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Microsoft won’t litigate open source patents

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft officials are clarifying statements made regarding the number of patents supposedly violated by open source operating systems. Recently company officials have said that 235 of Microsoft’s patents are being potentially breached by operating systems such as Linux. Now Microsoft’s General Manager of Platform Strategy Bill Hilf says the company doesn’t have any plans on litigation.

Updated Firefox torrent extension available

The FoxTorrent team has released an update to its Firefox extension that adds a BitTorrent-like client to the popular web browser. FoxTorrent v1.10 fixes a problem that has troubled users of "particular" Torrent sites, according to the team.

Case Study: Reaping Rewards from Linux

  • Business Week; By Tim Ferguson (Posted by kozmcrae on May 19, 2007 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An open-source environment has helped Leeds stockbroker Redmayne-Bentley cut costs, boost revenues, and adapt to changing laws

Another Ubuntu-hacking chapter available

Another chapter of a new how-to book, Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks, Mods and Customizations, has been published online at ExtremeTech.com. This one explores options for configuring devices in Ubuntu's installation process, including where to install Ubuntu, and what options to select that will impact system usability.

How to Configure OpenLDAP for the AXIGEN Mail Server

This how-to article overviews LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) and its main advantages when used alongside your existing mail server. The example chosen to further explain benefits of such an implementation is of an OpenLDAP server configured for the AXIGEN Mail Server on a Debian 3.1 Linux distribution.

LaFlecha Interviews Mozilla Europe President Tristan Nitot

Sarah Romero of LaFlecha.net interviews Mozilla Europe President Tristan Nitot.

New GCC 4.2.0 -- boon to developers, bore to distros

Earlier this week, the GNU project announced a major release of the popular GNU Compiler Collection. GCC 4.2.0 introduces new features and several improvements for developers, but most of the distribution developers we spoke with aren't rushing to take advantage of the new release.

Red Hat releases free replacements for Windows core fonts

Last week, Red Hat announced the release of three Liberation typefaces as free replacements for the Windows core fonts Arial, Courier New, and Times New Roman -- respectively, the leading sans serif, monospaced, and serif fonts in use today.

Simulators for IP Multimedia Subsystem

Get rich multimedia services across next generation packet-switched and traditional circuit-switched networks with IP Multimedia SubSystem (IMS). These are component simulators that enable simple testing and message validation and that are not dependent on IMS servers or architecture.

Another Linux Migration - MS Can't Be Liking This.

"The MS guys were hammering at him pretty hard to get it done and it was going to cost him a fortune. We went in there, changed them over to Debian Servers and desktops, spent the day showing them how the it worked and haven't heard a peep out of them since."

Intel Q965 Graphics Performance For Linux

The last time we had looked at the performance of Intel's integrated graphics under Linux with their open-source driver was back in February when testing the GMA 3000 IGP using an Intel DQ965GFEKR motherboard. However, with display drivers constantly improving, we recently carried out some additional Intel Q965 graphics tests along with comparing these numbers to discrete graphics solutions from AMD/ATI and NVIDIA.

OSS is the right solution for Voicelink Communications

A chance encounter with a Linux-based laptop started South Carolina-based radio communications dealer Voicelink Communications on the path to replacing almost its entire range of Windows-based productivity and desktop software with free and open source software (FOSS).

Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by h00pla on May 18, 2007 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize' is to provoke fear.

Indy 500 Qualifying, Stephan’s Injury, and Tux500

Due to concern over the effect of Stephan Gregoire’s injury in yesterday’s practice session and how it may affect our participation in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27, we thought it would be helpful to clarify the qualifying procedure for the race and explain why there is little reason for concern regarding our participation as a result of this incident.

Search Status exposes website details

Search Status is a great Firefox extension that provides a handful of additional information on any site you're visiting at the time, including the page's Google and Alexa rankings.

[I use this extension but Alexa's rankings are not as accurate as I would like. - Scott]

Quick custom text ad placement in WordPress blog categories

WordPress plugins abound for Google AdSense and other third-party text ad brokers, but what happens when someone wants to buy ad space directly from you, on a specific category page in your blog? You can easily add static HTML text ads to your category search result pages by creating category-specific page templates.

Google talks open source

Every time you use Google you're using Linux. So says Google programs manager Chris DiBona in a wide ranging interview that also touches, naturally, on the Microsoft patent threats and what it means for businesses like Google.

Secure Websites Using SSL And Certificates

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on May 18, 2007 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article will guide you through the entire process of setting up a secure website using SSL and digital certificates. This guide assumes that you already have a fully functional (and configured) server running Apache, BIND, and OpenSSL. Just as a side note, this guide was written based on a Fedora Core 6 distribution, but should be the same for most other distros out there.

What is new for Debian-Med in Etch.

With the recent release of Debian Etch, the Debian-Med project strengthened its current three main areas of activity: imaging, bioinformatics, and medical practice. Progresses are summarized on the Debian web site and in this articlehere.

Rolling the Cheese

So when I read about Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith telling Fortune magazine about the 235 Microsoft patents upon which Linux is supposedly infringing, my first question was why? My next question was, why now? The timing of this bit of FUD has me very curious. As in comedy, timing can be very important in business. So why is it that, after trying this exact same line of FUD in 2004, Microsoft is trying again?

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