Software freedom day-today 20 spetember 2008

Mr. Stephen Fry , introduces you to free software and reminds you of a very special birthday.

What is Free Software? This is how gnu defines it:

Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”.

Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
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    Ubuntu 9.04 codename: Jaunty Jackalope

    As we approach the launch of Ubuntu 8.10, it’s time to create space for

    future plans, and so I’m writing to introduce you to The Jaunty Jackalope.

    Jaunty, the code name for what will most likely become Ubuntu 9.04, will

    be the focus of our efforts from November through to April next year.

    This is the message that Mark Shuttleworth sent it yesterday announcing the codename of the april 2009 Ubuntu release.
    What are some of the major goals for these release? Mark stated:

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    “Ubuntu for non-geeks”

    Ubuntu has experienced its share of success, but it’s still relatively unknown amongst non-technical people. Many aren’t aware that an open source operating system actually exists, and those who are lack the education required to move comfortably from Microsoft Windows to a Linux-based desktop. Ubuntu for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook, by Rickford Grant, introduces non-Linux users to the world of Linux and shows them how to be productive in a complete Linux environment.

    Great review by James F. Koopman.

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    Archlinux 2008.06 – “Overlord” is out!

    archlinuxA new version of the excellent Archlinux distribution was released. What is new? Here is a copy of the announcement from the Archlinux official site:


    The 2008.06 images are out. This release introduces many changes.

    – ‘base’ category is always installed
    – Use of UUIDs for persistent device naming
    – Availability of USB disk images alongside traditional ISOs
    – True live Arch installation environment
    – Inclusion of the beginner’s guide from the wiki
    – Documentation updates
    – Includes the current stable kernel,

    if you all ready use Archlinux, all you have to do for upgrading is to run the following command:

    # pacman -Syu

    If you are new to Archlinux or just want to find more about this distro read the excellent article on the Celletu’s blog. 


    Linux Mint 5 Elyssa released!

    Linux Mint logo
    In my opinion Linux Mint smells much better than Ubuntu. I had on my PC for a few months Linux Mint 3, and I liked it. But I switched to Arch Linux. This release made me think again at Linux Mint. I’m downloading it right now. I will wait to check ‘er out (and, of course, I will post my impressions).

    Here is the official anounce, from the Linux Mint Blog:

    It is with great pleasure that I officially announce the release of Linux Mint 5 Elyssa. more…