Friday, July 28, 2006

Ballmer says never again to 5-year OS gap ... Torvalds no fan of new GPL draft

Today's IT News Audio Update
Ballmer says never again to five-year gap between OSes ... Torvalds not impressed by new GPL draft ... Google offers to host open-source projects


Linux creator Torvalds still no fan of GPLv3
Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, remains unimpressed with a proposed update to the license that governs the open-source operating system and has no plans to adopt it for the Linux kernel.

Google creates repository for open-source projects
Google Inc. is offering to host open source software development projects in a move that has been met with mixed reaction from the developer community online.

Ballmer: Microsoft must be 'multicore'
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said Thursday that his company must be able to operate successfully in multiple markets -- a phenomenon he calls being "multicore" -- for the company to continue to grow well into the future.

Wall Street Beat: Acquisitions point to trends
Acquisitions by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. grabbed the attention of IT investors this week, even as quarterly financial reports continued to rock markets.

Second GPLv3 draft tones down DRM language
The Free Software Foundation Inc. (FSF) unveiled the second draft of the GNU general public license version 3 (GPLv3) Thursday. The new draft adopts a different, more measured tone than the initial take released in January, in particular replacing strident language around the issue of DRM (digital rights management).


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