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Submission + - Cisco to Allow Third Parties to access IOS (

MT628496 writes: Cisco plans to build IOS on a UNIX kernel and allow third party developers to access certain parts of it. IOS has traditionally been a closely guarded piece of software without any way for anyone to add functionality. There is not a time frame for when this is to occur.

Submission + - Mandriva Regains Nigeria Deal From Microsoft

techavenger writes: A decision to wipe 11,000 machines of their shipped Mandriva Linux operating system and replace it with Windows XP for Nigerian schools received a reversal that should please Mandriva's CEO.
  Someone break out the champagne for Francois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva. He had blogged his anger with Microsoft counterpart Steve Ballmer over what Bancilhon suggested were dirty tactics in gaining business with Nigeria.

Submission + - Tracing IT's Past, Present and Future (

Chris Lindquist writes: " has posted a collection of stories looking back on 20 years of IT history and predicting what may happen in the coming decades. In the futurist piece, Larry Niven predicts civil rights for applications and Grady Booch anticipates that building software-intensive systems will always be hard. Author Fred Hapgood has also created a two-decade timeline that connects the dots from the IBM's PS/2 to Apple's iPhone."

Submission + - SerNet asks Microsoft to disclose protocol (

Johannes Loxen writes: "Following the Court judgment upholding the European Commission's anti-trust

SerNet asks Microsoft to disclose protocol definitions

In a September 26 letter to Microsoft Germany, SerNet transforms the
September 17 European Court judgment into a specific request:

By this judgment Microsoft is forced to publish protocol definitions for
Windows servers under "reasonable" and "non-discriminatory" terms so that
fully interoperable software can be developed by other parties. The
deadline set by the Court is January 15th 2008. Microsoft accepted this

Now SerNet asks Microsoft to disclose the protocol definitions for
use in developing the open source software Samba.

SerNet is the leading service company regarding Samba with offerings to
customers worldwide. The Samba Team is an international association of
software developers, working together on Samba — that is in principle an
implementation of the SMB/CIFS protocol for Linux/Unix and some other
operating systems.

Though relatively successful in achieving some degree of interoperability
with Microsoft Workgroup Server Protocols, Samba Team is still challenged
many problems arising from Microsoft's continuing lack of disclosure of
private extensions to the protocols in question. This is to say that Samba
has to improve the interoperability between Samba servers and Windows
servers. There is a project called "samba4AD" with a proposal that can be
accessed via

The challenges in this project cannot be solved sufficiently without
protocol specifications from Microsoft. The 2004 Decision of the
Commission, recently upheld largely in its entirety by the Court of First
Instance makes it clear that Microsoft has the obligation to disclose those
protocols and unjustified refusal to do it amounts to an abuse of a
dominant position.

"It is of course crucial that Samba can be developed continuously under the
GPL in version 3," says Johannes Loxen, author of the letter on behalf of
SerNet, "Microsoft's programs MCPP and WSPP are not feasible regarding

SerNet asks Microsoft to observe the same time limit as set by the European
Court, January 15th 2008.

While Samba is the most important free software alternative to Microsoft's
windows servers this is the opportunity to verify the result of the trial
by a dedicated request.

about Samba

Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file
and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. Samba is freely available under
the GNU General Public License, see

about SerNet

SerNet is the leading Samba supporter, see

contact: Johannes Loxen
SerNet GmbH, Bahnhofsallee 1b, 37081 Goettingen
phone: +49-551-370000-0, fax: +49-551-370000-9 mailto:EUcase@SerNet.DE"

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