See http://www.dotgnu.org for general information about DotGNU. 1. Debian packages of Portable.NET released 2. Bizplan project moves forward 3. phpGroupWare discusses issues related to GNU's boykott of GIFs 4. Reminder about the DotGNU panel at LinuxWorld Debian packages of Portable.NET released ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Andrew Mitchell has released Debian packages of DotGNU Portable.NET which are now available from http://www.dotgnu.org -- those who run Debian GNU/Linux can put this line into /etc/apt/sources.list to allow easy installation with apt-get. Packages for GNU/Hurd are also planned, but not available yet. Bizplan project moves forward ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bill Lance, who is experienced in the area of consulting to young companies in matters related to Business Plan creation, is helping the participants of the bizplan mailing list to go forward in a good, structured manner. The next step is to define the Value Proposition, from the customers point of view. As Bill wrote, "They are the ones that will be providing the cash for revenues. It has to make sense to them." phpGroupWare discusses issues related to GNU's boykott of GIFs ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Software patents are evil because because they can make it illegal to create Free Software for certain tasks. For this reason, the Free Software Foundation and the GNU project have a policy of of boykotting GIF files, because the compression algorithm which is used in most GIF files is encumbered by such a patent. This has caused some problems for the phpGroupWare project which uses graphics with transparant background, because among the graphics formats which are widely supported by web browsers, there is none that would reliably support transparent backgrounds. (The support for this in PNG graphics is not consistent enough). It would not be acceptable to cripple phpGroupWare in any way because of this boykott. Fortunately it seems that a solution has been found that allows phpGroupWare to remain part of GNU and DotGNU. Reminder about the DotGNU panel at LinuxWorld ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The LinuxWorld conference in New York City (USA) will be a good opportunity to meet many of the key people behind organizing the DotGNU effort. A special DotGNU panel will be held on January 30th at 2:30pm. The full announcement is available at http://archive.dotgnu.org/pipermail/announce/2001-November/000002.html * * * Subscription information: "This Week in DotGNU" is posted to the DotGNU developers list, to subscribe please visit http://subscribe.dotgnu.org/mailman/listinfo/developers Spanish translations are made available on a regular basis, you can subscribe at http://subscribe.dotgnu.org/mailman/listinfo/spanish Translations of "This week in DotGNU" into other languages are very welcome; please let me know about them. "This week in DotGNU" is Copyright (C) 2001 by Norbert Bollow. Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire issue is permitted in any medium or format, provided this notice is preserved. ==================================================================END.
January 21, 2002
This week in DotGNU - no 9
Author: JT Smith
This week in DotGNU - no 9 (January 19, 2002):
- Open Source