FSM Newsletter 30th July 2007

FSM Newsletter 30th July 2007


Sun, 2007-07-29 16:46 -- admin

Hello readers, and welcome once again to Free Software Magazine's fortnightly newsletter, keeping you up to date with all things free software... and our new extra features! Enjoy!

General announcements

We have just implemented some cool extra features! These include: the reinstatement of print friendly versions of each article and blog entry; access to an automatically generated PDF of each article and issue; access to the website without ads; the ability to post unmoderated comments; and more! How do you access all these new features?

[Update 2008-03-06: All the extra features are now available to all logged in users]

Top ten Free Software Daily stories this week

  1. Free voice recognition software that works - read more...

  2. BBC Trust backs calls for Linux iPlayer - read more...

  3. GPLv3 report: 21% increase, but some notable exceptions - read more...

  4. Making linux hard - read more...

  5. Next major PC company to go Linux will be HP - read more...

  6. Tux Goes to Elementary School - read more...

  7. Spread the word, share this ODF artwork. - read more...

  8. Linux companies that didn't deserve to die - read more...

  9. US government snoops used Vista to spy on me - read more...

  10. Best FUD Fighter: And the winner is... me! - read more...

Thanks to bluecheese, C773tus, dave, Jimbob, bridget, waleed.saud, and peacemaker for these stories!

Latest content

Generating cool fractals - by Xavier Calbet read more...

Dual-booting Kubuntu and Windows - by Andrew Min read more...

Gnome panel mania - by Jonathan Roberts read more...

Latest content continued

Fighting OOXML - by Pieter Hintjens read more...

A revolutionary idea for tomorrow's PCs - by Matthew Roley read more...

Latest book reviews released

**Linux Programming by Example by Arnold Robbins** reviewed by Alan Berg read more...

**Backup & Recovery by W. Curtis Preston** reviewed by Jeremy Turner read more...

Winner of the book competition from last fortnight

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

Congratulations Mahesh of Kerala, India!

Mahesh has won copies of Qmail Quickstarter and Practical> Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems.

Thanks to all who entered.

Thanks also go to No Starch Press and Packt for providing these great prizes.

Poll Results—How do you feel about the GPLv3?

Last fortnight we decided to poll you about the immensely controvertial GPL version 3 license. While there has been a lot of press hoo-haa about the license, a massive 72% of you have no qualms about calling GPL version 3 a fantastic, much needed license. This was followed by a modest 13% of you believing that the license is good, but has some problems. 11% of you didn't have an opinion. Finally 2% of you decided that the GPL version 3 makes no difference, and another 2% of you think it's a bad thing. Read more here and stay tuned for...

This fortnight's poll

The FSF has (among other things) designed the GPLv3 to prevent tivoization. What do you think about this?

When designing the GPLv3 the FSF intentionally included measures to prevent Tivoization. Some people think that TIVO-like companies shouldn't be allowed to create hardware that only runs specific software, because doing so renders modified software useless. Other people feel that TIVO-like companies should be able to do so, that hardware and software are two different things, and that the GPL is stepping out of the software boundaries. What do you think about this? Good, bad, in between or neither?

Reminders

Comments

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Subscriptions

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