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Comment of the Day - Microsoft's Undisclosed Balance-Sheet Liability

Comment of the Day - 24-Dec-2006

LXer reader, schestowitz, points out that Microsoft has one or two balance-sheet liabilities of its own:

Opening the Pandora Box? I suspect not... IBM and others would rip them.

Microsoft's Undisclosed Balance-sheet Liability

NT influenced by Unix

,----[ Quote ] (Gates:) "And through Windows NT, you can see it throughout the design. In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix. There are so many of the design decisions that have been influenced by that environment. And that's no accident." In light of the recent saber rattling about Linux and patents, the "There are so many of the design decisions that have been influenced by that environment" sentence is particularly interesting if these patent threats include things that are prior Unix art. "In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix" is also telling. I said before that I don't think that's the case; I think the patent stuff is talking about things like Samba and Mono, but even there the "influenced by that environment" could be important in the court of public opinion if not in actual law. `----

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Penguin in the Pew 2.0 Now a Gratis Download

Penguin in the Pew 2.0, available through, both in paperback and PDF formats, is now available as a free (gratis) download from Matheteuo Christian Fellowship

Vista security spec 'longest suicide note in history'

Vista's content protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history, claims a new and detailed report from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Give the Gift of Pre-Installed Linux This Year

LXer Feature: 24-Dec-2006

With Christmas around the corner, you'll be glad to know that you can check out over 100 vendors around the globe who offer desktop and notebook computers with GNU/Linux pre-installed. Put another way, LXer's Pre-Installed Linux Vendor database is now available!

Lxy lxy lxy Leapin' Linux! Here are predictions for 2007

Dear Propeller Heads: One of my New Year's resolutions is keep up with technology. What's going to happen in 2007 that I should be aware of? A: That's amazing! Your timing is perfect for the 3rd annual Propeller Head Predictions! Nostradamus, Jeane Dixon, Miss Cleo and the Propeller Heads we're in good company. So here goes.

Episode 1 of the_source released (ZFS,Cinelerra)

  • the_source; By Aaron Newcomb (Posted by dave on Dec 24, 2006 7:24 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: Interview
Episode 1 "The Filesystem Menace" of the open source video podcast the_source has been released just in time for Christmas.

Mozilla issues security updates

Firefox users have been urged to update their browser immediately after Mozilla, the organisation behind the popular browser, said it had fixed eight vulnerabilities in Firefox 2.0.

Some Ruby Before Christmas

'Twas the Saturday before Christmas and throughout Ruby-land hackers were working, refact'ring by hand. Their programs were written with the greatest of care in hopes that a new VM soon would be there. The newsgroup was still, the irc channels too In light of the quiet, what's a blogger to do? When up on the mail list, there arose such a clatter I sprang to my laptop to see what was the matter. When what to my wondering eyes should appear but a great bunch of news before the New Year.

Microsoft hiring "open source evangelist"?

I couldn't make this up if I tried. A friend pinged me and said he'd gotten a call from a Microsoft recruiter trying to fill a position she described as "open source evangelist." My friend, who does not want his name associated with this story, is without question an open source evangelist, and quite a successful one at that. But he is not interested in going to work for Microsoft. Are you?

Semantic Search with UIMA and OmniFind

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Michael Baessler and others (Posted by IdaAshley on Dec 23, 2006 2:23 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Walk through an end-to-end scenario for creating and deploying custom text analysis in OmniFind Enterprise Edition 8.4. Find out everything you need to know from writing and testing a UIMA annotator, deploying it in OmniFind, and creating semantic search queries, to writing a custom search application for your custom content. Be sure to check out Part 1 for an introduction to semantic search capabilities using OmniFind.

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IMHO speed is overrated. Benchmarks execute hundreds of millions of the same instructions, taking ages to finish. In real life that is almost never the case, except for some pretty processor intensive jobs you'd never dream to write in a scripting language. Telling an interpreter it is slow makes just as much sense as telling a bicycle it is slow. Although that is true, millions of Dutchmen find good reasons to use them every day. If you need to go a long way, you simply won't use a bicycle. If an interpreter is too slow for a job, you grab a compiler. It is as simple as that.

25 Shortcomings of Microsoft Vista OS - A good reason to choose GNU/Linux ...

This article analyzes the shortcomings of Microsoft Vista OS found by a reviewer and arrives at the conclusion that GNU/Linux has a lot of advantages over Vista OS and in the long run, it really pays to use GNU/Linux and safeguard ones Freedom in the process instead of getting tied down to a proprietary OS such as Vista.

Why Microsoft (probably) won't sue us for infringing 'IP'

LXer Feature: 23-Dec-2006

Opinion - August 2004, Microsofts Steve Ballmer warned Asian governments that Linux infringes 283 patents, some of which belong to Microsoft, and that those countries might experience trouble as a member of the WTO. However, nothing happened ever since (except more threats). Why doesn't Microsoft sue 'us', the users? Here are some more reasons you might not have thought of before.

Xara LX may be hibernating, but it's not dead

  •; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Dec 23, 2006 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Graphics software vendor Xara says its open source vector illustration project Xara LX is far from dead, even though work on it has slowed to a crawl in recent months.

Sector Snap-Linux

Shares of Red Hat Inc. soared Friday on strong earnings results from the Linux operating system developer. But stocks of larger competitors barely budged, and some analysts saw a limited threat to Red Hat from software makers Oracle Corp. and Novell Inc.

Certification: A First Look at LPIC-3 Certification

  • Sys Admin Magazine; By Emmett Dulaney (Posted by dcparris on Dec 23, 2006 9:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Among the most respected vendor-neutral certifications in the industry are those from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). LPI Level 1 certification (LPIC-1) is the junior-level certification intended to verify the very basic skills needed by a beginning administrator to work with Linux. There are two exams that you must pass, and they consist of questions that are multiple-choice as well as fill-in-the-blank -- the latter question type making the exams much more difficult than those from many other vendors. LPIC-2 certification also requires passing two exams with the same question types, but now the topics are much more advanced and you need to be a knowledgeable administrator to pass.

New MEPIS Beta Arrives

MEPIS LLC today announced that Beta1 of SimplyMEPIS-32 Version 6.0-4, aka SystemUpdate1, is currently available for download by MEPIS "subscribers" and is working its way onto public mirrors. Earlier versions of this KDE-based Linux desktop distribution have been well received by users.

Red Hat In The Black

If Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison thought Linux purveyor Red Hat would go down easily, he was wrong.

Red Hat CEO on Microsoft, Novell customers

Linux vendor Red Hat posted solid results Thursday amid rising competitive pressure from Oracle, Novell and Microsoft. During the earnings call with analysts, Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik was asked about Microsoft's announcement of three joint customers with Novell this week. Old news, he said.

Softmaker Office 2006 for Linux and FreeBSD Released

German software vendor SoftMaker has released SoftMaker Office 2006 for Linux and FreeBSD, an office suite for computers running Linux or FreeBSD that reads and writes all Microsoft Word and Excel files.

[Not to fear - there's still and KOffice. They're truly free. - dcparris]

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