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The open-source key to lasting software

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OSS

Dan Bricklin, who helped kick-start the personal computer revolution in the 1980s as co-inventor of VisiCalc, recently named by [Boston] Governor Romney to a state information technology advisory panel, [states] open source is key to creating "Software That Lasts 200 Years."

Linux' use creeping up on Windows

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Linux
Microsoft

"Linux is a free operating system for computers that has been developed largely by volunteer programmers.

Linux is thriving, not just on the college campuses where it emerged, but in companies and institutions. Surveys show that Linux is used by 24 percent of computer servers. It is creeping up on Windows, which has 55 percent of that class of operating system software."

Quantum Computers May Be Easier to Build Than Predicted

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Hardware
Sci/Tech

"A full-scale quantum computer could produce reliable results even if its components performed no better than today's best first-generation prototypes, according to a paper in the March 3 issue in the journal Nature* by a scientist at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)."

Open-Source Guru Says JCP Is Too Closed

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OSS

"While Sun Microsystems Inc. moves to open-source its Solaris operating system and releases key patents in a nod to the open-source community, the company still takes a rap for hampering open source in other ways."

A Windows crash you don't see everyday

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Microsoft
Humor

"Unbelievable as it's gonna sound... My friend's Windows XP CD... crashed while being inside his CD-ROM. This photo was taken immediately after the CD was ejected from the drive. Seriously, if this is not irony, then I don't know what is."

Link to photo.

FREE SOFTWARE MAGAZINE

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Misc

THE FREE MAGAZINE ON FREE SOFTWARE

"Welcome to the "Free Software Magazine" project. Free Software Magazine is the free magazine for the free software world, available on paper and in electronic format. If you wonder what free software is, you should read this article written by the Free Software Foundation."

Link.

State politicians proposing more game regulation

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Gaming
Legal

"Washington state bill would hold game companies responsible for "inspiring" real-life violence; Arkansas proposal literally keeps M-rated games out of kids' reach. Lawmakers across the country continue to propose legislation that would safeguard youths from the supposedly harmful effects of games that depict violence or that are rated "M" (for Mature content) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board."

Getting the net off the ground

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Web

"Early attention to security issues might have given us a better internet today - or the project might never have taken off at all, says Robert Kahn."

Companies Should Give Online Consumers More Privacy

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Security

"To quell the privacy-invasion fears that are stunting the growth of e-commerce, Web marketers need to give consumers more control of the personal information collected about them, according to research by Naresh Malhotra, Regents' professor of marketing at Georgia Tech College of Management."

Gas getting pricier, oil demand rises

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Misc

"With the petroleum industry pumping just barely enough fuel to keep the world's economic engine humming, a buying frenzy on oil markets is setting the stage for sharply higher gasoline prices as early as next week.

Protection management, copy control

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Legal

"This week, in Dublin, the Digital Video Broadcasting Project held its annual meeting to discuss progress on its latest set of specifications for digital television. Much of its work has to do with technical details such as codecs and data formats, but a key section called Content Protection/Copy Management (CPCM) is about controlling how high-definition digital broadcasts may be recorded, copied, or redistributed.

Big Brother is Watching your Toyota Sienna

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Security

"The 2005 Toyota Sienna (I'm not sure about earlier models) has an Event Data Recorder (EDR) which is a black box of sorts (sans the audio recording). In the event of a crash, near crash, or airbag deployment, it records various data such as vehicle speed, engine speed, driver seat position, gear selector position, etc."

Limp Bizkit lead claims hackers stole his sex video

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Misc

"A lawsuit filed on behalf of Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst alleges that the same people who hacked Paris Hilton's cell phone were able pull a homemade sex video off Durst's computer."

New OSI President Steps Down

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OSS

Russ Nelson, the newly elected president of the Open Source Initiative, resigned his office retroactively to Feb. 23 amidst accusations of racism. He states, "I'm resigning from the presidency of the Open Source Initiative, effective last Wednesday (2/23). I have waited to make this announcement because it is not easy to admit inadequacy publicly."

Is KDE 3.4 going gold?

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KDE
-s

That's the rumor I hear. Stephen the release coordinator is tagging 3.4 and...

One in four 'touched' by ID fraud

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Security

"A quarter of UK adults have had their identity stolen or know someone who has fallen victim to ID fraud, a Which? magazine survey has suggested."

Google's Autolink: Evil or Convenience?

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Web

"Recently there's been something of an explosion in the weblogging world over the "AutoLink" feature in Google's new toolbar. If the hype is to be believed, AutoLink is pure evil. Except you shouldn't believe the hype, and it's not AutoLink that people are really up in arms about."

Judge hits amazon.com with fine

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Legal

"A judge has fined Amazon.com $18,000 for violating her order in a lawsuit brought by Toys R Us charging the Internet merchant with flouting its exclusivity agreement with the nation's second-biggest toy retailer."

Cronkite denounces the war on drugs.

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Misc

"Walter Cronkite, 87, former CBS Evening News anchorman, and the man once named the most trusted figure in American public life, has denounced the US drug war."

Red Hat signs open-source deal with Bell

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Linux

"Linux vendor Red Hat has signed a master distribution deal with Bell Microproducts Europe in an attempt to develop a broader market for its open-source software."

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IBM-Red Hat "Merger" Update

  • Red Hat sets date for stockholders to vote on IBM merger
    Open source solutions provider Red Hat has set a special meeting on 16 January for stockholders to consider and vote on IBM's proposed acquisition of the company. On 28 October, IBM and Red hat announced an agreement and plan of merger which would see IBM acquire Red Hat for $190.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. "The board of directors of Red Hat recommends that stockholders vote in favour of the merger with IBM," the company said in a statement on 11 December.
  • IBM exec: Why buying Red Hat is better than partnership

Linux Foundation: ONAP, the Joint Development Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)

  • Linux Foundation's ONAP 'Casablanca' Enables 5G Management
    Today’s topics include the Linux Foundation adding new features to ONAP Casablanca for 5G enablement, and Censys raising seed money to expand internet scanning for threat hunting. The Linux Foundation's LF Networking project group last week took the next step in delivering an open-source platform to enable telecom providers to deploy next-generation network services.
  • The Joint Development Foundation Joins the Linux Foundation Family to Drive Adoption of Open Source and Standards
    The Linux Foundation and the Joint Development Foundation today announced an agreement to bring the Joint Development Foundation into the Linux Foundation family to make it easier to collaborate through both open source and standards development. The Joint Development Foundation is a nonprofit that provides a “standards organization in a box” to enable groups to quickly establish projects. With today’s news, the Linux Foundation and the Joint Development Foundation plan to provide greater capabilities for communities to engage in open source and standards development to speed industry adoption. “Linux Foundation communities have been engaged in developing open standards and specifications around Linux since day one and more recently with newer efforts such as OpenChain and the Open Container Initiative to collectively solve technical challenges,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation. “Leveraging the capabilities of the Joint Development Foundation will enable us to provide open source projects with another path to standardization, driving greater industry adoption of standards and specifications to speed adoption.”
  • How CNCF Is Growing the Cloud Landscape at KubeCon
    Thousands of developers, vendors and end users alike are descending on Seattle from Dec. 11-13 for the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America event. They are all here to learn and talk about the growing cloud native landscape, anchored by the Kubernetes container orchestration system. Among those at KubeCon is Chris Aniszczyk, Chief Operating Officer of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). In a video interview with eWEEK, Aniszczyk provides insight into the KubeCon event as well as highlighting the current and future direction of the CNCF, which now hosts 31 different open-source efforts. [...] Aniszczyk is also particularly enthusiastic about the Envoy project, which was created by ride-sharing company Lyft and officially joined the CNCF in September 2017. Envoy is a service mesh reverse proxy technology that is used to help scale micro-services data traffic. Among the organizations that are now using Envoy are Square, Stripe, Amazon and Google.

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