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How Apache & Plan 9 will defeat Microsoft's Passport: Dominance of Apache means Microsoft won't have the votes to enforce its approach (Linux.SYS-CON.com, 22 September 2003) ¡ª Linux gets a lot of press these days, but much of it appears condescending and is more about the phenomenon of its emergence and growth than it is about the value and use of the technology. That may be about to change, and for the better. As a group, the so-called "mainstream press" often appears to favor Microsoft and show an appalling lack of technical depth in its enthusiastic repetition of the latest Microsoft press release. There¡¯s been a lot of speculation on why this is and whether it even happens. So far, no definitive research provides answers one way or the other. I think there are two explanations. First, the press is largely the victim of a Microsoft marketing strategy that plays o... (more)

Democratic National Committee: John McCain vs. the Fact Checkers - New McCainpedia Feature Highlights McCain Distortions

WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release was issued today by the Democratic National Committee: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080519/DNCLOGO ) John McCain may be trying to sell himself as a "maverick" and a "straight talker" who will tell the truth no matter the consequences, but independent, non-partisan watchdog groups aren't buying it. Since Senator McCain wrapped up his Party's nomination, hardly a week has passed without at least one non-partisan fact checker criticizing McCain for distorting his record on something. McCain has consistently mischaracterized his record on the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, tax cuts, the budget, earmarks and health care reform. To help keep track of all the distortions, the Democratic National Committee today launched a new feature on McCainpedia called "John McCain vs. the Fact Checke... (more)

Meet the Perens (Part 2): Secret preloads, Bitkeeper and TCO

(LinuxWorld) — Here it is, just as promised. This is the conclusion of the Perens extravaganza begun last week. This week's column is made up of excerpts from my conversation with Perens two weeks ago. The conversation followed no set course. My questions were not pre-ordained; they wandered over the Linux terrain like it was a cow-path in Texas. But Perens' responses were lucid, well-informed and very interesting. I have trimmed and edited the conversation a bit in order to pack as much of it as I could into this week's space. Lobbying for change LW: Let's say that I, as a hot-headed journalist, wanted to see the Texas Legislature enact new legislation that would make EULAs subordinate to the constitution and not the other way around. Where customers could not be assumed guilty and have to prove their innocence, but rather enjoy the normal way of things under the l... (more)

A streaming media player for the rest of us

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)

How Apache & Plan 9 will defeat Microsoft's Passport

(LinuxWorld) — Linux gets a lot of press these days, but much of it appears condescending and is more about the phenomenon of its emergence and growth than it is about the value and use of the technology. That may be about to change, and for the better. As a group, the so-called "mainstream press" often appears to favor Microsoft and show an appalling lack of technical depth in its enthusiastic repetition of the latest Microsoft press release. There’s been a lot of speculation on why this is and whether it even happens. So far, no definitive research provides answers one way or the other. I think there are two explanations. First, the press is largely the victim of a Microsoft marketing strategy that plays off of the social rules people learn in high school: Money and social skills define the in-crowd, and only nerds kvetch about the importance of better ... (more)

DOJ-Microsoft agreement: It's not a sellout, it's surrender

(LinuxWorld) -- If I hired a lawyer to negotiate a settlement with a predatory monopolist, a monopolist found by a federal judge, and by a federal appeals court, to have violated antitrust law in a number of ways to maintain and extend its monopoly illegally, and he or she produced a settlement like the proposed settlement between the DOJ and Microsoft, I would not just fire them. I would kick them out the door and warn them never to darken it again. Then, I would try to have them disbarred. How bad is it? It's so bad that headlines appeared the day the settlement became public quoted Attorney General John Ashcroft saying "This is not a sellout." Ashcroft's denial sounded eerily similar to a denial heard 30 years ago when Nixon gave his famous "I am not a crook" speech. There are three major problems with the settlement. In reverse order of magnitude, its failures a... (more)

NewsWatch September, 2000

IN THIS ISSUE: ALLAIRE STOCK Today Honey, We Froze The Market Cap Allaire Stock Drops On 3Q Report E-COMMERCE FAO Schwarz Relaunches FAO.com With JRun Pottery Barn Extends to the Web With ColdFusion DEVELOPER NEWS Network Six Becomes Allaire Alliance Partner Edgewater Technology An Allaire Alliance Premier Partner Broadiant An Allaire Premier Training Partner Cyberserv & Allaire Alliance Produces beCyber Geodesic Partners With Allaire New WAP Book From Ben Forta et al. 5B Technologies A Premier Allaire Alliance Partner ALLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS Server 4.5.1 Service Pack Available Localized ColdFusion & HomeSite Documentation Spectra Powers AspenSnowmass's Virtual Skiing & Snowboarding 1,000 Linux ColdFusion Servers Sold in 6 Months Allaire Outlook on 3Q 2000 Results Allaire Developer Conference, Nov. 5-8 USER GROUPS & CONFERENCES Ben Forta to Present CF Master Tips & T... (more)

Lindows Asks Court to Nix Windows Trademark

That legal hand grenade that Microsoft lobbed at Lindows.com to force it to change its name because it was too close to Windows may wind up blowing up in Microsoft's own face. In a turnabout highly dangerous to the software giant, Lindows has formally asked the court hearing the trademark infringement suit that Microsoft brought against the Linux desktop start-up last year to throw out Microsoft's hard-won Windows trademark as generic flummery. What makes the move so dangerous is the fact that Lindows may be preaching to the choir. Federal Judge John Coughenour expressed doubts in March about the validity of the Microsoft trademark when he turned down Microsoft's bid for a preliminary injunction against Lindows, but back then he stopped short of knocking the Windows trademark down. At the time Coughenour said quite clearly that "There are serious questions regarding... (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)

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)

Federal Government XML Implementation

Should emergency personnel and law enforcement be called to the scene of a suspected chemical warfare attack, the last thing these frontline workers will want to do is wrestle with incompatible IT systems. Therefore, the federal government is in the throes of linking databases scattered throughout the 22 agencies that now make up the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), while tying in the efforts of state and local entities. Although a cohesive, intergovernmental network of antiterrorism systems is far from finished, XML is sure to become a key element in this orchestrated campaign. XML is not only present in tactical initiatives, such as an antiterrorism response that mandates the tight integration of far-flung systems. it is also playing an increasing role in efforts to streamline basic, day-to-day federal operations. In fact, two years ago, the Office of Managem... (more)