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Nobel Prize Winner Blasts Medical Patents

Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz published Scrooge and intellectual property rights in the British Medical Journal. In it he attacks the fundamental justification for drug patents, the supposed encouragement of private investment in high risk drugs. It is enough to say that his arguments go double for medical software patents which have all of the drawbacks of drug patents, except that they do not require a significant investment at all, so there is no justification whatsoever. The next time you hear a medical software company talk about an "innovation" they have patented you should cringe at the theft of a simple idea from the FOSS world.

Power Management for Ubuntu

  •; By Mike Weber (Posted by mweber on Dec 26, 2006 7:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Fine Tune your battery usage. Using the GNOME Power Management options will provide better use of your laptop battery life. Knowing the difference between suspend and hibernate may save you a loss of data. This article will explore your best use of power on a lapto

OpenVZ On Debian Etch For Webservers

  • HowtoForge; By Cies Breijs (Posted by falko on Dec 26, 2006 6:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Virtualization is a good practice for servers, since it makes things more secure, scalable, replacable, and replicable, all this at the cost of little added complexity. This guide was written during an install of a Supermicro machine with two dual-core opterons (64-bit), two identical disks (for RAID) and a load of memory. Why OpenVZ and not XEN or the recent KVM kernel module? Well, XEN is not very stable for 64-bit architectures (yet), and it comes with quite a bit of overhead (every VM runs its own kernel) due to its complexity. KVM is very simple but restricts you to run a kernel as one process, so the VM cannot benefit from multi core systems.

BasKet Note Pads Usability Survey

Users of BasKet Note Pads, an advanced notepad application for the KDE desktop, are called to participate in a usability survey. The survey is carried out by the recently launched BasKet Usability Project, a sponsored student project in the "Season of Usability" of

Free Open Document label templates from Worldlabel

A large number of very useful Free templates have been created by third parties and individuals alike for use in office suite, with worldlabel - a label manufacturing company being in the forefront of it.This article takes a look at one of the ways by which one can easily import third party templates into

A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

A physician and medical imaging specialistspeaks out on VistA content protection or digital rights management in a medical environment:'...the field of medical imaging either bans outright or strongly frowns on any form of lossy compression because artifacts introduced by the compression process can cause mis-diagnoses and in extreme cases even become life-threatening. Consider a medical IT worker who's using a medical imaging PC while listening to audio/video played back by the computer (the CDROM drives installed in workplace PCs inevitably spend most of their working lives playing music or MP3 CDs to drown out workplace noise). If there's any premium content present in there, the image will be subtly altered by Vista's content protection, potentially creating exactly the life-threatening situation that the medical industry has worked so hard to avoid.

Red Hat Shares Up As Results, Outlook Top Forecasts

Red Hat Inc. shares climbed as much as 19% Friday after the No. 1 provider of Linux software reported a quarterly profit and outlook that topped Wall Street forecasts.

First Dispatch from the Anti-Red Hat Front

Oracle said during its Q2 conference call that people downloaded 9,000 copies of its freebie indemnified Unbreakable Linux

Linux: 2.4.34 Released

2.4 kernel maintainer Willy Tarreau [story] announced the release of the 2.4.34 stable Linux kernel, "2.4.34 brings the usual bunch of security fixes, bugfixes, and adds support for gcc 4 to x86, x86-64 and sparc64, thanks to Mikael Pettersson's work." Willy also released the kernel with a security fix added in 2.4.34-rc3. He went on to note some caveats:"One user reported regular panics with aacraid since 2.4.32, so there's no regression here. I will seek for some help to get this fixed in 2.4.35. I also get reports of people getting trapped by NIC vendors who suddenly change their ethernet chips with no big warning notice. The i82546GB chip which replaced the i82546EB in e1000 cards come to mind. It is not supported by the driver in 2.4.34 but I will try to solve this in 2.4.35 (right now, you have to download the vendor's drivers when you replace a NIC). Another driver should get some lifting : skge. I have got a few reports of problems with the vendor's sk98lin driver and I noticed the same problems at work (UDP becoming silent on NFS server)."

Safenet Announces World’s First Full Mobility IPSec VPN Toolkit

QuickSec 4.1 Enables Carrier-Grade Security Gateways to Support Next-Generation Mobile VPN Devices

Book Review: Ubuntu Linux For Non-Geeks

Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook

Effort to adopt Ubuntu to medical uses in South Africa

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Fred Trotter (Posted by dcparris on Dec 25, 2006 3:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux, Ubuntu
A new blog,All Scrubbed Up is discussing using Ubuntu GNU/Linux as the base for a FOSS EHR network in South Africa. They are tentatively calling the projectMedical Ubuntu. Its a good idea, and I hope they follow through. -FT

Nouveau: A First Look

Nouveau is a community project that is working on producing open-source 3D display drivers for NVIDIA's graphics cards. Nouveau is not affiliated with NVIDIA Corporation and is an X.Org Foundation project. While this project is still far from being completed, for this holiday special we are sharing some of our first thoughts on this project from our experience thus far. We would like to make it very clear, however, that the Nouveau driver is no where near completed and still has a great deal of work ahead for the 3D component. This article today will also hopefully shed some light on the advancements of this project so far.

It's a discussion site

How many times do people confuse the opinion of the whole site with the opinion of one of its members? This has happened to enough times. It's a discussion site, with respect to freedom of speech, not a propaganda publication!

Microsoft's Apple Mistake, Apple's Artificial Image, Open Source ...

There is just something weird about a community of people who promote "open" who don't want to be open with their own names and qualifications. Openness is supposed to improve quality, but if we don't know if a person in a discussion is actually qualified to talk on a subject, wouldn't you think the result would be lower quality?

[I do wish he had given a more specific example of the contrived IDs he's referring to. How are these people driving the discussions? And how does this impact the quality of FOSS? Has Enderle been smoking the poinsettias laying around the office? - dcparris]

Creating PDFs with PDFCreator

For many Windows users who want to create PDF files, Adobe Acrobat is overkill. Acrobat has more functions and features than they'll generally use, and with a price tag of $299 ($449 for the professional edition), Acrobat costs more than many people want to spend. Luckily, Windows users can create PDFs from any application using the GPL-licensed PDFCreator. Built on top of Ghostscript, a popular free PostScript interpreter, PDFCreator is fast and configurable. For most purposes, it's a great alternative to Acrobat.

[O.k., so it's for Windows. We all know many of you still have copies of Windows around. You've all 'fessed up before. So now you can at least use a Free Software program on your Windows box to create PDFs. ;-) - dcparris]

Open-source Guru Goes to Google

Novell’s Linux pact with Microsoft has cost it open-source guru Jeremy Allison, who left in protest to take a position at Google.

Pragmatic Questions about Binary-Only Drivers

The perpetual debate over the legality, practicality, and wisdom of using, distributing, producing, and supporting binary-only drivers flared up again recently, with a recent debate on the Linux Kernel Mailing List over the legality of binary-only drivers simmering down and Ubuntu company Canonical considering enabling binary drivers by default in the next release.

Wireless Wars Update

There's a comprehensive update of the long-raging Wireless Wars at the IEEE site right now, written by Greg Goth, and aptly titled This Little Standard Went to Market; This Little Standard Blew Up. Those wars, you may recall, have been raging for years. Most recently, attention has focused on a new and hotly-contested wireless personal area network standard intended not to replace WiFi, but to allow other types of devices - like stereo equipment - to be connected wirelessly.

LinuxBIOS: The Forgotten Hero

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Dec 25, 2006 5:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Let's be honest here. When most of us think of open source and free software, we really aren’t thinking of something flashed to a BIOS ROM chip. And yet when it comes to the Linux BIOS project - that’s exactly what’s happening here.

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