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VMware's GPL violation case rolls into German court

Proceedings have begun in the German case probing whether VMware's ESXi is in violation of the Gnu Public Licence The case emerged last March, when ace kernel developer Christoph Hellwig alleged that ESXi hypervisor has pinched parts of the code he wrote for the Linux kernel. That's a big no-no under version 2 of the GPL. So …
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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

Linus Torvalds has loosed Linux 4.2-rc1 upon a waiting world, and rates it the biggest release candidate ever in terms of the volume of new code it contains. The Linux Lord writes that “if you count the size in pure number of lines changed, this really seems to be the biggest rc we've ever had, with over a million lines added …
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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

Linus Torvalds has decided it's time for version 4.0 of the Linux kernel. The Linux lord has been wondering about Linux kernel release numbering for a while, notably in a Google+ post last week. He now seems to have taken the plunge, by declaring that the version of the kernel he's working in is “Linux 4.0-rc1” in this post …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2015
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Linux kernel dev has gone well and truly corporate – report

The Linux kernel is growing and changing faster than ever, but its development is increasingly being supported by a select group of companies, rather than by volunteer developers. That's according to the latest survey of Linux kernel of development by the Linux Foundation, which it published to coincide with the kickoff of …
Neil McAllister, 18 Feb 2015
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Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor

After making headlines with its unexpectedly voluminous contributions to the Linux kernel in 2012, Microsoft has all but disappeared from the Linux development scene, according the latest report from the Linux Foundation. The last edition of the Foundation's annual Linux kernel development report saw Microsoft break into the …
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2013
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Google's Android code deleted from Linux kernel

After removing Google's Android driver code from the Linux kernel, Novell Fellow and Linux developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has argued that the mobile OS is incompatible with the project's main tree. Kroah-Hartman deleted the Android drivers on December 11 - Android code is no more as of version 2.6.33 of the kernel release - and …
Cade Metz, 3 Feb 2010
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Blubber-wrapped Linux kernel 2.6.30 hits the decks

A new version of the Linux kernel has been unleashed, 2.6.30 — dubbed "Man-Eating Seals of Antiquity" — just three months on from Linus Torvalds’s previous release. The latest Linux kernel sped through eight release candidates before it landed yesterday. "I'm sure we've missed something, and I know we have some regressions …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jun 2009
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Buffer overflow bug bites Linux wireless component

A security flaw involving a wireless driver poses a severe risk for Linux-based systems. The buffer overflow bug in NDISwrapper's Windows Wi-Fi driver kicks in when a long Extended Service Set Identifier (ESSID) is processed. The flaw could be used to crash vulnerable systems. In certain conditions, it might even be possible …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2008
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What is a Linux distro worth?

Here's a thought experiment proposed by the Linux Foundation today: If you had to start from scratch, what would it cost to create a Linux distribution? The short answer is: about $1.4bn for the Linux kernel and about $10.8bn for the Red Hat Fedora 9 development release, the latest one out this summer. Because Linux is an …
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Red Hat buys Qumranet, sidesteps Microsoft

Red Hat has bought Qumranet, the company behind KVM virtualisation technology, for about $107m in cash. The acquisition means open source software giant Red Hat will be able to offer a virtualised platform to Windows desktop customers without having to play nice with Microsoft. Qumranet birthed SolidICE, the firm's take on …
Kelly Fiveash, 4 Sep 2008
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Torvalds brands Digg users 'W*nking Walruses'

Linus Torvalds used his latest missive to the Linux Kernel mailing list to have a go at innocent Digg users - all in the name of getting the email more widely read, of course. At the end of the message detailing merge requests, Torvalds wrote: "PS. And to get wider distribution for this message: Digg users - you're all a bunch …
John Oates, 18 Jul 2008
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HP throws Tru64 code to Linux fanciers

Hewlett-Packard plans to make its Tru64 Unix Advanced File System available to the open source community. The tech giant said today that Linux can adopt AdvFS source code under version two of the open source General Public License (GPL). The file system was first developed in 1991 for business customers using Digital …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jun 2008
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OpenSUSE 10.3 opens for business

Another day, another Linux distro point revision. Honours this time go to OpenSUSE, available now in version 10.3 for free download at www.opensuse.org. You can also buy this open source operating system, which is based on Linux kernel 2.6.22, from some retailers and at shopnovell.com for $59.95 in real money. Or, rather, you …
Drew Cullen, 4 Oct 2007
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On Microsoft's feeble Fortune-based nastygram to Red Hat

Comment Microsoft has lost its guts. Maybe they're on the floor of Bill Gates's "think week" cabin. Chairman Gates owned a steel sack once upon a time. You all remember the missive deriding computer hobbyists as software stealing criminals. "I would appreciate letters from any one who wants to pay up, or has a suggestion or comment," …
Ashlee Vance, 14 May 2007
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Black Duck floats GPL 3 safety line

Black Duck software today announces the latest edition of its license sniffing software, primed and ready for General Public License Version 3.0. The company next month launches protexIP 4.3, updating its interface and underlying knowledge base to help developers find and compare code in products they are building, which is …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Mar 2007
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Management 'scared' by open source

EclipseCon Fear is stalking the corridors of corporate power, as executives sweat over the legal exposure caused by developers using open source software. And the suits are resorting to play-it-safe legal advice and draconian management techniques in a vain attempt to stop open source crossing their frontier. Tactics include blocking …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Mar 2007
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SCO bloodhounds search for Groklaw author

The sequel to the 2005 Linux mystery thriller concerning the identity of the Groklaw blogger going by the name Pamela Jones has hit the street, and despite some fresh intrigue, it's as rough a slog as the original. Since splashing into the blogosphere in 2003, the author has written some 3,000 articles, the vast majority of …
Dan Goodin, 15 Feb 2007

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