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On virtually any street in Shanghai or Beijing, you can buy a Hollywood DVD or hot new CD for $1 or less. Vendors peddle Microsoft Office, Windows XP, and every other popular software applications out of cardboard boxes jammed full of discs. Entire markets in the major cities are dedicated to selling knock-offs of designer goods for pennies on the dollar. If you're interested in high finance, $200,000 worth of annual derivatives data is available from online vendors for $500 a year. According to Jones Day intellectual property rights lawyer Xiang Wang, the Chinese case law on many aspects of intellectual property rights is not yet well developed, and cases can take years to settle. The Business Software Alliance—a trade group including software giants such as Microsoft, Apple, and IBM—alleges that 90 percent of all software used in China is pirated and that software vendors suffered $3.5 billion in losses last year due to Chinese piracy. The Chinese government has started to realize that this is an obstacle to economic development. And if anybody pays attention to economic development these days, it's China. Now, China is beginning to look at open source software as a way out of the intellectual property quagmire that doesn't involve paying high costs. Linux is a keystone in this strategy.
The South Korean postal service is migrating around 4,700 desktop computers from Microsoft Windows to Linux. The migration is expected to save the government-run organisation 850 million won (£450,000) per year, according to an article in The Korea Times last week. The computers, which are in 2,800 post office branches, are provided to allow the public to access the internet free of charge. Korea Post also plans to be using Linux for its internet banking and payment system by the end of the year, according to the report. The South Korean government has funded a number of open source initiatives over the last few years. In 2003, the government announced a plan to replace a significant proportion of proprietary software on PCs and servers with open source alternatives by 2007. Earlier this year, the government said it would provide more than £1.5m to government agencies to encourage them to adopt open source software.
Although the city of Munich aims to deploy as much open-source software as possible, it has no intention of abolishing Microsoft products altogether, according to Schiessl. "We will continue to use the company's products in areas where it makes more economic sense, for instance, to run department-specific applications on Windows than on Linux. Contrary to what many people have said and written about our decision to use open-source software, we have no political mandate against Microsof
New version of the popular free software desktop environment offers convenience and capability.
Software Freedom Day (South Africa) is almost upon us, and there are plenty of geeky events happening around the country and the continent, intended to spread the good news of free software and introduce non-geeks to the welcoming world of open source.
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Microsoft Corp. has filed a second appeal against a European Union ruling ordering it to share code with open-source software companies, officials said Wednesday. The company's spokesman Tom Brookes said the new appeal before the EU's second-highest court comes in the wake of a June agreement with the EU head office to let the courts decide the source code issue. He said Microsoft planned to defend its view that the interoperability protocols -- server software which helps Windows-powered computers communicate with other computers and software -- are Microsoft's intellectual property and should not be shared or given away for free.
Bob Sutor, IBM's Vice President of Standards and Open Source, just release his comment
to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. On behalf of IBM, Mr. Sutor says, "We support the recommended guidelines, especially the technology specifications for the OASIS Open Document Format."
Within the context of Microsoft's spastic, flailing response to desktop-neutralizing events from both Google
and The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
, Dave Rosenberg has posted an interesting (Freudian) analysis of Microsoft's behavior.
Version 2.12 of desktop for Linux and Unix is released with two new applications, a new theme engine and improved multimedia performance.
Ten days of presentations, workshops, and chaotic coding sponsored by Trolltech, Novell/SUSE, HP, the local governments of Andalucia, and Malaga can only mean one thing: aKademy 2005, the KDE community's annual conference. Held in Malaga, Spain, aKademy 2005 included a Users and Administrators Conference, a Developer Conference and a Coding Marathon. Users, developers, and local visitors with an interest in open technology were treated to a display of stable desktop software and glimpses of cutting-edge innovations to come.
Latest Edition Is the First to Include Input From the Recently Launched openSUSE Project
Apache 2 offers a number of new features and improvements over the Apache 1.3 series, but the upgrade can seem daunting to those who haven't had much (or any) experience with Apache 2. I recently had to go through an upgrade from Apache 1.3 to Apache 2.0 on Debian Sarge, and it's not as difficult as you might think.
Fulfilling an earlier promise to release the source code for their Plone-based laboratory management system, Bika Lab Systems has open sourced the code under the GNU GPL. The Bika laboratory system is already in use at a number of organisations including a bottling co-operative in the Western Cape.
More than at any other time, database professionals are being aggressively challenged by mushrooming volumes of data in corporate business systems. While some industry analysts project data growth at an average rate of 42% a year, that figure is conservative in some installations where growth rates are several hundred percent, with no end in sight. What's to blame for sky-rocketing data volumes? First, corporations have realized the golden nugget potential of all the data floating around in their transactional systems and are utilizing data warehousing more than ever before. The strategic use of data is high on the mind of nearly every CIO and business executive, so in response, transactional data is stockpiled into data warehouses where business intelligence users constantly aim their analytic queries to produce forecasts that are used to make key business decisions.
Version 2.12 of the GNOME Linux desktop will be released on Wednesday, featuring two new applications, a new theme engine, and improved authentication, according to project director Davyd Madeley. What's more, the look and feel of the desktop is vastly improved, thanks to the new Clearlooks-based theme engine, Madeley said in a pre-release "tour" on the GNOME website.
Leslie Franke writes: "I recently created a Rapid Web Development and Testing with Mozilla Firefox presentation. The S5 slide show is a basic overview of Firefox's built-in web development tools, as well as some useful web developer extensions that are available."
ntegrating Fedora Linux into a Windows network is reasonable and easy as long as you use the SAMBA utilities. This article includes the necessary steps for implementing a SAMBA server in a Windows environment. Once integrated, a Linux server looks and acts exactly like any other server on a Windows intranet... Complete article
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