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Investors loose faith in SCO's Linux crusade

SCO Group shares plummeted by nearly 40 per cent to $1.20 on Friday after a judge upheld an earlier ruling throwing out most of the company's legal case against IBM. SCO claims to own key elements of the intellectual property used in the Unix operating system, and alleges that its code has ended up illegally in Linux distributions.

Linux device dev tools become Eclipse plugins

Wind River on Dec. 15 will ship a new version of its Eclipse-based development toolsuite that will, for the first time, be available as a set of plugins, greatly increasing deployment flexibility. Workbench 2.6 also features new test and analysis tools, a sophisticated patch manager for Linux, and online documentation.

Novell, FOSS activists go head-to-head

Novell will roll out the big guns for the first face-to-face debate with the free software movement over the merits of the recent Microsoft-Novell deal. In Cape Town Novell country manager Stafford Masie will meet outspoken critic Derek Keats and other free software advocates at the CITI Foss Foum on Thursday.

Tci Min pursuing Persian Linux Project

Jalal Haji-Gholam-Ali who is a member of Sharif Technical University’s Advanced ICT Scientific Board and consultant of the ICT Ministry in launching the Persian Linux Project, reiterated, “Launching the Pilot Study phase of Persian Linux Project has be commissioned to TCI’s Research Center.”

Tracking successful free software projects

South African FOSS initiatives feature prominently in a new free book of Foss case studies in the developing world released this week by the UNDP. The 100-plus pages provide fascinating insight into how free software is making its mark on the world.

CLI Magic: Making HTML, manpages from plain text with AsciiDoc

AsciiDoc is a handy program that can produce formatted HTML documents and manpages from plain text files. With it, you can produce general purpose documents or specialized output such as mathematical formulae and musical notation.

Ubuntu begins its transformation

Next April, the Ubuntu Foundation will complete three years and six releases of its GNU/Linux distribution. It will also be the point at which the project begins to acquire a distinctly commercial hue.

Ibm Breaks Through 2,500 Linux Applications on Power Chips

After years of putting in energy and money to get independent software vendors to support the Power platforms running Linux applications created by these ISVs, IBM says that it has broken through the 2,500 applications barrier with Linux on Power. That is a tripling of the installed base of Linux on Power applications in the past two years.

Open Source Slingbox with Myth TV

Here is another great reason to own a MythTV PVR; you can turn it into a Slingbox so you can stream your TV over the internet to any other internet enabled video player such as a laptop, PC, or PMP.

An Unofficial Beginner Guide to Moodle

  •; By Mark Rais (Posted by andreac on Dec 3, 2006 7:54 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora, Linux
This beginner HOWTO provides step-by-step instructions for installing Moodle, a Learning Management System, on to a Fedora Linux server. It provides everything necessary to setup a full powered intranet web-server that can support course listings, event calendars, student/teacher communications etc.

Open source projects threatened by e-learning patent

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has joined the effort to overturn a broad e-learning patent held by education and course management software company Blackboard. The patent, which was awarded in January of this year, covers "Internet-based education support system and methods" and could potentially threaten open source course management platforms like Moodle and Sakai.

KDE Commit-Digest for 3rd December 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Substantial work and improvement in the font installation KControl module. Support for OpenDocument annotations in Okular. New Interface ideas and consistency work in Amarok. KTabEdit gets better support for the 'Guitar Pro' file format. Iceland map added to KGeography. Work starts on a new keyboard rendering engine in KTouch, and on a model/view interface implementation for KVocTrain...

Linux XP 2006 SR 2 Screenshot Walkthrough

If you already have experience with Windows and want to quickly access all the advantages of a Linux desktop environment in your everyday work, Linux XP Desktop™ is the best choice for you. Linux XP Desktop makes your computer virus-free, stable and dependable. You'll spend less time fixing your PC and more time using a standard well-known graphical interface to get work done.

Top 10 Killer Apps For Linux

Nobody wants to use an operating system. They just want it be able to run the software they need. Therefore, its very important for an OS to have killer apps. Here’s a list of software that make Linux worth using.

GParted 0.3.2-0 Screenshot Walkthrough

GParted 0.3.2-0 is released. We added two new features, fixed some bugs and received lots of translation updates and additions. New Features: * read and display volumelabels, * added 'Check' operation so the user can schedule check/repair actions on filesystems. Changes: * some HIG-related changes...

Let's go bust some silos

The Internet Identity Workshop starts tomorrow (Monday, December 4) and runs for the next two days, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Every time we have one of these, progress happens. It's a remarkable thing to watch, and to participate in.But the challenges remain very high. To illustrate how high, I'll start with a conversation I had one year ago, when we were driving back from a Thanksgiving visit to relatives who live 250 miles away.With the kid asleep in the back seat of the car, my wife asked me to fill her in on a subject that had preoccupied me over the last several years, yet had remained opaque to her."Tell me about this whole identity thing", she said.

Declaration of Kenneth Brakebill as text and Exhibits

Here we go. The Declaration of Kenneth Brakebill [PDF] in support of Novell's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, listing all the exhibits and what they are, as text. Hopefully this will help us to keep them straight.

Open source stacks not answer: analysts

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Eric Lai Framingham (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 3, 2006 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many vendors are offering open source application stacks as an alternative to integrated sets of proprietary applications that have long locked users into the technology of a single supplier. However, some vendors and analysts are quick to criticise the emerging stacks, contending that they could lock in users the same way integrated stacks of a single vendor’s applications do.

The Unwritten Story Of Open Source Java

What Sun finally did this week by releasing Java under GPL was a historic event. Using the GPL instead of yet another Sun license certainly makes adoption that much easier. But why did it take so long and why the change now?

How To Compile A Kernel - The SuSE Way

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 3, 2006 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Kernel, SUSE
Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on SuSE systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

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