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Open source e-learning application, Sakai, is set to be introduced at universities across South Africa from as early as next year. Meanwhile, the Sakai Foundation has been formed to co-ordinate community efforts to develop the software.
Here's SCO's Interim Disclosure of Material Misused by IBM [PDF], as text.
Looking at the careful wording, and knowing SCO like we do, I see that they have grouped their findings in two buckets, as Darl once put it, and so what they describe could belong to either bucket:
The technology matrix identifies 217 separate technology disclosures which SCO contends are improper, that is, they violate one or more of the contractual prohibitions IBM agreed to with respect to licenses and other agreements governing source code IBM (and Sequent) obtained from SCO's predecessors-in-interest and/or violate SCO's copyrights.
News Analysis: Analysts and customers give their take on Novell's rapid-fire changes.
Opinion: Microsoft's newest shared-source project, Business Portal Lite, is torn from the tech headlines of 1997.
This article gives you information about the latest version of Eclipse, and a guide to some of the most interesting Eclipse projects. Learn what Eclipse is good for, why it is important, how you can get started, and where to learn more about it.
One major problem with the Linux world is the overwhelming number of redundant distributions, especially in the desktop-oriented area. It's rare to see a new distribution that isn't a Debian or Red Hat clone in disguise with an extra feature or two, or that dares to take a bold departure from the status quo. One of those rarities, however, is GoboLinux.
Opinion: For those of you who think Red Hat is on its way to becoming the next Microsoftget over it.
Four major open source database projects have scoffed at Oracle’s attempt this week to tackle the threat of open source software.
On Tuesday, Oracle released a beta version of Oracle 10g Express Edition, a low-end edition of its database. The Express Edition is the same as other databases in Oracle’s lineup, but can only run servers with one processor, 4GB of disk memory and 1GB of memory.
[Ed - Oracle has done this in the past to promote its products. tadelste]
Univa, for instance, has adopted a business model that is, essentially, the same as the Linux vendor Red Hat. Whereas Red Hat distributes and services Linux, Univa focuses on Globus open-source middleware for creating grid networks.
Louisiana Tech's eXtreme Computing Research (XCR) unveiled a breakthrough development today in the RAS-ware runtime for transparent job queue fault tolerance in HPC Cluster environment.
Dr. Box Leangsuksun, an associate professor in computer science, explained that XCR's breakthrough consists of High Availability, Self-configuration, and Self-healing as enabling solutions.
Microsoft's recently appointed chief technology officer (CTO) Ray Ozzie, believes Redmond can utilize MSN to beat Google and become the industry's largest beneficiary of online advertising-based services. Microsoft hopes to convert millions of Windows developers using software development tools like Visual Studio into content providers, building adverts and services into Windows Live, Office Live and Windows applications
[ED- This is an interesting idea if it wasn't for the fact that MS has screwed every single development company that tried to work with them. Maybe Ozzie is dancing Balmer style shouting. Amnesia, Amnesia, Amnesia]
A Linux object-based storage device compliant with the T10-OSD standard specification.
OSD technology addresses security and scalability problems that arise in distributed storage systems (e.g. a SAN-based file-system). To ease the technology deployment, the OSD-Simulator can be used for exploring it and testing its applicability and as a future building block for storage systems.
[ED- In light of Senator Pacheco's effort at Mondays closed hearing (story posted below) it is only fitting to lament what happened to one of his like-minded colleges]
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF CLUELESSNESS -- In a bizarre incident last week, U.S. Senator Fattecat (R-Washington State) fell off a 30-foot high cliff and sustained several broken bones.
"One of Fattecat's handlers at the MPAA told him to jump off a cliff, and he did it," said an anonymous source who wished to remain anonymous. "What choice did he have? He's always done everything the MPAA and RIAA want, and in return he's always been re-elected -- despite his gross incompetence."
Andy Updegrove went to the hearing. He gives his impressions and his near verbatim typing of the proceedings. It speaks for itself.
N. Sanders writes: "Just two months ago, Novell opened the development process behind SUSE Linux, creating the openSUSE project. Novell's move gave developers a chance to be involved in SUSE, which previously had been developed privately without community input. In the short time since openSUSE was unveiled, developers have begun work on several new and interesting SUSE derivatives."
[There's even SUSE Performance Enhanced Release (SUPER) for you bleeding edge types. - Ed]
Yesterday's hearing at the Massachusetts State House was clearly an attempt to delay adoption of OpenDocument Format (ODF) --- delivering a swipe at Peter Quinn, CIO and Director of the state's Information and Technology Division.
["...No comments or questions were allowed from the large audience, and there was frustration that written testimony delivered to the hearing, and in support of Massachusetts adopting ODF, went unmentioned." Imagine that! Squashing public testimony in American politics? Say it ain't so! - Ed]
The ax comes down, but fewer employees than expected will feel its cut. However, the Linux company is preparing to sell its consulting subsidiary, Celerant.
On Thursday afternoon, the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property will hold an Oversight Hearing on "Content Protection in the Digital Age: The Broadcast Flag, High-Definition Radio, and the Analog Hole." with Dan Glickman (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)), Mitch Bainwol (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)), Gigi B. Sohn (President, Public Knowledge), Michael D. Petricone (Vice President, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) on behalf of CEA and the Home Recording Rights Coalition.)
Rhea Davis writes: "As Hurricane Rita bore down on the Texas coast, two Gentoo penguins were locked in the rapture of love. Now, five weeks later, the product of their hanky-panky filled weekend has hatched. The first Gentoo chick ever to be born at Moody Gardens pecked out of its egg around 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to Moody Gardens. The fluffy baby penguin weighs a mere 90 grams and can fit into a tea cup. " [O.k., so it's not Gentoo Linux. It's a real Gentoo penguin! -Ed]
Six years ago, one of the most incriminating articles I had read about "dirty tricks" disappeared from the Internet. I made the article the center piece of an investigative piece I wrote concerning how I thought Microsoft attempted to destroy UNIX and would go after Linux.
By a stroke of luck, I saw a link to it while doing research in the Way Back Machine.
I found a link to the article on the cover of an archived front page of "ConsultingTimes.com" dated March 2, 2001. But the link didn't work. I keep searching and finally found Steve Walli's article entitled "Open Systems, POSIX and NT".
If you read this article, you will recognize the players even though ten years have passed. These games have not stopped and may never stop. History repeats itself. Monopolists are almost impossible to unseat without the will of Congress, the Administration and the Courts and ultimately each and every one of us.
Related Story: Did Bill Gates Invent Linux and Has He Erased the Evidence?
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