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Operating Systems

Submission + - Would open sourcing the OS/2 code benfit OSS? (cio.com)

Jose R Rodriguez writes: "The OS/2 World Foundation is sponsoring a second request to IBM for the latter to consider open sourcing the OS/2 source code. The December 2007 signature list petitioning IBM to open source (at the very least) the unencumbered OS/2 source code is expected to surpass the 11,000+ signatures of the past 2006 petition. CIO's editor Esther Schindler has elaborated on the potential issues that IBM might come against in considering seriously that request. Do Slashdot think, as I Jose R Rodriguez from Metztli IT do, that open sourcing the OS/2 code might enrich any of the many current open source projects, including the successful creation and/or advancement of a hybrid components operating system project code named Voyager?"
IBM

Submission + - OS2 Open Source Petition (os2world.com)

Kim Haverblad writes: "More than two years ago on September 25, 2005, OS2 World.Com sent IBM a letter with a petition that contained 11,613 signatures requesting IBM to release the source code of Operating System 2 (OS/2 Warp) — or at least release the source code that IBM owns — to the public under an open source license. Sadly IBM was ignorant enough to not answer the first letter and this is why we sent a second letter to IBM.

On November 19, 2007, OS2 World.Com sent the second letter to IBM where we insisted on implementing the stipulations contained in this petition because we believe that OS/2 is an important part of the history of the Operating System, and furthermore, it still contains values that the computer science field considers unique.

The petition can be found at following url: http://www.os2world.com/petition"

Operating Systems

Submission + - Petition to open OS/2 source, round/2 (os2world.com) 1

The_Wilschon writes: On September 25, 2005, OS2World.com sent a petition with 11,613 signatures to IBM, asking them to release some or all of the source code to OS/2. Oddly, given IBM's embrace of the Open Source movement, the letter was ignored. So, on November 19 of this year, OS2World.com sent a second letter. They have also opened up a second petition round in order to show even more support to IBM for their requests. In particular, the System Object Model (SOM), Workplace Shell (WPS), and OS/2 kernel could both spur new OS/2 development and provide some fresh ideas to the Free Software world.
Internet Explorer

Submission + - Mozilla: when more bugs can mean tighter security

biscuitfever11 writes: The outspoken head of Mozilla Europe Tristan Nitot has coughed up a few gems in this interview with ZDNet, not least in the security wars against Internet Explorer. Nitot readily acknowledges the massive number of bugs that affect the open source browser, but says that it's the Mozilla community which makes the browser far safer than IE will ever be. Nitot said: "I'm surprised that bug counting, which is a terrible metric, was used by Microsoft. It isn't easy to assess security, but bug counting definitely isn't the way to do it. I'd rather talk about time to fix the duration of the window where users are at risk, which in our opinion is a much better metric. People within the Mozilla community have a better-than-average understanding of this — we work together and have to trust each other." http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39291344-1,00.htm
Debian

Submission + - Debian conference final report

kyllikki writes: The Debian folks have finally released their conference report which like their OS had to wait "until it was ready" but at least its wasn't 18months late!

Apparently around four hundred Debian developers went and had fun in Edinburgh. As would be expected an interesting selection of talks occurred but more interesting were their other activities which included dancing around in skirts and organ repair!

Hopefully their conference will assist them to release an updated release soon and gain back some of the ground lost to Ubuntu and the other derivatives which seem much more appealing these days.
Space

Submission + - Narowing the Space Flight Gap (associatedcontent.com)

MarkWhittington writes: "Sometime in the fall of 2010 the space shuttle will launch on its last mission. In the early Spring of 2015, barring unforeseen delays, the Orion space craft will become operational, available to take crews and supplies to the International Space Station. This constitutes a gap of four and a half years during which the United States will not be able to fly its own astronauts into space. That worries folks at NASA, members of Congress, and others concerned with the course of the US civil space program."
Cellphones

AT&T Wireless Network Is Open Too 122

narramissic writes "Following last week's much-heralded announcement that Verizon Wireless would open up its network, AT&T is making it known that its wireless network is also open to outside devices. 'By its nature, GSM technology is open,' said Michael Coe, an AT&T spokesman. 'Customers could always use GSM phones not sold by AT&T on our network. We can't guarantee the performance of the device, of course.' AT&T will start to publicize that information through salespeople at AT&T stores, Ralph de la Vega, CEO of the company's wireless business, told USA Today."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - The Programmer Dress Code? (codethinked.com)

vinlud writes: Justin Etheredge made a nice collection of our heroes of the computer industry: "I really want to know what it is about programming, or computers in general, that makes people want to grow a beard, have long hair, and dress like a slob. So there you have it, my totally incomplete list of bearded, long haired, casually dressed visionaries. Got any other great pictures of any computer scientists/software engineers? Let us know in the comments!"
Announcements

Submission + - Canadian DMCA protest (boingboing.net) 1

ThePurpleBuffalo writes: Cory Doctorow has announced that Jim Prentice will be in Calgary, Alberta, Canada tomorrow (Saturday, 2007-12-10) and that this might be the best chance to fight the Canadian DMCA. From the article: "If you're a Canadian and you want to talk to Industry Minister Jim Prentice about his proposal for a Canadian DMCA, a copyright law that's even worse than the ten-year-old American legislation that resulted in lawsuits against 20,000+ Americans without stopping infringement or paying artists, now's your chance!"
Books

Submission + - Embedded Linux competitor for Kindle (bookeen.com)

WalkingBear writes: "With all the talk of the Kindle, I'm surprised to have never seen one of the more interesting entries in the e-book reader melee.

The guys over at Bookeen have an embedded linux based e-paper book reader on the market for about what the Kindle costs. Looks like a nice unit and, as noted, runs linux.

The specs look interesting as does the OS and Software support.

If you're going to spend $400 or so on a reader, at least spend it on an open platform."

Software

Submission + - CNR Software Delivery Beta Service Released (cnr.com)

S3Indiana writes: "CNR http://www.cnr.com/ the software delivery service for multiple distributions, has been beta released for Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10, Freespire 2.0 and Linspire 6.0. This is the first step in making it easier for Linux software developers to distribute their applications to a variety of Linux distributions. Improving Linux software distribution through one-stop access to research, compare, discuss, download and install Linux applications. More information at http://community.cnr.com/docs/DOC-1034"
The Courts

Submission + - Verizon Being Sued for GPL Infringement (internetnews.com)

darthcamaro writes: Guess who is infringing on open source code now? According to the SFLC it's none other than Verizon. They filed a law suit in New York yesterday. Today the SFLC spoke to the media to lay out its case.
From the article:
"We sent initial communications to Verizon three weeks ago," SFLC Legal Director Dan Ravicher told InternetNews.com. "They never responded. Thus, there are no negotiations underway with them. That is what forced us to file the lawsuit, because it was our only last option to get Verizon to address our clients' concerns." The SFLC is seeking an injunction against Verizon as well as damages. At this early stage, the SFLC had not yet put a figure on the amount it's seeking.

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