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links for 2008-03-15

The Associated Press: Nigerian Patent Suit Still Dogs OLPC This is really amazing. The funny thing is that I get e-mail from Nigeria every day with exciting business opportunities.

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links for 2008-03-14

Navy to focus only on open systems “The days of proprietary technology must come to an end,” says the Navy. (tags: Linux standards) Linux growth tied to personnel issues — Enterprise Linux Log “Many shops today have Unix engineers and administrators,” he said.

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Microsoft, Branding Students

There’s a new way to collaborate out there. It’s hard to believe but email with attachments is old. You can store your documents centrally, set permissions on multiple user edits, handle concurrent editing, send out email alerts. Imagine the advantages in never bringing up an old version of a document to edit. Or waiting for your colleague to finish their edits. Many people probably haven’t totally switched over yet, because they’re stuck in a decade-old style of work flow. But the next generation coming along will have switched.

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links for 2008-03-12

Negroponte: OLPC Machine Will Be $50 in 2011, Electronics Are “Obese” | Wired Science from Wired.com If nothing else, the OLPC has produced the know how to bring computers into the hands of many.

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Find out about what happened with the Walmart Linux PC

Much has been made of the recent decision by Wal-Mart to sell Linux based PC’s exclusively through their web site and to pull the computers from their store shelves. There is no spin here. It is disappointing that consumers didn’t run into Wal-Mart, pick up a jumbo sized bag of Doritos, a case of Coke, a three month supply of CheezWhiz and a Linux PC.

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links for 2008-03-11

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Microsoft’s Dual Personality - Let’s Hope the Open Side Wins

TechCrunch’s Duncan Riley published an interesting post on the emergence of a dual personality at Microsoft. He describes it as “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” The reason that this is important for open source and Linux is because Microsoft is starting to recognize the world is shifting to one where “open” is a criteria for success; re: Wikipedia, Google, Linux, Flickr, Second Life, MySpace, InnoCentive, Human Genome Project, YouTube and more.

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Ballmer Could Learn a Lesson from Jonathan Schwartz

In a turn of irony Microsoft is starting to feel the pain of Moore’s Law that Sun has felt for years. A pain that largely led to the departure of Scott McNealy and to Jonathan Schwartz efforts to open up the company.

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Why Are Open Source Systems Management Solutions Springing up Everywhere?

Within the past few weeks we have seen a announcements from every major commercial Linux provider about a systems management initiative. Yesterday Canonical announced Landscape, their systems management and monitoring tool for Ubuntu. Red Hat and Hyperic announced RHQ, an open-source project for developing a core set of IT infrastructure management capabilities.

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