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Linux vs. Microsoft: Get Ready for the Patent War

http://www.osweekly.com

So, this is what we have been leveled to: patent wars. Earlier this week, I learned that the Linux Foundation has a portfolio of patents they own themselves and are quite willing to take Microsoft on in a patent war. And while I support the Linux Foundation fighting the good fight, I believe there are some issues that had better be considered.

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aMSN steals Pidgin customers with domain mis-spelling

http://onlineapps.newsvine.com

Try going to pigdin.im. See what comes up. And how is aMSN "multiprotocol"?

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"Ye cannae change the laws of physics!"

http://www.tuxdeluxe.org

"DRM is always explained as the "wonderful new technology that will help protect your medical records from thieves". The truth is, it can't even do that."

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Novell gets tangled up with Mixed-Source Partnership

http://www.verivox.de

Capgemini and Novell today announced a broad partnership that will deliver new solutions to enterprise customers using a combination of open source and proprietary software.

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SCO vs. Novell: the trial started!

http://www.groklaw.net

Yes, the trial has finally started. Read more at Groklaw. From Pamela's words:

I know. You are saying, "At last!"

---Yes, we are! A Groklaw reader was able to attend, and wrote a report.

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Why did Microsoft and Sun support SCO?

http://www.linux-watch.com

"Now, as a byproduct of SCO v. Novell -- the case over who really owns Unix's IP (intellectual property) -- and thanks to Groklaw, we now know what Sun was buying from SCO (PDF download). In part, it does seem to be an attack on Linux; but that wasn't all."

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Remember the "iGeeks" - New Campaign Takes on "I hate digg" Suzanne Shell

http://binaryfreedom.info

Suzanne Shell is at is again, censoring her critics. She posted the information of a critic who was a minor on her site, and filed a police report against him for causing the DIGG effect to get her in addition to putting her website in a frame on his or as Suzanne likes to call it, domain hijacking.

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"GPL3 author calls for open source solidarity"

http://www.vnunet.com

"Companies should not fall for the temptations of purchasing a licence for Microsoft's intellectual property with their open source applications because it allows the software giant to "divide and conquer" the software market."

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FSDaily should comply with XHTML and CSS standards, not endorse any particular browser

http://validator.w3.org

FSDaily shouldn't be endorsing Internet Explorer, or really any other browser. Instead, it should be made to comply with XHTML standards to the extent possible. That will help it display correctly in any modern browser. As is, the front page has 214 errors.

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Vice-like grip of US copyright laws bears down on Australians

http://www.linuxworld.com.au

"It was a partial harmonisation with only those parts of American law that favoured certain interests," he said. "The reality is that American law doesn't change; Australian law changes, but specifically it excludes the consumer-friendly parts of American copyright law, namely the doctrine of fair use."

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Free The BBC | Saving the BBC before DRM kills her...

http://www.freethebbc.info

BinaryFreedom has launched a new campaign called FreeTheBBC
(http://FreeTheBBC.info), targeting the BBC's proposed DRM regime. The
BBC plans to offer old content only through Real or Windows Media DRM
technology. DRM, or Digital Restrictions Management, is technology that
artificially limits what users can do with media. BinaryFreedom opposes

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Sign Bruce Perens' Xandros Petition and Let Them Know How You Feel

http://techp.org

"They took the money that Microsoft offered. That's really all the news there is here - that Microsoft found another foundering commercial Linux distribution willing to sign up to the patent covenant and give it publicity. The technical aspects are irrelevant, as they indeed are in the Novell deal."

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Xandros Deal Isn't Identical to Novell's: Picking One's Way Around the GPL?

http://www.groklaw.net

Pamela Jones' analysis of the Xandros deal. As usual, a very interesting read!

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More Novell Exhibits: We Find Out What MS & Sun Paid SCO For

http://www.groklaw.net

Brace yourself, Sun fans. In Exhibit 60, SCO's Response to Novell's Inc.'s Interrogatory 15, dated April 6, 2007, paragraph 4, we learn that Microsoft and Sun paid for licenses that included a covenant not to sue, UnixWare rights, and incidental rights to the older UNIX System V source code. Sun paid ultimately $10 million and Microsoft paid $16.75 million.

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TiVo warns that GPL3 could hurt its business

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk

Since the main point of the Free Software Foundation's new GPL3 (General Public License 3) is to prevent "TiVo-isation," this surely does not come as a surprise. TiVo says: "If the currently proposed version of GPLv3 is widely adopted, we may be unable to incorporate future enhancements to the GNU/Linux operating system into our software, which could adversely affect our business."

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