writes: The Free Software Foundation have announced criteria for the hardware endorsement program "Respects Your Freedom". From the announcement: "The desire to own a computer or device and have full control over it, to know that you are not being spied on or tracked, to run any software you wish without asking permission, and to share with friends without worrying about Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) these are the desires of millions of people who care about the future of technology and our society. (...) With our endorsement mark and the strong criteria that back it, we plan to bridge that gap and demonstrate to manufacturers that they stand to gain plenty by making hardware that respects people's freedom instead of curtailing it." While it currently contains some requirements that many may find broader than what they personally need the remaining criteria would make the FSF endorsement a useful tool when looking for devices that give the owner control over the device they have bought and payed for. The criteria are still open for feed backLink to Original Source
writes: Coreboot, a free software BIOS replacement, now has a patch that adds native VGA support. From a blog post from it's author, Luc Verhaegen:
Until now, if you wanted working graphics with coreboot, you were still tied to the PCI option rom of your graphics card. This code i just pushed out makes even this last vestige of non-free software disappear.
So if you happen to have a VIA motherboard with a K8M890 Northbridge (AMD PCI-Express) with a Chrome 9 IGP, that is supported by coreboot; then you can have native VGA textmode today.
writes: Finaly is Java Free. It will be released under the same license as GNU Classpath
From the article:
Today's story is simple: Unmodified GPL2 for our SE, ME, and EE code. GPL2 + Classpath exception for the SE libraries. Javac and HotSpot and JavaHelp code drops today. The libraries to follow, with pain expected fighting through the encumbrances. Governance TBD, but external committers are a design goal. No short-term changes in the TCK or JCP. There are a ton of presentations and an (excellent) FAQ and so on, all to show up at sun.com/opensource/java sometime in the next few hours.