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What's Covered by the Microsoft/Novell Patent Deal

We've known that a major part of the Microsoft/Novell Linux co-operation agreement was about patents. What we didn't know, however, was what technologies would be covered, and what ones wouldn't, by the agreement. Now, thanks to Jason Matusow, Microsoft's director of corporate standards, we now know what's what.

This week at LWN: Oracle's repackaged RHEL

For weeks the rumor mill has been full of guesses about what Oracle's big Linux news, if any, might be. None of them, however, were correct. In the end, Oracle has announced a competing support program for Red Hat Linux. It will be most interesting to see how things will evolve from here. At least nobody is complaining anymore that you can't get support for Linux. Oracle's program is easy to understand: Oracle starts with Red Hat Linux, removes Red Hat trademarks, and then adds Linux bug fixes... Every time Red Hat distributes a new version we will resynchronize with their code. All we add are bug fixes, which are immediately available to Red Hat and the rest of the community.

>from freedom to slavery; a week of two distros

While gNewSense enjoys its initial introduction as a fully free as in freedom distribution, it seems at the same time an existing GNU/Linux distribution has turned to slavery. Excuse me a moment, while I remove the metaphorical knife from my back before continuing. Never before has the contrast between software freedom and intellectual slavery been more clear thanks to the proud efforts of gNewSense, and the craven ones of Novell.

Digital UTOPIA

  • San Francisco Chronicle; By Dan Fost (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 5, 2006 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Web 2.0 words -- from ajax to wiki

Managing Xen With Xen-Tools, Xen-Shell, And Argo

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 5, 2006 9:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This guide describes how to install and use xen-tools, xen-shell, and Argo on a Debian system. All three packages provide useful tools for the administration of virtual Xen machines. Xen-tools is a collection of Perl scripts that allow you to easily create, update, and delete Xen guest domains. The xen-shell provides a command-line interface to owners of Xen domains so that they can manage their Xen domains without the help of the server administrator. And with Argo, you can control Xen domains through a web interface or through a menu on the command line.

Ballmer Invites Patent Talks with Competing Linux Vendors

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says competing Linux vendors such as Red Hat and Oracle have strong incentives to follow Novell's initiative in reaching a patent liability settlement with Microsoft.

Novell & Microsoft: What do you Think?

..The two companies also announced an agreement to provide each other's customers with patent coverage for their respective products. These agreements will be in place until at least 2012. Under this new model, customers will realize unprecedented choice and flexibility through improved interoperability and manageability between Windows and Linux.

[Here is your chance to tell Novell what you think of their deal with the devil. - Scott]

Red Hat: We will be here in one year, Novell will not

The Novell/Microsoft partnership had the desired short-term effect both companies were looking for: Red Hat stock went down, said Red Hat general counsel Mark Webbink in today's interview with SearchOpenSource.com. On the other hand, Webbink said, the hype surrounding the announcements from Oracle, Microsoft and Novell will be short- lived. In the end, Red Hat's high customer satisfaction ratings will allow his company to ride the tide. In one year's time, Webbink said, Red Hat would be the only Linux commercial vendor left standing, Microsoft support or not.

Ten ideas about Ideas

Which has more leverage in the marketplace— A) disclosure or B) secrecy? Which is more supportive of growing markets— A) public infrastructure or B) private platforms? Which is better for inventive entrepreneurs— A) sharing one's great ideas to drive development and adoption, or B) patenting and keeping secret one's"intellectual property"?I'm sure most Linux Journal readers would answer"A" to each of those questions, plus other questions like them. Yet I suspect that most venture capitalists would rather fund the"B" choices.

Linux on the Desktop

It has become something of a cliché that Linux has reached a critical point in its development and adoption. However, this is especially true now when we look at what events are lined up to occur in the near future, and particularly in the desktop area.

Open Source web2.0 VoIP Video Conferencing Software for Asterisk

VoIP and VVoIP solutions provider Adiance Technologies Pvt. Ltd. launches Alpha Version of 1Videoconference — One of the World’s First open source web based video conferencing solution for Asterisk. Developers at Adiance have again succeeded in becoming some of the world's first innovators to stream asterisk audio/ video channels to web browsers, clearing the way for the most advanced video solutions such as, IP TV, video conferencing, video contact center, remote surveillance, video kiosk and video pbx etc.,

Dirk Dashing: Secret Agent for Linux Updated

My Game Company has released a Dirk Dashing update for Linux, to fix several bugs found by Linux gamers.

'Business responsible for security of digital products and services'

LXer Feature: 04-Nov-2006

Old news, but still very interesting for our readers: 'De Consumentenbond' (The Dutch Consumer Union) recently said digital security issues (virusses, spam etc.) are too complex for consumers to handle. Therefore, these issues should be handled by professional business, not by consumers. Also, business should be responsible for damage caused by insecure products it sold.

Note: Click on "Read more" for my English summary, click on "Full Story" to go to the story at the Dutch-only site of 'De Consumentenbond'. Parts of it are subscription-only.

Red Hat forced to provide patent indemnification

Stung by Oracle's entry into its Linux support market space and Novell's partnership with Microsoft, Red Hat has quietly sneaked in an indemnification guarantee for customers against any possible patent infringement claims. Oracle and Microsoft have stung Red Hat with a double blow, both companies providing Linux users with assurances that they will be protected against intellectual property infringement lawsuits resulting from proprietary software blended with open source Linux.

Oracle, Intel in Linux Server Push

The Intel-Oracle collaboration will call for both companies to work together to ensure timely certification and coordinated delivery of their products into the data center. As part of this work, Intel and Oracle will establish industry-standard benchmarks for the data center for joint publication.

Opinion: Microsoft, Sun, Oracle can't sidestep Linux, open source ...

I had my "flying-pigs" moment on seeing the headlines: rapprochement, accord, peace between Linux and Microsoft. But when I try to delve into the details, I see just another incremental move in the competitive world of commercial software, with an extra dimension added by the nature of open source.

Commentary: Open Source is not a verb

I am a linguist by training. Long before I delved into free software and was snagged by the quagmire of marketing, I pondered the marvels of morphology, the grimness of grammar and the splendor of semantics. It is only natural then that my wrangling criticism of industry-speak, in both technical and literary modes, is informed by ingrained linguistic sensibilities, descriptive and proscriptive. Given my background, I find it vexing when open source is used as a verb.

Develop HTML Widgets with Dojo

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Igor Kusakov (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 4, 2006 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Learn the basics of developing HTML widgets using Dojo; including how to refer an image, how to add an event handler to an HTML page, and how to handle composite widgets. Also, discover important differences between plain old JavaScript-style coding versus using Dojo.

Apache packages: creating a support vacuum

OSS in the real worldComment Right at the end of OSCon in September, I got the opportunity to harangue Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth about the support vacuum distros such as his create. He didn't have an answer. OK, I was putting him on the spot, but I don't think he'd have done much better if he'd had notice of the question. Frankly, I don't think there is an answer.

New Open Source Projects, OpenClovis

OpenClovis, Inc. will launch several new open source projects that aim to provide high availability and carrier grade capabilities, which are required by the telecommunications industry, to popular open source telephony and enterprise applications. At the same time, the company will also promote additional open source projects to accelerate the pre-integration of open source telecom Independent Software Vendor (ISV) solutions with its own commercial-off-the- shelf (COTS), open source, high availability service application platform.

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