Linux well-represented at DARPA robot vehicle challenge

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Linux

In its first-hand, preliminary coverage of the qualification rounds leading up to the event, TG Daily reports that "most of the teams are using Linux/Unix variants."

New openSUSE project: Better Desktop

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Linux

Better Desktop is a project dedicated to sharing usability data with Linux developers. Over the past year, we have conducted many usability tests on different parts of the KDE and GNOME desktops.

March of the Penguins in Portland

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Linux

Penguin Day Portland will "bring together nonprofit staff, tech providers, geeks, consultants, and open source software developers for a day of learning and conversation."

GNOME to fish in embedded Linux pond

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Software

The team developing the open source desktop environment claims to have made 'very significant improvements' in performance and memory usage, as they target the embedded market with future versions.

Pity poor Microsoft's midlife crisis

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Microsoft

As the champagne flowed in Seattle, things didn't seem quite right. The share price is flat - and has been for quite a while. It's getting harder and harder to persuade customers to upgrade and the threat of open-source software grows by the hour. Not to mention Google.

Opening Windows

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Microsoft

Since its very inception, Microsoft has held that cash for code is king. But the company is slowly, grudgingly, and cautiously treading into Open Source.

Interview: IBM's top Linux expert

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Linux

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, vice president, Technical Strategy and Innovation, IBM, attributes the success of the OS to this growing community of Linux contributors and speak out about the past, present and future of Linux.

In related news: IBM: Workers' genetic data off limits

Open Source Agreed by UN WSIS

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OSS

Encouragement for the use of free and open source software and open standards for science and technology has quietly worked its way into the draft texts being prepared for the November second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Red Hat CEO unmoved by Linux consolidation

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Linux

Red Hat's CEO has rejected the idea that a reduction in the number of Linux distributions would be good for the industry, and described Novell's acquisition of SUSE Linux as "theatre".

CeBIT Australia 2006

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OSS

CeBIT Australia, the largest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) event for business in the region, has announced cooperation with a number of associations and organisations, in setting up targeted exhibition programs for CeBIT Australia 2006.

NSW government Linux plan close to fruition

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Linux

A protracted NSW government project to give its agencies cheaper and quicker access to Linux and open source software is reaching fruition with several vendors preparing to sign contracts as pre-approved suppliers.

Linux stars in MS movie

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Linux

In a stroke of irony, Microsoft's Halo movie will be produced in Wellington by servers running the open-source Linux operating system.

Nintendo sets Revolution launch price at $99?

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Gaming

The latest Nintendo Revolution rumor to hit the web is a doozie… “Nintendo may be aiming for a $99 launch price.” Can we expect the system to be only a fraction as powerful as the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360?

MySQL wants to be Ikea of the database market

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Software

MySQL AB's imminent release of its MySQL 5.0 database will introduce new enterprise features making it more competitive with Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft, but the company's CEO has maintained that it is more interested in mimicking the run-away success of Swedish retailer Ikea than any of the established database vendors.

The 2005 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

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Misc

Winners include a team who watched a glob of tar drip from a funnel for 80 years, a veterinarian for dog testicle replacement, and a team for their article on "Pressures Produced When Penguins Pooh."

Is Google taking over the universe?

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Web

Seemingly every week brings a new announcement from the Mountain View Googleplex, each one bigger than the last and each provoking wide-eyed speculation -- and confusion -- about the 7-year-old company's ambitions.

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OSS in the enterprise? Show me the money

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OSS

Eric Raymond's recent attack on a Microsoft recruiter has sharply divided the Linux community, with some applauding his bluntness and honesty, while others accused him of exaggerating his own achievements.

MVU to offer free courses in Linux OS Principles

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Linux

The University of Malta brings together 11 universities and institutions from across Europe and the Mediterranean region to provide high-quality online courses: LINUX Operating Systems Principles and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. And for a limited time, they're free.

Dutch police arrest suspected computer hackers

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Security

Dutch police have arrested three men suspected of stealing credit card and bank account data by hacking into over 100,000 personal computers worldwide, public prosecutors said on Saturday.

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