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Brian Phipps digs deep into an article about open source efforts and pulls out an interesting point that's mostly buried in the story: "A Forbes article on open source reports that Mission Viejo firm Medsphere used the Freedom of Information Act to get the source code for federal hospital management software "developed at taxpayer expense."
[Ed: As a matter of fact, anything the US and state governments develop - possibly with a few exceptions - is in the public domain. This is, as RMS would point out, a special case of free (libre) software. However, there is absolutely no license attached. Follow the link to the Forbes article. - dcparris]
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission said yesterday it will delay a ruling in its an antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. until Nov 30, as its committees are still deliberating.
[Ed: If Korea finds Microsoft guilty, they should apply appropriate penalties. If Microsoft wants to make threats in order to sway the government's thinking, they should consider further charges. How do you say "good-bye" in Korean? - dcparris]
Not everyone sees the mainframe as a relic of the past. In 1996, motor manufacturer Baldor Electric, beguiled by promises of lower costs and the desire to move to the SAP platform for all its CRM and ERP transactions, left the mainframe in favour of a Windows environment. According to Mark Shackelford, Baldor's IS director, the company was very unhappy with the results.
The boom in the intellectual property market will not reap rewards for us all.
[ED.- Andrew Brown draws a great summary of the current state of the "intellectual property" business, and it is not looking good - Tsela]
If you're bored with blogging and ready for new worlds to conquer, podcasting might be just the impetus you need to refuel your interest in Internet publishing. The term is something of a misnomer. You don't need an iPod to create or receive a podcast, and it's not really a broadcast. What it is is hot, and with open source tools for both podcast creation and reception, it's a game that Linux users can play.
These retailer's online stores don't seem to be Linux/Firefox friendly
Sober is known to only affect computers running the Windows operating system. It appears that Apple and Linux computer users have not been affected.
This week, advisories were released for phpgroupware, egroupware, fetchmail, gnump3d, common-lisp-controller, xmail, unzip, netpbm, mantis, fetchmail-ssl, sylpheed, ipmenu, horde3, zope, Smb4k, mtab, phpSysInfo, eix, php, drakxtools, binutils, and fuse. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, Mandriva.
Next generation browsers will have advanced features that will get tough with hackers, thanks to four rival firms getting together to work on combating security threats. Security developers from Microsoft, Mozilla/Firefox, Opera and Konqueror are discussing plans to help make the Internet a safer place for us all.
Shuttleworth has been talking with RMS and there may be an idealogically pure FSF-like version of Ubuntu launched. Details in Mark's list message
We really want to say kind things about Sun and keep the dialog flowing. Afterall, they claim to be an open-source company. But when we see articles like the one reference here, we have to rethink our position one more time.
So, some unnamed editor from BNamericas.com writes: "Adoption of the Sun Solaris 10 operating system is being led in Latin America by the region's large data centers and SMEs, according to Juan Carlos Barroux, strategic accounts marketing manager for US IT firm Sun Microsystems in Southern Latin America."
Then we see: "SMEs are able to replace a Linux solution without support or one with really expensive support.".
[Ed: Wait a minute. We recently got blasted for writing that Sun said it was trying to kill Linux. The head of the JDS project wrote a vicious blog saying it was not a policy of Sun to kill Linux. So what this? It's you basic flip-flop. - tadelste]
So, Linux becomes a forbidden for those who want to watch a movie legally. Think this is by chance? Think it won't catch on? There is a $300 million plus ad campaign cooking to make sure you equate digital media with EF, and don't question that you are giving up all your rights to pay for the privilege. People are stupid, and by the time they catch on that the EF machine they bought is the main method that they are being screwed by, it will be too late and you won't be able to buy anything else. Trust me, this really is the plan.
The FreeMED Software Foundation is proud to announce the release of version 0.8.1.1 of FreeMED. This release is a bugfix and security release before the 0.8.2 release cycle. This release is available on the FreeMED Sourceforge Download Site at the FreeMED Sourceforge Download site. Some of the improved features and bugfixes are:
With women accounting for 50% of technology purchases, Dell, Samsung, and others are opening the door for them [Ed: Gadgets aren't just for guys... - dcparris] Diggable
FSMLabs is claiming a breakthrough single digit microsecond timing on a 64bit dual core AMD Opteron processors and has released Carrier Grade Linux and tools for a wide range of AMD processors.
In a follow-up letter to Capitol Hill, Public Knowledge Pres. Gigi B. Sohn provided examples of how lawful uses of content are being stifled by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The letter, sent today, was requested by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. Sohn testified before the Subcommittee on Nov. 16 at the panel’s hearing on fair use policies.
Myths and realities about open source software (OSS) came under discussion at the "Operating with Open Source" day, part of ICT Forum Wales.
Tectonic columnist Richard Frank asks whether Linux is ready for the mainstream when a current distribution can't recognise his laptop's floppy drive.
Mandriva and LaCie introduce a mobile USB hard drive pre-loaded with a specially tuned version of the award-winning Mandriva Linux operating system: the GlobeTrotter2.0 in 40GB or 80GB.
The Linux and Samba developer group has filed its request for leave to intervene in the case saying Microsoft's fiscal might is skewing the fight unfairly.
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