Linux News for Aug 01, 2007
Microsoft and Xen and Patent Leadership (2007-08-01 23:00:52)
Once More Unto the Breach: "Indeed, Xen comes
from a GPL licensed project where Microsoft was a sponsor of the
original University of Cambridge work..."
The Value of an Independent Linux (2007-08-01 23:00:13)
CNET News: "On the other side of this coin,
however, is the reality that today's integration is tomorrow's
barrier to entry against all other applications. Take Microsoft,
"I (Don't) Want" Doesn't Mean "I (Don't) Get" (2007-08-01 22:30:05)
Computer Business Review: "The shorthand for
that could have been ''I want' doesn't mean 'I get''. A similar
phrase could be applied in the light of some of the responses to
Microsoft's intention to submit its licenses to the OSI..."
The Pendulum Has Swung in the Open Source Debate (2007-08-01 22:00:15)
The Open Road: "Once upon a time, the term
'open source' was coined to save the free-software world from
itself. Or, rather, from the free-software zealots, as you can read
on the Open Source Initiative's website..."
Freetards in Deep Denial (2007-08-01 21:30:25)
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: "But the best
part of the fallout comes from freetards, who first said the story
wasn't true and that Linux still rules in China (ahem)..."
Windows vs. Linux vs. OS X: CIO John Halamka Tests Ubuntu (2007-08-01 21:00:37)
CIO: "As part of his ongoing effort to find a
secure, stable, user-friendly alternative to the Windows desktop
operating system, CareGroup CIO John Halamka got to know
Linux Vs. Mac: Which Is The Better Alternative To Microsoft Windows? (2007-08-01 20:30:12)
InformationWeek: "The switch from Windows XP to
Vista has created a world of opportunity--not only for Microsoft,
but for supporters of competing operating systems..."
RealNetworks Case Highlights Sea-Change In Patent Law (2007-08-01 20:00:46)
internetnews.com: "Discerning what's obvious
and what isn't when it comes to technology patents became a bit
less gray last week when a federal judge in San Francisco reversed
himself and abruptly dismissed a case brought against
'Big Four' Systems Management Vendors Ripe for Open Source Shake-Up (2007-08-01 19:30:13)
Enterprise Linux Log: "The 451 Group found the
open source systems management category is dominated by systems
monitoring, configuration, provisioning and patching components.
That said, open source systems management offerings lack the full
feature set provided by the leading proprietary systems management
vendors. Still, these core features represent the primary demands
from IT end users...'" Link repaired.
Microsoft Offers Treats to Linux Hackers (2007-08-01 19:00:55)
LinuxDevices: "Microsoft's Windows Embedded
team is offering 'the biggest selection of [free] apps outside of
Moscone Center,' in connection with next week's LinuxWorld
conference in San Francisco. The 'apps,' in this case, are
appetizers, plus free beer and wine..."
Virtualization Engulfs LinuxWorld 2007: A Preview (2007-08-01 18:30:16)
SearchEntepriseLinux: "LinuxWorld 2007 has
added virtualization tracks and keynotes at this year's
conference--a welcome and insightful move..."
City Uses Linux, OSS for its Free Municipal Wi-Fi (2007-08-01 18:00:12)
The Inquirer: "Since last week the coastal city
of Rosario, home to about a million Argentinians, is among the
growing club of cities with free municipal Wi-Fi access..."
MS to Answer Questions About OOXML on 4Linux's Podcast Aug. 2 (2007-08-01 17:30:09)
Groklaw: "4Linux in Brazil has a live podcast
show and the next theme is 'Microsoft, Open source e
Interoperabilidade com OpenXML...'"
Mozilla Updates Firefox Ahead Of Black Hat (2007-08-01 17:00:54)
internetnews.com: "Mozilla has patched a pair
of security vulnerabilities in its Firefox Web browser just in time
for its release of security tools at the Black Hat security
conference in Las Vegas this week..."
Tim O'Reilly, Eben Moglen, and Jane Jacobs (2007-08-01 16:30:14)
Once More Unto the Breach: "And it was in poor
enough taste that many of the excellent ideas [Eben Moglen]
delivered on the need for a second order debate and tools to deal
with conflicts in rights were lost..."
Linux Treo Available Now (2007-08-01 16:00:21)
MyTreo: "Independent programmers in the
community recently achieved Palm's goal of running Linux on Palm
Why OOXML Will Not Be an ISO/IEC Standard in 2007 (2007-08-01 15:30:05)
Bob Sutor's Open Blog: "Even though the JTC1
ballot closes on September 2 on Microsoft's product description for
Microsoft Office, namely OOXML or DIS 29500, this will not become
an ISO/IEC standard in 2007..."
Microsoft Not So 'Open' After All? (2007-08-01 15:00:44)
Computerworld: "The head of the open-source
group that will decide whether to certify Microsoft Corp.'s "shared
source" software licenses as open-source licenses said that more
than half of Redmond's licenses appear to automatically fail the
IDC: Patents Inhibit Open Source Adoption (2007-08-01 14:30:21)
internetnews.com: "Apparently patents do matter
when it comes to open source software adoption..."
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 Beta Announcement (2007-08-01 14:00:58)
Red Hat: "Red Hat is pleased to announce the
availability of the *beta* release of 5.1 (kernel-2.6.18-36.el5)
for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 family of products..."
Acer Installing Linux on Some Notebooks, But Not Ubuntu (2007-08-01 13:30:57)
InfoWorld.nl: "Acer Inc. did not install the
Ubuntu Linux distribution on a batch of Aspire notebooks for sale
in Singapore, but the company is installing a different version of
the open-source operating system on some notebooks..."
IBM Saves $250 Million Consolidating Linux Servers On To Mainframes (2007-08-01 13:00:05)
NetworkWorld: "Talk about eating your own dog
food. IBM today will announce it is consolidating nearly 4,000
small computer servers in six locations onto about 30
refrigerator-sized mainframes running Linux saving $250 million in
Wireless Software for Linux Cleared of Legal Uncertainty by SFLC (2007-08-01 12:45:13)
Software Freedom Law Center: "Earlier this
year, allegations were made that OpenHAL might include material
that infringed the copyright of Atheros' proprietary HAL software.
The Linux Wireless developers asked the Software Freedom Law Center
(SFLC) to investigate these rumors, and SFLC agreed to help on a
pro-bono basis. SFLC subsequently conducted a confidential
Software Freedom Day: Taking Open Source to the Streets (2007-08-01 12:00:13)
Linux.com: "Thousands of open source advocates
and enthusiasts from around the world are expected to take the
message of free and open source software to the streets on
September 15 for the fourth annual Software Freedom Day..."
Essential Tools for Web Developers (2007-08-01 10:00:13)
ThemBid.com: "From a static html page to
creating a Content Management System from scratch, there are
certain tools that increase productivity geometrically. Here I
present the tools that have greatly enhanced my own productivity
and our team."
ASRock ALiveNF7G-HDReady (2007-08-01 08:30:13)
Phoronix: "It has been a while since we last
reviewed an ASRock motherboard, but this budget manufacturer has
kept churning out new and more innovative products. The ASRock
motherboard we have our hands on for this Linux and Solaris review
is the ALiveNF7G-HDready, which combines NVIDIA's GeForce 7050 and
nForce 630a MCP with a wealth of integrated extras such as
IEEE-1394a Firewire to offer a rather good package for its low
price. This motherboard is also capable of handling 720p H.264
video playback with low CPU Utilization and HDCP decoding through
The Story of DEFCON (2007-08-01 07:00:13)
Help Net Security: "Jeff Moss, the founder of
DEFCON and Black Hat, tells the history of the largest hacker
conference and how it all got started. (YouTube video)"
Linux security: Authenticate your users and know what they're up to (2007-08-01 05:30:13)
Search Enterprise Linux: "Here's a question for
Linux systems administrators out there: Do you know what your users
are up to? You probably think you do, but Kurt Lingel, the
principal product architect at Sugar Land, Texas-based JME Software
LLC, begs to differ."
Linux: Custom Kernels with Debian and Fedora (2007-08-01 04:18:54)
Enterprise Networking Planet: "Fedora patches
its kernels all to heck, to the point that a vanilla kernel may not
work. Of course it costs nothing but a bit of time to try. But if
you want to use genuine Fedora kernel sources they come in source
RPMs, so you'll have to build your kernel and then package it into
an RPM. First fetch your kernel SRPM from your favorite Fedora
Use gperf for Efficient C/C++ Command Line Processing (2007-08-01 04:00:13)
developerWorks: "The GNU tool gperf is a
'perfect' hash function that, for a given set of user-provided
strings, generates C/C++ code for a hash table, a hash function,
and a lookup function..."
Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO--A Review (2007-08-01 02:30:13)
Shift+Backspace: "Let's keep this review ball
rolling! After a few incoming links from the Vector Linux website I
decided to give their latest offering, Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO, a