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Digital Rights Management: When a Standard Isn't

  • IBM.com; By Peter Seebach (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 7, 2005 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
In this Standards and specs, Peter shines light on a potential oxymoron -- standards designed to subvert and prevent interoperability. DRM: what it is, why you should avoid it, and how you should use it when you have to.

Brazil Starts Deployment of Low Cost KDE Computers

A new inititive by the Brazillian government will see low cost KDE based computers on sale throughout the country from next week. The Computers for All scheme will bring "cheap and accessible" computers following a recent law cutting taxes and encouraging affordable financing for low income buyers of computers preinstalled with Free Software operating systems. Several companies are involved in the scheme with most using KDE desktops. The Ministry of Science hopes for half a million machines to be sold in the next 4 to 6 months.

Hitachi Launches Linux Server Business in North America

  • LinuxElectronics; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 11:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
TOKYO & BRISBANE, Calif. – Hitachi (NYSE:HIT) has launched a highly scalable and performance oriented blade server platform called "BladeSymphony" as part of its global IT platform business operation in North America, where the market for blade servers is growing rapidly, driven by stringent requirements for cost efficiency and high performance by enterprises seeking to stay competitive and agile.

Fast apps with Workplace Managed Client Developer Toolkit

The Workplace Managed Client Developer Toolkit is a set of plug-ins for Eclipse 3.01 or later. It provides wizards, navigators, builders, and other tools for developers who want to develop, test, and deploy applications quickly. This article walks you through the process of creating a basic application with the Workplace Managed Client Developer Toolkit.

Friends of LXer.com: LINUXSOFT.CZ

  • LINUXSOFT.CZ; By Frantisek Hucek & Team (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 10:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: LXer
The Linsoft.cz people write... we have decided to build a Linux Software directory easy to use, with good navigation, costumer reports etc. which would be the first source of information about Linux Software on the internet. That is why it is done bilingualy, in Czech and English. There are still many features to add, stay tuned.

...we have 1660 software items in our database, and in February we had over 1000 visitors a day with peak of 2900.

32% are Czech
15% from USA
12% from Poland
6% from Slovakia
4% from Germany.

Be sure to visit: Linuxer Greece

  • LXer; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 10:01 AM EDT)
The Linuxer Team writes: Here is the place for greek tuxers...
Sorry but content of this site is provided only in greek language.
If you understand greek then please press on greek flag at the left bottom..
Reload the page to see new tip &funny messages
Enjoy your visit..

The page from which we are quoting is in English. We're please to know that they often link to our articles.

We're also please to tell you that Linuxer runs on a XBOX using Xebian.

France and China share open source middleware love

  • The Register; By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 9:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A French consortium has reached an agreement with government representatives in China to develop a middleware stack using open source software from ObjectWeb.

More on Sony: Dangerous Decloaking Patch, EULAs and Phoning Home

I decided to investigate so I downloaded a free network tracing tool, Ethereal, to a computer on which the player was installed and captured network traffic during the Player’s startup. A quick look through the trace log confirmed the users comment: the Player does send an ID to a Sony web site.

[Ed.- Those darned bloggers- something must be done about them at once!]

Blast From the Past; Unisys, Microsoft to launch anti-Unix ads


[Ed: This formally begins our linking to a series of articles published in the past, which we have found to shed light on current affairs. - tadelste.]

Unisys and Microsoft plan to launch a marketing campaign Friday that seeks to undermine Unix, the operating system at the heart of powerful server lines from rivals Sun Microsystems, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

Original Article Dated: March 28, 2002. Now, Unisys wants to be your friend. See: Unisys assumes open source missionary position
Did Bill Gates Invent Linux and Has He Erased the Evidence?

DebConf6: generic sponsorship offer

DebConf6 will take place from the 14 May to the 22th 2006 in Oaxtepec, Mexico. It is preceded by an unofficial work camp called "debcamp", from the 6th to the 12th of May. On the 13th May, Debian Day, an information day for users, the press and Important People will be held. This will be mostly in spanish, and partly translated.

Comment of the Day - November 7, 2005 - Expertise Not Recognized

Paul relates his experience with regard to different kinds of discrimination in the work place. The subject related to age discrimination.

Paul writes: "One guy might be able to log in and fix a problem (He's my hero) -- another guy might be the type that prevented this problem from ever rearing its ugly head in the first place -- how do you, as a middle manager, even see the latter value if it doesn't happen?"

Realted to:
Avoiding Oblivion in Your Tech Career

CLI Magic: sudo voodoo

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 7, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sudo is a handy little tool that is of value to both system administrators and common folks like us. What does it do? It allows you to temporarily assume the permissions of another user, up to and including root. If you belong to the camp that says you should only have root privileges at the time they are needed, sudo makes your life a little easier by making it easier to shape-shift between the permissions for a mere mortal and those of the super user.

Firefox Fanbase Increasing

  • All Headline News; By Joanna Wypior (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 6:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
San Francisco, California (AHN) - The Firefox web browser's popularity is on the rise, with the number of internet users continuing to increase. Over 10% of users that browse the internet now use Firefox, making it only second to Internet Explorer.

Research reveals that Americans are the biggest fans of Firefox with 14.1% using it. In the United Kingdom 4.9% use it to get around online.

One-click installation with Klik

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 7, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Simplifying software installation is a popular pastime for Linux developers. It has given us useful tools like Synaptic, YUM, checkinstall, and autopackage. A new kid on the block, Klik, approaches the problem differently, by avoiding the installation altogether.

Textaloud Makes Text-to-Speech a Snap for Firefox Users

Text-to-Speech software leader NextUp.com (www.NextUp.com) has released version 2.068 of its popular TextAloud software. This upgrade includes a new Firefox Browser Plugin which adds a TextAloud toolbar to the popular web browser, allowing users to listen to web pages read aloud on their computer. Also, users can easily convert text from web news and web based emails to audio files for portable listening. This addition compliments the Outlook and Internet Explorer toolbars also available with TextAloud to make audio browsing of the internet even easier.

Govt Snubs US$100 Laptop Program--Argentina, Chile

  • Business News Americas; By Scott Sadowsky (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 5:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Chilean government has announced that it will not participate in the "One Laptop Per Child" program being promoted by MIT Media Lab director Nicholas Negroponte, regional press reported on Thursday.

While the Argentine government recently committed to purchasing at least half a million of the US$100 computers, the Chilean authorities showed no interest acquiring them.

Rant Mode Equals One: Score: Digital Privacy 0, Digital Piracy 1.

Without a doubt there's a ton of people swapping the latest No Doubt album via some illicit P2P program, but that's not the piracy I'm referring to here -- I'm talking about your Aunt who had her computer compromised because she clicked the wrong email, subscribed to the wrong broadband service, or simply left her computer on during the night. Oh, let's not forget: Maybe she slid the wrong CD in to listen to some music she bought, as well.

FreeMED 0.8.1 Released

The FreeMED Software Foundation is proud to announce the immediate availability of FreeMED version 0.8.1, which is available for download on sourceforge.

[FreeMed is a PHP-based medical informatics system. - Ed]

OSBC proves open source and business go together

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 7, 2005 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I attended the first "east coast" Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in Newton, Mass. last week, along with about 400 other people. Two similar conferences have been held in San Francisco. The first one there, in 2004, had about 400 attendees, but according to conference organizer Matt Asay the 2005 one had nearly 800, and he hopes to see similar growth in the east coast version, not that this event felt empty or strayed from its theme. Almost all of the people I met at OSBC were open source users, but they were also hardheaded businessmen and businesswomen. And lawyers. In fact, four law firms helped sponsor the event.

Brazil's bumpy road to the low-cost PC

  • C/Net; By Paulo Rebelo (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 5:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest incarnation, a program called "Computer for Everyone," unveiled in March by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, aimed to sidestep some of the problems of past programs, but so far it's garnered little support from manufacturers or consumers.

"When it comes to (bringing) computers to the poor, Brazil makes a soap opera of it," said Rogerio Goncalves, a telecommunications specialist and Webmaster in Rio de Janeiro. "Every single project of digital inclusion, from the very first one until now, has never left the desk."

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