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Did Microsoft undercut open source in Brum?

Microsoft has insisted it did not slash its software prices to encourage Birmingham City Council to abort its Linux project. Birmingham pulled the plug on its open source desktop project after it found an upgrade to Windows XP was cheaper. The city council had planned to roll out 1,500 Linux PCs across its libraries but in the end converted just 200 PCs.

Should we really reject code from Novell?

Our battle is not about escaping software patents infringement. It is about invalidating software patenting as a whole. The former is basically impossible and hence pretty worthless. If you really want to fight the MS-Novell deal in the area of their patent covenant then support GPLv3 and urge as many developers as possible to switch to it.

mEDUXa 1.0 Ready to Take Over the Canary Islands

The Education, Culture and Sports Department of the Spanish Canary Island's regional goverment have released mEDUXa 1.0. mEDUXa is a Free Software GNU/Linux distribution developed for educational purposes based on Kubuntu. It will be deployed on 35,000 computers in 1100 schools, which represents 325,000 possible users (25,000 teachers and 300,000 students) in the Canary Islands state schools. mEDUXa comes with different profiles, configured thanks to KDE's Kiosk mode. One of mEDUXa's major feature is the profile for young pupils (from 4 to 8 years old).

We Hang Together or Separately on Patents

Bruce Perens has posted an open letter to Novell regarding its patent agreement with Microsoft. I likewise find it troubling that Novell may lobby in favor of software patents while claiming to have the interests of the Linux and FOSS communities in mind.

Novell Discontinues Support for SUSE Linux 9.2

Some Linux distributions have longer lives than others. After two years of supported life, Novell is discontinuing support for SUSE Linux 9.2, effective yesterday. Its closest competitor, Red Hat's Fedora Core 3, which was released at roughly the same time as SUSE Linux 9.2, remains supported. "With today's release of "pam_ldap" we discontinue the security support for SUSE Linux 9.2," SUSE developer Marcus Meissner wrote in a mailing list posting.

Review: Raw Therapee 1.1 promises robust photo conversion

  • Linux.com; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Nov 25, 2006 1:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Raw Therapee is a free RAW photo converter application developed single-handedly by Gábor Horváth. It has been available on Windows for some time, but on October 11, Horváth released the first build for Linux. If you are familiar with other graphical RAW converters, such as UFRaw, you will feel quite at home using Raw Therapee.

[Program is gratis, not sure about libre. - dcparris]

OIN stands ready to protect Linux from patent attack

Having formed last year to provide Linux with intellectual property (IP) protection, the Open Invention Network has declared itself ready to respond to Microsoft Corp's 'baseless' claims that Linux contains its IP.

Inside the mind of the enemy: the community

  • freesoftwaremagazine.com; By Patrick McFarland (Posted by alc on Nov 24, 2006 11:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
A few years back, Eric S. Raymond (or, as everyone else calls him, ESR), wrote a lengthy paper about this community. Entitled The Cathedral and the Bazaar, he wrote about how the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) community does what it wants when it wants to.

AVG Expands Security Solutions For GNU/Linux And FreeBSD Platforms

GRISOFT, the developer of AVG security software, announced several new versions of its antivirus offerings for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD open source platforms. The products include AVG Email Server Edition 7.5 for Linux/FreeBSD now with integrated anti-spam as well as new products for the GNU/Linux platform – AVG Anti-Virus Professional Edition 7.5 for Linux/FreeBSD and AVG File Server Edition 7.5 for Linux/Free BSD.

MCNLive Cherbourg Screenshot Walkthrough

I am glad to announce a new edition of MCNLive, code name Cherbourg, a portable live Linux system based on and 100% compatible with Mandriva Linux 2007. Highlights: 2.6.17 kernel; 3D desktop (AIGLX) with the free X.Org drivers for Intel and ATI video cards; desktop environment: KDE 3.5.4; office suite: KOffice; Opera 9.02; music, video and image applications with most common codecs; Internet and networking applications for all your needs; NTFS read-write support. All this on less than 360 MB.

Ruby Related Conference Announcements

It must be the season for big announcements, because they seem to be flying right now. I'd like to point out two of them from the Ruby community.

Ten things you need to know about SOA

SOA (service oriented architecture) is a big deal, I like it. But it isn't the be all and end all of computing. Here are ten things you need to know about SOA.

Linux powers gaming "killer NIC"

Gaming equipment startup Bigfoot Networks is shipping a Linux-powered NIC (network interface card) aimed at improving network gaming performance. The Killer Network Interface Card has a 400MHz processor and hardware UDP/IP acceleration, to offload network processing. A contest for other Killer NIC apps is underway.

French National Assembly switches to Linux

Deputies elected to the French National Assembly in the next legislative session will find open-source software on their desktop PCs. The use of free software will result in substantial cost savings, despite the cost of migration and training, the Assembly said.

Live CD Linux distro borrows Ubuntu, Knoppix bits

X-Evian, a Linux distribution in English and Spanish that draws from Ubuntu and Knoppix code, last month released a live CD -- version 0.7 -- that features a 2.6.17 kernel and the XFce desktop environment. X-Evian is a compilation which has been carefully chosen and configured for activist users, for liberated cultural, technological and social production, the Spain-based project team said. It is the team's first new release since 2003 -- it was originally built upon Debian GNU/Linux and Knoppix, the team said.

Ask the Pros...Ahem, that would be you.

LXer Feature: 24-Nov-2006 No one knows better than this community what Linux Distro is best. The problem is, there may be as many different answers as there are different distros. As a means to assemble a database, we've come to the Linux Community to pose this simple question.

Nubuntu 6.10 Screenshot Walkthrough

  • The Coding Studio (Posted by linuxbeta on Nov 24, 2006 3:44 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
We at nUbuntu are proud to announce the release of our x86 version nUbuntu built on Ubuntu 'Edgy Eft' 6.10. The main goal of nUbuntu is to create a distribution which is derived from the Ubuntu distribution, and add packages related to security testing... to create a new distribution for the learning experience.

As Etch progresses, Debian's release manager talks turkey

Release managers are not mentioned in the Debian Constitution, yet few positions in Debian are more influential, especially in the final stages of preparation for a release. Recently, Andreas Barth, who shares the release manager position with Steve Langasek, took time from his efforts coordinating the Etch release -- tentatively scheduled for early December -- to talk about the stages in the release process, the goals for the upcoming release, and the short- and long-range problems that he faces in his role.

Japan's Vine Linux 4.0 hits the web

Japan's Vine Linux project team, whose distribution features an integrated Japanese or English environment for desktop PCs and notebooks, today released its version 4.0 for i386 and PowerPC processors. The distro features a 2.6.16 kernel and the GNOME 2.14.2 desktop environment.

Medsphere's Open Source Stance

This is Steve Shreeve, Medsphere's founding CEO and a current member of its Board of Directors. In my capacity as a Director of the company, and as the largest individual shareholder in the company, I am compelled to respond to a recent article that was published by Medsphere's current CEO, Kenneth W. Kizer, regarding Medsphere's open source stance, which is available at the following link:http://www.medsphere.com/press/20061121

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