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UIMA Architecture SDK v1.2 Released

SDK v1.2 is a multi-platform Java software architecture and framework for supporting the development, integration, and deployment of search and analysis technologies.

Judge Chides Microsoft Music Idea

"In a rare display of indignation, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly demanded an explanation Wednesday from Microsoft's lawyers and told them, 'This should not be happening'." [Is monopolism like alcoholism - once a monopolist, always a monopolist? Let's hope the lesson learned is the right lesson. - Ed]

The Eclipse Foundation: An open source means to an end

For this initial column, here is a quick overview of Eclipse and its governing body. I included a snapshot of the members in this issue to point out to those devoted to proprietary solutions to review the tables carefully, as your competitors may be listed.

GNU/Linux, OEMs, Microsoft, Computer vendors and the End User

Nishant writes: "Now, if I don’t want to use Windows at all, why should I pay for it? Is there no freedom for a computer buyer if he goes for branded ones?" [He goes on to make the case for a grassroots movement to expose vendors to GNU/Linux. - Ed]

How to Silence a Computer

  • Quiet PC USA; By Michael Farnsworth (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 27, 2005 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is more or less the article that appeared in the October issue of the prestigious and informative ‘EQ Magazine’. The article as it appeared in the magazine has some photos of some of the components mentioned in this article. Many thanks to Craig Anderton and the wonderful staff there. If you are into audio recording and production, this magazine is an excellent and invaluable resource.

Mysql CEO: Partnerships will propel OSS into mainstream

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jan Stafford (Posted by tadelste on Oct 27, 2005 2:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, MySQL
In the business IT shop of the near future, open source software will gain equality with proprietary software, but it won't get there on its own power, said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. It will ride in on the coattails of major systems and software vendors, just as Linux won users after IBM endorsed it.

Groklaw: Monday's Big Meeting

Like you thought Microsoft's money wasn't any good any more? Kidding. Sorta But you had to know they'd try something.

It looks to me like we'd all better use their software so no one gets hurt. Any government that decides to use OpenDocument Format will be sat on. At least that is how it appears to me.

Why do people switch to Linux? [A LXer Story]

[ED- This must be the first self-referential story posted -- bstadil.]

During the last month, we conducted a survey of readers who use Linux. We asked them why they switched to Linux and received a plethora of answers. Surprisingly, anti-Microsoft sentiment had less to do with the choice than one might imagine.

Could the pundits have it all wrong? Is it possible that Linux stands on its own merits? Most Linux users would say "yes". Use of Linux does not represent a rebellion against Microsoft and Linux stands on its own as a user preference.

Software Giant Killers

  • Washington Post (Posted by tadelste on Oct 27, 2005 10:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Think you need to cough up large sums of money for an office suite, security tools, and other essential programs? These free and low-cost alternatives provide power without the high price.

[Ed: In other words, don't look a gift horse in the mouth]

Free translation software for Linux

Under the name OpenLogos GlobalWare AG is offering to private individuals, universities and other public institutions a free translation system for Linux. The software can be downloaded from the website of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

Report: Google Displays Model OSS Citizenship

One of the hottest companies on the planet, it is a well-known fact that Google has relied on open source tools and technology to build itself. But how good of an open source citizen is Google? Based on its actions in 2005, the company's doing a pretty good job.

Geronimo! IBM to offer open source app server

  • Search Webservices; By Michael Meehan (Posted by tadelste on Oct 27, 2005 9:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Don't call it Little Blue quite yet, but IBM yesterday announced that in mid-November it will roll out an open source J2EE application server based on the Apache Geronimo project.

Called the WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE), the roughly 60 MB free download builds on the May acquisition of Gluecode Software, which had made significant contributions to the Geronimo project, including a user interface and administration.

Novell missteps not affecting SuSE

  • SearchOpenSource.com; By Jack Loftus, News Writer (Posted by tadelste on Oct 27, 2005 9:01 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE, Novell; Story Type: News Story
Current users of SuSE should not panic even if the 20% workforce cuts cited in recent news reports come to fruition, said Charles King, principal analyst for Pundit-IT Research, Hayward, Calif.

To date, the official response from Novell Inc. has been that it does not comment on rumor or speculation, but the company did state in a conference call this month that "some cost-cutting moves" were on the horizon.

Even in the unlikely event that Novell does fold, King said, the SuSE Linux brand is attractive enough to be picked up by another vendor.

"I don't see Novell going anywhere anytime soon, but if [they] bobble this, I see it reflecting more badly on Novell than on SuSE," King said. "Then, if Novell can't get it together, SuSE may be an interesting bit for another vendor to acquire."

Overloading in Java is Groovy

Many developers who started out using C++ will admit some nostalgia for overload operators such as + and -. The Java language has banned operator overloading, but upstart Groovy says "bring it on!"

Popular alternatives add to software choices

  • Yale Daily News; By DANIEL HOLEVOET (Posted by tadelste on Oct 27, 2005 8:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When computers first became available to individuals, most of the cost was in the hardware, and the software that it came with was basically free. But today, with computers available in abundance for a few hundred dollars, most of the computing cost is in the software that users purchase. Fortunately, for the cost-conscious, free or open source alternatives now exist for many popular, or expensive, applications -- whether Yalies choose to use Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. Open source projects are programs that provide source code along with the application, allowing users to modify the software to their preference, or run it for free.

Fernando Cassia's Article Digs Deeply in Sun's JDS Linux Desktop

You can find lots of news about Sun's JDS Desktop becoming available for Linux distributions. Fernando Cassia's offering on "The Inquirer" offers valuable insight into the significance of the offering.

Apache's good reputation drives demand for open web server skills

The Apache HTTP server - now 10 years old - is the product of an open source initiative dedicated to keeping the internet free from commercial control. It is a key part of the Lamp (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) platform.

Colleges Protest Call to Upgrade Online Systems

  • NY Times - Suggested by Corriher; By SAM DILLON and STEPHEN LABATON (Posted by tadelste on Oct 27, 2005 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The federal government, vastly extending the reach of an 11-year-old law, is requiring hundreds of universities, online communications companies and cities to overhaul their Internet computer networks to make it easier for law enforcement authorities to monitor e-mail and other online communications.

GNOME Foundation votes on board dispute

The GNOME Foundation is holding a referendum through the end of next week to decide how many people will sit on its board of directors.

Google wants your car listings, events, etc.

In a move that could put Google in competition with eBay, the search giant is testing a new service that would allow people to post and make searchable any type of content, a Google spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

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