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After my less than satisfying visit to the land of Linux streaming media viewers just a few weeks ago, I was a little reluctant to try another, in spite of the readers who suggested I look at Xine. I shouldn't have been. I found the Xine experience satisfying in every aspect. Xine installation is quick, easy, and well documented. On my Red Hat 7.2 desktop box with its 1-GHz Athlon CPU, 512 megabytes of RAM, and a GeForce 2 MX video card, I got video that rivaled anything I've seen, even in full-screen mode. I downloaded xine-lib-0.9.8.tar.gz and xine-ui-0.9.8.tar.gz source code tar balls from the Xine project page on SourceForge. A perfectly behaved configure script -- I was impressed by the level of detail and information provided by the scripts -- started the normal install process of ./configure; make; make install. Per the README on the Web site, I installed xine... (more)

News Watch: July 1999

In This Issue: Industry Watch Web Application Scalability Study Product News Allaire Announces a New Product: Spectra! Allaire Apologizes for Technical Problems During Spectra Webcast; Provides Webcast Archive JRun's End Run ColdFusion Express Upcoming Events First-Ever Allaire Developer Conference: October 24-26 Ongoing at Allaire Integrated Server-Side Java Support Announced Subscriber News JavaJim Featured on SeattleTimes.com Fun Factoids and Food for Thought Just When I Got Kilograms, Kilometers and Kilobytes Straight. . . Perhaps Some Paranoia is Healthy? A Look at Legal Rulings Regarding the Internet: Too Broad a Spectrum? Industry Watch Web Application Scalability Study BOSTON, MA: June 1999: RSW Software, a leading provider of Web application testing software (E-TESTÖ Suite) and a business unit of Teradyne, Inc., has announced the availability of a compreh... (more)

Munich Court Defends GPL

A Munich district court has hit Sitecom Germany GmbH with a preliminary injunction forbidding it to distribute a wireless access router, model WL-122, unless it conforms to the GNU General Public License. The GPL has only been the subject of a court decision once before when, in the summer of 2001, a Massachusetts federal court ruled that the license was "binding" and "enforceable" during a dispute between MySQL AB and its one-time US distributor NuSphere, a subsidiary of Progress Software. Subsequently, IBM has based part of its countersuit against the SCO Group on the GPL, but IBM's claims have yet to be tried in court. Anyway, the open source netfilter/iptables project, which has been going around quietly enforcing the GPL with other companies, claims the Sitecom router is based on software that it developed and licenses for free under the GPL and that Sitecom refu... (more)

Linux in Government: A Growing Sector

On June 30th, IBM and two US Senators announced the initial deployment of a system to link local Mississippi law enforcements agencies to a single database of public safety information. The federally funded project will deliver public safety information across Mississippi to desktop and a range of mobile devices. The announcement, which included software vendor Tarantella, is additional proof of Linux's importance in the government sector. The State of Mississippi Automated System Project (ASP) will provide local officials with real-time access to public safety information including mug shots, arrest warrants, criminal intelligence, hazardous materials data and medical emergency protocols enhancing their ability to prevent and respond to incidents that pose a danger to the public. The project is expected to be fully deployed in October 2004. The system includes con... (more)

Microsoft Pays Off Lindows, Saves the Windows Trademark

Microsoft has settled the trademark infringement suit that it filed against Linux desktop start-up Lindows.com in December of 2001, the suit that Lindows cleverly managed to stand on its head and turn into an action challenging the legitimacy of the Windows trademark that Microsoft won from the Patent and Trademark Office years ago under cloudy, if not dicey, circumstances. Microsoft is paying Lindows $20 million to buy the Lindows.com name, although Lindows pretty much stopped using it a few weeks ago except in limited circumstances after Microsoft's lawyers basically got it kicked out of the Benelux. Instead Lindows changed its name and the name of its Linux operating system to Linspire. So now Lindows or rather Linspire is going to use Microsoft's own money to advance its position on the desktop. Lindows told the SEC this morning in an amendment to its IPO filing ... (more)

Cyber Defense Earns FAA's First Small Hand-Launched UAV Experimental Airworthiness Certificate for Its CyberBug(TM) UAS

ST. PETERSBURG, FL and ATLANTA, GA and COLUMBUS, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/18/07 -- Cyber Defense Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: CYDF), a designer and developer of next generation unmanned aerial systems (UASs), announced today that the company has received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, the first for small hand-launched UASs under 100lbs in the United States, allowing the CyberBug(TM) Unmanned Aerial System to fly in the National Airspace System. To date, the U.S. aviation agency has issued only twelve EACs for UAS operations in civil airspace, with Cyber Defense receiving the latest. Cyber Defense earned the right to fly in the NAS after successfully completing a CyberBug(TM) demonstration flight for FAA officials at a location in Pasco County, Florida on June 15th, 2007. The CyberBug(TM) is a high tech asset for militar... (more)

Appeals Court Overturns Injunction-Denying Open Source Ruling

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Wednesday overturned a year-old San Francisco district court decision that deprived the aggrieved plaintiff in a dispute over open source software governed by the Artistic License of the right to sue for copyright infringement and get an injunction against the defendant. The finding, which sends the case back to the district court with instructions, is important to the FOSS community since the possibility of an injunction is considered one of the few safeguards open source software has. Free software is hard pressed to establish monetary damages. How important it was is indicated by the amount of pro bono legal fire power the FOSS faction expended on the appeal. According to a list on the OSI site, it involved at a minimum the plaintiff’s lawyer, the Creative Commons’ counsel who wrote an amicus brief and t... (more)

StrikeForce Announces Its Alliance Partnership With New York Metro InfraGard

EDISON, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/29/06 -- StrikeForce Technologies (OTCBB: SKFT), announced its Alliance Partnership with the NY Metro InfraGard Members Alliance, a public-private partnership sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. StrikeForce is engaged in this cooperative undertaking in recognition that a public/private strategic partnership is of key importance to protecting our nation's security. StrikeForce joined as an Alliance Partner to support the FBI in its InfraGard initiative and to offer its products to Enterprise, Financial and Government Institutions needing to comply with FFIEC, Sarbanes Oxley, Graham-Leach-Bliley, Anti-Money Laundering and other regulations and guidances. The majority of InfraGard members are security professionals from multiple levels of government, law enforcement institutions, and corporations representing financial s... (more)

Lawsuit Brought By MySpace Founder to Halt MySpace's Increasingly Aggressive Censorship Activities

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Brad Greenspan filed a lawsuit today in Federal District Court in Los Angeles thru his LiveUniverse company, accusing News Corp's MySpace of ramping up the practice of censoring MySpace users from using or even mentioning the name on their profile pages of products or websites that News Corp deems to be competitive or a source of information adverse to News Corp. The lawsuit makes use of the law in the United States to protect companies and consumers from the attempts by MySpace to illegally create a monopoly and extend its dominance of the internet social networking market. MySpace, since being taken over by News Corp, has used this mass censorship technique in the past against some of the larger services such as YouTube and Revver before user revolts forced MySpace to temporarily reverse censoring these services. More recently,... (more)

Written Statement of Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a written statement by Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement: -- Introduction Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Specter, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Department of Justice's efforts to protect intellectual property rights through criminal enforcement. As America continues its transformation into an information- and innovation-based economy, the protection of America's creative assets is a top priority of the Department of Justice. Intellectual property embodies America's cultural heritage, consumer confidence and trust in brands for products ranging from prescription medicines to spark plugs, and most of the assets of our vibran... (more)

NextWave Wireless Retains Deutsche Bank and UBS to Explore the Sale of Its Wireless Spectrum Holdings in the U.S.

NextWave Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: WAVE), a global provider of advanced mobile multimedia and wireless broadband technologies, announced that it has retained Deutsche Bank and UBS Investment Bank to explore the sale of its extensive spectrum holdings in the United States. NextWave’s U.S. spectrum footprint covers over 251 million people, or pops, in the United States and includes major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Houston, and Detroit. The company’s holdings include licenses and lease rights for a total of 4.7 billion MHz/pops of spectrum comprised of 154 Advanced Wireless Service (“AWS”) licenses in the 1.7/2.1 GHz band, 30 Wireless Communication Service (“WCS”) licenses in the 2.3 GHz band, and 39 Educational Broadband Service (“EBS”) and Broadband Radio ... (more)