Tue Jan 31 23:13:51 CET 2006

Savannah.GNU.org switched its policy

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Update 2006-02-09:

Savannah didn't changed its policy about the license requirements, there exists only plans to do so. Currently we discuss how usefull it is to use the GNU GPL for your documentations. However you can even use any other GNU FDL compatible licenses to release your documentations - so we don't limit anybody there.

Another point is that the discussion about the GNU FDL exists because we saw abuses on this issue - nothing else.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: GNU/FSF |

Mon Jan 30 16:53:53 CET 2006

The Linux kernel and the GPLv3

Linus Torvalds, founder of the Linux kernel, wrote Wed, 25 Jan 2006 on the LKML:

"The Linux kernel has _always_ been under the GPL v2. Nothing else has ever been valid."

The full story is, that Linus doesn't accept GPLv3 for his kernel. That's why the GPLv3 draft says explicitly:

"Regardless of any other provision of this License, no permission is given to distribute covered works that illegally invade users' privacy, nor for modes of distribution that deny users that run covered works the full exercise of the legal rights granted by this License.".

Even you had to open private keys (for the DRM) so that every user can run your program propperly. That's something Linus doesn't want.

Linus wrote on the LKML furthermore: "The Linux kernel has never stated that [GPLv2 or any later version] in general. Some authors have chosen to use the suggested FSF boilerplate (including the 'any later version' language), but the kernel in general never has."

So seems like Linux never goes GPLv3 or to say it in other words, the FSF goes with the GPLv3 an other way then Linus wantes to go...

Some links about this topic:

At the end: I don't believe in things Linus said in his posting. The GPLv2 says (and Linus copied it into his COPYING file): "If the Program does not specify a version number of this License, you may choose any version ever published by the Free Software Foundation."(9.)

I think parts of Linux may be redistributed and modified under the GPLv3 as well... but this may happen to the whole kernel, too.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: GNU/FSF |

Sun Jan 29 01:18:32 CET 2006


This night I created some favicon(s) for my websites (kickino.org, nanofortnight.org) and this blog.

And I should tell you that it really suxx^2! That's why every web-browser asks my apache server to serve a favicon.ico for the site(s). But he cannot, because they didn't exist, so he wrote an error message in his log file. That's really annoying.
Another point is that the favicons must be 32x32 but support only 8bit, 256colors (seems at least to me like). So you had to put the content of your webpage in one image and then scale it. Really funny. :-/

And who startet all the stuff? I think you know who did it... but if you don't - find it out!

Some links about this topic:

Almost forgotten to tell you this:
Support of Favicons since Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0-Beta (1998)

Then: Good night!

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: projects/programming |

Fri Jan 27 21:32:50 CET 2006

Chemnitzer Linux Tage 2006

Hello everybody out there. Hopefully you all had a better day than I had today, but nevertheless there is always one positiv point.

Since today you can find on the website of the Chemnitzer Linux Tage the official list of the presentations.
I had a quick look at it, and there are some presentations, which could be really funny - e.g.
"GPL 3.0 - Die neue Lizenz fr freie Software"
"Nutzer motivieren - oder: Warum der BOFH (fast) nicht lustig ist"
and many more. :-)

Two other points I realized there are the Linux Nacht / Night and the search for ways to Chemnitz.

Update: I created my personal presentation list.
If you are living in my area and if you are interested in the CLT as well, feel free to contact me.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: events |

Thu Jan 26 21:45:30 CET 2006


Today is a great day for my server (nanofortnight.org).

    basti@Woody:~$ host nanofortnight.org
    host nanofortnight.org has address

    basti@Woody:~$ host domain name pointer nanofortnight.org
Seems like my provider accepted my wish for a PTR record for my IP. I'm really really happy about this. :-)

If you don't understand all the lines above, you can have an additional look at some resources:

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: projects/programming |

Sun Jan 22 22:37:11 CET 2006

Project 'Pi' or 'Pi-Calculator'

Hello everybody out there in the dark and cold(!) night. If you had a look at the weather forecast you could see that the temperatures in the night could be around -20 degrees celsium here :-/.

Today I worked mainly on the project website of "my" latest project Pi. It becomes a really huge page with lots of information about the project.
If you are interested in this project, feel free to contribute and/or mail us via our mailing list.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: projects/programming |

Sat Jan 21 00:15:26 CET 2006

ChaosMeeting 2006-01-20

Yesterday was another ChaosMeeting of our little group at the Herder Gymnasium Nordhausen.
The presentation of Markus about the "Artificial Intelligence" was skipped and we talked a little bit about MacOS X and the free software project Celestia.

A funny story about Celestia was that it is really difficult to zoom into space. That's why Pascal watched five(?) minutes into black space and waited for Sol. But Sol was gone long time ago because of the high time value.
Another difficult thing was to find the Cassini orbiter in our Milky Way.
We think it's even not implemented in Celestia, but if you find it, please send us a screenshot.

If you are interested in Celestia (a free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions), you can have an additional look at the screenshots on its website.

And now: Good night everybody and enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: CCC |

Thu Jan 19 19:50:21 CET 2006

wikipedia.de closed

Hello out there.
Today the domain wikipedia.de was closed, you can access the german Wikipedia only via de.wikipedia.org now.

The reason of that is a "legal issue" because of a Wikipedia article.
An article about Tron in the german Wikipedia execute a conflict between the family of Tron and the Wikimedia Foundation Inc. That's why they closed the domain wikipedia.de

The main point of the conflict is that the german article about Tron includes his full personal name. The family don't want the Wikipedia to publish the full name of Tron.
You can have a look at the edit war of this article.

Some links about this topic:

Blogs from some CCC members about this issue:

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: CCC |

Tue Jan 17 23:31:59 CET 2006

Schiller's Music

My mp3-decoder says now:
"Playing MPEG stream from Schiller Mit Heppner - Dream Of You.mp3 ..."
I know it is very old, but if you know Schiller, you also know, this kind of music is never too old.

"Playing MPEG stream from Schiller mit Thomas D - Die Nacht.mp3 ..."
The perfect music to forget the past few hours, cool down and just relax - even if the lyrics are in German, it is great for everybody to feel the vibes of it.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: audio |

Mon Jan 16 19:43:18 CET 2006

xyria::dnsd (0.7.2) out

Today Steffen (a.k.a. cdp_xe) announced his 0.7.2 version of xyria::dnsd.
The main features of the new version are the iCNAME-lookups and the CNAMES for A/AAAA records with round robin.

You can find the ChangeLog there and also the Download link for the Xyria suit.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: *nix |

Mon Jan 16 19:34:22 CET 2006

GPL v3 - first draft

Hello out there.

Today I got a mail from the "GPLv3 Information". The mail includes the first draft of the GNU General Public License version 3.

"The new draft and web resources are available at gplv3.fsf.org. We welcome your comments on the wording of the new version at gplv3.fsf.org/comments/."

Some links about this topic in German:

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: GNU/FSF |

Sat Jan 14 10:25:38 CET 2006

Trip to the Autostadt (Wolfsburg)

Yesterday was my first day of holiday and I was on a trip to the (so called) Autostadt in the middle of Wolfsburg.

I was there because someone of my family got a new car and I was interested to see the Autostadt. But it was really fun because of the museum and the Volkswagen's shops and of course because of the many new cars there.

Another interested point was that the majority of the new cars where black or gray. The colerfull years are over I think.

You can see the pictures of my trip on Geekheaven.kickino.org. Enjoy it.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: events |

Fri Jan 13 03:53:50 CET 2006

An iPod in a Geiger Counter

Yesterday I found an interested article on Symlink. It points the reader to another Slashdot article.

The short story is, that somebody put his (poor) iPod into an old Geiger Counter. Or to say it in other words, he modded his iPod. ;-)

Some screenshots of the "new" design of the iPod can be found on JavaMoose's photos.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: things of geeks |

Fri Jan 13 03:24:40 CET 2006

Chaos Radio Express

It's 03:24 MEZ now, and I am listening to Chaosradio Express 013. Chaosradio Express was live from the 22. Chaos Communication Congress with an interview with Jacob Appelbaum.

"Episode 13 of Chaosradio is yet another interview with a speaker at 22C3: Jacob Appelbaum. In a very intense and personal way, Jacob reports on his experiences visiting Kurdistan (Iraq) and the post-Katrina times in Houston and New Orleans this year.", -- http://chaosradio.ccc.de/cre013.html

It is a really nice show with a lots of information about the Iraq and some backgrounds about the Congress. Go forward and listen to it, too!

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Permalink | Categories: CCC |