Microsoft faces new legal battle
A Florida court has given the go-ahead for Microsoft customers to bring a class action lawsuit against the company.
The lawsuit alleges that Microsoft overcharged for its Windows and MS-DOS operating systems and Word and Excel applications, in violation of a Florida state law prohibiting unfair trade and anti-competitive practices, reports the Associated Press.
The lawsuit is seeking monetary damages, the amount of which will not be specified until the end of the trial. ...more
ODSL campaigns for kernel awareness
Next month sees the first new production (as opposed to development) kernel released for more than two years, and Linux leaders at the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) have launched an 'awareness initiative' to reassure users of the stringent quality controls the team applies.
In the light of SCO's as yet unproven allegations of misappropriated code in Linux, the OSDL is keen that such posturing doesn't dampen enthusiasm for the GNU/Linux operating system, which is finding its way beyond servers to telecommunications networks, to PDAs, set-top boxes and other consumer devices.
Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL said: 'Recent public criticism of the Linux development process shows a
lack of understanding as to the rigor imposed by Linus himself and the development community at large. ...more
Lennon collection available from Net music stores, bar iTunes
John Lennon's complete collection of solo recordings is to be sold via music downloads stores from the beginning of next month.
However one place where it will not be found is the iTunes Music Store, because of 'the ongoing trademark dispute between iTunes' owner Apple Computer and Lennon and the Beatles' company, Apple Corps.
EMI has announced that Working Class Hero, a collection of Lennon's greatest hits, will be available next week on stores including Napster, RealNetworks' Rhapsody, MSN Music and Yahoo! Music Unlimited. ...more
Allied Irish Bank opts for Sun desktop
Allied Irish Bank has signed up to use Sun Microsystem's Linux-based Java Desktop System (JDS) across 7,500 seats.
The deal marks the largest customer win for Sun's desktop - in this case for the news JDS 2 system which offers centralised management controls. Sun will also provide consulting, support and education services alongside the desktops. ...more
Multimap wants your vote
With the General Election only a day away you might be getting a little nervous about voting. One company will help you to make your big decision - well, they will help you find your way to the polling station.
At the Internet World Show 2001 at Earls Court, Multimap. ...more