Internet Explorer for XP SP2 beta 2 is now out in the wild for the universe to bang on. The official launch will be sometime later this year along with Windows Vista.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Ingrid Marson of ZDNet News UK reports on Linux developer Alan Cox's take on GPL 3:Cox told ZDNet UK that he thinks that many of the changes in GPL 3 are sound: "The majority of it looks very sensible, such as letting copyright information be displayed in an About box rather than relying on command line instructions (as is the case in GPL 2). Some of the more contentious stuff has sensibly been made optional.
Reuters on ZDNN: Internet giant Google is in talks with digital music service Napster over an "extensive alliance" that could include an "outright acquisition," according to a Tuesday report in the New York Post, citing anonymous sources....Google has been in discussions with Napster to offer a digital music service, rather than start one on its own, the Post reported.
Berkman Center fellow David Isenberg has a great idea for a mashup: A mashup that lets people add cellular dead zones (not-spots) to a Google Map? I know several places where I lose service predictably every time I drive there.
News.com's Martin Lamonica: Massachusetts on Monday named a permanent chief information officer who is tasked with carrying out the state's OpenDocument policy....
If I didn't know any better and someone told me that Apple paid for this analysis of DRM by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, I'd believe it. At first, when I read the headline -- DRM: Media companies next flop?
New Scientist (October 22-28, 2005) reports that Australia and the EU are funding a vast sensor network (four to five square kilometers--which, in real units, is roughly 1.5 square miles) to be deployed on the Great Barrier Reef, which is either (depending on whom you ask) perfectly healthy or teetering on the edge of a fatal eco-coronary.
In his latest blog, Sun COO and president Jonathan Schwartz takes a shot at Dell and then gets down to GPL3 business: With that volume building, you've no doubt seen that HP has joined ranks with IBM to support Solaris on their x64 platforms - creating even more options, and leaving only one tier 1 vendor (based in Texas, rhymes with swell) without a committed Solaris support plan....
According to an e-mail that just showed up in my inbox, the folks at Anonymizer (the company that, at your request, makes your Internet usage untraceable to you) will be rising to the defense of the Chinese people by providing them with an anti-censorship solution. The solution comes in response to the censorship programs that Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others are instituting as part of their compliance (what Anonymizer execs call capitulation) with the Chinese government.
Now that word is circulating that HP is in some way shape or form supporting Solaris on its systems, the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) has hit the proverbial fan between HP and Sun. Last Friday, I received an unsolicited statement from Sun regarding HP's supposed support of Solaris via e-mail.