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Linux News for Jul 26, 2007

  • Red Hat Says IP Deal Not Necessary for Windows Interop (Jul 26, 2007, 22:30)
    Computer Business Review: "Red Hat's chief technology officer has maintained that an intellectual property agreement with Microsoft is not necessary for the company to enable interoperability between Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux..."

  • OpenBSD Foundation Opens Its Doors (Jul 26, 2007, 22:00) "Yesterday the OpenBSD Foundation debuted as a Canadian nonprofit organization intended to serve as 'a single point of contact for persons and organizations requiring a legal entity to deal with when they wish to support OpenBSD in any way...'"

  • Update: Microsoft Inches Closer to Open Source (Jul 26, 2007, 21:30) "Microsoft wants more open source software to run on Windows. Microsoft also wants its own Open Source Initiative approved license. Perhaps they really can get along..."

  • Sun Exec Accuses Microsoft of 'Patent Terrorism' (Jul 26, 2007, 21:00)
    ZDNet UK: "The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and unspecified patents is akin to 'patent terrorism,' according to an executive for Sun..."

  • Coverity Expands DHS Scans With Java (Jul 26, 2007, 20:15) "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is all about securing American interests. Since January 2006, helping to secure open source software has been one such interest..."

  • OSI Approves New Open-Source License (Jul 26, 2007, 18:45)
    eWeek: "The Open Source Initiative approved on July 25 its first new license in quite some time: the Common Public Attribution License, which is essentially the Mozilla Public License with a new attribution clause..."

  • E17 as a Desktop — don’t try this at home! (Jul 26, 2007, 17:30)
    Polish Linux: "E17 as a desktop is still useless. The only thing that works is the window manager and even this requires a right stable source code from CVS. Impressive visual effects will attract many users (especially the mentioned junior high girls) but it has to be released in a stable version to come true."

  • Seven RFID Organizations Support Open-Source (Jul 26, 2007, 16:45)
    Linux Lookup: "A group of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology organizations today announced their support for the open-source development of EPCglobal-compliant Low-Level Reader Protocol (LLRP) software libraries, which enable EPCglobal UHF Gen 2 communications via the LLRP universal reader-to-network interface."

  • The last Linux adoption barrier is marketing (Jul 26, 2007, 16:00)
    SearchEnterpriseLinux: "One of my favorite examples of bad marketing was an in-store GQ PC sold at Fry’s with Linspire pre-installed. Here we had a computer for under $250 that not only came with an OS, but it had games, an office suite, and many other things. Was that featured? No, but there was a handwritten sign that told me that this was not a Windows PC, it was not compatible with Windows software, and ISP’s did not support it."

  • Skype cops GPL violation conviction in German court (Jul 26, 2007, 15:15)
    ITWire: "nternet telephony provider Skype has been convicted of violating the open source GPL (General Public License) in a German court. However, the Luxemburg based company was pinged for one of the products it sells on its website rather than its popular peer-to-peer VoIP and IM service."

  • The envelope, please . . . (Jul 26, 2007, 14:30)
    Larry the Open Source Guy: "While this disinformation deserves our eternal vigilance, our constant attention and our continuing “correction,” its purveyors also deserve recognition — outing, if you will — with a dubious award of their own. With this in mind, below are the initial nominees for The Elmers..."

  • Ubuntu Live needs a more commercial focus (Jul 26, 2007, 13:45) "And Ubuntu has now held its first Ubuntu Live conference, which was a decent first effort but nowhere near as polished as Red Hat's annual get-togethers. The 2007 Red Hat Summit -- the third one they've held -- drew about 1,400 people. Ubuntu Live v1 had fewer than 700 registered attendees."

  • Fork a kernel, kill an "OS" and revolutionize the desktop (Jul 26, 2007, 13:00) "Linux kernel developers are on the payroll of companies who, in the first place, care for their server related businesses. This makes it much less likely for the kernel development to focus on needs related to the desktop, a most demanding of the market segments. Developers are also developing on machines which are too powerful compared to the machines that ordinary desktop users are using, making performance issues that desktop users may experience, practically invisible to these developers."

  • How to make an Intel video chipset work with a widescreen monitor (Jul 26, 2007, 12:15)
    Melville Theater: "When I got my new widescreen monitor I discovered that it wouldn't actually work with my computer at any resolution higher than 1280x1024, and the picture was not very crisp. After much head-scratching I found out how to make it work properly with my computer's Intel 915G video chipset."

  • Filtering PDF-/XLS-/Image-Spam With ClamAV (And ISPConfig) On Debian/Ubuntu (Jul 26, 2007, 11:30)
    HowtoForge: "There is currently a lot of spam where the spam "information" is attached as .pdf or .xls files, sometime also hidden inside a .zip file. While these spam mails are not easy to catch with e.g. SpamAssassin or a Bayes filter, the ClamAV virus scanner can catch them easily when it is fed with the correct signatures as ClamAV is built to scan mail attachments."

  • Building the ultimate Linux-based music server (Jul 26, 2007, 10:00)
    Linux Devices: "This article describes how to build your own silent, fast, eco-friendly Linux-based PC for use in a digital music listening system. The PC is based on a high-end Via mini-ITX board, passively cooled case with heatpipe technology, Debian Linux, and a little creative embedded elbow grease. "

  • Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT 256MB On Linux (Jul 26, 2007, 08:30)
    Phoronix: "A few months back we looked at the Gigabyte GeForce 8500GT 256MB graphics card, which was a factory-overclocked $100 graphics card from Gigabyte that came topped with a passively cooled copper heatsink. Today we are back with Gigabyte as we look at their step-up from the 8500GT, which is the 8600GT GV-NX86T256D. The Gigabyte GV-NX86T256D uses Silent-Pipe II technology, which is a dual heat-pipe solution that benefits from the computer's natural convection design to offer maximum performance with minimum noise."

  • zsh: The last shell you'll ever need (Jul 26, 2007, 07:00)
    FriedCPU: "The shell I am raving about today is the Z-shell, or zsh. Zsh is an expansion on the Korn shell (ksh), which is an expansion on bash. It is one of the most full-featured shells you can ask for, and I would go as far as to say that everyone has something to gain from using zsh."

  • Ubuntu Studio supports serious audio, adds little for video and graphics (Jul 26, 2007, 05:30) "Ubuntu Studio bills itself as the "multimedia creation flavor of Ubuntu," an official Ubuntu project "aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast as well as professional." It is certainly flashy on the outside -- even if it is mostly the same Ubuntu Linux distro under the hood."

  • Canadian Linux conference set for October (Jul 26, 2007, 04:00)
    Desktop Linux: "A grass roots one-day Linux and open source conference will be held at the Toronto Congress Centre on Saturday, Oct. 13 beginning at 8:30 AM. The organizers of "Ontario Linux Fest 2007" are seeking to ramp up sponsors, speakers, attendees, and volunteers."

  • Q&A: Jim Zemlin touts the 'second phase' of Linux (Jul 26, 2007, 02:30)
    Computerworld: "In January, two of the most established Linux and open-source advocacy groups, the Open Source Development Lab and the Free Standards Group, merged, forming the San Francisco-based Linux Foundation. Jim Zemlin, who formerly served as executive director of the Free Standards Group, became the executive director of the newly formed group."

  • SugarCRM Open Source Project Announces Adoption of GPL v3... (Jul 26, 2007, 01:00)
    SugarCRM: "SugarCRM Inc... today announced the upcoming release of Sugar Community Edition 5.0 will be licensed under the new Version 3 of the GNU General Public License..."

  • Pointy-haired kernel hackers? (Jul 26, 2007, 00:00) "Seeing what the mainstream media makes of things can be great fun sometimes. This time around, ComputerWorld UK picked up Don's article, running the same text but giving it a new title: Are top Linux developers losing the will to code? Slashdot picked it up under that title, then Wired chimed in with Core Linux Developers Stuck In Middle Management Mode, complete with a picture of a necktie-wearing employee wielding a stapler and a telephone."