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Will SCO EVER give it up???
Posted: JP @ Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:29 pm
SCO & Novell: Game, set and match

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah finally granted Novell's request for declaratory judgment and ruled against SCO's last frantic attempts to keep any of its claims going. Or, to quote Pamela Jones, editor of Groklaw and top expert on SCO's endless anti-Linux lawsuits: "The door has slammed shut on the SCO litigation machine.&q...

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'Brute force' script - iPad 'hack'
Posted: JP @ Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:11 pm
'Brute force' script snatched iPad e-mail addresses

'No hack, no infiltration, no breach,' say security experts, just sloppy AT&T software

The harvesting of over 100,000 iPad 3G owners' e-mail addresses was not a hack or a classic data breach, but a brute-force attack of a minor feature AT&T offered to Apple customers, experts said Wednesday.

According to New York-based Praetorian...

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Antitrust probe - iPhone ad ban
Posted: JP @ Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:06 pm
Antitrust probe into Apple's iPhone ad ban likely, says expert

Strongest case yet for federal action, says former FTC special counsel

Apple will probably face a federal investigation into its decision to bar rival Google from iPhone's mobile advertising market, an antitrust expert said today.

According to reports, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are p...

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Apple launches Safari 5, patches record 48 bugs
Posted: JP @ Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:02 pm
Apple launches Safari 5, patches record 48 bugs

Fixes flaw in browser that hacker team exploited at Pwn2Own to win $15,000

Apple on Monday shipped the latest version of its Safari browser, patching a record 48 vulnerabilities, including one that a pair of hackers exploited in March to win a $15,000 prize.

The new browser debuted the same day as Apple unveiled the iPhone 4 at its annual Wo...

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HP makes major Linux buy
Posted: stonecarver @ Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:57 pm
HP to have fast booting Linux PC's soon. Smile

Computing giant HP has agreed to purchase a Linux operating system from software developer Phoenix Technologies.

Phoenix said that it would be handing over its HyperSpace platform to HP for $12m. The package will include the HyperSpace quick-boot operating system as well as virtualisation tools for the OS.

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US Coast Guard calls for high-tech help in BP oil disaster
Posted: stonecarver @ Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:48 pm
The US Coast Guard has issued a call for better specialized technology to help it better respond to the ever-widening BP Deepwater oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.


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Report: Palin e-mail snooping jury deadlocked
Posted: JP @ Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:48 am
Report: Palin e-mail snooping jury deadlocked

Knoxville jury has reached verdict on three counts, stymied by identity theft charge

The federal jury deliberating the fate of the man who allegedly accessed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account in 2008 is deadlocked on one of the four charges, according to a Knoxville newspaper.

Federal prosecutors have charged former University of...

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So which is faster?
Posted: jester @ Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:36 am
Many of us have been guilty over the years of posting opinions on the relative speed of one distro against another without a lot of evidence to back-up those subjective evaluations.

So what happens if you actually run a battery of tests, on the same hardware, to get a more objective evaluation?

That's what they did over at Phoronix: Is Arch Linux Really Faster Than Ubuntu?
We performed a cl...

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X.Org Server 1.8.2 coming soon
Posted: jester @ Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:12 am
An X.Org Server 1.8.2 release candidate (officially it's known as xorg-server was put out last night and it offers up nearly three dozen bug-fixes since the first X Server 1.8 point release. The most notable set of fixes to be found in the X.Org Server 1.8.2 code include a number of DRI2 fixes by Intel's Jesse Barnes.
I think 2010 is going to be a good year for linux - a lot of positiv...

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LinuxCon 2010
Posted: melloe @ Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:59 am
LinuxCon 2010 Technical Conference Boston MA August 2010

You will also find exclusive LinuxCon events on the schedule, including "Bowling for Penguins," "Technology Showcase & BeerBust," and "The Golden Penguin Bowl."

To register for LinuxCon, please visit:

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The "Linaro" Foundation - promotes Linux consumer
Posted: masinick @ Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:16 pm
Six companies, including IBM, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments, have announced the formation of a new foundation to promote the use of Linux in consumer devices. The "Linaro" Foundation will receive "tens of millions of dollars per year" from the companies in order to create developer tools that make better use of the capabilities of today's mobile processors.

So fa...

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Google ditches Windows on security concerns
Posted: mushroom @ Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:10 am
Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.

The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google’s Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google, which employs more than 10,000 workers internationall...

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Linux is where you find it
Posted: stonecarver @ Mon May 31, 2010 6:05 am
Who would use 1700 Playstation 3's loaded with Linux?
LINK to original story.

LINK to my blogs first linux story,Linux is where you find it.

The picture is linked from my Blog. Wink...

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The Web based, cloud alternatives do seem to be taking off
Posted: masinick @ Wed May 12, 2010 4:19 am
Mel covered cloud based computing in a thread he sent to Random Electrons; may be stuffed in here somewhere too, but to bring it back up and reference some comments that I made over there, here is the link to his thread over there:

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HP to Buy Palm for $1.2 Billion
Posted: masinick @ Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:07 am
Hewlett-Packard plans to buy struggling phone maker Palm for $1.2 billion. The purchase of Palm would give HP assets that include the Palm webOS mobile operating system, both the Pre and Pixi phones, and significant wireless know-how to help bolster HP's wireless ambitions.

The announcement, which came just after the U.S. stock market closed on Wednesday, follows rumors this week of a number of...

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