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Founders leaving OSU Open Source Lab

Scott Kveton and Jason McKerr, who created the lab in 2003, will head a software startup in Portland

Microsoft's Calling Home Problem: It's a Matter of Informed Consent

here we go again- same dung, different day
No doubt many of you saw on Slashdot the article "Microsoft Talks Daily With Your Computer" or in Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols article for eWeek titled, Big Microsoft Brother, about allegations that Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage validation tool phones home daily to report information to Microsoft about you on each boot. Lauren Weinstein broke the story on his blog. Microsoft has now put out a statement, asserting that the Windows Genuine Advantage tool is not spyware, that they're going to change it some, and that one thing that distinguishes it from spyware is that they get consent before installing it. I question the accuracy of the statement.

David Berlind did a fabulous job of discovering that in fact the tool has two parts, one of which is new, the Notification part, as you can see in his helpful series of screenshots. First, he explains how the applications actually work. His research indicated to him that Microsoft asks permission for only one of the two, but the wrong one. I think it's muddier even than that, after reading the EULA. Thanks to Berlind's work, I see a legal problem with consent, which I noticed by reading the EULA. I also see a problem with the statement Microsoft has issued with regard to what information it collects. And something in the EULA needs to be explained, because it doesn't match Microsoft's statement

Ubuntu Dapper: Ready for the long haul

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by grouch on Jun 11, 2006 1:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
The long-awaited Ubuntu 6.06 Long Term Support (LTS) release, also known as Dapper Drake, made its debut last week. After extensive testing, I can say that it was worth the delay from its originally scheduled April release date.

Fundamentalist Software Foundation in the making

When Richard Stallman created the Free Software Foundation (FSF) in 1985, it was organised around a radical idea: software should be free, not just as in free of charge, but free as in the concept of liberty. During the next 20 years, this idea turned out to be not just radical, but surprisingly practical. Beginning with Stallman’s Emacs text editor, to the various Gnu utilities, the Linux kernel, and beyond, free software has proved to be an enduring success.

[Note to McAllister: The price of subjection is cheap, but its cost is huge. - dcparris]

Red Hat CEO Szulik Outlines Future Plans

"My view is that the people of our company want to continue to challenge and look for new and innovative ways to solve problems," said Matthew Szulik, CEO of Red Hat. "That requires risk and that requires novelty of thinking."

Puppy Linux adds Opera, drops SeaMonkey

The Puppy Linux project team, which debuted its v2.0 on June 1, has released a followup version that replaces Mozilla's SeaMonkey suite of web applications with Opera 9.0 Beta 2, founder and chief evangelist Barry Kauler said June 8 in his weblog.

IBM acquires BuilldForge

  • Reg Developer; By Tony Lock (Posted by dcparris on Jun 11, 2006 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM

Rational development

IBM has announced it has acquired BuildForge Inc, a privately held software company based in Texas.…

How To Set Up suPHP With PHP4 And PHP5

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 11, 2006 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP
This tutorial shows how to install and use suPHP with PHP4 and PHP5. suPHP is a tool for executing PHP scripts with the permissions of their owners instead of the Apache user. With the help of suPHP you can also have PHP4 and PHP5 installed at the same time which I will describe at the end of this article.

Jive to Release XMPP Client as Open Source

  • Instant Messaging Planet; By Michael Hall (Posted by dcparris on Jun 11, 2006 8:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Jive Software announced this week that it plans to make the source of its IM client available under a free software license.

No, has not been taken over by aliens

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on Jun 11, 2006 7:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
If you're a frequenter of for Linux and open source news, don't adjust your browser color and font settings. The site relaunched last week under new ownership, as Network World took over the domain.

VectorLinux releases v5.1 live CD

The VectorLinux project team June 9 released the final version of the live CD edition of VectorLinux 5.1, featuring a kernel and a choice of desktop environments.

Open source promises more business functions

A new wave of open-source tools will offer capabilities for collaboration, portals, content management and business intelligence, say analysts

Germans Linux migration not taxing decision

A Hanover-based tax department is ditching Sun for SuSe Linux and KDE desktops

EnGarde Secure Linux v3.0.7 arrives

Guardian Digital released v3.0.7 of EnGarde Secure Linux on June 6, featuring a 2.6.12 kernel, several bug fixes, feature enhancements to the Guardian Digital WebTool and the SELinux policy, and several updated application packages, project spokesman Ryan W. Maple said.

Red Hat expands channel partner network in south India

The new partners signed include Bangalore IT Capital, Ashram, Login & Anora in Bangalore, Dynamic, Veeras & Gem Infotech in Chennai and SP Soft, Softpro & Computech in Hyderabad

Embedded Linux webinar series adds online training materials

TimeSys will offer several educational webinars this month, on topics of general interest to embedded developers. It will also launch a series of "training" webinars available to subscribers (including trial subscribers) of its "LinuxLink" online services.

Nokia releases beta of new 770 tools, Linux

Nokia's open source Maemo project has released a beta version of its next-generation SDK (software developer kit). The Mistral SDK beta aims to help developers port applications to Maemo 2.0 prior to the debut of Tablet OS 2006 for the Nokia 770 later this quarter.

Mark Shuttleworth speaks with The 451 Group on Red Hat, Impi, HBD ...

In the last of a three-part analytical series, Canonical CEO and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth speaks with The 451 Group on the different approaches and business models of Canonical and Red Hat.

Pepper Pad Player Gives Linux Place Among Handheld Media Gadgets

  • TechNewsWorld; By Jay Lyman (Posted by dcparris on Jun 10, 2006 10:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Loaded with open source software that includes the Mozilla Firefox browser, MPlayer voice, Helix streaming media applications, FreeType font and Cairo graphics libraries, the latest Pepper Pad runs Linux for the operating system's stability and resistance to viruses and other malicious software, Pepper spokesperson Mark Metzger told LinuxInsider. "It was a very conscious decision not to use Windows," he said.

Mashing Up a Commons

  • Linux Journal; By Doc Searls (Posted by dcparris on Jun 10, 2006 9:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux

Is it possible that, for all our talk about The Commons, the Net doesn't have one yet? Or at least not a complete one?

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