Provisions against digital rights management in a draft update to the General Public License could undermine computer security, Linus Torvalds said this week in e-mails reflecting the Linux leader's pragmatic philosophy.
For the last few years, the biggest show in town has been CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. It fills the whole Convention Center--the biggest one on Earth--plus the Sands and the Hilton and the Alexis Park. Several million square feet host more than 2,500 exhibits and 150,000 visitors. Doc's first report on CES. Several thumbs-down and one big thumbs-up on the keynotes.
The Free Standards Group (FSG), the non-profit group behind the Linux Standard Base (LSB), has announced that Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock will be its new CTO (chief technology officer) and will chair the LSB workgroup.
Ah, sweet, sweet caffeine. Whether your chosen delivery device is a Triple Red Eye from Starbucks or a liter of Mountain Dew, nothing beats the gentle jolt into full wakefulness provided by the humble C8H10N4O2 molecule. In a cruel twist of fate, some people are unable to brew a pot of coffee, a latte, or figure out how to open a can of Mountain Dew right after waking up, due to that very same lack of caffeine. What's a caffeine-loving geek to do?
Alan Cox, a lead Linux kernel developer and security architect, said that trusting computing has often been used to lock customers into buying a particular software and to prevent rival software makers from competing on that platform.
You might have missed it, if you want to buy products from Novell's serious SUSE Linux line -- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), Novell Linux Small Business Suite 9, and Open Enterprise Server -- you'll be paying less after March 1st.
Film maker David Madie wants to bring the story of the FLOSS movement in Africa to your local cineplex. Documentary film maker David Madie is on an unusual mission in Africa. He's following a young computer entrepreneur whose story, Madie believes, shows a different face of what condescendingly has been called the Dark Continent.
For 35 years, the Unix operating system has been a mainstay of the computer industry, from its origins as a time-sharing system used by horn-rimmed academics to its central role running some of today's most powerful servers. But enthusiasm for this sophisticated piece of code is in decline as sales flatten, while Linux, the Unix-like alternative, thrives. Which leads to the inevitable question: Is Unix itself on the wane?
"Localisation is everything that makes the computer work for you in your locale (country and language)," says Bailey. "Translating the computer interfaces is by far the biggest task and ongoing, but it is not the complete picture. Keyboards, fonts, locales, date systems and rendering are all part of localisation."
Novell plans to move to a new licensing model that could impact partners serving corporate accounts.
Key to the new model, effective March 1, is the elimination of the Waltham, Mass., company’s Corporate Licensing Agreement (CLA) and the addition of a new option that allows customers to buy on a per-named-user or per-device basis.
SourceForge.net, the world's largest collaborative development environment and download repository of Open Source applications, announced today that it will provide support for the Subversion Software Configuration Management (SCM) system in addition to the CVS (Concurrent Versions System) SCM services currently provided.
Novell Inc. has invested $20 million in a New York startup that is acquiring patents covering software developed under open-source principles.
UnifiedRoot, the company that has created a new and simplified Internet addressing system for corporate and public top-level domains (TLDs), has appointed Jon Hall, president of Linux International, as a founding member of its advisory board.
I'm not one of those who believes Google has a secret plan for world domination.
But I do see Google moving rapidly, if somewhat haphazardly, beyond its core business of Internet search in ways that put the Mountain View company on a collision course with other tech giants -- specifically Apple and Microsoft.
Also: Google amazes - but for how long?
IBM Corp. disclosed Thursday that it is being formally investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding its first-quarter 2005 earnings and equity compensation expenses. IBM, in Armonk, N.Y., previously disclosed in June 2005 that it has been cooperating informally with the SEC regarding the same matter.
Also: IBM looks to patent new system for patenting patents
On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reaffirmed a pair of patents held by Microsoft covering the File Allocation Table, but sources close to the Public Patent Foundation indicate that this will not be the end of the story of efforts to overthrow these patents.
Through its Science and Technology Directorate, the department has given $1.24 million in funding to Stanford University, Coverity and Symantec to hunt for security bugs in open-source software and to improve Coverity's commercial tool for source code analysis.
Jim Ready, the founder of embedded Linux specialist MontaVista Software, will step down as chief executive to become the company's top technologist.
Also: Beagle search software programmer heads to Google