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GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - RMS debates DRM at Yale, fights off MS ninjas ( 1

hesby writes: "On October 17, 2007, the Yale Political Union hosted a debate between Richard M. Stallman and Yale students on the resolution "DRM should be illegal". A barefoot RMS spoke of a corporate conspiracy to use DRM to empower companies and restrict the freedom of users, while students representing various campus political parties argued a variety of supporting points and counterpoints. Setting the stage for the debate were four masked ninjas who launched a mock attack on Stallman as inspired by an xkcd comic strip."
The Courts

Submission + - SFLC files first U.S. GPL violation lawsuit (

FPCat writes: The Software Freedom Law Center has filed a GPL violation lawsuit. "The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it has filed the first ever U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit based on a violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL) on behalf of its clients, two principal developers of BusyBox, against Monsoon Multimedia, Inc. BusyBox is a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities commonly used in embedded systems and is open source software licensed under GPL version 2."

Submission + - First Ever U.S. GPL Violation Lawsuit Filed (

Adam Hazzlebank writes: "The Software Freedom Law Center has filed the first ever U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit based on a violation of the GPL on behalf of the developers of BusyBox. The device in question is a manufactured by Monsoon Multimedia who have publicly acknowledged their use of BusyBox, but have so far refused to make the source available, as required by the GPL. This should be an interesting and important test case for the GPL."

Submission + - Open source developers sue to enforce GPL (

pete314 writes: "Two developers behind the BusyBox open source project have filed a lawsuit against device maker Monsoon Multimedia, demanding that the firm abides to the General Public License version 2. The case marks the first time that developers are asking courts in the US to enforce the license, although the GPL-violations project has previously successfully enforced the license in Europe."
Operating Systems

Submission + - SCO Group admits it may fold (

mytrip writes: "Having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, SCO claims it may go under permanently, depending on how much the court decides it owes Novell.

The SCO Group may need to wind up its operations after its copyright case against Novell collapsed, prompting it to file for bankruptcy.

"As a result of both the court's August 10, 2007, ruling and our entry into Chapter 11, there is substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern," read part of a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, made on Tuesday."


Submission + - Snowed by SCO ... and that's a quote. (

TihSon writes: It seems that we aren't the only ones who have noticed SCO's fall. For a giant helping of a reporter eating crow, click. I especially like the reference to the "gang of amateur sleuths" who haunt the halls of a site called Groklaw. I guess in his eyes they aren't paid enough to warrant the kind of respect they clearly deserve.

Submission + - SCO Admits It May Go Under Soon

Penguinisto writes: "It appears that now even SCO is seeing that they're doomed. CNET reveals that in a public statement by SCO yesterday, it was announced that: "If a significant cash payment is required, or significant assets are put under a constructive trust, the carrying amount of our long-lived assets may not be recovered." So as a parallel to RMS Titanic, has the bow finally dropped below the waves, as shareholders and SCO employees scramble for the last few remaining lifeboat slots?"

Submission + - Dan Lyons - I was wrong, you were right (

corbettw writes: "Dan Lyons has written a mea culpa in which he begs forgiveness for being so terribly, terribly, wrong about the SCO lawsuits. And it only took him most of a week after the bankruptcy filing (not to mention several months after the latest judgment in SCO v. IBM)."

Submission + - truthout blocked by AOL/Hotmail ( 1

dolo724 writes: Subscribers to are finding their newsletters sent to the trash by some pretty popular ISPs. Who's in charge now? From the article: "Currently, AOL- and Microsoft-related email providers, including Hotmail, are preventing delivery of a range of Truthout communications to thousands of our subscribers. Such communications include Truthout's regular newsletters and notifications to our subscribers from individual workstations of Truthout administrators informing those subscribers that they are affected."

Submission + - IT Execs Slam Door on Vista for Next 3 Year Cycle.

gnutoo writes: If the ATF and other big business IT execs are typical, SP1 is too little too late and Vista is not going to be rolled out on big business desktops for years.

the ATF wont have enough time between now and January to verify that all of its applications will run effectively on the new operating system. the planned desktop system replacements, which are part of the bureaus normal three-year upgrade cycle for PCs, will be finished before testing is completed. [and the ATF] doesnt see a compelling need to move quickly to Windows Vista.

Even people who love Windows are moving slowly on Vista because they don't think it's ready.

Submission + - Powerhouse player blesses Google Apps

netbuzz writes: "Powerhouse player blesses Google Apps

This one had to get their attention in Redmond: heavyweight systems integrator Capgemini, a worldwide IT buying influencer for major corporations, has given its seal of approval to Google Apps as an option for the enterprise. This nod comes at a time when assessments of the enterprise-worthiness of Google Apps have been all over the map, including one from a Burton Group analyst warning that adopting the suite prematurely could be a "career-limiting move for network architects.""

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