Red Hat sues SCO to stop FUD; SCO responds

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 08/05/2003 - 13:40

For the latest news on this continuing drama, check out these two press releases:

Red Hat Takes Aim at Infringement Claims

Statement Regarding Red Hat Lawsuit

The first is a press release by Red Hat in which they state that they have sued SCO to prove that their products (and Linux/OSS in general) do not infringe upon any of SCO's copyright claims. They also announced that they have setup a community fund to defend against these accusations, called the Open Source Now Fund.

The second is a press release by SCO in response to Red Hat's suite, which basically claims that they were specifically not trying to spread FUD, and instead just wanted to educate end-users.

Now hmm..., who should I believe....

Linux (KDE) nears Windows XP usability

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 08/05/2003 - 13:24

A study on ease-of-use between Windows XP and Linux (with KDE 3.1.2) returned some interesting results:

The study findings suggest that it's almost as easy to perform most major office tasks using Linux as it is using Windows, which has a long history in the consumer market.

Linux users, for example, needed 44.5 minutes to perform a set of tasks, compared with 41.2 minutes required by the XP users. Furthermore, 80% of the Linux users believed that they needed only one week to become as competent with the new system as with their existing one, compared with 85% of the XP users.

This sounds about right to me. KDE has come a long way, but it's still easier to to do some stuff in Windows (GUI file management, desktop settings, etc.) than in Linux.

Full article

Opie GUI/PIM project releases version 1.0

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 08/05/2003 - 13:07

Sorry for the severe lack of updates over the last couple of months. Been busy with some work for LOULUG. Here's a fresh batch of news, though, beginning with...

The Opie (Open Palmtop Integrated Environment) Project has announced version 1.0. Opie originated as a fork of of Trolltech's Qtopia, but based on these screenshots, seems to already have surpassed it.

Opie is designed to run on all Linux PDA's, and already includes packages for Zaurus, iPAQ, and SimPad.

More information can be found on Opie's home page.

Two Security Articles

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 06/13/2003 - 09:15

I recently came across a couple good security-related articles that's well worth reading.

The first is an introduction to firewalls and backdoors, describing each type, listing examples, and providing tips. Also contains links to some very useful external resources. http://securityfocus.com/infocus/1701

The second article disusses real-time alerting with snort, the most popular open-source IDS (Intrusion Detection System). http://newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=03/06/09/1939256. It does not cover installation or initial configuration, however; check out the snort documentation for details on this.

AMD Researchers Detail New High Performance Transistors

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 06/13/2003 - 08:31

Researchers at Advanced Micro Design released details on new high-performance transistors that will be used as a building block for future microprocessor designs.

Using a combination of two new technologies, metal gates (made from Nickel Silicide) and fully-depleted silicon-on-insulators (FDSOI), researcher were able to demonstrate up to a 30% performance gain over today's transistors.

Much more information can be found in the Full story.

Magic Cube 4D

Submitted by jbreland on Mon, 06/09/2003 - 10:13

If you're on the lookout for a new headache-inducing puzzle, then look no further! This four-dimensional version of a Rubik's cube has
1,756,772,880,709,135,843,168,526,079,081,
025,059,614,484,630,149,557,651,477,156,
021,733,236,798,970,168,550,600,274,887,
650,082,354,207,129,600,000,000,000,000
possible combinations, so you can imagine that it'll take quite a while to solve. :-)

For more information, see the project's home page. Linux and Windows versions are available.

Sony Unveils 'PSX' Digital Appliance

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 05/29/2003 - 09:00

This looks pretty interesting:

Dubbed "PSX," the device features a built-in 120 GB hard drive and recordable slot-loading DVD±RW/-R drive, as well as TV tuner and Ethernet port. For expansion, the PSX will include USB 2.0 support and a Memory Stick slot. Sony will also include a connector for its upcoming PSP portable entertainment device.

This also appears to be a separate device from the new revision PS2 already announced. More details (and pictures!) can be found in this PDF.

Full story.

From PlayStation to Supercomputer

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 05/28/2003 - 08:49

C|Net is carrying a story about researchers from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications that have assembled a supercomputer from 70 PlatStation 2 console systems.

The resulting system, with components purchased at retail prices, cost a little more than $50,000. Researchers at the supercomputing center believe the system may be capable of a half trillion operations a second, well within the definition of supercomputer, although it may not rank among the world's 500 fastest supercomputers.

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