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Mandriva

Submission + - Mandriva CEO says no patent deal with Microsoft (archive.org)

christian.einfeldt writes: "Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon has ruled out a Novell — Linspire — Xandros — type deal with Microsoft. In a 19 June 2007 post, Bancilhon minces no words in expressing his view of the merits of Microsoft's patent claims:

'We also believe what we see, and up to now, there has been absolutely no hard evidence from any of the FUD propagators that Linux and open source applications are in breach of any patents. So we think that, as in any democracy, people are innocent unless proven guilty and we can continue working in good faith. So we don't believe it is necessary for us to get protection from Microsoft to do our job or to pay protection money to anyone.'
Bancilhon says that this blog entry was posted to lay to rest any rumors that such a deal might be in the offing."

The Internet

Submission + - Mapping the Net, Node by Node (technologyreview.com)

indiejade writes: "To the Big Node: little node Department Creating a unique functional mapping of the Internet, one that plots topography as well as function, was the goal of researchers at the Bar Ilan University in Israel. Their findings rank nodes according to efficiency. "The increased use of peer-to-peer communications could improve the overall capacity of the Internet and make it run much more smoothly," their study concluded.

"A dense core of 80 or so critical nodes surrounded by an outer shell of 5,000 sparsely connected, isolated nodes that are very much dependent upon this core. Separating the core from the outer shell are approximately 15,000 peer-connected and self-sufficient nodes. Take away the core, and an interesting thing happens: about 30 percent of the nodes from the outer shell become completely cut off. . . . Three distinct regions are apparent: an inner core of highly connected nodes, an outer periphery of isolated networks, and a mantle-like mass of peer-connected nodes. The bigger the node, the more connections it has."
The mapping, which was based on data from the assistance of 5,000 online volunteers, was published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences magazine."

Microsoft

Submission + - What's behind Microsoft's open-source deals?

zakeria writes: "Microsoft views its string of deals with Linux vendors — the latest being Linspire, announced this week — as part of a broader companywide push to improve interoperability. That's the word from Tom Robertson, Microsoft's general manager of interoperability and standards, and Jean Paoli, its general manager of interoperability and XML architecture (and a co-creator of the original XML standard). On Friday, the pair published an open letter, again calling on the industry to give the Office Open XML document format a fair shake as a standard. "
The Internet

Submission + - Tetzschner sacked all boardmembers at Opera

An anonymous reader writes: According to the norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv Jon Tetzchner has sacked all boardmembers of Opera Software to avoid being sacked himself. Stockholders have reportedly been unhappy about the company's deficit and the fact that Opera's stock have gone down more than 60% since March 2006 (although they climbed up a bit in the last week). The board reportedly wanted to sack Tetzchner and hire a new CEO because of this, so Tetzchner sacked the boardmembers with the aid of a few other stockholders (Tetzchner owns 15% of the Opera stock).

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