Crispin Cowan, the creator of Novell's AppArmor, is going to join the security team at Microsoft that created the oft-criticized UAC (User Account Control) technology. Besides the announcement, I am wondering whether he is still going to participate in Linux related development. Are we going to for the first time in history see patches from a microsoft.com email address on Linux Kernel Mailing List?
microbee writes: US toymaker Mattel Inc. apologized to China on Friday over the recent massive recalls of Chinese-made toys, conceding that the toys showed design mistakes made by the company and were not due to production errors. "Mattel takes full responsibility for these recalls and apologises personally to you, the Chinese people and all of our customers who received the toys," Mattel's vice president Thomas Debrowski was quoted as saying.
microbee writes: KernelTrapreports that Greg Kroah-Hartman's offer for free GPL drivers has caused criticisms from OpenBSD developers, including founder Theo de Raadt who calls it a farce. Their reason is that this move will make companies even more reluctant to provide open specs and will hurt free software in the long run. Greg is not convinced, but given his track record of being wrong once, maybe the OpenBSD folks have a point?