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Microsoft

+ - Putin protests Microsoft's anti-piracy move

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towsonu2003
towsonu2003 writes "In Russia, Microsoft decided to prosecute a teacher for using pirate copies of Microsoft software on school computers. The teacher, Mr. Alexander Ponosov, pleaded not guilty and claimed that he purchased the computer along with the software it came with legally, without knowing that the computer was loaded with pirated software. The Russian president Putin and former Soviet leader Gorbachev criticized the move by Microsoft against the teacher."
Censorship

+ - Ubuntu's Kurdish translation stirs controversy

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towsonu2003
towsonu2003 writes "A mayor in Turkey is under investigation following the release of a Kurdish translation of Ubuntu in Turkey last week with a reception. As reported by linux.com, the release was originally reported in Milliyet, a Turkish national newspaper, on November 21. This first release of a Kurdish language operating system and software has caused a stir in Turkey, where, up until 1991, it was illegal even to speak Kurdish in public."
Censorship

+ - Turkish authorities go after Ubuntu

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towsonu2003 (928663) writes "Earlier this week, it was reported that Kurdish Linux (Ubuntu) was launched in Turkey. Kurdish localization in Linux was an important milestone for Turkey due to ethnic conflicts between Turks and Kurds there. The Diyarbakir Attorney General of the Republic of Turkey started an official investigation on the mayor of Sur (a town in Diyarbakir, Turkey) and on Ubuntu. Kurdish Ubuntu was prepared by a team of hardworking translators working on the Rosetta web application. Apparently, Mark Shuttleworth is also watching the issue closely."
Censorship

+ - Ubuntu under investigation in Turkey

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towsonu2003
towsonu2003 writes "Earlier this week, it was reported on Wikinews that Kurdish Linux (Ubuntu) was launched in Turkey. Kurdish localization in Linux was an important milestone for Turkey due to ethnic conflicts between Turks and Kurds there. Wikinews just reported that the Diyarbakir Attorney General of the Republic of Turkey started an official investigation on the mayor of Sur (a town in Diyarbakir, Turkey) and on Ubuntu. Kurdish Ubuntu was prepared by a team of hardworking translators working on the Rosetta web application."
Novell

+ - Shuttleworth issues invitation to openSUSE devels

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towsonu2003
towsonu2003 writes "According to linux.com, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth's invitation to openSUSE developers "concerned about the long term consequences" has kicked the tension up a notch.

Shuttleworth sent an email to the openSUSE developer's list, reading in part:
Novell’s decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shockwaves through the community. If you are an OpenSUSE developer who is concerned about the long term consequences of this pact, you may be interested in some of the events happening next week as part of the Ubuntu Open Week:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek
...I know that posting this message to an OpenSUSE list will be controversial. I'm greatly respectful of the long tradition of excellence in the SuSE product and community and have no desire to undermine that with this post. That said, I think the position taken by Novell leadership in their contract with Microsoft is hugely disrespectful of the contributions of thousands of GPL programmers and contributors to SuSE, and I know that many are looking for a new place to get involved that is not subject to the same arbitrary executive intervention. Ubuntu is one option, as are Gentoo, Debian and other communities. Please accept this mail in that spirit.
The invitation comes days before Ubuntu Open Week, a week of events for anyone interested in being part of the Ubuntu community. The invitation also coincides with the pending release of openSUSE 10.2, which just received its first release candidate."
Graphics

+ - The First Open Movie

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towsonu2003
towsonu2003 writes "In concert with Lessig's idea of the free society, Elephants Dream is the world’s first open movie, made entirely with open source graphics software such as Blender, and with all production files freely available to use however you please, under a Creative Commons license. Premiered on March 24, 2006 after about 8 months of work, the film was first announced in May, 2005 by Ton Roosendaal, the chairman of the Blender Foundation and the lead developer of the foundation's program, Blender.The project was joint funded by the Blender Foundation and the Netherlands Media Art Institute."
Operating Systems

+ - Pardus one "boot" ahead of Ubuntu?

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towsonu2003
towsonu2003 writes "Personally, I am not very keen of Pardus, a Turkish distribution, due to their negative approach to bug reporters as well as Kurdish language support [not] built in to the distro.

However, according to OSNews, it seems that this distro is one step ahead of Ubuntu in implementing new scripts to make the boot process faster with its new boot script caled "Mudur" (which means, in an irrelevant note, "manager" in Turkish)."

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