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Munich Linux migration delayed by 'PR stunt'

A high-profile delay to Munich's Linux migration in 2004 was actually caused by those campaigning against software patents, rather than the shadowy hand of Microsoft, according to one insider

Software patent campaigner Florian Mueller revealed this week that the City of Munich's decision to stall its Linux migration, was the result of a PR stunt by anti-patent campaigners.

Tux in Retail Part 2: The VIP Interviews

Mad Penguin brings us the second and final installment in their "Tux in Retail" series (the first installment was covered on Slashdot), in which they interview Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony; Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos; Mepis Linux founder Warren Woodford; and Kevin Jones, Micro Center Vice President of Merchandising, to get their take Tux's jump into big box retail.

Why I Stopped Promoting Linux in Government

I received an email from a close friend asking me to help educate the city manager in Tuttle, OK about Linux. I told him I prefer finishing a "hack" on securing SSH. Here's why I'm through orchestrating efforts for Linux in Government.

Review: Trustix Secure Linux lives up to its name

Trustix Secure Linux is an interesting distro for servers that is designed to be all about security. While Linux, in general, is fairly secure, a distro that focuses on security and stability from the ground up should be a good choice for Internet servers. In our testing, we found Trustix lives up to its intentions.

Review: Trustix Secure Linux lives up to its name

  •; By Aditya Nag (Posted by NoDough on Mar 29, 2006 10:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Trustix
A good, quick review of Trustix Secure Linux.

TransGaming, Mandriva to Bring Linux Gaming to Poland

Linux adoption across the globe is gaining momentum, particularly within public institutions, businesses and home users in Europe. One of the key application gaps to be filled to encourage the proliferation of Linux is the ability to deliver a great gaming experience," said Vikas Gupta, president and CEO of TransGaming.

Grid Computing for Developers: A Book Review

Problems with both content and presentation make this a less-than-ideal introduction to grid computing.

Extract data from the Internet with Web scraping

  • Newforge; By Rob Reilly (Posted by tadelste on Mar 29, 2006 9:41 AM EDT)
Even if you don't know how to access databases using a Web browser or use an RSS reader, you can extract information from the Internet through Web page scraping. Here's how you can use some Linux-based tools to get data.

Debian Weekly News - March 28th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Mar 29, 2006 8:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 13th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. David Moreno Garza [1]built an RSS [2]feed for the Debian Weekly News. Manoj Srivastava [3]called for votes for this year's project leader [4]election which has seen the lowest participation ever in a Debian project leader election seen so far. Votes must be received by April 8th, 2006.

Eric Raymond and the RTFM Jerks

Is Eric Raymond and the RTFM jerk crowd driving away good contributers and users from free software? That is what I am beginning to wonder. I think that a lot of people don't want to get involved because the community comes across as a bastion of unrepentant meanness.

Texas Attorney General Consumer Complaint Form

The Texas AG's office writes:"Consumer Complaints filed with this agency may form the basis for an investigation into a company's business practices. In some cases, significant numbers of complaints about a business may give rise to legal action, not on behalf of the individual complainants but to enforce state law. The decision to investigate or file a lawsuit is based on a number of factors".

Manufacturer moves to Linux for stability

  • LinuxWorld; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by kozmcrae on Mar 29, 2006 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Automotive electronics manufacturer and a supplier to big names like General Motors Holden, Australian Arrow has migrated half its servers to Linux in two years to gain greater stability.

The real reasons vendors are moving to open source models

Everywhere you look today, vendors are embracing open source. IBM, Computer Associates International Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Sun Microsystems Inc. and many other industry heavyweights have contributed large bodies of code to the open source community. Oracle has purchased two open source software companies in recent months. Even Microsoft is cozying up with JBoss Inc. and SugarCRM Inc. to improve interoperability with Windows. In addition, dozens of small companies have moved their products into the open source domain over the last couple of years.

This is certainly a heartening trend, but the cynic in me says to be careful. This apparent altruism is also tinged with self-interest.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 129:
We talk to Brad Bowling, patent attorney with Baker Botts LLP
The impact of patents on F/OSS projects and software
Setting up multimedia keyboards in linux
Linc gives us more impressions of his Mac-mini
We'll see you at the LWE in Boston next week
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Relax, Newspaper Tech Reporters Are No Threat For The Scoop Jackson Award

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Mar 29, 2006 4:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Seems pretty simple to the headline, if the headline has the proper "hook", then read the article. OK...Since I write for a living, I personally understand the concept. But I do not mislead you with it.

Novell's Balancing Act

The company seeks to persuade Netware fans to go Linux while also wooing Windows users.

Book review: Anti-patent activist chronicles fight

Florian Mueller has dedicated much of his recent life to the minutiae of European legislative process. With help from a host of others, he successfully fought software patents in Europe. Today he's announcing that he's written a book about the experience, delving deep into European government and legislative process, and delivering a unique and entertaining insight into the fusion of lobbying, open source software, and activism that defined the patent battle of Europe.

My desktop OS: VectorLinux SOHO

Three years ago I built my own computer and installed Mandrake v9.1 on it. It was a joy to learn and use Linux, to not worry about spyware and viruses any longer, and to graduate to a stable operating system. Not long afterward I became involved with a small charity that refurbishes older computers to donate to people who normally would not be able to afford their own computer. The donated computers we work on are generally 133MHz to 500MHz Pentium II vintage, often with less than 128MB of RAM. Mandrake proved impossibly slow to use on these machines, but VectorLinux impressed me with its speed, ease of install, well-chosen lightweight applications, and stability.

Software developer boxes pirate senseless

Rough justice, Russian style

And The Winner Is ... The TV Land Awards!!!

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 29, 2006 12:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Network Sees Double-Digit Gains Among Core Demo of Adults 25-54

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