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More Patents and New Business Models

David Kline left a comment regarding my blog on Intellectual Dishonesty. There are a few points that David makes to which I’ll respond and then I’ll touch on his invitation to show “…any evidence at all…” that supports the view that the patent system is being used to stifle innovation.

Ex-HPer Says HP, IBM, Others Susceptible To Open Source

Nora Denzel says open-source software is changing the landscape of an industry led by Hewlett-Packard and IBM. You might dismiss her as just another fan of open source, the freely available software best known by Linux. But Denzel is the former head of HP's software group. She resigned last year. Denzel recently spoke with IBD about open-source management software.

System Administration Toolkit: Build intelligent, unattended scripts

Look at how to create scripts that are able to record their output, trap and identify errors, and recover from errors and problems so that they either run correctly or fail with a suitable error message and report. Building scripts and running them automatically is a task that every good administrator has to handle, but how do you handle the error output and make intelligent decisions about how the script should handle these errors?

KDAB Becomes Patron of KDE

The KDE e.V. and KDAB are happy to announce continued collaboration on the Free Desktop, with KDAB becoming the latest new Patron of KDE. KDAB is known for its high-quality software services.

Open-source evolves from 'nerdy' to notable

Last January, Host Europe, a company that runs the Web sites for 120,000 businesses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, secured an unlikely supplier for the open-source software it uses to run almost all of its computer servers.

Akademy Awards 2007

At the second day of aKademy 2007, the contributors conference closed with the aKademy Awards Ceremony. Two of last years winners, Boudewijn Rempt and Laurent Montel awarded no less than four awards to Sebastian Trueg, Mathias Kretz, Danny Allen and Kenny Duffus.

Slackware 12.0 released

The developers of Slackware this week announced this year's first release of their Linux distribution, Slackware 12.0, which they have described as a "must-have upgrade for any Slackware user".

aKademy 2007: The Second Day

aKademy 2007 continues! Sunday, the second day of the conference, brought more talks covering a wide diversity of topics.

This week at LWN: OLS: Three talks on power management

Len Brown can only be a glutton for punishment; he is, after all, the maintainer of the Linux ACPI subsystem. That is a difficult position to be in: ACPI involves getting into the BIOS layer, an area of system software which is not always known for careful, high-quality work. Supporting ACPI is a complex task which, among other things, requires the embedding of a specialized interpreter within the kernel, a hard sell at best. Even with that background in mind, one must wonder just how much masochism is required to lead one to deliver three separate talks at the 2007 Ottawa Linux Symposium. That is just what Len did, however; the end result was a good view into several aspects of the power management problem.

10 minutes to run every Windows app on your Ubuntu desktop

This simple guide will bring up the Windows start menu inside GNOME and allow you to run, use and install any Windows app (that can run in a VM) inside your existing desktop. It takes about 10 minutes to setup, minus the time to install Windows, and involves one command in total.

Get to Know JsonML

  • IBM/DeveloperWorks; By Martin Brown (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 4, 2007 5:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The rise of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) has gone hand-in-hand with the rise of Ajax. JsonML is an extension of JSON that enables you to map XML data using JSON type markup, and this in turn enables you to easily create XML or XHTML data based on JSON markup and to build and exchange user interface (UI) elements.

The Real Meaning of GNU GPLv3

Now that the final version of the GNU General Public Licence version 3 has been released, the in-depth analysis of its implications can begin.Two of the first commentaries to be published have come from the legal world, and there are doubtless many more being prepared for purely internal use within software companies wondering whether to adopt the new licence. But important as both the legal and commercial details are, I believe the true significance of the GPLv3 lies elsewhere.

The State of ATI Linux 2007

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jul 4, 2007 3:59 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
It was on July 20, 2006 that I had issued The State of ATI Linux while ending off the ATI Redblog, which was a fifty-day experiment for using the ATI fglrx driver under Linux exclusively to see how well the driver really could compare to that of NVIDIA's binary competition. It's going on a year later and it's now time for this year's address as far as what I have seen from the driver in the past year and where I hope and believe the driver is going in the near future.

Secure web browsing through Live Linux distros

There are many good reasons to be concerned about security and privacy online. For example, Internet banking can be at risk if there is any possibility of malicious software on your computer's hard drive. Banks even expressly warn that before using their systems you should ensure you have taken steps to ensure your personal security.

Incoming EPO president reopens software patent debate

New head of the European Patent Office (EPO), Alison Brimelow, has signalled her intentions early, calling a public meeting to discuss the policy vacuum left by the rejection of the Directive on Computer Implemented Inventions.

Open Letter to Red Hat

I think what Red Hat has done in making alternative operating systems more visible (Linux becoming a household name) is wonderful. However, with the potential of new talks with Microsoft, I have an urgent warning for them: don't do it. Please, don't talk to them. They don't care about their customers nor third party developers.

TrueCrypt Tutorial: Truly Portable Data Encryption

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on Jul 4, 2007 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
TrueCrypt is a free software that encrypts data on-the-fly. Right now the newest version released is version 4.3. You can create an encrypted hard drive, a separate partition or a directory with TrueCrypt. It does not simply encrypt the content of files, but their names and the names of the directories they are in as well. Moreover there is no way to check the size of the encrypted directory/HDD/partition. TrueCrypt is available for Windows and Linux.

The politics of open source

In February Rob Enderle suggested that Cuba's adoption of Linux would make it a political issue and that no US politician could now dare be associated with open source software.

KDE 4.0 Alpha 2 is out

KDE Alpha 2 is out and we have lots of info and some screenshots available for you to check out.

Mandriva adds a semantic layer to the KDE 4 desktop

On the occasion of aKademy 2007, the annual conference of KDE developers and users, Mandriva is proud to announce together with the NEPOMUK partners and the KDE community that the NEPOMUK-KDE project it leads is poised to deliver a sea change in the Linux desktop experience.

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