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Microsoft eyes making desktop apps free

Even as Microsoft readies a host of new ad-supported online services to battle rivals, the software maker has been mulling a plan to offer free, ad-supported versions of some of its desktop products, CNET has learned.

Although no specific plans have been made, executives within Microsoft are examining whether it makes sense to release ad-supported versions of products such as Works, Money, or even the Windows operating system itself, according to internal documents seen by CNET

OSDL says patent threat to Linux is receding

The chief executive of the Open Source Development Labs (ODSL) has said that the threat facing Linux from software patent-infringement claims has receded.

Libre Software Resources for Non-Profits

LXer Feature

Let's face it. deploying computer technology in non-profit organizations can be a real challenge, especially if you don't have a bunch of tech geeks on staff. Well, meet the organizations that will show you how libre software can help you accomplish your mission without having to re-allocate your operational funds to your IT budget. These organizations can guide you from planning to implementation.


How to become an information security professional

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 16, 2005 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many years ago, while directing IT operations for a small company on the West Coast, I became aware that our network security was particularly weak. The company was growing at a rapid pace, IT was understaffed, the network was at capacity in a number of ways, and the demands were brutal both in terms of time and technology needs. While I didn't mind the long hours, I did mind that I didn't feel "up to snuff" in terms of selecting technologies that would enable us to expand the network and secure it. I had responsibility for IT and security, but I felt that there were holes in my knowledge. I wanted to fix that. So began my quest to become an information security professional.

Porn industry gears up for mobile phones, iPods

From the would-you-just-get-a-room dept:

Within days of the launch of Apple's new video iPod, companies were rushing to deliver content ranging from mild to shocking.

"We think the growth of viewing adult content on iPod devices will be explosive in the coming months," said Harvey Kaplan of, which describes itself as "the leading provider of adult movies for mobile phones."

Ubuntu adds OEM mode installation

Ubuntu Linux patrons will notice a new installation option in the boot menu of the current 5.10 Breezy Badger release: OEM mode.

Linux News Questions Microsoft's Need for a "Get the Facts" campaign?

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 16, 2005 6:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features; Groups:
LXer Day Desk: 11-16-2005

If Microsoft offers a superior product to Linux then why would they need a "Get the Facts" campaign? Over the years, the Redmond computer technology firm has learned that buyers make decisions based on who else uses a product. They know executives will say to themselves, if Rayovac uses it, then it must be good enough.

So what do you see? Just about any time a major publication runs a story about Linux, Microsoft gets them to place a "Get the Facts" advertisements nearby and often right in the middle of the story. That seems pretty suspect to me.

Do you ever wonder if publications run Linux stories just to garner Microsoft's ad money? Or have you considered that desperate times call for desperate measures? It makes me wonder.


Christians Challenge Microsoft to Support OpenDocument for Disadvantaged

Several Christian Ministers and laymen from across the US and Britain have spoken out against Microsoft's refusal to support OpenDocument, thus leaving visually-impaired users of their office suite effectively unable to use the new standard adopted by Massachusetts. The Christians see Microsoft's stance as intentionally withholding support so that it can turn a technical business decision into a political fight. By refusing to support OpenDocument, Microsoft is ignoring the cross-platform document sharing needs of visually impaired users, not only in Massachusetts, but also in the other 49 states, not to mention the rest of the world. The economically disadvantaged will also suffer from the lack of Opendocument support in Microsoft Office.


Too much money in open source

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer; By John Cook (Posted by dcparris on Nov 16, 2005 5:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
"Too many of these companies (now forming) are being funded without a community," said Matrix Partners' David Skok in the story. "If a community doesn't form and form fast, then they're going to burn through their venture capital, and they're going to be disasters."

Firefox 1.5 Expected Today

  • SDA Asia Magazine; By Staff writer (Posted by ralph on Nov 16, 2005 5:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The final release version of FireFox 1.5 is expected today. New features in version 1.5 includes support for SVG, Canvas, CSS3 Columns, Javascript 1.6;

Linux dominates supercomputing

  • Tectonic; By Tectonic Staff Writer (Posted by hkwint on Nov 16, 2005 4:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux has firmly stamped its authority on the supercomputing sector. The latest report from Top500, which releases a bi-annual report of the fastest computers in the world, shows Linux increasing its market share in this segment from 51.8% six months ago to 74.4%.

XML-RPC Threatens Linux, Unix Systems

  • eWEEK Linux; By Paul F. Roberts (Posted by tadelste on Nov 16, 2005 3:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
A gaggle of new threats that target computers running the Linux and Unix operating systems appears on the Internet.

Anti-virus companies and The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center advised network administrators to be on the lookout for Internet-borne attacks that target a vulnerability in a common component known as XML-RPC (Remote Procedure Call) for PHP.

Red Hat Listed Among 50 Top Tech Companies (in Asia)

Red Hat is listed among ZDNet Asia's 50 Top Tech companies 2006. It is also one of the fastest growing companies with 210.4% year on year income growth over 4 years.

New Project Will Expand Google's Reach

  • Yahoo News; By Associated Press (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 16, 2005 2:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An ambitious new Google Inc. service will let anyone upload most anything to a publicly searchable database, potentially laying the groundwork for a foray by the Internet juggernaut into classified advertising.

Penguin Computing Unveils Application-Ready Cluster(TM) Portfolio, Increasing User and Administrator Efficiency

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Nov 16, 2005 1:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Penguin Computing today unveiled the Penguin Application-Ready Cluster(TM) Portfolio, a new line of integrated hardware/software Linux-based cluster systems that provides greater productivity and efficiency in high performance computing (HPC) and commercial data center environments. The pre-configured, pre-tested Application-Ready Cluster Portfolio reduces time to deployment and eliminates the need for many traditional cluster end user and system administration tasks, making clustered computing dramatically simpler and more efficient.

A low-cost Linux laptop for every child

  • Christian Science Monitor; By David A. Fahrenthold (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 16, 2005 12:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In Cambridge, Mass., Nicholas Negroponte and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been chipping away at a long-held dream: producing a laptop so cheap that governments could afford to link every child in the world to the Internet.

Patents database posted for developers

  • The Register; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by ralph on Nov 16, 2005 12:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has launched its Patent Commons Project with backing from IBM - the industry's largest holder of technology patents - Computer Associates International (CA), Novell, Red Hat, Intel and Sun Microsystems.

Condor: Building a Linux cluster on a budget

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 16, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So you need a lot of computing power but don't want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a commercial cluster? Or maybe you just have a lot of machines sitting idle that you would like to put to good use? You can build a powerful and scalable Linux cluster using only free software and off-the-shelf components. Here's how.

Oxygen Icons Website Launched

David Vignoni, Kenneth Wimer and Nuno Pinheiro, 3 of KDE's finest artists, are very proud to present the Oxygen website, explaining what Oxygen is and the direction it is going in.

Gp2x - Open source games console

  • (Posted by bstadil on Nov 15, 2005 11:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It can play games. It can play your Movies. It can play your music. It can view photos. It can read Ebooks. It runs on just 2 AA batteries - And it can do all this in the palm of your hand or on your TV screen.

[ED- Anybody know more about this console? Please post a comment if it is not just vapor and /or any good bstadil]

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