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Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

Submission + - openSUSE Plans To Switch From EXT4 To Btrfs File-System (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The openSUSE Linux distribution looks like it may be the first major Linux distribution to ship the Btrfs file-system by default. The openSUSE 13.1 release is due out in November and is still using EXT4 by default, but after that the developers are looking at having openSUSE using Btrfs by default on new installations. The Btrfs features to be enabled would be the ones the developers feel are data-safe.
Media

Submission + - RubyOnRails.org Domain Registration Lost 1

Tyler Larson writes: "It seems that official Ruby On Rails website (rubyonrails.org) has turned into a parked advertising page. The WHOIS record for the domain lists the registrant as "Next Angle", administered by "BuyDomains.dk LLC". David Heinemeier Hansson filed two years ago for a trademark on the phrase "ruby on rails," and he may or may not be able to use it to reclaim the associated domain name. It seems clear, however, that if BuyDomains has legitimately taken ownership of the domain--which currently has a Google PageRank of 7/10--they will not let it go without either a drawn-out fight or a very large payment.

For many organizations, their domain name has become their identity. What precautions do you take to make sure it doesn't get taken from you? What sort of contingency plan can you implement in the case that it does?"
The Courts

Submission + - Pirate Bay ruling invalid? Call for retrial

MaulerOfEmotards writes: Lawyer Peter Althin, representing the Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde, called for retrial after Swedens's public service radio reported that that the presiding judge was a member of the same copyright protection organisations as several of the industry representatives. In Sweden, judges are expected to be strictly unbiased. The judge, Thomas Norström, argued that "My view has been that these activities do not constitute a conflict of interest," and he was not swayed in his judgement by involvement with copyright protection groups. Many observers, even legal experts that expected a conviction, were surprised over the severity of the April 17th ruling. In a statement, Sweden's Pirate Party chairman Rickard Falkvinge said that "The copyright lobby has really managed to bring corruption to Sweden."
KDE

Submission + - Qt goes LGPL

Balinares writes: Nokia announces today that the cross-platform Qt toolkit, which is the foundation of many open sources projects such as the KDE desktop environment, will be available under the LGPL license as of the next version, Qt 4.5. The former GPL/commercial dual licensing of Qt had been a source of controversy in the open source community for many years.
Security

Submission + - Trojan Virus Insists "Downloading is wrong.

NoisySplatter writes: "Ernesto, founder of TorrentFreak.com, reports that a new trojan, "Troj/Qhost-AC", has been found distributed on The Pirate Bay.

The virus was disguised as a serial key generator and the offending torrent has since been removed, but the source has not been identified. Troj/Qhost-AC makes changes to the user's hosts file that redirect The Pirate Bay, Suprbay, and Mininova to 127.0.0.1. In addition to making three of the most popular torrent sites inaccessible the virus also plays a sound file saying, "downloading is wrong".

It looks like someone has finally stepped up to the plate to challenge Madonna for the title of "Most Obnoxious Anti-Piracy Stunt". Of course this could just be the software industry's attempt at outdoing the RIAA and MPAA."

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