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Why Open Document Failed In Massachusetts and How it Could Have Been Different

When the State of Massachusetts announced that government agencies would adopt Open Document Format (ODF) as their official format, talks of a domino effect across the country quickly ensued. The idea was that Massachusetts would become a pillar of open standards, and too large of a market for Microsoft to ignore. Many concluded that Microsoft would need to support ODF because the demand created by Massachusetts would be large and “delaying support for OpenDocument [would] drive people to …”, as said by one ZDnet article. The state recently sided with Microsoft, but how could things have gone differently?

Evolution of the Pentium Chip - Intel in Israel

While much has been said about Intel's business in China, new ground is being broken for a multi-billion dollar facility in Israel. The next two generations of Intel chips will be born of this effort.

Red Hat and Fujitsu expand Linux Itanium porting services

Red Hat Inc and Fujitsu Ltd are expanding the relationship to bring applications running on Red Hat's Enterprise Linux and Fujitsu's PrimeQuest servers to the global market.

IPR Policies 101: That depends on what you mean by "the"

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 3, 2005 2:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Given the degree of focus that is being placed on the Microsoft covenant not to sue, especially by people that preface their comments by saying "Now, I'm not a lawyer, but…" it occurred to me that a short course on the law as it applies to intellectual property rights (IPR) policies might be in order. So here goes.

Linux email provider expands globally

Scalix, the leading provider of new generation enterprise email and calendaring on Linux, has announced that several hundred enterprises in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim have purchased Scalix for email and calendaring since it became commercially available in early 2004.

In addition, Scalix Community Edition, the free, unlimited use version has been downloaded over 5,000 times since its introduction two months ago

Fedora-netdev FC4: kernel-2.6.14-1.1644_FC4.netdev.4 is now available!

FC4.netdev.4 (kernel-2.6.14-1.1644_FC4.netdev.4) is now available. For information regarding the Fedora-netdev kernel series, please visit the following link:

Small businesses using more open source

  • Denver Business Journal; By Bob Mook (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 2, 2005 11:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When Gary Mauldin, CEO of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, died from complications from an accident on Sept. 19, 2002, Kevin Mauldin inherited his brother's job -- as well as an outdated computer network...Since the upgrade, Mauldin said the company has experienced "no real problems" with its computer system -- supporting the claims of many Linux enthusiasts that open-source technology produces a more useful and "bug-free" product than proprietary software.

Hotmail Infestation Breaks Email

Microsoft's popular MSN and Hotmail email services have apparently been brought to their knees by an as yet unidentified virus. As a result, Comcast reports subscribers are being blocked.

Customers of Canadian ISP Cogeco are purportedly managing a bit better, with one out of five messages actually reaching their targets. A Cogeco employee notes that, while Hotmail has reported the network status as normal all along, it "simply isn't true."

DebConf5 Final Report released

After several months of work, the DebConf5 Final Report has been released. The report is intended for a large audience, and includes impressions and facts from the conference. Whether you were there or not, we hope you will find the report an interesting read!

Latest Linux security threat: Alien hackers

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 2, 2005 9:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We didn't hear about this danger from flying saucer nutcases but from the ultra-respectable British publication The Guardian, which says, "According to a scientific report, planet Earth's computers are wide open to a virus attack from Little Green Men." So far, there is no evidence whatsoever that Linux is immune to alien computer viruses. Could this threat bring the spread of Linux to a halt?

First Look: Firefox 1.5

  • Macworld; By Rob Griffiths (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 2, 2005 9:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
So what’s new in version 1.5, and why might Mac users (even those who disliked version 1.0) want to take a look at it? For this release, the Firefox team concentrated on squishing a lot of bugs from the 1.0 product, as well as focusing on interface enhancements, many of which directly benefit us Mac users. There are way too many new features and bug fixes to cover in great detail, of course, but here are some of the things that have caught my eye in the last few days.

Open source in the enterprise

  • Massachusetts Software Council on Open Source; By Paul Gillin (Posted by bstadil on Dec 2, 2005 8:14 PM EDT)
Open source software has clearly turned the corner in the enterprise and is now seated at the table with the software elite. Open source represents the transition of power from the vendor to the user, OSS will nearly quadruple as a percentage of software spending over the next four years. While that's still a relatively small percentage

Linux Professional Institute appoints new President and CEO

Jim Lacey, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

Sun Mimics Red Hat Model

Sun Microsystems has at last delivered on its vow to become the Red Hat of the proprietary software world.

Linux Desktop Needs Major Vendor Support

Opinion: Some day, somewhere, some company will have to have the guts to face down Microsoft and make it possible for anyone to easily buy a Linux desktop.

Netcraft Toolbar Available for Firefox 1.5

  • Netcraft; By Rich Miller (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 2, 2005 4:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The toolbar runs on any operating system supported by Firefox and displays the hosting location, country, longevity, popularity, and an abstracted risk rating for each site visited. Additionally, the toolbar blocks access to phishing sites...

Editor's Note: What Is Easy and What is Right

Two headlines jumped out at me this week as overly troll-like. I would imagine you can guess which ones. The first was David Coursey's eWeek article "Bill Gates Is Not the Next Linus Torvalds." Yeah, no kidding. And let's give a big thanks that "Linus Torvalds Is Not the Next Bill Gates" either, or we'd start to see snide little notes from the head kernel developer asking us to stop sharing the code so he can start making money from it.

The second was an even hotter flame: Iain Ferguson posted a commentary on ZDNet Australia entitled "Time for Linux Bigots to Take a Back Seat." Hello! If this wasn't an article calculated to draw out a flaming mass of vitriol from the open source community, I don't know what is. I'll let you read the articles, if you haven't already, and let you draw your own conclusions.

Hacking OpenSUSE

There's more to SUSE Linux than simply installing it and going to work. To get the most from the operating system, you'll probably want to do some post-install fine tuning. This article by Jem Matzan is a useful supplement to Steven J. Rosen's excellent how-to, "Installing SUSE Linux 10 on a Laptop," recently published here on

Major upgrade for Apache

  •; By Matthew Broersma (Posted by hkwint on Dec 2, 2005 2:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL, PHP
The Apache Software Foundation on Thursday released a major upgrade to the hugely popular open-source Apache Web server. New features in Apache 2.2.0 include support for large files and improved caching.

The Complete Story of the Vienna Conclusions

After I first wrote about the removal of Free Software from the Vienna Conclusions and their replacement by a statement in favor of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) in my blog under the title "The Vienna Conclusion: Sponsorship+Politics=Influence" on Wed, 16 November 2005, it found a lot of echo throughout the past two weeks. As the number of articles is becoming increasingly unparsable, PJ asked me to do a little writeup of the entire story and add a bit of background.

[Ed.- So, Microsoft isn't evil. Just anti-everything they don't like, and not afraid to employ whatever scorched-earth tactics it takes.- tuxchick]

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