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Following Bill Gates' Linux Attack Money

Recently, we witnessed the power of Microsoft's political machine when one of the champions of free and open source software, Peter Quinn resigned as CIO of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In my opinion, Microsoft just blinked and everything went south. Other writers have also commented on the chain of events in Massachusetts. For example, Andy Undegrove writes a farewell piece in his blog to the maligned public servant. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols also writes an article about this issue in Microsoft Wins, Open Standards Lose. Steven writes: "CIO Peter Quinn's story tells us that if you go up against Microsoft, you can expect everything and the kitchen sink to be thrown at you."

Well Steven, as much respect and admiration as I have for you, Microsoft didn't even breathe hard. They looked in the direction of bean town and people started doing their bidding. That's what happens when you own a country.

One of the top stories of the year at LXer warned mightily of Microsoft's capabilities. So, I brought it back out and rewrote it. It you don't get it this time, you never will.

Anyone doubting the power of Microsoft, should consider what we said at the end of June 2005. We've also added the preceding article to this text - and made some changes. But the documents we uncovered are still in place. The people within Microsoft's grasp politically are still listed. This isn't a story you scan. This is one you read.

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That in its essence, is Fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling private power.

What if the Microsoft trial was rigged?



We're reviewing evidence, which with collaboration could demonstrate that Microsoft went around the legal system to influence the courts, that Linux was used as a straw man and our esteemed leadership not only knows it but fixed it. Keep in mind, all of this exists in theory. No proof exists and people who subscribe to the belief that these situations are true have nothing on which to rest but a conspiracy theory. In fact, no collaboration has ever come forth.

Microsoft and Abramoff: Influence in an Anti-Trust Outcome?



[Ed note: This article went into embargo right after publication. We brought it back after finding new evidentary material on which we will report soon.]

As a news organization, we first reported back in June that we had suspicions that ties existed between Jack Abramoff and Microsoft. Our initial report tied together research when the Washington Post disclosed that Preston Gates had paid an invoice for a trip made by Tom DeLay to play gold in Scotland. (Sorry that's a Freudian slip. I meant golf.)


Abramoff's guilty plea of last week helps us make our case and allows us to demonstrate our suspicions regarding Microsoft's ties to the Bush administration. The guilty plea also allows us to question whether Microsoft received favorable treatment by the Bush Justice department by paying Abramoff and his aides and partners, starting with Ralph Reed.

Our main concern deals with whether or not our government can use Microsoft's status as a monopoly and possible ties to a slew of politicians to stop its global attack on Linux.

Some Safety and Reliability Questions About DRM

A very nice piece on the risks of Digital Restrictions Management.

Ajax design patterns for Web services

This article shows you how to implement a Web browser-based SOAP Web services client using Ajax design patterns. In the Part 1 of this series, the author introduced a simple Web browser-based JavaScript library for invoking SOAP Web services using AJAX. In the discussion that follows, the author expands on functions of that JavaScript library by implementing basic support for the Web Services.

Tutorial: Preventing Buffer Overflow Exploits Using the Linux Distributed Security Module, Part 2

Buffer overflow exploits are one of the most interesting security vulnerabilities and are used in a majority of security attacks against Linux and UNIX-like operating systems. In Part 2, readers will see how DSM guards against such exploits and it is implemented as a Linux module, using an exploit example.

Review: JFreeChart

I first went in search of a Java charting package when I had to write a financial application for one of my projects in 2003. JFreeChart caught my eye, not only because it was available under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), but also because it provided support for financial charts right out of the box. With last month's release, JFreeChart is the first open source, Java-based charting library to reach the 1.0 milestone.

Cheat Knoppix 4 -- Part 2. Knoppix Performance Improvement Cheats

  • MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com); By Mike Angelo (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 12, 2006 1:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
"Today, in Part 2, this Knoppix tutorial shows you how to use Knoppix cheats to speed up Live Knoppix. And it shows you how to free the CD drive or DVD drive that you use to run Live Knoppix too . . ."

NetWare users are willing to give Linux a chance

I sometimes think that the bulk of the readership of this newsletter is made up of two groups: the so-called NetWare stalwarts, those who vow to run NetWare servers until the final abend; and Novell employees - PR, marketing and engineering. So after running quotes from the stalwarts last week which told of what they were doing with Open Enterprise Server it's only natural that today I should bring you a bit of rebuttal from Novell.

Google Talk API and source code release

Last month, the Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) released documentation for two extensions to the Jabber (XMPP) protocol, named Jingle Signaling and Jingle Audio. On the same day, Google -- co-creators of the extensions -- released a BSD-style-licensed library called libjingle, the implementation of the extensions that powers the company's Google Talk software. In addition to opening the API used in Google Talk itself, both actions will benefit open source instant messaging clients and perhaps increase the pressure on closed systems like Skype.

Seamonkey Project to replace Mozilla Suite

  • Digital Divide Network; By Stephen Feller (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
After what one lead developer called a "very good" beta release in mid-December, the SeaMonkey project expects the final release of version 1.0 to be out this month, rescuing jilted users of the former Mozilla Suite of Web applications from the abyss of non-integrated applications.

The Mozilla Foundation announced in 2003 that it would stop developing the Mozilla Suite with the 1.7.x line of releases, handing off the code base to the SeaMonkey Council. Version 1.0, according to a letter signed by most members of the current Council, is the project's efforts to release a SeaMonkey front end running on a Gecko layout engine version 1.8 back end.

Xen Virtualization and Linux Clustering, Part 1

Interesting in seeing what all the fuss is about Xen? Use the steps in this tutorial to get Xen installed and domains configured.

Intel ships new tools for Apple developers

On the back of announcements yesterday of new Intel-based Apple computers, Intel has released new software development tools and resources for Apple developers. The tools are intended to help Apple developers build applications that take advantage of Intel's Core Duo processor technology on the new Intel-based Mac platforms.

How to use GTK+ in C and a C# Python comparison

This article is a nice hands-on introduction to GTK+ and analyzes a sample GTK+ application written in C. It then shows that same application written in Python and C#. Finally, it discusses some useful tools that can help you develop better applications faster with GTK+.

Building a Linux home media center

Like a lot of people nowadays, I have a growing collection of digital media. My digital media is stored on a home Linux server. Most of the digital media players available today do not support protocols to connect to a Linux server, which make them unsuitable for my use. I realized the best way to connect my digital media library with my home theatre was to build my own Linux home media center (LHMC).

From Analog to VoIP: Asterisk Brings Telephony Together Under One Open-Source Platform

  • OSDir; By Howard Wen (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 7:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Six years ago, Mark Spencer started his own Linux technical support business. Unlike other tech startups at the time, he spent his money frugally. Spencer had to; he didn't even have enough to pay for an office PBX system, which can cost up to several thousands of dollars.

"I had about $4,000 to start it out with, and I wasn't about to buy a phone system, so I figured I'd just make one," Spencer says.

He created Asterisk, a software platform PBX system, and open-sourced the code in 1999. Asterisk was not particularly useful to others outside of Spencer's own needs for his company, until a few years later when community contributions added support for more industry-standard telephony hardware, and modern Internet voice communications technologies, like Voice-over-IP (VoIP), to succeeding versions.

Wikisearch - The famous Wikipedia Toolbar now for Firefox

(openPR) - VIENNA, openPR, January 11th 2006

Austrian entrepreneur Roman Mittermayr has finally released the long awaited Firefox/Mozilla version of WikiSearch, a toolbar for Wikipedia which is becoming a must-have utility for Wikipedia fans, counting over 100.000 downloads since it's launch.

H&r Block Mailed Free Software with Recipient's Social Security ...

  • Accountingweb.com (Posted by tadelste on Jan 12, 2006 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
H&R Block acknowledged last week that it had mailed unsolicited packages, containing their TaxCut software, to former customers early in December and that some of these packages had the former client’s social security number (SSN) embedded in the source code on the mailing label, CIO-today.com news reports. This kind of software mailing is a common marketing practice in many industries, according to WTVQ.com in Lexington, Kentucky.

SeaMonkey Project picks up where halted Mozilla Suite left off

After what one lead developer called a "very good" beta release in mid-December, the SeaMonkey project expects the final release of version 1.0 to be out this month, rescuing jilted users of the former Mozilla Suite of Web applications from the abyss of non-integrated applications.

Microsoft Patent Victory Could Hit Open Source Community

Microsoft's announcement Tuesday that a federal ruling has deemed its Windows file-storage systems patents valid, is raising concerns in the open source community. The software giant's victory in the file allocation table (FAT) patents battle could demonstrate that global patents systems can be dangerous to the health of Linux and the open source community at large.

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