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Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu and Microsoft -- he's not signing nothing

Buried deep in his blog, Canonical head Mark Shuttleworth discusses his position on the whole Microsoft "intellectual property" claim regarding Linux and open-source software and what, as the man behind Ubuntu, he's comfortable and not comfortable doing with Microsoft.

Free Gizmo VoIP client rings up AIM, MSN

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Chris Preimesberger (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 16, 2007 3:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Internet phone service provider SIPphone, whose Gizmo Project software enables Linux, Windows, and Mac users to make free phone calls using their PCs, announced this week that it has added support for the AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger networks.

Flash Player 9 Update 3 Beta

Check out the new Flash Player 9 Update 3 beta, also available in Linux flavor. The most notable features of interest to Linux users: Fullscreen mode works on Linux, and the entire thing has been reworked as a native GTK app that communicates with the hosting web browser using the XEmbed protocol.

Skype for Linux 1.4 Beta

"This release is also a milestone for us, as it is the natural successor to Linux 1.3 and is the first time we’ve created packages for Skype 1.4. You can also find it via the public download site, so everybody is invited to enjoy the goodness of 1.4."

PlagiatInform 1.0.17

  • Alena Siameshka; By SearchInform Technologies, Inc (Posted by offliner on Jun 15, 2007 8:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
SearchInform releases a new software PlagiatInform based on its search technologies.

[Good stuff for writers. - Scott]

Wine 0.9.39 Released

This is release 0.9.39 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. What's new in this release: Many MSHTML improvements. Several improvements to the sound support. A number of Winsock fixes. Several new supported constructs in the IDL compiler. Many Direct3D threading fixes. Lots of bug fixes.

Should We Fight for Ogg Vorbis?

I'm a big fan of Richard Stallman and his work even though, the first time I interviewed him, he proceeded to criticise my questions before answering them, not a journalistic experience I'd had before. Without his vision and sheer bloody-mindedness in the face of indifference and outright hostility, we would not have the vast array of free software we enjoy today.

Agile Metadot serves up open source Web apps

Ten years ago, when Metadot founder and CEO Daniel Guermeur was working for a large technology company, he discovered that the Web-based content management systems he was developing were too complicated for his customers, who kept saying they needed a Web-based portal application that was easy to learn and easy to use. Guermeur wanted to provide that, but he was stymied by the closed aspect of the technologies he was developing with: with no access to the source code and long waits for product upgrades from vendors, it would be too slow and expensive to roll out more efficient solutions. So Guermeur started looking at open source.

Microsoft Interoperability Team: Bring on Red Hat

Microsoft said the company hopes to strike a Linux pact with Red Hat similar to the partnerships it has forged with Linux vendors.

Protect Your Machine with AxE

Control what runs on today's PC environments and protect your system with IBM Assured Execution Environment (AxE). This technology requires no configuration and once installed blocks any external, “unapproved programs,” from executing, installing, or modifying your machine.

RPM "relaunched" at rpm5.org

The RPM Package Manager (RPM), fundamental to an array of Linux distributions and the Linux Standard Base specification, has been on uncertain ground as a project in recent years. The versions of the utility shipped by the various RPM-based distros have slowly branched off in different directions, leading in some cases to stagnation. Longtime RPM maintainer Jeff Johnson took a big step this month toward revitalizing the application by relaunching rpm5.org, a site dedicated to reassembling the divergent RPM developer community and putting together a unified plan for future development.

Linux: Linus on the GPL, BSD, Tivo and the FSF

A lengthy debate that began with a suggestion to dual license the Linux kernel under the GPLv2 and the GPLv3 [story] continues on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Throughout the ongoing thread Linux creator Linus Torvalds has spoken out on the GPLv2, the upcoming GPLv3, the BSD license, Tivo, the Free Software Foundation, and much more. During the discussion, he was asked we he chose the GPLv2 over the BSD license when he's obviously not a big fan of the FSF.

Microsoft's next Linux partner is...?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. -- Believe it or not, on my way to the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit at the Googolplex this week, I realized that I knew at least one more Linux distributor would form a partnership with Microsoft, and that the most likely one was Linspire....... ................ So, who's next? Well, that same morning, I was thinking about Ubuntu as another possible candidate. Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu, had never been as hostile towards Microsoft as some Linux leaders. I mean, this is the Linux leader who's recently said "I'd love to work with Microsoft..."

Controlling your Linux system processes

All modern operating systems are able to run many programs at the same time. For example, a typical Linux server might include a Web server, an email server, and probably a database service. Each of these programs runs as a separate process. What do you do if one of your services stops working? Here are some handy command-line tools for managing processes.

10 useful Firefox extensions for the Workplace

  • A Division by Zer0; By Db0 (Posted by db0 on Jun 15, 2007 11:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla
We've seen a lot of top lists of extensions for the popular browser but all of them are focused on the home desktop and most of them mention the same extensions just because they're so good. Well, I've decided to create a short review of the 10 extensions I've found more useful for use within a MS oriented enterprise. If you are locked within the same environment, hopefully you'll discover something you've overlooked.

Lessons from a Community Fundraising Project

Financial report and lessons from the Tux500 campaign

Converting All Your MS Outlook PST Files To Maildir Format

One of the challenges you may face when converting an office from Microsoft Windows to Linux is that many people archive their emails in PST files. There are PST tools available, but most of them are commercial, since the PST file format is closed and protected by Microsoft. There are several non-commercial methods to achieve roughly the same goal, and in this tutorial we use IMAP (more specifically, courier-imap) to convert all our emails from PST to the Maildir format. The advantage of this approach is that you also lay the foundation for a new mail system, with all your old emails already imported the day you switch over.

Opinion: Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony spins his Microsoft deal

In his Linspire Letter, CEO Kevin Carmony talks about why he decided to make a deal with Microsoft, trading some technological info for an assurance from Microsoft that the Redmond giant won't sue Linspire's Linux customers for "intellectual property" infringement ... comparing himself to Steve Jobs in the process. Nice ... get yourself neck-deep, then compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Even Steve Jobs knows he's a crazy (expletive of your choice). Or should know. Rich, cunning, possessing uncanny instinct, etc. ... but still kind of crazy.

Linux Foundation discusses Microsoft threat after Linspire deal

Another one bites the dust. After Novell and Xandros, Linspire has signed away their future as well for a wad of cash in the short term. The reaction of the Linspire community isn't as negative as the Xandrosians but that should be no surprise. The effects of these deals and Microsoft's patent protection racket will be discussed this week at the Linux Foundation summit at Google's Mountain view headquarters.

VMWare brings Windows apps to the Mac

  • ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News; By Brett Winterford, ZDNet Australia (Posted by dcparris on Jun 15, 2007 7:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Virtualization vendor's product allows users to run Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris-based applications on the Mac.

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