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Wireless Developers Summit

Recently Lx'er (and Kerneltrap) ran a story on the state of Wireless in Linux by Jeff Garzik which was pretty frank and just a tad depressing. Stephen Hemminger is trying to do something at OSDL.

Microsoft's FAT patent upheld

update : Two patents covering one of Microsoft's main Windows file-storage systems are valid after all, federal patent examiners have decided. It also voiced concern that Microsoft would try to seek royalties from companies that sell and support Linux for using the technology, potentially posing a threat to the free software community. Under the terms of the Free Software Foundation's General Public License, Linux cannot be distributed if it contains patented technology that requires royalty payments.

[Ed: Time to lose FAT! Can we say get "Slimfast" (get slim fast)? Oh, never mind! - dcparris]

Federal IT managers increasingly considering Linux, says panel

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by bstadil on Jan 10, 2006 11:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An increasing number of federal information technology systems are being migrated from proprietary Unix systems to open-source Linux systems and desktops in order to gain quicker upgrades, platform flexibility, increased security.

Why Microsoft is trying to debunk legacy Linux

Stories about Microsoft's latest study are beginning to crop up here and there. This time, Redmond is trying to convince us that Linux isn't really any better on older hardware.

Homeland Security helps secure open-source code

  • ZDNet; By Joris Evers (Posted by tadelste on Jan 10, 2006 10:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Through its Science and Technology Directorate, the department has given $1.24 million in funding to Stanford University, Coverity and Symantec to hunt for security bugs in open-source software and to improve Coverity's commercial tool for source code analysis, representatives for the three grant recipients told CNET News.com.

Open source application server gets Twisted

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 10, 2006 9:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Zope developers have replaced one of their core components in the latest version of the open source application server, bringing potential performance and scalability benefits.

LUGs, FSUGs, GLUGs... vital to the movement

User groups have long been an integral part of the free software and open source world. Goan journalist and LUGger Frederick Noronha shares his secrets on what makes a great community.

Linux distribution targets Nepali language

Due to a marked increase of computers in Nepal, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP) -- the country's principal archive of books and periodicals in Nepali -- has launched a beta version of NepaLinux, a Debian-based Linux distribution localized in Nepali, the language spoken by more than 30 million South Asian people.

Open source: The future of IT in Nigeria

  • Vanguard; By Segun Oni and Bolaji Onibudo (Posted by tadelste on Jan 10, 2006 7:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At Leapsoft Technologies, we see the future of IT in Nigeria as that of affordable software powering the Nation. Nigeria has long suffered from expensive proprietary software plaguing our government, education and private sectors with each of these bodies writing out huge cheques annually or even more frequently in licensing fees.

Some of these fees could be saved and better spent on improving education in our schools, improving the healthcare system or providing electricity and water to other parts of Nigeria that do not already have these utilities by adopting open source software that is a fraction of the cost of proprietary software.

SWsoft offers free, open source version of Virtuozzo

The company behind the virtual private server (VPS) software Virtuozzo announced yesterday it would release a "bare-bones" open source version called OpenVZ, which it expects to help drive development of the proprietary one.

Xandros seeks testers for new Linux desktop beta

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Jan 10, 2006 6:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's been over a year since Xandros Inc. launched a new version of its well-regarded Xandros Desktop Operating System, but the company is now looking for a few good beta testers for its next release. Xandros Desktop OS 4, which will be released later this year, will be based on the DCC Alliance's Common Core. This, in turn, is based on Debian 3.1, aka Sarge, which has been made LSB (Linux Standard Base) 3.0 compliant

DeLay tried, failed to aid Abramoff client

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer; By SUZANNE GAMBOA (Posted by tadelste on Jan 10, 2006 6:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WASHINGTON -- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tried to pressure the Bush administration into shutting down an Indian-owned casino that lobbyist Jack Abramoff wanted closed - shortly after a tribal client of Abramoff's donated to a DeLay political action committee, The Associated Press has learned.

[Ed: But he didn't know Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed or anyone else. Why he didn't even know that Bill Gates' and Michael Dell's Foundation gave his Foundation $350,000 -tadelste]

Abramoff pleaded guilty to federal charges and is cooperating with investigators whose bribery probe is now focusing on several members of Congress and their aides, including a former DeLay aide. Abramoff's former business partner Michael Scanlon, DeLay's former press aide, also has pleaded guilty in the case.

Guest opinion: DRM out of balance

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Jan 10, 2006 5:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
In a Linuxdevices.com guest column back in 2002, I argued that without a major attitude change, digital rights management (DRM) technologies would cause software security failures and generate safety problems for everything from medical equipment to military systems.

IP attorney: Why SCO has no case

  • SearchOpenSource; By Jan Stafford (Posted by Abe on Jan 10, 2006 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community, SCO

IT directors shouldn't worry about SCO Group's latest sallies in its legal war on Linux vendors IBM Corp. and Novell Inc., says attorney Thomas Carey. It's just more posturing, or as Shakespeare said, a tale "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

In this interview, Carey explains why SCO has no case, predicts the open source legal fields of battle for 2006 and discusses SCO's claims against Novell. Carey chairs the Business Practice Group of Bromberg & Sunstein LLP, an intellectual property law practice in Boston, Mass. Carey's IT background includes a stint as a programmer for the city of New York.

Xfce 4.2 -A light weight window manager heavy in features.

Wars have been fought on the net over which is the better desktop of the two ie KDE or Gnome. But what people miss out is that there are other options available to the Linux user if only he would look for them. One such project is Xfce desktop. This is a review of this light weight window manager.

High Priority Free Software Projects

There is a vital need to draw the free software community's attention to the ongoing development work on these particular projects.

These projects are important because computer users are continually being seduced into using non-free software, because there is no adequate free replacement. Please support these projects:

Two New Windows Metafile Bugs Found

  • PCWorld; By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service (Posted by Abe on Jan 10, 2006 4:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft

Just days after Microsoft patched a critical vulnerability in the way the Windows operating system renders certain types of graphics files, a hacker has published details of two new flaws that affect the same part of the operating system.

The new vulnerabilities were posted to the Bugtraq security mailing list today by a hacker using the name "cocoruder."

All Three Affect WMF Format

Apple Leaps Ahead With Intel-based Computers

  • InformationWeek; By Thomas Claburn (Posted by tadelste on Jan 10, 2006 4:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled new Intel-powered desktop and notebook computers, along with new digital lifestyle software, at the 2006 Macworld Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday morning. Starting today, Apple is selling a retooled iMac with the new Intel Core Duo processor. It's available with a 1.83-GHz Intel dual-core chip for $1,299 or with a faster 2.0-GHz dual-core processor for $1,699.

News: Novell Opens Its Armor

When it acquired Immunix in 2005, Novell gained the security tool it now calls AppArmor. Today, all of the community can benefit from the security application, as Novell has announced the release of AppArmor's source code under the GPL.

Red Hat CEO and Chairman Matthew J. Szulik to Deliver Keynote Address at C3 in New York City, June 27-29, 2006

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 10, 2006 2:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Red Hat To Sponsor Critical Linux Conference Track

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