"What was just a small flame 100 days ago has since exploded into a phenomenal demonstration of the power of open source," lead Firefox architect Blake Ross wrote on a blog. "Tens of thousands of devoted users and fans are a powerful and capable force of change."
The open-source project released Firefox 1.0.1 to fix, among other bugs, a vulnerability in the Internationalized Domain Names (IDN), a standard for handling special character sets in domain names that lets companies register domain names that appear to be the same in different languages.
Lawrence Lessig, who has been dramatized by Christopher Lloyd on The West Wing, sits on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF does cool things like protect our right to use garage door openers and personal video recorders. Lessig loves Wilco:
We've begun to see the answer to this question. Wilco's Net-based experiments continue: the first live MPEG-4 webcast; a documentary about the band in part screened and funded via the Net; bonus songs and live recordings tied to CDs. Its latest album, A Ghost Is Born, was streamed in full across the Net three months before its commercial release. And when songs from it started appearing on file-sharing networks, the band didn't launch a war against its fans. Instead, Wilco fans raised more than $11,000 and donated it to the band's favorite charity. The album has been an extraordinary success - and was nominated for two Grammys.
Finally: Derekota is now an official Sourceforge project. You can download the Windows executable as a zip file from here. Derekota also has a Sourceforge home page. I'll upload a source file release tonight.
Derekota's namesake asks Hammer, "Where is the OSX version?"
By 9:31 AM, at
Derekota should run on any OS except BeOS. Maybe even that. Derekota is built on SDL, Python and Pygame. All 3 packages run on OS X. I think this is the best place to start for OS X. Looks like you need to: 1) Install the MacPython 2.3 for Panther addons package; 2) Open Package Manager (located at /Applications/MacPython-2.3/PackageManager.app)
3) Choose Open URL from the file menu. Use this url http://undefined.org/python/pimp/darwin-7.2.0-Power_Macintosh.plist.
After all that, you'll need to download the Derekota source, which will be available on Sourceforge tonight.
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