FSM Newsletter 12th of March 2007

FSM Newsletter 12th of March 2007


Mon, 2007-03-12 12:00 -- admin

Hello readers, and welcome once again to Free Software Magazine’s fortnightly newsletter, keeping you up to date with all things free software! Enjoy!

General announcements

This fortnight we have been focusing on the back end—a major server upgrade, increased usability for magazine staff, administration upgrades. It isn’t something you can all see, but very important none the less in helping to smoothly produce and distribute quality content for the readers. And speaking of quality content...

Latest content

Fun With Ubuntu: Top Ten Next Names, Part 1—Jabari Zakiya has some suggestions for the Ubuntu developers—stay tuned for the next five! Read more...

Learn some command line: using du, df, file, find to make your life easier—Anthony Taylor wants you to know that while he can’t teach his old dog new tricks, he can give you a couple for the command line. Read more...

Configuring a Linux home internet gateway: How to justify to your spouse adding another Linux box to your home network—John Calcote just replaced his LinkSys router with a custom Linux router, and he’s willing to tell you how. Read more...

When is a standard not a standard?—You tell ’em, Eddy. Eddy Macnaghten gets OOXML contradictions, objections, arguments, problems and comparisons to ODF and sorts them out once and for all... Read more...

FOSDEM—A Personal Account (with all personal details withheld)—Steve Goodwin had a rip-roaring good time at FOSDEM... who knew a pack of geeks could have so much fun? read more...

Latest content continued

Linux and Dell—getting there?—Chris Holt celebrates the beautiful friendship... Read more...

The emerging FOSS revolution in Cuba—Jabari Zakiya looks at what FOSS can do for Cuba... and what Cuba can do for FOSS. Read more...

Wrapping up PyCON 2007—Terry Hancock went to PyCON 2007, and he’s kindly letting us all know what went down. Read more...

Instant GNU/Linux time machine—Anthony Taylor shares a blast from the past... Read more...

Managing your iPod without iTunes: using free software to unlock your iPod’s potential—Jon Peck shows us how to shake off the restriction of iTunes using free software. Read more...

Latest book reviews released

**Agile Java Development with Spring, Hibernate and Eclipse by Anil Hemrajani** Alan Berg examines this book for developers which effectively weaves an understandable lesson based on a realistic, but imaginary timesheet project. read more...

**BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting by Diana Peh, Alethea Hannemann, Nola Haque** Alan Berg delves into the world of BIRT, consisting of a set of tutorials that develops your skills base from scratch to the level required to build sophisticated, database-driven, chart rich, well laid out and complex sets of reports. read more...

Book competition announcement for this fortnight

This week we are giving away a copy ofAgile Java Development with Spring, Hibernate and Eclipse by Anil Hemrajani and a copy of Red Hat Fedora Core 6 Unleashed by Andrew Hudson, Paul Hudson.

All you need to do to enter is check out the latest book competition announcement on our blogs page.

GOOD LUCK!

Thanks go to _Sams for providing these fantastic prizes._

Winner of the book competition from last fortnight

To be announced

Please comment wherever possible and don’t forget to log in so that you’ll be in the running to win the latest book competition

Poll Results—How worried are you about trusted computing, DRM, and software patents?

51% of you were “very concerned”—the out and out winner of this fortnight’s poll. This was followed by 28% of voters falling into the even more concerned category of “extremely worried—they will eventually kill free software”. 14% were “a little concerned”, a tiny 6% were concerned “not at all—it will pass” and 1% had a different opinion. However, most of the comments this week reflected the poll results—very concerned! Read more here and stay tuned for...

This fortnight’s poll

How do you feel about the idea of governments mandating the use of free software in their countries?

Freedom is a big word with a lot of weight on it. And while most migrating governments are only mandating government use of free software, what would you think if the use of free software was mandated through all major public and private organisations as well? Is this more freedom or less?

Reminders

Comments

Your comments on articles, issues, and blog entries are very welcome. They provide other readers with insightful suggestions, further information, and the feeling that they are not alone. They also provide our authors with the feeling that they are being heard. Please comment wherever possible and don’t forget to log in so that you’ll be in the running to win the latest book competition.

Avatars

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