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Microsoft, Novell Should Rethink Their Patent Pledge

With Don Parris, Editor-in-Chief of, 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.

MPs criticise government roadblocks to Open Source adoption in ...

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 eyes Africa, Middle East markets

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.

How GPL fits in with the future of antitrust regulation

Perspective: Attorney Eric J. Sinrod explains the ramifications of a recent case on the future of open-source software.

Tips for new Gentoo users

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.

Firefox password manager is not secure

  • Computeractive; By Anthony Dhanendran (Posted by dcparris on Nov 23, 2006 4:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The automatic password manager in the Firefox web browser is not secure, according to a report on the software maker's website.

Jboss World Berlin: riding with Red Hat

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).

Vista's EULA Product Activation Worries

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.

Portable Apps Suite Lets Software Programs Run on iPod, Flash ... has launched Portable Apps Suite and the latest version of its Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition. With more than seven million downloads to date, 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.

Mini-itx Specialist Finds Linux A Good Fit

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.

Enterprise Open Source

Why open source is ready for the enterprise: beyond free stuff

BasKet makes organization easy

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on Nov 22, 2006 10:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews, Tutorial; Groups: KDE
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.

Zen Engineering And CHILI GmbH Partner To Market Linux-Based ...

CHILI U.S.A To serve As The U.S. Support And Distribution Center For CHILI PACS Radiology Software Products

Microsoft's Ballmer forced to eat his Linux words

Steve Ballmer has triggered a PR nightmare for his firm over his threats to down Linux with intellectual property based lawsuits.

Banned Linux World of Warcraft Players Get 20 Days Free

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!

Protest the Microsoft-Novell Patent Agreement

Bruce Perens of Debian and OSI fame has written an open letter to Novell concerning their agreement with Microsoft.

Berry 0.76 Screenshot Walkthrough

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, 2.0.4, Firefox and Thunderbird, Xgl/AIGLX + Beryl 0.1.2, MPlayer 1.0rc1.

More on China's Open Source Format (and much more)

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 22, 2006 5:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

Vista's EULA product activation worries

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 Achieves Linux Certification

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.

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