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Links 18/04/2008: MySQL/SunSQL Reprieve Possible; Microsoft Bad News Catch-up

Posted in News Roundup at 6:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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6 Comments

  1. LinuxIsFun said,

    April 18, 2008 at 7:10 am

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    I dont know why Redhat abandoned their desktop idea. This is affect their enterprise integration. Maybe they might do it with fedora on desktop and rhel on server. Who knows. The new ceo seems to be very focused on what their target market is…cool in a way.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 18, 2008 at 7:19 am

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    Not so long ago he responded to a question from Chris Pirillo. He was asked about Ubuntu, IIRC, to which his reply was (via his PA) something along the lines of: “Ubuntu doesn’t check carefully the legality of obtaining codecs.” I continue to suspect that codecs were the main barrier, but Fedora, being a community distro, does not have the financial barriers (just more hoops to jump through although CodecBuddy recently got the boot).

    It’s true that Ubuntu takes shortcuts.

  3. LinuxIsFun said,

    April 18, 2008 at 7:58 am

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    yeah they are a traded company. will be suicide for them to do something illegal and face patent suits. They don’t have the money or resources to fight them. Still a small company.

    Ubuntu being a foundation doesnt have to worry much about such things. No one is going to sue them for money anyways.

  4. CoolGuy said,

    April 18, 2008 at 10:33 am

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    Please spread the message…

    Microsoft will be signing up Malayalam movie star Mammootty as one of
    the brand ambassadors for the Computer Literacy programme that is to be organized soon in Kerala, a Southern Indian State well known for
    its pro-free software policies.

    Read, Sign and Share the letter at
    http://fci.wikia.com/wiki/Open_Letter_To_Mammooty

    Also digg the story
    http://digg.com/microsoft/Mammooty_don_t_join_hands_with_Microsoft

    Vote the story
    http://www.fsdaily.com/Community/Open_Letter_To_Mammooty

  5. CoolGuy said,

    April 18, 2008 at 10:52 am

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    M$ brand image going down like a rock thrown in a sea.

    This is going to get worse each passing day.

    Sweeet revenge :D

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm

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    Microsoft has tried all sort of freebies in Kerala in order to suppress FOSS adoption. How far will this company go? I can give examples from the press.

    Then there’s the “Unlimited [Addiction] Potential” program whose role is to identify places where Linux is taking off and then to dump free (gratis) software and sometimes even hardware to suppress the competition. They pretend to be charitable, but it’s more of an anti-Linux squad if there was such a thing…

    Thanks for the headsup. Dugg.

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