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Open source software -- Managing the legal risks

  • WTN News; By Richard Marcus (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 7:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
It's a common practice for programmers to find readily available source code on the Internet that can be downloaded and incorporated into the software they are developing. Using open source software (OSS) in this manner can be very efficient. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about OSS, and the legal ramifications that can arise are not so simple.

Industry Leaders PathScale and Voltaire Sign Agreement on High Performance Grid Backbone and Linux Cluster Solutions

- Highest Performance, Lowest Latency InfiniBand Adapters from PathScale Now Available to Voltaire Customers and Partners Worldwide -

Mandriva and NEC Computers to deliver solutions for Education and Public markets

Mandriva and NEC Computers today announce an agreement to develop joint solutions to address the needs of the corporate, education and public markets.

M'sian govt under fire for favoring open source

  • Cnet Asia; By Cordelia Lee (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 7:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A heated controversy surrounding the government's procurement policy has surfaced in the country, as some industry players voice dissatisfaction over a preference-based procurement policy that leans toward open source.

November 2005, From the Editor - dmarti:~$ logout

Do something for freedom every day, especially when you're building new systems.

Super cheap laptop (With Graphic)

Within a year, Negroponte expects his non-profit organisation One Laptop Per Child to get 5 million to 15 million of the machines in production, when children in Brazil, China, Egypt, Thailand, South Africa are due to begin getting them. To save on software costs, the laptops would run the freely available Linux operating system instead of Windows.

DeLay Indicted in Texas Fundraising Probe

If you recall, we ran a story putting Mr. DeLay, Microsoft, Preston Gates & Ellis and the BSA close to each other. Our article, Following Bill Gates Linux Attack Money questioned if and when this might happen. You can see the current story here.

Notes From KDE e.V. Assembly Meeting 2005

KDE's legal body KDE e.V. held its Annual General Meeting at aKademy 2005 last month. Notes from the meeting are now available.

Linux, microcode speed PowerQUICC IP routing, NAT by 10x

  • (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 4:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Arabella is shipping microcode for Freescale NPUs (network processing units) that it claims speeds IP routing and NAT (network address translation) by a factor of ten, when used with its asymmetrical multiprocessing (AMP) Linux implementation. Expedited Fast Path (EFP) microcode supports PowerQUICC II chips and older NPUs with CPMs (communications processor modules).

Five common mistakes that Linux IT managers make

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 29, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After seeing the same mistakes repeated by different IT managers over the years, I've noticed a pattern of common errors. Here are the five common mistakes, along with tips for avoiding them.

ST rolls new MPEG-2 decoder chips for STBs, DVD recording

  • EngineeringTimes (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 3:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The STx5300 family provides support for the Linux OS, an emerging requirement for many operators, in addition to supporting legacy software. The new device embeds a USB2 Host interface which allows peripherals to be easily added to a basic STB to provide a low cost upgrade path for additional functionality. In particular, it would allow the STB in the field to become a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) by the addition of a hard disk drive.

Pointsec Extends Encryption Solution For Linux

Pointsec Mobile Technologies, a provider for enterprise security software for laptop and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones, recently announced the general availability of its endpoint encryption solution for Linux-based operating systems. With Pointsec for Linux, corporations can now employ centrally managed full-disk encryption to protect information stored on Linux laptops and desktops.

Newsforge: KDE 4 Promises Radical Changes to the Free Desktop

Tom Chance discusses the developments happening in KDE 4 on Newsforge.

Send in the Skype clones

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 29, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Over the past couple of months, public opinion of Skype has shifted from "media darling" to "when will their 15 minutes of fame be up?" Judging from forum and blog chatter, it would appear that the novelty of the product is wearing off and early adopters are feeling restless. Luckily, Internet telephony aficionados have standards-based alternatives to choose from.

First Beta Linux with Debian Core Arrives

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 1:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
MEPIS' lightweight Linux distribution for older PCs is the first ordinary user version of the operating system to appear including the Debian Common Core.

Vista's licensing speeds NSW govt move to Linux desktops

  • LinuxWorld au; By Julian Bajkowski, Computerworld (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 12:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
The NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR) is taking a tough stance against Microsoft's decision to make an enterprise edition of Windows Vista only available to companies that have signed on to its Software Assurance program. The tax collection agency has declared it would rather switch desktop operating systems than lock itself into Microsoft's licensing regime. Delivering a presentation at the South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC 05) in Sydney yesterday, OSR chief information officer Mike Kennedy and the agency's manager of client services Pravash Babhoota confirmed they would start scoping for a move to a Linux desktop within six months.

Nidelven IT's Introduction to Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird Articles Move

  • mozillaZine; By Morten W. Petersen (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 12:16 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
"We (Nidelven IT) have moved our articles to a new site ( and updated them to match the Thunderbird 1.5 and Firefox 1.5 releases.

Linux gains Clarity with Red Hat and CA

It has been a strong couple of months for Clarity -- CA's flagship IT governance offering -- which saw record growth last month and this week gained Red Hat interoperability. But once again the bigger news is that Linux has received another push towards full- fledged enterprise adoption

EnGarde v3 Now Available!

Guardian Digital is pleased to announce the release of EnGarde Community v3.0. This release represents the most significant number of improvements since the first version released more than four years ago.

Phoronix: Memory, Memory,& More Memory

  • (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 11:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over the past couple of days we at Phoronix have compiled a few additional memory reviews, two of which is related to system memory (DDR & DDR2), and the final one being related to a new form of dual channel flash memory for thumb drives.

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