U.S. Courts: New Criteria for Software Patents

Nov 05, 2008

A current U.S. court case would make it harder for software patent trolls to file for dubious patents and make legal claims based on existing ones.

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Making Money With Free Software

Nov 05, 2008

A competition to design the new 5 euro commemorative coin, set by the Dutch Ministry of Finance, has been won by Stani Michiels, the Belgian artist and free software developer. His winning design, developed entirely with free software, has now been realized and is a legal coin in Holland.

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Stopgap: ClamAV 0.94.1 Fixes Errors

Nov 04, 2008

Free antivirus toolkit ClamAV released a stopgap version 0.94.1 to fix a number of bugs, but also to provide a new feature.

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GNU FDL Version 1.3 Improves Compatibility

Nov 04, 2008

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released version 1.3 of its GNU Free Documentation License improving compatibility with certain Creative Commons licenses.

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Microsoft Works on PHP and Open Source

Oct 27, 2008

Microsoft Corporation has opened an Open Source Interop Technology Center near Munich, Germany that should promote open source software on Windows and improve the relationship of its products with the free software community.

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Ubuntu 8.10 Release Imminent

Oct 24, 2008

The pending release of Ubuntu 8.10 was announced by Steve Langasek last night. The Ubuntu team is confident the latest candidate, codenamed Intrepid Ibex, is stable enough to be used without risk.

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EU Commission: Open Bids Favor Proprietary Software

Oct 22, 2008

In a recent report of the European Union's IDABC agency, numerous software tenders in Europe run against regulations in that they favor proprietary software. If it were up to the IDABC, the tendering organizations would be liable for these practices.

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OOXML Documentation: ISO Concerned

Oct 08, 2008

The International Standards Organization (ISO) is up in arms over the fact that documentation for Microsoft's OOXML data format is now publicly available on the Internet. Meanwhile, ISO members are nervously watching IBM's behavior in the standardization process.

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