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Infrastructure Linux News for Jan 31, 2008

  • 25 Years Ago: Free, Easy, Software Begins (Jan 31, 2008, 22:00)
    PC World: "He was already something of a celebrity in the wider world of personal computing as the father of 'freeware,' a concept that he had popularized, starting in late 1982, with the release of his trailblazing communications program, called PC-Talk..."

  • Motorola Responds to Nokia's Trolltech Buy (Jan 31, 2008, 20:30)
    LinuxDevices: "Motorola has responded to the news earlier this week that rival Nokia plans to purchase Trolltech, long-time supplier of the graphical development framework used in Motorola's Linux phones..."

  • Interview With Mandriva CEO, François Bancilhon (Jan 31, 2008, 19:00)
    Linux Journal: "Linux Journal recently caught up with Mandriva CEO, François Bancilhon, to find out more about a recently announced partnership between Mandriva of France and Turbolinux of Japan..."

  • Linspire Offers Custom Linux Builds (Jan 31, 2008, 17:30)
    vnunet: "Linspire, developer of the commercial Linspire and Freespire flavours of community desktop operating systems, is to offer a custom desktop Linux OS build service to partners..."

  • Google and Dell Tipped to Reveal iPhone Rival Plans (Jan 31, 2008, 16:45)
    Marketing Week: "Speculation is mounting that Google is plotting the launch of a mobile phone in partnership with computer giant Dell..."

  • Tracking the Man with the Gavel: Alex Brown on the BRM (Jan 31, 2008, 16:00)
    ConsortiumInfo: "As many of you are aware, Alex Brown will be the 'Convenor' of the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting that will run from February 25 through 29 in Geneva, Switzerland..."

  • SCO's 10K: Now What? Caveat Emptor (Jan 31, 2008, 15:15)
    Groklaw: "SCO has filed its 10K Annual Report for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. What a year it has been. They are down to 115 employees as of that date. Probably less now..."

  • 2008's Top Leaders in Open Source Business (Jan 31, 2008, 13:00)
    LinuxWorld: "According to an IDC report, Open Source Software Business Models 2007-2011 Forecast: A Preliminary View, worldwide open source-related revenue reached $1.8 billion in 2006 and will grow to reach $5.8 billion by 2011..."

  • Open Aerial Map Project is Collecting Free Data (Jan 31, 2008, 12:15)
    Linux.com: "The OpenStreetMap (OSM) project is well on its way to producing a free, user-editable street-level vector map of the world..."

  • A Better ext4 Filesystem for Linux (Jan 31, 2008, 11:30)
    LinuxWorld: "A new Linux filesystem gets rid of the 256-petabyte limit, and adds a checksum feature for the journal. But developers want you to know that it's not yet ready for production systems..."

  • SLAX on USB Drive (Jan 31, 2008, 10:45)
    PolishLinux: "Such a stick is more than enough for a light Linux distro leaving a lot of space for other data..."

  • Bordeaux WineTricks Manager 0.3 Released (Jan 31, 2008, 10:00)
    Wine Review: "This is the third release (0.3) of Bordeaux, this release has many fixes and improvements over the 0.2 release..."

  • Over the Air Software Customization for Linux Mobile (Jan 31, 2008, 09:15)
    DaniWeb: "A specialist mobile software management company, Red Bend Software, has today announced what it claims to be the first Linux based mobile phone complete with fully over the air customizable software..."

  • Core Driver Patches in the 2.6.25 Merge Window (Jan 31, 2008, 08:30)
    KernelTrap: Prefacing a series of 196 patches, Greg KH noted, 'due to the low level nature of these patches, and because they touch so many different parts of the kernel, a number of the subsystem maintainers have asked me to get them in first to make merging other trees easier..."

  • R500 XAA/EXA Benchmarks Of RadeonHD Driver (Jan 31, 2008, 07:00)
    Phoronix: "The public release of AMD's 'tcore' sample code is imminent, thereby steering the open-source development efforts toward R600 2D acceleration and the basis of the 3D support for the RadeonHD driver..."

  • 77 Useful Linux Commands and Utilities (Jan 31, 2008, 05:30)
    SearchEnterpriseLinux: "Linux administrators cannot live by the GUI alone. That's why we've compiled the most essential Linux commands into this convenient guide..."

  • The Essence of Choice (Jan 31, 2008, 04:00)
    Raiden's Realm: "Over the years, I've had people ask me many times, 'Why do you use this program or that program? Why not use Microsoft instead like everyone else...?'"

  • Nokia: $150M to the Trolltech Under the Bridge (Jan 31, 2008, 01:45)
    tecosystems: "Surprisingly, Nokia's acquisition of Trolltech has elicited the least inbound inquiry of all the recent open source M&A activity..."

  • Denying CDF: "There Be Dragons" (Jan 31, 2008, 00:15)
    PlexNex: "The industry of denial of the importance of the W3C's Compound Document Format is going to be a Sisyphean ordeal for the blindered ODF & OOXML choruses..."