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We speak about free software. Here's a posting on the FSF Europe site defending the superiority of the term "free software." "Examining the development of the Open Source Initative after three years, it becomes apparent that the reasons to prefer the term Free Software have become even more true." It's endorsed by a number of European free software companies. (Thanks to Bernhard Reiter).
Red Hat's answer to the Microsoft settlement offer. Red Hat has issued a press release with its response to Microsoft's offer to donate computers and software to schools. Red Hat has offered to throw in its own software, allowing Microsoft to spend more money on hardware instead... "Unlike the Microsoft proposal, which has a five-year time limit at which point schools would have to pay Microsoft to renew their licenses and upgrade the software, the Red Hat proposal has no time limit."
Red Hat and IBM Deliver Linux Solutions for IBM Servers. Red Hat announced it will deliver packaged and customized solutions for the entire IBM eServer product line.
Opera 6.0tp1 released. The "Technology Preview 1" release of Opera 6.0 has been announced. There's a number of new features; see the announcement for details.
Draft pricing comparison from Cybersource. Cybersource has put together a draft pricing comparison between Linux/Open Source technologies and Windows/Microsoft's technologies for sample organizations of size 50, 100 and 250 staff. They feel that with the current belt-tightening within the IT industry, management should be spending more money on IT staff payroll (even hiring more staff) rather than ever-spiraling Microsoft licenses. Cybersource welcomes comments and feedback on this document. There is a bzipped image and a PDF document available here. You can also grab the PDF document from mirror1 or mirror2.
VA Linux Reports Results for First Fiscal Quarter, 2002. VA Linux Systems has announced its latest quarterly results. The company brought in $5.6 million, but it's really only $3.9 million after you take out the last bits of the discontinued hardware business. The company lost $8.7 million over the quarter (if you don't count things like restructuring costs), leaving it with $71 million in the bank. There are no great promises of profitability: "We see business conditions for us stabilizing, and expect to see continued declines in our cash usage combined with modest bottom line improvements over the remainder of this fiscal year" is as good as it gets.
Linux Stock Index for November 24 to November 28, 2001. LSI at closing on November 24, 2001 ... 29.15
The high for the week was 31.03
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Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol.
November 29, 2001