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OSDL Signs Up Xandros to Accelerate Adoption of Desktop Linux

An August 09, 2006 ODSL and Xandros press release includes:

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux® and open source software, and Xandros, the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows desktop and server products, today announced that Xandros is joining the Labs to help drive the adoption of desktop Linux. Xandros will participate in OSDL's Desktop Linux (DTL) working group with a specific focus on advancing standards-based usability and consistency.

Xandros is has headquarters in New York, offices in Frankfurt and Mumbai, and research and development facilities in Ottawa.

SCO may indeed get its wish

Back in 1997, six years before the lawsuit started, I wrote an article for Linux Journal that suggested the initials SCO stood for "Software Considered Obsolete". As I read about the fallout from the outright dismissal of most of its lawsuit against IBM, it seems more and more likely that "obsolete" will refer not only to the company's software but -- soon enough -- to the company itself.

ITAC Ontario creates portal for non-profits to source volunteer help

ITAC Ontario creates portal for non-profits to source volunteer help - Partnership Platform matches charities with socially-responsible vendors [ITBusiness.ca]

Why UserFriendly went private again

Why UserFriendly went private again - For many in the computer industry, the UserFriendly comic strip is the first Web page they open in the morning. However, only its most loyal readers are aware that, over the past five years, the company behind the cartoon has wandered into the public equity market, only to return to the status of a private company. Recently, I talked about this journey with JD Frazer, the creator of the strip, and David Barton, vice president of UserFriendly.org. Their account is a practical lesson in the difficulties involved in such business maneuvers -- to say nothing of a testimony to their collective ability to keep their business, ethics, and audience intact. [Newsforge]

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