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The Linux distro timeline is an extensive family tree of all things Linux

Most commercial products run a fairly set course; you get Microsoft Office 1.5, then 1.6, 3.0, 4.0, all the way up to office 2010 (For Windows, at least). It's a fairly orderly progression, with version numbers rising over time – pretty easy to follow. Open-source projects are a different beast, however. When enough developers don't like the direction a project is going, they sometimes just...

Wikipedia founder reports Wikimedia Commons to the FBI for child porn

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger -- who left the company back in 2002 -- says he has reported Wikipedia's parent organization to the FBI for hosting alleged child pornography. He's made the letter open and posted it to Wikipedia, where users (including Wikimedia's lead attorney) have subjected it to some harsh criticism, both legal and personal. Wikimedia defenders claim Sanger is just bitter...

Wikipedia will require trusted editors to approve changes

According to the New York Times, Wikipedia is making a move away from a democratic free-for-all system where anyone and everyone can edit any article. Instead, the site will require that changes to articles about living people be approved by trusted users. As fans of Spider-Man are aware, with great power comes great responsibility. Wikipedia's massive growth over the past few years, and its...

Wikipedia goes video

Wikimedia is partnering with the collaborative video service Kaltura to start rolling out video to Wikimedia sites. Right now, the feature is available on the WikiEducator demo site, which is not affiliated with Wikimedia. But eventually we'll start to see collaborative video hitting Wikipedia as well. Kaltura videos can be created and edited by anyone, much like Wikipedia pages. You can also...

Wikipedia NOT on the verge of shutting down

Contrary to popular rumor, it looks like Wikipedia will not have to shut down in three months if it doesn't raise enough money. Dozens of blogs and technology websites have spent the past few days reporting that Wikimedia Foundation chairwoman Florence Devouard said at the LIFT07 conference that Wikipedia "might disappear" if money is not raised. But Laurent Haug, the founder of LIFT, went back...