Microsoft Likes Linux? / NNi

Microsoft had a marketing campaign which essentially said Linux was a bad thing. Until last week.

MS and Novell announced an agreement to make Windows work better with open source software. Some people question whether MS has changed its attitude about Linux, or whether this is just a new tactic to fight Linux. Red Hat has been the leader in enterprise Linux, but is being squeezed by the MS/Novell pact and by Larry Ellison's recent announcement that Oracle is supporting Red Hat Linux customers at a lower price than Red Hat. Definitely rough times for Red Hat. I wonder what Mark Shuttleworth thinks of all this...


Below is the initial list of issues for the TUESDAY, 07 November 2006, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 6:50 pm weekly gathering at Mister Churro, 207 N. Richmond St., Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. The final list will be posted on this blog by 1500 hours (3 pm) Central U.S.A. time on 07 November 2006.

The ‘net

  1. Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7: Random Thoughts http://blogs.pcworld.com/techlog/archives/003021.html
  2. Pressure Forces Microsoft to Change Vista Licensing http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,127741-c,vistalonghorn/article.html
  3. Eco groups use online maps in mine fight http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061105/ap_on_re_us/google_mountaintop_mining
  4. FON buys GSpace, Will Add Storage to WiFi http://gigaom.com/2006/11/05/fon-gspace/

Security & Privacy

  1. US Customs announces massive new database on trucks and travelers http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061103-8143.html
  2. We ALL want to use biometrics: Some of us just don't know it yet... http://www.silicon.com/publicsector/0,3800010403,39163734,00.htm
  3. China: Net Censorship? Not Here http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20061103/tc_cmp/193501251
  4. Eliminate Spyware http://ralphcaddell.com/pchelp/spyware.htm
  5. Antiphishing Fighters Target Malware http://www.cio.com/blog_view.html?CID=26362

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. Web access for autos goes on the road http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2006-10-31-auto-pc s-usat_x.htm
  2. Verizon Offers Wireless Synching Of Phone/PC Contact Lists http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20061101/tc_cmp/193500851
  3. Ringtone from any MP3 http://www.lifehacker.com/software/ringtones/geek-to-live-make-a-ringtone-from-any-mp3-212232.php
  4. Meebo: IMing from anywhere http://blog.meebo.com/?page_id=205

Open Source

  1. Oracle zeros in on Red Hat http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20061030/tc_infoworld/83132
  2. PHP road map revealed http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20061101/tc_infoworld/83332
  3. Amarok, the Linux music player, is shipping a new version http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2006/10/amarok_jukebox_.html
  4. Why Gaming Is Lousy On Linux http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2047506,00.asp
  5. Microsoft backs Novell's Linux platform http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061103/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_novell
  6. Microsoft-Novell: Bad Omen For Open Source Linux http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3641851
  7. OpenOffice Blesses Microsoft-Novell Pact http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20061104/tc_cmp/193501757
  8. Microsoft Keeps The Patent Hammer Handy In Novell Linux Pact http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20061104/tc_cmp/193501752
  9. Top Plugins for MythTV http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2050657,00.asp
  10. Ten ideas about Ideas http://www.linuxjournal.com/node/1000119


  1. New mobile GMail app looks, feels like PC interface http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061102-8134.html

General Technology

  1. SMIC's bid for profitability falls short http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/10/31/HNsmicfallsshort_1.html
  2. Microsoft Delivers Free Small Biz Accounting Software http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20061031/tc_cmp/193500278
  3. Ambitions are sky-high for New Mexico spaceport http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/custom/space/la-na-spaceport30oct30,0,2415967.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-space
  4. Berkeley's Mesh Network: Dust in the RFID Wind http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2051310,00.asp
  5. A USB with oomph http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-11115-1.html
  6. FreeGeek.org http://www.freegeek.org/index.php
  7. VMWare's Fusion begins private beta http://www.tuaw.com/2006/11/03/vmwares-fusion-begins-private-beta/

Economy and Technology

  1. Entrepreneurs and VCs descend on Silicon Valley for Startup Camp http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=3880
  2. The $200 Billion Lunch: IPv6 http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2006/pulpit_20061102_001174.html


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