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[News Digest] 01/09/06 24 hrs

  • Subject: [News Digest] 01/09/06 24 hrs
  • From: Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 09:41:44 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • User-agent: slrn/ (Linux)
  • Xref: news.mcc.ac.uk comp.os.linux.advocacy:1148521
Having taken into account the feedback received, I've produced a 1-day
digest (24 hours), which is obviously quite a bit shorter!  I've
followed Roy S's header format somewhat, again as suggested, so that if
people don't want a digest, then they can kill it easily.

For those who don't comprehend what a digest is or does, it can only be
made /after/ the postings have appeared, not before...  anyway, here we
go - again, all feedback welcome.

As per last time, this is from my leafnode spool, which is prefiltered
for some particular posters, so they would never get into this digest.
Otherwise, it picks up anything with the right subject line.

Subject: [News] Linux Gets Board Support Package for Dual-core Processor
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 07:30:11 +0100

Linux 2.6 BSP supports TI OMAP5912 starter kit

,----[ Quote ]
| Mistral Software has released a Linux 2.6-based board support package
| (BSP) for TI's OMAP5912 starter kit (OSK). Dubbed the Accelerator Program
| 2.0, the BSP aims to support developers who are creating or upgrading
| embedded Linux applications that target TI's OMAP5912 dual-core
| processor.



Subject: [News] Cordless Skype/Philips Phone Runs Linux
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 07:31:46 +0100

Skype debuts Linux-powered cordless phone

,----[ Quote ]
| Skype on Aug. 31 introduced a pair of cordless VoIP phones that work
| without being connected to a computer, via a DECT basestation that
| attaches directly to broadband and POTS lines. One of the two -- the
| Philips VOIP841 -- uses Linux as its embedded OS. 



Subject: [News] Forbes on Linux and the GPL
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 07:41:12 +0100

The Problem With St. Ignucius

,----[ Quote ]
| No single product has done more to fuel the Cheap Revolution than Linux. 
| This free operating system runs in Wall Street banks and Hollywood special 
| effects shops, on supercomputers and smart phones, TiVo boxes and network 
| routers. Talk about momentum. Red Hat is on track to do $400 million in 
| sales this year. Novell has just produced a Linux desktop so sleek that I 
| didn't want to return the demo machine they loaned me, and I just bought a 
| copy for my office PC...
| [...]
| Basically, two camps within the Linux community are facing off: the
| pragmatists, like Torvalds and the corporations, versus the extremists, led 
| by Stallman.
| [...]
| Perens says if Torvalds doesn't adopt GPLv3, extremists will create a new 
| operating system using a different kernel.


Yesterday I read about DRM in documents. That whole sustitution of
permissions with encryption is distrubing. Data is becoming binary blobs.
And that's /really/ bad.


Subject: [News] Forbes Magazine Covers The Linux Revolution
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 07:48:22 +0100

Dated Sept. 18th, 2006.

The New Barbarians

,----[ Quote ]
| Coleman is one of dozens of new barbarians plotting the Cheap Revolution,
| the wholesale shift by corporate customers and techmakers to cheap chips
| and open-source (often free) software such as Linux. They are embracing
| simplicity, unlocking prodigious new power and cutting tech costs by up 
| to 90%, threatening the Silicon Valley plutocracy: the proprietary gear,
| "closed" software, redundant backup systems and fat profit margins of
| incumbents like Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, EMC and other
| blue-chip nameplates.
| [...]
| Engineers are fleeing BEA, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun to push the Cheap
| Revolution at no-name shops in obscure office parks in San Jose,
| San Mateo and Redwood City. David R. Dargo Jr., a programming hotshot
| at Oracle, retired in his 40s and was playing golf all day long when he
| was lured back to the Valley. He leads fellow Oracle alumni at Ingres,
| a database maker that aims to undercut Oracle with lower prices and
| better service. Paul Maritz, who ran development at Microsoft before
| quitting in 2000, has assembled a team that includes some former
| Microsoft engineers at his new firm, PI Corp., to outdo Windows.
| [...]
| Now newcomers are pushing lethal Linux into new markets: Motorola
| cell phones, Sony TVs and TiVo digital recorders; networking routers
| (Cisco and Nortel face new low-cost rivals; and data storage (EMC and
| Network Appliance are in the crosshairs). Every big software
| maker--including Microsoft, BEA, IBM, Oracle, SAP, SAS Institute, Veritas
| and VMware--now faces rivals pushing open-source or Web-based
| alternatives. The sellers of these cut-rate packages willingly accept
| profit margins of less than 10%, one-third that of tech's Old Guard.
| "All these guys that sell proprietary hardware with proprietary
| operating systems and massive margins, they're all dead," declares Simon
| Lok, founder of Lok Technology in San Jose...
| [...]
| Coleman, however, points out that so far every new wave of computing has
| been dominated by newcomers, not by leaders of the previous generation.
| To survive, he says, companies must undergo a transplant of corporate
| DNA, and few survive the surgery. "Startups," he says, "always define
| the new era."



Subject: [News] Linux Tablet Reaches Its Third Generation
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 07:51:28 +0100

Smaller, faster, lighter Linux webpad ships shortly

,----[ Quote ]
| Hanbit Electronics and Pepper Computer will ship a third generation
| Linux-powered webpad "on or before September 30th," Pepper confirmed Aug.
| 31. Compared to its predecessors, the Pepper Pad 3 boasts speedier web
| browsing, faster and more comprehensive multimedia support, smaller
| size, reduced weight, and numerous hardware enhancements, according to
| the company.
| [...]
| Comparison of compact Internet-enabled tablets
| Nokia 770     Pepper Pad 3    Samsung Q1



Subject: [News] Archos Video Player Uses Linux
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 07:55:15 +0100


Also covered in:

Archos Linux-based portable audio/video player available online



Subject: [News] The Impact of Virtualisation on Linux Adoption and Assessment
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 08:03:17 +0100

VMWare's Virtual Appliance Showroom  

,----[ Quote ]
| Perhaps the easiest way to evaluate Linux and other open source
| applications is by running them on top of Microsoft Windows. Virtually.
| [...]
| Krishnamurti said that with open source applications, the license makes
| them free. ISVs tend to tweak them, and so they just naturally gravitate
| toward a Linux strategy.
| [...]
| On the Linux and open source side of things though, the availability of
| free software from Linux appliance vendor rPath has helped the creation
| of the virtual machines.
| Users of rPath Builder can freely build VMware images of open source
| applications that will play on the VMware player. 



Subject: [News] Windows Makes Web Surfing and E-mail a Risk, Employees Unaware
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 08:06:44 +0100

Majority Ignorant of Email risks

,----[ Quote ]
| A survey into the habits of 142 UK office workers conducted by Finjan,
| has uncovered that although they know the security risk to their employers
| caused by clicking on web-links or opening attachments from unknown
| sources, they simply can't help themselves.
| Of those questioned, 93 per cent said that they knew that links,
| attachments, pop boxes and web pages could have spyware or other forms
| of malicious code embedded within them.



Subject: [News] BSA Helps Linux, Follows the 'WGA Model'
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 08:35:12 +0100

Fine unlicensed software users, says BSA

,----[ Quote ]
| Software industry lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has
| called for government to mandate stiff penalties for companies using
| unlicensed software.
| The organisation says it wants a "harder enforcement stick" to
| ensure compliance.



Subject: [News] Microsoft Continues to Pump Up Stock, Attempts to Keep Employees
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 08:44:41 +0100

Microsoft gives 37 mln shares in stock bonuses

,----[ Quote ]
| No. 1 software maker Microsoft Corp. on Thursday awarded restricted
| stock worth $951 million, based on its current share price, as
| performance bonuses to some 900 executives and managers.
| The shares were given to reward work over the past three years as part of
| a program Microsoft's board adopted in 2003, when the software giant 
| topped awarding stock options to employees.


How long can it buy the stock from the hands of investors that depart? It's
could be like Enron. The value will dissolve abruptly one day.


Subject: [News] Forbes Covers Desktop Linux
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 08:49:10 +0100

Desktop Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft is helping the cause. Running a Windows desktop PC has
| become increasingly annoying for users who must cope with spyware, adware,
| viruses, security patches, upgrades, crashes, reboots.
| [...]
| Visit the home of a Silicon Valley software programmer and you'll find
| two things: Macs and Linux boxes.
| To these guys, Windows has become the operating system equivalent of the
| America Online Internet service--a mass-market product that only appeals
| to people who don't know any better.


There are many mistakes and myths in this article. You'll see them if you
read it.


Subject: [News] Windows Attacks on the Rise
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 08:54:21 +0100

Uptick in Windows attacks reported

,----[ Quote ]
| Several security experts are warning of increased cyberattacks targeting 
| Windows PCs, but Microsoft says all is calm on the attack front.


Microsoft also denies that the failure rate of the XBox 360 is 30-50% and
argues, based on their software, that only 2% of /their/ (yes, they own all
of Windows) PC's have malware. Other firm put it at the 90% mark.

There is _a lot_ of disinformation going on.


Subject: [News] Wintel (sic) to Sack 10,000 Employees
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 08:55:41 +0100

Intel expected to cut thousands of jobs

,----[ Quote ]
| Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini is expected to announce a massive
| layoff as soon as Tuesday that could eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs,
| CNET News.com has learned.



Subject: [News] Linux - Go All the Way Before Judging It
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 09:19:22 +0100

The Value of Play

,----[ Quote ]
| I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but this simply isn?t going to
| work. Working with Linux does require having a sense of the value of
| play, and being willing to engage in it, even if that involves risk.
| My advice to anyone who is as nervous about moving from the Live CD state
| to an "installed" state is this; back up your critical files onto a USB 
| key or writeable CD and go for it. Yes, there is an overhead if not all
| of your devices are instantly detected by Linux; to be perfectly honest,
| Linux is better at this than Windows. I have never been in a situation
| when I?ve installed Windows and not had to have a packet full of CDs
| with device drivers on them.


I heard similar arguments in the context of VMWare. The other issue is an
assessment based on first reactions and incompatibility with 'Windows
habits', as bad as they may be.


Subject: [News] Social Activism to Stop DRM, Unethical Software
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 09:23:15 +0100

FSF reaches out to social activists

,----[ Quote ]
| 2006 may be remembered as the year that the Free Software Foundation
| (FSF) reached out to the community. The FSF has already undertaken an
| unprecedented year-long consultation process about the revisions to the
| GNU General Public License, and the Defective By Design campaign against
| digital rights management technologies. Now, the FSF is planning a third
| campaign to deliver its message about ethical software to social
| activists outside the technical communities. "We think that social groups
| taking on policies about free software can act as a huge lever within
| schools, trade unions, local governments, and churches," says Peter
| Brown, executive director of the FSF.



Subject: [News] 80% of Computer Users Ready for GNU/Linux?
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 09:26:15 +0100

Anybody But Microsoft
Diving into OpenOffice and Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| You can switch from Microsoft because of philosophical reasons, or you
| can switch for financial or security reasons. Realize some users must
| keep Windows and Microsoft Office, but you can switch 80% of your users
| to Linux and Open Source alternatives easier today than ever before.



Subject: [News] Linux Chosen by Vendors Not Only in Technical Sector
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 09:30:27 +0100

BI Vendors Get Smart Around Linux, Open Source

,----[ Quote ]
| As Linux steps beyond the limits of technical applications, business
| intelligence (BI) is one area that's leading the way. In a rash of recent 
| I announcements at LinuxWorld and elsewhere, many vendors are developing 
| new business models, while consciously giving customers a choice between
| Linux and other operating systems--and in some cases, between commercial 
| and open source implementations, too.



Subject: [News] On Compliance to Proprietary Formats
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 09:36:43 +0100

Three Feet from Gold: Why ESR is Wrong to Advocate Compromise

,----[ Quote ]
| But if multimedia codecs are the problem, then we have, in my opinion,
| the solution. We have the free codecs Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora. Instead
| of spending money buying technology from Apple and others, which ESR
| admits we'll have to do, we should invest it in improving the Ogg codecs.
| Instead time and energy trying to convince them why they should work with
| us, we should spend it convincing the American commercial networks and the
| European state owned radio and television corporations why they should
| offer Ogg Vorbis along with the other formats. Then we would have a
| player that wouldn't get us sued, which seems to be the principal
| motivation behind ESR's willingness to compromise.
| And a bad compromise it would be. To sign on to proprietary codecs
| means signing on to Digital Rights Management. Have we gone so far to
| now cave in to the MPAA and the RIAA? And with the Linux desktop at
| its highest level of usability, to do this know would be truly stopping
| three feet from gold.



Subject: [News] No Choice in Vista, Music Mandatory
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 14:31:36 +0100

Vista start-up music compulsory 

,----[ Quote ]
| The almighty Microsoft has decided that guitarist Robert Fripp?s work on
| the opening tune for Vista is so good, it will be compulsory and won't
| be able to be switched off.
| Steve Ball, group program manager for the Windows Audio Video Excellence
| team told punters that Windows Vista should present a "common, and
| beautiful, face to the world." In other words, Microsoft has spent
| shedloads on its corporate image and you are darn well going to
| appreciate it. 


...Speaking of controlling and arrogantly making decisions on behalf of the
user. This includes WGA and Internet Explorer 7, which are 'high priority'


Subject: [News] Microsoft Flushes Live Search (Or "Windows Live is Dead")
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 14:35:33 +0100

Windows Live Search Vanishes

,----[ Quote ]
| A visit to search.live.com only returns a "Service unavailable message,"
| and the link to Search Only from Live.com delivers a very
| pedestrian-looking search form. Search results look about the same as
| those on MSN Search. 


Another miserable failure. I'm sure Microsoft will put a spin on that, just
as it defends the colossal losses on the XBox 360 and denies the 30-50%
failures rates

As I mentioned earlier, Microsoft claims that only 1 in 50 Windows PC's has
malware. Other studies estimate it's more like 8/9 out of 10. Money can earn
a timeslot for disinformation, as always.


Subject: [News] Killer NIC Runs Linux
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 14:41:52 +0100

Bigfoot's Killer Network Interface Card reviewed

,----[ Quote ]
| They've managed to take a commodity PC component and build $280 PCI
| card around it, complete with 64MB of DDR RAM and a 400MHz processor.
| Cries of extortion and vaporware have been leveled, but now that IGN have
| got their hands on the device, they seem to think it's worth the
| hyperbole. One thing they were careful to point out before firing it up is 
| that the Killer NIC runs Linux, so that processor and RAM can be put to
| more use than just routing your frags -- a firewall or a bit of anti-virus
| software could reside right on the card to check over data before it
| even gets to your PC, and IGN figures a BitTorrent client would be
| possible, allowing for full-speed gaming while you use any remaining
| bandwidth for downloading that dev release of Leopard. 



Subject: [News] Sending Perfectly-Capable PC's to the Dumpster
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 14:48:02 +0100

Old PCs a Growing IT Headache  

,----[ Quote ]
| Many older systems will start looking a bit creaky next year. In early
| 2007, Microsoft's delivery of its next-generation operating system, Vista,
| will be in full force and many older PCs won't have the specs to run it
| effectively.
| "Vista's one of those events that cause a refresh cycle," said O'Grady.
| "We see the newer, 64-bit and dual-core systems ready for Vista and the
| degradation of older assets will follow."


A culture of waste makes the vendors happy, at the expense of people's wallet
and the environment. Similar scenario in the fashion industry.


Subject: [News] ITWeek Approves Ubuntu Linux as Valid Windows Altenative
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 14:55:34 +0100

Tested: Ubuntu Linux

,----[ Quote]
| The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is a user-friendly Windows
| desktop alternative


Nothing but positive feedback.


Subject: [News] Bergen Dismisses FUD, Carries on City-Wide Migration to GNU/Linux
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 14:59:34 +0100

Bergen postpones desktop Linux migration

Open source council insists its Linux plans are on track

,----[ Quote ]
| Bergen City Council in Norway has hit back at reports that it has
| abandoned its flagship Linux migration project, branding them
| "exaggerated" and insisting it has completed plans to move many of
| its servers over to Linux.



Subject: [News] Philippines Moving to Free Open Source S/W in Education
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:04:19 +0100

CICT drafts educational open source strategy 

,----[ Quote ]
| One of the components of FINE is the distribution of a Free and Open
| Source Software (FOSS) CD Kit that contains about a dozen open
| source alternatives to proprietary applications.
| These applications include OpenOffice (alternative to Microsoft
| Office), Scribus DTP (alternative to Microsoft Publisher), NVU Web
| Authoring, 3D modeling software Blender (alternative to the more
| expensive Maya), Firefox (alternative to proprietary Web browsers),
| among others.
| [...]
| Another is the eQuality program that provides open source training
| to students from state colleges and universities.



Subject: [News] "Open Source is Powerful, Frictionless, and Seductive"
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:07:11 +0100

Open Source Apps Broadening the Human Resources World

,----[ Quote ]
| Software is ultimately composed of congealed ideas, so ideas are very
| important in the minds of software developers. The key to market power in
| the software industry lies in the minds of developers. Fashion plays a
| role too; some ideas are fashionable and some are not. The idea, or
| philosophy, of open source is powerful, frictionless, and seductive.
| Linux and other open source Latest News about open source applications
| are finding increasing acceptance in the global marketplace by small
| and large companies alike. Statistics on the growth of a few open source
| programs -- like Apache (a Web server), Linux (an operating system),
| FreeBSD (an operating system), and PostgreSQL (a database server) --
| demonstrate this. This column considers why open source is growing so
| fast, and what it means to human resources professionals.



Subject: [News] Sony Ericsson Dives Into OSS, Joins Eclipse Community
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:08:53 +0100

Sony Ericsson Joins Open Source Community

,----[ Quote ]
| Sony Ericsson announced that it is joining the Eclipse community as
| Add-in Provider Member. By becoming an Add-in Provider, Sony Ericsson aims
| to contribute to the Eclipse ecosystem through creating Eclipse plug-ins
| of benefit to the global mobile application developer community.



Subject: [News] Vista's Marketing Mistakes
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:24:33 +0100

Vista Transition: Microsoft Should Take a Lesson from Apple

,----[ Quote ]
| Opinion: The looming choice for Windows users is either to stick with
| Windows XP (and older hardware) or take Windows Vista cold turkey.
| But Microsoft doesn't have to be so tough--Apple did it differently with 
| the Mac OS X rollout. 
| [...]
| Most small business users and of course, consumers, will be migrated by
| fiat. These are the very customers who have forgotten (or never
| understood, more like it) the terms of license for the OS on their
| machines.
| Worse, this group believes they will be able to pop in the install discs
| for XP on their new machine and everything will be as it was. Not. 


Even that $900 million advertising budget (braishwash) for Vista won't be
able to save it.

Nice Gentoo screenshot: http://securitydot.net/viewscreen/30.html


Subject: [News] Federal Commission on Higher Education Manipulated by Microsoft
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:32:05 +0100

Changing the Report, After the Vote

,----[ Quote ]
| That agreement was nearly imperiled last weekend, though. Gerri
| Elliott, corporate vice president at Microsoft's Worldwide Public
| Sector division, sent an e-mail message to fellow commissioners Friday
| evening saying that she "vigorously" objected to a paragraph in which
| the panel embraced and encouraged the development of open source software
| and open content projects in higher education. The paragraph read like 
| this:
| "The commission encourages the creation of incentives to promote
| the development of open-source and open-content projects at universities
| and colleges across the United States, enabling the open sharing of 
| educational  materials from a variety of institutions, disciplines, and 
| educational perspectives. Such a portal could stimulate innovation, and 
| serve as the leading resource for teaching and learning. New initiatives 
| such as OpenCourseWare, the Open Learning Initiative, the Sakai Project, 
| and the Google Book project hold out the potential of providing universal 
| access both to general knowledge and to higher education."


There you go! Microsoft demands that the Fedral Government disregards Open
Source. Microsoft _is_ above the law.


Subject: [News] Got Windows Problems? Spend More Money
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:44:56 +0100

Ways to unclog children's too-slow, spyware-stuffed IBM laptops

,----[ Quote ]
| Q. I am at my wits' end with my two sons' IBM laptop computers that are 
| riddled with spyware and viruses to the extent that the computers are 
| almost unusable.
| [...]
| I have purchased software that takes care of viruses and software that
| takes care of spyware, but it never seemed to work the way it should. I
| don't want to add more software to the mix and would rather have a disk
| that I can use on any computer that disinfects the entire machine. They
| have so much garbage on their computers that I feel adding an
| anti-virus/anti-spyware program will just complicate things.



Subject: [News] Windows Users Unaware of What is Missed
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:47:51 +0100

Windows Switchers Should Like New Mac

,----[ Quote ]
| But many Windows users don't know what it's like to use a Mac.
| Big picture: You'll love it. But going to a Mac does come with its own
| unique set of challenges.
| Using a Mac is far less frustrating than using a Windows-based computer.
| Macs seem less prone to crashing and freezing up; in five years of using
| a Mac, it's never happened to me.


Replace "Mac" with "Linux" and the article will still deliver truth.


Subject: [News] React OS Reviewed, Run Under Linux
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:52:55 +0100

React OS: Windows done right

,----[ Quote ]
| Even in its rather early 0.3.0 release React OS is quite capable. It can
| run alot of well known applications such as OpenOffice.org and AbiWord,
| and even supports OpenGL allowing you to play some 3D games.



Subject: [News] Linux Conquers Phones Industry
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 15:57:23 +0100

Convergent Linux Platform: Tux for Your Phone

,----[ Quote ]
| A la Mobile is not the only company interested in providing a complete
| Linux based mobile solution; big shots such as Motorola, Panasonic,
| DoCoMo, NEC, Samsung, Vodafone and even PalmSource have declared their
| support. Motorola even has a few models based on Linux such as A780,
| E680 and E895. PalmSource has declared the development of a stack
| called Access Linux Platform (ALP) which we will discuss in another
| article. According to industry sources, A la Mobile is expected to
| ship phones based on its CLP sometime in September.



Subject: [News] Another Red Hat Certificate Debuts, Addresses Demand for Linux Professionals
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 16:00:37 +0100

Red Hat Certified Architect Debuts in ASEAN

,----[ Quote ]
| "The proliferation of enterprise Linux adoption in this region over the
| last two years has driven a high demand for certified Linux professionals," 
| said Jamie Pride, Director of Asia Pacific Services for Red Hat. "With 
| RHCA, IT professionals will acquire the skills necessary to plan, design 
| and manage open source infrastructure in large complex environments 
| consisting of many Linux systems across the enterprise."



Subject: [News] Hong Kong Government Goes for OpenDocument Format
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:23:25 +0100

>From Groklaw:

Hong Kong Government Recognizes ODF As A Recommended Standard in
Interoperability Framework

,----[ Quote ]
| ODF has been added to the the Hong Kong Government's Interoperability
| Framework (IF) as a recommended standard for use in the areas of
| "Formatted document file type for collaborative editing", "Presentationf
| ile type for collaborative editing, " and "Spreadsheet file type for
| collaborative editing." The IF, which was revised in March 2006
| (version 4.0) and defines a collection of specifications aimed at
| facilitating the interoperability of government systems and services,
| had not previously included ODF as a recommended standard. Multiple
| specifications are recognized in certain interoperability areas,
| including collaborative editing.



Subject: [News] Linux Runs on Palm Tungsten (Video)
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:33:34 +0100

Palm Tungsten E runing (sic) Linux

I remember Linux booting on the Palm over a year ago, but have a look at a
fully-functional desktop on an inexpensive-yet-powerful handheld.



Subject: [News] Red Hat Further Expands to Reach Banking Industry
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:35:38 +0100

Nucleus Software Certifies FinnOne Suite Applications On Red Hat Enterprise

,----[ Quote ]
| Red Hat announced that Nucleus Software has joined Red Hat's
| Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partner ecosystem. Nucleus Software
| is a leading provider of software solutions for the banking and financial
| services industry. The applications from Nucleus now certified on Red Hat
| Enterprise Linux are FinnOne Customer Acquisition System (CAS), FinnOne
| Loans Management Systems and FinnOne Collections. Nucleus and its
| flagship product FinnOne  have had over 200 successful implementations
| across the globe and the company's client base includes leading names in
| the banking and financial services industry.



Subject: [News] OLPC Linux Laptop to Ridicule MS Tablet PC's
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:38:22 +0100

2B1 to ridicule Microsoft Tablet PC with instant boot, Webcam, SD Slot, VoIP,
Router, 2W power consumption

,----[ Quote ]
| Things are getting hot for the One Laptop Per Child project. According
| to various sources, it looks like Brazil is going to be the first country
| to receive the first million laptops ou (sic) there.



Subject: [News] Mac OS Users Get Open Source Cockpit
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:40:20 +0100

MacLibre2 Installs Open Source Apps For You

,----[ Quote ]
| MacLibre announced the immediate availability of MacLibre2 on Friday.
| MacLibre2 acts as a one-stop front end for locating and installing
| open source applications on your Mac. It includes installation links
| for Audacity, Adium, Cyberduck, Firefox, Thunderbird, VirtueDesktops,
| and more. Each application includes a description, version number, file
| size, and a link to the application's Web site. MacLibre2 is free, and
| available for download at the MacLibre Web site.



Subject: [News] Free Open Source Discussed in United Nations Meeting
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:44:04 +0100

Debating Open-Source Software at the U.N.

,----[ Quote ]
| Mr. Stallman does not like Microsoft. Wow, does he not. He mentioned
| that when the U.N. sent him the information about the panel in a
| Microsoft Word document, he refused it and requested a different format.
| During the panel, he called Microsoft evil, said that the U.S. government
| is in Microsoft's pocket, and at one point faced the Microsoft guy and
| shouted, right there in the United Nations conference room, "You are a
| deceptive person!"



Subject: [News] Even AOL Contributes to Open Source *GASP*
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:46:42 +0100

AOL Kicks In Dojo Support

,----[ Quote ]
| Involvement and support of the Dojo Foundation will help further the usage
| of Ajax technology by developers in open source projects.
| [...]
| AOL has been involved with Dojo since February 2006. The company provided
| hosting for Dojo, and donated a JavaScript Compiler tool, which analyzes
| JavaScript code and conducts operations on that analysis, such as strip
| unused code or provide metrics on call patterns.
| Support from AOL for Dojo will continue. The online services firm
| announced today it would help further Ajax and JavaScript adoption in
| the open source community. AOL cited Forrester Research on the rise of
| open source usage, with 55 percent of American companies using open
| source technology in mission critical applications.



Subject: [News] NYT on Apple-Google Versus Unethical Empire
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:50:40 +0100

An Apple-Google Friendship, and a Common Enemy

,----[ Quote ]
| She did not even need to name the enemy she had in mind: Microsoft,
| the leading rival to both Mr. Jobs and Mr. Schmidt through most of their
| careers. Now, with the Internet era remaking the competitive landscape,
| their prospects for outdueling Microsoft's Windows empire may be better
| than ever.



Subject: [News] iPod Management Made Easy in Linux
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:56:44 +0100

Floola: iPods and Linux just got easier

,----[ Quote ]
| Its no secret that Spoozer Men's Magazine has been built on an Ubuntu
| Linux box. I did it to show other designers that, yes, a nice fully
| functional website can be created and designed under Linux (plus a
| little help form Crossover Office). And now I am going to show you that
| ipod management can be just as easy, if not easier than itunes + Windows.



Subject: [News] Reviving Old Game Consoles Using Linux
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 03:00:50 +0100

Gentoo 2006.1: A Thing of Dreams?  

,----[ Quote ]
| The release also offers support for an interesting processor, the Hitachi 
| SuperH, which is included in Sega's long-dead Dreamcast game console.


This prevents /waste/. Even old XBox units can be turned into a
Web/computational server. Same with legacy hardware.


Subject: [News] Gentoo 2006.1 Review
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 03:05:27 +0100

Gentoo 2006.1

2006.1 Additions & Improvements (incomplete)

    * Addition of AMD64 Live Installer CD
    * Updated Installer with Networkless Mode & Improved Partitioner
    * GCC upgraded from 3.4.6 to 4.1.1
    * Official support for Apple G5 Dual Core Systems
    * Experimental SuperH Stages
    * Based on the 2.6.17-r5 Kernel
    * Improved drivers / better hardware detection



Subject: [News] K/Ubuntu Edgy Knot 2 is Released
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 03:07:45 +0100

,----[ Quote ]
| Edgy, all about cutting edge, perhaps bleeding edge, will consist of
| brand new code and infrastructure. The time has come to introduce some
| seriously interesting, but definitely edgy, new technologies that lay
| the groundwork for the next wave of Ubuntu development.



Subject: [News] Hypocrisy: Microsoft Whines about Design Ripoff
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 03:29:34 +0100

Microsoft Cries Foul At Stolen Interface

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft Expo's project leader, Garry Wiseman, wrote a blog post
| earlier today criticizing Sina, one of China's largest search engines,
| saying "Sina.com steals our design and graphics".


Among examples of rippoff/thefts:


Let's not forget the ODF 'plugin', among so many other instances.


Subject: [News] Linux Puts Old Hardware to Use, as Router
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 03:31:53 +0100

Old PC To New Router With Gentoo Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Don't throw that old PC away just yet, it still has some life in it yet.
| No matter how bad your old PC is it can always be used as a router, and
| your old router as a switch. All you need is two nic cards for it.



Subject: [News] Praise Microsoft and Get a Taste of Reality
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 03:40:19 +0100

Praising Microsoft - and attacked by wolves

,----[ Snippets ]
| "That you can use the word 'virtue' in the same sentence as 'Microsoft'
| is clear indication that you haven't a clue. Then again, you do write
| for Fortune, so your alliance no doubt leans toward corporations and
| shareholders rather than users," wrote Walter Bazzini, whose Web
| site, perhaps revealingly, is entitled "Misanthrope Manor."
| "You sound as if you're suffering from 'Stockholm Syndrome,'" wrote
| Ken Davies. "Microsoft has actually set all of us back by years and
| possibly by decades."
| "Your painfully revisionist history makes you sound like one of
| the 20-something journalists who wasn't actually around since the 80s,"
| wrote Norman Gilmore, who really knows how to hurt a guy.
| Some of the letters were not only passionate but extremely well written
| and thoughtful. Here's more, for example, from Gilmore, who neatly
| summarizes the objections of quite a few writers:
| "Gee, I thought ARPA funded the research leading to TCP/IP, Tim
| Berners-Lee invented the Web, and Marc Andreessen led the creation of
| the graphical browser at [the University of Illinois]. I thought Apple
| started the personal computing revolution, Xerox invented graphical
| interfaces and IBM invented the PC. Microsoft BASIC - oh yeah, a
| language invented at Dartmouth by Kemeny and Kurtz. MS-DOS? Tim
| Patterson wrote what became MS-DOS, itself a CP/M clone.
| "And THEN Bill Gates wrote his famous memo, which summarized as -



Subject: [News] Internet Under Increased Level of Attacks by Windows Zombies, Microsoft Not Concerned
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 03:45:27 +0100

Microsoft lax on newest attacks

,----[ Quote ]
| Several security experts are warning of increased cyberattacks that
| target Windows PCs, including those that try to turn computers into
| zombies. Microsoft, however, says all is calm on the attack front.



Subject: [News] Quanta Can Unleash 10 Million Linux Boxes in One Year, Follow OLPC's Footsteps
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 03:54:14 +0100

Quanta plans 10m $100 PCs in 12 months 

,----[ Quote ]
| As for software, the $100 laptop will run a variant of Linux and
| maybe Windows and OS X if the right deals and designs can be done
| with Microsoft and Apple. A web browser and basic apps will be
| bundled.
| [...]
| According to Digitimes, Quanta president Michael Wang believes 10 million
| can be made from the 12-month period starting at the end of the first
| calendar quarter next year. Production will be in China and then
| maybe eastern Europe.



Subject: [News] Another Uber-Vista-Capable Laptop Explodes
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 04:01:31 +0100

Dell laptop detonates in UK home

,----[ Quote ]
| A Leicestershire family was this left in shock after their Dell
| laptop exploded "like fireworks" and set light to their living room
| furniture, it was reported this week - just before news broke of
| Sony's decision to appoint a battery safety officer.


Good as context:

Fires and Laptops and Batteries, Oh My!

,----[ Quote ]
| The dirty little secret of the PC industry is that most users don't need
| as much of the processing power and energy usage as they are presently
| consuming; the Windows / Intel cycle of creating an ever larger operating
| system which requires ever more processing power to use it is creating
| this situation. Users just are not aware of alternatives, and alternatives
| are not presented to them; there's big business in keeping them in the
| hamster wheel of hardware and software replacement. There's not enough of
| a sales story for people like Microsoft in saying their latest product
| will be more efficient in its use of resources, as opposed to having
| more novelty.



Subject: [News] (Dupe-Yet-Noteworthy) Microsoft Ignores Zombies, Changes Federal Reports
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 04:12:42 +0100

Microsoft Downplays Malware Warnings


Microsoft Attempts to Quash OSS Recommendations



Subject: [News] Motorola's Linux-powered Phone Reviewed
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 04:25:08 +0100

Another look at Mot's Linux-powered Rokr E2 cellphone

,----[ Quote ]
| Praising the device's version 8.50 Opera Mobile browser, Loli-Queru
| writes that it "worked fast, scrolled fast, never ran out of memory ...
| and rendered everything as expected." Although, a couple of minor
| problems were also noted. Another strong point was the phone's filem
| anager, about which she writes, "I absolutely love the power you get
| from this seemingly simple file manager."



Subject: [News] Microsoft is All About the Lawyers (And "Advertisers, Advertisers, Advertisers")
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 04:06:44 +0100

Microsoft unleashes its super lawyer for EU case

,----[ Quote ]
| Convicted monopolist Microsoft has decided that the only way it can
| handle those nasty types in the EU who want it to hand over large sums
| in fines is to appoint an extra strong lawyer.


To explain the subject line:


        ("Steve Ballmer: Advertisers, Advertisers, Advertisers")


Subject: [News] Xen, Open Source Hypervisor, Gets Wider Support
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 05:01:28 +0100

Xen's List of Brand-Name Support Steadily Growing

,----[ Quote ]
| Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) Latest News about Sun Microsystems
| has already committed to supporting Xen in its OpenSolaris operating
| system this year, and in Solaris in 2007. Red Hat said it will support Xen
| in its new Enterprise Linux 5 distribution, due out this December.
| As Xen moves more into the mixed workload environment, however, it's
| bumping into market incumbent VMware. VMware Vice President Brian Byun
| publicly dismissed XenSource's tie-up with Microsoft as a "one-way
| street" that favors Microsoft. XenSource's Crosby countered, calling
| VMware's characterization "the gut reaction from a wounded animal." 


Vitualisation is said to be a huge growth opportunity for Linux.


Subject: [News] Enormous Momentum for Open Source (and Linux), According to IDC
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 04:27:48 +0100

Not a new study, but a new article.

,----[ Quote ]
| The results of the study indicate that open-source software is
| currently being used by 71 percent of developers worldwide, according
| to IDC. Additionally, open-source software software is "in production"
| at 54 percent of the surveyed developers' organizations. Furthermore,
| half the surveyed developers said that the use of open-source in
| their organizations is increasing.



Subject: [News] Rockbox Makes Your Audio Player an Open Source PC
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 04:36:34 +0100

Review: Rockbox - The Open Source Jukebox Firmware

,----[ Quote ]
| Rockbox is a replacement firmware for various audio players, that opens
| up new features and fixes devices shortcomings. We don't think of these
| devices as personal computers, but they are; and Rockbox is an
| alternative operating system.



Subject: [News] Internet Explorer 7 is Spyware
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 06:11:31 +0100

Just worth clarifying this.

Not only does it send Microsoft a list of pages you visit, but it also
enables Microsoft to extend its monopoly and use it for search technologies.


No wonder Internet Explorer 7 was made a high priority update. Security?
Security my ass. They just want to spy on every Web surfer.


Subject: [News] Relying on a Closed-Source Software Vendor - Cost: $0.3 Billion
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2006 07:02:00 +0100

Software Delay Said to Cost IRS $318 Million in Overpaid Refunds

,----[ Quote ]
| The Internal Revenue Service gave away $318 million in improper refunds
| this year because a computer program that screens tax returns for fraud
| was not working, according to a report released yesterday.
| [...]
| The IRS had contracted with Computer Sciences Corp. to update the program, 
| but the contractor could not produce a working program by the deadline. The
| old program could not be put back into operation in time for the spring
| 2006 tax-filing deadline.



| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
I hate babies.  They're so human.
		-- H.H. Munro

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