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Djiezes Kraaijst

Legal Pad - Fortune on CNNMoney.com - 0 views

  • initiative designed to help shield the open-source software community from threats posed by companies or individuals holding dubious software patents and seeking payment for alleged infringements by open-source software products.
  • call to independent open-source software developers all over the world to start submitting their new software inventions to Linux Defenders (Web site due to be operational Tuesday) so that the group’s attorneys and engineers can, for no charge, help shape, structure, and document the invention in the form of a “defensive publication.”
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  • In effect, the defensive-publications initiative mounts a preemptive attack upon those who would try to patent purported software inventions that are not truly novel — i.e., innovations that are already known and in use, though no one may have ever previously bothered to document them, let alone obtain a patent on them, a process usually requiring the hiring of attorneys as well as payment of significant filing fees.
  • The Linux Defenders program is largely the brainchild of Bergelt, who took over as Open Invention Network’s CEO this past February. The program also reflects a new, more proactive role Bergelt envisions for OIN than the group has played in the past.
  • The Linux Defenders program will actually have three components. The first will be a peer-to-patent component that, like New York Law School’s existing program, will reach out to the open-source community in search of evidence of “prior art” — proof of preexisting knowledge or use of certain inventions — that can be used to challenge applications for patents that have been filed but not yet granted.
  • The second component will be a natural extension of the first, to be known as “Post-Grant Peer to Patent,” which will enlist similar community assistance in the search for prior art relevant to patents that have already actually issued. In this case, the goal would be — assuming such prior art is found — to initiate an administrative reexamination proceeding before the U.S. PTO to get the patent invalidated
  • The third component is the defensive-publications initiative.
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    On Tuesday a consortium of technology companies, including IBM (IBM), will launch a new initiative designed to help shield the open-source software community from threats posed by companies or individuals holding dubious software patents and seeking payment for alleged infringements by open-source software products.

    The most novel feature of the new program, to be known as Linux Defenders, will be its call to independent open-source software developers all over the world to start submitting their new software inventions to Linux Defenders (Web site due to be operational Tuesday) so that the group's attorneys and engineers can, for no charge, help shape, structure, and document the invention in the form of a "defensive publication."
Djiezes Kraaijst

Free, Professional Music Production: A Linux Introduction | Bringing Linux to the Masses - 0 views

Djiezes Kraaijst

Torvalds talks about his brand new blog | NetworkWorld.com Community - 0 views

  • Torvalds talks about his brand new blog
  • Linus Torvalds didn't have a blog, at least not until dipping his toe into the waters with this one -- "Linus' Blog" -- which launched last Thursday.
  • Do you expect to write about Linux and tech world matters there as well personal thoughts? (I see you've already started.)

    Well, as long as it's me writing, it's likely about something tech-related and probably linux-related, since that's what I'd do. But likely just tangentially.

Djiezes Kraaijst

Linux-based netbooks and notebooks - 0 views

  • Linux-based netbooks and notebooks (continually updated)
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    a continually updated list with linux-based netbooks & notebooks
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GNU/Linux free software tools to preserve your online privacy, anonymity and security - 0 views

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    GNU/Linux free software tools to preserve your online privacy, anonymity and security
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Linux File Systems: Ready for the Future? - 0 views

  • Linux File Systems: Ready for the Future?
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Anatomy of Linux journaling file systems - 0 views

  • Anatomy of Linux journaling file systems

    Journaling today and tomorrow

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Computerworld - The A-Z of Programming Languages: AWK - 0 views

  • The A-Z of Programming Languages: AWK
    Alfred V. Aho of AWK fame talks about the history and continuing popularity of his pattern matching language.
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Computerworld - The A-Z of Programming Languages: BASH/Bourne-Again Shell - 0 views

  • Interviews

    The A-Z of Programming Languages: BASH/Bourne-Again Shell
    When the Bourne Shell found its identity
  • in this article we chat to Chet Ramey about his experience maintaining Bash.
  • In BASH's case, the problem to be solved was a free software version of the Posix standard shell to be part of the GNU system.
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  • the original Bourne Shell was very influential, the various System V shell releases preserved that heritage, and the Posix committee used those versions as the basis for the standard they developed.

    Certainly the basic language syntax and built-in commands are direct descendants of the Bourne Shell's. Bash's additional features and functionality build on what the Bourne shell provided.

    As for source code and internal implementation, there's no relationship at all

  • Bash will continue to evolve as both an interactive environment and a programming language. I'd like to add more features that allow interested users to extend the shell in novel ways. The programmable completion system is an example of that kind of extension.
  • Do you have any advice for up-and-coming programmers?

    Find an area that interests you and get involved with an existing community. There are free software projects in just about any area of programming.

    The nuts-and-bolts -- which language you use, what programming environment you use, where you do your work -- are not as important as the passion and interest you bring to the work itself.

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    an interview with Chet Ramey, maintainer of the bash-shell
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Is OpenOffice.org getting faster? - OpenOffice.org Ninja - 0 views

  • Is OpenOffice.org getting faster?
  • Some complain OpenOffice.org is slow and bloated. With each release there may be dozens of performance improvements, but there are also new features, some of which may slow things down. This the natural balance in software development, but in the end, what is the net effect on performance from one version to the next?
  • In conclusion, OpenOffice.org is generally getting slower with each release. However, startup performance has made great improvements, the performance losses are relatively small, advances in new computer hardware are more than making up the loses, and OpenOffice.org continues to mature with new features. OpenOffice.org doesn't compel users to upgrade, so you are welcome to continue using older versions.
Djiezes Kraaijst

Linux.com :: Profiling entire system activity with sysprof - 0 views

  • Profiling entire system activity with sysprof
  • Profiling an application lets you see what functions are taking up most of the CPU time so you can concentrate your optimization efforts on making the those pieces of code run faster. With sysprof, you can profile all the applications that are running on your machine
  • To get the most out of sysprof you should also install the debug information for all the applications you wish to profile. Without the debug information you will see only the name of a shared library in the profile information and not be able to tell what functions are taking up the lion's share of time spent in that library.
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Ubuntu 8.04 LTS vs. Windows XP SP3: Application Performance Benchmark « Moham... - 0 views

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS vs. Windows XP SP3: Application Performance Benchmark
  • I’ll try to discover how a 2008 edition of Ubuntu Linux will perform against the 2001-born Windows XP fortified with 7 years of bug-fixing and 3 Service Packs.
  • To sum-up, I’d say that Windows XP SP3 is a very solid performer and it beats the default Ubuntu in anything related to multi-media processing. This only adds to the misery of Linux in this domain as it still struggles with proprietary codecs and lacks a proper HD support
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  • On the other hand, Ubuntu is a big-time winner in multi-tasking which reflects how well it handles system resources. It also out-performs Windows in hard disk performance thanks to its support for EXT3 file system.
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iTWire - Seeing Linux clearly: Demystifying KDE and GNOME - 0 views

  • Seeing Linux clearly: Demystifying KDE and GNOME
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Howto: Set up Hardy for speed, v1.0 « Motho ke motho ka botho - 0 views

  • Howto: Set up Hardy for speed, v1.0
  • This guide is a collection of tips and tweaks for Ubuntu Linux 8.04. The content comes from tutorials and speed suggestions found on the Ubuntu Forums and elsewhere. The material has been collated and narrated, and arranged with links to external resources or supplemental information.
  • The current versions can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

    Howto: Set up Hardy for speed, v1.0, Zim
    Howto: Set up Hardy for speed, v1.0, HTML

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