FSM Newsletter 16th July 2007

FSM Newsletter 16th July 2007


Tue, 2007-07-17 03:33 -- 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

Free Software Daily is absolutely powering along! Subscribers, submissions, voting and comments are all on the rise. It's amazing to see how far we have come in less than two months. We are already finding that FSDaily has all the news that other leading sites do and more. With your help we can make it the best free software news hub on the net. For those who have already joined. Thank you! And for those that haven't: please come along and help us by subscribing, submitting, voting and commenting. There is something there for everyone. See you there!

Top ten Free Software Daily stories this week

  1. Running from Open Source: or how my “school” is avoiding Open Office implementation—I have a real open source crisis at my hands. My “school” IT department has been pushing for the implementation of Microsoft Office 2007 in our 60 machines. The funny thing is, since our IT head is also our supplier, he too is pushing for this because he probably gets a commission. read more...

  2. Save the internet before it’s too late—If the FCC abandons Net Neutrality the major telcos are planning to set up toll-booths all along the information superhighway. read more...

  3. Free for All by Peter Wayner - Free eBook—A free book download, available in many formats from Manybooks.net; a great free library. How Linux and the Free Software Movement undercut the high tech titans. read more...

  4. GPLv3 attracts 116 projects in first week—The third version of the General Public Licence (GPLv3) has been adopted by 116 open source projects in its first week of operation, according to an overview compiled by software risk management firm Palamida. read more...

  5. Gaming In Ubuntu Feisty Fawn...—A recent article on 10 Advantages of Ubuntu over Vista drew ridicule because “Linux doesn’t support games”. While I knew this was only a half truth, I decided to blog about it myself. read more...

  6. Samba Adopts GPLv3 for Future Releases—After internal consideration in the Samba Team we have decided to adopt the GPLv3 and LGPLv3 licences for all future releases of Samba. read more...

  7. Gobuntu, the 100% free Ubuntu, is... go—Thanks to Colin and Evan’s efforts we now have daily images of a freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu, “Gobuntu”. This is a call for developers who are interested in pushing the limits of content and code freedom - read more...

  8. Second open Linux phone on sale—Another fully open source-based phone went on sale on Monday, offering developers the chance to build their own mobile Linux applications. read more...

  9. Title:Subtitle—This just in: it’s an Ubuntu future. Think I’m nuts? Take a cold, hard look around. Even though I’m a fan of other delightful distros like Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux, there are other honorable mentions, such as Fedora (a fine distro) and OpenSuSE. read more...

  10. New FCC rules may impact Linux-based devices—New U.S. regulations went into effect today that could change how vendors of devices with software-defined radios (SDR) use open-source software. The new rules could impact manufacturers of mobile phones, WiFi cards, and other devices that use SDR technologies. read more...

Thanks to dave, lozz, leo, C733tus, Starchild, merc, and missgeek for submitting these stories!

Latest content

The LUG is dead - Long live the soulless marketing corporate junket—Steve Goodwin ponders the demise of the LUG, and the junket that has appeared in it’s place. read more...

A beginner’s introduction to the GNU/Linux command line, Part II—Managing processes—Rosalyn Hunter’s massively popular tutorial for novices that discusses processes and process related commands including ps, top, grep, fuser, more, jobs and kill. read more...

Microsoft the copyright infringer—David Sugar dives into the Microsoft/GPLV3/Novell discussion! read more...

How to build squid authentication helpers—Edmundo Carmona teaches you to build your own authentication helper using the language of your choice. read more...

How to close down GNU/Linux safely after a system freeze with the SysRq key—Gary Richmond provides a great howto for when your system freezes. read more...

Firewall Builder—Marco Marongiu runs through the easy way to configure a firewall with the GUI Firewall Builder. read more...

Writing screen and stage plays with Celtx—Dreamed of writing a screenplay? Anthony Taylor introduces the program that can help you make it happen. read more...

Making Gnash: a well-deserved name?—Mitch Meyran checks out Gnash, the Free Software Foundation’s alternative Adobe Flash player. read more...

Using VirtualBox to run Ubuntu and any other operating system—Andrew Min shares the easy way to run operating systems without messing up your system. read more...

Latest book reviews released

Qmail Quickstarter by Kyle Wheeler Alan Berg finds out how to install, set up, and run your own email server. read more...

Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems by Chris Sanders Brian Turner explores Wireshark. read more...

Book competition announcement for this fortnight

This week we are giving away a copy of Qmail Quickstarter by Kyle Wheeler and a copy of Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems by Chris Sanders.

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

GOOD LUCK!

Thanks go to _No Starch Press and Packt for providing these fantastic prizes._

Winner of the book competition from last fortnight

Thanks to all those who entered, unfortunately there can only be one winner...

Congratulations Michael Fötsch of Seiersberg in Austria!

Michael has won copies of The Definitive Guide to SQLite and Pro Open Source Mail: Building an Enterprise Mail Solution.

Thanks to all who entered.

Thanks also go to Apress for providing these great prizes.

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—What’s your favorite news hub for free software news?

Aw. Thanks guys. It turns out that 57% of you have nominated FSDaily as your favourite news hub! The distant second after FSD’s fabulous lead was 11% nominating Lxer, then 9% for Slashdot, followed by Tux Machines, OS News, and other on 6%, and then Linux Today and Linux Weekly News last on 3%. So maybe there was a bit of sucking up, but we’d prefer to think that FSDaily is the best all the same... Read more here and stay tuned for...

This fortnight’s poll

How do you feel about the GPLv3?

There’s been a lot of controversy over the recent release of the GPLv3. But what do you think? Do you think it’s exactly what the free software movement needs? Do you think it has some problems? Or do you think it is not required and that the GPLv2 was fine without the changes? Please let us know your thoughts on the matter and give us a comment if you have anything further to add.

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