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02.21.08

Links 21/02/2008: Lots More Linux Laptops and Devices Emerge; Bad Vista Patch Results in Disaster

Posted in News Roundup at 2:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  1. alms said,

    February 21, 2008 at 4:02 am

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    comments on this please?:
    ———————————–
    What happened to Microsoft working on interoperability?

    Where has Microsoft improved Linux & Windows working together since their actions with Corel many years ago when Corel still worked on WINE, the dumping of Corel Linux only to become Xandros and the patent agreement signed with Microsoft and the EEE Pc (extend, embrace, extinguish?) with Xandros?

    In the year 2000:

    Interview: Corel’s Linux VP on the Microsoft deal
    http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=460616&threshold=-1&commentsort=0&mode=thread&no_d2=1&cid=22499468

    “LinuxWorld: Will you continue to work with and support the Wine project, and will you continue to use Wine to bring your traditionally Windows applications to Linux?

    Rene Schmidt: Yeah, currently we have WordPerfect and CorelDraw, we’ve done those two main suites. Where we are right now is that those are two main investments at this point, and what we are doing is we are looking at the desktop market on Linux and trying to expand it as well.

    It will be based really on customer demand; that is what is going to drive us in terms of what we do next on applications for Linux. In terms of Wine itself, we still support it; we have been working with the community to come up with a 1.0 version of Wine and we are hoping that that is going to allow a lot of other ISVs to move their applications more rapidly over to Linux.”

    “Rene Schmidt: Essentially, with Linux, we are very committed to it. And the agreement, or partnership, or alliance, whatever you want to call it, with Microsoft is not anti-Linux or anything. It is really about .Net.”

    Very committed you say? Microsoft not anti-Linux? What happened to all the work on Wine and 1.0? All those Corel apps on Linux? Visit Corel’s site now and you see nothing of the sort, but you do see Microsoft related content, banners, and stuff about Vista. Alliance, indeed.

    Why can’t we use DirectX from Microsoft on Linux completely without problems and without using WINE, Cedega or some other alternative?

    Google “They said it couldn’t be done” regarding Novell and Microsoft.

    It can be done, Microsoft, but apparently not by you. Thank you to the wine developers and companies like Google who are doing something positive for interoperability.

    Offtopic but on the subject of Microsoft’s continued monopoly and power connections:
    http://www.boingboing.net/2008/02/20/library-of-congress-1.html
    “Library of Congress sells itself out to Microsoft for a mere $3 mil”

    Silverlight and DirectX in a tree, k i s s i n g
    ——————–
    Roy, please do a story focusing on Microsoft’s failure to deliver interoperability, esp. regarding wine and directx

  2. BoomBoom said,

    February 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm

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    Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash

    WTF?!
    The reason Flash had gotten so popular and stayed on top had a lot to do with there being no DRM malware infections in it. Way to go, Adobe, shoot yourself in the foot, help M$ Suckylight and make enemies out of your userbase all at the same time.
    Bad Adobe, bad! No cookie. But how about a nice boot to the head? :(

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm

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    I suspect that Adobe is doing that because Microsoft does (with XAML). Either way, I’m given more reasons to refuse to use Flash, or any proprietary browser extensions for that matters. When you let them put binaries in your PC, they’ll suit themselves in due time. It’s less about the user and more about control (over the user).

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