The 451 Group says
not to worry
about Microsoft's suit against TomTom. "The key
phrase, which is repeated, is the suit involves 'the Linux kernel as
implemented by TomTom,' which is very different from 'the Linux kernel'
when we're talking software code and patent infringement suits. While some
usual suspicions are being raised, there are also some who generally agree
this is not the first shot in a supposed war against Linux and open
" This strikes your editor as a bit of wishful thinking, but
others may disagree.
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Linux Journal has some
news from the Linux DNA project
. "Exciting news from the
LinuxDNA project, which earlier this month successfully compiled a recent
Linux kernel with the Intel C/C++ compiler (ICC). This is not just a
compile without errors, this is — for the most part — a fully
bootable, compatible Linux kernel that can boot into a full Linux
system. The full system is based on Gentoo Linux, and utilizes kernel
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cnet takes a
at Novell's disappointing first quarter earnings. "Novell
now plans to cut prices aggressively to increase its market share,
according to [CEO Ron] Hovsepian. Part of the problem, however, is that
Novell isn't really an open-source company, and it doesn't pretend to be
one. Most of its revenue comes from proprietary software, and that software
didn't deliver in the first quarter.
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a partnership between VMware and Novell.
"Virtualization specialist VMware has teamed up with commercial Linux distributor Novell to create software appliances based on Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) wrapped up in VMware's ESX Server virtual machines. The deal was inked at the VMworld festivities in Cannes this week.
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that the UK government is planning a shift towards open-source
"The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source software in public services.
Tom Watson MP, minister for digital engagement, said open source software would be on a level playing field with proprietary software such as Windows.
Open source software will be adopted "when it delivers best value for money", the government said.
It added that public services should where possible avoid being "locked into proprietary software".
(Thanks to Pavel Roskin).
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a US Federal judge has ordered a defendant to decrypt a laptop drive to
allow the government to view its contents; this runs counter to an earlier
ruling that compelling decryption would violate the defendant's
self-incrimination rights. "Boucher's attorney, Jim Budreau, already
has filed an appeal to the Second Circuit. That makes it likely to turn
into a precedent-setting case that creates new ground rules for electronic
privacy, especially since Homeland Security claims the right to seize
laptops at the border for an indefinite period.
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that Red Hat is being sued for patent infringement by a company called Software Tree. The patent
involved appears to be one of many covering the idea of an impedance-matching layer between an object-oriented system and a relational database. "Red Hat acquired open source developer JBoss in 2006 for $420 million. Software Tree contends that certain of Red Hat's JBoss products, including the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, which includes JBoss Hibernate, step on its patent.
'The infringing products have no substantial noninfringing uses,' Software Tree says in court papers. The lawsuit also names Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Genuitec as defendants because the companies sell JBoss-based software or include it on their products.
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Linux Magazine presents a
with Ted Ts'o.
"Ted talks about the improved acceleration of ext4 and the difference between ext4 and BtrFS. He explains who actually pays him, and why he's on assignment from IBM. Subsequently, Ted reminisces about what he did with Linux when he first discovered it in the 1990's.
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Linux Journal takes
a look at OpenDNS
for content filtering. "OpenDNS is a free
service that enables you to block content you deem inappropriate at the DNS
level. There's no need for any proxy configuration on either the client or
the server. All you have to do is arrange for your servers and clients to
use the OpenDNS DNS servers instead of the DNS servers provided by your
Internet provider. Once that is done, if users try to access a Web site
that provides inappropriate content, they are redirected to an OpenDNS Web
site that tells them the site has been blocked and why.
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An interesting twist on Linux-based netbooks is the subject of an article
over at The H. "The Touch Book sports a number of unique features in a small device. The keyboard is detachable, allowing the device to used as just a tablet, and the back of the tablet is magnetic, letting a user stick the device to a fridge or other metallic surface. The device weighs less than two pounds, but offers a ten to fifteen hour battery life. However, there is a catch; the two parts of the Touch Book, the tablet and the keyboard, have their own separate batteries. The tablet alone has 3 to 5 hours battery life, with the keyboard battery extending that to the ten to fifteen hours.
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Every now and then, it can be educational to look at Rob Enderle's remarks
just to see how strange some people's view of the world is. Here's his
take on the TomTom suit
. "Linux leaders have a problem. Ever
since Microsoft adopted the 'let's get along' strategy of licensing and
interoperating, it has been hard to get people to volunteer their time for
the platform, and interest seems to be waning.
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