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Gates on Vista, Linux and more

In the second part of his interview with, Bill Gates talks about his favorite feature in Vista, why he'll keep pushing for a new file system and the role of open-source software.

Seven tips for leading FOSS programmers

  • IT Managers Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 17, 2006 12:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Books about management techniques rarely mention how to lead computer programmers. The few that do sooner or later reach for a cliché and compare the effort to herding cats -- J. Hank Rainwater, for instance, uses the phrase as his title. Partly, the comparison reflects how much the topic is outside the corporate mainstream. However, the comparison also reflects the conflicting nature of the job. The typical IT department represents a separate culture within a company, and a successful manager must both understand that culture and act as a bridge between it and the rest of the company, trying to explain each to the other.

Open Letter: Questions about Microsoft Corp. Intellectual Property

In a question-and-answer session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle last Thursday, [Steve] Ballmer said "Linux[™]"uses our [Microsoft Corp.] intellectual property" and "Microsoft Corp. wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation."
Now, as a Linux user and editor of a Linux users site, I have some questions about this remarks.

[ I sent the thing to WagEdds Rapid Response Team, look forward to hearing from them - hkwint ]

O'reilly Radar: System76, Linux Hardware for Everyone

Last week at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, I spoke with Carl Ritchell, co-founder of System76. For years I've been seeking the Nirvana of a company that would ship me professional, high-quality, Linux-only hardware. Various large companies offer half-hearted Linux options. Several sketchy-looking resellers offer brand-name hardware with Linux installed over the top, but it's either a distro I don't want, or it's all old hardware.

Obsidian inks deal with Zend

SA Linux company Obsidian partners with international PHP company Zend to market products, training and services in the local market.

Open Source MP3 Player By MAKE

Phil and the other do-it-themselfers at MAKe have hooked up with artist and designer Raphael Abrams to make their own open source MP3 player. How it works: the Daisy, the mp3 player, can be interfaced and built pretty much however you like. It's licensed with "minimal protections reserved via a Creative Commons license", which means you can use it to build your own iPod look-alike.

LinuxBIOS - A truly GPLed Free Software BIOS

LinuxBIOS is a project which aims to replace the normal BIOS found on PCs, Alphas, and other machines with a Linux kernel that can boot Linux from a cold start.Recently it made news with Google deciding to sponsor the LinuxBIOS project. This article takes a look at what is so unique about the LinuxBIOS project. You can also watch a video of Linux BIOS booting Linux on a rev board.

Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

  •; By Eric Lai (Posted by henke54 on Nov 17, 2006 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, Microsoft
In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Thursday declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.

RedHat's response to Novell - Interview with Mark Webbink (RedHat)

  •; By Cypress (Posted by Cypress on Nov 17, 2006 7:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Red Hat
There's an interview on with Mark Webbink, PR at RedHat, concerning the Microsoft-Novell deal. It's a response to the Novell interview posted just to days ago on the same site. Mark Webbink tells the Linux crowd if RedHat would have accepted a similar deal with Microsoft, "Why "Open Source Assurance" and why now?" and what will the company do now that RedHat is facing competition from two sides...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 beta 2 arrives

Red Hat Inc. had planned to release RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 5 Beta 2 on Nov. 21, but engineering finished the job early and the beta is already being released to the company's partners and customers. The release boasts the latest open-source technologies for improved performance, security, and flexibility, according to the company.

Novell and Microsoft: Working for or against Linux?

  • Open for Business; By Josiah Ritchie (Posted by tbutler on Nov 17, 2006 5:45 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft, Novell
Is Novell’s deal with Microsoft ultimately something that boils down to a corporate agreement to restrict the free flow of information and understanding about Linux? Or, perhaps, could it be that this agreement will actually serve the purpose of getting Linux out to more users? Those are the questions Josiah Ritchie seeks to consider and come up with answers to.

Red Hat ponders new JBoss strategy

In an effort to increase revenue from its JBoss server software, Red Hat is contemplating splitting the product into two versions--a free, unsupported product and a subscription-based supported one.

Sugarcrm supports full open-source stack

The applications vendor Thursday unveiled Sugar FastStack, a service to set up and support a stack of its Sugar Professional or Enterprise On-site product releases as well as the Apache Web Server, the PHP Web scripting language and the MySQL database. FastStack can be installed on the three operating systems SugarCRM supports -- Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The installation process uses a wizard approach to walk users through installing each piece of the stack.

Froglogic Squish/Web Testing Tool Supports Firefox 2.0

froglogic GmbH today announced support for testing web applications executed in the newly released Firefox version 2.0. Squish/Web is a professional functional GUI testing tool to create and run automated GUI tests on Web/HTML/Ajax applications.

Celebrate the XML Decade

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Uche Ogbuji (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 17, 2006 2:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
IBM Systems Journal recently published an issue dedicated to XML's 10th anniversary. Take a look at XML application techniques, and general discussion of the technical, economic and even cultural effects of XML. Learn why XML has been successful, and what it would take for XML to continue its success.

Winners and Losers in the New Linux World

Microsoft and Novell, Oracle and Red Hat, who are the real winners and losers after all these moves?

FFII face-to-face to solve patent problems

  • Reg Developer; By Lucy Sherriff (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 17, 2006 12:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
In the debate on software patenting, there is one point on which almost everyone is agreed: the current system is not working well. How to solve the problem and fix the system is where opinions tend to diverge. The latest attempt to find a new way forward comes from the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)

DebConf-7: registration and call for papers

Registration is now open for DebConf7, which will take place in Edinburgh from Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 June 2007.

FSF Attorney Says Microsoft-Novell Deal Won’t Last

The controversy over Novell’s partnership with Redmond is nowhere near over, but the Free Software Foundation’s general counsel, Eben Moglen, says the patent provision of the companies’ agreements will be “dead” before April.

XGL/Beryl: Showcasing Progress or Shortcomings?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 16, 2006 10:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I just don't get it. Offering XGL and Beryl to the Linux masses is fantastic, don't get me wrong. However, I simply feel like too much emphasis is being placed on a “pretty desktop” versus functionality.

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