- By Grant Gross -
We often think Microsoft's licensing cops go above and beyond what's practically necessary to stamp out software "piracy." Witness a couple of weeks ago, when the software giant tried to tell schools that removing Windows from computers donated to them is illegal.
So it's the mother of all ironies that Microsoft itself has been convicted of software piracy in a French court. Tina Gasperson tracked down the little-reported case from late 2001. Perhaps it's only piracy when it's a Microsoft product being copied? When you're a huge monopoly, you might be tempted to think that way.
Meanwhile, Microsoft complained that proposed antitrust sanctions would let "hackers" run wild on Microsoft software, as if that wasn't already happening.
Inching closer ...
Declaration of war?
Red Hat caused a bit of a stir this week by going "all competitive" and announcing rebates to customers switching from other Linux distributions.
Ximian released version 1.0.4 of its Evolution email software package.
The Apache project released version 2.0.36.
theKompany.com released version 1.0.4 of its Rekall RAD DBMS tool for Linux.
Norbert Cartagena takes a look at the new SuSE 8.0 and mostly likes what he sees, although he notes some room for improvement.
The Register also reviewed Mandrake 8.2 and had mostly positive impressions.
Linuxlaboratory.org says Galeon 1.2.0 is making it easy to ignore other browsers.
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Among the other stories we reported first this week:
StarOffice book author Solveig Haugland offers some tips and tricks for getting around the office suite that works with Linux.
Jack Bryar suggests Open Source may help save the new merged Hewlett-Packard/Compaq.
The Nasdaq ended the week at 1,600.85, a drop of more than 12 points from the May 5 close of 1,613.03, which was already the lowest the tech-heavy market had closed since October 2001. Most of our 11 Open Source-related stocks followed Nasdaq's lead, with eight dropping for the week, although most dropped only slightly. HP, MandrakeSoft and TiVo bucked the downward trend.
Here's how Open Source and related stocks ended this past week:
|Company Name||Symbol||5/3 Close||5/10 Close|
|Borland Software Int'l||BORL||10.29||9.78|
|Wind River Systems||WIND||7.00||7.49|