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Seasons Greetings!

I'd like to send my warmest holiday wishes to all my readers around the globe.

Also, I'd like to thank you for your support and wish to every one a wonderful new year full of great things, success and more freedom using Linux and open source technologies.

Happy Birthday To GNU

GNU is a computer operating system composed entirely of free software. According to wikipedia:

The plan for the GNU operating system was publicly announced on September 27, 1983, on the net.unix-wizards and net.usoft newsgroups by Richard Stallman. Software development began on January 5, 1984, when Stallman quit his job at Massachusetts Institute of Technology so that they could not claim ownership or interfere with distributing GNU as free software.

FSF has started its month long celebration of the anniversary by publishing Happy Birthday to GNU film:

(Video.01: Freedom Fry — "Happy birthday to GNU" - short film by Stephen Fry)

I am looking forward to another 25 years!

5 Reasons To Avoid Apple iPhone 3G

Free software foundation (GNU project) has published a list of 5 reasons to avoid Apple iPhone 3G. According to article Apple puts so many restrictions on you including privacy and DRM limitations:

[1] iPhone completely blocks free software. Developers must pay a tax to Apple, who becomes the sole authority over what can and can't be on everyone's phones.

[2] iPhone endorses and supports Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology.

[3] iPhone exposes your whereabouts and provides ways for others to track you without your knowledge.

[4] iPhone won't play patent- and DRM-free formats like Ogg Vorbis and Theora.

[5] iPhone is not the only option. There are better alternatives on the horizon that respect your freedom, don't spy on you, play free media formats, and let you use free software -- like the FreeRunner.

=> 5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G

Update: Checkout Top 10 reasons to hate the iPhone 3G (thanks pushpraj)

Richard Stallman Attacks On Proprietary Software Vendors

Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation published an interesting article on BBC news website. From the article:

To pay so much attention to Bill Gates' retirement is missing the point. What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers. But Gates didn't invent proprietary software, and thousands of other companies do the same thing. It's wrong, no matter who does it.

Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, and the rest, offer you software that gives them power over you. A change in executives or companies is not important. What we need to change is this system.

That's what the free software movement is all about. "Free" refers to freedom: we write and publish software that users are free to share and modify.

=> It's not the Gates, it's the bars

2007: Season’s Greetings!

nixCraft wishes our readers and families a very happy holiday season!

I'd like to thank you for your support and wish you a happy year ahead in 2008!

Merry Christmas, from the nixCraft!
( Merry Christmas, from the nixCraft! [Image credit - copied from personal email])

Also, I'd like wish to every one a wonderful new year full of great things, success and more freedom using Linux and open source technologies.

-- Vivek Gite, Linux Evangelist.

Notes from a freed.in ~ FOSS conference in New Delhi with videos

I missed FOSS conference in New Delhi ~ over 700 people, two days of sheer fun, excitement and lots of FOSS :( I was in Chennai.. anyway freed.in is the leading community event in the Indian sub-continent and the developing world, promoting freedom in technology, software and other related fields, and personal privacy. The annual event makes free and open source software more visible to the world, and shares its excitement with everybody. freed.in helps nurture the community and enables networking within and outside the community in a fun environment. The event strives towards seeding of new projects.

Mayank Sharma has posted news and videos here.

Happy 8th Birthday, OpenSSH!

OpenSSH is most prominent implementation of the SSH protocol. I can’t imagine my life without OpenSSH. Almost all of my devices / server / network equipment such as routers and tiny embedded device has OpenSSH these days.
Happy 8th Birthday, OpenSSH! - Logo
From OpenBSD journal:

Eight years ago today, Sept 26 1999, Theo de Raadt committed the initial source code for OpenSSH to the OpenBSD repository. The code was a fork of Björn Grönvall's OSSH, which was derived from an early version of the increasingly "less free" ssh from Tatu Ylönen.