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Open source principles just the beginning

Leading tech companies and academia have agreed to make intellectual property from selected research collaborations free for commercial and academic use.

EU judge rejects think tank involvement in Microsoft appeal

The European Court Judge handling Microsoft Corp's appeal against European Commission antitrust sanctions has dismissed the attempts of a number of Microsoft supporters to intervene in the appeals process.

[Ed: Unfortunately, they still have quite a list of supporters and the likely view of the court appears to be affected by the fact that it is overhauling its handling of monopolist practices. - dcparris]

Adding Your Code to the Kernel: A Book Excerpt

From their book's section on adding your own code to the kernel, the authors demonstrate how device drivers are represented in the filesystem.

Open source for governments

  • Computerworld Singapore; By Kenneth Liew (Posted by dcparris on Dec 20, 2005 6:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More and more countries are embracing the collaborative model of open source on a national level to fend off caged IT models. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore’s (IDA) Technology Group has positioned Linux as a medium term technology bet, which means one to three years to mass adoption.

[Ed: This is an excellent article for our government tech readers, and offers great information about some of the migrations completed or in progress. - dcparris]

Red Hat shifts Skanska to Linux

Red Hat said Tuesday that it has completed converting the core financial systems of construction giant Skanska to Red Hat's Linux Enterprise operating system.

Linux: 2.6.15-rc6, Stable Release Before New Year

Linux creator Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.15-rc6 release candidate kernel today, suggesting that the final 2.6.15 was still on track for a release before the end of the year. He described it as "slightly delayed by me being away for a week, and now Andrew is gone, but looking at the changes, they all seem to be pretty trivial". Linus went on to summarize:

"The shortlog really says it all. Apart from some sparse annotations from Al, it's all random small things. But do give it a try, because Santa Claus has his CIA spooks checking y'all out, and naughty people don't get any of the loot."

Tech possibilities abound at EAC

  • Eastern Arizona Courier; By Alysa Phillips (Posted by dcparris on Dec 20, 2005 4:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For decades, Arizona's larger cities have stolen the Gila Valley's youth by offering better-paying jobs and more career options, but Eastern Arizona College's computer staff hopes to reverse the trend.

[Ed: If you're education-minded, and looking at Eastern Arizona College, you'll be glad to know they are offering Linux+ certification. - dcparris]

Desktop Linux versus Windows XP shootout writer needs help -any volunteers?

  •; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
After reading George Ou's articles Desktop Linux versus Windows XP shootout and Could Desktop Linux really be so slow?, one might consider him a candidate for Microsoft's Get the Facts web page. He's ill informed but might do well as a body double for B.D. Wong. When it comes to PC's, he's over his head.

Ni-daqmx 8 Drivers Expand Linux Support

National Instruments continues its support for Linux as a test and measurement platform by tripling the number of products that can use the operating system to over 200 instruments. NI-DAQmx 8 drivers for Linux support PCI, PCI Express, and PXI bus-based instruments, including data-acquisition, signal conditioning, dynamic signal acquisition, and switching hardware.

Additional new NI instrument drivers for Linux cover digital multimeters, high-speed digitizers, arbitrary waveform generators, and instrument-control devices. National Instruments also now supports Linux installation for select PXI and VXI controllers.

Dell will bundle Firefox in the UK

  •; By Joshua (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Browser bundling has become popular again. We reported in October that Hewlett-Packard will begin bundling Netscape with its HP and Compaq branded computers in 2006. Now, it seems reports floating around about Dell bundling Firefox on its computers sold in the U.K. are totally true, according to Blake Ross, one of the Firefox developers.

Is Linux Desktop ready for prime time?

One of the things that has facinated me on Linux is the question of when it would be ready for real general release (and not just for geeks). To understand my position, I have been involved with Unix for better than 17 years and would consider myself a "rusty" master of the OS. I have not been diligent in keeping up with the changes and permutations, so I get surprised occasionally.

[Ed: I thought everyone knew about K3B. Isn't that just a front-end for cdrecord? Frankly, I think the guy *is* a little rusty. - dcparris]

Nokia's open source director on the 770 Internet Tablet

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 20, 2005 12:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword -- LinuxDevices founder Rick Lehrbaum recently discussed the new 770 Internet tablet with Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's director of open source software operations. The following article presents a summary of their discussion, along with Lehrbaum's quick first impressions of the new device. Enjoy . . .

Qt 4.1 Now Available

Trolltech has released Qt 4.1. The first feature release since Qt 4.0 includes new features which will make it into KDE 4 such as integrated support for rendering scalable vector graphics (SVG) drawings and animations, a PDF backend to the Qt printing system and a lightweight unit testing framework.

OSS helps bring backKong

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 20, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
He's big, he's powerful, and although he's no geek, King Kong in his latest form is an open source software user.

The open source year in review

Analysts and users alike saw victories for open source software (OSS) in 2005 in the areas of personal productivity applications, customer relationship management (CRM) and databases, where open source vendors such as MySQL gained some ground on proprietary stalwarts like Oracle Corp. But even as the open source movement gained momentum in 2005, other events -- like the political brouhaha over OpenDocument in Massachusetts and SuSE provider Novell Inc.'s well publicized personnel cuts -- were less encouraging to the open source community.

Taking KDE 3.5 for a ride with SUSE

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 9:44 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE, KDE; Story Type: News Story
If you're like a lot of KDE users, you probably want to give the latest and greatest version of the popular Linux desktop environment a try. However, if you're like a lot of newer users, you're also not quite sure how to go about upgrading your desktop.

Fortunately, if you're a SUSE user, you're in luck. Not only does SUSE make it easy in general to upgrade programs with its YaST system administration program, SUSE is one of the few distributions for which there are already pre-complied binary packages so you don't need to compile the desktop yourself.

Rapidly Expanding Linux Market in Korea Selected for Launch of Levanta's Management Appliance in Asia

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Alliances With NSTEK and Linuxkorea Headline Levanta's International Sales Kick-Off

Red Hat Aims to Modernize Education

  •; By Techtree News Staff (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 7:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Red Hat, provider of open-source solutions, and the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII's) Shiksha India Trust today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to modernize the Indian education system.

Studio to Go - A Linux-Based Music System

Studio to Go! is a CD of integrated music software that runs direct from a computer CD drive. The CD is designed to run on any Windows compatible PC and to configure itself to the system and sound hardware automatically.

The CD includes a Linux operating system and a large collection of music applications.

Lotus To Microsoft: But Mine's Bigger

Exchange wasn't successful enough as a straight SMTP mail server... at least not for Microsoft's taste. The field is simply too crowded with excellent competitors, both Linux and Windows. So Redmond added more features and set its cap for the Lotus Domino-dominated groupware segment. There, Exchange has enjoyed steady gains, despite Domino's powerful clustering and cross-platform abilities. This has left a lot of users wondering if IBM has the stomach for the fight.

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