You've finally made the move to a Windows-free computer, you're enjoying your brand new Linux OS, no trojans/viruses, no slowdown, everything's perfect. Suddenly, you need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to support some new piece of hardware, but typically the motherboard vendor is offering only DOS based BIOS flash utilities. You panic! Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve...
EclipseCon Fear is stalking the corridors of corporate power, as executives sweat over the legal exposure caused by developers using open source software.
And the suits are resorting to play-it-safe legal advice and draconian management techniques in a vain attempt to stop open source crossing their frontier. Tactics include blocking popular sites like SourceForge and banning use of USB drives.
"There is finally a usable US federal income tax program for Linux users who don't wish to file online. TaxGeek is a Mozilla-based US income tax program that includes Form 1040, Schedules A, B, C, C-EZ, D, E, K-1 (1065), SE (Short and Long), W2, Forms 8880, 8853, 8863, 8812, 5695, 4952,3903, 2106, 2106ez, 2441 with access to most other files as PDFs. It is intended to be extensible so that developers can easily add other forms that are needed without affecting the existing file formats and stored data. TaxGeek will also create PDFs of all the supported forms so that you can print them and send them in to the IRS. (PDF creation support requires the installation of Perl PDF::Reuse.) At this point, e-filing is not supported."
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Open source innovator and SNORT creator, Sourcefire, Inc., a leader in network intrusion prevention, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,770,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share (before underwriting discounts and commissions). Of those shares, Sourcefire is selling 5,320,000 shares and selling stockholders are selling 450,000 shares. The estimated net proceeds to Sourcefire are $71.8 million. Sourcefire will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders. In addition, Sourcefire has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 865,500 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The common stock will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "FIRE".
An open-source rival to a Microsoft identity tool has been in limbo for months, awaiting the software giant's go-ahead on certain patent-related issues.
Developers working on the Higgins project want to create a tool equivalent to Microsoft's Windows CardSpace, but fear the software giant's legal wrath if they don't receive permission on certain features. Although parts of the project continue to move forward, proponents say it may not reach its full potential without Microsoft's help.
Felix Domke, known from the GameCube homebrew scene and the 'Console Hacking 2006' & 'Xbox and Xbox 360 Hacking' presentations at 23/22C3 posted diff-style kernel patches on ozlabs' linuxppc-dev mailinglist to add Xbox360 hardware support to the linux v2.6.20 kernel.
Now, this is one cool project (and video) from Alan Carvalho de Assis, as announced on the LinuxBIOS mailing list: LinuxBIOS with X Server Inside (YouTube video).