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As has been reported in previous months, Jon Johansen, the Norwegian man charged in relation to the DeCSS computer code, has been successful in his legal travails. Now, it has been reported that he is going to attempt to turn the tables and seek compensation from the Norwegian white collar crimes unit.
The DVD Copy Control Association (also known as the DVD CCA) has abandoned its case against Andrew Brunner. Brunner found himself at the sharp end of legal action as a result of having distributed the DeCSS computer code on his website. The thrust of the DVD CCA legal action was to assert that Brunner was a violator of trade secret laws. However, the legal action taken by the DVD CCA, which was one many cases, proved unsuccessful in halting the global distribution of the computer code, which is now anything but secret.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation maintains a DVD-CCA v. Brunner case archive.
GNUstep Live CD (based on Morphix)
Converting an existing system to use the 2.6 kernel.
An interesting article by B. D. McCullough on errors in the statistics functions of Excel and Gnumeric. The two packages shared some of the same errors, Gnumeric has been fixed, Excel has not. (courtesy Linux Today).
developerWorks on the improvements in Linux kernel development from 2.4 to 2.6.
IT Manager's Journal sees embedded Linux as a disruptive force.
NOSI (Nonprofit Open Source Initiative), has released a primer document for nonprofit bodies considering the use of open-source alternatives to closed-source applications. The PDF document can be downloaded from their website
The browser formerly known as Firebird (and before that as Phoenix) has now changed its name to Firefox. Though you may be interested to read the background FAQ to the name-change, it is probably more useful to look at the new features included in this release
wxWindows is to change name to become wxWidgets following pressure from Microsoft regarding possible trademark infringement of Microsoft's "Windows" name. The agreement appears to be relatively amicable.
The LFS Development Team has announced the release of LFS-5.1-PRE1, the first pre-release of the upcoming LFS-5.1 book. You can read it online or you can download the book from to read it locally at http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/
This being a test release, the team would appreciate any feedback, in particular bugs in the installation instructions. Any and all feedback should be sent to the lfs-dev mailinglist.
REAL Software has released REALbasic 5.5 Professional Edition. This software enables developers to compile Visual Basic source code under Linux.
Secluda Technologies has launched the AP Intelligent Mail Switch, an SMTP perimeter-gateway solution for e-mail productivity. With the company's existing product InboxMasterR, the AP Intelligent Mail Switch gives IT professionals greater ability to monitor and manage e-mail environments; improve the performance and reliability of e-mail applications including anti-spam filters, virus scanning, and e-mail servers; and prevent false positives and other problems caused by e-mail filters.
Secluda's AP Intelligent Mail Switch runs on SUSE, Red Hat, and Mandrake Linux, and is priced on a user/server basis starting at $195 up to $3,995 for an unlimited server license.
Mick is LG's News Bytes Editor.
Originally hailing from Ireland, Michael is currently living in Baden,
Switzerland. There he works with ABB Corporate Research as a
Marie-Curie fellow, developing software for the simulation and design
of electrical power-systems equipment.
Before this, Michael worked as a lecturer in the Department of
Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin; the same
institution that awarded him his PhD. The topic of this PhD research
was the use of Lamb waves in nondestructive testing. GNU/Linux has
been very useful in his past work, and Michael has a strong interest
in applying free software solutions to other problems in engineering.
Before this, Michael worked as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin; the same institution that awarded him his PhD. The topic of this PhD research was the use of Lamb waves in nondestructive testing. GNU/Linux has been very useful in his past work, and Michael has a strong interest in applying free software solutions to other problems in engineering.