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Buffer overflow: TomTom joins OSS patent group, free Blender book, Chrome for Linux, Ubuntu end of life

By   |  March 24, 2009

TomTom, the GPS maker being sued by Microsoft, has joined an open source patent collective that have pooled their patents in an effort to help defend open source software against legal threats. In a press release yesterday, the Open Invention Network said that TomTom had joined its ranks. The collective aims to create a “supportive and shielded ecosystem to ensure the growth and adoption of Linux” and has amassed a pool of 275 pending and issued patents.

An alpha version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available through the Chromium project. Ubuntu fans can also use the Launchpad PPA to install Chromium on Hardy, Intrepid or Jaunty, with these instructions.

Want to learn how to use Blender, the open source 3D graphics and animation application? Then you might want to download a free book to get up and running. The Blender Basics book is 120 pages long and can be downloaded in sections or in its entirety.

Ubuntu has announced the end of life for Ubuntu 7.10, first released in October 2007. As with the earlier releases, Ubuntu committed to ongoing
security and critical fixes for a period of 18 months. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 7.10 will reach end of life on Saturday, April 18, 2008.

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2 Responses to “Buffer overflow: TomTom joins OSS patent group, free Blender book, Chrome for Linux, Ubuntu end of life”

  1. wh
    March 24th, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

    TomTom’s Home application isn’t available for GNU/Linux (only XP, Vista and OS X), now all of a sudden they want “to help defend open source”; what rubbish!

    It’s OK for TomTom to use Linux to make money, but one can’t actually use TomTom Home on any Linux machine (apparently not even Wine, not that it would’ve counted). And TomTom obviously know how to use Linux, why can’t they create a Linux version of Home?

    It probably would’ve justified sympathy and support from the open source community (on some level) if they made software for Linux users. As it is, I don’t think they deserve ANY support from the open source community as they don’t provide support (in terms of software for end users) for Linux users.

    And the cherry on top, the OS company (Microsoft) they do develop applications for, is now suing them. There is beautiful irony in all this.

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