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Peru's Congress is telling Bill and the Boyz where to go.

But whether or not the country's president, Alejandro Toledo, will sign the bill is still an open question.

If he does, Peru will join Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and other countries in “actively moving toward the Linux operating system and other open-source alternatives that can mean millions of dollars in savings,” says AP.

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates IPO Antitrust Class Action Suit

  • BUSINESS WIRE; By Press Release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 12:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to Sirota, "Just substitute Goldman Sachs for First Jersey and Morgan Stanley for Stratton Oakmont and you have the very same manipulative unlawful conduct engaged in by the supposed "legitimate" firms but on a far larger financial scale...one CSFB IPO, VA Linux, ripped off more money from the public investor victims than all of the First Jersey and Stratton Oakmont fraudulent IPOs combined."

Patent suits not likely, says IP attorney

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 29, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
Proprietary software companies could sue open source software developers or end users for patent infringement, but they probably won't, says one intellectual property attorney. If they do, the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) plans to be ready.

Amid the storm, a penguin laid egg

As Hurricane Rita hurled violent waves and howling winds at Galveston last week, a penguin at Moody Gardens was unruffled enough to lay an egg inside the glass aquarium pyramid.

It is Moody's first Gentoo penguin egg, a triumph for zookeeers even under ordinary circumstances, and it's expected to hatch around Halloween if all goes well.

Ca puts Clarity on Linux platform

Computer Associates has released a version of its Clarity IT governance software for the open-source Red Hat Linux operating system.

Tech stocks take cue from Red Hat and rise

  • Investor's Business Daily; By Rex Crum (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 10:41 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Technology stocks mostly headed north in afternoon trading Thursday, as Red Hat Inc. led a slate of advancers into positive territory.

Red Hat Inc. (RHAT) surged $4.15, or more than 25%, to $20.66. On Wednesday, the open-source software developer said greater corporate demand for Linux software pushed its second-quarter profit up by 40% to $16.7 million, or 9 cents a share. Analysts were looking for Red Hat to earn 7 cents a share.

With Red Hat in the lead, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPQ) rose 8.4 points, to 2,123. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index ($SOX) and the Amex Computer Technology Index ($XCI) also edged into positive territory.

Red Hat goes for Common Criteria approval

Red Hat has joined with IBM and software maker Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS) to enter Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for evaluation under the Common Criteria security scheme. Red Hat expects its upcoming RHEL 5 to achieve Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL 4), the highest level generally achieved by commercial software. The Common Criteria is an ISO standard recognised by more than a dozen national governments as well as large businesses with stringent security requirements. The increasing levels of certification achieved by Linux distributions are an important milestone for the platform's maturity, because many organisations can't run software that doesn't have the right certification.

Microsoft loses bid to have Web applications patent tossed out

Microsoft Corp.'s bid to invalidate a patent covering Web applications was dealt a setback after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday upheld the patent owned by the University of California. The University of California sued Microsoft for infringing the patent, which permits the use of interactive applications such as looking at and buying merchandise on different Web pages, according to Trey Davis, director of special projects for the University of California. Microsoft uses the technology in its Explorer Web browser, Davis said.

Softcraft Impresa Releases Generations Linux Vortex 2.6.11-6

  • Softcraft; By Karlie Robinson (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 9:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
oftcraft Impresa, today, released their latest version of Generations Linux Vortex 2.6.11-6 exclusively at On-Disk.com.

CMP Media's Software Development Magazine Announces Winners for the 2005 Readers' Choice Awards

IBM, Microsoft, Linux & Google among those Chosen by Developers

Firefox Web Developer Extensions

  • php architect referred; By Lee Underwood (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 9:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Firefox has become a formidable adversary in the browser wars. According to stats from W3Schools, it's used by 26.3% of all browser users. Our own stats show a total of 19.53%. These figures are derived from a recent article on Web Reference about Firefox. In this article, we're going to look at here are some of the extensions available for Web developers.

Good article for finding extensions not available elsewhere -ED

Release Candidate of OpenOffice 2.0 now online

This Thursday, the Open Source project OpenOffice presented Release Candidate 1 of its free Office suite; this test version -- possibly the last one -- was, however, already available for downloading from the OpenOffice web site before the official release on Thursday: all of the mirror servers had been prepared since Wednesday. With the release of RC1, the developers are entering the last test phase. The results of this test will show whether additional release candidates will have to be produced before the Final Release.

Opera Tips and Tricks

  • Techtree.com; By Milind Bandekar (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Customizing and tweaking has always been a part of computing. Now that Opera is a completely free browser with no advertisement banners and most of you might have already got your hands on it, here are some tips to make it do even more than it already does.

Linux: Git Kernel Hacker's Guide

The git directory content manager used to manage the Linux kernel source tree [story] continues to develop at a rapid pace [story]. Keeping up with the latest changes, Jeff Garzik released an updated version of his Kernel Hacker's Guide To Git. He explains, "several changes in git-core have made working with git a lot easier, so be sure to re-familiarize yourself with the development process."

Jeff's short guide is broken into four major sections, ' getting started' which talks about installing the software and getting a copy of the linux kernel source tree, ' basic tasks' which offers examples of keeping up to date with the latest code and merging in your own changes, ' branches' offering examples of creating, using and merging branches, and 'miscellaneous debris' which mentions applying patches from an mbox file and syncronizing tags. Further documentation on the various git commands can be found in the git man pages.

Design of $100 laptop for the world's children unveiled

  • NC Tines; By BRIAN BERGSTEIN - Associated Press (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The $100 laptop computers that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers want to get into the hands of the world's children would be durable, flexible and self-reliant. The machines' AC adapter would double as a carrying strap, and a hand crank would power them when there's no electricity. They'd be foldable into more positions than traditional notebook PCs, and carried like slim lunchboxes.

Automate server farms and dynamic clusters

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 29, 2005 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this article, you are introduced to the requirements for replicating WebSphere Portal Server instances for building server farms, testing centers, and a development environment. You also learn about automation workflows for creating a dynamic cluster of middleware servers and how to automate the management of software using Tivoli Intelligent Orchestrator.

Shuttleworth's open-source spin

  • Sunday Times SA; By Allan Seccombe (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 7:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mark Shuttleworth, the first South African in space, is buying a 65% stake in an empowered company that will make owning a computer cheaper. Shuttleworth's vision is to bolster SA's progress in the computer technology field.

Tools: GCC 4.0.2

Mark Mitchell announced the availability of GCC 4.0.2. He explains, "this release is a minor release, containing primarily fixes for regressions in GCC 4.0.1 relative to previous releases." GCC 4.0.1 was release two and a half months ago on July 7th story. A list of bug fixes in 4.0.2 can be found here.

GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection which includes C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada compilers. Download GCC 4.0.2 from a gcc.gnu.org mirror.

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 -

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