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Linux Group Considers Formal Opposition to Microsoft Over UEFI Scheme

Last week, in response to the brouhaha over its reported effort to implement a specification called Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) that could make it impossible to run Linux on Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft officials responded with an extensive post that explains exactly what kinds of flexibility UEFI will offer. After I read the post, I concluded that Microsoft is unlikely to pursue any systematic strategy for excluding Linux, but not everyone agreed with me. Now, the Linux community in Australia is letting its concerns be known.

Does Mozilla's Response to Enterprises Focused on Firefox Go Far Enough?

As we reported back in June, while many users applaud the rapid release cycle that Mozilla announced for the Firefox browser back in February, not all IT administrators are among the fans. It's easy for consumers to forget that businesses have much more stringent requirements for accepting new applications of all sorts, including browsers, into mainstream use. There are security concerns, compatibility concerns, and more. Mozilla officials have already announced that they take the protests from the IT community seriously, and have a working group focused on delivering Extended Support Releases (ESRs) specifically for businesses that want to use Firefox. Do these efforts from Mozilla go far enough, though?

Fedora 16 Delayed by Two Weeks Too

FedoraopenSUSE isn't the only one working to overcome the challenges associated with developing a modern but stable operating system. Distinguished Fedora code monkey (I think that's the title he prefers) Adam Williamson recently blogged about the issues delaying release and it appears their hurdles may be a bit higher than openSUSE's.

Chrome 15 Arrives, as Open Source Browsers Get Down to Brass Tacks

Even as Mozilla moves ahead with a rapid release cycle for the Firefox browser, Google continues to deliver new versions of Google Chrome at a blindingly fast pace. The company has announced that Chrome 15 is now available through the Chrome beta channel. The new release is available in a Linux version, too. Google is also pushing ahead with a TV advertising campaign for Chrome--a move we certainly haven't seen from Mozilla.

Microsoft Responds to Linux Lock-Out Claims

Yesterday, in the post Will Windows 8 Lock Linux Out of PCs?, I discussed a Microsoft methodology for ultra-fast booting of Windows 8 PC through a specification called Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). There have been a number of reports on how Microsoft might implement UEFI in such a way as to disallow Linux on PCs running Windows 8. I noted that it was unlikely that Microsoft would behave in such a two-fisted way toward Linux, and a new post from Microsoft responding to the brouhaha implies that's that true.

openSUSE 12.1 Beta Delayed Two Weeks

openSUSEFor those who follow Linux development very closely, openSUSE developers have decided the 12.1 Beta is going to be delayed. During a discussion on the openSUSE development mailing list it became clear that there were still too many showstoppers to roll the release scheduled for today. It's estimated that this could set development back by two weeks.

Mobile Moodle App Arrives for Open Source e-Learners

If you're unfamiliar with the fast-growing world of online learning (e-learning) it's becoming a huge business, and top universities such as U.C. Berkeley now offer free webcasts and podcasts to the public. Did you know that one of the biggest players in software and platforms for e-learning is a free, open source offering? If not, consider Moodle, which we covered here. Moodle is a course management system (CMS) that leverages developers from all around the world, and allows people to deliver and take courses online. In the latest piece of Moodle news, there is now a Moodle iPhone app.?

Red Hat Beats its Own Forecasts

Red Hat has reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter, which ended August 31, and the company continues to prove that a business model of supporting robust open source software can lead to remarkable success. In fact, as we predicted it would be, the company is emerging as the first ever billion dollar a year open source company. Red Hat's total revenue for the quarter was $281.3 million, an increase of 28% from the year ago quarter. Subscription revenue for the quarter was $238.3 million, up 28% year-over-year.

Will Windows 8 Lock Linux Out of PCs?

Will Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system be tuned to lock Linux installations off of PCs? There are some real questions arising about the issue. Microsoft is working on a methodology for ultra-fast booting of Windows 8 PC through a specification called Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). That specification reportedly includes a secure booting routine that is expressly designed to obstruct rootkit malware infections, but some observers worry that it could also mean that any Windows 8 PC will not be able to run Linux. There are several reasons why this won't happen, though.

Kororaa 15 Unleashed

kororaa The first stable release of Kororaa 15 (codename Squirt ) has been released and is available for download, in 32 and 64 bit with KDE 4.6 and GNOME 3. This is second release of the Fedora-based distribution since development resumed in late 2010.

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