IT Management Linux News for Feb 06, 2009
Microsoft's secret deals on open source (2009-02-06 23:34:08)
ZDNet: "It's a familiar story. Microsoft does a
secret deal with a company over patent licences. Almost no details
are provided about which patents, how much money has changed hands,
or why, except for one vaguely worded press release that talks
about how such secret deals benefit the customer through openness
Microsoft looking for director of open source desktop strategy (2009-02-06 20:33:02)
451 CAOS Theory: "...Microsoft's Windows
Competitive Strategy team is searching, via Linkedin, for "a strong
team member to lead Microsoft's global desktop competitive strategy
as it relates to open source competitors.""
Canadian Government Considers Open Source (2009-02-06 20:03:02)
Opendotdotdot: "The Canadian Government has put
out a "Request For Information" (RFI) - essentially, a formal
invitation for feedback on the topic. Rather amusingly, the RFI
speaks of "No-Charge Licensed Software":"
Linux in schools (Gaza style) (2009-02-06 15:31:44)
ComputerworldUK: "You can wonder at the irony
though; a theocratic state embraces probably the most free,
computing paradigm seen hitherto on this earth versus a basket of
freedom loving liberal democracies which had embraced probably the
most secretive restrictive computing paradigm on earth."
Lenovo CEO quits (2009-02-06 13:06:44)
ZDNet: "PC maker Lenovo announced a US$96.7
million loss today due to a drop in sales amid global turmoil and
said CEO William Amelio had resigned in a management
Microsoft patent deal covers Linux printers (2009-02-06 12:06:44)
LinuxDevices: "Microsoft and Brother Industries
have entered into a broad patent cross-licensing agreement that
enables access to each company's respective patent portfolio,
including Brother's embedded Linux printing products. Aimed at
boosting R&D efforts, the agreement includes compensation paid
to Microsoft by Brother, say the companies."
Survey shows Ubuntu not just for desktop anymore (2009-02-06 10:35:33)
LinuxWorld: "Ubuntu should not be considered
merely the desktop Linux distribution of choice anymore if a new
survey conducted by Canonical and open-source analyst firm RedMonk
is an indicator."
Real Geeks do Peer Clouding (2009-02-06 00:05:33)
Linux Today Blog: "So, does refusing "the
cloud" mean that the hardcore refusenik is condemned to a life of
isolation? No, because there is a third alternative, and that is
the Peer Cloud."