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Hard must-read for creators

One of the hardest and most often repeated myth is that people either support the collection of monopoly rents (royalties) for every possible use of a work (every copy, every communication, every performance), or they oppose the idea of authors getting compensated for their work.

System Builders To Novell: We'll Give You A Listen

If packed demo rooms are any indication of interest in its latest Linux desktop, Novell has a willing audience.

$100 laptops? ... Not yet

On a desk in a messy office on the eighth floor of a building opposite the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sits a circuit board that might just transform education for millions of kids around the world.

Trolltech flies the flag for Linux mobile apps

  • LinuxWorld AU; By Mitchell Bingemann (Posted by grouch on May 23, 2006 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
A Brisbane-based team of developers has played a key part in the development of Linux-based mobile applications for software developer Trolltech.

Despite being headquartered in Norway, Trolltech has led its primary development team at its Brisbane base since 1999.

The Brisbane team was responsible for development of Trolltech's flagship software, Qtopia, an application platform for embedded Linux mobile phones, PDAs and other mobile computing devices.

Novell and NCR Offer Linux on NCR POS Platforms

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) and Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) have announced a global agreement to offer Novell(R) Linux Point of Service on NCR RealPOS(TM) retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

The agreement between Novell and NCR -- one of the world's largest store automation solution vendors -- makes a secure, reliable software platform and hardware combination available for retailers deploying Linux-based POS solutions. NCR's plans call for offering Novell Linux Point of Service on NCR EasyPoint(TM) kiosks and NCR FastLane(TM) self-checkout in the future.

Stumbleupon is hot or what?

For past three weeks, I have been seeing a steady increase in the number of referrers being sent to this site by Stumble Upon. I am sure others are experiencing similar kind of “traffic” referrals.
I decided to install it, and well, like Pete Cashmore, I find StumbleUpon simply addictive.

Broadjam Introduces New Web Hosting 2.0 For Musicians

Musicians can now record a song, upload it to their own unique website, and sell it five minutes later, courtesy of the innovators at Broadjam Inc. Oh, the possibilities!

About Broadjam Inc. Broadjam Inc. is a rapidly growing company that provides web-based technology, software and services for the music industry and independent musicians around the world. The company operates one of the world's largest web communities for musicians and hosts a massive online database of searchable independent music.

Lots of bluster, but no real reply

Steven Titch writes: "While he’s clearly agitated enough to post two responses to one of my recent comments, D.C. Parris, editor-in-chief of, fails to answer my central point – that it’s bad policy to mandate open source procurement." Read the rest of Titch's response on his blog.

[It's official. I'm a zealot now. Per Steven Titch, Senior Fellow, The Heartland Institute. - dcparris]

Wikis Are a Waste of Time

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on May 23, 2006 9:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Opinion: People say wikis are wonderful, but really they are just another form of groupware, and not all that useful to most people.

Howto secure your vserver

I haven’t done much over the weekend. Oh, just this: I sat down and installed a certificate from CAcert, and made our web server and email setup a bit more secure. Here’s how:

Rescue terrible HTML with TagSoup XHTML

The problem is that the Web is still mostly populated by the scary legacy of poorly structured HTML, much of it not even compliant to the more lenient SGML standard. XHTML is a friendly enough format for parsing and screen-scraping, but the Web still has a lot of messy HTML out there. In this tip Uche Ogbuji demonstrates the use of TagSoup to turn just about any HTML into neat XHTML.

Atk Launch Systems Orders Linux Networx Supercomputer

Linux Networx has announced that ATK Launch Systems, a provider of advanced weapons and space systems, has ordered one of the company's Custom Supersystems. The system is expected to increase ATK Launch Systems' compute capability to over 2.24 teraflops.

Linux PDA stars in another cyber-thriller

Writer and network operator Kevin Milne has released another freely downloadable science fiction novel about a master hacker who creates the ultimate network penetration tool, a Sharp Zaurus PDA running Linux and special "Z4CK" software. Digital Force is a sequel to Milne's earlier Z4CK, and both are available for purchase or free download.

[Can you guessed what he used to write the book? - dcparris]

Real world control from a Web page

  • NewsForge; By Rob Reilly (Posted by dcparris on May 23, 2006 5:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In "Acquiring data from the physical world" we examined how to use a microcontroller to turn physical events (such as reading a switch) into data and send that data to a Linux box via the serial line. With this capability you can do things like counting people passing through a gate or recording how the temperature changes over time in a factory process. You can then send the data to a Web page. In this article, we'll do it in reverse -- from a Web form, instruct a microcontroller to perform some actions.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 47

  • Mailing list; By Thomas Chung (Posted by grouch on May 23, 2006 4:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Fedora
[Highlights:] * Changing the way that Development lands
* New ticketing system for the Fedora Project
* Fedora Board chair looks ahead

How Bad Guys Hack Into Websites Using SQL Injection

  • WebProNews; By Matija (Posted by grouch on May 23, 2006 3:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL, PHP
SQL Injection is one of the most common security vulnerabilities on the web. Here I'll try to explain in detail these kinds of vulnerabilities with examples of bugs in PHP and possible solutions.

Live Linux CD demos Qtopia phone stack

A live CD demontrating Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE) 4.1.1 can be downloaded from Trolltech's website, reports OSNews. Based on Knoppix Linux and the fluxbox window manager, the bootable CD includes software emulators that demonstrate both the touchscreen and keypad versions of the Linux-based mobile phone stack.

The Neverending Story: VIA & Open-Source

...yet another episode of the neverending story on VIA and its (lack of?) commitment to open-source. There's an article over at about VIA allegedly encouraging people to violate the GPL with some of their open-source releases. The person behind these claims is someone quite familiar: Luc Verhaegen who was one of the developers of the UniChrome driver project before it disintegrated. Luc has been the most pronounced critic of VIA's approach to open-source development and his comments and rants on a variety of forums and blogs are rather legendary. You can find his personal blog at

[Hmmm... Is this yet another case of hardware vendors not supporting the FOSS community? Book 'em, Dano! We'll sort out the guilty-innocent issues shortly. - dcparris]

Renesas preps Linux-friendly telematics SoC

Renesas says it will sample in August a new SoC (system on chip) and development board that support Linux and target telematics and in-vehicle systems. The SH7397 "Euclid" SoC is based on a 300MHz, 32-bit SH-4A SuperH processor, and will double performance of the company's current SH7760 "Camelot" telematics processor, the company says.

Iowa's Phishing Kingpin Can't Make Crime Pay

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 23, 2006 12:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Jayson Harris was the irritant that helped mold the legal approach now commonly used by Microsoft's crack Internet Safety Enforcement Team. In fact, he's logged two firsts: The Harris case is the first civil case filed by Microsoft related to phishing, and the biggest phishing case in Iowa's history. Microsoft actually calls him the "MSN Billing Phisher." So why the short sentence and puny fine?

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