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Eben Moglen is saying that the SUSE vouchers Microsoft is distributing have no expiration date! I didn't know this. It's huge. This is, according to Moglen's remarks, another defense to any patent infringement claim by Microsoft, and it may well bring that campaign to a screeching halt. Here's why. Someone, Moglen says, is bound to turn a voucher it got from Microsoft in after GPLv3 goes into effect and GPLv3 code is being distributed, and at that moment Microsoft comes under its terms. And that should mean the end of Microsoft's ability to successfully sue anybody over its alleged patents allegedly in Linux, or to phrase it more exactly, it provides a probable defense to all Linux users and vendors, not just Novell's paying customers, if Microsoft does sue.
[I didn't see this until today. - Scott]
NoMachine NX is a Terminal Server and Remote Access solution based on open source technologies. It makes it possible to run any graphical application on any operating system across any network connection as if you were sitting in front of your computer.
Feel OS vendor has them by their RupeesComputer dealers in Gujarat, India held a one-day strike to protest ongoing anti-piracy raids from Microsoft.
[I quit doing business with Microsoft a long time ago. Any GNU/Linux evangelists in the area? - dcparris]
LXer Feature: 20-May-2007
A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.
This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server on a CentOS 5.0 desktop system. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems (virtual machines) such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system. This has the benefit that you can run multiple operating systems on the same hardware which saves a lot of money, and you can move virtual machines from one VMware Server to the next one (or to a system that has the VMware Player which is also free).
Dell reportedly will release its new Ubuntu-powered computers on May 24. In his blog, LinuxQuestions.org founder Jeremy Garcia writes that a Dell staffer told him, "We will be launching a Linux based OS (Ubuntu) on the E520, 1505 and XPS 410 starting next Thursday, 5/24."
A warm welcome to all fans of football manager games. I’d like to present you BygFoot — an open-source alternative for the well-known Championship Manager.
Apple and Amazon.com are planning to offer music that is devoid of Digital Rights Management (DRM).
This article explores the Ruby caching strategies that are available to you to increase performance.
The HIG Hunting Season for KDE 4 continues. This week we focus is on the written word with a new checklist on text and fonts. Are you impatiently waiting for KDE 4? Would you like to help KDE make this release a full success? Then get involved! Read on for more details.
I sat through an interesting debate recently on the Austin Linux Group mailing list over the meaning of the term "distro." Some LUG members felt "distro" implies Linux, while others took a wider view, claiming it could be any one of several possible platforms, including OpenSolaris.
[Technically, a distribution is any software package, since software is, after all, "distributed", not sold. You can get a distribution of KDE or of Gnumeric or a given programming language or library. - dcparris]
Microsoft is supporting a chief rival to its Office suite for approval to a national standards board.
[Jaw drops... - dcparris]
Update 5 of Pie Box Enterprise Linux 4 was made available today. This update includes the following enhancements...
Implicit in its deal with Novell is the subtlety that Microsoft products may be violating the patents of other technology companies. Says Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation: "Microsoft has to be careful about what it starts because it doesn't know where it will end." We don't either. But here are three plausible scenarios.
Sybase Recognizes Partners' Innovative Solutions for Sybase Strategic Initiatives and by Regions Worldwide
The one thing that really fired up the development of the Internet as we know it today was e-mail. The protocols were designed back when the system itself was highly difficult to access, and security wasn’t a significant issue. Since then, even your average household pet has heard of In...
[For those readers whose idea of heterogeneous environments is a mix of GNU/Linux and the BSDs - dcparris]
The eagerly-awaited Ubuntu Studio has been released, adding another entry into the expanding list of multimedia-optimized Linux distributions. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but interested readers can peruse some installation screenshots or check out the latest news and information on the Ubuntu Studio Wiki. I plan to review the distro in a future column, along with an update on the latest version of the venerable PlanetCCRMA, but in this entry I'm focused on another very exciting new release.
CBS TV's "60 Minutes" will feature the Linux-powered OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) device on Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. EDT/PDT. Project director Nicholas Negroponte will talk about his dream of putting a laptop computer into the hands of every child as an educational aid.
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.
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