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With misinformation and disinformation now having become so prevalent, LinuxWorld here reminds readers of some of the items of the past few days, which should help sort fact from fiction. Just click on the headline to go to the story concerned.
The US Patent and Trademark Office on Friday made a preliminary finding that the 1994 Eolas-University of California at Berkeley plug-ins/applets patent was invalid by virtue of prior art. The earlier jury verdict against Microsoft last August provoked the computer industry to unusual ...
Posting semi-anonymously over at Slashdot yesterday, Eric S. Raymond has been having a dig at RMS (Richard Stallman) again. '[As] an evangelist to the mainstream, he's been one fifteen-year long continuous disaster.' When the elephants fight, they say, it's the grass that gets trampled...
Round-up of the very latest utterances, including the BBC correspondent who believes that 'A new cold war has broken out in the software world' - between Microsoft and Linux.
Writing in The Seattle Times, the author of their weekly 'E-conomy' section Paul Andrews has been looking at Xandros and Lindows. We bring a brief summary of his verdict: it's very positive. Also a review of five different Linux desktops, including again both Xandros and Lindows, from ...
The open source community is converting the skeptics, says Jason Pettit of Silicon Graphics (SGI). In a span of only 12 months, Linux has evolved from an emerging technology to an operating system on the forefront of production IT deployments.
With such a hectic week for Linux just ended, we offer here a round-up of the week's main headlines, from SCO's latest shenanigans with press releases and 'creative' interpretations, to CA's denials that such creativity bears any resemblance to the truth.
Hard on the heels on the Linux version of Flash Player, the free player for displaying Flash content, and Linux flavors of several server applications, Macromedia is contemplating a more comprehensive move toward Linux, said its chief software architect this week - starting, he thinks,...
Reporting in Linux Business Week, veteran industry reporter Maureen O'Gara says that the claim SCO made earlier this week that CA has become a SCO licensee 'is nonsense,' in the words of CA senior VP of product development Mark Barrenechea.
SGI says it's inventing the Next Big Thing. SGI has invented the Next Big Thing before like its SMP and NUMA work. Anyway, it's not enough that the next-generation supercomputer be bigger and faster, according to Greg Estes, the head of SGI's corporate marketing, and Dave Parry, the ...
News.com says it saw a Word document of SCO's lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler - the rest of us have pdf versions - that indicated SCO originally intended to sue the Bank of America, an IBM AIX account, but changed its mind for some reason or another on February 18 at 11:10 am when the ...
Sometimes a story is so good, writes LinuxWorld Senior Editor James Turner, that you almost don't want to know if it's true or not. Such is the case with the widely reported discovery by UK firm Netcraft that the Nevada District Court, which will hear one of the two SCO lawsuits, ...
'We looked at the request,' reports Sun's EVP of Software Jonathan Schwartz, referring to last week's Open Letter from IBM about collaborating on the open-sourcing of Java, 'and our first question was, 'That seems a little bonky. Could you explain what it means?'' He was speaking in S...
'Mandrakelinx 10.0 Community' has just been released, which the Paris- and California-based company claims is 'the first major Linux distribution to take advantage of the new Linux kernel 2.6 while providing one of the most easy to use and attractive Linux operating systems ever.' No s...
Hard on the heels of the announcement by EV1 Servers that it has bought a licence to use some of SCO's intellectual property on the 11,000 servers it uses to host Web sites, SCO has now announced that it has filed a copyright suit against auto-parts chain AutoZone Inc. AutoZone for all...
BREAKING NEWS: SCO just announced it is filing against Daimler-Chrysler now too for alleged violations of its UNIX software agreement with SCO. The lawsuit will be filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court in the State of Michigan today.
Round-up of what's been appearing about Linux recently in the world's newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, online communities, and distro Web sites.
In what may be a first, a computer systems company is asking its customers to choose in advance between two different advertisements...and the one that gets the most positive feedback online will be the one the company uses in its Spring campaign.
The 'Spring 2004 Linux Development Survey' just released by Evans Data Corporation harbors no surprises: SCO's having very little impact on the bigger picture, and Java and Open Source continue their productive interaction.
Who better to talk about open source Java, one correspondent to the Java.net Weblogs site has suggested, than 'REAL Java open source developers'? We take a quick look, accordingly, at some views on the subject as expressed on the GNU.org mailing list. Sun could help the developer commu...
Red Hat is going to shift its focus beyond providing Linux updates for servers and into personal computer desktops and devices such as cell phones and handheld computers, Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik has been telling a New York City technology summit held by Reuters.
RSS feeds have hit the Associated Press radar screen. An article by Frank Bajak seems likely to advance the cause of 'Really Simple Syndication' or 'RDF Site Summary' or 'Rich Site Summary' depending what you like to call it. Unless it's time for a new name?
Eben Moglen, who works pro bono publico for the Free Software Foundation as its counsel, spoke last week at the same kind of Harvard Journal of Law and Technology gathering most recently addressed by SCO's Darl McBride. Here's a very selective taste of what he said...
The 'ian' in Debian - Ian Murdock - has been blogging about Linux distros and the need, as he sees it, for there to be a layer above existing distros, so that you can custom-build a version of Linux that has just the components you need.
As an organization dedicated to advancing the skills and contributions of computer researchers and developers, the USENIX Association has joined the ranks of those addressing - and refuting - the position SCO has taken regarding open source software. Read USENIX's open letter to Congre...
With Microsoft's blessings, a software outfit in the UK called Open Systems Management Ltd (OSM) has extended Microsoft's identity management scheme, Identity Integration Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (MIIS), to Linux and Unix as well as Windows and any other directory service that M...
'The Open Source Debate' was the title of one of the three Keynote Discussion Panels at this week's EDGE 2004 Conference & Expo. A group of Linux luminaries considered what lies ahead in the next couple of years for Linux and Open Source.
The SCO Group has taken to peddling its Linux license off its Web site, which means it's finally gotten its EULA written down. The company is offering paid-up licenses ranging from $699 to $4,999 depending on the number of CPUs and has added new annual licenses that run $149 to $1,07...
The confirmed anti-patent set will be gratified to learn that international patent filings by Americans were down 12% last year from what they had been the year before, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and only numbered 39,250.
Chris Hjelm, CTO of online travel giant Orbitz, gave the opening keynote at EDGE 2004 in Boston last week, on the first day of the 3-day Conference & Expo showcasing Java, XML, .NET, MX, and Web services. His keynote reflected the unifying theme of the conference, the shift to service-...
How about an Open Source Fund, as a means to redistribute wealth from the commercial to the non-commercial side of the industry? A panel of Linux experts at a major industry conference yesterday seemed to think that it was a great suggestion.
With his irrepressible passion for the open source model of development and his dedication to promoting the synergies between Linux and the enterprise, Sam Greenblatt remains at the forefront of all that's happening in the world of Linux. SYS-CON Radio caught up with him in Boston, whe...
The rising business trend toward using open source software platforms has brought an increase in the number of critical applications deployed on Linux and BEA WebLogic. For many organizations, in fact, WebLogic deployments are their first major Linux installation.
Day 3 of this full 3-Day Conference, now in its fourth successive year on the East coast - EDGE 2004 (East) in Boston - from 9:00 AM today. Overview and full session details here.
News round-up, this week including news of an IRC chat with Marcel Gagne, author of the bestselling book Moving to Linux, and a report on the world's most secure OS (which turns out not to be Linux - according to a UK company, anyhow).
How about a driver that supports Intel's PRO/Wireless 2200BG card with 54Mbps 802.11g technology and the Wi-Fi Protected Access security protocol? Well, that's just what's been launched, thanks to an enterprising Canadian company.
A pair of security flaws reported in some Linux kernels, coming at the same time as a UK study that found Linux to be the most hacked server operating system in government, is helping to focus renewed attention on the whole issue of Linux security. The Linux community has been quick to...
An Open Source group in Victoria, Australia, has complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that SCO may be “making a false or misleading representation ... that people who have already acquired a licence for Linux from SCO are required to acquire an additional li...
Lindows.com says its operating system is the first Linux to support Intel's year-old Centrino widgetry. The company also claimed that Centrino laptops pre-loaded with LindowsOS Laptop Edition would hit market in 30-45 days.
'The world has gone crazy with XML and then Web services,' Sun's senior IT architect Victoria Livschitz has been saying. Not everyone agrees.


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