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Palm Pays $44M For Perpetual OS License

Palm said today it will pay $44 million to Japan's Access Systems for a perpetual license of the operating system used by Treo smartphones and PDAs. The agreement ensures current and future Palm devices remain compatible with Palm's Garnet operating system. Palm, which also licenses Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Edition OS, said the one-time payment avoids yearly royalties to Access worth tens of millions of dollars.'s coverage becomes part of arguments in Israeli GPL case's previous coverage of an alleged violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL) by IChessu in Israel has become part of the legal arguments in the case. Just what part, however, depends on who is talking. According to Alexander Maryanovsky, who filed the case,'s coverage has become the means of moving the case forward. By contrast, lawyers for the defendants discount its relevance.

Device Profile: eRead Star eBook STK-101 digital book reader

Taiwan-based ebook specialist eRead is shipping a Linux-based electronic book reader featuring an electrophoretic display (EPD). The low-power, thin, light-weight Star eBook STK-101 can be used to read as many as 60 books on a single charge, the company claims.

Making a distribution secure

There's no dearth of Linux distributions to choose from. With so many to choose from, one might think it's as easy as picking up the Linux kernel, throwing in a few applications, setting up respositories, making ISOs and you've got a shiny new Linux distro. Well, there's more to a Linux distro than assembling applications and making sure everything works. A lot of time and effort, at least for major distros, is spent on making the distribution secure and getting updates out in a timely fashion.

Microsoft Office lock-in and the deal with Novell

I can't urge you strongly enough to read the article entitled "How Vista Lets Microsoft Lock Users In". It details how Microsoft has built into Vista the "trusted computing" ability to lock down Office files via DRM such that no unauthorized document reader will be able to decrypt and read them. This is perhaps one of the biggest hidden weapons Microsoft has in its arsenal that could sabotage Linux and if Microsoft succeeds in its attempt to plug SUSE and all Novell's "interoperability" bonuses.

Open Source at 90 MPH

Inspired by Linux, the OScar project aims to build a car by tapping the knowledge of a volunteer team. It won’t be an easy ride, but their journey is important

Entry-level network appliance platform runs Linux

Taiwanese systems integrator AR Infotek has built an "entry-level" 1U rackmount server appliance platform around an AMD x86-compatible embedded processor. The Teak 3258 is based on a passively cooled Geode LX-800 processor, and features soldered-down RAM, and two LAN bypass ports.

Book Review: Ajax for Web Application Developers

Kris Hadlock's book hits the ground running and you'd better have the "legs" to keep up. Quite a bit of information is crammed into the book's slim 288 pages however don't expect to start out with elementary JavaScript. Hadlock wrote this book with the web developer in mind, not the person who thinks they might want to be one someday. While most books would have a lengthy introductory chapter, Chapter 1, "Introduction to Ajax" is exactly two pages long. Not much time for a first meeting but perhaps enough for a reunion with someone you are already acquainted with.

Directory services made easy with Fedora Directory Server

Directory services play a vital part in today's networks by helping administrators manage network users and resources. Until recently, the only choice for deploying a secure and easy-to-use open source directory server was OpenLDAP. While it gets the job done, it lacks the polish of commercial alternatives. Now Fedora Directory Server (FDS), Red Hat's open source LDAP server, makes setting up an enterprise directory server on Linux simple.

ReactOS Reviewed: A Windows Wannabe

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Dec 8, 2006 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
The discovery of ReactOS was a discovery of pure accident. On the surface, this seemingly replicated Windows-like operating system is ripe with fantastic possibilities. Seriously, when we consider the ability to run Windows applications in a Windows-like environment, we feel that the user can finally be free of Windows... sort of.

openSUSE 10.2 Released

  • (Posted by linuxlookup on Dec 7, 2006 11:14 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
After lot of work, the openSUSE team proudly announces the availability of openSUSE 10.2 formerly know as SUSE Linux 10.x openSUSE 10.2 will be offered as boxed product in Europe through retail as usual. In North America the box will be available through shopnovell. Due to production lead time first boxes will show up on shelves and onlineshops mid of December.

JSF and Ajax: Web 2.0 Made Easy with RAD V7

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Yury Kats (Posted by IdaAshley on Dec 7, 2006 10:27 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Creating and integrating an Ajax application is not an easy task, but the release of IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD) V7 provides Ajax functionality for the JSF components to make the task much easier. This article explains how to use Ajax and JSF together in RAD V7 and walks you through an example of adding Ajax support to an existing application.

In Germany: Firefox, Linux, Mac OSX gaining further momentum, Microsoft losing marketshare

In Germany, the move away from Microsoft products is gathering more and more steam. The latest browser and OS statistics for SpiegelOnline, one of or maybe THE most visited German news website (and one of the major websites worldwide according to the Netcraft statistics) is showing the huge impact of Firefox on the browser market, and the continuing, undamped crumbling of the Internet Explorer dominance.

Open Reply to Medsphere

Recently Ken Kizer wrote an"open letter to Medsphere employees". It appears that this is the only public response that the company has given in response to mycritisms that Medsphere has betrayed the community. I have written an open reply to Medsphere regarding this issue. From the my letter:..releasing such a (open source) policy now is equivalent to saying "This is what we wish we had said when you first asked us what our position was. Please ignore what we actually said and accept this as our position retro-actively."

Red Hat Gains Momentum In The Spanish Market

Companies from multiple sectors, including energy, insurance, financial services, shipping, logistics and public sector are selecting Red Hat solutions to provide stability to their mission critical information systems. “Red Hat is experiencing strong momentum in Spain, where companies are opting for a broad rollout of open source software to benefit from a complete open source architecture, without any hidden costs.

New LPI policy is certifiably bad

  • Linux Box Admin; By Keith Winston (Posted by slippery on Dec 7, 2006 7:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: LPI
When the Linux Professional Institute was formed, the mantra was "vendor neutral" Linux certifications that don't arbitrarily expire. I bought into the LPI, now it is biting me. As an early supporter and one of the first people to earn the LPIC-2 certification, this is a bitter pill.

Microsoft Wins Ecma Approval for Office OpenXML Format

Now that Microsoft's Office Open XML has been approved as an Ecma standard, it will be submitted for consideration as an ISO international standard.

Ecma Approval Day for OOXML - What Does it All Mean?

Today is the day that Ecma, the European-based standards body chosen by Microsoft to fast-track its Office Open XML standard to ISO, will vote to approve that specification. What exactly will that mean? Let's try the Q&A format again to sort it all out.

Review of Jive Software's Wildfire IM Server, v 3.1.1

  •; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by freethinker on Dec 7, 2006 5:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
From a business standpoint, Jabber should be your clear IM choice. Because Jabber is an open protocol, it doesn't belong to anyone in particular, so there is no single company driving its destiny. Your business won't get locked down by proprietary formats. Jabber also uses a decentralized approach so the system is more robust. Best of all, any company can run its own private, secure, standards compliant, Jabber instant messaging server for little or no cost for the software.

Ulteo Alpha 1 Screenshot Walkthrough

Here is the first public version of Ulteo! Its codename is 'Sirius' because we want to make it a star. This installable live CD is based on Debian and Ubuntu packages. It's installed on the hard-drive using "Yuch". A daemon, called UGD (Ulteo General Daemon), is always connecting to Ulteo servers to see if a newer, more up to date system is available. It can then upgrade to this new system.

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