Over at Linux Journal, Glyn Moody looks at
efforts to project Richard Stallman's copyright hack (the GPL) into the World Trade Organization (WTO). "The similarities are clear. Both copyright and the WTO have both been instruments of control that seek to limit what people — and peoples — can do in their respective spheres of creation and trade. Both have steadily accreted powers over the years, until they have become hugely problematic for those who wish to see knowledge and products based on knowledge made as widely available as possible. So the idea that Stallman's hack might be applicable is certainly attractive — exciting even.
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comments by Microsoft's Robert Youngjohns at the
Open Source Business Conference.
"Microsoft has made a "tremendous commitment" to systems and file interoperability, according to its head of North American sales and marketing.
Robert Youngjohns on Wednesday called interoperability between Widows and Linux and support for open-file formats and open-source languages like PHP a business imperative.
He added Microsoft should be judged by its actions with support for PHP, not by its words - presumably statements by senior management on alleged violations of hundreds of Microsoft patents by Linux and open source.
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The New York Times reports
that Intel will be handing control of the Moblin distribution (recently reviewed
by LWN) to the Linux
Foundation. "Intel will maintain strong control over the software
since it employs the top Moblin developers. But that could change over time
as outside developers show interest in the software.
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that Red Hat Inc. is ripe for a corporate acquisition.
"Citigroup said Red Hat Inc, which posted strong quarterly results on Wednesday, is a potential takeover target as the Linux software maker's strategy attracts the attention of larger technology firms.
Citigroup and RBC Capital raised their price targets on Red Hat, which also forecast full-year results in line with market estimates.
"We believe Red Hat is a tempting acquisition target," Citigroup analyst Brent Thill wrote in a note to clients.
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Microsoft and TomTom have settled their patent dispute
as reported by eWeek. TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount of money to license the patents, while removing code covered by the FAT patents over the next two years. "According to Microsoft, the agreement includes patent coverage for Microsoft's three file management systems patents provided in a manner that is fully compliant with TomTom's obligations under the General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2). TomTom will remove from its products the functionality related to two file management system patents (the "FAT LFN patents"), which enables efficient naming, organizing, storing and accessing of file data, Microsoft said. TomTom will remove this functionality within two years, and the agreement provides for coverage directly to TomTom's end customers under these patents during that time.
" While Microsoft and TomTom say this is all GPLv2 compatible, there may be others who disagree.
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the Software Freedom Law Center's response
to the TomTom settlement. From SFLC: "Today's settlement between
Microsoft and TomTom ends one phase of the community's response to
Microsoft patent aggression, and begins another. On the basis of the
information we have, we have no reason to believe that TomTom's settlement
agreement with Microsoft violates the license on the kernel, Linux, or any
other free software used in its products. The settlement neither implies
that Microsoft patents are valid nor that TomTom's products were or are
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Over at Linux Magazine, Jeff Layton interviews ext4 hacker Ted Ts'o
. Layton stays away from the recent ext4 controversy, instead looking at the design goals and future plans for ext4. "One of our primary design goals was that it should be painlessly easy to upgrade from ext3 to ext4. You might not get all of the benefits of ext4 unless you do a backup/reformat/restore of your filesystem, but you would get at least some of the benefits by simply remounting the filesystem using ext4 and enabling some of ext4's features.
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Dave Phillips looks
at the status
of the five most active notation software projects.
"The essential requirements for all music notation programs include
various score layout functions, data entry methods, music symbol palettes,
audio output support modes and options for printing the finished
score. Basic programs may include only a limited subset of the possible
features, while more professional software offers more features for greater
control over the details of a work. Of course, with greater control comes
greater complexity. The designers of music notation programs work hard to
balance ease of operation with the proliferation of features.
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takes a look
at Seagate's soon to be released NAS device.
"Seagate is readying a four-bay network-attached storage device for small businesses that runs embedded Linux and stores up to 8TB. The hot-swappable BlackArmor NAS 440 offers an iTunes server and DLNA-compliant media server, RAID 0/1/5/10, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and four USB ports, says Seagate.
With the BlackArmor NAS 440, Seagate has launched its first homegrown, small business NAS device, re-launching a BlackArmor brand that it picked up when it acquired Maxtor in 2006.
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Ben Galbraith is Mozilla's Co-Director of Developer Tools. In this blog post he
various gaps in the tool-chain with regard to memory tools.
"To be clear, most web pages and web applications don't push the
browser's memory limitations enough to cause performance problems related
to either of the scenarios above. As stated at the outset, this blog entry
is about those web applications that need to treat the browser as a
high-performance run-time, which in the context of this entry means that
they have much-larger-than-average memory requirements.
" (Found on Linux
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