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'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.

SourceForge.net(R) Introduces Subversion Support

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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 pumps $20M into Open Invention Network

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Novell Inc. has invested $20 million in a New York startup that is acquiring patents covering software developed under open-source principles.

Jon Hall, president of Linux International, to form UnifiedRoot Advisory Board

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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.

Google going after Microsoft and Apple

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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 hit with formal SEC probe

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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

FAT patent fight not over yet

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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.

Homeland Security helps secure open-source code

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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.

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