With Don Parris, Editor-in-Chief of LXer.com, a news/community Web site for Linux enthusiasts, on the patent covenant between Microsoft and Linux distributor Novell. Even Microsoft admits that the patent covenant falls short of the mark and is seeking input from the open source community.
UK Members of Parliament have identified Department of Education and Skills (DfES) and Becta policies as favouring proprietary software vendors thereby blocking the adoption of Open Source software by schools and colleges. An Early Day Motion tabled by Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh, has called for a fair approach to ICT procurement in the education sector.
Linspire announced at the GITEX Dubai 2006 Trade Show last week a strategic partnership with marketer Business International to bring Linspire's desktop Linux operating system to 17 Middle East and African countries during the next several months.
Perspective: Attorney Eric J. Sinrod explains the ramifications of a recent case on the future of open-source software.
Gentoo is one of the most difficult distributions to learn, though veteran Gentoo users might point out that its friendly community and extensive documentation can help new users. Here are some tips that might make Gentoo easier for anyone who wants to give it a try.
The automatic password manager in the Firefox web browser is not secure, according to a report on the software maker's website.
This week, Berlin is hosting the European JBoss World Conference. Red Hat is now the organizer of the three-day conference for developers and users of the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS). In April, the Linux distributor took over the middleware specialist and recently began offering its products, which are still published under the independent JBoss brand, as part of its own the Red Hat Application Stack in combination with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
Does the Microsoft EULA adequately tell you what will happen if you don’t activate the product or if you can’t establish that it is genuine? Well, not exactly. It does tell you that some parts of the product won’t work - but it also ambiguously says that the product itself won’t work. Moreover, it allows Microsoft, through fine print in a generally unread and non negotiable agreement, to create an opportunity for economic extortion.
PortableApps.com has launched Portable Apps Suite and the latest version of its Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition. With more than seven million downloads to date, PortableApps.com claims to bring computing to the pocket, letting users take their favorite applications anywhere and access these on a PC of choice, without installing software or leaving data behind, as per a statement issued by the company.
Microsoft Windows may be the dominant operating system in businesses and homes, but there are some places it just doesn't fit. That is particularly true for the mini-ITX systems that are gaining popularity in single-purpose applications.
Why open source is ready for the enterprise: beyond free stuff
BasKet is a multipurpose note-taking application that allows you to collect and organize text, pictures, files, and more. BasKet 0.6.0, released last month, sports a new interface and improved features over previous releases.
CHILI U.S.A To serve As The U.S. Support And Distribution Center For CHILI PACS Radiology Software Products
Steve Ballmer has triggered a PR nightmare for his firm over his threats to down Linux with intellectual property based lawsuits.
As a follow-up to our previous story "To be or not to be banned...", we have nothing but good news for the "very small percentage" of World of Warcraft players running the game on Cedega under Linux!
Bruce Perens of Debian and OSI fame has written an open letter to Novell concerning their agreement with Microsoft.
Yuichiro Nakada has announced a new unstable release of Berry Linux, version 0.76. According to the changelog, this is the first Berry based on the recently released Fedora Core 6, with most components updated to their upstream versions. Berry Linux 0.76 is based on Linux kernel 2.6.18 with SMP, ndev/udev and bootsplash patches, support for Unionfs 1.4, FUSE file system and proprietary kernel module from NVIDIA, version 1.0-9625. It also includes glibc 2.5, GCC 4.1.1, X.Org 7.1, KDE 3.5.5, OpenOffice.org 2.0.4, Firefox and Thunderbird 184.108.40.206, Xgl/AIGLX + Beryl 0.1.2, MPlayer 1.0rc1.
The slides are now available for the Chinese standards/open source conference I wrote about on November 8. The most interesting news I learned there was that China has been activelyl developing its own open document specification, which it calls Uniform Office Format. You can now see the full presentation of WU Zhi-gang here.
Walking on thin ice? The terms of Microsoft's End User License Agreement (EULA) for its upcoming Vista operating system raises the conflict between two fundamental principles of contract law. The first, and more familiar, is that parties to a contract can generally agree to just about anything, as long as what they agree to doesn't violate the law and isn't "unconscionable".
CCS Infotech, a Chennai based manufacturer of desktops, laptops, servers and peripherals, announced that it has been awarded Linux certification by Red Hat Enterprise, the corporate Linux standard for its range of advanced PCs.