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Linux association believes Ballmer's comments about Linux are just ...

The Linux Association believes that the latest comments about the patent agreement between Microsoft and Novell are part of a marketing campaign for Vista. Microsoft head Steve Ballmer recently claimed that the open operating system uses "Microsoft's patented intellectual property," thus posing a "problem for our shareholders." But Elmar Geese, executive director of the Linux Association, cannot understand why Microsoft has only now complained about the alleged breaches of patent in the Linux source code after having apparently tolerated them for so long. At the end of January, the new version of Windows will hit the stores.

[Well, it doesn't take a genius to see that Microsoft is in the process of launching Vista. This is exactly what I have said here in our own forums. - dcparris]

A Challenge To Canonical, Red Hat, Novell, Linspire, and All Linux Distributors: Put Up or Shut Up

Linux isn't going anywhere as long as hardware and multimedia remain out of reach...What are the big Linux distributors like Canonical, Linspire, and Novell doing about this? Packaging closed binary code, and passively waiting for that magical day when hardware vendors bound out of bed with happy cries of "Today is the day we support Linux and open our drivers and codecs! Hurrah!"

[Well, Carla beat me to it. I support her contention 100%, and encourage users to encourage their favorite distro developers to support a combined, coordinated effort to push for Free/Open Source drivers and codecs. - dcparris]

Free and Open Source Software gets new 'poster girl'

India's Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement just has got a new poster-boy, or rather girl -- Suparna Bhattacharya, the star of the just-concluded event held here and presenter of the inaugural keynote, is seen as one of India's most respected Linux kernel developers.

Trolltech rolls "complete" Linux smartphone stack

Trolltech, perhaps the most successful Linux smartphone software provider, is readying a more comprehensive stack aimed at simplifying Linux-based phone development. The company's "Greensuite," due in Q2, will offer a menu of pre-integrated browsers, Java virtual machines, messaging clients, and other software, along with complete source code and branding flexibility, the company says.

A survey of Linux PDF viewers

Portable Document Format, designed in the early 1990s by Adobe Systems, is slowly replacing PostScript as the preferred format for saving and viewing generic documents. Early on, only Adobe supplied programs that enabled users to view PDF files. But since the format's specification is open, Adobe Reader (formerly "Adobe Acrobat Reader") is now only one among an increasing set of PDF viewers. Here's a guide to the best alternatives for Linux users.

Recover Data From a dead hard drive using ddrescue

Recover Data From a dead hard drive using ddrescue

ISO images dumped from PS3 Blu-ray discs via Linux

It's starting to look like the greatest enemy to PS3 "security" is the PS3 itself. Thanks to that handy OS named Linux, which conveniently comes prepped for the console, we're already seeing some pretty nifty things being done with the PS3, and now it's being put to good use to siphon data off of those nifty Blu-ray discs. So far nothing more than a straight transfer has been achieved, but it appears the PS3 game file structure is similar to that of the PSP. We're not sure how well on the way this puts us towards the ability to create "backup" discs of PS3 games, but at least it's a start.

Easy Linux migration with Xandros Pro

Xandros today announced the addition of Xandros Desktop - Professional, a new plug and play desktop product that has been designed to work in any Microsoft/ Linux mixed environment. Xandros believes it provides a "zero learning curve" for users migrating from Windows to Linux.

Cross-platform desktop filing system gets updated

P.I.M. announced that a new version of its cross-platform desktop filing system for Linux and Windows users is now available for free download. SqlDesktop v3.00 arranges desktops like an ordinary office: documents, spreadsheets, images, and other items are stored intuitively in folders residing in an SQL database, according to the French company.

Opera tests latest mobile browser

Web browser company Opera has released another beta version of its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini.

Book Review: PPK on JavaScript

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Nov 28, 2006 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

From the author's post on Amazon: My first book, "ppk on JavaScript", is about basic JavaScript. Not basic as in "simple scripts for simple sites", but basic as in "performing basic tasks", such as registering an event handler while making sure the this keyword continues to work, or knowing under which circumstances a string is converted to a number (or vice versa). All JavaScripters need such knowledge. If you're a standards-aware CSS wizard, this book is definitely for you. I wrote it with you specifically in mind..."

XpressLinux Screenshot Walkthrough

The Xpress Linux project was set forth on October 26, 2006. The Idea was simple, give Windows users a Linux Distribution that is very easy to install, is flexible and advanced at the same time, and it needs to have a Windows style layout. The idea harvested its self into a big process that started with using the reliable and secure Ubuntu Distribution and breaking it apart and building on it to make it even more simplier. What we ended up with was a secure, reliable, and simple distrubution...

Java Job scheduling with Quartz

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Michael Lipton and Soobaek Jang (Posted by solrac on Nov 28, 2006 5:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Add some sparkle to your Java apps with Quartz, an open source project that offers an extensive set of job scheduling features. This article introduces the Quartz API, starting with a general overview of the framework and concluding with a series of code examples.

Linux Powers Nokia 770

The Linux-based Nokia 770 Internet tablet is an intriguing gadget for Linux enthusiasts and professional embedded developers. Though it lacks personal information manager (PIM) apps one would expect from a palmtop-sized device, it is instead pitched as an “Internet tablet”, providing applications such as Web browser and an e-mail client.

OpenSUSE 10.2 RC1 out and about

Novell is releasing Basilisk Lizard, its codename for Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of openSUSE 10.2. RC1 is intended to help Novell fix "shipment blockers" and is, says, the last development build before v10.2 of the Linux distro hits the streets in its final version.

Report: GL Studio Puts Simulators On The Desktop

  • LinuxPlanet; By Rob Reilly (Posted by dcparris on Nov 28, 2006 3:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In the latest multi-million dollar training simulators, pilots get to shoot the bad guys out of the virtual sky, while infantry men practice driving their vehicles over virtual desert terrain. Today's sophisticated virtual trainers immerse the soldier in ever more realistic combat situations.

Gnu Tar "GNUTYPE_NAMES" Record Handling Directory Traversal ...

A vulnerability has been identified in GNU Tar, which could be exploited by malicious people to conduct directory traversal attacks. This flaw is due to errors in the "extract_archive()" and "extract_mangle()" functions when processing a "GNUTYPE_NAMES" record with a symbolic link, which could be exploited by attackers to overwrite arbitrary files by tricking a user into extracting a specially crafted archive.

Oh, the emails you'll get...

  • Joel on Software; By Joel Spolsky (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 28, 2006 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
A management consultant at Bain wrote me a nice email, that included the following sentence:

"Our team is conducting a benchmarking effort to gather an outside-in view on development performance metrics and best practice approaches to issues of process and organization from companies involved in a variety of software development (and systems integration)."

I didn't understand a thing he wrote.

This shows the stark contrast between the FOSS model and typical commercial business practices. It seems that merit is not even a criterion in the suits' world- TC

Ibm Offers Linux Implementation Services Across All Systems

  • IT Jungle; By Timothy Prickett Morgan (Posted by dcparris on Nov 28, 2006 1:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
If you want to put Linux on an IBM server--no matter what Big Blue brand you are talking about--and you don't want to be hassled by setting it up on the box, then IBM has a bunch of services for you.

French parliament dumping Windows for Linux

  • CNET; By Christophe Guillemin (Posted by dcparris on Nov 28, 2006 12:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Study by tech services company convinced Assemblee Nationale that switch will be cost-effective.

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