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Secondhand Microsoft software goes on sale in UK

Microsoft Shafting Its Resellers - Welcome to the club. Here's what they say: "Microsoft has stunned some in the British reseller community by allowing a discount dealer to sell secondhand volume licenses, opening the floodgates for a used-software market." Note that this is UK only (so far), but it just might indicate someone within Microsoft wants to stop any incipient drift away from its OS. Just guessing.

Heavily updated Camino 1.0 Beta 1 browser released for Mac OS X

Camino 1.0 Beta 1 brings you a heavily updated version of the only native Mac OS X browser using's Gecko HTML rendering engine. The Mozilla Organization's Camino pages state that they have "made great improvements, adding new features, improving existing features, and fixing many bugs and performance issues."

[Ed.- and creating new issues: "Due to changes in the feature set, Camino no longer supports Mac OS X 10.1. The Mozilla Organization advises people still using OS X 10.1 to stay with Camino 0.8.4."]

Gates stirs Microsoft with dramatic 'more meetings' plea

  • TheRegister; By Andrew Orlowski (Posted by bstadil on Nov 10, 2005 7:22 PM EDT)
[ED: Both the TheRegister and TheInquirer are pretty miffed about Microsoft's Memo leak. In not so many words accusing MS of gaming the Press and the Fourth Estate eating the bull Raw. What better way to counter than a spoof leaked memo]

MEMO from billg

Subject: Internet Software Services

Microsoft has always had to respond to innovators in the software business and seize the PR initiative.

Ten years ago this December, I wrote a memo entitled The Internet Tidal Puddle in which I attempted to undo the damage caused by my book, The Road Ahead, published just three months previously.

In The Road Ahead I failed to mention the internet at all. The same month, Netscape had floated on NASDAQ, creating the largest ever first day gain. Clearly, there was a puddle in the road ahead. So in my memo I warned that we could either step round the puddle, or step right into it, and risk being drowned.

In 1995 none of our products made use of TCP/IP. Now, a decade later, I can safely say that many of them do.

Setting up a PXE-Boot Server

This documents how to setup a PXE boot server for Linux. This assumes that you're using Redhat/FC as the PXE boot server.

Cruise Report 3: New Species Discovered at Sea

Doc expands on insights he gained while hanging with A-list kernel maintainers on last month's Linux Lunacy Geek Cruise.

Thin client server revitalizes old PCs

  • (Posted by bstadil on Nov 10, 2005 5:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
2X Software Ltd. has released a new thin-client software suite that aims to simplify thin-client deployment and give new life to old PCs, by converting them into thin-client terminals. The client-side operating system is a "small footprint Linux-based OS," and the server-side software works on Linux

Industry group forms to buy Linux patents

A group of tech giants linked up on Thursday to promote Linux globally, with the unveiling of a new company called the Open Invention Network (OIN). They are IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and [Ed Rootkit sleazeball] , Sony

Autumn Symposium Rakes Over Copyright and Patent Law

  • O'Reilly PolicyDevCenter; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 5:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The organizers of the recent Symposium on Intellectual Property, Creativity, and the Innovation Process must possess extraordinary confidence in their mastery of the kind of intellectual crowd control required to manage the range of people they invited to the conference, from computer hackers shouting "Let me be free!" to businesspeople asking, "How can I find a revenue model in the new technologies and media?" alongside artists asking, "How can I find a revenue model in the new technologies and media?" (yes, artists are just businesspeople with funny haircuts) to librarians claiming, "Whatever emerges, we want a part of it," and a bevy of lawyers wondering, "How do all the doctrines I learned in law school--or (more urgently) teach in law school--hold up in the path of the current technological and social onslaught?"

I'm Not Dead Yet! KDE vs. GNOME

Opinion: Novell's decision to go with GNOME has KDE aficianados in an uproar. KDE is the better interface, says Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, and it won't go away.

Forget Munich's Linux Migration, It's Already Done by Extremadura (Spain)

We changed the desktop systems from Windows to Linux during the weekend, when the civil servants came back next Monday morning they found Linux running on their desktop machines". Wow! So Munich is receiving all the press about their careful and detailed migration to Linux on the desktop and here comes one of the poorest region in Europe showing that this can be simply done during a weekend.

Report: Communicate with CommuniGate Pro 5.0

Do you need an Internet communications server solution that handles email, instant messaging, calendaring, and VoIP? Want it to run on Linux? CommuniGate Pro 5.0 could be the ticket. Rob Reilly examines the features of the latest flagship release from Stalker Software.

Firefox Turns 1, Ratchets Up Marketing

Although Mozilla Corp. down-played the first anniversary of its Firefox browser, an executive Wednesday 's said that the demand for the alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer had "completely outstripped our expectations."

Ibm, Red Hat join others in Linux patent venture

When the Open Invention Network acquires patents, they will be available to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux operating system or certain Linux-related applications.

LXer Feature: Survival Guide For Women In FOSS: Striking Out On Your Own

Most women, when they plan their careers, think in terms of having jobs. But why limit yourself? The computing world is a haven for the self-employed, and the FOSS world supplies tools and opportunities you won't find anywhere else...The whole idea is to do something that you find personally rewarding, get paid for it, and do it your way.

Draft legislation to create Open Source Agency posted

  • Patuxent River Tester; By News and information for Naval Air Station Patuxent River personnel (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 10:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WASHINGTON-- Robert David Steele Vivas, CEO of OSS.Net, Inc., former Marine and spy, and since 1988 the foremost international proponent for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and multi-national information-sharing, has today posted draft legislation to create an Open Source Agency (OSA) to serve as the central element of a new multi-national appreciation for Information Operations (IO), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and Peacekeeping Intelligence (PKI).

"Winston Churchill liked to say that the Americans always do the right thing, they simply try everything else first," Steele says. "Well, we are done with failure. We have failed in our national intelligence endeavors in every way possible, and compounded that with political failures of an extreme nature."

New approaches to Linux package management

Traditional Linux package management systems such as RPM, Debian's dpkg, and Slackware's pkgtool present several problems for users. Users who want optimized packages often have problems finding them, different package repositories have conflicting naming conventions, and binary packages are often not available for packages in a timely fashion. However, for users willing to stray from the beaten path, there are alternatives. Two projects have taken up the challenge of making a package management system that overcomes these shortcomings.

Panasas to Demonstrate Success in Bridging the Clustered Storage Needs of the Scientific and Commercial HPC Communities at SC 05

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
-- Customers To Present Real-World Benefits of Panasas Storage Cluster -- CTO Garth Gibson To Deliver Masterworks Presentation -- Newest Additions To Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster On Display

OpenSync and KDE Cooperate on Unified Data Syncing

The OpenSync and KDE teams have joined forces to create a unified library to synchronize data from mobile devices with the data on the desktop

California Suing Sony Over Rootkit DRM

  • Slashdot; By samzenpus (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"California has filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony and a second one may be filed today in New York. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 1 in Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles by Vernon, CA. It asks the court to prevent Sony from selling additional CDs protected by the anti-piracy software, and seeks monetary damages for California consumers who purchased them. The suit alleges that Sony's software violates at least three California statutes...

[Ed.- Hurrah! Sic 'em. Many good links in the article.]

Sleepycat - a blue ribbon example of open source financial success

  • IT Managers Journal (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ask the executives of any IT shop that has not yet dipped its toe into the waters of open source software, or perhaps has just played around the edges of the pool, why they have not jumped in with both feet and the answer is often the belief that companies using the open source model are unlikely to have financial viability. In other words, they are afraid that in the process of offering its source code for free, a company is jeopardizing its ability to remain a going concern and will not be around to provide support over a period of years. Sleepycat software shows that doesn't have to happen.

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