The SCO Problem
SearchEnterpriseLinux.com is running an
with Gartner analyst George Weiss. On the BayStar
investment: "I can't say much more about it, other than that I think
they're playing a strategic game of banking on intellectual property as an
important revenue generator to drive up their stock price and then, if and
when that should happen, to get out of the market, essentially, or sell
themselves out to the highest bidder. My feeling was that the other part
of the business was pretty much getting destroyed in the process. So it
looks like an end game to me.
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Joe Barr talks with
, General Counsel for the Free Software Foundation.
"It is well known that the Free Software Foundation does not hold
copyright in the Linux system kernel program. Linux is not part of the gnu
project, which is why Mr. Stallman insists so much on the verbal
distinction between GNU and Linux. Since we do not hold copyright in the
Linux kernel, we do not enforce the GPL with respect to the Linux operating
system kernel. Where, however, we believe the kernel is being distributed
in a non-compliant fashion, that's an impediment to the full resolution of
disputes about compliance where other free software foundation programs are
involved, because we want the license respected as to all free
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The Linux Journal ponders the implications
of Novell's acquisition of SUSE.
think we're going to see a lot more support for Linux on the
desktop, in terms of gee-whiz programs and interoperability and in terms
of toll-free numbers we can call when things break. Second, Novell is
going to need people to write all that code and man all those support desks
re-train the folks that already do). This will be a fine shot in the wallet
for us penguinheads.
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Here's a ZDNet column
describing IBM's involvement in the acquisition of SUSE as a move against SCO.
"One of the companies (IBM) is the subject of a giant lawsuit from the company that claims to own the intellectual property rights to the technology in Linux. The other is a company that, dating back to its UnixWare days, is rumored to still have just enough Unix intellectual property rights to be immune to the wrath of SCO. The customers of these two companies want some assurances, and the CTO of Novell wants to provide them in the way of solid stack interoperation and issue-free intellectual property rights.
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Dr. Martin Echt, a Cardiologist who moved his 200-user network to
Linux-based thin clients. "After commissioning a feasibility study,
Dr. Echt concluded Linux thin clients were his company's long term strategy
to counter rising licensing costs and would scale to meet future
technologies. With system integrator Lille Corp. onboard to facilitate the
move from Microsoft to Linux, CCA has realized cost savings. Hear the
practical reasons why Dr.Echt picked Linux.
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This NewsForge article looks at
, the Multi Router Traffic Grapher. " MRTG relies on SNMP
version one, and optionally SNMP version two, to obtain data from routers
or other network hardware. MRTG sends SNMP requests every five minutes and
stores the responses in a specialized data format. This format allows MRTG
to present the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly graphs without the data
files forever growing larger. It does this by summarizing the older data as
necessary. The graphs themselves are created in Portable Network Graphics
(PNG) format and can be included in Web pages or used in other
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BSD variants. "BSD software, in any variety, is stable, extremely
flexible, arguably better tested, more secure. At the same time, those
things also mean that it tends to be less bleeding edge, slower to come out
with new features, and more difficult to initially install.
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LinuxDevices.com takes a look
at new tools from TimeSys. "TimeSys claims its TimeStorm Linux Tool
Suite is now the first to support the entire embedded Linux development
cycle -- including kernel and driver development, BSP development, target
configuration, board bringup, application development, and system debug,
test, and validation -- regardless of the kind of Linux used.
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