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The Axe Falls on ODF in Massachusetts?

  •; By Andrew Updegrove (Posted by alc on Nov 3, 2005 3:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

An amendment to a piece of important Massachusetts legislation is to be debated on Thursday at the State Senate. If adopted, it could slow down or even reverse the decision to use the OpenDocument format.

[ED.- Please, anyone who lives in Massachusetts, contact your senator as quickly as possible and warn them about the possible consequences of this amendment! The movement towards Open Standards is far too important to let it be stopped through such suspicious means! - Tsela]

Google gives back to Oregon universities

Google, having gotten where it is thanks in large part to open source software and development, is giving back to the community with a $350,000 grant to Oregon State and Portland State universities for their collaboration on the development, systems administration, and learning of open source software.

Linux PCs: Customer service or lip service?

  • CNET; By Michael Singer (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 3:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Michael Singer writes: "Thinking about buying a new Linux-based home PC? Happy hunting."

Finding an entry-level home PC that doesn't have a Windows XP sticker on it requires consumers to search through a maze of Web sites. If they try calling a major PC maker, the agent is likely to have a hard time steering them toward a Linux-based or bare-bones system.

[Ed -Funny thing Michael, have you ever heard of Wal-Mart, Fry's, Micro Centre? -tadelste]

Bringing Peace To The Windows-Linux Front

Charles Babcock writes: "Most open-source advocates would say the world of Linux and Microsoft Windows will never meet. But a venture capital-backed startup is bringing the two so close together that the typical Windows administrator will be able to launch and manage open-source Linux servers from what looks and feels like the familiar Window's interface."

[Ed: Seems a bit backwards, but could be useful if you're a Windows admin with no GNU/Linux experience. - evangelinux]

Sakai software cooks up e-learning storm

Open source e-learning application, Sakai, is set to be introduced at universities across South Africa from as early as next year. Meanwhile, the Sakai Foundation has been formed to co-ordinate community efforts to develop the software.

SCO's Interim Disclosure of Material Misused by IBM - as text

Here's SCO's Interim Disclosure of Material Misused by IBM [PDF], as text.

Looking at the careful wording, and knowing SCO like we do, I see that they have grouped their findings in two buckets, as Darl once put it, and so what they describe could belong to either bucket:

The technology matrix identifies 217 separate technology disclosures which SCO contends are improper, that is, they violate one or more of the contractual prohibitions IBM agreed to with respect to licenses and other agreements governing source code IBM (and Sequent) obtained from SCO's predecessors-in-interest and/or violate SCO's copyrights.

Turmoil, Change and Novell

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 1:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
News Analysis: Analysts and customers give their take on Novell's rapid-fire changes.

Oh No, Not Another Web Portal

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 1:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Opinion: Microsoft's newest shared-source project, Business Portal Lite, is torn from the tech headlines of 1997.

Learn what Eclipse is good for

This article gives you information about the latest version of Eclipse, and a guide to some of the most interesting Eclipse projects. Learn what Eclipse is good for, why it is important, how you can get started, and where to learn more about it.

Introducing GoboLinux 012

One major problem with the Linux world is the overwhelming number of redundant distributions, especially in the desktop-oriented area. It's rare to see a new distribution that isn't a Debian or Red Hat clone in disguise with an extra feature or two, or that dares to take a bold departure from the status quo. One of those rarities, however, is GoboLinux.

Red Hat Will Never Be Microsoft

Opinion: For those of you who think Red Hat is on its way to becoming the next Microsoft—get over it.

Oracle's free software foray scorned

Four major open source database projects have scoffed at Oracle’s attempt this week to tackle the threat of open source software.

On Tuesday, Oracle released a beta version of Oracle 10g Express Edition, a low-end edition of its database. The Express Edition is the same as other databases in Oracle’s lineup, but can only run servers with one processor, 4GB of disk memory and 1GB of memory.

[Ed - Oracle has done this in the past to promote its products. tadelste]

Grid Software Startup: Will Open Standards Drive Grid Adoption?

Univa, for instance, has adopted a business model that is, essentially, the same as the Linux vendor Red Hat. Whereas Red Hat distributes and services Linux, Univa focuses on Globus open-source middleware for creating grid networks.

PR: Louisiana Tech's RAS-ware Runtime Breakthrough in HPC Clusters

Louisiana Tech's eXtreme Computing Research (XCR) unveiled a breakthrough development today in the RAS-ware runtime for transparent job queue fault tolerance in HPC Cluster environment.

Dr. Box Leangsuksun, an associate professor in computer science, explained that XCR's breakthrough consists of High Availability, Self-configuration, and Self-healing as enabling solutions.

Can Microsoft "out Google" Google with developers?

  • TheReg; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by bstadil on Nov 2, 2005 10:23 PM EDT)
Microsoft's recently appointed chief technology officer (CTO) Ray Ozzie, believes Redmond can utilize MSN to beat Google and become the industry's largest beneficiary of online advertising-based services. Microsoft hopes to convert millions of Windows developers using software development tools like Visual Studio into content providers, building adverts and services into Windows Live, Office Live and Windows applications

[ED- This is an interesting idea if it wasn't for the fact that MS has screwed every single development company that tried to work with them. Maybe Ozzie is dancing Balmer style shouting. Amnesia, Amnesia, Amnesia]

Linux Storage Device compliant with T10-OSD

A Linux object-based storage device compliant with the T10-OSD standard specification. OSD technology addresses security and scalability problems that arise in distributed storage systems (e.g. a SAN-based file-system). To ease the technology deployment, the OSD-Simulator can be used for exploring it and testing its applicability and as a future building block for storage systems.

Senator Seriously Injured After Jumping Off Cliff

  • Humorix; By James Baughn (Posted by bstadil on Nov 2, 2005 9:01 PM EDT)
[ED- In light of Senator Pacheco's effort at Mondays closed hearing (story posted below) it is only fitting to lament what happened to one of his like-minded colleges]

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF CLUELESSNESS -- In a bizarre incident last week, U.S. Senator Fattecat (R-Washington State) fell off a 30-foot high cliff and sustained several broken bones.

"One of Fattecat's handlers at the MPAA told him to jump off a cliff, and he did it," said an anonymous source who wished to remain anonymous. "What choice did he have? He's always done everything the MPAA and RIAA want, and in return he's always been re-elected -- despite his gross incompetence."

Summary of Massachusetts ODF Hearing and Live Blogcast Text in Detail

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by tadelste on Nov 2, 2005 7:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Andy Updegrove went to the hearing. He gives his impressions and his near verbatim typing of the proceedings. It speaks for itself.

openSUSE inspires derivative distros

  •; By N. Sanders (Posted by dcparris on Nov 2, 2005 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
N. Sanders writes: "Just two months ago, Novell opened the development process behind SUSE Linux, creating the openSUSE project. Novell's move gave developers a chance to be involved in SUSE, which previously had been developed privately without community input. In the short time since openSUSE was unveiled, developers have begun work on several new and interesting SUSE derivatives."

[There's even SUSE Performance Enhanced Release (SUPER) for you bleeding edge types. - Ed]

OpenDocument Massachusetts Hearing

Yesterday's hearing at the Massachusetts State House was clearly an attempt to delay adoption of OpenDocument Format (ODF) --- delivering a swipe at Peter Quinn, CIO and Director of the state's Information and Technology Division.

["...No comments or questions were allowed from the large audience, and there was frustration that written testimony delivered to the hearing, and in support of Massachusetts adopting ODF, went unmentioned." Imagine that! Squashing public testimony in American politics? Say it ain't so! - Ed]

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