August25 Briefs

By   |  August 18, 2003

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SCO\’s evidence gets blasted
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23 August 23, 2003: Evidence has begun to emerge that Dennis Ritchie, an original UNIX programmer from the 70\’s, may have written some of the code that SCO now claims as it\’s own.

More at:
http://radio.weblogs.com/0120124/2003/08/23.html

22 August, 2003: Linux experts Bruce Perens and Eric Raymond have attributed SCO\’s code blocks, the first evidence of it\’s $3 billion claim against IBM, to a variety of early GPL sources including BSD, Silicon Graphics\’ Linux workstations and even SCO itself (then Caldera).

More at:
http://news.com.com/2100-1016-5066410.html?part=dtx&tag=ntop
http://www.internetweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=13100927

Bruce Perens analysis of SCO code:
http://www.perens.com/SCO/SCOSlideShow.html

Eric Raymond analysis of SCO code:
http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/smoking-fizzle.html

Detailed Programmer\’s Eye View of the code:
http://www.madpenguin.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=410

19 August, 2003: SCO has displayed comparitive blocks of code, the first of \”millions\” of lines of code, which it claims is evidence in it\’s copyright infringement case against Linux users.

More at:
http://news.com.com/2100-1016-5065422.html?tag=nl

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Linux forcing MS Windows price cuts
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22 August, 2003: When Linux-based PCs started selling like hot cakes in Thailand Microsoft was forced to break with it\’s entrenched \”one price for all\” global policy, and forced to offer Windows and Office at half price. Two neighbouring Asian countries are now seeking similar price reductions and Gartner are analysts predicting Microsoft prices may halve within a year.

More at:
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/windows/0,39020396,39115884,00.htm

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New Linux install makes \”small\” impression
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19 August, 2003: The Damn Small Linux (DSL) distribution has created quite a stir, not least for fitting on a 50Mb mini CD. Based on the Knoppix distribution it includes word processors, spreadsheets, a variety of servers, all major internet applications, broadband and monitoring tools, multimedia and utilities such as VNC. DSL uses XFree86 with the Fluxbox window manager and has USB support.

More at:
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Interview with the creator:
http://www.distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=interview-damnsmall

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Motorola launches Linux phone
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22 August, 2003: Motorola has released the A760 smartphone, which uses Java on top of embedded Linux from MontaVista. A Motorola spokesperson states that the open source community will be instrumental in speeding time to market for its future products. The phone sports a full-featured PDA, multimedia player, Bluetooth, USB and an integrated camera.

More at:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/68/32468.html
http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3-5067129.html

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Gnumeric spreadsheet reels in MS Excel
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23 August, 2003: Developers working on Gnome\’s Gnumeric spreadsheet claim that the latest beta release can, for the first time, perform all the functions found in MS Excel. The current beta is 1.1.20, and the next full release, 1.2.0, is due out early in September.

More at:
http://gnomedesktop.org/fast.php?sid=1290&mode=thread&order=0
http://www.gnomedesktop.org/article.php?sid=1290&mode=thread&order=0
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/08/23/2138251

Download at:
http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/download.shtml

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