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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 and innovation."

  • 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 reshuffle."

  • 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."