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LXer Feature: Another View of the Hijack of Free/Open Source Software by the Unscrupulous



For many reasons I think, for the moment, it is better to heap praise upon our real friends than to attempt to root out the abusers. There is just too much noise to signal for even to be possible to convey the proper message.

So when the next Sap (as was so emblematicly expressed by SAP) complains about the short comings of F/OSS (because they failed to get the free labor they so ardently desired) to revive their decaying product line, just grin. I think by the most subtle means possible, in a subliminal sense, the message is being sent to the uncaring public that something is more amiss with these large corporations than their targets of the moment.

Hence, reward those worthy with praise and give scorn to those such as the above only in forums where the audience level of knowledge and interest is sufficient to understand the underlying arguments. For the rest patience, thought and contributions to the new forthcoming GPL 3. The latter, if done right, will then make it more difficult for the abusers to gain mileage with inferior products via false, misleading marketing.

Call For Open Stanards Papers

Help Shape Our Industry! Become a speaker at this year's Rational Software Development conference and help lead the way in advancing the state of the art in Open Stanards software development. Share with colleagues in our industry your Open Standards expertise with Linux, Eclipse, Apache Geronimo, and Cloudscape. We want to hear about your experiences, challenges, tips and tricks you'ved learned about how to use our tools to design, develop and deploy high quality software that satisfies the needs of your business. Applications will be accepted until January 20, 2006.

An Introduction to DHCP

Confused about what DHCP offers and how you can take advantage of it on your Linux system? Here are some tips and pointers.

Company frees commercial software for 1 million thin clients

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by bstadil on Jan 20, 2006 2:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
2X Software Ltd. announced Wednesday that it will give away software for a total of 1 million thin clients in a bid to demonstrate the advantages of its commercial thin-client computing software. The company is offering the first 200,000 visitors to its website a free five-thin-client license for 2X ThinClientServer.

[ED Note 2X is a sponsor of LXer so try it out. -bstadil}

Open source waits for a Xen moment in 2006

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by tadelste on Jan 20, 2006 1:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the past month, there's been much ado about Xen in the online community, both from developers, columnists and the SearchOpenSource.com audience at large. First Xen was given the green light to become an open source killer app, thanks to the work done by companies like XenSource with its XenOptimizer 3.0 upgrade. Meanwhile, some users and analysts said the technology was unproven and had a ways to go before the killer app label would fit. . Xen, for the unfamiliar, is a virtual machine monitor for x86 that allows a user to run several operating systems at the same time. So why is Xen so important, and why could it be an open source force in 2006 and beyond?

Nokia's Linux tablet - the shape of things to come?

  • Techworld.com; By Neil McAllister (Posted by tadelste on Jan 20, 2006 1:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I believe that 2006 will be the year for Linux-powered consumer electronic devices. For the past few weeks I've been enthralled by one early example: the Nokia 770.

Security: KJS and KPDF Security Advisories

The KDE Project released a security advisory today for a heap overflow vulnerability in KJS. Earlier this month, a number of integer overflows affecting KPDF, and consequentially KOffice were found and fixed.

Lawyers Express GPL 3 Concerns

Not everyone is happy with the first draft of the GPL 3 open-source license.

Us bank sees savings by moving to Linux servers

  • Computerworld Australia; By Eric Lai (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 10:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
Cleveland's Key Bank is keeping its own bank balance healthy by moving much of its back-end infrastructure to Linux.

In mid-2004, Key Bank, which manages US$92.3 billion in customer assets, began replacing aging Unix servers with Intel-based Linux servers that are less expensive than sticking with pricey and proprietary Unix hardware. The bank saw its server costs fall by 80 percent, according to Dave Seager, vice president of Unix systems engineering.

GPL Co-Author Spells Out License Goals

Richard Stallman, founder of FSF, speaks on the proposed changes to the GPL and his hopes for the revision process

Interview: Enea CEO Johan Wall explains Device Software Optimization

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 8:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
The "Device Software Optimization" (DSO) concept championed by Wind River has gained another proponent. In this brief interview, LinuxDevices speaks with Enea CEO Johan Wall about DSO as a potential antidote to exploding device software complexity, and the possible formation of a DSO industry group.

LinuxDevCenter.com: Previewing KDE 4

There is an interview with Aaron J. Seigo on LinuxDevCenter.com. John Littler visited one of Aaron's presentations and asked him about what he was shown, the current work on KDE 4, the goals of KDE and about the KDE port to windows.

KernelTrap: AdSense Revenue Sharing

KernelTrap is now offering AdSense revenue sharing on a trial basis. To participate, you will first need a Google AdSense account (follow the link within if you do not already have an AdSense account). Next, you will need tocreate a KernelTrap user account and enter your publically viewable google_ad_client ID. Finally,contribute original and relevant content to KernelTrap, and 80% of the profits generated will be automatically credited to your AdSense account. This applies to new forum postings, as well as personal blogs. Inapproriate or otherwise not relevant content will be removed, and the offending user accounts will be blocked. This is a new program that I am doing on a trial basis, if you have any problems with funds not appearing in your AdSense account please send an email to jeremy@kerneltrap.org and I will help track down the problem so that future funds are properly credited to your account. The goal is to encourage submission of useful original content related to Kernel development -- if instead this leads to the contribution of useless or offtopic posts, the program will be canceled.

I'll be completely offline for the rest of the month, and thus unable to make updates to KernelTrap [blog]. I am currently displaying the ten most recently updated forum discussions on the front age. Please help out by submitting relevant kernel articles into the appropriate forum. I'm continuing to search for ways to further liven these web pages during stretches that I personally have limited time. Discussion on related ideas is welcome here.

GPL v3 Should Allay Sarbanes-Oxley Fears

With the impending release of the GPL v3 the dramatic effect of Sarbanes-Oxley on IP ownership pointed out by Wasabi Systems may be slightly mooted for companies intending to comply with the GPL.

Coming Soon: The Linux Macintel

Windows users aren't sure when, if ever, they'll be able to run XP on a Mactel, but Linux users know that they'll be doing it soon. Here's why.

Play it again anywhere, Sam: MP3Tunes Oboe

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 19, 2006 3:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
Taking music along with you can be a hassle, even in the iPod age. You have to bring along either CDs or your MP3 player with you everywhere you go; and then you have to spend time sorting your music manually at each location, which I find to be a huge time waster. Even though the iPod Nanos and other similar MP3 players are very small, it still is a bit of a bother to have yet one more device in my brief case.

Consultants report corporations embracing, saving with open source

Linux and open source software are jumping the hurdles to wider corporate adoption, and are delivering significant cost savings to companies that use them, according to a report released last month by consulting firm Optaros.

How not to respond to a security advisory

  • The Register (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 2:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion OpenBSD exposes its inconsistencies

Synchronizing your Palm PDA with Linux

Ready to synchronize your Palm OS-based PDA with your Linux desktop? Here's a trio of GUI-based options and a command-line tool for you to try.

My dalliance with Gentoo Linux

A user's perspective on Gentoo Linux

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