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Linux News for Mar 28, 2008

  • No Justification Need (Mar 28, 2008, 22:30)
    Editor's Note: If proprietary companies want to play follow the leader, they'd better get behind Linux.

  • Panel: Weakening Economy Good for Open Source (Mar 28, 2008, 21:00)
    eWeek: "The absence of money is a big catalyst for innovation, particularly around open-source solutions, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth said..."

  • President of EU Academy for Standardisation Criticizes OOXML (Mar 28, 2008, 19:30)
    Groklaw: "...[T]he president of the European Academy for Standardisation, Tineke Egyedi, is critical of OOXML being made a standard when ODF exists already, and she believes duplicative standards conflict with WTO rules..."

  • Possible Manipulation Around OOXML Process in Poland (Mar 28, 2008, 18:00)
    PolishLinux: "This is a follow-up post to my recent report on OOXML process in Poland. It looks like things are going bad this time. At least as bad as in September..."

  • SFLC Announces a For-Profit, Open-Source Law Firm (Mar 28, 2008, 16:30)
    Linux-Watch: "This New York City-based law firm will represent select for-profit clients that support open software but aren't otherwise eligible for SFLC's pro bono services..."

  • Gone in 2 Minutes: Mac Gets Hacked First in Contest (Mar 28, 2008, 15:00)
    LinuxWorld: "It may be the quickest US$10,000 Charlie Miller ever earned..."

  • Finally: The Details About the Final Results of the BRM (Mar 28, 2008, 14:15)
    void life(void): "To begin the history, on Sunday evening, before the beginning of the BRM, at the Heads of Delegations meeting they were warned that on Wednesday we would have to make a decision about 'what to do with the ECMA's responses that could not be discussed...'"

  • Red Hat, First Open Source Vendor to $1 Billion? (Mar 28, 2008, 13:30) "To date, Red Hat has been one of the most financially successful Open Source vendors on Earth. The goal now though is to grow even more to hit a new financial milestone--$1 billion in revenue..."

  • In Close Vote, Germany Stays in the OOXML "Yes" Column as More Reports Dribble in (Mar 28, 2008, 12:45)
    ConsortiumInfo: "With fewer than 48 hours to go throughout most of the world, only a small percentage of the 87 countries that voted last summer on OOXML have announced whether they will stand by, or change, the votes that they cast during the original six month voting period..."

  • We're Taking an Open Direction with Web Communities: Are You In? (Mar 28, 2008, 12:00)
    Pirillo "For the community of community owners, operators, moderators, and members: we need better options, and I believe we need them to exist on open platforms..."

  • Linux Gains New Architecture Support (Mar 28, 2008, 10:30)
    LinuxDevices: "Dozens of network-attached storage (NAS) servers and other consumer appliances are about to gain mainline kernel and Debian GNU/Linux support..."

  • The Bad Guys Will Cut Off Your Fingers (Mar 28, 2008, 09:00)
    LinuxPlanet: "I have a Lenovo T61 with an integrated fingerprint reader, and finally got around to seeing if I could make it work..."

  • Fedora 9 Beta Preview (Mar 28, 2008, 07:30)
    Phoronix: "We have taken the time to explore the features of Fedora 9 and the progress that has been made..."

  • Teenage Clicks: TEENpup 2008, The Kids' Linux OS with Adult Undertones (Mar 28, 2008, 06:00)
    Red Devil's Tech Blog: "Computer hardware manufacturers obviously feel there's a large untapped market among the world's young: Witness, the Eee, the Cloudbook, the One..."

  • Open-Source Classroom Management With iTALC On Ubuntu 7.10 (Mar 28, 2008, 04:30)
    HowtoForge: "iTALC is an open-source classroom management solution that lets you view and control other computers in your network..."

  • Windows XP vs. Vista vs. Linux (Mar 28, 2008, 03:00)
    Defensive Computing: "The personal computer field is maturing to the point that people will soon be cognizant of two hardware categories: full-blown personal computers, typified by Windows and Macs, and stripped down ones for children, senior citizens or traveling..."

  • IBM (Kind Of) Explains its Investment in EnterpriseDB (Mar 28, 2008, 02:15)
    451 CAOS Theory: "IBM has got back to me with a terse response to some questions I posed following its investment in EnterpriseDB earlier this week..."

  • Open Source Business Conference: Great, We Won. So What Did We Win? (Mar 28, 2008, 01:30)
    VentureBeat: "Open source has gone mainstream, but now what...?"

  • The de Icaza Conundrum (Mar 28, 2008, 00:45)
    Roundup: Despite many contributions to open source, the community is still divided on current projects and statements from Miquel de Icaza. A recent go-around about OOXML serves to illustrate the situation.

  • Microsoft: More Open, More Barriers (Mar 28, 2008, 00:00)
    tecosystems: "...I don't think it's entirely naive to hope that Andi is correct when he says 'I believe Microsoft has finally understood that their closed nature has significantly hindered the growth of their eco-system.' It's optimistic, perhaps, but not naive. Or at least not entirely so..."