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FAT patent fight not over yet

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reaffirmed a pair of patents held by Microsoft covering the File Allocation Table, but sources close to the Public Patent Foundation indicate that this will not be the end of the story of efforts to overthrow these patents.

Homeland Security helps secure open-source code

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Through its Science and Technology Directorate, the department has given $1.24 million in funding to Stanford University, Coverity and Symantec to hunt for security bugs in open-source software and to improve Coverity's commercial tool for source code analysis.

Linux firm MontaVista seeks new CEO

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Jim Ready, the founder of embedded Linux specialist MontaVista Software, will step down as chief executive to become the company's top technologist.

Also: Beagle search software programmer heads to Google

Microsoft's censorship in China violates trust

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An Internet that has thrived in part because of minimal governmental supervision is at risk because Microsoft and other mega-corporations can't keep their hands off it.

Fearless predictions from Propeller Heads

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Dear Propeller Heads: So, what will I have to buy, subscribe to, or learn about in 2006 to keep up with my Propeller Head friends?

How one reviewer approaches the art of reviewing

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I've been receiving a fair amount of e-mail from people who are sure that I don't know Linux, but their notes are really showing me that they don't know reviewing. I don't hold that against them. Few people know how reviews really work.

Linux Is Everywhere (CES Day One)

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For those of you who complained about the Microsoft content of my day zero coverage, you'll be happy to hear that today is devoted solely to Linux and Linux-related products. Now shove off or I swear, tomorrow it'll be all iPod accessories... don't make me do it.

Linux Today's Look at the Dark Side (CES Day Zero)

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Well, not a heck of a lot to report on the Linux front for day one of the Consumer Electronics Show (really day zero, because the show floor doesn't open up until tomorrow morning.) The evening highlight, as it were, was the annual "Look How Great Microsoft Is" keynote by Bill Gates.

Google Passes on PCs

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Google and Wal-Mart are both denying reports that the two are planning to market low-priced, Google PCs via Wal-Mart stores.

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