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Breakin' It Down

There has been some strong negativity in some of the articles and more than a few responses lately. With Dell tilting and twirling on the Linux machine line of products and Microsoft playing the ever-present boogie man, there has been much on the minus side of the ledger for us to chew on. At times there seemed little for which to be content. Until Dave talked to me.

Photos: Linux penguin to race in the Indy 500

Penguins, start your engines. If you watch the Indianapolis 500 on TV this Sunday, look closely at the blue car No. 77 and you might see a penguin running over 250 mph.

You cannot advertise an iGasm, says Apple

  • IT Pro; By Davey Winder (Posted by popstarviolet on May 24, 2007 2:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor
Looks like Apple cannot see the funny side of an iGasm sex toy that plugs into an iPod to provide a new meaning to getting down to the beat.

Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of Linux

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by h00pla on May 24, 2007 2:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Regardless of who's being paid how much to say what, we need to be extremely vigilant and monitor closely what is published out there against Linux, Free Software and Open Source. We need to expose shills, FUDsters and frauds for what they really are. But simply defending ourselves is not enough. We also need to go on the counter attack. We need to de-legitimize both messenger and the message.

This week at LWN: A day at the Open Source Business Conference

LWN readers will certainly be aware that your editor spends a fair amount of time at development-oriented conferences. In some ways all conferences are alike, but, still, all that experience was insufficient to prepare your editor for OSBC, which is a different sort of affair. Neckties, Blackberries, and Windows laptops are ubiquitous. There are booths for law firms. People wonder about whether customers should buy their "open source" software licenses on a one-time or subscription basis. The wireless network actually works, but power outlets are nowhere to be found. It's all very strange

The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2007 Spring Free

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 24, 2007 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
This guide shows how to set up a Mandriva 2007 Spring Free server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Mandriva 2007 Spring, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

SpeedFilm Joins Chastain Motorsports’ Indy 500 Program, Credits Tux 500

SpeedFilm, a transparent, polyurethane film paint protection system for fine vehicles, has come on board the Chastain Motorsports Indy 500 program.

HostMySite.Com Launches Premium ColdFusion VPS Plans for Linux

ColdFusion web host HostMySite.com has added two new Linux ColdFusion Virtual Private Server (VPS) plans to their lineup of high-performance products and services. The new ColdFusion VPS plans feature CFMX7, MySQL 5, Red Hat Enterprise, and a limited number of clients per server.

Microsoft, Novell Defend Linux Deal

Officials from Microsoft and Novell took to the stage at the Open Source Business Conference on Wednesday to insist their recent cooperation agreement was good for the open source software community, but they were unable to convince everyone of their altruism.

Is Ubuntu Linux for You, Too?

Those Ubuntu-powered Dell machines are almost here.

Study: Developers Do Not Want GPL 3 to Police Patents

A new Microsoft-funded study has found that open-source developers do not believe that licenses such as the upcoming GNU General Public License 3.0 should enforce software patents or prevent deals like the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement.

'The List': Open Source Advocates Unleash Fury at Microsoft

"The List" is nearly 500 names long, and growing rapidly. It might have started out as a light-hearted jab, but it has quickly become a flash point of the building fury in the open source software community toward Microsoft and its recent claim of patent infringements.

Sun and Redflag Chinese 2000 to Collaborate on OpenOffice.org Projects

Announce Engineering Effort in the Ongoing Development of the World's Leading Free Productivity Suite

Sonos Partners With Pandora Music Service

  • PC World; By Jim Dalrymple (Posted by dcparris on May 24, 2007 8:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Customized streaming radio service will soon be available to users of the Sonos wireless music system.

[Sonos is a GNU/Linux-based device - dcparris]

Ubuntu: Microsoft is Patent Pal

Open source faces other threats, while Microsoft has its own patent fights, Ubuntu founder says.

In pursuit of code quality: Beware the tight couple!

Learn how to recognize a tightly coupled system and then disentangle it using the Dependency Inversion Principle.

GPL author: Google must share code

  • PC World Australia; By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service (Posted by dcparris on May 24, 2007 7:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Companies like Google that build their business on software such as Linux have a moral imperative to contribute back to the free software community, a prominent open-source advocate said Tuesday.

[The title is horribly off-base - makes it seem like the GPLv3 will require Google, et. al., to distribute their in-house modified libre software. The article makes it clear this is untrue, but the title is very misleading. - dcparris]

Lina Previews Groundbreaking Technology at OSBC 2007

LINA Allows Open Source Applications, Compiled Once, to Run on Windows, Mac, and Linux Platforms with Native Look and Feel

Novell to detail Microsoft patent pact

Novell plans to reveal the details in conjunction with filing its upcoming annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, spokesman Bruce Lowry said Wednesday at the Open Source Business Conference here. The report had been held up by Novell's investigation into its stock option compensation practices.

Novell and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Team Up to Reform Software Patents

- Organizations will jointly lobby governments, international organizations - Novell to support EFF 'Patent Busting' initiative

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