richlv (778496) writes "The popular terminal IRC client Irssi was stagnating. To change this, development team is moving to GitHub. This should make contributing easier and hopefully improvements will happen at a faster rate. Irssi website is currently down, but Google cache shows last release candidate out in 2013-09-15, with last stable release following on 2014-05-29, 8 months later. Move to GitHub includes scripts that extend Irssi functionality. Note that the team has decided not to migrate bugreports — if you are experiencing any problems, that should be reported in the GitHub issue tracker." top
richlv (778496) writes "In the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, government is attacking pro-European Union protests. When armoured vehicles got involved, protesters provided a practical demonstration on how to set one on fire. If you have an experience with a practical struggle against an oppressive government, the good people of Ukraine could benefit from it." Link to Original Source top
Latvian Police Raids Teacher's Home for Copyright Infringement
richlv (778496) writes "When Nokia released N9, many in the technical circles got it (unless they loved their N900 much more). In Latvia, it was available for purchase in late November 2011, which was when I got one as well. Unfortunately, it got damaged pretty badly in a traffic accident, and I wanted to get a new one. Turns out, the operator that I got N9 from does not carry them anymore. If N9 was available from operators in your region at all, can you still get it? Is the lack of N9 on the marketplace a reason for Lumias to increase marketshare relative to N9?" top
richlv (778496) writes "The raising underdog of opensource monitoring solutions, Zabbix, has just released a major update, labeled 2.0. Don't let the version number fool you, Zabbix has been around for more than 11 years now. 2.0 brings lots of new features, including low level discovery, direct JMX monitoring, automatic inventory data collection, multihomed host support and lots, lots more. Oh, and it drops MSIE6 support. Disclaimer: I'm involved with Zabbix development" Link to Original Source top
richlv (778496) writes "With the devastating earthquake Haiti capital experienced, people there — especially recovery teams — would benefit from precise, up-to-date maps more than ever. Luckily, a high-resolution satellite image from GeoEye has been provided, which allows the previously discussed free map project OpenStreetMap to use it for mapping. This has resulted in a project to map current state of the city, including collapsed bridges, spontaneous camps and other features. You can follow the state of mapping efforts at the map itself, or help with mapping." top
richlv (778496) writes "After a slight delay, OpenWRT GUI contest finalists have been announced. Four entries will have to be polished and final versions submitted until September 1, 2009. It looks like as per contest rules, all four already are entitled to $10,000 each, while the winner will receive $160,000. You can also take a look at the screenshots from one of the finalists." top
richlv (778496) writes "On July 31st 2008, it was suggested that an opensource monitoring solution, Zabbix, was modified and sold as another product — Firescope. Some of the modifications were quite nasty, for example, ripping out 'Zabbix' from source files and replacing it with 'Firescope' so it read "SIA Firescope" (SIA being Latvian for Ltd. or GmbH). Zabbix authors tried to negotiate, but the attempts failed. As a result, Zabbix community members tried to rise awareness on Digg and Slashdot, where multiple comments, defending Firescope, were added by few newly created user accounts that haven't been used to post on any other story since then. One of the accounts was registered under the name "M Lynd", with the president of Firescope being Mark Lynd.
Additionally, Wikipedia entry on the copyright dispute was deleted by an anonymous user, coming from IP range registered to FIRESCOPE INC.
Zabbix developers have again asked for help, so maybe Slashdot readers can educate Firescope clients that they are being sold a product that violates copyright. Let's see, will Mark use his old accounts, register several new or post anonymously this time?" top
richlv (778496) writes "Quite popular Unix console file manager, Midnight Commander, experienced a stall for last few years. Most distributions (including the conservative Slackware) shipped patched packages or snapshots. Despite that, everybody had a favourite bug or two — either inability to specify ssh connection port, or problems with interrupted FTP sessions. Or maybe copying of larger datasets. Or maybe the infamous 'shell is still active' message, that often brought unexpected changes of current directory with it. Whatever it was, we either cursed it every time, or learned to live with it. It seems that finally something many were waiting for has happened — there's some activity on mc development. Check out the new homepage, and let's hope revival is both healthy and lengthy." top
If you don't know FAAD, it's a library used for decoding AAC streams, used by many Free Software projects like MPlayer, FFmpeg, xine, VLC and others too. Ahead/Nero (the company behind FAAD) used GPL as base license, but adding an advertising clause that is by all means incompatible with GPL, which disallows using newer versions of the library in GPL-licensed projects, while the GPL requirements disallow using the library for more shallow-licensed projects.