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Ucopia and Mandrakesoft to extend the boundaries of mobility

Ucopia, Mandrakesoft and the Université de Paris LIP6 research laboratory have been granted a 1 euro million research grant to collaborate in advanced mobility research. The project aims to find novel methods of enabling and managing wireless mobility.

Shadows Loom Over Sun's Open Source Plans

Sources close to the vendor say a significant internal debate rages within the highest levels of Sun about the company's open-source Solaris plans, which were first announced in June.

Linux cures ailing pharmacy network

Family-owned Medicine Chest Pharmacy in Hayward, Calif., was running Windows NT -- until Microsoft pulled support for that operating system. Faced with a choice between a massive expenditure to upgrade to Windows 2000 and the sometimes challenging freedom of going with open source, pharmacist James Cohen decided to think outside the box.

Montavista and NEC form embedded Linux partnership

MontaVista Software Inc has announced a strategic partnership with NEC Electronics Corp that will see MontaVista Linux integrated with and optimized for NEC's embedded hardware platforms.

Debian Weekly News - November 2nd, 2004

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 43rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Adrian von Bidder noted that mirroring Debian via rsync uses quite some CPU-power on the server and hence is not the preferred method. Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton reported that some of their servers are moved from Debian 2.2 (potato) to a current release of Fedora for marketing reasons.

Novell hits back at Ballmer's anti-Linux memo

Novell Inc has issued a response to Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer's recent anti-Linux memo, using the same reports cited by Ballmer in defense of the open source operating system.

Firefox, Mozilla Loosen Internet Explorer's Grip on Browsers

Internet Explorer's decline, from 95.48 percent in June, is primarily due to the Mozilla and Firefox browsers, which saw their market share numbers climb almost as much as Internet Explorer's fell, to 6.02 percent. Both Mozilla and Firefox are available for Mac OS X. Opera, another third-party Web browser, combined with Safari to account for just over one percent of Web browser users.

Microsoft wins £500m NHS contract

The NHS has awarded a nine-year software contract to Microsoft, a week after the OGC sang the praises of open-source alternatives. The contract involves Microsoft providing its operating system, desktop products and bespoke software to the NHS. Microsoft is expected to create bespoke software which will allow the NHS' current clinical technology to run more smoothly on the Windows operating system.

Amazon's A9 Search Engine Toolbar Now Available for Firefox

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 5:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The toolbar, available from, uses the standard Firefox extensions mechanism to offer the same features as those available to Internet Explorer users.

1,000 IPTV STBs running Linux to be deployed in Belgian homes

  • (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 4:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This month, Belgacom, the leading telecommunications company in Belgium, will begin deploying 1,000 Linux-based IPTV STBs (Internet protocol television set top boxes) in home test sites located on its DSL network throughout Ghent, Brussels, and Liege. The STBs are being supplied by i3 Micro Technology, and are fitted with a customized user interface (UI) based on Espial's Escape middleware.

Sun Readies New Solaris Push, Snipes at Linux

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 4:23 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun offers new details on its open-source strategy. Officials say its forthcoming Solaris 10 will be cheaper than comparable Linux solutions.

Red Hat Partner Community serves up Runtime

Red Hat’s Runtime Partner program is now available worldwide as part of the Red Hat Partner Community. The Red Hat Partner Community is designed to encourage the combination of open source and traditional technologies into the fabric of enterprise computing to provide technology solutions that give customers more choice.

Aust open source app plays role in US poll

  • Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 3:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
A US community organisation is using an open source web-based survey application, which was developed by a Melbourne resident, to keep track of what it deems to be voting irregularities in the US election. Jason Cleeland, the developer of PHPSurveyor, a PHP based online survey tool, said he was excited by the fact that his application was being used by Verified Voting Foundation, a non-partisan body which was set up after the 2000 US elections, as part of their Election Incident Reporting System.

Adobe dipping toes into desktop Linux waters

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2004 3:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Adobe Systems, maker of major desktop software products such as Photoshop and Acrobat Reader, has begun a quiet effort to become more involved with Linux.

Changes in Lycoris as a company

Joseph Cheek CEO of Lycoris has published a letter to their customers and the community. In the letter Joe addresses many outstanding issues that have gone unresolved over the past few months, and outlines major changes to Lycoris the company, the products, and future direction. Quote: "... During the past week I have felt that there are other unresolved issues with Lycoris as a company. In particular, I have taken a hard look at our current business model and whether it is sustainable or not. Currently I conclude that our business model is not sustainable, and have decided to make some other fundamental changes. ..."

Authoring an SVCD with VCDImager

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 2, 2004 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So you've recorded the last six seasons of "Red Dwarf" off of PBS, and now you'd like to burn them onto a disc that you can watch on your TV? Most DVD players support two formats that you can burn onto a regular CD: Video Compact Disc (VCD) and Super Video Compact Disc (SVCD). This article will help you create your own videos on SVCD, the superior of the two formats.

SCO still planning to post new lawsuit information site

Despite what TechWorld, InfoWorld, Groklaw, and other IT news outlets reported yesterday and today, The SCO Group still plans to post a new Web site that tells the company's side of the story of its patent-infringement lawsuits against IBM, Novell, and other companies.

Modifying a Dynamic Library Without Changing the Source Code

Placing your own code between a program and the libraries it is linked against is easy when you use the LD_PRELOAD environment variable.

Singapore government deploys on 5,000 PCs

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Nov 2, 2004 11:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has large-scale plans for deploying on Windows PCs, a MINDEF spokeswoman told ZDNet UK on Tuesday. "MINDEF has already installed the OpenOffice productivity suite on 5,000 desktop computers," said the spokeswoman. "We hope to deploy OpenOffice on 20,000 desktop computers by the end of March 2006."

Anti-patent campaigner calls for EU recount

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Nov 2, 2004 11:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A change in the voting weights of EU members means that the EU Council members which supported controversial changes to the EU Software Patents directive no longer have a majority vote, prompting some campaigners to call for a recount.

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