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Submission + - IPv6 job skills in high demand (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: Timothy Winters, senior manager at the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory, says he gets calls on a regular basis from headhunters looking to hire network engineers, network architects and software developers with experience in IPv6. Jobs are readily available for not only entry-level engineers with IPv6 skills but also senior executives with experience in IPv6 network deployments.

Submission + - Google OS Announced 12

shystershep writes: "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."

Submission + - Europe to discuss software patents again (epo.org)

Anonymous writes: The fight over software patents in Europe is about to reignite — Alison Brimelow (the president of the European Patent Office) has made a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal on how Article 52 EPC should be interpreted. Article 52 EPC, which is the one that contains the exclusion to patentability of computer software and which has been the subject of much interpretation in previous cases decided by the Boards of Appeal (i.e. the first appeal instance), states:

...(2) The following in particular shall not be regarded as inventions...(c)...programs for computers;...(3) Paragraph 2 shall exclude the patentability of the subject-matter or activities referred to therein only to the extent to which a European patent application or European patent relates to such subject-matter or activities as such.

Third parties wishing to submit observations have until 30 April 2009 to do so...is the OSS community aware of this chance to affect the future of software patents in Europe?


Submission + - Sun promises prizes to boost open source effort

e5rebel writes: "Sun Microsystems will today (5 December) release details of a new award program meant to spur growth and activity within the company's open-source efforts, according to a post by Sun's open-source officer, Simon Phipps, on his corporate blog. Are they finally acting on their statements at Java One that open source is Robin Hood in reverse — cash strapped programmers contributing code to rich corporations, or is it an attempt to subvert the open source ethos? http://www.computerworlduk.com/technology/operating-systems/nix/news/index.cfm?newsid=6517"

Submission + - Google adds AIM support to GMail Chat (google.com)

DrEldarion writes: "Google has added AOL Instant Messenger support to the chat in GMail:

"From the beginning, Google has been committed to open standards and interoperation for instant messaging. So when our friends at AOL agreed to let Gmail users talk to users on their network, we jumped at the chance."


Submission + - EPO staff lose faith in their masters (theregister.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: According to a leaked document referenced in this article, the examiners of the European Patent Office (EPO) have lost all faith in their own governing bodies. Quotes like "it seems the EPO is involved in a political bunfight of such gargantuan proportions it is astonishing that anyone has time to examine any patents" seems to explain a lot...

Submission + - ATI committed to fixing its problems with OSS

Sits writes: "While talking about the Red Hat summit Chris Blizzard mentions how an ATI marketing spokesman was on stage. The spokesman said ATI knows it has a problem with open source and is committed to fixing it. Does this mean ATI will finally resolve alleged agpgart misappropriation, fast track the release of open source 2D drivers on its latest cards while releasing specifications for its mid-range cards or is ATI only concerned with fixes to its binary driver to maintain feature parity with competitors?"

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