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Microsoft's Sacred Cash Cow

A former Microsoftie says addiction to Windows revenue, mediocre products, and missed opportunities could doom Seattle’s most successful company.

Press Release: GIMP needs funding for GIMPCon June 2004

In June 2004, the developers' conference for the well-known free software photo editor GIMP will be held at the GUADEC conference in Kristiansand, Norway. The GIMP developers are looking for sponsors, big and small, to help finance travel expenses and accommodation.

Open source: A sunny forecast

  • Computerworld Malaysia (Posted by dave on Jun 7, 2004 4:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Weather.com's move to an all-open-source website infrastructure has enabled the company to lower costs while meeting increased capacity demands...the Atlanta-based website serves more than 50 million pages on stormy days, but it runs almost entirely on open-source software and commodity hardware. And since the move to the new architecture, it has slashed IT costs by one-third and increased website processing capacity by 30 per cent.

Microsoft's patent plans worry open source supporters

Microsoft's new policy for licensing its patents has supporters of open source software worried that the company will use a broken government system for protecting intellectual property to beat back gains Linux and other competing software have made in the marketplace.

The Linux Box Contest Phase II

  • The Linux Box; By Sean Parsons (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 7, 2004 4:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The Linux Box is proud to announce that we have already launched the second phase of our contest. The dust has barely had a chance to settle from the first phase in which it was decided that PCLinuxOS and MEPIS were cowinners for which distributions the rest of this multiphasic contest would be based around. You can find a full press release here announcing the winners of Phase I.

Intel and Red Hat team for Linux security

Linux seller Red Hat and chipmaker Intel have released prototype Linux software to support a security technology designed to curtail the spread of viruses.

Linux Kernel Now With AMD64 x86 NX (no execute) Bit Support

  • LinuxElectrons (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2004 11:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
Ingo Molnar has announced the availability of the following kernel patch, nx-2.6.7-rc2-bk2-AE , which makes use of the 'NX' x86 feature pioneered in AMD64 CPUs and for which support has also been announced by Intel. (other x86 CPU vendors, Transmeta and VIA announced support as well. Windows support for NX has also been announced by Microsoft, for their next service pack.) The NX feature is also being marketed as 'Enhanced Virus Protection'. This patch makes sure Linux has full support for this hardware feature on x86 too.

Why It Makes Sense for Sun to Open-Source Java Libraries & Solaris Kernel

  • Linux World (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2004 10:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
"Customers don't want lock-in slavery anymore," argues David Mohring. Sun should, he says, open-source license the J2SE, J2EE, and J2ME framework libraries and release a fork of the Solaris Kernel under the GPL license.

Oracle throws its weight behind Linux OS

  • Asia Computer Weekly (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2004 8:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Shortly before releasing the first version of Asia’s first and only standardised Linux OS, Oracle has announced the formation of a new business unit focused on Linux in the Asia-Pacific.

Debian update for lha (DSA-515-1)

  • LWN.net (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2004 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: Security

Gentoo update for sitecopy (200406-03)

  • LWN.net (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2004 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Gentoo; Story Type: Security

McAfee Protection for Linux Servers by NA

  • ChannelTimes.com (Posted by dave on Jun 6, 2004 4:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Network Associates,the provider of intrusion prevention solutions, announced the availability of McAfee LinuxShield, providing anti-virus protection for Linux-based platforms. "Most new viruses, worms, and blended threats are targeted at Microsoft operating systems, but invade the enterprise via a series of non-Microsoft platforms such as routers, firewalls, and Linux platforms," said Eric Hemmendinger, research director, security and privacy, Aberdeen Group.

Sun's Plans To Open Source Solaris Questionable

  • E-Commerce Times (Posted by dave on Jun 5, 2004 9:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
"I think they're wasting their time," Harvard Research Group vice president of Linux strategy Bill Claybrook told LinuxInsider. "If they had released the source code for Solaris four to five years ago, like they first talked about, ... and directed it to Intel, they would have killed Linux, because right now Solaris is a better operating system than Linux."

Open-Source Java? "The Debate is Still Going On, Fast and Furious," Says Gosling

  • Linux World (Posted by dave on Jun 5, 2004 8:51 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Will they, won't they? Yesterday, Sun's own Java technology evangelist was being reported as having said they would; now Java co-creator James Gosling - and almost everyone else in Santa Clara who came in contact with the media - says Sun won't be open-sourcing Java. Not yet anyway - though it's under fierce and continuing debate within the company.

The gift economy and free software

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 5, 2004 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A "gift economy" is a social system in which status is given by how much one shares or gives to one's community, as opposed to an "exchange economy" where status is given to those who own or control the most stuff. In today's world we're used to the latter economic philosophy, as it has been closely affiliated with the capitalist system since at least the Industrial Revolution and the invention of the corporation. But the Industrial Age is over -- this is the Information Age now, and things are changing.

Linux gets trial 'NX' security support

Linux seller Red Hat and chipmaker Intel released prototype Linux software this week to support a security technology designed to curtail the spread of viruses.

Microsoft's Patent Plans Worry Open-Source Supporters

Microsoft's new policy for licensing its patents has supporters of open-source software worried that the company will use a broken government system for protecting intellectual property to beat back gains Linux and other competing software have made in the marketplace.

Open Letter to Sun: The Case for Open-Sourcing Java

  • OSnews (Posted by dave on Jun 5, 2004 5:37 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: Interview
This was a letter I recently wrote to Sun's head of global communications, Russ Castronovo, after reading his interview with Chuck Talk on orangecrate.com, and then reading the ongoing pro-/anti-Mono arguments over at PlanetGnome. Now that Sun seems to be on the brink of making the decision to open-source Java (or not to), I thought it would be an appropriate time to take action.

Mozilla Links Newsletter - 19 - June 4, 2004

  • Mailing list; By Mozilla Links Newsletter <newsletter@mozilla.org> (Posted by dave on Jun 5, 2004 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Mozilla
The entire Mozilla community is waiting with breathless anticipation as we wait for news of when Firefox 0.9 will be released. Many wonder how much more the project will go behind schedule.

Linux customer indemnification: Vendors take diverse approaches

Since the SCO Group began threatening to sue organizations that run Linux, some commercial Linux vendors have stepped forward to assure customers that they would protect their interests should the court find in SCO's favor. While it's still an open question whether anyone will ever need such indemnification, major vendors Novell, Hewlett-Packard, and Red Hat have programs in place to protect their customers.

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