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Gustavo's post led to an interesting short discussion with yours truly. Is the availability of a free computing environment an undeclared human right, or is it merely a necessity for preserving human rights in today's society? Splitting of hairs, writing of words Smiling .

In our earlier article, "Facts and Friction on Open Source and Free Software" we have explained where "Open Source" is coming from and what is its relation to Free Software and the Free Software Foundation that represents it. One of the points made was that the term Open Source deliberately de-emphasized a certain aspect of what defines Free Software as originally specified by the FSF in order to make Free Software, albeit under the new term, better appeal to the business world.

Free Software on Dell

Only few months ago it may have seemed incredible, and now that it has happened we are left in almost a dreamy state wondering what exactly just happened. There has been a controversy regarding Dell's offering of GNU/Linux (Ubuntu) on their machines being too little, too late, too focused on enthusiast market instead of general market, but it can't be denied, despite everything, that this is a move in the right direction and that it leaves a lot of hope that the long expected surge of desktop GNU/Linux is about to be happening soon.

Have a look at LINA. It's a really clever idea - it solves the same problem as Java tries to solve: making all operating systems equivalent using a virtual machine so developers won't have to support multiple platforms. But there's a difference: LINA doesn't require the developer to work with different tools than he is used to, such as the Java compiler, because LINA is linux. Also, there will be a large amount of software available for it from the start, again because LINA is linux.

Sun Microsystems Inc.A long coming interview between the Libervis Community and Sun Microsystems representative is finally here. We have asked Patrick Finch, the leader of the OpenSolaris Content project and one of the guys working on FLOSS within the company, questions which we believe might be of interest to anyone who uses or values Free Software.