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Sun Microsystems

+ - cifs/smb in solaris kernel

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "In a blog by Sun egiuneer Alan Wright you can read that they are implementing CIFS in the solaris kernel: "We had been working on an independent CIFS implementation for several years, and we would use this as the basis for the Solaris CIFS project, but it would take time for everything necessary to fall into place: there is a big difference between what management at Sun would like to happen and what the engineers at Sun will endorse. [...]What does this mean for Samba on Solaris? Not a lot really. ""
Patents

+ - Patent case against red hat and novell

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "From Groklaw: IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement They claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. You might recall the patent was used in litigation against Apple in April 2007, and Beta News reported at the time that it's a 1991 Xerox PARC patent. But ars technica provided the detail that it references earlier patents going back to 1984 claim to have the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,072,412 for a User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects issued Dec. 10, 1991 along with two other similar patents. So in July one Microsoft executive arrives; then as of October 1, there is the second, a patent guy. October 9, IP Innovation, a subsidiary, sues Red Hat. And Novell. So much for being Microsoft's little buddy. I think SCO II has arrived"
Google

+ - Google Partners with OIN "To Help Linux Thrive->

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lymeca
lymeca writes "Groklaw reports that Google has become the Open Invention Network's first end user licensee. The OIN was established by companies such as IBM, Red Hat, and somewhat ironically Novell to accumulate patents and license them royalty free to any company who promises not to leverage their own patent portfolio against key applications available on GNU/Linux, including many GNU projects as well as Linux itself. As Chris DiBona, Google's open source programs manager puts it:

Linux plays a vital role at Google, and we're strongly committed to supporting the Linux developer community. We believe that by becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we can encourage Linux development and foster innovation in a way that benefits everyone. We're proud to participate in OIN's mission to help Linux thrive.
This marks an important and symbolic step forward in the battle between Free/Open Source Software and the looming specter of software patent infringements in nations which recognise them. Google's support bolsters the OIN's effectiveness as a shield against patent attacks against GNU/Linux and many popular applications which run on it."

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Movies

+ - Ingmar Bergman dead

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mernil
mernil writes "Legendary Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman has died at the age of 89. He died on Monday morning at his home on the island of Fårö, his daughter Eva Bergman told news agency TT. Bergman won three Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, for The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly and Fanny and Alexander. He also won the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, presented at the 1971 Oscars ceremony."
Media (Apple)

+ - John C. Dvoraks switch story.

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "Hell froze over! John C. Dvorak, long time hater of the mac now likes it."I have no plans to move to the Mac platform for my personal use. That said, I have noticed that I've been recommending the machine to friends and neighbors when they want to know what kind of system they should buy.""
Microsoft

+ - Red Hat wants interoperability without patent pled

Submitted by AxminsterLeuven
AxminsterLeuven (963108) writes "Ars Technica reports on Microsoft's refusal to work with Red Hat on Windows/Linux interoperability, without Red Hat signing a patent deal first: "Linux distributor Red Hat wants to work with Microsoft to improve interoperability without signing a patent pledge, but Microsoft says that a mutual patent indemnification pact — like the controversial covenant not to sue that Microsoft established with Novell — is a prerequisite for collaboration.""
Technology (Apple)

+ - Iphone battery program 1

Submitted by epidemic99
epidemic99 (529793) writes "According to this article there is already a battery recall program issued by Apple for the Iphone. What is even worse is that according to the article Apple is not covering the battery repair, which can't be replaced by users and will cost $79, plus $6.95 for shipping! How can Apple not cover a product that was just released a week ago? If this article turns out to be true it will be a huge PR nightmare for Apple, who is just starting to gain some traction. Even Microsoft recently announced that they are extending their Xbox 360 warranty to 3 years after the products repeated hardware problems."
Programming

+ - Develop Ajax on ASP.NET and port to Linux->

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polterguy
polterguy writes "With the latest Gaia Ajax Widgets release it is now possible to port Gaia Ajax web applications written for ASP.NET onto Linux by using the latest version of Mono. In the latest release of Gaia Ajax Widgets the developers behind the product announced 100% support for not only Mono but also Opera. Not bad for a "service pack" release. The Gaia Ajax Widgets website. A screenshot of their Gaia Window with their Hasta La Vista Skin taken from a Ubuntu system running Gaia on Mono."
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Privacy

+ - Googlebot following Gmail users?

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omeomi
omeomi writes "I recently set up a script that emails URL's with unique id's to users of a mailing list that I maintain. When users click on the URL in their email, they are directed to a private page on my website, and their username and IP address is logged. However, I noticed that when the user is a Gmail user, their IP address is always followed by a Googlebot-IP address (confirmed with whois). It appears that the Googlebot follows Gmail users when they click on links in their emails. I wonder, what does it do with this information? Is it used only for Gmail-advertising, or are these pages that I've intended to be private and unique being indexed by Google? Has anybody else experienced this?"

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