Thursday, April 1, 2010 GNU-Darwin Distribution: News

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  • Apple Sued for iPhone Bricking

    Hate to say I told you so...

    I'm a little behind in my reading, so it is doubtful that any of you
    haven't heard of this lawsuit. This lawsuit clearly has more merits
    than its critics claim, IMHO. If any of you know of disgruntled iPhone
    users, let's see if they will pile on.

    Also, we need to be ready in case Apple seeks legislative relief,
    which we would vociferously oppose obviously.


    2007-11-30 16:33:24 GMT by proclus

  • GNU-Darwin to support Iraq moratorium

    Welcome to my black Friday activity ;-}. I think that it is time for
    GNU-Darwin to support the Iraq war moratorium, which we ourselves
    called for. There is now an organized effort, which is a lovely
    development indeed. Check it out.

    The Tools link is especially helpful. The next moratorium day is
    December 21, third Friday as always. If you read the website, you will
    discover the reason for choosing the 3rd Friday is quite meaningful.
    Personally, I have been black shirting every Friday and Monday for a
    couple of years, but I am thinking of doing more. Opposition to the
    war is now apparently nearly total where I work, so taking off time may
    be a dubious effort or even counter productive to the anti-war effort.
    Some of you may remember the Hopkins study from earlier this year.

    Contrary to some opinions, this study is far from repudiated or wrong.
    In fact the number of dead Iraqis, killed due to US activities, is
    probably now far higher, approaching 1 million, due to the surge in
    violence and aggression. That may exceed the murderousness of even
    Saddam Hussein himself.

    I am impressed with x12 logo. It is to help scale the harm that is
    being done in Iraq to an equivalent level in the US. Multiply the
    Iraqi deaths and casualties by about 12 to understand what they mean in
    US terms, because the US population is about 12 times that of Iraq. It
    is time to put a stop to the horrendous activities of the occupier

    GNU-Darwin support of the moratorium would mean redirecting our home
    page to the moratorium page every 3rd Friday. I am definitely for it.


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    2007-11-30 16:32:30 GMT by proclus

  • GNU-Darwin OS on a Via CPU

    I managed to get Darwin-6 and 7 booting from the CD-R on this Via CPU . The case has a pretty small footprint, and the price is nice.

    I did not install, because I needed this machine as a gigabit file server, and the dual ethernet ports won't work with Darwin at this time. It is likely that the machine will work fine with Darwin in slightly different configuration. Change the hard drive to IDE, and connect it to the same bus as the disc burner. Use the riser that is provided to attach a Darwin compatible ethernet card. Done. Cheers!

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    2007-11-14 00:25:21 GMT by proclus

  • Apple's Darwin OS still unfree and unusable

    Looks like Darwin-9 is on the Apple website. Hopefully more to come.

    There is a notable excitement about Darwin OS at this time, probably
    due to the fact that the iPhone platform is opening up to the hackers,
    among other things. Cheers!

    I noticed that no binary release is planned, probably due to Apple's
    unwillingness to release the binary drivers to the Darwin community at this
    time. The reasons for this are left as an exercise for the user.

    Of course the OS is unusable without the software that is being left
    out, and from our perspective, the missing Darwin source code. The
    path ahead of us is clear ;-}.

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    2007-11-05 23:59:00 GMT by proclus

  • iPhone restricts users, GPLv3 frees them

    I thought that this message from GNU info list deserved wider distribution.


    From: Peter Brown <>
    Subject: iPhone restricts users, GPLv3 frees them
    Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 18:28:38 -0400

    iPhone restricts users, GPLv3 frees them

    BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, June 28, 2007 -- On Friday, June
    29, not everyone in the continental U.S. will be waiting in line to
    purchase a $500 iPhone. In fact, hundreds of thousands of digital
    aficionados around the globe won't be standing in line at all, for June
    29 marks the release of version 3 of the GNU General Public License
    (GPL). Version 2 of the GPL governs the world's largest body of free
    software -- software that is radically reshaping the industry and
    threatening the proprietary technology model represented by the iPhone.

    The author of the the GPL is Professor Richard M. Stallman, president
    and founder of the Free Software Foundation, and creator of the GNU
    Project. With his first revision of the license in sixteen years,
    version 3 of the GPL fights the most recent attempts to take the freedom
    out of free software -- most notably, version 3 attacks "Tivoization" --
    and that could be a problem for Apple and the iPhone.

    Now, from China to India, from Venezuela to Brazil, from Tivos to cell
    phones: Free software is everywhere and it is slowly building a
    worldwide movement of users demanding that they have control over the
    computers and electronic devices they own.

    Tivoization and the iPhone?

    "Tivoization" is a term coined by the FSF to describe devices that are
    built with free software, but that use technical measures to prevent the
    user from making modifications to the software -- a fundamental freedom
    for free software users -- and an attack on free software that the GPLv3
    will put a stop to.

    The iPhone is leaving people questioning: Does it contain GPLed
    software? What impact will the GPLv3 have on the long-term prospects for
    devices like the iPhone that are built to keep their owners frustrated?

    Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF said, "Tomorrow, Steve Jobs
    and Apple release a product crippled with proprietary software and
    digital restrictions: crippled, because a device that isn't under the
    control of its owner works against the interests of its owner. We know
    that Apple has built its operating system, OS X, and its web browser
    Safari, using GPL-covered work -- it will be interesting to see to what
    extent the iPhone uses GPLed software."

    The GNU GPL version 3 will be released at 12:00pm (EDT) -- six hours
    before the release of the iPhone -- bringing to a close eighteen months
    of public outreach and comment, in revision of the world's most popular
    free software license.


    About the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL)
    The GNU GPL is the most widely used free software license worldwide:
    almost three quarters of all free software packages are distributed
    under this license. It is not, however, the only free software license.

    Richard Stallman wrote the version 1 and 2 of the GNU GPL with legal
    advice from Perkins, Smith & Cohen. Version 1 was released in 1989, and
    version 2 in 1991. Since 1991, free software use has increased
    tremendously, and computing practices have changed, introducing new
    opportunities and new threats. In 2005, Stallman began revising the GPL
    for version 3. In January 2006, the FSF began a systematic process of
    public review and feedback, with legal advice and organizational support
    from the Software Freedom Law Center.

    About the GNU Operating System and Linux
    Richard Stallman announced in September 1983 the plan to develop a free
    software Unix-like operating system called GNU. GNU is the only
    operating system developed specifically for the sake of users' freedom.

    In 1992, the essential components of GNU were complete, except for one,
    the kernel. When in 1992 the kernel Linux was re-released under the GNU
    GPL, making it free software, the combination of GNU and Linux formed a
    complete free operating system, which made it possible for the first
    time to run a PC without non-free software. This combination is the
    GNU/Linux system. For more explanation, see

    The GNU GPL is used by developers with various views, but it was written
    to serve the ethical goals of the free software movement. Says Stallman,
    "The GNU GPL makes sense in terms of its purpose: freedom and social
    solidarity. Trying to understand it in terms of the goals and values of
    open source is like trying understand a CD drive's retractable drawer as
    a cupholder. You can use it for that, but that is not what it was
    designed for."

    About The Free Software Foundation
    The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting
    computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute
    computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as
    in freedom) software???particularly the GNU operating system and its
    GNU/Linux variants???and free documentation for free software. The FSF
    also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of
    freedom in the use of software. Its Web site, located at, is
    an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support
    the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters
    are in Boston, MA, USA.

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    2007-06-29 18:02:00 GMT by proclus

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