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Paternity Leave Becomes Eternity Leave
Microsoft has long held a skeptical view of open source, but the Redmond-based software company is trying to change some of those attitudes with the establishment of officelabs. officelabs is a new internal start-up that is attempting to use some of the methodologies of open-source software development to invigorate the company and generate excitement about new Microsoft products.
[News Flash: Microsoft is inventing Internet-based software distribuition, which they will probably patent and wind up licensing freely with a covenant not to sue in order to keep pace with already developed. Yeah, those guys in Redmond really know how to innovate!
Red Hat has so far taken almost 200 servers and is running applications developed in-house
Today the Southern California Linux Exposition's fifth iteration kicked off with all-day mini-conferences on free and open source software in the health care industry and women in the free/open source software community. Since the sessions on women seemed to be the less popular, least business-friendly, and most interesting of the two subjects, that was the series I decided to sit in on. It was a life-changing experience for all who attended.
Pierre Alain Joye has made a new entry in his blog announcing the release of PHP compatible GD2.0.34.
Stuart Herbert in php.net muses over a possibility to get a news items on http://www.php.net
on the initiative to create a vendor-neutral resource to help ISVs sell PHP-based products.
LXer Feature: 10-Feb-2007
Here is a review of some the events on first day of SCaLE 5x in Los Angeles.
It's been a very busy week in the LinuxQuestions Screenshots department. This week we installed and grabbed some cool screenshots of the following distributions: eduKnoppix 3.0.2, Elive 0.6.2, LinuxConsole 1.0.82, SLAX 6.0.0 Pre 3, Famelix 1.3, Grafpup 2.0, VectorLinux 5.8 Beta 2, Nexenta Alpha 7 Test 1, CowMet 1.0, CDriveBack 1.0, Caixa Magica 11, Linspire 5.1.451 and Gentoo 2006.1. Enjoy!
OpenDocument format was approved as an ISO standard in May 2006. This was important for the free software community because there are free software applications for reading and writing OpenDocument files.
The latest LinuxQuestions.org Podcast. Topics include LQ Radio and ogg
, the SCALE
and OpenSolutions Summit
, how to tell the Open Source winners from the losers, the contradictory nature of OOXML (Part II) and what if hardware vendors are trapped too.
I received an email this afternoon from a Phoronix reader and fan that I found worth sharing, along with my response.
The European Commission has resisted efforts by Microsoft to make it abandon its report into open source software, it was revealed this week. But the EC was swayed into allowing a 10-day period for feedback before completing the report.
O'Reilly Media this week published the third edition of Using Samba: A File and Print Server for Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X. The book targets those needing to support Windows clients on Linux/Unix networks, or access Windows network resources from Linux/Unix clients.
VirtualLogix will demonstrate a multimedia-enabled Linux-based mobile phone reference design powered by a single ARM9 processor, at 3GSM next week in Barcelona. The NXP Nexperia 7210 design could spawn some of the world's first single-core mobile phones running open, "rich" operating systems, such as Linux.
Ubiquiti Networks is shipping what are claimed to be the first-ever mini-PCI-based WiFi radios to boast 600mW transmit power, and the first to support operating temperatures from -45 to 95 degrees Celsius. The ExtremeRange WiFi modules have both been tested extensively under Linux, the company says.
Following the release of the 2.6.20 kernel Andrew Morton posted a list of patches in his -mm kernel, summarizing for each his plans as to whether or not they will be pushed upstream for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.21 kernel. Andrew commented,"I'm getting fed up of holding onto hundreds of patches against subsystem trees, sending them over and over again and seeing nothing happen. I sent 242 patches out to subsystem maintainers on Monday and look at what's still here." In response to some confusion as to what happens to these patches, he went on explain,"once a subsystem has a subsystem tree (git or quilt) I basically never merge anything which belongs to that tree. It's always originator->mm->subsystemtree->Linus".
Yesterday, Linspire and Canonical issued a joint announcement that Linspire would begin to base its distributions on Ubuntu rather than Debian, and that Ubuntu users would be able to use CNR to install proprietary applications and drivers, starting with the Fiesty Fawn release.
Mandriva on Feb. 7 introduced a pre-installed Mandriva Linux 2007 distribution on a 2GB USB key. With "Mandriva Flash," users can take their own Mandriva system anywhere with them, plug in the key, and save and exchange data -- with about 1GB of space left over, according to the company.
The outsourcing of security
Comment: It's the end of yet another RSA security conference, and we're tempted to trade our PCs for an abacus and hole up in the basement while the nightmarish robot invasion on mankind plays out. Malware, we were repeatedly told over the past five days, is lurking everywhere - in PCs, phones and online bazaars - and is waiting for the opportune moment to slip into our toasters and refrigerators.â€¦
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