"The 802.16a standard, approved in January of this year, is a wireless metropolitan area network technology that will connect 802.11 hot spots to the Internet and provide a wireless extension to cable and DSL for last mile broadband access. It provides up to 50-kilometers of range and allows users to get broadband connectivity without needing a direct line of sight with the base station. The wireless broadband technology also provides shared data rates up to 70-Mbit/s"
Novell has finally seen the light and is probably going to move to Linux soon. Well... more likely they probably have no choice.. but this will be interesting. Personally I would be in favor more of Novell if they did that; believe me.. I have spent some time on some Netware boxes that probably made me lose some hair.
Jared gave me this great security focus article that talks about Linux's capabilities when it comes to logging into a Microsoft Active Directory Server...
This desktoplinux article posted recently gives a pretty good overall look at how well linux distros work as a desktop... read this article
OpenOffice 1.1 Beta is now available for download.
For those unfamiliar with it, OpenOffice is a free, open-source, cross-platform (Linux, Windows, Solaris, and Mac OSX) office suite. I've been using it pretty exclusively for a while now, and it's quite capable. It does have a few rough spots (as of 1.0.2 - I haven't tried this new beta yet), but it can definitely replace other well-known expensive and proprietary office suites. Check it out.
Both of these have been posted to Slashdot already, but it's worth mentioning here as well.
Second, it seems the Mozilla organization is making a radical change of direction with their latest development roadmap update. The two major highlights:
Sony appears to be considering using Linux as the core OS for its upcoming PlayStation 3. Of course, Linux is already available for the PlayStation 2 as an add-on, but this would mean that Linux will run natively on the PS3, and most likely be the game environment as well.
Now, this is pure speculation, but if the PlayStation 3 is indeed based on Linux, and games are written for Linux on the PS3, it seems like it should be pretty easy to port it to Linux on the PC. Now how cool would that be!
In this article on BBspot, Microsoft has announced that it will be conducting its own version of psy ops against the Iraqis by giving them outdated versions of Windows 95, and modifying the BSOD to look like the american flag.