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Free Software Foundation Europe has announced the employment of Ciaran O'Riordan on a full-time basis. This has been made possible through the success of FSFE's Fellowship campaign. Ciaran will work principally in Brussels and will focus on various issues of concern to the free software community. An example of this is the question of software patents, where he will collaborate with FFII.
Others interested in making a significant contribution to this work may be interested to learn that FSFE is recruiting for an intern.
As reported in LWN, FSF attorney Eben Moglen discussed the state of the GPL and software patents in at linux.conf.au. LWN's editor has called it one of the best talks he's seen in some time. In a related, but still relevant, article written in 2003 Moglen explained why software-controlled radios matter.
Karsten Gerloff, an intern with Free Software Foundation Europe, has been keeping a blog describing the experiences and surprises he has encountered in his new job.
Bruce Perens says too many licences deter sharing.
Who's the most famous Finn? Well, one clue: the person in question is not a racing driver.
A new version of the Advanced Bash Scripting Guide has been released. Distributed under a Free licence, and starting from basics, this guide describes through examples and practical projects how to get the most from your shell.
Red Hat has announced that it is to open source the Netscape Directory software. Retitled Red Hat Directory Server, the release of this codebase is a valuable contribution to the open and free software community.
UNESCO in Brazil has announced that it will be partnering with a collection of other governmental and non-governmental Brazilian institutions to sponsor LACFREE 2005: Latin American and Caribbean Conference on the Development and Use of Free Software. This event will take place in Recife and Olinda, Brazil, from 28th September to 1st October 2005.
A new Free Software tool, supported by the UK Local E-democracy National Project of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, has recently been announced. GroupServer aims to combine e-mail lists and web forum technologies to allow diverse individuals and groups to participate online in shared discussions. The online forums already using this software provide a good demonstration of its practical application.
The latest incarnation of the stable 2.6.x series of Linux Kernels has been made available. Linux 188.8.131.52, released on May 27th, includes a collection of fixes, constituting further minor changes to the original 2.6.11 release.
As we approach the launch of Debian's next stable release, the project has been pleased to announce the freeze of Sarge, the current testing release. What this means is that packages are now no longer being accepted into testing without hand-approval by a member of the release team. This surely points to an imminent new stable release. Certainly it would appear we can expect this to happen on a timescale of a week or two, though as always this final step will wait "until it's ready".
The Linux From Scratch project, has announced that Clearly Open has published in a hard-copy, handy reference, format the documentation required to hand-build your own GNU/Linux system. Also included in the package is a CD containing the sources you need to get started. Clearly Open Linux From Scratch V.6.0 costs $19.99 and is available from CheapBytes.
LIRC, or Linux Infrared Remote Control, has reached version 0.7.1.
GNU Ghostscript, version 8.16, has been released. This release includes bug fixes as well as improved font rendering, and significantly better PDF generation and handling.
The Libtool Team have announced the release of GNU Libtool 1.5.18. This is largely a bugfix release, available for immediate download.
Mick is LG's News Bytes Editor.
Originally hailing from Ireland, Michael is currently living in Baden,
Switzerland. There he works with ABB Corporate Research as a
Marie-Curie fellow, developing software for the simulation and design
of electrical power-systems equipment.
Before this, Michael worked as a lecturer in the Department of
Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin; the same
institution that awarded him his PhD. The topic of this PhD research
was the use of Lamb waves in nondestructive testing. GNU/Linux has
been very useful in his past work, and Michael has a strong interest
in applying free software solutions to other problems in engineering.
Before this, Michael worked as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin; the same institution that awarded him his PhD. The topic of this PhD research was the use of Lamb waves in nondestructive testing. GNU/Linux has been very useful in his past work, and Michael has a strong interest in applying free software solutions to other problems in engineering.