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Open Source Myths

December 10, 2008 (8:30:00 PM) - 5 years ago
We've covered Black Duck Software a few times before. The company offers services for managed and secure implementations of open source software, and maintains a giant knowledgebase of over 170,000 open source projects. It's doing very well even in this economic environment, as seen in the story linked to above. Today, the company sent along a collection of myths about open source, responses for which answer some interesting questions.

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Linux Defenders: Go-Betweens to Police Patent Trolls

December 10, 2008 (8:00:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Open Invention Network along with a series of powerful partners ranging from IBM to the Software Freedom Law Center to the Linux Foundation has unveiled Linux Defenders, a federated effort to shield the open source community from patent trolls.

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New Funding for Appcelerator and Jaspersoft

December 10, 2008 (7:30:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Despite the dire economic times, funding continues to flow toward open source. Appcelerator, which has an open platform for building web, desktop and mobile applications, has announced that it has received $4.1 million in Series A venture funding. Storm Venture managing partner Ryan Floyd will join Appcelerator's board of directors along with Larry Augustin, a noted angel investor.

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Using HDMI Audio/Video On Linux

December 10, 2008 (7:00:00 PM) - 5 years ago
The last time we looked in-depth at HDMI support on Linux was last December when talking about HDMI with the ATI Catalyst Linux driver. Since then there has been improvements in a number of drivers for different hardware. In this article we have a brief overview on the status of HDMI support in the Intel, NVIDIA, and ATI Linux drivers.

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When Linux fails

December 10, 2008 (6:30:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Ian had gone to Africa as part of an organization called Geekcorps, dedicated to promoting IT use in developing nations. He worked on a range of projects in Mali, a West African nation which like most African nations is very undeveloped as far as IT is concerned. At first glance Free and Open Source software should be perfect for places like Mali. The local economy is poor, and average salaries make proprietary software an unimaginable expense for most people there. Yet the place is overrun with copies of Microsoft Windows. This is the toxic effect of what is called software "piracy"...

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Red Hat Backs Jaspersoft's Open Source BI

December 10, 2008 (6:00:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Open source business intelligence (BI) vendor Jaspersoft has closed a new round of financing -- thanks to backers that now include Linux vendor Red Hat. Jaspersoft's new round of financing totaled $12.5 million, bringing the company's total venture financing to $43.5 million to date.

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XP lives... for a price

December 10, 2008 (5:30:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Can we cut the crap? No one wants Vista, and stubborn Windows users have demanded XP. While neither Microsoft nor its partners will admit it, Microsoft has abandoned its attempt to kill off XP.

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CDMA, UMTS modems gain LInux SDK

December 10, 2008 (5:00:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Sierra Wireless is shipping a Linux software development kit (SDK) for its 3G wireless modules. The Linux SDK supports its HSPA- and EV-DO Rev-compatible modems, says the company, which also announced it was acquiring embedded wireless vendor Wavecom.

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MySQL 5.1 Takes Off Despite Controversy

December 10, 2008 (4:30:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Ten days after first being officially released as generally available (GA), software, Sun Microsystems is now claiming its open source MySQL 5.1 database server is being well received. It's a claim that stands in contrast to the initial claim of MySQL founder Monty Widenius who last week published a long diatribe discussing the multiple failures of MySQL 5.1.

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RIM Aims to Boost Security Technology

December 10, 2008 (4:00:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Research in Motion is making a $66 million dollar hostile bid to acquire security cryptography company Certicom Corp.

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Novell reports leap in Linux revenues

December 10, 2008 (3:30:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Novell's Linux business grew by 33 percent over the fourth quarter last year, according to the company's latest financial figures. Identity and access management revenues were up 11 percent compared to the same period last year, and systems and resource management revenues climbed 15 percent.

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Linux And Unix Internet User And Site Security - How Much Is Too Much?

December 10, 2008 (3:00:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Today's post is going to be about security on Linux and Unix, since we're building up to doing some work with CAPTCHA in the near future and need to keep ourselves awake and interested ;) To be more specific, today's post is going to deal with site, and user, security on the Internet (although you could apply these examples to various arenas). As we all know, maintaining a decent level of personal and professional site security on the Internet is possible to a degree. Unfortunately, as long as there's profit in breaching that security, building industries devoted to thwarting those breaches or some interdependent mish-mosh of the two, there's no way to achieve absolute security on the Internet unless you opt not to use it (The Internet, that is.)

A no-fly zone to protect Linux from patent trolls

December 10, 2008 (2:30:00 PM) - 5 years ago
On Tuesday a consortium of technology companies, including IBM (IBM), will launch a new initiative designed to help shield the open-source software community from threats posed by companies or individuals holding dubious software patents and seeking payment for alleged infringements by open-source software products.

The Microsoftie Who Embraced the Dark Side (Open Source)

December 10, 2008 (2:00:00 PM) - 5 years ago
At the University of Michigan in the early 1990s, I knew I wanted to go work for Microsoft. I had long been a fan of Apple, but their computers cost so much I felt they would be relegated to a niche in the computer industry. I thought Microsoft had a much more expansive view of the power of the PC. Even on my Mac Plus, I spent nearly all of my time inside Word and Excel.

Administering MySQL Databases on the Web Using PHP

December 10, 2008 (12:00:00 PM) - 5 years ago
Inserting new items into the database is remarkably similar to getting items out of the database. You follow the same basic steps: make a connection, send a query, and check the results. In this case, the query you send is an INSERT rather than a SELECT.

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When Linux fails

December 10, 2008 (10:00:00 AM) - 5 years ago
Recently I was able to visit the Ontario Linux Fest. I love shows like Ontario, as they're run by amateurs, not by professional show companies. Don't get me wrong, the professional shows have their place too, but I don't tend to listen to the other speakers at those shows as I've heard most of them before. I'm sure they've all heard my talks as well, so instead we tend to hang out in the speaker rooms trying to get the wireless network to work, and swapping airline travel horror stories.

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SCOPE and the Linux kernel

December 10, 2008 (8:00:00 AM) - 5 years ago
A Nokia Research Center engineer has written a whitepaper explaining the relationship of the SCOPE Alliance and the Linux Foundation's Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) working group. Writing on behalf of the SCOPE Alliance, Nokia's Tapio Tallgren reveals how SCOPE identifies advanced features needed in tomorrow's kernels.

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WFTL Bytes! for Dec 8, 2008

December 10, 2008 (6:00:00 AM) - 5 years ago
This is WFTL Bytes!, your occasiodaily FOSS and Linux news show for Monday, December 8, 2008, with your host, Marcel Gagné. This is episode 35. Today's stories do not include a sad RIAA tale, but does talk about Google's open phone, an exploding open source cloud, yet another open cell phone OS, pay toilet Wi-Fi, Mandriva is either doing poorly or doing great, and how to fail your computing class.

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Wind River reports strong year

December 10, 2008 (4:00:00 AM) - 5 years ago
Wind River released another solid earnings report in the third quarter, reporting a 12 percent increase in revenues to $91.6 million, and a nine percent increase in deferred revenues to $125.8 million year-over-year. Linux revenues totaled $13.3 million, an increase of 71 percent over last year, says the company.

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Red Hat bucks the trend

December 10, 2008 (2:00:00 AM) - 5 years ago
At a time when most companies are happy if the balance sheet does not show any red ink, Red Hat Linux has bucked the trend. Its stock price leapt 32 percent last week compared to that a year ago, during a week when technology stocks overall fell by 2.6 percent.

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