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RMS Views on Linux, Java, DRM and Opensource

gspr Free Java (546 comments)

While RMS of course is right that the free Java implementations out there don't yet implement all of Sun's features, things are REALLY beginning to look bright lately! The GNU Classpath project, which can be used with free VMs such as JamVM now even include most of Swing and AWT. For those that prefer working in a familiar environment, the version of GCJ that shipped with GCC 4.1.0 introduced a new enough (late-2005, I believe) checkout of the GNU Classpath that most of Swing and AWT were available.
When I started a mandatory course in Java at my university this semester, I was really demotivated by the fact that I would have to develop on a non-free and also unfamiliar platform. Then I discovered GCJ, and I was able to live in a free and familiar world of using the GNU toolchain for everything. Midway through the semester, we started using Swing, and I thought I had reached the end of how far free software could take me. But lo and behold, GCC 4.1 was released at the right moment. What I'm trying to say is: For those of you who want a free Java platform, you really should investigate what's new in the GCJ that ships with GCC 4.1. Or if speed isn't the most important thing to you, an even more feature-complete free Java can be obtained by using a recent GNU Classpath with a free VM such as JamVM.

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Norwegian govt. data freely available from 2011

gspr gspr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gspr (602968) writes "The Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs (a real chimera), today announced (English) that it will begin forcing government agencies to provide data "that is valuable to the society, that can be reused, that is not confidential or bound by other regulations prohibiting release, and that is presumed to be inexpensive to publish" under a CC-like license (Norwegian, Google translation) starting in 2011."
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GOG.com not really gone

gspr gspr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gspr (602968) writes "On Sunday, Slashdot and many others reported that DRM-free games site GOG.com was shutting down. Now the site is back, revealing that it was all a hoax: "Now it's time we put an end to all the speculations once and for all. It’s true that we decided that we couldn't keep GOG.com the way it was so we won’t. As you probably know by now, GOG.com is entering its new era with an end of the two-years beta stage and we're launching a brand new GOG.com with new, huge releases." So it was all an advertising stunt."

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