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Linux Engineer Accused of Murder Goes to Trial

admin - November 6, 2007
Hans Reiser, an open source Linux engineer, traumatized his 5-year-old son with violent video games and horror movies, prosecutor Paul Hora told jurors in the opening of Reiser's murder trial. Reiser is accused of murdering his Russian-born wife Nina Reiser, who disappeared in September 2006.

Good versus Evil: The JavaScript Wars

Microsoft's IE chief Chris Wilson is up in arms about JavaScript, and he's set his sights on Brendan Eich, Mozilla's CTO. It's definitely a battle to watch, as Eich is only the creator of JavaScript. Way to go Wilson: take on the creator himself.

Seagate Gets Giga Bitten

If you've picked up a Seagate hard-drive in the last five years, dig out your proof-of-purchase and get ready. The drive manufacturer has just settled a class-action suit over the definition of "gigabyte," and will be issuing credits to affected customers.

Everex To Do Notebooks Too

This week has been the Week of Low Cost Linux, with WalMart debuting a $200 Linux box, the Eee PC going on sale, and the OLPC opening up with an order for 100,000 systems. Now Everex is getting into the game with notebooks as well.

Comcast's Gonna Get It

A veritable Who's Who in the Net Neutrality community have come together to ask the Federal Communications Commission to give Comcast a good spanking over the company's policy of diverting BitTorrent traffic.

The Empire Strikes Back...In Nigeria?

A recent Linux victory has turned into a blow from Big Evil. It wasn't that long ago that Mandriva won a contract to provide the Nigerian government with 17,000 Intel PC's for local schools — complete with the latest version of Mandriva Linux. The deal was hailed as a triumph for open source over evil.

Canadian Wi-Fi Company Sues Just About Everybody

Wi-Lan Inc., a Canadian company that holds patents on a variety of wi-fi related technologies, has filed suit in Texas against just about everybody. Among the defendants – charged with patent infringement – are Sony, Best Buy, Apple, Dell, Intel, Netgear, and 18 others.

WHOIS Under Fire

Things turned ugly at a meeting of ICANN — the body responsible for overseeing the registration of internet domain names — in Los Angeles today.

Eee PC Hits The Market

The ultra-low-cost Eee PC from Asus, which comes pre-installed with a customized Linux distro, has hit the market with an asking price of $400.

The GPhone Is Coming

Google is within weeks of unveiling the much-anticipated GPhone, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal. The final hurdle for the company is convincing carriers to accept the open-format device.

Leopard Goes Double Platinum

The latest version of Apple's OS X – code-named Leopard - is poised to set sales records, with more than two million copies of the operating system sold in the first weekend of release.

Monsoon Settles GPL Suit

The landmark lawsuit against Monsoon Media for infringement of the GNU General Public License, Version 2, has come to an amicable close. The parties released a statement today outlining the terms.

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.

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.