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
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)
In This Issue:
Web Application Scalability Study
Allaire Announces a New Product: Spectra!
Allaire Apologizes for Technical Problems During Spectra Webcast;
Provides Webcast Archive
JRun's End Run
First-Ever Allaire Developer Conference:
Ongoing at Allaire
Integrated Server-Side Java Support Announced
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?
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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:
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 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