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The EFF has reported on a recent vote in the European Parliament, adopting the Directive on Intellectual Property Enforcement. This gives rights holders new tools with which to attack intellectual property infringers. The proposals make little distinction between unintentional, non-commercial infringement by consumers, as opposed to the for-profit quasi-industrial infringement practised by professional pirates.
As reported by The Register The European Commission has found that Microsoft has abused its position as a monopoly in the market. The findings centered on Microsoft's use of its dominant position in the OS sector to acquire market share in associated products (e.g. media player).
The remedies imposed include requiring the disclosure of interface documentation to allow non-Microsoft work group servers to inter-operate with Windows systems. This information must be updated as products change, and Microsoft will be entitled to remuneration "To the extent that any of this interface information might be protected by intellectual property in the European Economic Area". Microsoft will also have to offer to PC manufacturers a version of Windows without Windows Media Player. A fine was also imposed.
Though some, such as Sun Microsystems, have strongly welcomed the ruling, others are more sceptical about its potential to change matters. Indeed, the licensing of APIs may offer a welcome new revenue stream to the Redmond company.
How Not To sell Linux Products
LXer (pronounced Elexer) is a newish (January) Linux news site. Well worth a look.
Linux 2.6 at illuminata
Macromedia to offer Linux support on a trial basis
Comic-book publisher turned IT-company aims to bring Linux and new hardware platforms to China at large
SCO goes quiet in Germany following an out of court settlement with Univention. Effectively, they seem to be prevented from publicly expressing most of the statements behind their case.
Introduction to the Gumstix, a tiny Linux computer
The GNOME Project had the misfortune to experience an intrusion on the server hosting www.gnome.org and some related gnome.org websites. However, it is unlikely that sources were tampered with, and by all accounts this was a minor intrusion.
The Apache Software Foundation, and The Apache HTTP Server Project have announced the release of version 2.0.49 of the Apache HTTP Server. As well as fixing three security vulnerabilities, this new release also includes numerous enhancements and new features.
The Free image manipulation and graphics tool the Gimp has reached version 2.0. This is a major release, and marks the advent of official support for the software on MS Windows and Mac OS X, as well as the traditional Unix-based operating systems. As well as the official press release you may be interested to read the descriptions of the new features included in this release. The software can be downloaded now from various mirror sites.
Debian votes to keep non-free.
The Debian package Popularity Contest aims to help order the applications that will be included on the estimated 13 binary CDs sarge will ship on when released. Participation is simply a matter of installing the popularity contest package.
The O'Reilly Linux devcenter has published an account by Danny O'Brien of a talk given by Daniel Robbins, Gentoo's chief architect. Also of interest is the review of Gentoo at LXer.
Mandrake has relisted on the stock market after filing a plan for the repayment over the next nine years of its outstanding debts.
Mandrake has also released a new revision of their operating system Mandrake 10.0 Community, which features the new 2.6 kernel.
GFI has announced that it is developing a Linux version of its GFI MailSecurity product, and that it will be adding support for Linux-oriented features in all its products. Previously, GFI MailSecurity was available for Microsoft Windows.
O'Reilly has launched a new Linux reference book. The new "Linux Pocket Guide" by Daniel Barrett aims to be a useful reference for new and experienced Linux users who need a quick and handy means to look up Linux commands.
Mick is LG's News Bytes Editor.
Born some time ago in Ireland, Michael is currently working on
a PhD thesis in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University
College Dublin. The topic of this work is the use of Lamb waves in
nondestructive testing. GNU/Linux has been very useful in this work, and
Michael has a strong interest in applying free software solutions to
other problems in engineering. When his thesis is completed, Michael
plans to take a long walk.