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Conflict of interests of political party president in softwarepatents issue in the EU

25 June 2005 -- German web fora have been agitated by online discussions and news articles about apparent interest conflicts of Klaus Heiner Lehne MEP, who, as a coordinator of the European People's Party in the Legal Affairs Committee, strongly opposed all amendments that had any limiting effect on patentability or enforcability, and actively fought in JURI as well as in Berlin and elsewhere for widest possible patentability (which also means patentability of software). It now appears that Lehne works as a Brussels lobbying consultant for multinational corporations who are the main clients of one of the leading lawfirms for patent litigation in Europe, which is also itself involved in patent lobbying and closely connected to lobbying organisations. (Quoted from Interviews Joseph Cheek regarding Lycoris & Mandriva

  •; By Tim (Posted by tim1980 on Jun 25, 2005 4:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
What Follows is an interview with Joseph Cheek President and CEO of Lycoris and Tim Mullins founder and webmaster of regarding the recent acquisition of Lycoris by Mandriva.

Most Powerful 100 Open Media Players - But it was not what I expected!

  • AlwaysOn; By Tony Perkins (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Jun 25, 2005 1:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Want to break the lock on mainstream media? So do these folks, and they are inviting us to blow the business wide open.

MySQL Overview and New Performance-Related Features

  • informIT; By Robert Schneider (Posted by dave on Jun 25, 2005 11:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
With an ever-growing market share and a continual stream of new software and functionality, MySQL AB's products have made a dramatic impact on the technology industry. New versions, features, and functions are arriving at an increasing pace, but database designers, developers, and administrators might feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of products, along with how frequently they're updated.

Knoppix 4.0 DVD - Like a Kid in a Candy Store

  • Onlamp; By Kyle Rankin (Posted by dave on Jun 25, 2005 8:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A totally new release of Knoppix was unveiled at LinuxTag 2005, Knoppix 4.0. This is the release that introduces the split between "maxi" DVD and "mini" CD releases. I've tried out the 4.0 DVD and let me tell you, I'm like a kid in a candy store.

To enhance Security, UK government Looking at Open Source

  • (Posted by dave on Jun 25, 2005 5:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Faced with rising IT security threats and needing a workable solution, the UK government is seriously looking at adopting some Open Source solutions, such as SELinux and Xen.

Red Hat opens code contest

  • digital opportunity channel (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Red Hat Scholarships is the first ever open source program of its kind in the world designed to encourage young talent and spread the open source philosophy that has created world class software like Linux, Apache and many other programs.

Bring the tangible benefits of Linux to your organisation

Linux is not just the operating system for power users anymore. Janet Valade discusses the tangible benefits of open source software and Linux

Open-Sourcing Conferences

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 4:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
...I want to reboot the whole Conference System. It sounds as though reboot is trying to do exactly that. Hope I can come home with some fresh ideas. Lord knows, we need them. Because the defaults are as stale as dumpster gunk.

Limited collaboration on open source Celtix?

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 3:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ComputerWire contacted several enterprise service bus (ESB) companies to ascertain whether or not they would contribute to the Celtix open source ESB project, but so far none can be found.

Device Profile: AKCP SensorProbe8Linux data center security monitor

  • (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 3:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
AKCP has converted its data center security monitor from a proprietary RTOS to embedded Linux. The SensorProbe8Linux uses a variety of open source software to monitor server status, and a variety of attached sensors to monitor server room physical security.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due - or That Was Then, But This Is Now

It constantly amazes me, seeing the number of conversations, forums, talkbacks, emails, etc. flurrying about the Internet that are focused on finding the way to "win" against Microsoft and Intuit - both companies, in certain circles, being referred to as "big brother". Well, the 800lb gorillas, anyway.

First UK Open Source VC Funded Project

  • OSDir (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Logicalware Ltd, announced today that that they have received an investment of GBP300,000/$548,000 from the Sigma Innovation Fund and Bill Dobbie, a technology entrepreneur. This is the first venture capital investment in an Open Source software company in the UK and is part of the global wave of support for this new way of creating software.

CodeWeavers Will Support Intel-based Mac

  •; By Aki Ukita (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 24, 2005 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CodeWeavers Inc., a leading Windows-to-Linux software developer, announced plan to support Windows-to- Macintosh application porting on Wednesday, June 22. The announcement from Apple, earlier this month, that Mac will switch to Intel x86 chips from IBM's PowerPC chips on next year made CodeWeavers' expansion of it software possible.

A Newbie's Take on Xandros Deluxe Edition 3.0

  • (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Well my laptop's fan has died, and no way it seems for this newbie to take the laptop apart and get a new one put in. Luckily, a friend had a computer for sale, and I bought it. Tried to install Lycoris on it (which was on my laptop), but the install would not would not go work, could get the screen up initially, but not after the reboot. Originally, this computer has XP on it, and had a problem with no sound. Had a friend come over, and he reinstalled XP; still no sound. That was when I discovered that I had plugged the wires into the wrong spot on the computer. Well XP, upon start up, had one trojan and about 3 viruses on it. That was when I started to use knoppix 3.6, which was given to me. It worked fairly well, but I couldn't quite figure out how to install it. So had a system on which Lycoris wouldn't boot, knoppix on a live cd, and then Ubuntu arrived. Tried to live cd, it worked, so installed it. Liked it, and it worked nice; however, never got java to install among other things, so couldn't access some of my favorite sites.

Linux distro guide helps new users figure out what's what

  • (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There are so many distros, and so many opinions about which is the best, it's hard for even a Linux veteran to keep them all straight. To help cut through the clutter, has compiled a brief overview of the major distributions and their more noteworthy derivatives.

A look at Fedora Core 4

Fedora Core 4, released June 13 2005, is the latest of the Fedora Project releases that offers many enhancements and features over the previous versions. Fedora Core 4 includes all of the latest software updates, including window managers GNOME 2.10 and KDE 3.4. GNOME 2.10 and KDE 3.4 both offer numerous desktop enhancements that increase performance and performance while still offering plenty of eye candy. Fedora Core 4 also boasts the newest GCC 4.0 Compiler and OpenOffice 2.0 Beta.

Free seeds

  • Planet Porto Alegre (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What do traditional farmers have in common with those taking part in the free software movement? Nothing apparently – while some deal with the millenary agricultural activity, others deal with what our imagination regards as futuristic. However, these characters seem to have similar enemies. They all have monopoly as their main opponent. Hackers from the free software movement fight for the code they develop and use to be free. Farmers, on the other hand, try to protect the species they have long been growing from becoming monopolized by multinational enterprises, which are interested in obtaining a patent on the seeds. In the last case, the code to be protected is a genetic one. Both farmers and programmers are, in reality, fighting for the same cause: free knowledge.

Is open source security more secure than proprietary tools?

  • Cisco World Magazine (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The discussion of open source vs. top-down security is not a new one. In fact it was a major issue at the time of the American Revolution. Washington advocated having a small army and citizens bearing arms, rather than the practice that had stifled freedom in Europe — only the government can have arms and, if a citizen uses a weapon to defend against an attacker rather than waiting for the police to arrive, that citizen is jailed.

Windows beats Linux on security - Wipro Survey

  • India (Posted by dave on Jun 24, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To get an accurate picture of how costs associated with patch management figure into the TCO equation, Microsoft recently commissioned Wipro Technologies Ltd to study the cost of updating Microsoft and open source software in a real-world environment for desktops, servers and database servers. This is very important as for proprietary and open source software alike, administering security updates are a reality in the enterprise and a significant factor in total cost of ownership thus to get an accurate picture Wipro surveyed 90 companies in the US and Western Europe with 2,500 to 113,000 employees where both the Windows and open source operating systems were simultaneously being run.

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