FSM Newsletter 26th of March 2007

FSM Newsletter 26th of March 2007


Mon, 2007-03-26 00:30 -- admin

Hello everybody, and welcome once again to the fortnightly newsletter of Free Software Magazine: keeping you well informed about the realm of free software! Happy reading!

General announcements

It’s been a hard slog, but Free Software Magazine’s new web site is very nearly ready and that makes it all worth while! Tony Mobily is just about to finish porting our custom-made modules to Drupal 5. So once he’s done, you’re all going to start seeing lots of improvements! Thanks Tony!

Latest content

GNU/Linux on the desktop: a modest business proposal—Steve Goodwin’s got it! A surefire way to get GNU/Linux into the spotlight... Read more...

Why GPLv3 says additional permissions are removable—Ciaran O’Riordan gets into some detail about GPLv3. Read more...

A month with KDE—Jonathan Roberts bravely switched from GNOME to KDE for an experimental month. Here’s what he thought about it. Read more...

**MINIX: what is it, and why is it still relevant? **—Alan Berg brings us an interview with Andy Tanenbaum. Read more...

Interview with Eric Heikkinen of Pligg—Tony Mobily reports on free software’s latest legal battleground. Read more...

Will Microsoft buy Novell?—Eddie Macnaghten shares his opinion about the Novell/Microsoft deal. Read more...

Latest content continued

My quest to stop dual-booting—Chris Mostek shares his last, most stubborn migration issues. Read more...

Fun with Ubuntu—top ten next names, part 2—Jabari Zakiya finishes off his top ten... and yes, it’s just as funny as last week... Read more...

The lazy user’s guide to OpenOffice.org Writer—Daniel Escasa talks creating and managing large documents in OpenOffice.org. Read more...

Linux fragmentation: help or hindrance?—Gary Richmond weighs up the pros and cons of Linux fragmentation. Read more...

How GPLv3 addresses the EUCD and DMCA—Ciaran O’Riordan provides a layperson’s guide to how GPLv3 addresses the EUCD and DMCA. Read more...

Latest book reviews released

Integrating and Extending BIRT by Jason Weathersby, Don French, et al Alan Berg delves deeper into BIRT. Read more...

Design Concepts with Code: An Approach for Developers by Stanko Blatnik and Kelly Carey Terry Hancock reads about tackling the problem of designing the look and feel of websites. Read more...

Book competition announcement for this fortnight

This week we are giving away a copy ofBIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting by Diana Peh, Alethea Hannemann, and Nola Haque AND a copy of Integrating and Extending BIRT by Jason Weathersby, Don French, et al.

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

GOOD LUCK!

Thanks go to _Addison Wesley for providing these fantastic prizes._

Winner of the book competition from last fortnight

To be announced.

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

This topic stimulated quite a lot of discussion and debate about freedom, and government, and power, and software... In the end the most popular opinion in this poll was “I think governments should be only be able to mandate use of free software in their own departments”, which received 45% of the vote. This was quite closely followed by “I support any government mandating the use of free software” with 33% of the vote, and then “I don’t think governments should be allowed to dictate software use in their nation in any way” with 18% of the vote. And 4% had a different opinion. Read more here and stay tuned for...

This fortnight’s poll

[What is the primary way in which you contribute to free software?](http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/polls what_is_the_primary_way_in_which_you_contribute_to_free_software)

Let us know how you contribute to the free software movement. If you contribute in multiple ways just let us know the primary way or choose “other” and comment.

Reminders

Comments

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