Microsoft wins FAT patent case

According to TheRegister, Microsoft has won its claim over the patent rights over its File Allocation Table(FAT) which was the default filesystem used on Windows. This could mean that Microsoft could go after FLOSS developers by forcing them to pay a royalty for using FAT. The US Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the file system is “novel and non-obvious” and, therefore, deserving of a patent. Do you really think so?

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Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 released

Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 was released today and this is one more feather added to the cap of Mozilla Foundation. Here is the release notes from the website:

  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Thunderbird may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Sort address autocomplete results by how often you send e-mail to each recipient.
  • Spell check as you type.
  • Saved Search Folders can now search across multiple accounts.
  • Built in phishing detector to help protect users against email scams.
  • Podcasting and other RSS Improvements.
  • Deleting attachments from messages.
  • Integration with server side spam filtering.
  • Reply and forward actions for message filters.
  • Kerberos Authentication.
  • Auto save as draft for mail composition.
  • Message aging.
  • Filters for Global Inbox.
  • Improvements to product usability including redesigned options interface, and SMTP server management.
  • Many security enhancements.

Do you think Mozilla Thunderbird will make it big like Firefox?
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AVG free anti-virus for Linux

Grisoft, the makers of award-winning product AVG Free Antivirus has released it for GNU/Linux. I used to use AVG antivirus for windows and found it to be effective against numerous viruses. It was also providing maximum protection with little resources.

AVG for Linux is going to be the first commercial-grade antivirus product developed for home linux users.

AVG for linux has the following features:

  • Rapid virus database updates for the lifetime of the product
  • Small update files that do not drain system resources
  • Automatic update functionality
  • AVG On-Demand Scanner, which allows users to perform scheduled and manual tests
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Koobox – $300 Linux Desktops

KooboxKoobox is a sub $300 GNU/Linux desktop released by Mirus which runs on Linspire GNU/Linux. Though Ubuntu has an OEM installation, I still haven’t used Linspire GNU/Linux.

There are three models that are available with Koobox.

  1. Essential: $299
  2. Multimedia: $399
  3. Performance: $499

Currently it is available only in US and I wonder when it will be available in India. And how much successfull it could be here.

Ballmer believes Vista is secure

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer believes that most of the security flaws has been removed in the forthcoming Windows Vista. He has said that “Most people will trust it from day one on their home computer, and then they will have to decide about their corporate [PC].
I encourage you to get it early but I must be honest among friends”.
Microsoft has already mentioned early that the new Vista will be backward compatible with the older Windows programs. So how could they be so sure of the security it provides. I guess we need to wait and watch.