Opte.org has recently completed an interesting project to map the TCP address layer of the internet. Some 4 294 967 296 (232 for the non-savants) addresses exist, and the project has used some clever reduction techniques (and approximations) to reduce the relevant nodes by 8 orders of magnitude, allowing them to render the image in a mere 2 hours (as compared with several months using previous techniques)! Read more »
In a clear admission that Linux poses a significant threat to Microsoft's corporate supremacy, a new anti-Linux campaign (which, confusingly, is titled "Get the Facts on Windows and Linux�) will do its best to extol the virtues of Microsoft software at the expense of the many free alternatives.
The three major issues on which the campaign focuses are HR costs, operation costs, and speed of development: Read more »
‘The Central Scotland Police is removing Sun Microsystems Inc’s StarOffice productivity software from about 400 PCs and switching to Microsoft Corp’s Office System, citing lower maintenance costs and the need to interoperate more smoothly with other departments running Windows. Read more »
Lloyd's of London is close to offering independent insurance protection worldwide against potential IP litigation involving Linux and open source software. The financial services giant has agreed to take on the risk associated with open source, and is finalising arrangements to work through Open Source Risk Management ('OSRM') who will become Lloyd's sole US representative.
Originally by WSJ.com: What's News Technology, 11:37 AM
Originally by Commentary | ZDNet.com.au, 10:56 AM
The Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC) has commenced proceedings against Cisco Systems Inc, alleging copyright infringement. The plaintiff argues that Cisco distributed software subject to the General Public License (GPL) without meeting the terms of the popular open source licence. Specifically, FSF alleges that Cisco’s subsidiary Linksys sold networking products containing GPL software without making available the source code to end users, or disclosing the inclusion of embedded GPL code. The suit will probably settle soon:
“Cisco is a strong supporter of open source software. Cisco takes its open source software obligations and responsibilities seriously and is disappointed that a suit has been filed by the Free Software Foundation related to our work with them in our Linksys Division,” said the spokesperson. “We are currently reviewing the issues raised in the suit but believe we are substantially in compliance. We have always worked very closely with the FSF and hope to reach a resolution agreeable to the company and the foundation.”