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Low-cost Linux PC A GPL Violator?

The Asus eeePC made headlines last month when it went on sales as one of a number of ultra-low-cost Linux options, but the latest headlines are far less encouraging: the system is reportedly in violation of the GNU General Public License. more>>

The Source is Open, n00bs Welcome

I was discussing the topic of posting to a high profile site like Linux Journal with a friend of mine recently. Their take on the issue is that it can be intimidating to say stuff, either in a blog like this, or in a forum post, because of the "what if I mess up" concern. more>>

Have a Beer, for Free

In the December issue of Linux Journal magazine, I wrote in the Quake 3 Article that I didn't fully understand the notion of "Free as in beer." In the next paragraph, I go on to explain what it means, and left the "I dont' get it" part as a silly view of the free beer concept. more>>

Mountable Linux Filesystem Uses Gmail as Storage

Gmail Filesystem (GmailFS) provides a mountable Linux filesystem which uses your Gmail account as its storage medium (for us Gmail users that's 2.9 gigs for free). With it you can use your favorite Unix commands such as ls, mv, cp, grep, rm, and so forth to communicate with Gmail.

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Who is excited about Drupal 6?

Last week, drupal.org posted the news that the version 6 beta 3 release is now available. more>>

Wii Homebrew

I ran across a group of seemingly enthusiastic developers working on a Nintento Wii homebrew. This group's special mission? more>>

Wiggly Windows

I love Compiz. I won't lie to you. Sometimes, however, I worry that it's making me a dumber employee. Sure, my coworkers may play their Windows Solitaire for hours on end, but I just grab my browser window and shake it like a dog to watch it jiggle. And I like it. more>>

Linux Gas Pump Prints Google Maps

In further proof that you can never escape Google or interactive marketing, Gilbarco Veeder-Root announced Google support for its Encore gas pump's interactive displays. Gilbarco's Linux-based Applause media system now offers printable Google local business search, maps, driving directions, and coupons. More.

BusyBox Busy With Two New Suits

The developers of BusyBox made history a month ago with the settlement of the first lawsuit ever filed over violation of the GNU General Public License. Now it's making history again, with two more GPL suits. more>>

What Does "IP" Really Mean?

For readers of Linux Journal, "IP" almost certainly refers to the Internet Protocol, part of the TCP/IP suite that underpins the Internet. But to most people, if it means anything, "IP" refers to something known as "intellectual property". This widespread recognition is rather curious, because "intellectual property" does not exist. more>>

Linus On Where Linux Is Going

If you've been wondering where Linux — the kernel, that is — will be going next, Linux's developer-in-chief Linus Torvalds is ready to clue you in. more>>

Let's keep photography and mapping mashable

Many people have suggested that I submit some of my many aerial photos to Google Earth. I'd love to do that, but after looking at the instructions for adding photos, especially the "acceptance policy", I have to wonder if it's worth the effort, or even the Right Thing To Do. more>>

FSF Releases GNU License

The Free Software Foundation has released Version 3 of the last of it's free software licenses to be updated — the GNU Affero General Public License or GAGPL — aimed at network software and web applications. more>>

KDE 4.0 Hits Release Candidate

The first Release Candidate for the much-anticipated KDE version 4.0 was released on Tuesday to great fanfare from the KDE community. more>>

SCO Won't Be Letting Go, Oh No No

Last month we brought you the astonishing news that someone actually wanted to by SCO, the now-bankrupt perennial thorn-in-the-side of the Linux community. As of today, the joke is — again — on them, as they've had to hightail it in reverse with their tail between their legs. more>>

Welcome To Gran Paradiso, Early-birds

Early-bird specials are a good thing, and Mozilla is offering one up just in time for Thanksgiving: The first beta release of Firefox 3 a.k.a. Grand Paradiso. more>>

The Latest From Apple: iSnoop?

Apple has been riding a wave of good publicity recently, stretching from the release of the much-anticipated iPhone through to last month's debut of Leopard, the latest installment of Mac OS X. But the happy times may be headed for a dip after questions arose about whether Apple is using it's technology to spy on users. more>>

Google Looking To Dial Skype's Number?

We all know that eBay picked up Skype in 2005 for about $2.6 billion, and just about everybody thinks it was a mistake. Now the rumor mill is alive and running with — what else? — rumors that Google wants to take it off eBay's hands. more>>

Some Linux Audio Updates And Expansions

In this week's article I'll bring you up-to-date on what's happening with some of the many exciting developments in the world of Linux audio software, with recent news regarding the JOST plugin host, the Audacity soundfile editor, and the new LV2 native Linux plugin standard. more>>

Microsoft Deal Opens New Questions About Patents

A deal between Microsoft and Kyocera Mita, a Japanese printer manufacturer, has resulted in new questions about Microsoft's always-shaky claims of patent infringement. more>>

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