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?
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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.
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?
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.
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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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