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Clipmarks - double-edged FireFox extension

In a bid to improve online efficiency with a handy note taking tool, James Archibald tries out the Clipmarks Firefox extension. Several hours later , after absorbing useless trivia from around the internet, he realises Clipmarks is a slick little extension.

Patents cut both ways for Microsoft

If I held Microsoft stock (which I don’t) I would be furious. Here is Steve Balmer focusing on Linux, making the tired claim that there is so-called Intellectual Property in Linux that violates patents held by Microsoft. Meanwhile Microsoft gets hit with a hefty patent violation of its own; 1.5 billion (yes, that is a “B”) for the use of the mp3 patent without payment of royalties. It appears that patent obligations are for others, not for Microsoft to worry about.

Note to new Linux users: No antivirus needed

One of the most common questions I hear new Linux users ask is "What program should I use for virus protection?" Many of them lose faith in me as a source of security information when I reply, "None." But you really don't need to fear malware on your new platform, thanks to the way Linux is built.

Small Player Scores Big Open-Source Win

1&1 Internet plans vast expansion of services using open-source software from a tiny newcomer. Can it really compete with Microsoft's Exchange?

European spend on open source software hits €22bn

The national value of Europe’s investment in free/libre or open source software today is €22bn, representing 20.5pc of the region’s total software investment, a senior UN researcher will tell an intelligence briefing on open source in Dublin later this week. Rishab Ghosh, a senior researcher at the UN University in Maastricht, will tell the Open Ireland conference in Dublin that the spend in the US on free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) stands at €36bn and accounts for 20pc of software spend in the US.

Oracle puts low-price on information

Oracle today makes its Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) Assistant available for free download. ILM Assistant is Oracle database-specific and will help database administrators (DBAs) plan and automate storage of data in email, content management systems and corporate applications. Previously, DBAs had to implement policies manually.

Open Source Expert Stephen Walli joins the Open Tuesday Team

Mr. Stephen Walli has joined the Open Tuesday team as an ''Open Source Strategist in Residence''.

"I've been fortunate to have spent time developing standards, developing products to standards, and using open source software to rapidly bring such standards conforming products to market. I look forward to being able to share my experience through Open Tuesday", says Stephen Walli.

Ten suggestions for free storage software that works

There's nothing like free software to save some drain on your storage management or data protection budget -- if that free software works, of course. Here are 10 storage utilities you can download and start using to manage your storage-area network (SAN), deploy network-attached storage (NAS) or monitor and assess the privacy of your network.

Get your jaws into Java 6

Site offer Another week, another offer. This week the techies atRegister Books thought we'd offer a helping hand to all those who ply their trade in Java, the OO, platform independent programming language.

FSM Newsletter 26th of February 2007

Hello everybody, and welcome once again to the fortnightly newsletter of Free Software Magazine: keeping you well informed about the realm of free software! Happy reading!

Vietnam is to pay billions of dollars for software copyrights

After a year of considerable success in IT and media, Vietnam will now have to face a series of issues, one of which is the software copyright problem. It wasn’t a coincidence that one of the 10 most important IT and media events chosen by Vietnam IT Reporters’ Club was Microsoft’s starting to “harvest” revenues in Vietnam. This is a good sign to copyright owners of course. Yet, at the same time, it signals the large amount of money Vietnamese computer users will have to pay for copyrights in the coming years.

Teamrecord Now On Linux

New VoIP call recording software, from Arcosoft works with any SIP-based VoIP system. The centralised system works with port mirroring and without desktop client installation. Previously available only for Windows, the VONaLink TeamRecord for Linux from Arcosoft offers a way to record VoIP calls for an entire workgroup.

First desktop motherboard supported by LinuxBIOS

The GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4 is the first-ever desktop motherboard supported by a Free & Open Source BIOS, thanks to AMD engineer Yinghai Lu who released GPL-licensed code last month. This state-of-the-art motherboard is based on the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset and AMD's latest Socket AM2.

KVM steals virtualization spotlight

A new open-source virtual-machine project has quickly won Linux allies, but its arrival brings complications.

Ubuntu is not a charity: Shuttleworth

The Ubuntu GNU/Linux project is not a charity. Rather, founder Mark Shuttleworth says his aim is to build a distribution "which is freely available, showcases the best of free software and is sustainable in its own right."

Why Microsoft Should Acquire Linux

  •; By Gundeep Hora (Posted by gsh on Feb 26, 2007 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Alright, I’m going to say this. I think Microsoft should acquire Linux. Now, I understand that Linux is not as independent of an OS as Windows; it’s a movement towards the open environment for applications; therefore, the standard M&A process won’t work.

Apache creator for Western Cape Freedom Expo

Apache Web server found Brian Behlendorf has been confirmed as a speaker at the first Digital Freedom Expo to be held in Cape Town in April.

National Open Source Centre launches today in the Houses of Parliament

The NOC will help the UK to benefit from open source and open standards by developing strategic analysis and policy, clarifying opportunities and fostering innovation.

Dell Takes Linux Demand Seriously

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 26, 2007 6:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Considering the inclusion of Red Hat with Dell on the server level, you might have thought that this would have happened a long time ago. Well, better late than never, I suppose. I have just discovered that Dell is looking into bundling the big three Linux distributions (OpenSuSE, Ubuntu and Fedora) to those who might be interested.

Linux users tell Ballmer to put his code where his mouth is

We're pumped for a real showdown in the upcoming months, since the Linux community has just launched Show Us the Code, a website / movement humoring Steve Ballmer's repeated claims of burgled Microsoft IP within the open source OS -- accusations he's been making ever since Microsoft and Novell went into cahoots with each other back in November. The grassroots organization challenges Ballmer to bring it on: if Microsoft forks over the evidence by May 1st, Linux developers will alter their code accordingly to maintain freeware status.

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