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Saturday, May 15th, 2004

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FYI for LInux users
Has anyone else heard of this? Typical of course. Hope you guys find this useful.

Flash: EU Software Patent Legislation: a real threat for Linux and Open

Mandrakesoft would like to alert all users and the software community at
large about a recent clandestine attack by proprietary interest through
covert adoption of EU Software Patent Legislation.

In direct contravention of the recent vote by the European Parliament to
curtail Software Patents, the Irish Presidency of the European Union has
surreptitiously reinstated unlimited software patent language into the
text of a statement to be adopted by the European Council of Ministers
on Monday May, 17th, without further debate!

The new text, if adopted, will extend Software Patents to every piece of
software, including computer programs, data structures, and process
descriptions. This will directly harm most software firms and all Open
Source projects unable to pay patent licensing tribute, and amounts to
an appropriation of the public domain by proprietary interests. A
direct beneficiary will be a new class of pure patent companies without
any real business or contribution to employment, which will use the
threat of litigation to extort payments.
Of note is that a sponsor of the Irish Presidency is Microsoft,
currently building a large patent portfolio. If the Software Patent
text is adopted, Microsoft may use this patent portfolio against Linux
and other Open Source projects.

Mandrakesoft would like to forewarn and mobilize its users and the
software community about the very real threat of such a law. Please
contact the media, your political representatives, and your government,
and urge them to vote against unlimited Software Patents and to revert
to the previous European Parliament position.

For further information please see the following links:

Current Mood: pissed off

Only semi-Linux related, but nevermind...

I have a Rio Karma DAP that can apparently be connected to my Linux box via Ethernet. I have an Ethernet cable that came with it that plugs into a "docking station" for the player. My box has an Ethernet card. But, simply plugging the cable from the docking station into the Ethernet port doesn't seem to do anything, and even if it did I wouldn't know how to go about using it. Do I need to buy a hub and then plug the player into that? I'd like to go as little into network configuration as it takes to get the player working; I know little to nothing about it, as you can probably tell from this post.

Current Mood: stupid
Rio Sport S30
Anybody here have this player and able to access it under Linux?

I am running SuSE 9.0 exclusively dor the last few weeks and am trying to get everything that I did under windoze to work now.


Current Mood: curious
so uh...
i am trying to install fedora on my laptop, but when the autoboot setup screen comes up, and it goes into the installation, my keyboard doesn't do anything, so when it wants to check the CD, i can't push enter to make it go...

any ideas?

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