SCO counter-sues self over UNIX IP

Posted by Matthew on Wednesday May 28, 2003 @04:18PM

from the tail-chases-dog dept.


Matthew writes: SCO Group has counter-sued itself claiming that its recently filed OpenLinux intellectual property rights violation suit has no merit in light of recent revelations by Novell that SCO did not license the UNIX patents or copyrights, and does not in fact have any intellectual property rights in UNIX.

John Speigal, a lawyer for the prosecution, states: “On the surface, it appears as if our original OpenLinux suit may have been hasty. Our lawyers are of course looking into the claims in the counter-suit. It does appear that our rights in unix apply only to sublicensing and copyrights in code that we have developed since licensing the system V codebase in 1995.”

John Speigal, a lawyer for the defense, states: “SCO’s original suit against itself is an egregious and indefensible tactic to scare OpenLinux users into shifting to UNIX. We applaud Novell for its continuing supporting support of the Open Source community.”

Night of the Living NetWare

Posted by Matthew on Monday May 26, 2003 @06:54PM

from the arcane-art-of-ancient-networking dept.


Matthew writes: The University of Utah has reported several recent network attacks originating from undead NetWare servers—servers no longer supported or even remembered but which have been reanimated and remain connected to the network.

One server had recently been found connected to the network by a vampire tap on a long and lonely stretch of thicknet. Most had been powered down ages ago, but mysteriously booted after power was restored from a blackout three weeks ago.

Although Utah has long ago completed a migration to the TCP/IP protocol, these medieval servers speak only the now largely forgotten IPX protocol. This mysterious ancient protocol, akin to the ancient XNS protocol spoken at Xerox many generations ago, still has the power to flood pipes and call forth broadcast storms.

Campus administrators have been advised to watch packet filters closely for spurious IPX packets and to report any unusual activity to forensic network security.

Emacs Now Bootable

Posted by Matthew on Monday May 26, 2003 @06:27PM

from the Kernel-who? dept.


memoryhole writes: GNU Emacs, spurred by recent innovation in Microsoft’s labs, recently announced that Emacs will now include significant portions of code from the GNU Hurd, making the Emacs binary itself bootable. “The performance gains of operating in kernel mode were just too good to pass up. Besides, the Hurd started off as an Emacs fork anyway. It’s good to see the projects merging back together,” Richard Stallman was reported as saying. This will be the first kernel to support native Lisp interpretation since the venerable LispM, which pundits recall as being better than Unix.

SCO sues self over OpenLinux

Posted by Matthew on Monday May 26, 2003 @06:26PM

from the Dog-and-tail dept.


Matthew writes: SCO corporation, formerly Caldera, has filed suit aganst itself in Orem, UT today seeking an injunction against further sales or distribution of its OpenLinux distribution of the Linux open source operating system. The suit also names everyone else as co-defenders.

“SCO intends to aggressively pursue its intellectual property rights in the UNIX space, which it acquired when it bought the assets of the Santa Cruz Operation. Pursuant to that persuit, we have determined that SCO is one of the biggest perpetrators of the illegal distribution of UNIX trade secrets and unlicensed patents in the guise of the Linux operating system, and we intend to force ourselves to license these rights legitimately. We will not stand for the further distribution this software that dilutes our rights.

Upon being served notice, SCO immediately stopped shipping OpenLinux until the legal issues are resolved.

SlashNotes: The Crap Filter

Posted by Matthew on Saturday May 17, 2003 @09:18AM

from the Both-ends-against-the-middle dept.


Matthew writes: SlashNOT unexplained but apparently increasing popularity has led many of our dear readers to heed our call to submit stories. Many, such as the recently posted story about Word 2003, are clever, insightful and well written.

Many other posts are not.

We call these “Crappy posts”. But, while they are as a rule poorly written, inane, and usually include blatant attempts to fool our readers into linking to what must be a poorly written and inane website of the poster’s creation, they usually are funny in their own bathetic way. So, because they’re as funny to laugh at as with, we’ve decided to make a regular feature of the best of the worst. Here they are. [Note: It is SlashNOT’s policy to remove links to crappy websites.]

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Freenet project to use slashdot comment system

Posted by Matthew on Saturday May 17, 2003 @09:02AM

from the but-do-not-try-this-on-slashnot dept.


sharp writes: The freenet project has announced that today that the CVS tree now supports slashdot comments as a system for broadcasting data through the network. (From the web site:) “This new method will encode your data with base64 and post it in the first post thread as an anonymous coward. This is a lot faster that P2P because slashdot appearently has a lot of bandwidth.”

Microsoft Word 2003 to improves performance by using kernel mode.

Posted by Matthew on Saturday May 17, 2003 @09:01AM

from the unknown dept.


christopher baus writes: To satisify Microsoft’s relentless pursuit of desktop performance, Word 2003 will now include a major kernel mode reimplementation.

“After realizing performance gains in our server division by moving our IIS web server core to kernel mode, we realized this advanced server architecture could represent a major benefit our desktop users,” Yousee Bluemore, product manager for Microsoft Office explains. “In fact there is movement a foot to move more applications to kernel mode using our exclusive Direct Speed Architecture.”

“User mode was invented by Microsoft to keep less savy developers from crashing the entire system in the case of an application failure. This often unnecessary protection feature comes at a huge cost to performance. We will still support “user mode” for other developers which might not have Microsoft’s high quality standards.”

In a side note, Bluemore, claims that his team has also fixed the mysterious random image placement bug that has dumbfounded Word users since 1995. According to Bluemore, “Word 2003 has advanced image layout features that actually place images where the user draws the image box.”

Word 2003 is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2004.