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Linux Bible: Boot Up to Fedora, KNOPPIX, Debian, SUSE, by Christopher Negus

By Christopher Negus

This thoroughly made over variation covers the regular Linux flavors in addition to a few fascinating new distributions-Ubuntu, Mepis, Arch Linux, and 4 others. perfect for clients making plans the transition to Linux who are looking to pattern assorted distributions to determine which one most sensible meets their wishes. comprises new sections on useful makes use of for Linux, cool multimedia apps, speedy messaging, BitTorrent, and better safety recommendations. useful details for procedure directors who have to arrange safe, totally functioning Linux servers.

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Net) is another good spot to learn about SCO lawsuits against Linux. html). org has prepared a legal defense fund to protect Linux end users and other Linux litigants (including Linus and OSDL itself). org/about_osdl/legal/lldf). Software Patents Few will argue that it is illegal for someone to copy a software company’s code and redistribute it without permission. However, the concept of being able to patent an idea that a company might incorporate in its code has become a major point of contention in recent years.

In the United States, anyone can try to sue anyone for anything. That doesn’t mean that the people who bring lawsuits will win, but they can try. So far, the threat to individuals has not been substantial, but there have been some well-financed lawsuits against Linux providers. , and have made only vague threats regarding end users of Linux. Linus Torvalds himself is the rare individual who has been named in lawsuits. The SCO Lawsuits The lawsuits getting the most press these days are the ones involving Santa Cruz Operation (SCO).

However, the concept of being able to patent an idea that a company might incorporate in its code has become a major point of contention in recent years. Can someone patent the idea of clicking an icon to open a window? Software companies are scrambling to file thousands of patents related to how software is used. While those companies may never create products based on those patents, the restrictions those patents might place on other software companies or open source software development is a major issue.

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