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Swansea IT staff shunted to Capgemini

  • Reg Developer; By Tim Richardson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IT staff at Swansea Council have been transferred to Capgemini as part of a controversial £83m e-government outsourcing project designed to modernise the way the council provides its public services.

As part of the first phase, Capgemini intends to overhaul the council's existing IT systems and working practices as part of an "integrated programme of business process re-engineering and technology transformation".

Why UserFriendly went private again

For many in the computer industry, the UserFriendly comic strip is the first Web page they open in the morning. However, only its most loyal readers are aware that, over the past five years, the company behind the cartoon has wandered into the public equity market, only to return to the status of a private company. Recently, I talked about this journey with JD Frazer, the creator of the strip, and David Barton, vice president of UserFriendly.org. Their account is a practical lesson in the difficulties involved in such business maneuvers -- to say nothing of a testimony to their collective ability to keep their business, ethics, and audience intact.

Motorola dumps Apple for Linux

  • the Inquirer; By Nick Farrell (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PHONE GIANT Motorola has dumped Apple’s iTunes, and a lot of its technical problems, from its ROKR E2 phone. Its predecessor the E1 was touted as the easiest-to-use music phone ever, thanks to its "seamless integration" with Apple's iTunes jukebox.

AwoX to Showcase Major Advances in Home Networking Entertainment Systems at CES 2006

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 8:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Advanced Interoperability and Functionality Technology Now Available for Mainstream Consumer Electronics Equipment

Optical character recognition is an uphill battle for open source

If you use Linux, or another free operating system, and need optical character recognition (OCR) software, be prepared for a challenge. OCR is a tricky problem on any computing platform -- both because it is conceptually hard, and because the task does not lend itself to simple, easy-to-use interfaces.

OOo Off the Wall: Find and Replace

As with most tasks, OOo offers several options for searching and replacing text or strings in your documents. Doing a little research beforehand can save time and frustration later on.

Nice set of images for easy to follow instructions with some depth on structured searches.

SCO out to kill SuSE

Calm down not quite as dire as the headline. It's just that SCO is filing for permission to revise its claims against Novell and that's where the attack against SuSE arose. It seems to have been reborn as part of a generalized counter attack against Novell and its version of Linux due to the latter's dismemberment of the formers original claims. Ah, the practice of corporate law is almost as good as minting your own money, provided there is a sufficient supply of dumb, rich clients.

Found on lwn.net listing.

Legacy major label supporters attacking Open Source?

  • Digital Copyright Canada; By Russell McOrmond (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 4:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
I wrote the following as a letter to the Globe and Mail editor in response to End of the free Napster clones?

This article quotes Eric Garland as saying that "The open-source community will continue to build new, uncensored versions,"

This falsely suggests that the Open Source community is deliberately building tools to break the law. What we are doing is building tools to put the owners of computers (rather than third parties) in control of their own computers, protecting the property, privacy and other rights of those owners. Peer to Peer technology is quite legitimate, and is used by our community to legally share our own software and the works of the large number of copyright holders who authorize their works to be shared. While it is possible to abuse these tools to infringe copyright, we must remember that the "software manufacturing" competitors to Open Source do not hold the moral high ground.

Gnu liberates VoIP with new open source telephony stack

  • Ars Technica; By Ryan Paul (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 4:10 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
GNU developers have released a telephony stack, an open source alternative to competing proprietary VoIP solutions. The GNU telephony stack provides a sacalable environment for building and deploying enterprise level VoIP solutions compatible with current standards and hardware. With an emphasis on modularity and extensible functionality, the GNU telephony stack can be integrated with other systems and services like web servers and databases.

Major OEM Launches First-Ever Line of PCs Dedicated Exclusively to Linux

Mirus Bets on Linspire Linux for New Line of "Koobox" Desktop Computers

[Ed: Not to knock the Koobox, but who the heck is Mirus? How are they major? They have a one-page website with zilch for information, other than to say that Mirus recommends Windows. That said, at least Linspire is the exclusive OS, not just an option. - dcparris]

Skype's Advantage Cannot Be Free

  • Motley Fool; By Nathan Parmelee (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 3:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The halls of investing are littered with companies that had great businesses, but eventually stagnating growth, which inevitably gave their management the urge to do something in order to prove the growth story was still alive. Peter Lynch referred to this phenomenon as diworsification.

Diworsification pretty much sums up how I have felt about Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) and its acquisition of Skype, which lets users chat via voice and video over the Internet. Internet telephony isn't all that unique; offerings from Apple Computer's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iChat service, Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX) AOL TotalTalk service, and a number of free software packages such as Gizmo allow you to do the same.

Sun sets, Linux rises for Datastream

Before Linux, asset performance management provider Datastream ran its enterprise on proprietary Sun hardware and the Solaris operating system. But Jim Plourde, vice president of hosted solutions at Datastream, says he wasn't happy with the performance or the price of Sun hardware with its mission-critical database operations. In 2002, a move to lower-priced Intel servers was on the horizon, but Plourde still had operating system choices to make.

Abramoff pleads guilty to fraud

  • Yahoo News (Reuters); By Andy Sullivan (Posted by dcparris on Jan 4, 2006 2:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud charges on Tuesday and agreed to help U.S. prosecutors in a corruption probe that could involve several top Republican lawmakers, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Abramoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion before a federal judge in Washington. He also will plead guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud in a separate case in Miami on Wednesday, his lawyer there said.

[Ed: This story ties in with recent articles by LXer Editor-in-Chief, Tom Adelstein, "Following the Microsoft Money Trail". Abramoff figures prominently in Adelstein's articles. - dcparris]

Linux mobile phone stack gains 3G A/V codecs

A Chinese mobile phone software vendor has licensed a suite of A/V (audio-visual) codecs for its Linux smartphone software stack. China MobileSoft (CMS) says A/V technology from InterVideo will enable users of phones based on its Linux smartphone stack to record and play "high-quality, jitter-free video clips."

Legal fallout from Sony's CD woes

  • BBC News Click Online; By Michael Geist (Posted by dcparris on Jan 4, 2006 1:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sony's settlement over the rootkit fiasco represents a blueprint for legislative action, argues law professor Michael Geist. The settlement seeks to both compensate US consumers for the harm they suffered from the Sony CDs and to place limits on Sony's future use of TPMs.

[Ed: If you're interested in copy restriction measures, you'll want to read this. - dcparris]

SkipJam Announces iMedia XStream Storage System(TM)

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 12:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
First Multi-Terabyte Product Aimed at Home Media Market Stores Up to 5000 Hours of Video or 640,000 Tunes

Hackers crack Xbox 360 game Hexic HD

Hackers have cracked the Xbox 360 puzzle game Hexic HD in order to discover more about the inner workings of Microsoft's new console. Files from the puzzle game have been extracted, burned to disc, and booted from a standard Xbox 360 console. The game can also be run on PC.

Insider look at the Java type 4 JDBC Driver for Linux

Discover the latest step in the evolution of Java application development using DB2 Universal Database for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Get an insider view of the JDBC Universal Driver, the clear advantages to using a pure Java type 4 driver, and examine common debugging techniques that will help you get to the heart of any problem.

Another Eolas Re-Exam Request

One of Microsoft's (Quote, Chart) lead intellectual property law firms has asked the United States Patent & Trademark Office to open a new reexamination of the Eolas patent. The Eolas patent covers "a system allowing a user of a browser program on a computer connected to an open distributed hypermedia system to access and execute an embedded program object."

Linux Netwosix Author Responds to Questions

  • LinuxWorld.com; By LinuxWorld (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 3, 2006 11:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Vincenzo Ciaglia has authored an article that describes his Linux Netwosix release, and answers many questions being posed by developers. He reiterates much of the information that he conveyed in a recent interview with LinuxWorld, but also added some new information. One brief outtake from the article (which is posted in full at LinuxWorld): 'The installation is simple and with the new release, Linux Netwosix 2.0-rc1, there's a new setup tool based on the Crux one that really help every user because it is simple and user-friendly for a security/network oriented GNU/Linux distribution. The Setup script will show a simple list of available 'base' packages you can choose to install on your system.'

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