Friday, January 05, 2007

2006 Linux and Free Software timeline

2006 was a year in which I got more involved with Free Software. I'm checking out the article The 2006 Linux and free software timeline and here are some notable highlights.

The first GPLv3 draft is released which contains provisions for DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) and software patents.

The Ubuntu "Dapper Drake" release is delayed six weeks to make way for its first LTS (Long Term Support) release.

Fedora Core 5 is released and is the release where I switched to using Fedora on my work computer and personal notebook.

Oracle rebrands RHEL... Much hype, not a lot of substance.

Fedora Core 6 is released.. I upgrade my work machine and laptop.

Novell and Microsoft shake hands of cross-licensing of patents. Novell then says a lot of stuff. Their latest term is calling them selves a 'mixed-source' company.

Sun announces it plans to release Java under the... GPL! Wow!

Some quotes:

"Linus Torvalds never supported the Free Software movement. He sort of accidentally drifted into making a contribution to the Free Software community, but not because he ever supported our goals. And so he has actually said that he is against our aims of defending freedom for all users. What can you do?" rms on Linus's vocal objections to GPLv3

US Federal Judge John Daniel Tinder, dismissed the Sherman Act antitrust claims brought against the Free Software Foundation: "[The GPL] acts as a means by which certain software may be copied, modified and redistributed without violating the software's copyright protection. As such, the GPL encourages, rather than discourages, free competition and the distribution of computer operating systems, the benefits of which directly pass to consumers. These benefits include lower prices, better access and more innovation."

"I'll have that son of a bitch eating out of dumpsters in less than two years" allegedly Steve Baller referring to Red Hat, CEO, Matt Sluzik