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Microsoft takes on the free world

Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe. Fortune's Roger Parloff reports.

[A very good read and a good recap of events. Just one factual error: Not all GPL software copyright belongs to the FSF. — Sander

Copyright law reinforces monopoly, Open Source Society warns MPs

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Rob O'Neill (Posted by d0nk3y on May 13, 2007 3:16 PM EDT)
Technological protection could close PC platforms to open source operating systems

KOffice ODF Sprint Kickoff

The day before the real start of the KOffice meeting in Berlin, most developers had already arrived. After checking in and having dinner, they started hacking away at the KDAB office. Read on to learn about how this went and the plans the developers have for KOffice 2 and the coming weekend!

Debconf 9: Call for bids

So it is that time of the year again: the time of year we see people arguing over why they want to host DebConf in their country.

GIMP tricks: Neon inscription

  • (Posted by michux on May 13, 2007 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this tutorial we are going to show how to prepare a Neon inscription in GIMP. The article is meant for beginners, but you should know at least the basics of using GIMP in order to succeed. This is the first tutorial in the news series on so stay tuned!

Linux: 2.6.22-rc1, You Name It, It's There

"Ok, the merge window has closed, and 2.6.22-rc1 is out there," Linus Torvalds announced on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. He noted that there were a large number of changes, "almost seven thousand files changed, and that's not double-counting the files that got moved around." As to what was changed, Linus summarized, "architecture updates, drivers, filesystems, networking, security, build scripts, reorganizations, cleanups.. You name it, it's there."

Official Mozilla Corporation Weblog in the Works

A post on Spread Firefox has announced that an official Mozilla Corporation weblog will soon be launched. A project of the Mozilla marketing team, the new weblog will present the official Mozilla Corporation line on news and developments in the Mozilla ecosystem. The target audience for the weblog will be broad, encompassing users, community members, journalists and weblog authors. It is expected to launch by the end of May.

Howto install a content filtering and virus checking proxy (Part II)

  •; By Frank Neugebauer (Posted by fneagle on May 13, 2007 9:48 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Commercial filters are often expensive, especially when used on a large number of computers, as would be the case in a school computer lab or in small or medium companies with computer networks. In contrast, open source filters are generally freely available for download. In addition, since commercial filters are proprietary, in many cases the system administrator does not have the opportunity to modify or even view the lists of blocked sites. 

LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-May-2007

LXer Feature: 13-May-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

Installing Ubuntu Studio 7.04 - Linux For The Creative

Ubuntu Studio is a multimedia editing/creation flavour of Ubuntu, built for the GNU/Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast or professional. It is an official derivative of the Ubuntu open source operating system and comes with applications such as Ardour2, Wired, Hydrogen, Blender, Inkscape, Pitivi, and many more, as well as a beautiful dark theme. This walkthrough shows how to install it.

Battle of the botnets

An interesting look at the emerging turf war to control the mega botnets that are rented out to spammers, and which provide a lucrative income to organised crime gangs online.

AMD will deliver open graphics drivers

AMD will soon deliver open graphics drivers, said Henri Richard just a few minutes ago, and the audience at the opening keynote of the Red Hat Summit broke into applause and cheers. Richard, AMD’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, promised: “I’m here to commit to you that it’s going to get done.” He also promised that AMD is “going to be very proactive in changing way we interface with the Linux community.”

Microsoft attacks IBM over ODF

Microsoft has severely criticised IBM, saying the company is pushing the OpenDocument Format standard to the detriment of Microsoft's own Open XML standard.

[It's a little aged by now, but readers should know MS is still trying to shove two non-interoperable standards down our throats. The world does NOT need two standards to keep translating, we need one standard we can all use. Please, Microsoft, get that through your thick skulls! - dcparris]

Next Camino Release Will Carry 1.5 Version Number

Lead Camino developer Mike Pinkerton has announced that the next Camino release will be 1.5 rather than 1.1. Mike cites the large number of improvements as the reason for the version number hike: "Personally, I don't think calling it Camino 1.1 does it justice, it's more like a 1.5, so that's exactly what we've done."

Translating Messages in Second Life

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Peter Seebach (Posted by IdaAshley on May 12, 2007 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
In the last part of our exploration of the Second Life software, learn how to plug a simple command-line program into Second Life that provides a language translation function. This article looks at the technical issues involved in translating chat messages in Second Life.

Why This Is Important - Tux500

  •; By Bob Moore and helios (Posted by mbaehrlxer on May 12, 2007 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
This is an underdog team... the kind of team that sports fans love to root for. A small, local team celebrating the 10th anniversary of it's first Indianapolis 500. A team with a unique, and very special sponsor... a community of people promoting something that they built... that they love.

Installing 64-bit Oracle 10g on 64-bit Linux

What I think of home users trying to install 64-bit Oracle on 64-bit Linux is a matter of record -and I stand by everything I've written about it. So I take this opportunity now to tell you to save your time and efforts, stop reading this article and (please!) go and install 32-bit Oracle on a 32-bit O/S instead. Almost certainly, it will be quicker, less prone to error and just as functional when you're finished. But...

After 9 years, Bugzilla moves up to 3.0

Mozilla has released Bugzilla 3.0, with many new features and code improvements. Bugzilla, a server-based application designed to track and manage software development bug reports, began life as an internal program within Netscape, before version 2.0 was open-sourced in August 1998. In the nine years between versions 2.0 and 3.0, Bugzilla has been adopted by numerous companies and open source projects.

Multimedia-oriented Ubuntu Studio arrives

Ubuntu Studio 7.04, a Ubuntu Linux variant aimed at audio, video, and graphic enthusiasts, was released on May 10 by its U.S.-based project team. The distribution, based on a 2.6.20 kernel and the GNOME desktop, includes a collection of open-source applications that assist with multimedia creation.

After five months of Linux, I do Windows

When was the last time you installed Windows NT 4.0? If your answer is "never," I believe you. If you've done it countless times, do I have your sympathy? I need it. My most recent major Windows upgrade (chronicled on my This Old PC blog) was taking a Win 98se box to Windows 2000. For those who think Windows has some kind of compatibility advantage over Linux, let me recount how in Windows 98 I didn't have a prayer of getting my cheap Airlink 101 wireless card to work, USB was spotty, and the thing was painfully slow to boot and to run.

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