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.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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