Software licences are an outdated way to force users to pay for the marketing and sales costs of the code, according to members of a panel on open source enterprise software at the LinuxWorld conference in Boston. "We may get to the licence becoming an historical footnote of how software business was done," said Marc Fleury, founder and chief executive at JBoss, which makes open source application servers.
News Analysis: Quiet but key moves in the desktop, database and virtualization fields suggest that LinuxWorld has become, first and foremost, a business trade show.
The LPI and Canonical have teamed up to offer certification for the Ubuntu Linux distribution, with examinations scheduled to launch in Johannesburg during LinuxWorld on 16 to 19 May.
In a mobile phone market "plagued" by an abundance of legacy operating systems, PalmSource hopes that its Access Linux Platform (ALP) will become a leading alternative to Symbian and Microsoft's Windows Mobile. "What Linux has done on the PC and server can also happen on the phone and handheld," Didier Diaz, vice president of marketing at PalmSource, said during a presentation at LinuxWorld in Boston.
It seems kind of strange to have Microsoft, long considered the open source "enemy," to deliver a keynote at a conference about Linux, but that's exactly what happened in Boston today.
"Why criticize me in public," Negroponte asked rhetorically of Gates' recent criticism. "It's not about a weak computer. It's about a thin, slim, trim, fast computer." Negroponte, chairman of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, made his comments at Linux World in Boston where he gave the keynote speech this week.
Nowadays I collect, store, and listen to music mostly on digital media, so I thought I'd find myself a Linux audio player that does all the things I need it to do. Little did I know how many options I had! After evaluating more than a dozen applications, I've found three that I feel provide the best mix of features and performance.
Novell Inc has outlined plans to open up its Linux operating build service to the openSUSE community, while also detailing plans for SUSE Linux 10.1 and releasing version 1.2 of the Mono development platform into beta testing.
The companies will offer a global training and support plan to help accelerate and optimize Linux deployments. (Linux-Watch)
Portland is a Free Desktop project started by the Open Source Development Labs' Desktop Linux working group. OSDL convened a panel discussion on the project and its importance this week at LinuxWorld.
In January 2006, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the "Vulnerability Discovery and Remediation, Open Source Hardening Project". The plan is for DHS to pay, over a three-year period, $1.24m to Stanford University (which gets 68% of the funding), Coverity (24%) and Symantec (8%) for them to boost the security of top open-source projects.
Opinion: The group's alpha set of common interfaces for the GNOME and KDE desktops displays the cooperation needed for the Linux desktop to thrive.
Naked PCs: Free software supporters are angry that Microsoft is putting pressure on PC vendors not to sell machines without an operating system installed.
Microsoft Thursday at LinuxWorld is expected to unveil a new website for users to find information about its Linux and open-source interoperability efforts, according to the executive in charge of those plans. Bill Hilf, general manager of the platform strategy group for Microsoft, will discuss the site during his keynote at the conference in Boston Thursday morning. The site will also go live on Thursday.
I recently received an iPod Nano as a gift. My Nano is amazingly small, contains a gigabyte of storage, and sounds very good through its ear buds. It didn't take long for me to learn that folks have been putting Linux on iPods for a couple of years now, courtesy of the iPodLinux Project. Granted, the software for the Nano and most fourth- and fifth-generation versions of the iPod is experimental -- we're talking the bleeding edge -- but, well, you know me -- Linux on my desktop, workstation, laptop, Tivo, and router. I had to have it on the Nano, too. Here's my report how I converted my stock iPod Nano into a dual-booting, sweet MP3-singing, iDoom-playing monster.
KDE and Gnome both support the plans for these new APIs that will also give desktop PC vendors like Dell and HP, and enterprise application companies, such as SAP an incentive to support desktop Linux.
"The evidence that we are filing supports our claim that AT&T is diverting Internet traffic into the hands of the NSA wholesale, in violation of federal wiretapping laws and the Fourth Amendment," said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston.
The roots of the open content movement go back to 1971, before free software, before even the Internet existed, when Michael Hart was given an operator's account worth $100 million on a Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the University of Illinois.
This in an interesting move by LPI since they have long been established as providing "vendor-neutral" Linux certifications. I suppose with the success of the various vendor-affiliated certifications (Linux and otherwise) on the market, that they saw a way to attract more people to take their exams.
Recently I've been on a mission to raise awareness of KDE and Konqueror in the wider Internet community as well as prepare to make the KDE 4 web browser a top-tier secure application. As part of those ongoing efforts, I have been attending and participating in various workshops and conferences. Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the W3C Workshop on Transparency and Usability of Web Authentication in New York City. Read on for the report.