New GPL draft due Wednesday

The third discussion draft of GPL version 3 is scheduled for release at 7 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, Brett Smith, a licensing compliance engineer for the Free Software Foundation said in a mailing list posting Monday. The current GPL 2 governs the rights and restrictions of many open-source and free-software projects, including high-profile ones such as the Linux kernel, Java and MySQL database.

Linux Camp To Sabotage Microsoft-Novell Deal

The non-profit group that owns rights to much of the Linux operating system says it will seek to undermine a controversial deal between Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. through a new software licensing agreement to be unveiled on Wednesday.

Viacom Hates Open Source (and Small Children in the Third World)

In its disputes with YouTube, Viacom has pulled the video of two developers from the Open Source Lab playing NES on the OLPC.

Sys Admin magazine Announces First Sys Admin Technical Conference

CMP Technology's Sys Admin magazine, the journal for Unix and Linux systems administrators, today announced the first Sys Admin Technical Conference will take place May 7-8 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore.

Critical Open Source Software Projects Receive 6,000 Bug Fixes in First Year of Coverity Scan Site

Department of Homeland Security open source hardening project grows to 150 applications and regular scans of 35 million lines of source code.

Xandros Linux Server to Bundle Scalix 11 Enterprise-Class Collaboration Platform

Xandros, Inc., the leading provider of intuitive end-to-end Linux solutions, and Scalix, the leading Linux email, calendaring and messaging company, today announced that the forthcoming Xandros Server 2 will ship with Scalix 11 pre-installed.

Open Source Email Making Microsoft Nervous

For a number of years Microsoft has been working hard to put Novell’s Groupwise and IBM’s Lotus Domino systems on the back burner, with a certain amount of success. Now it seems that the main threat to Microsoft’s dominance might be Open Source-based email systems, ie: those that are completely open code and enhanceable by anyone.

Trolltech Qtopia Greenphone and SDK Review Addendum

Shortly after publishing this review, we were contacted by Trolltech in regards to the concerns we had over the licensing of the Greenphone. As a response, Trolltech has since changed the wording in its licensing with respect to the openness of the hardware. The entire LinuxLookup.com team is pleased that Trolltech took our comments constructively and worked quickly to rectify the situation. We hope that these changes will help the Greenphone do well as an open mobile development platform and that many new free/open source projects flourish as a result.

Read the Trolltech Qtopia Greenphone and SDK Review.