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+ - Lacking contributions of corporations to OSS

Submitted by
Sargun Dhillon
Sargun Dhillon writes "William Hurley, or better known as whurley, from BMC software writes about a town much like the open source world where no one gives back. As the open source community is exploding in size it is being taken advantage of some. Open source projects are being used by companies who adequately contribute back to open source, but there are a few evil companies which are not willing contribute back. This is only one more bump that OSS must pass over."
Linux Business

+ - Open Source, Nagios, and Pirates

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ethan Galstad has posted a blog entry about "Open Source, Nagios, and Pirates" in which he discusses whurley's "Welcome to Opensville, Population Zero Welcome to Opensville, Population Zero". Is Ethan finally fed up with people using his work to get millions of dollars in venture funding, or is he just one example in an epidemic as whurley's post sugest?

Direct quote: 'I take issue, however, with companies that seek to align and associate themselves with a project solely for their own benefit...' "
Space

Cassini Probes the Hexagon On Saturn 280

Posted by kdawson
from the monoliths dept.
Riding with Robots sends us to a NASA page with photos of a little-understood hexagonal shape surrounding Saturn's north pole. "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides," said Kevin Baines, member of Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team. "We've never seen anything like this on any other planet." This structure was discovered by the Voyager probes over 20 years ago (here's an 18-year-old note on the mystery). The fact that it's still in place means it is stable and long-lived. Scientists have no idea what causes the hexagon. It's nearly big enough to fit four earths inside — comfortably larger than Jupiter's Great Red Spot. The article has an animation of clouds moving within the hexagon captured in infrared light.
HP

HP Dishonors Warranty If You Load Linux 702

Posted by kdawson
from the caveat-installor dept.
darkonc points us to a writeup on linux.com about a very Linux-unfriendly policy at HP. A woman bought a Compaq laptop and loaded Ubuntu on it. Some time later, still well inside the 1-year hardware warranty, the keyboard started acting up. An HP support rep told her, "Sorry, we do not honor our hardware warranty when you run Linux." Gateway and Dell refused to comment to the reporter on what they would do in a similar situation. (Linux.com and Slashdot are both part of OSTG.)
The Internet

Best Buy Acquires SpeakEasy 285

Posted by Zonk
from the who-owns-your-isp-today dept.
spazimodo writes "From the announcement e-mail from Speakeasy CEO Bruce Chatterley: 'I am pleased to announce that Speakeasy has been acquired by Best Buy, an innovative and growing Fortune 100 company and the top consumer electronics retailer in North America. This is a significant milestone for our company as our new relationship will help us realize our goals of becoming the No. 1 provider of voice and data solutions to small businesses. It is important to note that though Speakeasy will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy, we will continue to operate as a standalone, independent operating division with headquarters in Seattle.' As a longtime Speakeasy customer, it's too bad to see their business moving in this direction. Back in the day when I called up their support with a problem, and mentioned I was using an OpenBSD box as a firewall/gateway the response was: 'cool!' — slightly different from the response Comcast or Verizon would give. I can't imagine they'll be able to maintain that independence, and there's no way I'm paying a premium for Internet service to Best Buy."
Announcements

+ - Father of Instant Ramen Passes.

Submitted by
Chained Fei
Chained Fei writes "Ando Momofuku, Father of the Instant Ramen, passed away on January 5th at the age of 96. http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/national/news/200701 06p2a00m0na013000c.html He concocted the idea for Instant Ramen after WW2, hoping to reduce the amount of poor nourishment for soldiers in the field. If not for this great man, many a poor college student would have starved over the years."

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