Dell's Ubuntu 7.04 Linux preload machines have arrived in an assortment of flavors, and just in time for Novell to announce that it will share more details about its patent pact with Microsoft in a forthcoming SEC filing.
Trying to balance out the innanity of watching the "American Idol" finale last night (although I really dug Tony, Smokey, and Gladys' guest appearances), I read Fortune's article "Microsoft Takes on the Free World" as a way to feed my FOSS head, but between the coupons and the GPL, Ryan, Simon, Jordin and the gang ultimately won my attention.
I still don't completely understand Microsoft's play here. However, I'm sure Novell's SEC filing will clear everything up. Me, I think I'll go long on intellectual property law firms.
Green With Carbon-Neutral Envy
Speaking of intellectuals, here's some news from the Austin homefront: Our own mayor Will Wynn is making some news in an interview over at C:NET, in which he is expressing his desire for Austin to be carbon-neutral by 2020.
Our mayor is one brave dude, making such proclamations smack dab in the middle of the great state of Texas oil province.
But it ain't just talk: The mayor's putting the city's money where its electricity mouth is, having already offset 600 megawatts through improved city energy efficiency measures.
Me, well, I'm doing my part. I work from mi casa pretty much full time now, I have an energy efficient washer and dryer, and I started using those godawful ugly fluorescent light bulbs.
Throw a diffusing shade over them and you'll never know the difference.
Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
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Nice to see the IP attorneys for both IBM and Amazon earning their keep.
Both announced today they settled all patent lawsuits between the two companies, with Amazon paying an undisclosed amount of money to IBM and with both signing a long-term patent cross-license agreement.
The Wall Street Journal has coverage of the closure on this here (subscription required).
Meanwhile, Valleywag posted that LinkedIn and Facebook are about to enter into a social networking horse race.
Despite their significantly different approaches -- Facebook starting out as the virtual high school yearbook and LinkedIn as the business everypersons' virtual schmoozespace (yes, I'm a member) -- Valleywag suggests Facebook could very well try to put more degrees of separation between LinkedIn and its user base.
I don't know about you, but I'm about socially networked out.
On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be left out...
Hmmm....I wonder if I can link my Facebook profile to my LinkedIn profile and network with myself?
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