X.org 7.2 memory leak

Sigh…

One of the things I really like about the Ubuntu family of distributions is that you get a good solid chunk of the stability you see in stock Debian Stable installations, but with the release cycle being so much faster, you get more up to date apps. Which is fine for a desktop to be honest. Let’s face it, for a server you want Debian (hell, for a *really* critical server you probably want OpenBSD); but for a desktop you just need it to run for ten to twelve hours between restarting X, and if you get a month’s uptime before a reboot, that’s perfectly acceptable (more time for either, is of course better, but those times are what you need, not what you want). And Ubuntu can do that and give you the cool bells and whistles to silence the iBook-and-Vista-wielding critics (Leopard, you say?… Read the rest

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Joomla licensing

From the Joomla announcement :

Can I release an extension under a non-GPL license?
It is our opinion that most extensions are derivative works of Joomla! and must be licensed under the GNU GPL. It is possible that an extension could work within Joomla! and not be considered a derivative work according to copyright law but this would have to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If you believe your extension is not a derivative work we strongly recommend that you seek professional legal advice.

My emphasis in there. Basicly, the Joomla core team has decided that their interpretation of the GPL means they can require all developers writing code to their API to use the GPL. Not only that, but they can make that call for any existing body of work developed for either the 1.0 or 1.5 versions of Joomla.… Read the rest

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