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Is Microsoft Hijacking Open Source?

Like many, I was pretty shocked by the recent Microsoft-EU deal to settle the long-running investigation into interoperability issues. This was not so much because of the way Microsoft has used every kind of delaying tactic it could before eventually agreeing (for the nth time) to try harder in the future. My real dismay was provoked by the gap between appearance and reality – a chasm that I think bodes ill for the future of open source. more>>

The Linux Community of Interest

Back in 1995, I read an article about the scarcity of webmasters and switched my specialty. I often look for hot spots and retool to meet the needs. Before 1995, Oracle Financials was hot. I just didn’t care much for the rigidity of technology. But, I was an accountant and an IT guy so I had tooled up for database programming. more>>

Is Linux Slipping?

While Linux has doubled it's share in the desktop market, a recent report from IDC says that Linux is losing out to Windows on x86 servers. more>>

Apple Changes The Locks

In an attempt to crack down on iPhone unlocking, Apple announced it will now enforce a two-phones-per-person rule.

Apple will no longer accept cash for phones, requiring a credit or debit card to complete the purchase, and will be tracking the identities of purchasers to prevent unauthorized sales. Apple estimates that 250,000 of the 1.4 million phones sold so far have been unlocked. more>>

Getting Paid To Dump Windows

A user in Italy has managed to find the way to make it pay to give Windows the boot. more>>

AMD Goes Linux

Video card giant AMD announced the release of new Linux drivers for its popular line of video cards today. The new drivers, Linux Catalyst 7.10, provide updates and features for desktop effects and gaming. more>>

Sans Competition

SanDisk, the leader in Flash memory, is trying to become the only company in Flash memory. In pursuit of the goal, they've filed patent infringement suits against no less than twenty five of their competitors. more>>

An Internet Tax Reprieve...For Now

In what is being reported as an overwhelmingly positive vote, the United States Senate passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments Act of 2007 yesterday, extending the prohibition of taxes on internet use for an additional four years. more>>

Time For Opera To Rock

Following last night's Opera Rocks launch party, Opera Software released Opera 9.5 today, the latest beta release the of popular alternative web-browser. more>>

What does the Microsoft "partnership" with Facebook mean for users?

Here's the key fact: Facebook's users are not its customers. They're the targets to which Facebook's customers aim advertising. In old media this was no big deal. But Facebook isn't just a "medium". It's a vast walled garden where the social activity of members and visitors constantly improves the ability of advertisers to "target" both.

This is a Good Thing only if it works for everybody — including both those targeted as well as those doing the targeting. And if users are actually involved, they have some important questions: more>>

What happens to my identity-related information? How is it used, and by whom? How much control do I have over my data (or data about myself) — including what Facebook "partners" do with that data?

Someone Actually Wants SCO?

As astonishing as it sounds, someone actually wants to buy SCO, the bankrupt software company that has spent the last few years biting at the ankles of the Linux community. more>>

Red Hat Uneasy About Microsoft Patent Terms

LinuxJournal.com reported previously that Microsoft ended it's nine year battle with the European Union over it's trade practices. However, not everyone considers the resolution good news. more>>

Congress Backs Up BitTorrent

It's long been alleged that Comcast was targeting BitTorrent users by throttling their downloads. Last week, the AP reported that it had conducted tests that confirmed the company was blocking BitTorrent traffic. more>>

Help Drive Linux Drivers

Anybody who has ever tried to hook a printer up to a Linux box knows that good device drivers are in short supply. Apparently, however, the community isn't very good at conveying the need. more>>

Microsoft Friends Facebook

The Empire now has a new territory: social-networking giant Facebook. The deal reportedly valued Facebook at $15 billion, and ended with an investment of $240 million by Microsoft.

As a result of the partnership, Microsoft will now has an exclusive hold on Facebook's lucrative ad market, and possibly room for new Microsoft applications or Facebook software on Microsoft systems. more>>

Book Review: SugarCRM Developer’s Manual

The following is a review of the book SugarCRM Developer’s Manual: Customize and extend SugarCRM by Dr. Mark Alexander Bain. The book's publisher is Packt Publishing. more>>

Maybe UCANN school ICANN on whois

Raise your hand if you use whois every day. Even if your hand isn't up, and you just regard whois as an essential sysadmin tool, this post is for you.

Because if you're interested in keeping whois working for the those it was made for in the first place, you need to visit the battlefield where whois' future is being determined right now. That is, you must be Beowulf to the Grendel that is the Intellectual Property Community. Worse, you must confront him in the vast cave that is ICANN. more>>

Linux Survey Needs Help

Attention Linux Users! The Linux Foundation's Desktop Linux Survey needs your help!

As we previously reported, the Linux Foundation has opened the doors on the Third Annual Desktop Linux Survey. The survey, which is available until November 30, has received over 10,000 responses already! more>>

Gmail Goes IMAP

The day has finally come: Google has heard the prayers of the people! more>>

"Unlimited" Costs Verizon $1 Million

Not knowing what a word means can cause all sorts of problems, but it's not that often that one of those problems costs a million dollars. Unless you're Verizon, that is. more>>

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