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Submission + - How would it change Linux if...

ekimminau writes: Im truly curious. How would it affect Linux in general and IT as a whole if a major company suddenly announced it was standardizing on Linux as the standard for all new server related activity?

Now how much more interesting or game changing would it be if they announced standardizing on Linux at the desktop?

I know there have been some significant announcements in the past but what if a Fortune 100 company announced it would change the standard for operating systems to Linux? Would it be the crack that finally breaks the dam or just another hole in the dyke?

Thanks

Submission + - Is Shroud of Turin a medieval fake? (thestar.com)

Maow writes: Scientists who recreated relic insist experiment proves cloth a forgery:

Scientists have reproduced the Shroud of Turin — revered as the cloth that covered Jesus in the tomb — and say the experiment proves the relic was man-made, a group of Italian debunkers claim.

Media

Submission + - New imaging website (sprixi.com)

Nathan Jones writes: A new website called sprixi has appeared in beta form. It's intent — to provide useful images for presentations, assignments etc. It only uses images that appear under licences such as the Creative Commons license, which means that almost all images are welcome to be used for commercial purposes. Users can rate images on their relevance to a search, and submit images if they feel the need to fill a gap in the search terms. Targeted at businesses looking for images to use on websites or handouts, it could also find relevance in education as students search for relevant images for assignments etc without breaking copyright rules. Creators would welcome any feedback (full disclosure — I play sport with the guy who came up with the idea, and as a teacher I want to promote its use).
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Moves to Keep Revenue Info Secret (blogspot.com) 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In the Boston, Massachusetts, case, SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the Court had ordered the RIAA to produce certain revenue information, which would be relevant to a determination of the 'fair use' defense. The RIAA has now moved for a protective order to keep the information 'confidential'. In the opinion of the undersigned, the fact that the motion is made jointly by four competitors shows that any claim the information is valuable or 'proprietary' would be unfounded, and the sole purpose for making the motion is to keep the information out of the hands of lawyers for other defendants, thus increasing the defense costs in other cases."

Submission + - Firefox 3.5 slow to start... blames IE (mozilla.com)

NonUniqueNickname writes: Many users are reporting Firefox 3.5 opens very very slowly. Slowly as in more than 1 minute, for some up to 2 minutes. No comments from the devs on how this tiny flaw escaped the beta. But they do suggest an interesting work around... Clear your IE cache. Really?

Bottom line: Hold off until 3.5.1.

The Media

Don't Copy That Floppy! Gets a Sequel 523

theodp writes "Back in 1992, the SIIA released Don't Copy That Floppy!, a goofy video in which anti-piracy rapper MC Double Def DP convinces a young lad not to copy a game by appealing to his sense of right and wrong. Now, to address what it calls 'new generations and new temptations,' the SIIA has uploaded a trailer for a new anti-piracy rap video — Don't Copy That 2 — that will be released this summer. To underscore the video's it's-not-just-a-copy-it's-a-crime message, the new film is a tad darker than the original. A smug teen who's downloading files from 'Pirates Palace' and 'Tune Weasel' finds his world turned upside down when automatic weapons-toting government agents break down the door and take his Mom away in handcuffs. The teen finds himself in a prison jumpsuit forced to tattoo shirtless adult inmates who eventually turn on him, physically attack him, and make him run for his life back to his jail cell (image summarizing his plight)."
Media

Submission + - Ogg Theora, H.264 and the HTML 5 Browser Squabble (appleinsider.com)

DJRumpy writes: "A good read about the squabble over HTML5's video features and what format will dominate as well as touching on whether or not a Video Format should even be defined. It also contains a short history of the fight to control Video and Audio on the web (Ogg, WMA, h.264, AAC, WMV, Flash, etc).

A bit Apple centric but a good read."

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft's Community Promise and ECMA 334/335 (technet.com) 5

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has announced their Community Promise regarding ECMA 334/335, which seems to be quite open and clear that C# can be freely implemented.

FTA: "It is important to note that, under the Community Promise, anyone can freely implement these specifications with their technology, code, and solutions. You do not need to sign a license agreement, or otherwise communicate to Microsoft how you will implement the specifications. The Promise applies to developers, distributors, and users of Covered Implementations without regard to the development model that created the implementations, the type of copyright licenses under which it is distributed, or the associated business model.

Under the Community Promise, Microsoft provides assurance that it will not assert its Necessary Claims against anyone who makes, uses, sells, offers for sale, imports, or distributes any Covered Implementation under any type of development or distribution model, including open-source licensing models such as the LGPL or GPL."

Apparently the subject of Mono was a hot topic at the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit in Richard Stallman's speech, and when asked if Microsoft could resolve the situation RMS said that Microsoft could come out and be more clear. Will Microsoft's announcement be enough to settle this issue finally?

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