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Patent lawsuit a lose-lose for NetApp, Sun

Law suits sparked by patent infringement claims are risky ventures. They hardly ever make either party look good, and they are anything but sure bets as revenue producers - unless you're an attorney. Therefore, when they do happen, those involved usually go out of their way to keep all but the essential facts of the case from public view. Not so with the current sue-me-sue-you spat between Network Appliance and Sun. Here we have Dave Hitz of NetApp and Jonathan Schwartz of Sun arguing their cases blogospherically and in conflicting detail.

GPLv3 is officially open source

The Open Source Initiative's chairman, Michael Tiemann, announced Friday that the organization's licensing board have officially approve the version three of the General Public License and Lesser General Public License as OSI-approved.

Linux is the road to success

I am always looking for other jobs, not because I am unhappy or really ready to get one, but because I always want to see what’s out there. When it comes to meteorology jobs or science jobs in general, any good ones want you to be comfortable with linux. Linux is the way of the future and we need to accept it.

VMware unveils 32MB version of ESX Server

The rumors about VMware putting ESX Server on dietary supplements have been confirmed. The virtualization darling today revealed ESX Server 3i - a super-thin hypervisor that will be built into the memory of servers from companies such as Dell, HP and IBM. We've been writing about the so-called ESX Lite for some time now, particularly in conjunction with Dell. The Round Rock-based server maker plans to ship an appliance-like machine later this year that will include a hypervisor in flash memory.

The "Windows World" Doesn't Get FOSS...(or maybe they do)

FOSS is nothing but a bunch of Birkenstock-wearing, aging hippies that are trying to make one last stand before retiring to a Senior Citizen Assisted Living Center. Yeah, we took their application... "Whadda'they gonna do about it...? Pout and hold a demonstration?"

No jury for SCO vs. Novell

SCO wanted a jury to hear its side of the story in its Novell lawsuit, but U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball has ruled that he, and he alone, will hear the case. In his ruling on this, Kimball wrote that SCO had no "just reason for delay of entry of final judgment in light of the strong policy against piecemeal appeals." After all, Kimball continued, "The court finds no compelling reason to separate these remaining claims for an immediate appeal given that the remaining claims in the case will be ready for appeal in two to three months. Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming trial, there will undoubtedly be an appeal at that time."

AMD: GPU Specifications Without NDAs!

This morning at the X Developer Summit in the United Kingdom, Matthew Tippett and John Bridgman of AMD have announced that they will be releasing their ATI GPU specifications without any Non-Disclosure Agreements needed by the developers! In other words, their GPU specifications will be given to developers in the open. Therefore you shouldn't need to worry about another R200 incident taking place.

SCO's Darl McBride remains defiant

In an interview at Wired, Darl McBride, the CEO and President of SCO Group, remained defiant in the face of SCO's recent crushing setbacks in its lawsuit against Novell over the copyrights to UNIX SVRX. The article briefly reviews the history behind SCO's lawsuits against IBM, Novell and others, however it gets a few things wrong.

Edubuntu to the rescue again

I finally had a chance to meet with our new librarian today. After being without an actual librarian for so long, it was incredibly cool to talk with someone who knew something more about academic research than how to Google. When I asked her how she felt about spending big chunks of her budget on commercial library software like Follett’s Destiny, vs. potentially more labor-intensive but free open-source solutions, she said, “I’m not afraid of learning new things. Why don’t you set up a server with one of the open source systems and I’ll give it a shot.” Rock on.

Opinion: The Best Open Source Business Models

Discovering the perfect formula for profiting from an open source project is not easy. There are countless variables that must be considered, many of which determine early on whether or not a project will be successful with the community using it.

Swapoff Performance

"My experiments show that when there is not much free physical memory, swapoff moves pages out of swap at a rate of approximately 5mb/sec," Daniel Drake noted in a recent discussion about swapoff performance. He added, "I've read into the swap code and I have some understanding that this is an expensive operation (and has to be)." Hugh Dickins acknowledged, "Yes, it can be shamefully slow. But we've done nothing about it for years, simply because very few actually suffer from its worst cases. You're the first I've heard complain about it in a long time: perhaps you'll be joined by a chorus, and we can have fun looking at it again."

Software Freedom Day and the open source way

Mark this Saturday, September 15th, in your diary. It’s Software Freedom Day and it’s coming to you. That's "free" as in "free lunch" but also "free" as in liberty. Software Freedom Day is described by its organising body as a global, grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of software freedom and the virtues and availability of free and open source software (“FOSS”). Previously, Software Freedom Day garnered 200 teams around the world and is sure to well exceed that figure this time around in 60 different nations.

SCALE Gears Up!

The Sixth Annual SoCal Linux Expo will be February 8th-10th, 2008. It will again be at the Westin LAX. SCALE has reserved more of the hotel resources for SCALE 6X which will help address some of the seminar crowding issues that arose during S5X (success is a nice problem to have).

Life or Liberty Must be Open Source

Curtis Poe on oreillynet.com hasan important opinion piece in which he argues:"...thatany software with substantial risk to harm your life or liberty must be open source. I’m not saying that it should be free or that manufacturers should not be allowed protections, but the protection of the people must come first. Certainly we could come up with schemes for various systems which might purport to thoroughly test them without opening up the code, but there are too many systems and too many parameters for us to do this safely on a case-by-case basis..." Editor's note: Electronic Medical Record falls firmly in this category.

IBM Throws its Active Support behind OpenOffice.org (at last)

In what many will see as a long-overdue move, OpenOffice.org announced today that IBM will become an active supporter of, and contributor to, OpenOffice, the leading ODF-compliant competitor to Microsoft Office. The question that many will be asking is this: What took so long?

A sophisticated HTML view of an XML

Take an unwieldy stylesheet and refactor it into smaller and more maintainable pieces of code and build a sample app that uses these features to save time and code with XPath 2.0 and XSLT 2.0 Here are the three key new features of XPath 2.0 and XSLT 2.0 that allows you to create the most elegant solutions to processing XML.

SA developer elected to Joomla dev team

South African programmer Charl van Niekerk has been invited to be part of the Joomla development working team following his successful Google Summer of Code project.

The Open Source Solution to Solving Linux Wi-Fi Problem

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 10, 2007 1:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Could this be the badly needed 'fix' that we need in the wireless world with regard to Linux? While it does present a new world of simplicity with getting innovation underway, I do not think this alone is going to help get more wireless vendors on board with the Linux movement anytime soon.

How to give your low-end Canon digital camera RAW support

If you have a point-and-click digital camera made by Canon, you may be able to turn on all sorts of features usually reserved for more expensive SLRs. That includes live histograms, depth-of-field calculation, under and overexposure highlighting, and -- best of all -- shooting your pictures in RAW. The secret is CHDK, an enhanced, free software replacement firmware.

Lenovo ups interest in Linux for laptops

Is PC maker Lenovo looking for a Linux distribution to ship with their product range? A blog by a senior Lenovo staffer calling for users to vote for their favourite distribution suggest the company may be doing exactly this.

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