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The Future of the General Public License

Among the allegations raised by The SCO Group in its current spate of lawsuits is that the GPL -- the GNU General Public License, which is used for much open-source software, including Linux -- is unconstitutional and in violation of federal copyright and patent laws. SCO bases this claim on the cla...

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DARPA’S Grand Challenge: Looking to Next Year

The early-morning sunshine that lit up the outskirts of Los Angeles on March 13, 2004, revealed a strange and wonderful collection of vehicles gathered in the dusty landscape. A variety of four-wheel-drive trucks and SUVs bristling with electronic gear contrasted with custom-built models resembling ...

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The Secret Market Contender: White-Box PCs

In some ways, the computer business is a bit like show business. There are stars that become household names -- names to conjure with. But for every one of them, there are dozens of workaday actors who may deliver perfectly credible performances but remain largely anonymous. Something similar goes o...

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Microsoft, Proprietary Code and the Shared Source Initiative

In a move to build better relationships with certain classes of customer, Microsoft in 2001 began allowing them to look at portions of Windows source code. Several programs were set up, serving selected enterprises, "most valuable professionals," OEMs, system integrators, academics and several other...

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NASA Tests Relativity Theory with Gravity Probe B

On April 20, a NASA rocket will lift off from Vandenburg Air Force Base carrying one of the most remarkable physics experiments ever attempted. Gravity Probe B will try to answer questions raised by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, proposed in the early years of the 20th century. Whether Gra...

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Ensuring Quality of Service on VoIP Networks

Like most countries boasting modern telecommunications systems, Australia has been implementing Voice over IP (VoIP) services. After a slow start, what began as a mild flirtation is now becoming an embrace, although use of VoIP technology is still in relatively early stages compared with market expe...

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The Myth of the Secure Operating System

The old adage about there being "safety in numbers" no longer applies, at least not in the world of IT security. Microsoft platforms are not only the most widespread, but also the most attacked. About that much, most -- but not all -- commentators agree. The mi2g Intelligence Unit issued three bulle...

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IT Security and Software Development

Let's do some arithmetic. Multiply the number of different hardware platforms in current use by the number of operating systems that have a reasonably large user base. Subtract the systems that simply won't work together. Multiply the result by the number of applications, servers and databases used ...

The Future of the GPL

Among the allegations raised by The SCO Group in its current spate of lawsuits is that the GPL -- the GNU General Public License, which is used for much open-source software, including Linux -- is unconstitutional and in violation of federal copyright and patent laws. SCO bases this claim on the cla...

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The Groklaw Story, Part Two

Last week, LinuxInsider published a story looking at the role of Groklaw.net, an informational Web site dealing with The SCO Group's lawsuits against Linux users and supporters. The story contained both expressions of support for, and criticism of, Groklaw and its founder-publisher Pamela Jones, inc...

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Writing Linux History: Groklaw’s Role in the SCO Controversy

There's nothing like a good legal battle to whip up passions, and the SCO Group-versus-the-open-source-world dogfight is no exception. Rhetoric runs high. From the open-source advocates, it's "you're stifling free thought in the name of greed." SCO allies counter with "you're attacking the core valu...

Stat Wars 2: A Tale of Two Surveys on Apache and IIS

Not long ago, TechNewsWorld published a story describing divergent conclusions reached by two recent studies of Web server market share. One, the latest in an ongoing series conducted by UK-based Netcraft, cast its net wide and surveyed a sample of more than 45 million Web sites. It concluded that o...

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The Shapes of Things To Come

Beige boxes may still be the norm for lots of desktop computer equipment, but people have been fooling around with design ever since they began making machines. While computer design has, by and large, stuck to the basic need for a protective enclosure, there have been some outstanding ideas and som...

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Stat Wars: Measuring OS Market Share

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Whether we "love" our operating systems or not, counting how many of us use which platforms has become a favorite indoor sport for IT trend-watchers and marketing gurus alike. Why would it matter, unless you're a vendor's shareholder? First, of course, th...

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Saving Legacy Systems with Automated Software Transformation

Many an intergalactic sci-fi flick has showcased the "instant translator" -- the clever box that makes earthling speech intelligible to alpha-centaurians, and vice versa. Now something similar is helping Australian organizations bring legacy applications and enterprise knowledge up to date. Perhaps ...

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Computing Invades the Living Room

Computing is moving out of the office and heading for the living room, the coat pocket and the car. In a convergence with traditional home entertainment, computing and telecommunications technologies are starting to weave together a pervasive mix of "lifestyle" products and services. In the near fut...

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Warping Space and Time: NASA Puts Einstein on Trial

On April 20, a NASA rocket will lift off from Vandenburg Air Force Base carrying one of the most remarkable physics experiments ever attempted. Gravity Probe B will try to answer questions raised by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, proposed in the early years of the 20th century. Whether Gra...

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Corporate Trademarks and the Future of Domain Disputes

What's in a name? Not much, according to Shakespeare. But today, the answer is "plenty" -- especially when you're talking about the intersection of domain names with trademarks. ICANN was set up in California to administer several core Internet structures, including the first round of top-level doma...

NASA Takes the Internet into Space

Those wanting to represent the Internet graphically to a lay audience are fond of animations showing a spinning Earth criss-crossed by a network of buzzing, vibrating lines. Lift those animations up from the planet a bit, and you get a picture of what space someday could become -- a place where comm...

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NASA: Looking Back at Earth

Say "NASA" and most people immediately think "space exploration." But space also offers a unique vantage point for observations of Earth, and NASA devotes significant resources to scientific projects aimed at understanding our own planet and our impact on it. This is the first of three articles abou...

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