October17 Briefs

By   |  October 19, 2003

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Israel suspends Microsoft\’s government work
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In a bold assertion of independence, Israel has thrown the full weight of its antitrust legislation at Microsoft. According to The Register the Israeli Ministry of Commerce has suspended all governmental contracts with Microsoft, and indicated that the ban will last throughout 2004. The suspension means no upgrades for the duration, at a time when Microsoft is looking to roll out its Office 2003 upgrade; and the Ministry is said to be examining OpenOffice as an alternative.
More at:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/33365.html

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Linux unstoppable – IBM
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AN IBM EXECUTIVE said in Berlin last week Open Source and Linux is unstoppable. Speaking during a roundtable on the challenges facing Linux, Deborah Magid of the IBM software division said: \”I\’ve watched our use of open source grow and I agree it\’s totally unstoppable. A lot of people wonder why we feel that way about open source, but in 1995 we shed our proprietary mindset. We supported Java because it was a portable platform, and Linux was attractive to us for the same reason\”. And, she said, the use of Linux is growing.
She also said \”there\’s been a move away from traditional desktops per se. We\’ve moved a lot of our own internal applications even off Lotus to the Web.\”
More at:
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=12196

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Physicists smash internet speed record
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Researchers in Geneva have more than doubled the world speed record for internet data transfer. Scientists at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Switzerland sent the equivalent of a full-length DVD movie in about seven seconds. Colleagues at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) received the data. The land record was set by transferring 1.1 terabytes of data over a 7000-kilometre link in less than 30 minutes, the team said. The average transfer rate was 5.44 gigabits per second (Gbps), which broke the previous record of 2.38 Gbps – more than 20000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.
More at:
http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/10/17/net_speed031017

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SCO eases up on licensing threats
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Have you received your invoice from SCO yet for your Linux licenses? If not, you\’re probably not going to get one. According to SCO PR Director Blake Stowell, SCO is no longer invoicing companies for licenses, they\’re simply \”approaching\” them. \”We\’re still approaching companies, we\’re just not invoicing them,\” says Stowell. SCO\’s well known suit against the entire Linux world first kicked off in March of 2003 with a US$1 billion suit against IBM for IP infringement. Since then SCO has been on a jihad to force Linux users to pay licensing fees of up to several thousand dollars per system or face legal action.
More at:
http://64.55.181.130/news/geeknews/2003Oct/gee20031017022259.htm

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