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Debian

Submission + - Debian now offers FreeBSD kernels (ostatic.com)

ruphus13 writes: Debian now includes new architectures as part of its release payload. The FreeBSD kernels compiled for i386 and AMD64 are being included. While speculations exist as to this being a move to avoid legal issues, this does hold the promise of bringing some UNIX features into the kernels. From the post, "While it's not quite as simple as dropping a new kernel in the heart of an operating system, both the Linux and FreeBSD kernels are contributed to and supported by many different projects. Seeing as this is a little bit more extreme than a different chip architecture, it wouldn't be surprising to see a fork along the way. It might not divide the project, or adversely affect it, especially if the new kernel draws in new users and developers. The FreeBSD kernels (called kfreebsd in their Debian forms) will be available in the unstable and experimental branches of the Debian project in the very near future."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Sued for $558 Million Over Uniloc Patent (bloomberg.com)

eldavojohn writes: Microsoft has been served papers claiming their state of the art product activation system infringes on a Singapore based company named Uniloc's patent. Bloomberg is reporting that a lawyer for Uniloc asked a federal court for $558 million in royalties from Microsoft. The official court order is here in PDF. This concerns the activation system of Windows XP operating system and some Office programs--Uniloc has decided that royalties of $2.50 for each of the 223 million activations is a fair price for Microsoft to pay. The patent ax swings both ways. The two seem to have a long history of court action.

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