Linux supporters are making several moves to allay potential user concerns over the lawsuits filed by The SCO Group. The Open Source Development Labs consortium hopes to establish a $10 million legal fund with donations from concerned users and corporations (www.osdl.org/newsroom/press_releases/2004/2004_01_12_beaverton.html). Companies such as Novell Inc., which just acquired SUSE Linux Corp., are making sure customers won't be hit by legal issues (www.novell.com/licensing/indemnity). Novell recently established an indemnification program that protects them from copyright infringement payouts.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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