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Microsoft Hired Ex-EU Judges for Mock Trial

Microsoft is going to major extremes, as expected, to fend off the EU's antitrust case. Unfortunately they've decided to coerce ex-EU judges to assist them.

A Brief History of Microsoft FUD

   This time it's patents that will ensure the downfall of GNU/Linux and with it, the entire world of open source. But before hanging up your certified geek propeller-hat and retraining as a dental hygienist, you might want to consider the following brief history of Microsoft's use of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) as a weapon against GNU/Linux.

Is virtualization the installation miracle cure?

New multi-OS software comes with a hidden bonus. But licensing fixes are needed.

Updating made easy with EasyUbuntu

Ubuntu uses only open/free formats, so it doesn't include playback support for formats such as MP3, Windows Media Audio (WMA), and Audio Video Interleave (AVI) that may have some restrictions. If your country has no such restrictions or legal issues with these formats, the Restricted Formats article on the Ubuntu wiki can help you install software that plays such files. Or you can do it they easy way, with EasyUbuntu, a Python script that gives Ubuntu users access to commonly used applications and codecs through a neat graphical user interface (GUI).

Beware of Those Calling Themselves Open Source



Free software is software that anybody can use, copy, modify and redistribute freely without having to ask for authorization from anyone. Some companies think that using the open source label will fool the unsuspecting into believing they're part of the community. Just try redistributing their software and see what happens.

Ponytails Hurt Open Source, Peter Quinn Says

  • Syscon Australia; By Enterprise Open Source News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Mar 30, 2006 5:18 AM EDT)
Syscon writes: Ousted Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn (pictured) simply won't leave the stage, it seems. Months after his controversial tenure in The Commonwealth, which ended in the wake of his controversial effort to place open source on 50,000 desktops throughout state government, Quinn was recently in the news with remarks he made about "sandals and ponytails" at the inaugural Linuxworld Australia event in Sydney.

Peter, I take back anything nice I ever said about you.

You be the ghost in the machine

Starship Systems plugs into the geek obsession with robots, launching a competition to program the Robosapien V2 with its own Java software development kit for the cute little electronic critter. The best program wins lunch with the father of Java, James Gosling.

Bristol Council says it can save £1m with open source

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Mar 30, 2006 3:37 AM EDT)
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The local authority claims its biggest challenge was encouraging its staff to accept alternatives to Microsoft Office, with staff assuming that 'if it's cheap it must be nasty'

Windows Linux DualBoot Tutorial

This tutorial was written to help set up a dual boot on a SATA drive but it will also work for PATA. In order to have a fully functional Windows/Linux dual boot system it is preferred that Windows is loaded first. After that you can load Linux and easily dump the boot configuration on Windows NTLDR file (comparable to Linux boot file).

This tutorial was written to help set up a dual boot on a SATA drive but it will also work for PATA. In order to have a fully functional Windows/Linux dual boot system it is preferred that Windows is loaded first. After that you can load Linux and easily dump the boot configuration on Windows NTLDR file (comparable to Linux boot file).

Get Thoggen, and leave your DVDs at home

Thoggen is a new DVD ripper/backup-tool for Linux that encodes video into the free Ogg Theora format. Unlike its rivals, Thoggen is easy to use, and its built-in support for the Theora codec instead of the patent-restricted MPEG-4 and derivatives makes it worth looking at.

Linux lab to fund open-source developers

OSDL is soliciting contributions for a fund that will give awards to programmers working on underfinanced projects.

Ruby on Rails Ramps Up

Ruby on Rails is out with a new release of its open source Web framework with a promise: making it even easier to develop AJAX (define)-based, Web 2.0 applications.

What's Happening at LinuxWorld Boston

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Mar 29, 2006 11:16 PM EDT)
So what's going on at LinuxWorld 2006 in Boston next week? PCBurn has an overview of the event, who's going to be speaking, and what's new this year.

KDE 3.5.2 maintenance release ships

The KDE Project Tuesday announced immediate availability of KDE 3.5.2, the second maintenance release for the latest generation of the popular free Linux/Unix desktop. KDE 3.5.2 provides corrections to problems reported using the KDE bug tracking system, the project said, plus several minor enhancements.

Jboss Launches Open Source Products

March 29, 2006 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Open Source company JBoss (jboss.com) announced on Wednesday it has introduced two open source projects designed to further strengthen the open source platform JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. The new technologies JBoss Messaging and JBoss Web Server, expand on the Open Source provider reach into the high-end market.

Startup Offers Pre-Installed Desktops With Linux

With the March 29th press release of their new Line of Linux-Powered computers, SeaScape, LLC joins the small group of manufacturers who fill the void Dell, Gateway and other large computer makers create.

IBM offers Sun-only price break on middleware

Have UltraSPARC T1, will discount

wjl on patents

Lately, I read a book review on Florian Mueller’s “No Lobbyists As Such — The War over Software Patents in the European Union”, which was quite interesting - tho I still don’t know why NewsForge put that under “Entertainment”.

New OpenWrt RC5

Last Sunday, the release candidate 5 of OpenWrt was published. OpenWrt is a Linux distribution for wireless routers.

Linux: SCSI ID's

An interesting thread on the lkml began with a patch to try and move an IOCTL call used to obtain the SCSI ID of a SCSI device from the block layer into the SCSI subsystem.

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