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Red Hat designates its top priority projects

Red Hat's plans for the next two years call for the company to fund and develop several projects of interest to the Linux community. They company set out its top priorities for 2006 and 2007 in a press release detailing its plans to further fund and support free software projects, including SystemTap and OProfile, as well as develop virtualization and stateless Linux technologies for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

Open content opens doors to opportunity

  • Info World; By John Blau (Posted by dcparris on Nov 25, 2005 4:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Plenty of groups met at the Internet summit in Tunis, Tunisia, last week to talk about changing the fortunes of people from developing countries still locked out of the information society. A few, however, preferred to use the event to announce action.

Open source-based Mono Project gets upgrade

  • CMPnetAsia; By Ed Scannell, VARBusiness (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 4:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new version of the development software aids Web-based application deployment.

Latest Mono release brings .NET on Linux closer

The Mono project has issued a new release aimed at taking the software out of the development environment and onto production systems. Release 1.1.10 contains tweaks such as auto-configuration and the ability to work with virtual hosts

Are All Government Designed Software Projects Open Source?

  • TechDirt; By Brian Phipps (Posted by dcparris on Nov 25, 2005 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Brian Phipps digs deep into an article about open source efforts and pulls out an interesting point that's mostly buried in the story: "A Forbes article on open source reports that Mission Viejo firm Medsphere used the Freedom of Information Act to get the source code for federal hospital management software "developed at taxpayer expense."

[Ed: As a matter of fact, anything the US and state governments develop - possibly with a few exceptions - is in the public domain. This is, as RMS would point out, a special case of free (libre) software. However, there is absolutely no license attached. Follow the link to the Forbes article. - dcparris]

Korea to rule on Microsoft antitrust case next week

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission said yesterday it will delay a ruling in its an antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. until Nov 30, as its committees are still deliberating.

[Ed: If Korea finds Microsoft guilty, they should apply appropriate penalties. If Microsoft wants to make threats in order to sway the government's thinking, they should consider further charges. How do you say "good-bye" in Korean? - dcparris]

When mainframes make sense

  •; By Galen Gruman (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 1:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Not everyone sees the mainframe as a relic of the past. In 1996, motor manufacturer Baldor Electric, beguiled by promises of lower costs and the desire to move to the SAP platform for all its CRM and ERP transactions, left the mainframe in favour of a Windows environment. According to Mark Shackelford, Baldor's IS director, the company was very unhappy with the results.

Owning ideas

  • The Guardian; By Andrew Brown (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 12:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial

The boom in the intellectual property market will not reap rewards for us all.

[ED.- Andrew Brown draws a great summary of the current state of the "intellectual property" business, and it is not looking good - Tsela]

Podcast receivers for Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 25, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're bored with blogging and ready for new worlds to conquer, podcasting might be just the impetus you need to refuel your interest in Internet publishing. The term is something of a misnomer. You don't need an iPod to create or receive a podcast, and it's not really a broadcast. What it is is hot, and with open source tools for both podcast creation and reception, it's a game that Linux users can play.

Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic Not Linux Friendly

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 25, 2005 12:16 AM EDT)
These retailer's online stores don't seem to be Linux/Firefox friendly

PC worm is spreading quickly

  • WFAA Dallas; By The Washington Post (Posted by tadelste on Nov 24, 2005 11:47 PM EDT)
Sober is known to only affect computers running the Windows operating system. It appears that Apple and Linux computer users have not been affected.

Linux Advisory Watch - November 25th 2005

This week, advisories were released for phpgroupware, egroupware, fetchmail, gnump3d, common-lisp-controller, xmail, unzip, netpbm, mantis, fetchmail-ssl, sylpheed, ipmenu, horde3, zope, Smb4k, mtab, phpSysInfo, eix, php, drakxtools, binutils, and fuse. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, Mandriva.

Browser developers work together on better security

Next generation browsers will have advanced features that will get tough with hackers, thanks to four rival firms getting together to work on combating security threats. Security developers from Microsoft, Mozilla/Firefox, Opera and Konqueror are discussing plans to help make the Internet a safer place for us all.


  • Ubuntu developers mailing list; By Mark Shuttleworth (Posted by richo123 on Nov 24, 2005 9:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Ubuntu
Shuttleworth has been talking with RMS and there may be an idealogically pure FSF-like version of Ubuntu launched. Details in Mark's list message

Sun sees large penetration of Solaris 10 in LatAm

  • TMCnet; By UNKNOWN (Posted by tadelste on Nov 24, 2005 8:55 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
We really want to say kind things about Sun and keep the dialog flowing. Afterall, they claim to be an open-source company. But when we see articles like the one reference here, we have to rethink our position one more time.

So, some unnamed editor from writes: "Adoption of the Sun Solaris 10 operating system is being led in Latin America by the region's large data centers and SMEs, according to Juan Carlos Barroux, strategic accounts marketing manager for US IT firm Sun Microsystems in Southern Latin America."

Then we see: "SMEs are able to replace a Linux solution without support or one with really expensive support.".

[Ed: Wait a minute. We recently got blasted for writing that Sun said it was trying to kill Linux. The head of the JDS project wrote a vicious blog saying it was not a policy of Sun to kill Linux. So what this? It's you basic flip-flop. - tadelste]

Intel to cut Linux out of the content market

  • The Inquirer; By Charlie Demerjian: (Posted by tadelste on Nov 24, 2005 7:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
So, Linux becomes a forbidden for those who want to watch a movie legally. Think this is by chance? Think it won't catch on? There is a $300 million plus ad campaign cooking to make sure you equate digital media with EF, and don't question that you are giving up all your rights to pay for the privilege. People are stupid, and by the time they catch on that the EF machine they bought is the main method that they are being screwed by, it will be too late and you won't be able to buy anything else. Trust me, this really is the plan.

FreeMED Released

The FreeMED Software Foundation is proud to announce the release of version of FreeMED. This release is a bugfix and security release before the 0.8.2 release cycle. This release is available on the FreeMED Sourceforge Download Site at the FreeMED Sourceforge Download site. Some of the improved features and bugfixes are:

Meet Jane Geek

With women accounting for 50% of technology purchases, Dell, Samsung, and others are opening the door for them

[Ed: Gadgets aren't just for guys... - dcparris]


Linux tools make the most of AMD processors

FSMLabs is claiming a breakthrough single digit microsecond timing on a 64bit dual core AMD Opteron processors and has released Carrier Grade Linux and tools for a wide range of AMD processors.

Public Knowledge Tells Hill How DMCA Prevents Lawful Uses of Content

In a follow-up letter to Capitol Hill, Public Knowledge Pres. Gigi B. Sohn provided examples of how lawful uses of content are being stifled by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The letter, sent today, was requested by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. Sohn testified before the Subcommittee on Nov. 16 at the panel’s hearing on fair use policies.

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