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Beleaguered Senator Backs Down

Faced with a full blown filibuster after resorting to procedural trickery to force through a pro-immunity amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was forced to withdraw the controversial measure and allow the Senate to consider both versions after the Christmas holiday.

BusyBox Claims Another Victory

The principal developers of BusyBox — Erik Andersen and Rob Landley — have quickly become famous within the Open Source community for the bevy of lawsuits filed on their behalf by the Software Freedom Law Center. Now they're back in the news with the settlement of another GPL action.

Linux Up 600 On Wall Street

The New York Stock Exchange — the granddaddy of financial markets — has decided to give UNIX the shove and move to Linux, starting with 600 severs tasked with handling the exchange's millions of transactions per minute.

Canonical Opens The Bazaar

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and see the latest and greatest version control system: Bazaar, brought to you by Canonical. It slices, it dices, it makes julienne fries, and if you use it right, you won't even need a fork!

OpenLogic To Tally Open Source Deployment

If you've ever wondered just how many people are using Open Source software, then sit up and listen, because your question may soon be answered. OpenLogic, Inc. has announced that they plan to conduct an Open Source Census, to determine just what and how much Open Source software is installed in the enterprise world.

Taking Open Source To The Moon

NASA has decided to take open source into space, with the announcement that the Aries I rocket — which will be used to make the U.S. Space Program's first visit to the moon in over forty years — will be built with an open-source "brain."

Opera Takes On Microsoft

Opera Software — the company behind the popular alternative browser Opera — has decided to go after Microsoft with an oddly familiar claim.

The Spam Also Rises

A new study released by Barracuda Networks shows that the tide of spam is rising, clocking in at 95% of the world's email.

Novell Nabs Office Depot

Office Depot — the office supply giant spread across forty-three countries — has decided it will give up it's mix of internal server OS's and transition to a SUSE-only operation.

Microsoft's FolderShare Meets The Trash

Reliability is often cited by Microsoft supporters as a defining feature of Microsoft software. One can almost see them reddening through the egg on their faces, with the news that Microsoft's file-syncing software Foldershare has been sharing user's files with the recycle bin.

Microsoft Offering Spyware For Free

The folks at Microsoft want to know what you're doing — they really, really want to know. In fact, they want to know so bad they'll give you free copies of their software if you'll let them spy on you for a while.

Seagate Doesn't Need Linux

Seagate Technology, the world's largest producer of hard disks, has decided it doesn't need Linux users — or Mac users, for that matter. The realization of this new philosophy comes with the release of Seagate's "Free Agent" series, which are apparently useless on anything but Windows.

Mozilla Speaks On Why IE Bytes

Just over a week ago, Microsoft lackey Jeff Jones came out and claimed that Firefox is less secure than Internet Explorer because Mozilla finds and fixes more bugs than Microsoft. Now Mozilla is striking back at the bugs in Microsoft's logic.

Nokia Wants To Lock Up Ogg

The open-source Ogg Theora video format is an important part of keeping video free on the web — but it won't be for long if Nokia gets its way.

It's Not A Wonderful Life For CompUSA

Ailing electronics retailer CompUSA won't be getting it's Christmas wish this year, as news came on Friday that the computer superstore will sell or close all stores by the end of the year.