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The Microsoft/Novell Deal: Has It Divided The Linux Community?
Written by Gizmo   
Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:07

Read the full story at Network Computing:

"In November, Microsoft and Linux vendor Novell knocked the software industry for a loop with their multifaceted, multimillion-dollar business agreement unveiled. However, the biggest effect may be on Linux, the open source software operating environment that many companies (and some consumers) are increasingly adopting as an alternative to Microsoft's proprietary but pervasive Windows operating system.

Initially announced on news conference Nov. 2, the deal called for Microsoft, long seen as an enemy by many Linux advocates, to start working hand-in-hand with Novell, producer of the SuSE Linux operating system, in areas that included licensing, support, and joint research and development around Windows/Linux interoperability.

Also under the agreement, the two software makers inked a software patents covenant stating that Microsoft won't be able to sue Novell's customers for any potential infringements of Microsoft's patents, and Novell won't be able to sue Microsoft's customers for potential infringements on Microsoft's patents."

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Legends - free game for Linux and Windows
Written by Danrok   
Friday, 05 January 2007 02:44

Online FPS game
What the game designers have to say: "Legends is a fast-paced first-person-perspective online multiplayer game. The game is designed to take advantage of the beautiful environments available from the Torque engine it is based on, while still offering the breakneck pacing and variety of styles available from such classics as Quake and Tribes.

Gameplay is not the strafe-strafe-jump-strafe-shoot-strafe-run-like-hell style a lot of games espouse; the addition of a jetpack adds a third dimension of mobility that makes skill, forethought, and restraint necessities to winning."

You can download the game for both Linux and Windows.

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Linux prefered for business?
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 14:40

A study of CIOs, VPs, and IT Directors for 133 businesses worldwide conducted by Saugatuck Research suggests that by 2012 nearly half of all enterprises will be  running mission critical applications on Linux, according to Techworld.  The study also suggests a steep rise in Linux adoption.  18% of enterprises are predicted to be running mission critical apps on Linux by the end of 2007, with adoption growing by 40% between 2007 and 2009, and growing an additional 80% between 2009 and 2011.

The reason?  According to the study, Linux deals by the likes of Oracle and Microsoft have 'only reinforced the 'open source is enterprise-grade' say  Bruce Guptill and Bill McNee of Saugatuck Research.  They continued, "In short, open source, especially Linux, is being legitimized by the major enterprise vendors, and user executives are more than happy to believe them."

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French parliament dumping Windows for Linux
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 27 November 2006 07:16

The gendarmes and the Ministry of Culture have done it, and now members of France's parliarment are about to switch to open source. From June 2007, PCs in French deputes' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open-source productivity software.

The project, backed by parliament members Richard Cazenav and Bernard Carayon of the Union for a Popular Movement party, will see 1,154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with , Firefox and an open-source e-mail client.

Story continues at ZDNet.

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MS: Linux infringes our patents
Written by Favu   
Friday, 17 November 2006 08:01

MS seems to be out to expand itself even more and this really shows to me just how anti-competition they are.

Read it on SlashDot.

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Microsoft makes Linux pact with Novell
Written by Gizmo   
Friday, 03 November 2006 08:23

Read the full story at ZDNet:

"In an unusual partnership, old foes Microsoft and Novell have joined forces to work on harmonizing their products.

The companies said Thursday they will collaborate on development of specific technologies, for example to help Microsoft's Windows, a proprietary operating system, work with Novell's Suse Linux, which is based on open-source code. On the business side, they will promote each other's products.

In addition, the software makers have struck a deal on patents designed to give customers peace of mind about using Novell's open-source products, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Novell CEO Ronald Hovsepian said at an event here."

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