Stallman: OSDL patent project 'worse than nothing'

An effort by the Open Source Development Labs to help developers defend themselves against software patents has come under fire from Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman, who believes that the plan could backfire.

The controversy centers on the issue of patents on software processes, which many believe could threaten the future of open-source software and software innovation in general. Because software processes are abstract, critics say such patents effectively let companies monopolize ideas, without which software can't be developed.

Vancouver Community College phases in more Linux

Vancouver Community College made the switch to Linux from a mixed environment of NetWare and Windows operating systems one year ago when it purchased IBM blade servers, which came with Linux pre-installed, to replace its aging infrastructure. Novell’s Suse Linux Enterprise Server 9 now accounts for over 50 per cent of VCC’s server environment, which has 40 physical servers and double that number of virtual machines.

MySQL is Hiring

MySQL is the recognized leader in open source database software with over 10 million users. Many of the world's largest organizations, including Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA rely on MySQL for their business-critical applications.

Linux XP Desktop is Officially Released

Linux XP Desktop is a simplified and fine tuned system based on Red Hat Linux / Fedora. Linux XP Desktop 2006 is based on an updated Fedora Core 3. The graphical user interface (GUI) is based on a «fine tuned» GNOME environment. The system includes specially developed setup and integration software, as well as some additional drivers and applications.

Novell Receives Delisting Notice from NASDAQ

Novell announced that it had received a staff determination notice from the NASDAQ Stock Market stating that the company’s common stock is subject to delisting from the NASDAQ Stock Market. The notice was issued in accordance with standard NASDAQ procedures as a result of the delayed filing of Novell’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended July 31, 2006. Timely filing of periodic reports is a requirement for continued listing under NASDAQ marketplace rule 4310(c)(14).

Interested in securely sharing a secret?

I needed a method for sharing a secret that required multiple agents to coordinate before the secret could be recovered. This is useful for encrypting keys used in critical backups. I decided to use an implementation of Shamir's Secret Splitting Scheme (The S in RSA).

GPL clarification needed ASAP

The Free Software Foundation urgently needs to explain how software governed by the current General Public License will interact with that governed by a successor now under development, the leader of the Open Source Development Labs said Wednesday.

How much abuse will you take from Microsoft?

Seriously, how many times must users and businesses be kicked in the face before they buy a clue? Before they realize that they don't have to stay in the abusive Microsoft relationship. The answer seems to be: an unlimited number of times.