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September 26, 2013
Expanding the 'Covered Business Method' program: Sensible patent reform ... and why opponents have it wrong
Before the summer Congressional recess, a broad coalition of job-creating businesses added their voices to the pro-reform chorus with a ringing letter to Congress urging that expansion of the Covered Business Method (CBM) program be a cornerstone of any patent reform legislation being considered. The CBM program provides an innovative, carefully tailored means to address a particularly heinous abuse: manipulating the patent litigation system through aggressive use of unclear and overly broad business method patents by patent aggression entities (PAEs). It is currently limited to business method patents involving financial service products. attachments: Letter opposing Covered Business Method program expansion
September 25, 2013
The highly anticipated GNOME 3.10 desktop environment will be officially unveiled later today, September 25, 2013, and it will incorporate lots of new features, new and updated applications, and overall improvements.
Want to start a unique and truly useful open-source project? These three guidelines on choosing wisely will get you there.
Which idea led you to a career in open source? I want to stand on the shoulders of giants I want to try something beyond conventional wisdom I want to change the world I want to be a part of a community Why not change the world?I have always been interested in science, technology and (most of all) computers. These are things that I always loved, even though they were sometimes difficult. I loved math and science class in school; I read science-fiction and fantasy novels in all of my spare time. I was the nerdy kid at school that was bullied and mocked. It would have been so easy to just give in and be "like everyone else." I could have stopped reading. I could have played more sports.
More than two years after unknown hackers gained unfettered access over multiple computers used to maintain and distribute the Linux operating system kernel, officials still haven't released a promised autopsy about what happened.
The four-day-long siege of a Nairobi mall ended Tuesday with a death toll of more than 60 people – a number that’s expected to rise as more bodies are recovered. Another 170+ people were reportedly injured in the attack by Islamist militants.
Emmabuntüs is more than a Linux distribution. It is a collective which does not accept the consumer society as it now exists: it is not long-term reliable for our planet, and it is not for us.
CompuLab announced four customized versions of its fanless, Linux-ready mini-PCs based on plug-in LAN, serial/CAN, USB/mSATA, and mini-PCIe personality modules. The company also introduced a signage and communication oriented mini-PC, as well as a $15 HDMI dongle that enables high-res VNC-based remote display from headless PCs by tricking proprietary video drivers into thinking an HDMI […]
On Tuesday, Nokia interim boss Risto Siilasmaa backed off recent statements he made indicating that former CEO Stephen Elop's employment contract was the same as Elop's predecessor, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. The whole situation came to light because Helsingin Sanomat, Finland's largest daily paper, reported that Elop will receive an €18.8 million ($25.4 million) termination payment that wasn't available to Kallasvuo. Elop stepped down in light of Microsoft agreeing to purchase Nokia's phone business. As a former Microsoft employee, Elop wanted to avoid any conflicts of interest, according to Reuters.
On September 4 - 6 the open source electronic health records community came together at the 2nd annual OSEHRA Summit and workshop, in Bethesda, Maryland.Day 1: tutorials on a variety of topicsDay 2: high-level presentations from members of the community with unique vantage points in the community
"The average Internet user only needs stuff ready for individual online activities. The percloud is the first member of this NEW CLASS of Gnu/Linux distributions."
The next morning there were two emails from site visitors informing me that FOSS Force was serving blank pages, one even sending a screen shot that showed our logo up top with nothing but white space below. However, our site looked fine on the company desktop and on my laptop so I figured they’d been attempting to access the site while the upgrade was in process and paid them no mind. I also noted that when I checked our AdSense account we’d only earned a couple of cents so far for the day, a fraction of a percent of what I would expect for the amount of traffic we were having, but I chalked that up to the inconsistency of online advertising.
Nvidia is now trying to get on Linux developers' good side. Yesterday, Nvidia's Andy Ritger e-mailed developers of Nouveau, an open source driver for Nvidia cards that is built by reverse engineering Nvidia's proprietary drivers. Ritger wrote that "NVIDIA is releasing public documentation on certain aspects of our GPUs, with the intent to address areas that impact the out-of-the-box usability of NVIDIA GPUs with Nouveau. We intend to provide more documentation over time, and guidance in additional areas as we are able."
After a one week delay, Fedora 20 is now up to being in an alpha quality state. Now it's your chance to give a first shot for this Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution codenamed Heisenbug.