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Black Friday
Posted on Friday, November 28 @ 16:37:00 PST by Paws

Xbox done right!
I recently discovered xbox-linux and yesterday I met up with one of the project founders, Michael Steil, to have my XBox changed to linux. It's a great project, it's totally legal and worth mentioning it in the news. The goal is to find a legal way to put linux on any XBox without opening it or using a mod chip, although this method is also supported. Cool thing is - you are able to use your XBox as normal (play games on it) as well as having a fully working linux on it. Of course you can turn your XBox into a linux-only box if you want to. I would appreciate it, if you could put that in the news to get more publicity for the project.

Best regards,
The Satan Of SETI

Oh Canada!
CTV.ca : A group representing Canada's songwriters will ask the Supreme Court of Canada to force Internet service providers to pay them royalties for the millions of digital music files downloaded each year by Canadians. The case has broad ramifications for the Internet industry in Canada, legal experts say.

If successful, the legal pleadings of the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) could open the door to other rights holders -- groups as diverse as software publishers or Hollywood movie distributors -- who could use SOCAN's precedent to force Internet service providers (ISPs) to collect royalties for their members.

'Critical' IE Security Warning Released
InternetNews : A Chinese security researcher has warned of five serious vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, warning that a successful exploit could lead to system takeover. Liu Die Yu released details of the flaws on the Bugtraq mailing list and issued a warning that the vulnerabilities could lead to system access, exposure of sensitive information, cross site scripting and security bypass.

Yu also released proof-of-concept exploits on the popular mailing list, noting that the flaws affect Internet Explorer versions 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0. Independent security consultant Secunia has rated the flaws 'Extremely Critical' and urged IE users to disable Active Scripting as a workaround until Microsoft issues a fix. Microsoft late Wednesday confirmed it was investigating Lu's warnings.

MPAA, RIAA Violate Antitrust Law
The Register : Just weeks after an antitrust suit was filed against the RIAA by webcasters, the music labels' lobby group, is, along with Hollywood, seeking a permanent exemption from similar litigation. The proposal seeks to extend the exemption to anything covering mechanical copyright: a sweeping extension of the copyright cartel's immunity.

It's buried away in a piece of legislation co-sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch called the EnFORCE Act, or the Enhancing Federal Obscenity Reporting and Copyright Enforcement Act of 2003. With 12-year old girls being threatened with $150,000 fines, and the computer industry embracing social engineering technologies such as locked music, you would think the last thing that the nation's cultural heritage needs is stricter enforcement by the copyright cartel.

Copyright Expert Disputes SCO Claims
[H]ard|OCP : The paper's author, Professor Eben Moglen of Columbia University, is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on copyright law as applied to software. OSDL is disseminating the position paper to address issues of concern to its members and Linux industry customers as a result of SCO Group's ongoing litigation threats.

OSDL believes Moglen's analysis will help its members, the Linux development community and Linux users better understand potential legal issues and any business risks associated with using Linux. Moglen initially presented his paper earlier this month in Portland, Oregon at a meeting of OSDL's customer advisory council, comprised of CIOs and CTOs from Fortune 100 corporations.

Desperately Seeking Stowell
eWEEK : The SCO Group Inc. earlier this month announced that it would file at least one lawsuit against a large corporate Linux user within the next 90 days as part of its effort to expand its legal war with Linux and its business supporters. This week, according to a LinuxWorld report, Lindon, Utah-based SCO picked its target: Google, the world's largest search engine company.

However, SCO spokesman Blake Stowell on Wednesday denied that Google has been singled out for SCO's legal action. "We have not yet decided what company we will sue for Unix intellectual property rights. At this time, we don't even have a date for when we will decide except that it will be by the end of our already started 90-day clock," Stowell said.

ATARAID and SMP Support - Slackware 9.1
Mad Penguin : This HOWTO will describe the steps necessary to build support into Slackware Linux 9.1 for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and a Promise Ultra ATA RAID redundant drive array. By default, there is no support for these configurations unless specified through a kernel recompilation after the initial install.

The kernel should always be recompiled to match your workstation's specific hardware configuration to ensure maximum performance. As with any operations related to the kernel, it is always a risk that something may go wrong during a kernel recompilation. Because of that it might be wise to perform the kernel recompilation as the first thing after the initial installation.

For the purpose of this document, the RAID array in question will host the /home directory structure, not the boot device and it's associated filesystems. The procedure for that kind of installation is well documented on the Internet.



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