FSM newsletter - 2nd of October 2006

Hi readers and subscribers, and welcome to Free Software Magazine’s fortnightly newsletter - keeping you up to date with what’s going on with us, and free software... enjoy!

General announcements

Our last newletter said that if you wanted the Issue 14 in PDF format versus on paper, you would have to wait 30 days. But due to our delays actually releasing the paper issue, the good news is, Issue 14 is NOW AVAILABLE in PDF! Two weeks earlier than anticipated! Happy reading!

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Latest content

Reformation of a Visual Basic Programer II - Scott Carpenter talks about why it’s uncool to pick petty points when arguing about programming languages. read more...

Views on the GPLv3 hoo-har - Eddy Macnaghten represents the voice of reason in the GPLv3 debacle. read more...

GIF is now finally free - for real, with a final Unisys joke - Our esteemed Editor In Chief is spreading the word... GIF is free. But what’s the joke? read more... of our most popular blog entry to date.

Confessions of a Visual Basic Programer 1 - Scott Carpenter talks about why it’s uncool to pick petty points when arguing about programming languages. read more...

Latest content continued...

Copyright, bad faith and software licensing - David Sugar provides us with an indepth analysis about the ethics of copyright. read more...

Eeyore is dead - Scott Carpenter, thwarted in his attempts to install Ubuntu onto Eeyore, contemplates the issues around copyright.read more...

Spirit of the Machine 1 - Terry Hancock talks about the big stuff - AI, religion, and free software... and does the machine have a soul? read more...

Latest book reviews released

Pro PHP Security by Chris Snyder and Michael Southwell Alan Berg checks out how to sucessfully deploy a PHP website. read more...

Pro Perl Parsing by Christopher M Frenz Alan also looks at data extraction via Perl. read more...

Book competition announcements

This fortnight's competition

This week we are giving away a copy ofJava 6 Platform Revealed by John Zukowski and a copy of Pro MySQL by Michael Krukenberg and Jay Pipes.

All you need to do to enter is check out the latest book competition announcement on our blogs page.


Thanks go to Apress for providing these fantastic prizes.

Winner of the book competition from last fortnight

Congratulations go to Jon Steedley of Georgia in the USA who won last fornight's comp. For his comment he has won a copy of Building Online Communities with phpBB2 and Linux Annoyances for Geeks.

Winner of the book competition from fortnight ending 18th of September

Congratulations also go to Thomas Hagan also of Georgia in the USA (lucky Georgians) who won copies of The Linux® Kernel Primer and Linux® Debugging and Performance Tuning for his comment.



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