Mark Shuttleworth responds to Debian's
decision to go with systemd. "Nevertheless, the decision is for
systemd, and given that Ubuntu is quite centrally a member of the Debian
family, that’s a decision we support. I will ask members of the Ubuntu
community to help to implement this decision efficiently, bringing systemd
into both Debian and Ubuntu safely and expeditiously."
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 13, 2014 is available.
The SpamAssassin 3.4.0 release is out. "This is a major release. It
introduces over two years of bug fixes and features since the release of
SpamAssassin 3.3.2 on June 16, 2011." Changes include use of the Redis backend for Bayesian data storage, native
IPv6 support, and, of course, lots of rule changes.
AdvertisingAge is reporting that Mozilla will be selling ads in Firefox. In particular, the "New Tab" page that normally has nine of the most frequently visited sites shown will, for new users, show ads and "pre-packaged content" in the new feature called "Directory Tiles".
Opensource.com covers some
legal issues faced in 2013. Topics include Android patent litigation,
license compliance, forks, enforcement, GitHub's license selection policy,
good news in the patent wars, FOSS in government and in the private sector,
contributor agreements, and collaborations. "On June 14, 2013, the district court of Hamburg found that Fantec violated the obligation in the GPLv2 to provide to its customers the "complete corresponding source code" of the software.