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Inkscape 0.42: Scalable Vector Graphics Editor

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Ok! Why did I not know about Inkscape before today??! It looks amazing and it’s said that the new version is a major feature update, and although I haven’t tried it out yet, from the screenshots it’s pretty easy to see that this tool is also for the big boys, it works with SVG which makes even more happy, since I was about to begin some SVG experimenting anyways soon, and it’s soo boring to draw complex vector drawings by handcoding, believe you me!!

Here’s the intro text from the Inkscape Website:

Inkscape is an open source drawing tool with capabilities similar to
Illustrator, Freehand, and CorelDraw that uses the W3C standard scalable vector graphics format (SVG). Some supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping. In addition, Inkscape supports Creative Commons meta-data, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path, and SVG XML editing. It also imports several formats like EPS, Postscript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

Inkscape’s main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool. Additional planned work includes conversion of the codebase from C/Gtk to C++/Gtkmm, emphasizing a lightweight core with powerful features added through an extension mechanism, and the establishment of a friendly, open, community-oriented development process.

* Inkscape.org – Draw Freely

* Slashdot | Inkscape 0.42: The Ultimate Answer

Open Sourced Beer

Monday, July 25th, 2005

darkonc writes “The CBC has notes and an interview with Dane Rasmus Nielsen who decided to reduce the confusion between ‘free as in speech’ and ‘free as in beer’ by making a beer free — in speech. The result is Vores Øl, an open source beer. The CBC site includes the recipe for the beer which is made with Guarana beans, and gives it a bit of a caffeine-like hit. The danish site downloads include the label for the beer (which is also Open Source).”

* Slashdot | Free Beer That’s Free as in Speech

Major Blow to Opponents of Software Patents in EU

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

/. Sanity writes “According to a FFII report, and a Financial Times article, proponents of software patents have just won a significant victory against smaller software companies and open source software proponents as the EU’s legal affairs committee rejected most of the effective amendments that were proposed to the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive, which is widely perceived to usher-in U.S.-style software patents in the EU. All is not yet lost as the rejected amendments can be re-tabled when the entire European Parliament has the opportunity to vote next month. If you value the freedom to code without worrying about getting sued, and you live in the EU, now is the time to take effective action.” And JasonFleischer writes Richard Stallman has a piece in The Guardian
which does a nice job of explaining the problems with the EU patent directive that will be voted on next month (and for that matter software patents in general), using literary examples.”

* Major blow to opponents of Software Patents in EU – Ian Clarke’s blog

Open Source Molecules

Monday, June 20th, 2005

* PubChem – Public Chemical Database

* Slashdot | Open Source Molecules

OpenSolaris.org now open for business

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

The Solaris operating system is being released under the terms of the OSI-approved, Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) Version 1.0. Millions of development hours worth of code and over 1,600 patents are being contributed to the open source community. We know that innovation happens everywhere. And we’re going to stand shoulder to shoulder with you. To push Solaris. And see how far we — together — can take it.

The opensolaris.org web site will be the center for OpenSolaris activity. The source code for one of the Solaris operating system’s most advanced features – Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) is available here. And there’s more to come. We invite you to take a look. Expect to see buildable Solaris code here in Q2 2005.

* OpenSolaris.org