Mat Enders and Tony Bemus
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner
Kernel News: Mat
No RC release yet 2011/12/22 21:01 -5:00
Stable Kernel Release:
Stable Kernels 22.214.171.124, 3.0.14, and 3.1.6 where released on 12/21/2011
17 files changed, 193 insertions, 55 deletions
6 files changed, 501 insertions, 264 deletions
65 files changed, 548 insertions, 280 deletions
Kernel Quote of The Week:
“This patch looks obviously correct. But it looks *so* obviously correct that it just makes me suspicious – this is not new or seldom used code, it’s been this way for ages and used all the time. … Is it really as obvious as it looks, and we’ve just had this bug forever?
Distro News: Tony
- 12-22 – Bodhi Linux 1.3.0 – Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the latest Enlightenment 17 desktop
- 12-22 – AbulÉdu 11.08 – Ubuntu-based French Linux distribution designed for young children, featuring a collection of educational software running on top of a highly customised GNOME desktop.
- 12-21 – pfSense 2.0.1 – FreeBSD-based operating system for firewalls
- 12-21 – PUIAS Linux 6.2 – built by compiling the source packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2, with extra repositories with additional software packages. Princeton University Institute for Advanced Study
- 12-20 – CentOS 6.2 – the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2
- 12-20 – Oracle Linux 6.2 – a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux which is free to download, but requires a paid contract for security and other updates
- 12-20 – Linpus Linux 1.6 “Lite Desktop” – a Fedora-based distribution with GNOME 3 and several user interface enhancements
- 12-19 – Sabily 11.10 – an Ubuntu-based distribution customised to include a collection of Islamic software and artwork
- 12-19 – Webconverger 10.2 – a Debian-based live CD designed for Internet kiosks
Distro of the Week: Tony
- Fedora – 1398
- Pear – 1452
- CentOS – 1513
- Ubuntu – 1617
- Mint – 4033
Apache Announces OpenOffice.org Development To Continue
As the new stewards of OpenOffice.org the Apache Software Foundation expects to have a branded version for developers in early 2012. The new version 3.4 while not intended as a feature release, is meant to bring OO into compliance with Apache IP clearance policies. OpenOffice.org was donated to Apache by Oracle in June, after the project had forked into LibreOffice taking the majority of the developers who were not Sun employees into the fork.
Apache believes relicensing under the Apache License 2.0 will reduce restrictions on us of the code and encourage a more diverse contributor and user base. Apache contributors can set their own boundries for collaboration, but the trademarks are another story. This is what Apache had to say regarding the trademarks:
“To ensure that the use of Apache marks will not lead to confusion about our projects, we must control their use in association with software and related services provided by others. Our trademark policy is clearly laid out at http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/. Anyone wishing to use the Apache brand can have their efforts reviewed by Apache trademarks persons. One concern we’ve had is making sure the brand itself is respected.”
Stephen O’Grady of RedMonk in comments on the Apache statement had this to say:
“This statement from Apache is essentially a public reminder that while the code itself is permissively licensed and thus re-combinable with other assets, the associated trademarks are not,”
He also had this to say about the forked code base:
“[When] two code bases spring from the same roots and yet are competing for the same users and asymmetrically licensed, there is bound to be friction over contributions, usage and more. Efforts to bridge the two projects have not been successful.”
Also in response to the Apache statement Oliver Hallot, a representative of the Document Foundation the governing body for LibreOffice, had this to say:
“It is then natural that the Apache OpenOffice code has the special intention from our developers and everything Apache OpenOffice releases that is of our interest will be considered for cherry-picking for integration in LibreOffice,”
However since LibreOffice is ahead of OpenOffice.org in development this could make it difficult to include any forth coming Apache code.
LibreOffice 3.5 Beta 1 Is Out
The Document Foundation announces the first Beta release of LibreOffice 3.5. Along with the release announcement they are also sponsoring an international bug hunt. It will be held on 12/28&29/2011 from 08:00 UTC to 22:00 UTC on both dates. The location will be the #libreoffice channel on irc.freenode.net. More information about the bug hunt can be found on their website http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA/BugHunting_Session_3.5.0.-1.
The new Beta release of LibreOffice 3.5 can be downloaded from their website here http://www.libreoffice.org/download/pre-releases/. They have source tarballs available but if you look down the page you will see a link to “Other way to download…” that when you click on it expands into a selection of prebuilt packages, including RPMs, DEBs, along with Windows, and Mac installers. So if you want to help out and squash some bugs go grab it and start hunting. Please remember though this a Beta release and should not be installed in a production environment. They plan on having a production release of 3.5 ready on 2/8/2012.
I reported a bug in LibreOffice a couple of months back. I thought it was an original report but it turns out that it was a duplicate. If you are using LibreOffice in an RDP session and disconnect the RDP session LibreOffice crashes so that when you then reconnect your session you need to restart LibreOffice and recover your session.
Firefox Add-On Defeats The Proposed Stop Online Piracy Act
The up coming legislation Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) inspires opponents to create ways to circumvent it. The FireFox devs not being slouches are at the forfront with a new add on called “DeSopa”. With the addon installed when you encounter a blocked domain a single click will resolve the address via non US dns servers.
Desopa developer Tamer Rizk had this to say:
“I feel that the general public is not aware of the gravity of SOPA and Congress seems like they are about to cater to the special interests involved, to the detriment of Internet, for which I and many others live and breathe,” He goes onto say “It could be that a few members of congress are just not tech savvy and don’t understand that it is technically not going to work, at all. So here’s some proof that I hope will help them err on the side of reason and vote SOPA down,”
Their are several other anti-SOPA workarounds out already also. Lets hope that congress gets the idea that this a completely unworkable law and should not be passed.
Are Mozilla Searches Worth $300 Million?
It has been reported that the new Mozilla, Google deal will be worth just under $300 million per year. This is a huge increase over thier income for 2010 which was $123 million, of which Google accounted for 84%. If these reports are true that will be just under three times what Google paid to the Mozilla project in 2010.
Neither Google or Mozilla have ever made public what exactly the deal was or is. But back in 2007 Sean Michael Kerner speculated that the formula looked some thing like this. Google or Mozilla have never publicly challenged that formula, either because in order to challenge it they would have to disclose the actual formula or because it is right. I tend to lean towards the it right camp other wise they would have at least made vague statements about it s accuracy. I also do not believe that there amount per search has gone way up, I believe that a lump sum amount has been added to the deal as incentive because the bidding was hot and heavy between Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google. The only other way that the increase could be justified is that there are three times as many Mozilla users, the number of searches has greatly increased, or the value per search has skyrocketed. None of those possible scenarios seem likely however. What that means then is that Google is not just paying for searches but to continue to be the default in Firefox.
Ubuntu Desktop team have asked for help in the creation of an Ubuntu derivative that uses ‘GNOME-Shell by default’.
British Telecom Sues Google Over Android
British telecom BT has sued Google, claiming Android and numerous other services infringe six of its patents. Filed December 15 in the US District Court in Delaware, the suit names a wide range of infringing products including Android, Google Music, Maps, Search, Places, Google Offers, Google+, and Google’s location-based advertising.
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