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The Producer Electronics Revolution, Part I

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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.

Debian founder takes over LSB leadership

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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.

Getting your caffeine buzz started in the shower

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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?

Trusted Computing comes under attack

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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.

What's up with Novell's new licensing?

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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.

FLOSS on the Big Screen

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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.

What's Left Of Unix?

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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?

'Understanding user needs the key to localisation'

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"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 Corporate Licensing Overhaul

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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.

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