Microsoft patch stops Linux on Xbox 360

Microsoft has quietly released a fix for a security vulnerability that could let Xbox 360 owners run their own applications or operating systems on the console.

The update corrects a problem with a tamper-protection mechanism on the Xbox 360. Hackers had discovered a way to break through the shield and run their own software, including operating systems such as Linux, on the games console.

HP Sees Huge Linux Desktop Deals

Hewlett-Packard is closing custom deals for thousands of desktop PCs running Linux, which has the company assessing the possibility of offering factory-loaded Linux systems, an HP executive said.

GNOME Launch Box version 2 Released

GNOME Launch Box is an application launcher inspired by QuickSilver, more information is available on the project homepage.

Legally Speaking: What GPLv3 Means for the Microsoft-Novell Pact

With Antoinette (Toni) Tease, a registered patent attorney who practices in the areas of intellectual property and technology law. She currently serves as chair of the information technology (IT) division of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law section. Ms. Tease spoke to us regarding this article about the Free Software Foundation's efforts to prevent future agreements like that recently struck between Microsoft and Novell.

Project Darkstar, Open Source Plans

At the 2007 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced plans to open source Project Darkstar, a online game server platform written entirely in Java technology. The company also announced the opening of registration for the Darkstar Playground, which will enable developers to create a wide variety of games that can be provisioned through a single server platform. Information on these and demonstrations of games running on the Darkstar platform will be on display at Sun's booth #738 in Moscone Center.

FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo

FAA chief information officer David Bowen said he's taking a close look at the Premier Edition of Google Apps as he mulls replacements for the agency's Windows XP-based desktop computers and laptops.

Dell Talks About Prebundling Linux, AGAIN

Dell is considering offering the Linux operating system as an alternative to Microsoft's Windows on its personal computers, a Dell spokesman said on Tuesday.

In conversation with Katie McAuliff, of Novell Canada

In January, Chicago native Katie McAuliff, who has worked for Novell Inc. for 13 years, took over as president of Novell Canada, replacing Don Chapman. Ms McAuliff will oversee all facets of the Canadian organization including sales, marketing, consulting, support, training, finance and operations, with a focus on expanding and strengthening Novell Canada's partnership model.