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Stevens v. Sony Decided in AU: Mod Chips Are Not "Technological Protection Measures"

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Oct 5, 2005 10:54 PM EDT)
The High Court of Australia has considered the case and has unanimously concluded that the chips are not technological protection measures - reversing the decision of the Full Court affirming the decision of the court at first instance The case relates to Mr. Steven's sale of "mod chips" for the Sony Playstation a couple of years ago. The case is relevant for its interpretation of the term "technological protection measure". I also believe that this is the first time DMCA provisions have been considered by a court of final appeal anywhere in the world.

Wind River Announces Commercial-Grade Linux For Device Manufacturers

  • LinuxElectronics (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 10:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LAMEDA, Calif. – Wind River (NASDAQ:WIND) has announced its Linux® device software platform for consumer devices, delivering a commercial-grade quality Linux product line that scales to support a full range of device requirements from the smallest handhelds to the most robust network equipment.

Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 2 Release Candidates

The Mozilla Quality weblog has announced the availability of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 2 release candidates. Testers are asked to check that they can successfully log in to webmail accounts and finance/banking sites, ensure that extensions and themes can be installed correctly and verify that the software update feature works.

IBM has first Grid and Grow app partners

  • ComputerWorld Au; By China Martens (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 9:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
IBM announced the first application vendors -- SAS Institute and Absoft -- to support its Grid and Grow bundle of software, hardware and services Tuesday. Big Blue first unveiled the bundle two months ago positioning it as a starter pack for midsize and large companies wanting to move into grid computing. IBM is now looking to extend the offering in a variety of ways both in terms of targeted users and vendor support.

Google, Sun Take On Bill Gates

  • The Moscow Times; By Eric Auchard (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 8:51 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Google also was vague on details of how it might use Sun software in its products, with CEO Eric Schmidt saying simply, "This is a very significant deal."

Web 2.0 Conference: Open source everywhere

SAN FRANCISCO - Every time I go to a conference that doesn't specifically revolve around free and open source software I turn on my "Open Source Software Radar" (OSSdar) to see if I detect any signs of non-proprietary life in the area. This year's sold-out Web 2.0 Conference had so much open source going on that my OSSdar receptors went into overload mode. Even the Microsoft guys talking up MSN Search had Firefox and icons on their laptops.

Lenovo bundles StarOffice

Google isn't the only one jumping on the Sun software bandwagon, it seems.

Ftc Targets Company Secretly Installing Spyware that Can't Be Uninstalled

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 6:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to the complaint filed by the FTC, Odysseus Marketing and its principal, Walter Rines, advertised software they claimed would allow consumers to engage in peer-to-peer file sharing anonymously. With claims like “DOWNLOAD MUSIC WITHOUT FEAR,” and “DON’T LET THE RECORD COMPANIES WIN,” the defendants encouraged consumers to download their free software.

Five Year Review Back to the future

  • Legal IT; By Kieran Flatt (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 5:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
despite threats from various firms to go down the Linux route, in the end each and every firm tightened its belt, paid up and continued its Micro-soft-centric strategy. To do otherwise would have been difficult, potentially expensive in the short term, certainly disruptive to fee earners and may have caused great difficulty with software deployment in the long run.

Sun Wah Linux Chosen by Chinese Government for the Largest Linux Desktop Roll-Out in China's History

NANJING, China – Six PC makers, including Haier and Founder, announced yesterday that they have won contracts to provide a total of 141,624 PCs to the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education for an educational program called, "School-to-School Project." At the same time, Sun Wah Linux's Debian-based Chinese Operating System RAYS LX was also chosen as the operating system used in all 141,624 PCs. "This project marks the cooperative effort of Sun Wah Linux and the Jiangsu government's use of Linux to fight against Microsoft's monopoly in China," said Alex Banh, CEO, Sun Wah Linux. "This is the largest Linux desktop roll-out in Asia, thus proving that national Linux OS is moving toward more practical usage by saving millions of dollars and bringing profound influence to China Linux development and application promotion."

Web 2.0 day 1: Open Source Infrastructure

  • Onlamp; By Robert Kaye (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 4:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This morning the sold-out Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco started off with large crowds pouring out of the presentation rooms. This morning focused on Workshops, that here at Web 2.0, are informal discussions that attempt to get everyone's juices flowing for this evening and the next two days when the conference kicks into high gear.

Red Hat launches new academic offer in Europe

Red Hat, Inc. today announced a new academic bundle, specially-priced for the needs of schools, universities and other educational institutions in Europe. For a yearly subscription price of 351 Euro the academic bundle includes 15 Red Hat Desktop subscriptions and one Red Hat Network Management Module subscription. Subscriptions also include the Red Hat Network Update Module to ensure continuous updates with the latest security and functionality patches. Specially-priced Red Hat Desktop extension bundles are also available.

A Slacker Tries His Hand at Gentoo

I've been wanting to try Gentoo for some time, but always had to roll my eyes at the pages and pages of installation instructions. This time, however, I rolled up my sleeves and buckled down. Minutes later, I was on my way.

Nokia Linux Internet Tablet Delayed

  • BetaNews; By Ed Oswald (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nokia's Internet Tablet has been delayed due to software issues, the mobile phone maker told the Reuters on Wednesday. The Nokia 770 had originally been scheduled for a late summer launch. The tablet runs on the Linux operating system, and would allow users to check e-mail, browse the Web and view multimedia files.

Protecting Files at Home Using Encrypted Containers

Many people encrypt partitions or drives to keep data safe, but if you're looking for something a little simpler but still safe, try using containers.

Comment of the Day October 5, 2005 - Do for Linux what you did for Mac

From the story: "Microsoft: No Office on Linux 'at this time'"

Microsoft gets on the grid

  • CNET; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Once quiet on computing grids, the software giant is upping its commitment to high-performance computing and grid industry standards.

Microsoft: No Office software for Linux

  • Macworld; By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 12:15 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Microsoft Corp. is not going to release a version of its Office suite software for open-source rival Linux, although the company is actively studying how Linux works and how it can integrate with the platform, a Microsoft representative said Wednesday.

Open source high on agenda at ACT Summit

Meraka,, Openlab and other big SA OSS names push the open source agenda at African Computing & Telecommunications Summit (ACT).

David Sugar talks about GNU Bayonne

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
A handful of open source and free software projects tend to get most of the attention. The GNU Bayonne project, a telephony server that is used for a wide range of voice and telco applications, is one of the stealthy ones. We caught up with David Sugar, maintainer of the Bayonne project, to learn about the status of Bayonne, its history, where it's going, and where the project got its intriguing name.

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