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The SCO Group has released details of its plan to sell its Intellectual Property License for Linux. The introductory license price will be $699 for a single CPU system,  through October 15th, 2003. After that date, the price will double. The run-time license permits the use of SCO's intellectual property, in binary form only, as contained in Linux distributions. By purchasing a SCO Intellectual Property License, customers avoid infringement of SCO's intellectual property rights in Linux 2.4 and Linux 2.5 kernels. Because the SCO license authorizes run-time use only, customers also comply with the General Public License, under which Linux is distributed. "We have identified numerous files of unlicensed UNIX System V code and UNIX System V derivative code in the Linux 2.4 and 2.5 kernels," said Chris Sontag, senior vice president and general manager of SCOsource, the ... (more)

Tutorial: Installing Google Android SDK 1.0 On Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop

This guide explains how you can install the Google Android SDK 1.0 on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop. With this stable release of the Android SDK, you can now develop applications for Android smartphones (like T-Mobile's G1) and offer them on the Android Market. The Android SDK 1.0 requires Eclipse 3.3 or 3.4. Ufortunately, the Ubuntu 8.04 repositories only have a package for Eclipse 3.2 - therefore we must install Eclipse manually. Open a browser and go to http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/. Select one of the Java, Java EE, or RCP versions of Eclipse. I've chosen the Eclipse IDE for Ja... (more)

Mandrake 9.2 and LG-Based CD-ROM Drives: A Marriage Made in Hell

[Here are the main points of the note - reproduced  verbatim]   Mandrake Linux 9.2 - Errata [Note to 9.1 users: Mandrake 9.1 Errata is still available here.] Some users have encountered problems installing or using the 9.2 release due to specific configuration situations that we did not have an opportunity to fully test. Please use the patches or recommendations included below for each scenario if it applies to you. Note on using Patches: To use any of the patch.pl patches that are noted below, you must copy the appropriate patch onto a floppy disk, with the name patch.pl. Then y... (more)

Ballmer Takes On Linux in China

It isn't often that LinuxWorld has the chance to bring you a verbatim report from the China People's Daily, but it's the exception that proves the rule. So here, with out compliments, is a story from this week's English-language edition of the only daily newspaper in the world whose Web site has permanent links to the Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping. The story, from November 26, 2003, reads as follows: Microsoft moves to improve image in China Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of the US software giant Microsoft, has started a new campaign to strengthen partnership with gover... (more)

SCO's "DDoS Attack" - Was It or Wasn't It?

Both The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, two of the biggest news sites in Australia, have already begun asking questions about yesterday's outage at the SCO Web site, which SCO Group described in a statement as "a large scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack." In a piece bylined Sam Varghese and dated today December 11, The Age reports: SCO said it was working with its ISP to restore service and that the site was unavailable due to a SYN flood attack. IT professionals have, however, cast doubt on SCO's claims as the operating system on which its website is hosted, Lin... (more)