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  • A Double Standard for Google? (May 24, 2007, 20:15)
    InfoWorld: "Google gets away with a lot. Eben gave a passionate presentation about not being someone else's free lunch, but Google routinely gobbles at the open source table while passing back comparative crumbs..."

  • Open-Source Software and Its Role in Space Exploration (May 24, 2007, 15:45)
    CIO Magazine: "What did the rocket scientist say to the Free/Open Source Software developer? Let's do launch...!"

  • Sun Pledges Patents to Defend Linux (May 24, 2007, 15:00)
    Tectonic: "In a surprise move this week Sun Microsystems CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, said the company was ready to use the company's extensive patent portfolio to help defend Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux against Microsoft's patent threat..."

  • KDE project releases 3.5.7 (May 24, 2007, 12:45) "Yesterday's translation and service release of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) 3.5.7 incorporates bugfixes for KAddressBook, KOrganizer, and KAlarm. This release also provides added functionality for KMail in terms of IMAP support, and many other improvements and fixes."

  • Video of UCA Project: OLPC in Brazil (May 24, 2007, 12:00) "Video of UCA Project: How the children and the teachers are using the Laptop XO at Lucia."

  • Explore Powerful UNIX Writer's Tools (May 24, 2007, 10:30)
    DeveloperWorks: "Long ago, UNIX® had a proprietary package called the Writer's Workbench (WWB). Developers, administrators, and technical writers who used to use this package in their work deeply miss it—its powerful capabilities made the UNIX workstation a preferred environment for document editing and proofreading."
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  • More than I ever wanted to know about chroot jails (May 24, 2007, 09:00)
    Ubuntu-Watch "The idea is that the customers need to upload content to our content server, but we want to do it in a secure and private way. Customer One should not be able to see Customer Two, for example. And neither customer should be able to do anything that might damage the server in any way."

  • BeleniX 0.6 at last! (May 24, 2007, 07:30) "BeleniX 0.6 has finally arrived. The latest iteration of this "live CD" OpenSolaris distribution hits the Web just about six months after 0.5.1 was released. This release includes several improvements, including a bundled Nvidia 3D accelerated driver and desktop effects."

  • China Produces $130 Computers for Less Developed Regions (May 24, 2007, 06:00)
    Redline China: "Priced as low as 998RMB ($130), these computers will include a Linux operating system, MIPS processor, multimedia and network supports."

  • Linux: Files as Directories (May 24, 2007, 04:30)
    KernelTrap: "Miklos Szeredi posted a patch to allow files to be accessed as directories, offering the example of accessing the contents of a compressed tarball as you would any other directory."

  • New PCLinuxOS 2007 looks great, works well (May 24, 2007, 03:00) "PCLinuxOS is a live CD distribution that enables users to test Linux without actually having to install it. The highly anticipated new version, PCLinuxOS 2007, was released on Monday. Its intuitive selection of software, high level of stability and functionality, and the quality of the graphics make this the distribution's best release ever."

  • Novell To Reveal Patent Deal With Microsoft (May 24, 2007, 01:30)
    ZDNet Australia: "The financial effect has been notable. "Microsoft is Novell's No. 1 (sales) channel in the first quarter of 2007," Steinman said."

  • Microsoft Won't Sue Over Linux Patents (May 24, 2007, 00:05)
    ZDNet Australia: "In an official statement e-mailed to our sister site ZDNet UK, Microsoft confirmed that it would not litigate for now."