Blender compared to other major 3D Applications

Recently TDT 3D published a comparison of the major 3D digital content creation applications such as Maya, 3DS Max, and XSI, and of course Blender. Blender came out surprisingly well, although it definitely still has some weaknesses. Here’s what TDT 3D had to say about Blender “A good all around application first for freelance. Blender ...

GPLv2 and GPLv3 for beginners

Do you find open source licenses a puzzle? Does reading stories about the legal side of open source give you the heebie-jeebies? If so, then we have the document for you. A couple of years ago, I was bemoaning the fact that I’d gone from writing about technology to the law. Lord knows I hadn’t ...

First Ubuntu 7.10 (‘Gutsy Gibbon’) beta arrives 1

Ubuntu fans rejoice! The first beta of the next Ubuntu 7.10, aka “Gutsy Gibbon,” arrived on Sept. 27, complete with corresponding releases of its variants: Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu desktop editions, as well as a server edition. Gutsy Gibbon continues Ubuntu‘s tradition of combining its own code with Debian, by integrating the latest and greatest ...

Google Goes After Open Source Licensing Cruft

Google has secret plans to put out its own open source software license, according to this story in The Register. Apparently, Google’s efforts will center around developing a simplified open source license that makes it easier for developers to stay “within the spirit” of the license in addition to the law. Chris DiBona at Google ...

Novell Relaunches Linux Driver Project

Novell have relaunched the Linux Driver Project by dedicating well-known kernel developer Greg KH to work on the project full-time. Greg KH writes: ‘My employer, Novell, has modified my position to now allow me to work full time on this project. Namely getting more new Linux kernel drivers written, for free, for any company that ...

Washington State LUG to Hold “Nerd Auction”

As part of a PR stunt, a Washington Linux user group is holding a “Nerd Auction” and appealing to local sororities to exchange dates and makeover advice for their computer skills and homework assistance. ‘The problem is that we’re all still nerds. Let’s face it, guys. If anyone’s going to bid on us, we’ll need ...

Novell Linux Business Shot Up Since Microsoft Deal

Novell’s Linux business has soared 243 percent since last November when the company signed its controversial deal with Microsoft. “The affect on sales year over year, for Novell’s first three quarters of our fiscal year, which ends Oct. 31 — our Linux business was up 243 percent year over year,” said Justin Steinman, director of ...

Linux crashes the mobile party

Very few people lie awake at night fretting over their choice of mobile operating system. In fact, very few people even know what operating system their handset uses. Yet, despite this (probably healthy) level of ignorance, a quiet revolution is taking place in the mobile industry. Linux, the platform of choice for servers and geekier ...

GPL Lawsuit May Not Settle

Contrary to previous reports, it would seem the lawsuit against Monsoon Multimedia for violating the GNU General Public License (GPL) in its distribution of BusyBox may not be headed for a quick settlement. Nor will the settlement necessarily be out-of-court. Yesterday, Monsoon issued a news release that announced that the company was in “settlement negotiations ...

First US GPL Lawsuit Heads For Quick Settlement 1

The first U.S. GPL-related lawsuit appears to be headed for a quick out-of-court settlement. Monsoon Multimedia admitted today that it had violated the GPLv2 (GNU General Public License version 2), and said it will release its modified BusyBox code in full compliance with the license. Monsoon Multimedia has stated that it is currently in settlement ...