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Wallace's Anti-GPL Suit Loses Again

Daniel Wallace's second anti-GPL suit accusing IBM, Red Hat and Novell of predatory price-fixing and restraint of trade has gone down in flames like his first against the Free Software Foundation, which wrote the license.

[Goodby and good riddance, Mr. Wallace! - dcparris]

Microsoft's draft Open XML straitjacket arrives

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on May 19, 2006 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Opinion: The Intermediate Draft 1.3 of Microsoft's Open XML office document standard has been released by Ecma International, a European standards organization. At 4,000 plus pages, a 6.7MB Microsoft Word document, the Open XML draft standard is less of a standard and more of a painfully detailed description of how Open XML could be used to display almost any possible Microsoft Office document. Note, I say, Microsoft Office document.

OpenSync - Synching on the Free Desktop

  • KDE Dot News; By Arne Babenhauserheide (Posted by dcparris on May 19, 2006 7:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
"It's the first time I feel good when thinking about synching.", Cornelius, one of the OpenSync developers. This interview intends to give you some insight into OpenSync, the upcoming free unified synching solution for the free desktop. Arne interviews the developers from OpenSync and KDE PIM, Cornelius Schumacher, Armin Bauer and Tobias Koenig.

Oregon lab plays Web host to the stars of open source

Who is the biggest Web host in open source? The answer, at least for the Mozilla Foundation, Debian GNU/Linux, Gentoo Linux, KernelTrap, Drupal, and many others is the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The Dangers of Dictating Procurement

A Massachusetts directive that mandates use of an open source software format for electronic document storage marked a major victory for the open source movement. It remains to be seen, however, whether the order will benefit the state’s agencies and employees or save taxpayers money.

[This is one of the greatest pieces of misinformation I have seen to date. LXer readers can be sure they'll see my response to the author of this article posted right here on LXer Saturday morning. For now, I just want to know how this author got his position? - dcparris]

Green Seems Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Rich Green, who recently returned to Sun Microsystems to head its software efforts, said that it's "not whether but how" Sun can open source Java and maintain compatibility that's delaying it from doing so.

How Article 57 Quietly Perverts China's New Anti-Spam Regs

Most who have read China's Internet Email Service Management Regulations know that, in an effort to control spam, it limits commercial email, while forcing email service providers to register all IP addresses and keep logs of email correspondents. But an article incorporated by reference strips all anti-spam pretensions aside, by aiming squarely at email communications between consenting, and possibly religious or political, adults.

Can Ubuntu jump from community to commercial?

Opinion: Anyone who follows Linux closely knows that Ubuntu is the most popular community distribution. But, is that enough for Ubuntu to make a go of it as a commercial business distribution? It looks like we're going to get to find out.

LPI clarifies SA exam pricing

The Linux Professional Institute's director of operations, Glenn McKnight, says LPI exam prices will remain unchanged until the end of the year in South Africa. He remains tight-lipped, however, on next year's prices.

Slackware - from first boot to usable desktop.

 LXer Feature: 19-May-06

There's a saying, "use Debian - learn Debian - use Slackware - learn Linux". You might want to take that with a tiny pinch of salt. There's a grain of truth in there but it's not quite as straight forward as it first appears.

This is by no means an exhaustive lesson in slackware, just some steps to get you to to a place where you can get things done.

New Software to Undo Linux Disasters

The program, like the Windows version, lets you roll back your PC in case of an operating system failure (what, does Linux do that?), find deleted files, and backtrack from the effects of malicious attacks from spyware or worms.
[I'm with Steve on this one. I would have to see if they can help me crash my box first. Otherwise, this could sit on the shelves for a looong time. - dcparris]

Using the Belkin USB Wireless G key under Linux

This is an attempt to summarize the content of the various web pages that describe the setting of a Belkin USB Wireless G key under Linux, plus the author's own experience. Since most of this content is second hand, it might be partially inaccurate. Do not hesitate to send comments and corrections to the author.

Burning or Writing DVDs Under Debian

  •; By (Posted by gg234 on May 19, 2006 9:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Burning or Writing DVDs Under Debian

Board to evolve open-source modelling

  • Electronics Talk (press release); By Electronicstalk Editorial Team (Posted by grouch on May 19, 2006 8:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Linux
Synopsys and the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) are forming a technical advisory board (TAB) to facilitate the evolution of the open-source Liberty library modelling standard.

When Spyware Performs as Advertised

A few words of caution to any Myspace users out there considering "free" software designed to let you spy on unsuspecting others online: Be sure to read the fine print when a product like this says "free," and don't be surprised if the software is used to spy on you.

[Hey, can we get all this MySpy stuff working under Wine? - dcparris]

Cranky customer forces Amazon patent review

Peter Calveley is an actor who went through the motions to provide animation for the computer-generated orcs and elves in the "Lord of the Rings" film series. Last year, he generated a motion to have the Amazon one-click patent re-examined, and last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) agreed to have another look at the patentability of the controversial technology.

Jahshaka Open Source Editing & VFX Software Aims to Revolutionize ...

  • Digital Video Editing (press release); By Press release (Posted by dcparris on May 19, 2006 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: GNU
The Jahshaka Project today announces the release of the Jahshaka 2.0 RC3, the world’s first complete, open source, real-time editing and visual effects application. Distributed under the GNU General Public License, Jahshaka is a groundbreaking tool that promises to revolutionize digital content creation through the power of open source. The software and its source code are available for public download at

Best Open Source Software for the Macintosh

Part philosophy, part community and mainly a smart development model, the open source model of building small and large scale software has made itself an indispensable part of modern computing life. The Macintosh community is particularly well served thanks to a Unix core, fantastic developers and on-again-off-again support for open source from Apple.

[Recommends much the same software as on a typical Linux distro -- grouch]

The Lotus PHP connection

This article shows you how you can interact with Lotus Domino databases from Web applications created in the PHP programming language. Learn how to access Domino applications from PHP pages using a COM object, the Lotus Notes API, and XML.

Fresh From the Linux Kill

  • Server Watch; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on May 19, 2006 3:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Imagine yourself dutifully wading through the documentation for whatever gnarly Linux application you're rassling into submission. You're running commands and editing configuration files; things are working and life is good. Until -- yes, you knew the good times weren't going to last -- until you hit the dreaded "send the process a SIGHUP" instruction.

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