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[News] Mono-Free F-Spot Replacement Enters Ubuntu GNU/Linux

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Solang is in Ubuntu repositories now

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| Ironic announcement from Luca Falavigna to announce that Solang is now 
| included in Ubuntu Karmic Koala repositories. 


Praise the Mono and Pass the Ammo


Why Mono is a Red Herring



Hands off the Gimp

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| How to I scale an image in f-spot ? If there’s a way, I have not been able to
| find it (same for red eyes). How do I annotate an image (putting text
| somewhere) ?
| Yet people ask “Gimp is cool but.. should it belong to LiveCD?” I’ll give you
| a better question: what should belong to the LiveCD ?
| Removing GIMP from the LiveCd fully defeats the showing off purpouse of the
| LiveCd and lives you without any handy tool to perform basic manipulation on
| images. Now, it can be just me, but I can’t find anything useful in that
| regard inside Jaunty’s f-spot.


The elusive, royalty-free patent licence for Mono

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| How difficult or easy is it to obtain one of the much-touted "royalty-free,
| reasonable and non-discriminatory" licences for Microsoft patents that are
| part of a technology like Mono?
| Judging by the frequency with which references are made to such licences by
| those who back Novell vice-president Miguel de Icaza's bid to create an open
| source clone of Microsoft's .NET development environment, it's surprising
| that no-one has ever ventured to test this claim.
| The idea of trying to find out what was involved arose after reading a nearly
| nine-month old, well-written post defending the use of Mono and mocking its
| detractors. The author, Jo Shields, is a Debian developer and works for
| Oxford University.
| [...]
| He replied two days later, pointing out, "Ecma does not have anything to do
| with possible licensing of .NET. But Microsoft is one of our members, so I
| have asked them whom to contact there – if anything is needed, what I just do
| not know."
| Dr Sebestyn added: "My contact at Microsoft said that you should contact
| Peggy Moloney there, who would be able to help you."
| I wrote to Ms Moloney on April 28, asking for the same information: "I
| understand that the terms of the licences to the patents which Microsoft
| holds on the .NET development platform permit people to obtain a
| royalty-free, reasonable and non-discriminatory licence to use them. I would
| be grateful if you let me know exactly how one obtains such a licence."
| I also asked her about the variance in the terms for the licensing of
| Moonlight, a clone of Microsoft's Silverlight, using which the company hopes
| to capture the market that is dominated by Adobe's Flash. De Icaza is behind
| this project as well.
| [...]
| There's a been a deafening silence since then. There the matter stands after
| nearly a month. You would think that's a decent period for anyone to think
| things through and respond - if the intention of doing so exists.
| To me, it looks this licence is as real as the unicorn. Or maybe Santa Claus.
| I think Mono fans need to think of a fresh defence when people talk about the
| dangers of patent suits arising over this technology. The licence talk has
| worn more than a little thin.

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