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Microsoft FAT patent rejected - again

The US Patent and Trademarks Office has thrown out two Microsoft patents on its FAT file system. The case had been raised by open source defenders who feared that Microsoft was preparing a legal offensive against Linux based on enforcement of intellectual property rights. But the Patent Office rejected the patents because of an administrative technicality - not because of prior art submitted by the F/OSS team.

Review: MitraX live CD

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 6, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When I first heard of MitraX, I thought it was just a Linux distribution with an assortment of network tools, and that working with MitraX would come down to typing endless commands at the console. Perhaps such a distribution would be interesting to a few experienced administrators or skillful hackers, but most users would simply run away from it. However, once I tried MitraX, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a nice, little, stable, and practical live CD distribution.

Red Hat signs SQL Star as preferred partners

The Company said that, its expanded training partner strategy is a direct outcome of the increasing demand for certified professionals in the country. With this authorization, SQL Star will now be able e to cater the training needs of students on the Linux platform. SQL Star will be able to train students for certifications like Red Hat Certified Engineer, Red Hat Certified Technician.

Eu picks ex-hacker to monitor Microsoft

  • International Herald Tribune; By Kevin J. O'Brien (Posted by tadelste on Oct 6, 2005 3:32 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
BERLIN The European Commission on Wednesday called on Neil Barrett, a former computer hacker who is now an expert on fraud, to monitor whether Microsoft is complying with orders to change the way it operates in Europe.

Coraid touts low cost SAN

  • Computerworld Australia; By Chris Mellor (Posted by tadelste on Oct 6, 2005 2:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The system will work with Linux, Solaris and other Unix operating systems but not Windows at the moment, although that is "coming soon" the company said

Socialtext to open source bulk of its software

  • ComputerWorld; By China Martens (Posted by tadelste on Oct 6, 2005 1:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Socialtext Inc. plans to open-source more than 80% of its software, the company announced Wednesday. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based start-up specializes in software and support for enterprises looking to set up their own internal wikis and Web logs. The wiki concept of "open editing" is used in Web sites such as free-content encyclopedia Wikipedia, where anyone accessing the site can create, edit or annotate its Web pages.

Gnome board gains embedded advisors

Three small companies involved in hacking on the Linux-based software environment that will power Nokia's forthcoming 770 Internet tablet have joined the Gnome

Suse 10.0 Released

  • Suse; By Bjorn (Posted by bstadil on Oct 6, 2005 12:31 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
Looks like Suse 10.0 has been release. It is available on but has not reached the mirrors yet.

All software ain't just software!

I don't think the license wars matter. I have used all manner of open-source licenses in systems and have contributed to open-source projects. The fact of the matter is, once software gets open-sourced it has become a commodity. The genie is out of the bottle. Whether it is licensed under the BSD, GPL, LGPL, APL or MPL is irrelevant. Once software is commoditised, the most competitive organisational form in that market is an open-source developer and user community. It is an extremely rare business that can beat zero dollars, and the productivity rates of a distributed software developer system.

R/A: Ad-free Opera browser up to 3 million downloads -- and counting

  • (Posted by bstadil on Oct 5, 2005 11:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Opera's browser seems to be music to the ears of Internet surfers. After the Oslo-based company served up about 1 million browser downloads in the first two days following its launch of the ad- and license-free Opera v8.5, some 3 million additional copies were downloaded in next two weeks.

Stevens v. Sony Decided in AU: Mod Chips Are Not "Technological Protection Measures"

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Oct 5, 2005 10:54 PM EDT)
The High Court of Australia has considered the case and has unanimously concluded that the chips are not technological protection measures - reversing the decision of the Full Court affirming the decision of the court at first instance The case relates to Mr. Steven's sale of "mod chips" for the Sony Playstation a couple of years ago. The case is relevant for its interpretation of the term "technological protection measure". I also believe that this is the first time DMCA provisions have been considered by a court of final appeal anywhere in the world.

Wind River Announces Commercial-Grade Linux For Device Manufacturers

  • LinuxElectronics (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 10:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LAMEDA, Calif. – Wind River (NASDAQ:WIND) has announced its Linux® device software platform for consumer devices, delivering a commercial-grade quality Linux product line that scales to support a full range of device requirements from the smallest handhelds to the most robust network equipment.

Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 2 Release Candidates

The Mozilla Quality weblog has announced the availability of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 2 release candidates. Testers are asked to check that they can successfully log in to webmail accounts and finance/banking sites, ensure that extensions and themes can be installed correctly and verify that the software update feature works.

IBM has first Grid and Grow app partners

  • ComputerWorld Au; By China Martens (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 9:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
IBM announced the first application vendors -- SAS Institute and Absoft -- to support its Grid and Grow bundle of software, hardware and services Tuesday. Big Blue first unveiled the bundle two months ago positioning it as a starter pack for midsize and large companies wanting to move into grid computing. IBM is now looking to extend the offering in a variety of ways both in terms of targeted users and vendor support.

Google, Sun Take On Bill Gates

  • The Moscow Times; By Eric Auchard (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 8:51 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Google also was vague on details of how it might use Sun software in its products, with CEO Eric Schmidt saying simply, "This is a very significant deal."

Web 2.0 Conference: Open source everywhere

SAN FRANCISCO - Every time I go to a conference that doesn't specifically revolve around free and open source software I turn on my "Open Source Software Radar" (OSSdar) to see if I detect any signs of non-proprietary life in the area. This year's sold-out Web 2.0 Conference had so much open source going on that my OSSdar receptors went into overload mode. Even the Microsoft guys talking up MSN Search had Firefox and icons on their laptops.

Lenovo bundles StarOffice

Google isn't the only one jumping on the Sun software bandwagon, it seems.

Ftc Targets Company Secretly Installing Spyware that Can't Be Uninstalled

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 6:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to the complaint filed by the FTC, Odysseus Marketing and its principal, Walter Rines, advertised software they claimed would allow consumers to engage in peer-to-peer file sharing anonymously. With claims like “DOWNLOAD MUSIC WITHOUT FEAR,” and “DON’T LET THE RECORD COMPANIES WIN,” the defendants encouraged consumers to download their free software.

Five Year Review Back to the future

  • Legal IT; By Kieran Flatt (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 5:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
despite threats from various firms to go down the Linux route, in the end each and every firm tightened its belt, paid up and continued its Micro-soft-centric strategy. To do otherwise would have been difficult, potentially expensive in the short term, certainly disruptive to fee earners and may have caused great difficulty with software deployment in the long run.

Sun Wah Linux Chosen by Chinese Government for the Largest Linux Desktop Roll-Out in China's History

NANJING, China – Six PC makers, including Haier and Founder, announced yesterday that they have won contracts to provide a total of 141,624 PCs to the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education for an educational program called, "School-to-School Project." At the same time, Sun Wah Linux's Debian-based Chinese Operating System RAYS LX was also chosen as the operating system used in all 141,624 PCs. "This project marks the cooperative effort of Sun Wah Linux and the Jiangsu government's use of Linux to fight against Microsoft's monopoly in China," said Alex Banh, CEO, Sun Wah Linux. "This is the largest Linux desktop roll-out in Asia, thus proving that national Linux OS is moving toward more practical usage by saving millions of dollars and bringing profound influence to China Linux development and application promotion."

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