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Thursday, August 7, 2003

IBM Strikes Back

That thud you heard was the other shoe officially dropping. IBM has filed a countersuit against SCO. They claim that a) SCO can't claim ownership when they released the code under the GPL, b) that SCO interfered with IBM's business by attacking AIX, and c) that SCO is in violation of four IBM patents. While I am least thrilled about the last charge, it is the one that is most likely to cause some action. Here's a snip from that article:

The patent claims will be expensive to handle, said Brian Ferguson, an attorney with McDermott, Will & Emery. "That's a real smart move by IBM," he said. "I think that alone could cause some kind of early settlement negotiations that are going to really swing the pendulum around in IBM's favor--or at least to a situation of equipoise."

SCO is either going to have to settle or potentially run themselves into the ground fighting the suit. Dare I say, "Haha!" In a related story, has an interview with Red Hat's Matthew Szulik about their recent suit against SCO. Thanks Slashdot.

UT2K4 Preview

Gamespy whipped up a preview of Unreal Tournament 2004 after seeing it at CPL. They also have an interview on the subject with Epic's Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski. The more I hear, the more I'm looking forward to this game. Of course, the more I hear, the more I think I'm in for a new video card somewhere along the line . . . Thanks Blue's News.

Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Real Helix Player

RealNetworks made an announcement at LinuxWorld about plans for their Helix Player, an open-source media player that will support SMIL 2.0, RealAudio (G2 and RA8), RealVideo (G2-RV9), MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and MPEG4. has more details. It's not clear if they are actually opening the source to RV9 or RA8 or not, although I doubt they will. If it means getting a media player that is better than the lame RealOne for Linux and the annoying RealOne for Windows, then I'm all for it. The first milestone is supposed to be released in the fourth quarter of this year. Thanks Linux Today.

Half-Life 2 Antialiasing Resolved

According to this (I assume) hacked-together IRC interview with the Half-Life 2 team, antialiasing has been fixed on all video cards. Previously, they announced that their method would not work on any NVIDIA-based cards properly and that the problem could not be fixed with drivers. The whole time I was saying to myself, "Hmmm, sounds like Valve's problem to me." I guess I was right. Thanks Blue's News.

By the by, I love that site's light gray on dark gray motif.

SuSE Sides with Red Hat

SuSE has issued a press release indicating that they have thrown their hat (har!) in with Red Hat, supporting their Open Source Now initiative (story). This is especially significant since SuSE is (was?) partnered with SCO in United Linux. Thanks Slashdot.

Past Two Days' News

Recent Headlines

January 5, 2015: It Returns!
August 10, 2007: SCO SUCKS IT DOWN!
July 5, 2007: Slackware 12.0 Released
May 20, 2007: PhpBB 3.0 RC 1 Released
February 2, 2007: DOOM3 1.31 Patch

January 27, 2007: Join the World Community Grid
January 17, 2007: Flash Player 9 for Linux
December 30, 2006: Darkness over Daggerford 1.2
December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
December 9, 2006: WRT54G 1.01.1 Firmware OK with Linux/Mac

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