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Linux News for Feb 25, 2008

  • Can We Take Microsoft at Its Open Source Word? (Feb 25, 2008, 23:30)
    Seeking Alpha: "This has to be more than trying to appease the European regulators..."

  • Mozilla May Hold the Clues to the Future of Commercial Open Source (Feb 25, 2008, 22:45)
    The Open Road: "Much is rightly made about the quality of open-source software like JBoss and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. These, however, are arguably not the source of the quality of the businesses behind them. Their networks were/are..."

  • South American Software Development: A Climate of Creativity (Feb 25, 2008, 22:00)
    Dr. Dobb's Journal: "Who ultimately forced Sun to open-source Java? Was it external pressure, either from Java developers or the open-source community...?"

  • Linux Growing Fast in POS, Microsoft Still Tops (Feb 25, 2008, 21:15)
    LinuxDevices: "In the North American market for POS (point of sales/service) terminals, Linux grew 32 percent year-over-year, according to figures released by IHL Group..."

  • KDE 4: Wow Factor Fully Engaged (Feb 25, 2008, 20:30)
    LinuxPlanet: "Plasma, ZUI, Oxygen, Dolphin, Okular, and Phonon are terms that seem more at home in a science experiment than in a Window Manager. But this is one science experiment that didn't go bad..."

  • Open Voices: Mark Shuttleworth (Feb 25, 2008, 19:45)
    Linux Foundation: "I'm here with Mark Shuttleworth today as part of our ongoing conversations at the Linux Foundation with leaders in the Linux community and technology industry where we hope to get insight into the trends that are shaping the future of open source and Linux..."

  • Adobe Opens Up (A Bit) (Feb 25, 2008, 19:00)
    Computerworld UK: "It will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that the old proprietary software companies are finally seeing the light and beginning--some faster, some slower--to open up..."

  • Torvalds Gives Props to Microsoft for Sharing (Feb 25, 2008, 18:15)
    Underexposed: "'I may make fun of Microsoft occasionally, and yeah, I think they do stupid things at times, but I think this one was a step in the right direction,' Torvalds said in an e-mail..."

  • Philippines Open Source Bill Gets Sun's Support (Feb 25, 2008, 17:30)
    ITWorldCanada: "Familiar battle lines are being drawn over pending legslation mandating free and open source software for government and educational use in the Philippines..."

  • Microsoft Gets Another Shot at Open XML Standard (Feb 25, 2008, 16:45)
    Reuters: "Their week-long meeting at the International Organisation for Standardisation, or ISO, is meant to help broker consensus after a preliminary vote on the standard failed six months ago..."

  • Computer Programmer's Attorneys Use 'Geek Defense' (Feb 25, 2008, 16:00)
    Washington Post: "And so this week, after a prosecution case that took almost three months, Du Bois launched what Wired magazine dubbed 'the Geek Defense...'"

  • Why the OOXML Vote Still Matters: A Proposal to Recognize the Need for "Civil ICT Standards" (Feb 25, 2008, 15:15)
    ConsortiumInfo: "This rather long essay is in one sense a reply to the open letter recently released by Patrick Durusau, in which he suggested that it was time to acknowledge progress made and adopt OOXML..."

  • Stallman Relinquishing Reins of GNU Emacs After 32 Years (Feb 25, 2008, 14:30)
    Network World: "After more than three decades of work, the message from Richard Stallman, creator of the GNU Emacs text editor and keeper of its flame since 1976, couldn't possibly have been more matter of fact..."

  • Linux 2.6.25-rc3 [Released] (Feb 25, 2008, 13:45) "As usual, most of the updates are in architecture and drivers, with the dirstat showing about 37% in arch..."

  • First Impressions of Sidux, the Debian Based Linux Distro (Feb 25, 2008, 13:00)
    My Take: "Several years ago, when I acquired my first computer and began to learn more and more about them, I did not dream that I would be using one as much as I do today..."

  • Explore the Universe from your Desktop with Celestia (Feb 25, 2008, 11:30)
    Techthrob: "While it may not let you go where no man has gone before, Celestia is an amazing desktop application that lets you travel anywhere in the known Universe..."

  • Suspend and Freeze Paths (Feb 25, 2008, 08:30)
    KernelTrap: "Issues reported during the suspend-to-disk process lead Linux creator Linus Torvalds to suggest, 'please--just make the f*cking suspend-to-disk use other routines already...'"

  • Switching Office Suites from Microsoft Office to (Feb 25, 2008, 07:00)
    FanaticAttack: "You've been thinking about it for a while. You've seen the PDF converter and sighed longingly..."

  • Get Rid of Stowaway Packages with GNU Stow (Feb 25, 2008, 05:30) "The installation instructions in most free software reviews aren't enough. If you decide a package sucks, how do you get rid of it...?"

  • MySpace the Platform Not the Product (Feb 25, 2008, 01:00)
    Socialized Software: