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  • Quake IV has gone gold!
    10/05/2005 12:15PM
    As reported on LinuxGames.com:

    "The long awaited sequel to QUAKE II, QUAKE 4 enlists gamers in the role of Matthew Kane, a member of the Earth Defense Force's legendary Rhino Squad, to penetrate deep into the heart of the Strogg war machine and engage in a series of heroic missions to destroy the barbaric alien race. "On October 18, QUAKE is dialing it up to 4.0 on the Richter Scale with this new chapter in Earth's war against the Strogg," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. "Fusing an epic war-story driven single player campaign, and fast-paced QUAKE III Arena inspired multiplayer, QUAKE 4 delivers a gaming experience fans will be raving about for years."

    See the article and comments on LinuxGames.com.

  • Battle for Wesnoth 1.0 Released!
    10/04/2005 3:12PM
    Ryan and my favorite game, Battle for Wesnoth, has just reached 1.0.

    See the Battle for Wesnoth homepage.
  • Exercise found to help IBS symptoms in the obese and possibly others.
    10/04/2005 11:55AM
    As reported in Science Daily:

    "While the study's authors note their results are only applicable to those considered obese, the implications may be useful for all sufferers of GI dysfunction."

    You can read the full article here.

    In my own case, despite being far from obese, exercise and other physical activity does seem to help IBS symptoms significantly.
  • Climate Change More Rapid Than Ever
    10/03/2005 11:26AM
    According to a site I've recently started reading, Science Daily:

    "Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology presented on Thursday, September 29, their first model calculations for the future of the climate. According to the calculations, in the next 100 years, the climate will change more than ever. Given particular conditions, it is expected that the sea ice in the North Pole region will completely melt in the summer. Extreme weather events in Europe will increase in frequency and strength."

    You can read the full article here.

  • GPL 3 May Force Services to Release Source Code
    09/30/2005 10:01AM
    Richard Stallman discusses the possibility that GPL version 3, as yet to be released, will force web companies that base their services on GPL software to release the source code:

    The article can be read at ZDNet.

    How bad this will be will depend on the "linking" clauses. If, for web application software, the GPL only applies to code "linked" to GPL code, then this makes sense.

    However, if they modify the GPL such that the "linking" clause meaning is extended to mean "use in a more general sense" then this could kill Linux pretty much over night.

    Consider the two scenarios. The first is you use some GPL libraries or code directly in your own web service like a GPL'd htmleditor control. In GPL 2 you do not have to release your code since you are not distributing it. In GPL 3 you would have to release the code because it "uses" GPL code.

    However, in the second scenario, if the meaning of "use" (or "link") is extended, then you might be forced to release any code you run under Linux as a service because Linux is licensed under the GPL.

    I doubt the second scenario would come to pass. It would make free software virtually impossible to adopt for anyone except hobbyists.