Eric Raymond: Yes, "open source" is still meaningful

Writing in O'Reilly's Radar, Nat Torkington argues that the term "open source" is becoming meaningless. He points to SugarCRM's badgeware, through which, he claims, only two-thirds of their code is downloadable, and rPath and MontaVista, which "sell software that works on Linux but the software itself isn't actually open source."

Who wrote 2.6.20?

"LWN.net did some data mining through the kernel source repository and put together an analysis of where the patches came from. It turns out that most kernel code is contributed by people paid to do the work — but the list of companies sponsoring kernel development has a surprise or two."

Registration Opens for First Red Hat Challenge

Red Hat announced the launch of the first Red Hat Challenge, a contest for graduate students to formulate a group concept plan in response to a business challenge question. The Red Hat Challenge is an open invitation to create an innovative solution to a Red Hat business problem and provide the Company with original, cutting-edge ideas to shape its future business model.

Automate GUI testing with TestNG-Abbot

TestNG-Abbot is a testing framework that breathes new life into testing GUI components. Understand the scenario and you'll find it surprisingly easy to isolate GUI components and then verify them using the framework's handy fixture objects.

GNOME 2.18.0 Release Candidate (2.17.92)

Here we go: this is the last unstable release before 2.18.0. We've all added cool features, important bug fixes, great translations, or shiny documentation during the past six months. And it'll be soon ready for public consumption. There's still one week before the hard code freeze, so it's not too late to fix this last bug you're ashamed of. And then, you'll be able to think about the future. What will make GNOME 2.20.0 rock? It's up to you to write this future!

The Terrible State of WiFi in Linux

Articles like this just kill me. Granted, this piece was written a while back, and even considering the date in which the piece was first put together, it remains the single biggest mess that I have ever laid eyes on. Linux and wireless is a mess, period. Understand, however, that I applaud the ongoing efforts of Ralink, Intel and Atheros. These groups have bent over backwards to make life easier for the casual Linux enthusiast. Unfortunately, less than savory options seem to be weaseling their way into places where the aforementioned companies were there to help us out.

Compiz will be installed by default in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Updates today have made compiz a dependency of ubuntu-desktop, which means it will be installed by default with Ubuntu feisty fawn. Although this doesn't mean it will be enabled by default it's certainly unfortunate for the beryl project who's primary goal for their next release was to be included in Ubuntu.

The commie smear against open source

Often proprietary companies trot out their FUD that open source is somehow socialist, communist, as pink as its programmers' underwear. Here's the truth.