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GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Activist groups announce support for free software (freesoftwarefreesociety.org)

johnsu01 writes: "Activist groups Friends of the Earth International, the Green Party, People and Planet, and the New Internationalist have joined the Free Software Foundation to support a coalition statement advocating a free society based on free software and criticizing Microsoft Vista, published as part of the FSF's BadVista.org campaign. The statement highlights dangers activists face when they are dependent on proprietary software, including communications limited by DRM and surveillance, and support of companies opposed to their political goals. Judging by the number of signatures so far, Bruce Byfield may be right that this is a formal statement of the attitude already occurring in the nonprofit world."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Stallman GPLv3 release video transcribed

johnsu01 writes: "On June 29, Richard Stallman announced the release of the GNU General Public License version 3 to the world from the Free Software Foundation office in Boston, Massachusetts. His "ribbon-cutting" announcement was also a succinct wrap-up of the 18-month drafting process, summarizing the changes that were made and the reasoning behind them. Since the release, many people have been looking for a straightforward explanation of what they need to know. This a good place to start. The transcript and Ogg Theora video have just been posted. A torrent is also available."
Data Storage

Submission + - 1TB Optical Discs Coming!

Anonymous Howard writes: Have you heard of Mempile? I haven't, but this company based out of Israel have gone on the record stating that they are working on a 1TB optical disc that is the same size as a standard DVD disc. They key here is that they have actually demonstrated the optical disc, dubbed TeraDisc, successfully, so it's not just vaporware. Mempile says it is using non-linear two-photon technology to read and record data in over 100 transparent "virtual" layers which take up the entire volume of a disc. The approach is radically different from conventional blue-laser technology like Blu-ray and HD DVD, in which partial reflection from multiple layers significantly reduces signal while increasing background noise and interference. Mempile's technology, conversely, can handle over 100 layers wile providing true WORM capabilities and bit-by-bit recording and addressing. The best part: Mempile recently demonstrated the technology to Japanese consumer electronics manufacturers and they were reported as being "amazed". Could this be the beginning of the end of the Blu-ray and HD-DVD format wars?
Music

Submission + - CDs - "I'm not dead yet!"

Lunch2000 writes: Turns out the fall of the big music cartels may create a renaissance for the CD. Up and coming retailers are changing their business models to fit the market and making a profit selling what many see as obsolete tech — CDs. By tailoring their inventory they are finding niches in the market place and thriving read the Slate article to find out why music on CD is not dead. http://www.slate.com/id/2162771/?GT1=9231
Software

Submission + - Novel Open Source Software Distribution System

SpectralDesign writes: "Is it a candy vending machine, or an Open Source software vending machine? That's what you might ask yourself if you walk past the proposed "Seneca Freedom Toaster", a concept that has won designer Andrew Smith (a fourth year Software Development student at Ontario's Seneca College) a $2500.00 prize to bring the concept to life.

Evan Weaver, Chair of the School of Computer Studies, says, "The Seneca Freedom Toaster's purpose is to encourage distribution and use of Open Source software, which is a very important cause for us at Seneca." Seneca College, Ontario's largest college — boasting a population of more than 100,000 students, has become more and more involved in Open Source software over the last number of years, in-part due to corporate partnerships such as with Mozilla.

Andrew says that many students have shied away from downloading Open Source software because of the time involved, and the difficulty in obtaining reliable and complete programs that are easy to install and upgrade. His idea for the Freedom Toaster came from exposure last year to a similar project in South Africa. To use the Freedom Toaster, simply bring your own CDR disc to the kiosk, and the library of Open Source software in it's hard drive is ready to browse and burn (err, Toast)."

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