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EU officials warn Google on search data retention

Despite recent changes in Google’s data-retention policy, data protection officials from 27 European countries have written to Google warning that the search giant may be in breach European privacy rules because of the way it stores data on individual searches.

Get a life or just Google it - the choice is yours

Get a life or just Google it - the choice is yours

[Hmmm... No wonder John Connor lived "off the grid" - dcparris]

Paper-thin flexible video displays

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on May 29, 2007 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The concept of flexible digital displays in not new. But a working model is. Sony this week released video of exactly that.

[No word yet on the availability of GNU/Linux drivers for this one - dcparris]

Dell release Linux on PCs ... only in US

Asia Pacific customers wanting to get their hands on Dell PCs, pre-loaded with Ubuntu Linux, will have to wait.

Joost on Linux: it's difficult, but possible

  • Ars Technica; By Ryan Paul (Posted by dcparris on May 29, 2007 3:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Joost, the compelling new on-demand P2P video service from the creators of Skype, has attracted considerable attention since the launch of its closed beta program. Last week, we offered 10,000 of our readers the opportunity to join in on the fun. I grabbed an invite myself so that I could put Joost to the test on the open-source Linux platform.

HELIOS offers free Linux distribution for Sony PLAYSTATION

HELIOS’ simplified Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 utilizes the IBM 64-bit 3.2 GHz Cell processor to provide a powerful state of the art Linux server for Sony PLAYSTATION 3

[Not to be confused with Helios, the Texas FOSS advocate - dcparris]

Microsoft's scare tactics protecting profits, says Linux Foundation

Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin says Microsoft's recent patent claim against Linux and the open source community is a furphy, alleging it is a delaying tactic to merely help protect its profits, according to a column penned last Friday in Business Week.

IBM and HP Lead, Linux Now at 13%, SOA and Virtualization Drive Server Sales

Windows Servers Growing Faster than Linux Servers for First Time

OpenDocument and the Move to XML Formats

  • IT Conversations; By Gary Edwards (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 11:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Podcast; Groups: Community
Customers are now implementing solutions based upon the OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Microsoft's OpenXML standard, endorsed by ECMA, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Billions of word processing and spreadsheet files are being converted to XML in one of these two formats. OpenDocument expert Gary Edwards believes that adopting OpenXML means lock-in to Microsoft products on an unprecedented scale. In this podcast, Edwards defends OpenDocument's capabilities but also challenges the ODF community to out-innovate Microsoft to provide a competitive alternative to Microsoft's lock-in. He also challenges the open standards community to focus on delivering alternatives to Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint servers. Edwards also describes Open Document Foundation's da Vinci plug-ins for Microsoft Office.

[This was actually posted a while back, but is still of interest to LXer readers. - dcparris]

BEA tackles realtime Java challenge

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 10:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
More realtime than beforeBEA Systems is adding go faster stripes to its Java application server, with two products designed for time-critical work environments.

[Not strictly GNU/Linux-related, but might be of interest to some readers. - dcparris]

Nicholas Carr has got it wrong. Open Source follows Bazaar model and it is democratic

Recently, Nicholas Carr wrote an article titled "The Ignorance of the Crowds" in the Strategy+Business Magazine. In the article, he tries to portray open source as a hybrid Bazaar-Cathedral model and warns the businesses against any reliance on the open source process to drive innovation. In this post, I am going to take his arguments and show how he has got it totally wrong.

So, What is the Hacker Ethic Anyway?

In my last blog post, I mentioned a piece of the Hacker Ethic. Were it not for said code of ethics, the Free and Open Source Software movements would not be where they are today... Let's take a look at the Hacker Ethic.

Consumer Electronics: Closing In on Linux

  • LinuxInsider; By Jack M. Germain (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 7:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux has the remarkable ability to be adapted and scaled to specific purposes. It can run corporate servers, personal computers and even small consumer electronics devices. Open source isn't a CE manufacturer's only choice for a micro OS -- among other options are WinCE and Wind River. Unlike other applications, however, a Linux system demands no royalties.

Truth about Microsoft's Linux deal revealed

Microsoft SEC filings open up on Novell plan

KDE Commit-Digest for 27th May 2007

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Continued work in Plasma, particularly in the clock visualisations.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 89

Full Tilt for Krita!

  • KDE Dot News; By Boudewijn Rempt (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 3:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Krita development is in a crucial phase, we are adding fun, useful and amazing stuff at a stunning rate. But there are things that no Krita developer can do, because we lack the proper hardware. Krita's renaissance started with a simple Wacom Graphire tablet, and it led to some great new possibilities.

KDE to be at Linuxtag 2007

  • KDE Dot News; By Jörg Hoh (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 2:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
This year Germany's LinuxTag conference and exhibition takes place in in Berlin's Messe for the first time.

ATI Drivers: Ubuntu vs. Windows

Yesterday we covered the graphics hardware needed to handle Beryl and on the heels of that article we are taking a quick look at another Linux versus Windows comparison for the official ATI/AMD graphics drivers. NVIDIA's Linux and Windows drivers perform about the same and in some instances the Linux binary driver even running faster, but as we have been sharing now for many months the Linux fglrx driver is handicapped for performance. Has things since improved for ATI? Well, as you'll see in this article by using the official Linux driver from ATI/AMD you can expect your frame-rate to be cut in half compared to the most recent version of the Windows Catalyst driver.

Eben Moglen: GPLv3 not about MS and Novell

One of the highlights of my visit to San Diego for the Red Hat Summit was the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Professor Eben Moglen. From that interview, we have selected six segments on various topics for your viewing pleasure, and will be publishing one each day this week. First up, an explanation of all the things that GPLv3 is about other than the MS/Novell deal.

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