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In a Linuxdevices.com guest column back in 2002, I argued that without a major attitude change, digital rights management (DRM) technologies would cause software security failures and generate safety problems for everything from medical equipment to military systems.
IT directors shouldn't worry about SCO Group's latest sallies in its legal war on Linux vendors IBM Corp. and Novell Inc., says attorney Thomas Carey. It's just more posturing, or as Shakespeare said, a tale "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
In this interview, Carey explains why SCO has no case, predicts the open source legal fields of battle for 2006 and discusses SCO's claims against Novell. Carey chairs the Business Practice Group of Bromberg & Sunstein LLP, an intellectual property law practice in Boston, Mass. Carey's IT background includes a stint as a programmer for the city of New York.
Wars have been fought on the net over which is the better desktop of the two ie KDE or Gnome. But what people miss out is that there are other options available to the Linux user if only he would look for them. One such project is Xfce desktop. This is a review of this light weight window manager.
There is a vital need to draw the free software community's attention to the ongoing development work on these particular projects.
These projects are important because computer users are continually being seduced into using non-free software, because there is no adequate free replacement. Please support these projects:
Just days after Microsoft patched a critical vulnerability in the way the Windows operating system renders certain types of graphics files, a hacker has published details of two new flaws that affect the same part of the operating system.
The new vulnerabilities were posted to the Bugtraq security mailing list today by a hacker using the name "cocoruder." All Three Affect WMF Format
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled new Intel-powered desktop and notebook computers, along with new digital lifestyle software, at the 2006 Macworld Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday morning. Starting today, Apple is selling a retooled iMac with the new Intel Core Duo processor. It's available with a 1.83-GHz Intel dual-core chip for $1,299 or with a faster 2.0-GHz dual-core processor for $1,699.
When it acquired Immunix in 2005, Novell gained the security tool it now calls AppArmor. Today, all of the community can benefit from the security application, as Novell has announced the release of AppArmor's source code under the GPL.
Red Hat To Sponsor Critical Linux Conference Track
Any Web site owner knows the value of traffic statistics, but finding the right Web statistics package is not as easy as it may seem. Of course, there are excellent packages such as AWStats, Modlogan, and Webalizer, but these applications are overkill for people running smaller Web sites. Moreover, you can't install them if your Web hosting provider doesn't allow you to use custom scripts. If you are in the market for an easy-to-use program that provides essential Web traffic information, you might want to take a closer look at phpMyVisites.
It's been about 6 months since our last big desktop processor review (July '05: Battle of the High-End CPUs), but here we are at another big release from both Intel and AMD. In this review we'll be taking a look at the new big dogs from both companies. This time they're laying it all down and going for the highest clocked dual-core processors they can pump out.
The one area that everyone seems to forget about is education. While it is true that GNU/Linux and open source applications are popular among the more tech-savvy users at university, younger students are exposed almost exclusively to Microsoft's products (except in a few enlightened regions of the world).
RALEIGH – If you had questions as to why revenues, profits and the share price is up at Red Hat, a new study documents several reasons for the Linux software developer and services provider being on such a roll.
Other companies with a major presence in North Carolina scored well, too. But by far and away the winner is Red Hat.
The Ziff Davis CIO Insight Research Study, which was based on a survey of 844 senior level U.S. technology executives, ranked Red Hat as its winner for the second consecutive year.
Africa Source II, a gathering of free software developers from around the world, is being held this week in Kalangala, Uganda. One of the participants is Douglas Hunter who specialises in social software. Frederick Noronha spoke to Hunter about his project to merge the worlds of the blog, the wiki and flexible tagging.
Every year around this time, we begin to see the Linux pundits foretelling that "this year will be the year". The year that Linux takes over the desktop market or something like that. A long-time Linux user, open source community member and code contributor takes a realistic look at why 2006 is NOT the year that Linux supplants other consumer desktop environment choices.
There are several advantages to using open platforms to build communications devices: flexibility and scalability, standard interfaces, and leveraging the open source community. This article discusses the building of routers using open software platforms and components via leveraging these advantages.
The South Africa-developed Cubit accounting application is now available in a a range of indigenous languages including Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans and can be run concurrently in various languages across a company network.
Jeff Garzik offered an interesting status summary on the current state of Wireless drivers in the Linux Kernel. He begins, "another banner year has passed, with Linux once again proving its superiority in the area of crappy wireless (WiFi) support. Linux oldsters love the current state of wireless, because it hearkens back to the heady days of Yuri Gagarin, Sputnik and Linux kernel 0.99, when getting hardware to work under Linux required either engineering knowledge or luck (or both)."
Jeff pointed out that there's still a need for an official wireless maintainer, "I'm just the defacto guy, with no interest in the job." He also noted the importance of finally picking a stack [story] and sticking with it, rather than continually coming up with new stacks. He continued on to suggest that this stack and all the wireless drivers should be maintained in the kernel tree, rather than externally as is common now, "the whole point of working in-tree, the whole point of this open source thing is that everybody works on the same code, and the entire Internet is your test bed. Quality improves the more people work together." He concluded that while things are rough now, there's still hope for the future.
Can't think of anything worthwhile to shoot with that new video camera Santa left you? If you make a Firefox commercial, you could wind up fending off offers from advertising agencies.
The computer giant says it's working with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Open Source Development Labs and others to strengthen patent applications.
The Free Software Foundation yesterday announced Gnash, a GPL-licenced replacement for the proprietary Flash player widely used to produce multimedia content. A compatible, high quality Flash replacement has been one of the FSF's high priority projects for a number of years and Gnash is available as a standalone application as well as Mozilla plugin.
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