Alleged GPL violation spurs accusations, lawsuit

Alexander Maryanovsky, the developer of Jin, a Java-based chess client, has filed a lawsuit in Israel that alleges multiple violations of the GNU General Public License (GPL). In the suit, Maryanovsky alleges that International Chess University (IChessU), a startup offering online chess tutoring, and Alexander Rabinovitch, its CEO, violated both his copyright and the GPL in its production and distribution of the IChessU client, a piece of software based on Jin. Both sides agree on the general outline of events, but differ in their interpretation of the GPL and its applicability.

MythTV vs Windows Media Centre: is Linux still in with a chance?

When it comes to media center software, can the Linux solutions hold up against Windows XP Media Center and the looming Vista Home Premium with MCE built-in?

Funnily enough, the answer is less to do with features and functionality and more to do with perception and corporate muscle.

Government Votes For Open Source

With growing support from policy-makers and adoption by the Department of Defense (DoD), Linux has rapidly moved beyond the curious alternative to become the platform of choice for many government agencies.

Now, with open-source adoption moving beyond the infrastructure and up to the application, solution providers that can see beyond the concept of "free" software will be in high demand.

Fedora Core 6 Test3 Released

The Fedora Project announces the third and final test release of the Fedora Core 6 development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and ppc/ppc64 architectures, including Intel based Macintosh computers. Be aware that Test releases are recommended only for Linux experts/enthusiasts or for the technology evaluation, as many parts are likely to be broken and the rate of change is rapid.

Massive desktop Linux migration kept quiet

Why has the country's biggest known desktop Linux implementation gone relatively unpublicised for so long?

This week I wrote about Kennards Hire's project to migrate its whole IT infrastructure to Linux. The project should be a milestone reference point for vendors like Novell and Sun who keep telling us Linux is ready for the desktop, despite a dearth of local customers.

Wine 0.9.21 Released

This is release 0.9.21 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. Read more for what's new in this release and download options.

Mozilla hacker responds to "611 Defects, 71 Vulnerabilities in Firefox"

A few days ago Slashdot trumpeted the headline "611 Defects, 71 Vulnerabilities Found In Firefox", based on a post by Adam Harrison who had applied his company's static code analysis tool to the Firefox code. That's not an unfair summary since Harrison's post says "The analysis resulted in 655 defects and 71 potential security vulnerabilities."

Microsoft gives go-ahead to open-source Web services

Microsoft is pledging not to assert its patents pertaining to nearly three dozen Web services specifications--a move designed to ease concerns among developers by creating a legal environment more friendly to open-source software.