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The Microsoft-Novell Pact: Fish or 'Foul' Posturing

At the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference the other day in Seattle, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer picked up the biggest, fattest, slitheriest worm out of that can of worms he opened up when he cut that deal with Novell and got Novell to squirming and wishing he hadn't.

University Students to Enhance KDE

A group of students at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse will be collaborating on the KDE projects KPlato and Umbrello as part of their Institut Universitaire Professionalisé en Ingénierie des Systèmes Informatiques (Professional Institute of Computer Software Engineering) course of study.

Linux Administration Handbook, 2nd Edition

What can I say? The first edition of this book was a best seller. Linus Torvalds wrote the Foreward to the first edition. Most authors would give their eye teeth to have such a successful book on their publications list. Ok, ok...that doesn't mean the second edition absolutely must stack up to the first, but after all, that's what we're here to find out.

Ubuntu Multimedia Center RC1 Screenshot Walkthrough

Ubuntu Multimedia Center is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with community and professional support. Users in countries that don't allow use of mp3 playback or dvd playback should stick to the regular main release of Ubuntu. The actual intended use is to bring multimedia to the linux world. We will soon add applications like MythTV.

Pre-Installed Linux Database Earns High Rating on LOLL

LXer's pre-installed Linux Database was given a top rating on the Loads of Linux Links site.

How To Deploy Mobile AJAX

The true potential of Mobile AJAX applications lies in deploying rich browser-based applications on mobile devices. A lot has changed with Mobile AJAX in the past year. The first mobile AJAX applications are now live and we are seeing an increasing number of mobile devices being deployed with full browser technology (e.g.. JavaScript, CSS, AJAX etc).

Gp2x Adds Linux Flavor to Game Console Mix

You want games? Whoa, Nelly! The GP2X plays straight ports of PC games such as "Quake" and "Doom," plus it can use emulators such as MAME, SNES, Atari, Sega Megadrive, Genesis and GameGear. The GP2X file archive has hundreds of free games, while sites such as ROMNation offer thousands more.

Novell Files Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

This just isn't SCO's week. Here it is, leaning against the ropes in SCO v. IBM, and here comes Novell. It has filed a motion for partial summary judgement, asking the court to rule that the APA gives Novell the right to waive the contract claims SCO has against IBM and Sequent:

Tux's progress, Indian Style

The “Linux vs Windows” debate generally revolves around the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) issue. Decision-makers rely heavily on their assessment of TCO—which includes hardware, software, installation, maintenance and business process costs—when making IT purchases. Fresh fuel has now been added to the debate of which software system to choose, following a Frost & Sullivan study which indicates that high-priced Windows has a lower TCO than the “free” Linux. The problem of course is that this is a Microsoft-commissioned study.

Intalio Releases Workflow Framework As Open Source

Intalio Inc., a maker of open source business process management software, has released its Tempo workflow framework under the Eclipse Public License. Tempo, which is available through an Intalio Web site, is an implementation of business process execution language for people (BPEL4People), jointly drafted by IBM and SAP AG.

Linux Filesystem Creator Pleaded Not Guilty That He Murdered His ...

Linux filesystem creator Hans Reiser pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he murdered his wife, who has been missing now since Labor Day weekend. Although he's lost his high-profile lawyer Daniel Horowitz because he can't afford him, Reiser exercised his right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days.

Linux/qtopia tapped for W-CDMA handset design

NEC will use Trolltech's recently announced Greensuite phone stack in a new 3G W-CDMA handset reference design. The "Medity" design is part of NEC's PlatformOvia family of hardware/software reference designs for handsets, digital audio-visual equipment, and automotive infotainment systems, many of which use Linux along with Trolltech's Qtopia middleware, according to the companies.

The Linux Expo of Southern California opens Registration for the Fifth Annual Southern California Linux Expo.

Effective immediately, registration for SCALE 5X is available at http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/order. The early bird ticket price is $60 for full admission with a $30 admission for students with valid ID. Prices go up Jan 24th, so don't dawdle; get registered now!

[See you there! - Scott]

Linux: Revisiting the Hyper-Threading Vulnerability

A patch to make disabling Hyper-Threading a boot time option resurfaced on the lkml. The patch was originally created in response to a Hyper-Threading vulnerability which was first discussed on the lkml in May of 2005.

New eBook with Source Codes: MySharpSQL version 1.1

IT consultant Yeoh HS has announced the release of an ebook with source codes package, titled MySharpSQL version 1.1, Easy Way to Use MySQL with C#. The eBook and step by step commented C# source codes make it easy to learn and code MySQL client programs in C#.

Mysql Wins Audemars Piguet "Changing Times Award"

Mårten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB, was awarded the "European Entrepreneur of the Year 2006" award on Thursday night at a Gala Dinner in Geneva. The award was the main prize handed out at the Audemars Piguet "Changing Times Award" created to recognize the European entrepreneur whose private company has had the biggest impact, on the largest number of people over the last three years.

Outlook 2007: Linux and Open Source

In the year to come, we expect to see Linux maintain its torrid development pace, with major new enterprise releases from Red Hat, which is set to ship Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 in January, and Novell, which will also ship an update to its Open Enterprise Server early next year. What's more, we expect to see one or two new releases from each of the all-free leading-edge distributions we track, such as Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE, along with new developments from the swelling horde of smaller Linux flavors, in both commercial and non-commercial quarters.

Iran's Parsix Linux revs up with live/install CD

Parsix 0.85 GNU/Linux, a Debian/Knoppix-derived distribution, was released in Iran, today, by its project team. Featuring a 2.6.18 kernel and GNOME 2.16.2 desktop environment, Parsix comes as a live and installation CD. Parsix supports both the English and Persian keyboards, and the user can switch easily from one language to another by using Alt+Ctrl or Ctrl+Shift keys, the project team said. It also includes the xFarDic English-Persian dictionary and several free Persian fonts from FarsiWeb and FPF projects.

Microsoft's Courtroom Flashback

Today in Iowa, attorneys have once again taken Microsoft to court over anti-trust charges associated with its Windows operating system. [...] The lawyers are also seeking compensation for the time people have had to spend repairing security breaches--a figure that they put at a minimum of $50 million. “The illegal bolting of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system created a larger ‘attack surface’” and made the operating system more vulnerable, asserts Richard Hagstrom, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

[This is a first :-) MS getting sued for it's security record. If it sticks it could mean a quick death for Windows when world+dog starts doing the same -- Sander]

Open-source SDKs create collaborative messaging apps

Conversant has released a "complete" suite of open-source software development kits (SDKs) for building collaborative applications based on the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). The SDKs, collectively known as SoapBox Studio, support version 2 of the .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework (CF) managed application environments.

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