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New GPL License Is Coming; Linus Torvalds Wishes It Weren't

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Open Sourcing Of Higher Education
2. Today's Top Story: GPL
    - New GPL License Is Coming; Linus Torvalds Wishes It Weren't
3. Breaking News
    - Apple Patches 45 Bugs In Massive Security Update
    - Microsoft Releases Service Pack 2 For Windows Server 2003
    - Glide Promises To Make Any Phone An iPhone
    - Business Objects Aims BI At Data Warehouse Appliances
    - California Judge Dismisses All Charges Against Former HP Chair Dunn
    - GSA Taps Disabled Vets For IT Work
    - Microsoft Gains A New Voice With Acquisition Of Tellme Networks
    - Cisco Systems Acquires NeoPath For Its File Management Capability
    - Sophos Software Blocks Second Life At Work
    - Vendors Introduce 'Affordable' Business Intelligence Systems
    - Encrypting Hard Disk Could Exempt Companies From Data Breach Disclosure Laws, Seagate Claims
    - Google Out, Microsoft In As Default Live Search In Lenovo PCs
    - Copyrighted Videos Still On YouTube After Lawsuit
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
    - Wal-Mart Joins Uncle Sam On 'Green' Bandwagon
    - Here's A Flash: Solid-State Storage Is Overtaking Rotating Memory
    - Can Apple Really Sell 10 Million iPhones?
5. White Papers: Performance Management
6. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
7. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"People are encouraged to chip in and help, not because of some political agenda or because they try to be 'good people,' but simply because it helps themselves more than not..." -- Linux Torvalds on GPL v2


1. Editor's Note: The Open Sourcing Of Higher Education

College education has gone open source.

A number of top universities are placing their course materials online, free. No course credit is granted, but self-learners can have access to all the same materials as those shelling out tens of thousands of dollars annually. That's great news for IT pros who are either unemployed or looking to acquire new skills and knowledge.

The movement includes prestigious universities MIT, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the University of California at Irvine.

Have you taken advantage of any of these courses? If so, share details on the quality of the experience and the value of the information at my blog entry.

Meantime, there's more evidence that New York is today's hotbed for IT jobs: The metro area has more available IT jobs than the Silicon Valley area on one major IT job site. This seems to be no coincidence, what with the likes of Google hiring dozens of tech workers. The highest-volume openings include jobs in C and C++ programming, Oracle databases, and Microsoft Windows.

Is there an adequate pool of talent in place to fill all these positions? What's going on in New York that's creating so many opportunities?

Tom Smith
tasmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

New GPL License Is Coming; Linus Torvalds Wishes It Weren't
InformationWeek's Charles Babcock was surprised in an e-mail exchange with Linus Torvalds at the depth of his criticism of the next version of the General Public License. Babcock says he's struck by the contrast between the lofty ambitions that Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation are placing behind GPL 3.0 versus Torvalds' common sense.


3. Breaking News

Apple Patches 45 Bugs In Massive Security Update
Apple patches several zero-day vulnerabilities, as well as a variety of bugs in Apple's software and third-party software such as Adobe's Flash Player and MySQL.

Microsoft Releases Service Pack 2 For Windows Server 2003
Microsoft said Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 includes hundreds of patches and fixes to the server operating system.

Glide Promises To Make Any Phone An iPhone
TransMedia's latest software offers the potential to access more files than the iPhone and the chance to work with wireless carriers beyond AT&T.

Business Objects Aims BI At Data Warehouse Appliances
IBM and Netezza are the first appliance vendors to ship product with the company's Open Appliance Initiative software.

California Judge Dismisses All Charges Against Former HP Chair Dunn; Three Others Cut Deals
In a mix-up, the state attorney general first reported that all defendants would plead guilty to the charges.

GSA Taps Disabled Vets For IT Work
Computer Sciences Corp. will act as a subcontractor on the project led by Randy Slager's Catapult company.

Microsoft Gains A New Voice With Acquisition Of Tellme Networks
Microsoft could find that Tellme gives it a competitive advantage in its battles with Google and others for mobile search.

Cisco Systems Acquires NeoPath For Its File Management Capability
NeoPath has 55 employees and products that are designed to simplify the management of network-attached storage and other file servers.

Sophos Software Blocks Second Life At Work
Later this month, Sophos will be offering its antivirus users a free add-on that will let IT managers block workers from using Second Life on company networks.

Vendors Introduce 'Affordable' Business-Intelligence Systems
Business Objects, IBM, and others are putting together packages designed to take the bite out of costly BI. Cost and integration are a big problem for businesses, according to new InformationWeek research.

Encrypting Hard Disk Could Exempt Companies From Data Breach Disclosure Laws, Seagate Claims
Some states will exempt companies that suffer a data breach or theft from disclosure laws if they can prove that the stolen data was encrypted.

Google Out, Microsoft In As Default Live Search In Lenovo PCs
The deal puts Windows Live services in Lenovo-branded PCs, ThinkPad notebooks, and ThinkCentre desktops.

Copyrighted Videos Still On YouTube After Lawsuit
Stephen Colbert is gone, but Jon Stewart is still on. "South Park" is out, but "Adult Swim" is still in.

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4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
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Wal-Mart Joins Uncle Sam On 'Green' Bandwagon
Still think this "Green Computing" is a lot of tree hugger blather you can safely ignore? This week, Wal-Mart joins the U.S. government in embracing standards for what a makes an earth-friendly computer. This drumbeat's going to keep getting louder.

Here's A Flash: Solid-State Storage Is Overtaking Rotating Memory
Intel has announced its first solid-state drive, a storage device that uses NAND flash memory instead of those oh-so-old-fashioned (and oh-so-fragile) spinning platters in traditional hard-disk drives. It's an idea with a lot of advantages (although price isn't yet one of them).

Can Apple Really Sell 10 Million iPhones?
Analysts are doubtful. They cite the high price point as one major barrier. And even though the worldwide market for smartphones swelled by 42% to 80.5 million devices in 2006 (which is just a drop in the overall cell phone bucket), for Apple to jump in and score such a large percentage in the first year seems unlikely.


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