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12.19.08

Links 19/12/2008: More GNU/Linux in Planes, Java Better on GNU/Linux

Posted in News Roundup at 9:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Another Microsoft Vice President Calls It a Day, Quits

Posted in Finance, Microsoft at 6:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Secret

It’s (at least) the third major departure this week [1, 2].

It must be that time of year, because we have another Microsoft executive departure to report: Joe Peterson, a corporate vice president who has been involved in everything from Internet Explorer to MSN to Windows, is retiring after 13 years with the Redmond company.

When is Steve Ballmer leaving? According to this new report, Microsoft is likely to have “negative earnings”.

As the year winds down, financial analysts are predicting that Microsoft will pre-announce negative earnings for the first time since 2000 because of a flat PC market.

As Tim Bray calls it, “tough times.”

“Idiots can be defeated but they never admit it.”

Richard Stallman

Microsoft & Paid Lobbyists Attack Open Source in European Interoperability Framework

Posted in Deception, Europe, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Standard at 10:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EU and Polish flagAmerican multinational/monopolist ‘instructs’ Europe

Microsoft ‘loves’ open source. Yes, it really does. This must be the reason why its ‘fronts’ are all responding to the EIF V2.0, which was made available for feedback from the public. They are also taking open source off the table. Microsoft, ACT, CompTIA and even the BSA have all responded. Their interests are not to facilitate fair competition, but to promote further monopolisation by their big funding source. In page 2 of ACT’s recommendations, for example, they write in very large fonts: “Promotion of Open Source is Outside the Scope of this Framework.”

Yes, that’s how Microsoft writes the law. It does not need to do this directly. It just hires lobbyists to do the writing ‘on behalf’ of “the software industry” and ‘on behalf’ of “small businesses”.

For more information, see:

CompTIA-Microsoft connections: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6]
BSA-Microsoft connections: [1], [2], [3], [4]
ACT-Microsoft connections: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8]

This is not lawmaking. And like the ACTA shows [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16], it’s a total mockery of European citizens.

Wine Project Responds to Microsoft FUD Award

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Wine at 10:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cheers (wine)
Toasting to FUD? Why?

THE financial SourceForge-Microsoft link is a subject that we covered before [1, 2, 3, 4], so the following award, granted to Wine, was in a way sponsored by Microsoft. The Wine project, which has a new site design, has just formally responded:

The Wine project has won an award from the SourceForge 2008 Community Choice Awards.

We won the category:
“Most Likely to Be Ambiguously and Baselessly Accused of Patent Violation”.

Nice. It’s good to have Microsoft inside open source, is it not [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]?

Some upcoming conference ([1, 2, 3] below) show just how hard lobbyists are pushing to introduce software patents outside the United States. Glyn Moody has meanwhile responded to UKIPO research.

UK Businesses Indifferent to Intellectual Monopolies

[...]

The results of the research suggests that UK business simply doesn’t think intellectual properties are worth expending time and effort on, because they don’t really matter in this day and age. And, of course, they’re not alone: most young people would tell you exactly the same thing.

It’s important to remember that, to UKIPO at the very least, more Intellectual Monopolies mean more ‘business’ and more revenue.

“Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to make more money.

“One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in defiance of the treaty that set it up.”

Richard Stallman

____
[1] Patents, Copyrights and Knowledge Governance: the next four years

There are high profile right-owner lobbying efforts directed at higher standards and tougher enforcement of intellectual property rights, and growing interest among consumer groups, academics and many innovative businesses to protect the public domain and retain or even expand user rights. There is also much interest in exploring newer approaches to the support of creative and inventive communities, that do not rely on notions of exclusive rights.

[2] The Limits of Abstract Patents in an Intangible Economy

Meanwhile, the issue has been resurrected in Europe. Three years after the European Parliament rejected a proposed directive after extraordinarily contentious debate, the EPO President has asked the Enlarged Board of Appeals to determine where and how the line should be drawn on computer programs. The UK Intellectual Property Office has announced an economic study of software patents to provide input to the EPO. There is also vigorous debate in India, centered around patent office interpretation of recent legislation.

[3] Conference on Computer Implemented Inventions

The one-day conference is dedicated to exploring the treatment of computer-implemented inventions under patent law in Europe, Japan and the U.S. Renowned experts – Judges, academic and practitioners – from all three jurisdictions will present the case law and praxis of the relevant patent offices and courts in the respective jurisdictions, both with regard to the particularities of obtaining and enforcing patents for computer implemented inventions

Microsoft FUD Alert

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 9:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Image from Wikimedia

MATT Asay and the usual trolls from ITWire continue to show their utter contempt for desktop GNU/Linux. It’s the usual suspects and, suffice to say, the latter case is deliberate provocation that had us pondering a ‘link embargo’ on ITWire (or particular writers from there).

Elsewhere on the Web, what seems like Vista ‘advertising’ is almost disguised under the teaser headline “Hasta La Vista, Microsoft Vista.” It tries marketing the unwanted operating system using the “inevitability” tune. This relates to a former Microsoft tune, which goes like: “computers are only desktops, and therefore Linux is not important.” It’s total nonsense and a case of aligning one’s statistics to suit an agenda [1, 2, 3].

Another noteworthy item is Microsoft’s choking of Xandros at ASUS, having tied them up [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], brought back XP, and begun selling it for very little, some say $0 (i.e. anti-competitive dumping).

One of our readers, Slated, remarked on such tactics yesterday:


> The plundering of the Earth by those that we call "businessmen" is a 
> fact that more people should be aware of.  It seems that all sorts of
> immoral, selfish, back-stabbing behavior is forgiven, if the result 
> is money made.

But just to be clear, I'm not anti-business. I'm anti-monopoly and
anti-Corporatist, certainly, but I have nothing against legitimate
business. In fact, as I've pointed out many times before, it's the
Corporatists who are anti-capitalist, since they seek a state of
monopoly which suppresses the Free Market Economy. This is nothing
more than State-endorsed racketeering, just like any other form of
monopoly (e.g. patents).

Microsoft are not unique in this regard, in fact they are not even
the worst culprits, but in the context of Free Software they are
the biggest threat to the kind of equal opportunities conducive to
Freedom and choice.

> Could it be denied that Bill Gates and his cohorts "zealously" 
> perused their goals of dominating the markets that they participate 
> in?

Given that a "zealot" is merely a derogatory term for someone with
absolute intolerance for others' ideals, then yes, it is perfectly
accurate to describe right-wing extremists like Microsoft (or even
any other Corporatists) as zealots. Their goals and principles are
the antithesis of the Free Software community's, and they (Ballmer
in particular) have made it perfectly clear in word and deed, that
they utterly despise everything we stand for.

The flip-side of this is, of course, that since I am diametrically
opposed to Microsoft's goals, and absolutely committed to opposing
their right to pursue those goals, then it is technically accurate
to describe me as a zealot too. But, as I said, it is a derogatory
term, so I'd only expect to be denounced as a zealot by anyone who
opposes my ideals. Given that those ideals are just the opposition
of something immoral, it's highly inappropriate to describe such a
position in a derogatory fashion, unless those making such comment
are themselves immoral. Hence my assertion that "zealot" is a term
which is only used in a derogatory sense, since intolerance is not
in and of itself necessarily wrong, if that which is not tolerated
is immoral.

And Microsoft's goal of monopolistic dominance is most certainly
immoral, since this is not merely about making money; but they aim
to make that money by denying others the opportunity to do so, and
they accomplish this unworthy goal using the most depraved methods
the law will allow (and even break those laws on occasion). That's
not business, it's racketeering; totalitarianism; Corporatism. And
worse still, having achieved this position of dominance, they then
abuse it to force others to buy their products. This precludes the
need for them to compete at all, and so they become complacent, to
the point that their products become grossly substandard, but they
have a captive audience who must accept these substandard products
without choice. This situation may be improving with the emergence
of products like Netbooks, but this tends to be an exception to an
overwhelming rule of pre-installed Windows systems; bundled by OEM
vendors who are bribed to do so, then bribed again to lie that the
"[Vendor] Recommend Windows". Again - that's not business, it's an
immoral means of securing profits; synonymous with racketeering.

There's business ... then there's "bizniz". I'm not opposed to the
former, but I am certainly opposed to the latter. If that makes me
a "zealot" then so be it. I suppose the EU Commission; the US DOJ,
and I, all bear the the same "zealot" hallmark.

Thoughts are as welcome as always.

“Registrations for BrainShare have Been Very Low to This Point”

Posted in Mail, Novell, Videos at 9:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The love that used to be

Brainy people

Brainwash, also known as marketing, annually comes from BrainShare, whose cancellation is a big blow to Novell. Apple knows the feeling.

So, BrainShare is over. We wrote about this some days ago, but here are some more important details.

Kim Groneman, an administrator of the Novell Forums, writing to break the news on the BrainShare forum to prospective attendees (making it very clear that he is not an official spokesman, but simply a Novell employee and an interested party) observed that “registrations for BrainShare have been very low to this point.”

IDG cites Novell’s poor financial performance.

The tough economy hasn’t helped Novell’s financial numbers of late either. The company continues to lose money, reporting earlier this month a $16 million loss for its fourth fiscal quarter on roughly flat revenue. For the fiscal year, ended Oct. 31, Novell lost about $18 million on revenue of just under $1 billion. Making apples-to-apples comparisons of Novell financial results quarter to quarter has become next to impossible given a variety of “impairment charges” and other clarifications included in its reports.

SJVN covered this in IDG as well.

Here is a copy of the official letter which contains spin (it did, after all, come from a marketing chief).

In an open email to Novell’s customers and partners, the company has canceled the event originally slated for March of next year, namely what would have been the 20th annual BrainShare conference.

From the local press:

Novell Inc. said Wednesday it has canceled its 2009 BrainShare, the annual conference that this year drew 5,500 to the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The Waltham, Mass.- based company, whose largest operation is in Provo with about 1,200 employees, said many of its customers were saying economic conditions would keep them from traveling to Utah in March of next year.

This was also covered by some big(ger) press outlets like Fox Utah and Desert News

Novell is considering delivering conference materials online or conducting smaller, more-regional events “that will allow us to get face time with folks but would be more locally based so that, again, we’d get around some of the travel restrictions that our customers and partners have,” Bruce said.

[...]

The Massachusetts-based company, with about 1,200 of its 4,000 employees in Provo, develops enterprise infrastructure software for companies.

Additionally, this is covered in:

Linux Journal: Novell Boxes Up Twenty Years of BrainShare

For the past twenty years, one of the jewels of the Novell calendar has been the annual BrainShare conference. Highlights have included, among many others, 2004′s surprise appearance by Linux-creator Linus Torvalds — reportedly also attended by SCO arch-villan Darl McBride — and the 2008 revelation that Big Bird was switching to SUSE. It seems those memories are all that will remain of the conference, however, as Novell announced this morning that the conference has been canceled.

The Register: Novell ditches 2009′s recession-bitten BrainShare tradeshow

Instead it was at pains to point out that partners and customers can still get their mitts on training and so-called “enablement offerings” through online classes, virtual conferences and local tours.

CNET: Novell cancels its 2009 BrainShare conference

What the FAQ doesn’t state is how much Dragoon was probably pleased to free up a significant chunk of his marketing budget tied up in the annual conference. He won’t state it publicly, but I’m betting that he’s cheering to have so much of his marketing budget available for other activities.

ZDNet: Credit crunch claims Novell conference

Novell’s BrainShare conference, which was scheduled to take place in Salt Lake City in March, has been cancelled.

Boston Globe: Novell cancels trade show

Novell Inc., the Linux software vendor in Waltham, has cancelled its annual BrainShare trade show, which was set for March 2009.

BrainShare, which has been held in Salt Lake City, Utah, for more than 20 years, generally attracts between 4,000 and 6,000 attendees from nearly 60 countries.

From Associated Press:

This is not the end of the world, however. GWAVA goes ahead with its plans and issues this press release:

GWAVA Provides Alternative to Novell BrainShare Attendees

Discount offered for Novell customers to attend GWAVACon, the independent Novell technology conference in place of BrainShare ’09

GWAVA today announced a special discount for Novell customers to GWAVACon in Las Vegas Nevada, January 25th – 27th 2009. With the announcement of Novell suspending BrainShare in March of 2009, GWAVACon becomes the largest Novell technology conference in the world.

Richard Bliss of GWAVA is already pimping his own event (that he organises) in the comments section of Microsoft Jack’s [1, 2, 3] blog post about the cancellation. This cancellation was also covered by Slashdot (front page), which Microsoft Jack hates so vehemently.

Richard Bliss has also pushed this promotional video into YouTube.

Ogg Theora

So Novell’s events may not be vanishing; but like the company itself, they are shrinking (downsizing).

Linux Foundation Detoxicated — Slightly — from Novell Influence

Posted in Kernel, Microsoft, Novell, OSDL at 7:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Out goes Rex, in comes Ted

Not so long ago it was Mozilla that got ‘detoxicated’. Novell’s harmful relationship with the Linux Foundation (LF) is something that we remarked on before [1, 2, 3, 4]. By association, the LF with Novell is an open(er) door to Microsoft, which is a partner/ally of one of its funding sources. There are other examples, e.g. Intel, but it does not come quite so close.

Either way, things are changing for the better. Here is a press release about the departure of Markus Rex from the Linux Foundation. He’s going back to Novell, where he was still partly involved. His ‘inauguration’ we mentioned here and here.

Matt Asay changed his headline from “Novell gets a new/old Linux chief” to “Novell’s new Linux chief has Suse history.” It’s possible that someone from Novell, his former employer, sent him E-mails ‘behind the scenes’ again (the original headline made it sound like Markus is “old”) [correction in the comments]. Anyway, here is his coverage.

Markus Rex, formerly the chief technology officer of Suse and currently on leave from Novell, is back in the saddle as acting general manager and senior vice president of Novell’s Open Platform Solutions business unit, reporting to Novell CTO Jeff Jaffe, as Novell announced Monday.

Some more details

Novell has announced two new executive appointments that it said will strengthen its focus on cross-platform solutions and the SUSE Linux Enterprise market.

The company has appointed Roger Levy as senior vice president of strategic development, responsible for cross business unit strategy and offerings for the data center, end-user computing, and identity and security management markets. Prior to his new role, he was general manager and senior vice president of the company’s Open Platform Solutions unit.

Markus Rex, who is currently on leave from the company as CTO to the Linux Foundation, will take over as acting GM and SVP of the OPS unit. He joined Novell in 2004 when it acquired SUSE Linux, and has served as GM for SUSE Linux and CTO for the OPS unit.

So who will inherit his place? A short while ago it was announced that it would be Ted (also appearing here and here).

Ts’o will be replacing Markus Rex as CTO of the Linux Foundation. Rex was on loan to the Foundation from his employer Novell. He recently returned to Novell to work as the acting general manager and senior vice president of Novell’s OPS business unit.

IDG has covered this.

The Linux Foundation has selected a new CTO, Ted Ts’o, who has been known as the first North American developer of the Linux kernel, the foundation said on Thursday.

This is good news for the Linux Foundation and GNU/Linux as a whole. Ts’o is one of the first contributors to Linux.

Ted Ts'o
Ted Ts’o

OpenSUSE: Still Trying to Be Microsoft Windows

Posted in Microsoft, Mono, Novell, OpenOffice, OpenSUSE, VBA, Windows at 7:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Power to the Microsoft Way® — becoming a follower, not an independent leader

WE HAVE ALREADY commented on the latest release last night. TechGeek writes: “Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if the deal between Microsoft and Novell didn’t cover OpenSuse. But I don’t know for sure.” Well, it didn’t. But into OpenSUSE goes the poisonware (free-but-Microsoft-patents-encumbered software) anyway.

From Sean Michael Kerner:

As well Novell includes support for Microsoft Excel VBA, and integration with Novell’s Mono project. Mono is a Novell led effort to enable Microsoft .NET on Linux.

The Mono effort has also led to a Novell effort called Moonlight which is an attempt to enable Microsoft’s Silverlight media framework on Linux. The first public beta for Moonlight came out in December. Moonlight is not, however, part of the openSUSE 11.1 release. Brockmeier explained that Moonlight isn’t part of the release mostly due to timing issues as the Beta came out after openSUSE hit is feature freeze.

The issue is that many of these things, which are sponsored by Novell/Microsoft, are then passed to other distributions to harm the Real Things® like ODF, Java, and Web standards.

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