writes: InfoWorld reports that Symbian is to become Free Open Source Software in a matter of hours.
108 packages will be available at Symbian's website, mostly under the Eclipse Public License, in what is probably the largest open source migration project in history: more than 40 millions line of code representing 10 years of development, currently in use on 330 million devices.
In the Wired coverage of the story, Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation, picks on the Android platform, saying that "About a third of the Android code base is open and nothing more. And what is open is a collection of middleware. Everything else is closed or proprietary."Link to Original Source
writes: ReactOS was meant as a free and open-source operating system, binary-compatible with Microsoft Windows. But after 11 years in development it never reached a satisfactory level of usability.
Due to lack of developers, reimplementing the Win32 subsystem proved to be a much too complex task, holding the project back. Given the deficiencies of the current implementation, developer Aleksey Bragin decided to rewrite it from scratch, drawing heavily from the Wine project.
Bragin's announcement on the ReactOS mailing list makes a compelling argument for this decision. Here is to hoping this will boost development for both projects.Link to Original Source
writes: The Inquirer reported that starting on the night of April 1st, the domain name registrar Register.com was suffering spurious DNS resolving issues (link intentionally left out to avoid slashdotting).
While the company has kept silent during the first day, it now seems they confirmed it's a DDoS attack on their DNS servers.
The media has been silent about it so far, despite the growing angry mob of twitterers and the bitter comments in the original Inquirer article, blaming the registrar for lost business. Speculation as to whom is behind this obviously includes Conficker.
writes: The ISP Association of Ireland announced it won't bend over for the local RIAA spinoff, unlike Eircom, Ireland's largest ISP.
The summary on their homepage succinctly states that "This legal action is spurious and there is no evidence of wrong-doing by Internet Service Providers", while the full position statement contains gems such as:
Link to Original Source
ISPAI is disappointed that the great potential of the internet, to provide opportunities to
connect with users in new ways and develop new business models, is being missed by the
music recording industry.
writes: The SD Association announced the Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) memory card specification, supposed to provide up to 2TB of storage, and read/write speeds of 104 MB/s.
SDXC uses Microsoft's proprietary exFAT file system, which is available for licensing under NDA. There are currently no specific patents on exFAT, but its legal status is uncertain since it's based on FAT. The FAT patents have been previously upheld in court.
The Association is already looking forward to the next version of the specification, that will allow for speeds of up to 300MB/s
writes: The Register reports on yet another RIA runtime for the desktop, only this time it's open sourced under the Apache License.
The Titanium Appcelerator is available for Mac and Windows, and promises to run on Linux by January, as well as on mobile platforms by mid-2009.Link to Original Source
writes: UK's Internet Watch Foundation decided to lift the ban on Scorpions' "Virgin Killer" page on Wikipedia.
Although the Wikimedia Foundation was earlier told the IWF would stick to its initial decision, today's statement shows them reconsidering the consequences of the blacklisting: the scheme employs a few transparent proxies, which effectively reduced most of the UK-originated Wikipedia traffic to a limited number of IP addresses. This in turn forced Wikipedia to protect itself from vandalism by revoking editing rights for those addresses.
Interestingly enough, the IWF decided to keep censoring the offending image if it's hosted in the UK:
Any further reported instances of this image which are hosted abroad, will not be added to the list. Any further reported instances of this image which are hosted in the UK will be assessed in line with IWF procedures.