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U.S. PTO smashes JPEG patent

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Another attempt to tie down a standard with a patent has gone down in flames. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a patent that Forgent Networks was asserting against the Joint Photographic Experts Group, better known as JPEG, images standard.

Build It Yourself: A Linux Network Appliance

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Practically Networked invites to join our new series on how to build your own Linux-based network appliance. If you're a small business owner with a shared Internet connection and some networked PCs, this is just what you need to secure your LAN with a powerful, flexible device that outperforms comparable commercial devices for a fraction of the cost, or even no cost at all.

Should Oracle fear open source?

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Oracle continues to dominate the database software market but challenges lie ahead from open source, analysts say. The biggest threat to Oracle's dominance of the market could be open source competitors such as MySQL, analysts said.

Everybody's a server

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There was a very strong distinction between PCs (which acted as “clients”) and servers. The PCs served would request a page; servers would display pages; PCs would render them. Something today has changed: people are using GNU/Linux and Mac OS, and therefore have fully featured servers hidden behind all the pretty icons they are used to.

Hot skills: Tcl/Tk offers easy way to expand coders' skillset

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Tcl/Tk (pronounced “tickle”; the full name is Tool Command Language/Tool Kit) is a scripting language used in applications such as automated testing.

Linux Cover Story — Multidimensional Tagging

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Multidimensional tagging, a key component in social sharing sites, can potentially help enterprises manage large stores of information. In this article, I'll examine the ways that multidimensional tagging will be implemented using Open Source tools.

Geek vs. Nerd

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How would you differentiate between a geek and a nerd? The geeks and nerds themselves do not agree with most definitions, for some obvious reasons, and some say that the dictionaries are wrong.

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Can Open Source Save Sun?

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As CEO Jonathan Schwartz shifts the company from a hardware to an open source software business model -- moving from the sale of software licenses to subscription fees for "free software" -- Sun increasingly resembles the most successful open source software company in the market today, Red Hat.

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Computer stability explained: why your computer crashes

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Does your computer crash? Do you want to know why? Here’s a guide which will help you understand why this happens, and (hopefully) lead you on to a better computing experience.

Mozilla Vice President of Engineering, Lends Expertise to Open Source Router

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Vyatta has announced that Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Mozilla, has joined its recently created advisory board. Schroepfer also built the digital video effects software used in motion pictures such as "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and "Gladiator."

Pictorial desktop Linux books available for free download

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Book publisher In Pictures announced this week that it has added new how-to books on desktop Linux (Linspire Five-O), and the four OpenOffice.org programs (Base, Calc, Impress, Writer) to its catalog. The books are all designed for new and relatively new users.

Also: O'Reilly's releases book betas online

Coming soon: ODF for MS Office

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Just because Microsoft refuses to support ODF (Open Document Format) never meant that someone wouldn't write a plug-in to enable Microsoft Office users to read and write ODF documents. Well, it's happened.

Sun's McNealy eyes e-government

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Now chairman of Sun Federal Inc., McNealy's new focus will be expanding Sun's market share in the federal government. McNealy told GCN that in his role at Sun Federal he'd be concentrating on, among other things, helping agencies with their citizen-centric e-government initiatives.

LinuxWorld Expo in Windows Server shocker

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LinuxWorld 2006 Conference & Expo is batting for the other side - and when we say the other side, we mean the forces of galactic darkness operating from their base in Redmond, USA:

http://www.linuxworldexpo.co.uk was running Microsoft-IIS on Windows Server 2003 when last queried at 3-May-2006.

Eraser ... McNealy style

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Anticipating our likely line of questioning, his opening remark was: "I still work here." And then, before he handed out his business card, he scribbled out the section which read 'CEO':

Open enterprise: Schwartz doesn't get Linux

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Scott McNealy is out. Jonathan Schwartz is in. And the future never looked brighter for Sun Microsystems—or so we're told. But if Sun's new CEO is going to convince me that his company can remain a dominant player in enterprise software, first he's going to have to get his story straight, particularly when it comes to Linux and open source.

Also: Interview with Jonathan Schwartz

10 world-changing social innovations

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As named in the Young Foundation publication Social Silicon Valleys, A Manifesto For Social Innovation

8. Linux software - and other open source methods such as Wikipedia and Ohmynews that are transforming many fields.

Thank you, Mr. McNealy

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Never forget that while he was unable to right Sun in recent years, McNealy wasn't just an industry giant. He changed the IT world forever.

In 1982, Scott McNealy founded Sun Microsystems with three graduate student friends -- Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy, and Vinod Khosla from Stanford University.

I doubt they knew they were making history.

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