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Record Labels To Sue SourceForge Open Source Project Hosting Platform

Consider this ... the stupidest example of law. From the blog post:

French record labels have received the green light to sue four US-based companies that develop P2P applications, including the BitTorrent client Vuze, Limewire and Morpheus. Shareaza is the fourth application, for which the labels are going after the open source development platform SourceForge.

By this logic they will sue hard disk manufacture companies (for providing data storage equipment) and ISPs (for transferring out P2P traffic). Putting aside the discussion on the responsibilities of application developers for their users activities, the decision to go after SourceForge for hosting a application that can potentially infringe, is stretching credibility beyond all bounds.

=> Record Labels to Sue Vuze, Limewire and SourceForge

Google Releases Android Mobile Platform As Open Source Project


Android is now open source software and available for download from official website. It is a software platform and operating system for mobile devices. It is based upon Linux kernel and developed by Google and Open Handset Alliance. Today, Google made exciting announcement - they have now released the source code for Android. There's a huge amount of code and content there, so head over to official website to grab all the details.

From the project site:

Android is the first free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform. Android offers a full stack: an operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. It also contains a rich set of APIs that allows third-party developers to develop great applications.

=> Android is now Open Source

Women in Linux, BSD and Open Source Projects

Pingdom blog has posted a list of woman open source project contributors around the world. From the blog post:

We here at Pingdom have been talking about why we don't see that many women in Open Source, and were actually about to investigate it further and possibly write a blog post about it. However, when we started to actually look around we were happily surprised. There are lots of women involved in Open Source! For some reason men just seem to stick their nose out more and put themselves in positions where they are seen (and of course there are more of them).

=> Women in Open Source

Reddit Web 2.0 Social News Website Releases Source Code

Reddit is a social news website (just like digg) on which users can post links to content on the web. Today (June 18, 2008), became an open source project. All of the code and libraries written for Reddit became freely available. Here's a quick list of the open source products that reddit is built and runs upon:

Debian, lighttpd, HAProxy, PostgreSQL, Slony-I, various python libraries, Psychopg, pylons, Solr, Tomcat, Ganglia, Mercurial, Git, gettext (translation), daemontools, and memcached

Today we're excited to announce that we're open sourcing reddit.

All reddit code is licensed under the Common Public Attribution License, which is basically the Mozilla license with a handful of changes. Specifically, the CPAL stipulates that when running reddit's code publicly, any changes to the code must be made available publicly and the site must make clear that it is running reddit code.

View Reddit code online here.

Google Removed An Open Source Project After DMCA Complaint

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law. Google has removed an open-source project that enables the proprietary CoreAVC high-definition video decoder to run under Linux operating system.

CoreAVC is a Windows codec for H.264 video developed by CoreCodec, which sells the codec in two versions, one priced at US$7.95 and another at $14.95. A Linux version is not available.

CoreAVC-for-Linux was an open-source project led by Google that developed patches which allow Linux applications, such as mplayer, to use the CoreAVC codec. A cached version of the project's Web page said video performance was the main motivation for creating Linux support for CoreAVC.

=> Google Takes Down Open-source Project After DMCA Complaint

Update [ 11:29 pm IST ] : A CoreCodec worker using the screen name BetaBoy told an internal forum last night that "The DMCA removal request and the project reinstatement was been sent to Google."

Download of the day: Asus EEEPC Linux Software Development Kit ( SDK )

Asus has launched an open-source project for its cheap ASUS Eee laptop PC . You can download SDK and start developing more applications. It is a collection of programming tools, utilities, documentation, and libraries for Asus Linux EEEPc.

From the project home page:

This is an open-source project for ASUS Eee PC series. It provides a center for the community of Eee PC users and developers, including source code, documentation and experience sharing. The project is officially supported by ASUS.

=> Download Asus EEEPC SDK [ ISO / Vmware Images - 885 megabytes)

RIP: Netscape Navigator Web browser

Netscape Navigator Logo - End of Support for Netscape web browsers

I haven't used Netscape web browser for years it's sad to see the early internet browser disappear.

Netscape Navigator, the world's first commercial Web browser and the launch pad of the Internet boom, will be pulled off life support Feb. 1 after a 13-year run. Microsoft and its Internet Explorer played a big roll in early browser war. Also lack of significant innovation paid the ultimate price. AOL officially stopped development of Netscape Navigator on 28 December 2007 and plans to continue support for the browser in the form of security updates until 2 February 2008. Afterwards, AOL will cancel support, but will allow nostalgic users to download archived versions of the browser. Also, AOL will continue to maintain the Netscape website as an ad supported Internet portal.

Netscape spawned an open-source project called Mozilla, in which developers from around the world freely contribute to writing and testing the software. Mozilla released its standalone browser, Firefox, and Netscape was never able to regain its former footing.