ajdlinux (913987) writes "For the first time since World War II, Australia has a hung parliament. The future of the Government now lies in the hands of the five independent and Green MPs, who will decide over the next few days which party they will back to form the next government. The Labor Party's National Broadband Network is now in doubt, but it at least seems the internet filter won't go ahead now that the Greens have the balance of power in the Senate." Link to Original Source top
ajdlinux writes "Most national copyright laws include a provision known as 'legal deposit', which require publishers to send copies of published works to various government or academic libraries for preservation and future public access. I was thinking about this a few weeks ago, when it struck me that computer software is generally not covered by such provisions. Software often goes 'out of print' much quicker than books, and with proprietary source code it seems a lot of historic software is lost forever. I wrote a quick piece on my blog proposing a legal deposit system for software, which would archive source code, binaries and documentation permanently for future study. Political issues aside, would such a system would be useful?" Link to Original Source top
ajdlinux (913987) writes "Members of the Australian comedy group The Chaser were arrested today after attempting to breach security at the APEC Leaders Conference in Sydney. Chas Licciardello and Julian Morrow were arrested, along with nine crew members, just a short distance away from the InterContinental Hotel where President Bush is staying, having already cleared one police checkpoint disguised as a Canadian motorcade. ""No particular reason we chose Canada," said Taylor. "We just thought they'd be a country who the cops wouldn't scrutinise too closely, and who feasibly would only have three cars in their motorcade — as opposed to the 20 or so gas guzzlers that Bush has brought with him."" More coverage at the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC." Link to Original Source top
ajdlinux writes "The release schedule for the next major version of KDE has just been finalised. The schedule is available on KDE TechBase and is aiming for a full feature freeze by June and release towards the end of October. But will they be able to stick to it?" top
ajdlinux writes "Andreas Barth officially announced that Debian's testing distribution, 'Etch', to be released as 4.0, has now frozen, somewhat behind schedule (the original release date was intended for December 4.) Judging by previous releases, I would guess that Etch will be released within two months — what do you think?" top
ajdlinux writes "The KOffice Project, KDE's competitor to OpenOffice, has announced the release of version 1.6. This new release is mainly intended as a feature release for their newest applications, the raster graphics app Krita and the database program Kexi. It includes new features such as fully data-aware forms and image handling for Kexi, effect layers and full scriptability for Krita, and a greatly improved version of the project management app KPlato. A full list of changes is available as are the downloads." top
ajdlinux writes "ReactOS has been around for 10 years and to celebrate the developers have released ReactOS 0.3.0. After a long development stage 0.3.0 has quite a few new features including the long-awaited networking and many bugfixes. A more comprehensive changelog is available here and downloads from here."