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02.20.09

Links 20/02/2009: Many Linux-powered Phones; KDE 4.2 Stuff

Posted in News Roundup at 1:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

  • Linux 46% Market Share, Windows 43.5% Market Share

    After a study of operating system usage of thousands of people I have discovered that Linux has a 46% market share. Linux now surpasses Windows which is shown to have a 43.5% market share. Overall GNU/Linux distributions have taken the lead from Microsoft based on this study. Honest.

    [...]

    To finish up I will leave you with this. In my office GNU/Linux has an 80% market share and FreeBSD has a 20% market share. That is all that really counts for me. It is all that really counts for anyone that has found GNU/Linux, learned its usefulness and uses it every day.

  • From Vista to Linux (It was a lot easier than I thought)

    All in all I couldn’t be happier with my switch. On top of having a much faster, more stable system I have found that using Open Source apps has been a great benefit over the multiple computers I use (so I’m a little behind on that one, what can I say).

  • Gutenberg books with GNU/Linux – Part 1

    I am a great fan of the Gutenberg project, a noteworthy and honorable effort to digitize copyright-free texts. This project has released into the public domain over 20,000 classic books.

    [...]

    I have explored a number of Debian packages that make reading Gutenberg texts a pleasure. In part two of this article I will explore Gutenberg-related Java-based applications, from speed reading to converting text to other handy formats.

  • Linux Void: Episode 21 – Super Nova

    Episode 21 in which we check out CDlinux, revisit identi.ca and get a phonecall

  • Education

    • Linux, Learning, and Little Kids

      Christopher Dawson has been thinking aloud about Linux in the classroom at his ZDNet Education blog. Dawson, the technology director of a school district in northern Massachusetts, had sixty new Classmate Convertible PCs fall into his hands, and wonders if the Linux-powered machines are a better option for the district.

      [...]

      In order to make the most of the available hardware, and increase the number of computers available in the children’s room at the library, I assembled (and simultaneously lobotomized) a few machines to run K12LTSP. K12LTSP is an offshoot of the Linux Terminal Server Project customized for educational environments. It calls for a desktop computer with reasonable specs, and any number of thin clients (ours consisted of old desktops, sans hard drives, that could boot from the network).

    • To Linux or not to Linux?

      I have yet to test Edubuntu on the Classmate. That will be happening soon and obviously I need to put it through its paces before I make a decision. We know that XP is pretty snappy on the little machines, though, and new firewalls with some pretty heavy duty gateway anti-malware should keep them running safely without performance-sapping client-side anti-virus (we, unfortunately, won’t be able to send them home, meaning that the firewall and weekly scans with ClamWin should do the trick).

    • Rotorua high school seeks Linux server supplier

      St Michaels Catholic School in Rotorua wants to lease and install a Linux server. According to tender documents released this week, the supplier must have experience with installing Linux servers and associated hardware.

  • Enablement

    • Microsoft’s biggest threat: Linux

      Now, here are some questions about these supposedly major-domo competitors to Microsoft, and I’m sure, that you can easily guess the answers:

      1) What was it that made Google such a serious net platform player, with enough power and flexibility to serve the world’s Internet needs?

      2) What was it that made netbooks possible in the first place?

      3) What gives netbook manufacturers enough leverage to screw Microsoft down on OEM licence costs?

      4) What is it that makes products like Amazon’s Kindle and hundreds of other e-book, portable media and mobile Internet gadgets possible, all by eschewing Microsoft’s embedded OSes?

      The answer of course, is Linux.

      Without Linux, there would be no Google. No startup could afford to build a platform on hundreds of thousands of servers which required either proprietary hardware (ie, Sun servers, circa 1998) or proprietary system software (ie, Microsoft’s Windows Server.) Further, how comfortable would Google be in competing with Microsoft in the Internet space, if Microsoft ‘owned’ its server platform, the basis of Google’s ongoing business?

    • Megafreight migration: Open source lightens the load

      My interest in Linux was not all that different to many others, I suppose. I was eager to try and understand what the fuss was all about back in 1996 while I was still at school and it has kept me interested ever since. At the age of 23 I was employed by Megafreight as their systems administrator. For about a year I struggled with corrupt MS Exchange 5.5 database files and temperamental MS Servers before I decided to implement our first Linux server.

      I had been experimenting with Gentoo as my distro of choice mainly because it was said that Gentoo gives one a better insight into the workings of Linux. It is also a very fast distribution as everything is compiled from source. This was demonstrated when I installed Gentoo on a P4 3.0GHz CPU, 4Gig of RAM and a 160GB IDE disk. We had recently lost our entire mail server due to a corrupt Exchange 5.5 database file and had moved our mail hosting to a fairly new Linux management company called Synaq.

    • Interview: Bringing a community together with free software

      CK: This project just couldn’t have happened with Microsoft software. The financial, hardware and time requirements made it very suitable for GNU/Linux.

      * Doing it in GNU/Linux made the learning experience attractive to me and, so far, I’m the only resident maintaining it.
      * There is easily available software to by-pass Microsoft proxy servers and, with kids using the suite, I don’t have the time to monitor them. I need a system that I can lock down and trust in.
      * Even to run the system in Windows XP would have required serious fund-raising and with that would have come the need to quantify the project’s achievements. This is not that type of project; how do you quantify different age and ethnic groups talking to each other? Part of the attraction for some people is just to come, “footle” and natter.

  • Games

  • Thin Clients

    • Canadian Linux firm to supply Brazilian schools with PC-sharing software

      Userful Corp. has won a deal to supply its Linux-based PC-sharing software to 357,000 Linux desktops in schools throughout Brazil.

      Userful’s Multiplier software runs on top of any version of the open-source Linux OS and enables a single desktop PC to be shared by as many as 10 users, all connected by individual monitors, keyboards and mice.

    • I’ve Seen the Future of Computing: It’s a Screen.

      Someday, all these capabilities will be built into every HDTV unit, but the initial Screen will likely be deployed using some sort of carrier-provided thin client box, perhaps based on a low-power Linux thin client running on something like a BeagleBoard with an Android-based session manager UI with some basic local applications for cached data use or direct content streaming (a la Roku) and costing less than $100 to manufacture.

  • SCALE 2009

  • KDE

    • KDE 4.2 on it’s way to sidux

      My brother installed KDE 4.2 on his sidux system over the weekend, using an experimental repo, and the reports he has given me make me very excited to try it on my own computer. It has a lot of eyecandy, such as some of the features from Compiz, but he says it is very customizable and no problem at all to use. KDE 4.2 definitely sounds different and the screenshots he has sent me show it to be so. It handles multiple desktops differently than did KDE 3.5 and it includes several desktop widgets or gadgets that will certainly come in handy in my computer work. As with KDE 3.5, it also appears that it will be easy to set up for my wife, which is a major plus.

    • KDE 4.2 brings the MySQL server to the desktop

      If you’re using Fedora 10, and are a KDE desktop user, you’ll notice that your latest KDE 4.2 update, requires having a local MySQL server installed. This is due to Akonadi, part of the KDE PIM packages, that now rely on MySQL as a default server, for storing PIM data. Just a few months ago, I mentioned the news that Amarok 2 will also use MySQL as a default database.

    • New KWin effect: Sheet

      Currently you don’t want to use the effect if fade effect is enabled as well. The two effects have different durations, so the dialog is completly faded while still being rolled up.

  • Distributions

    • A Review of Damn Small Linux 4.4.10

      For the first time this week I finally had the pleasure of taking Damn Small Linux (hereafter, DSL) for a test drive. One of the companies that I work for required an easy, lightweight and quick solution to salvage an older project. The owner had approached me and demanded that I, ” Get rid of this Compact Windows s*** and get this thing up and running” accomplishing X, Y and Z. A lot of problems had risen as a result of going with Microsoft Windows in the first place. The biggest of which was licensing. Being installed in public areas, this project/solution was to accomplish 1-2 specific task(s) without user interaction and nothing more.

    • Debian

      • Debian Med released with Debian 5.0 (Lenny)

        The recent release of Debian 5.0 (Lenny) contains a lot of medical software which is interesting for several tasks in medical work. The strongest part remains the support of microbiological applications but also medical imaging and the practice management GNUmed are included now. Perhaps an article on The Register might be interesting as well.

      • Debian GNU/Linux 5.0

        The idea of a “universal operating system” that runs on just about any piece of hardware on the planet and is 100% modifiable, redistributable, and free of charge is a good one.

        Perhaps one day in the future there will no longer be a need for proprietary codecs, drivers, or firmware and Debian will be able to power all of the above with no outside help. Until that time I am forced to do more work to get my system running, while offshoots such as Ubuntu go the extra mile to include firmware and drivers for my hardware in the default install.

      • Debian GNU/Linux 5.0: Flexible and (Almost) Free
      • Debian 5.0 With LXDE: It’s Your Grandad On Skates!
      • Debian Lenny Mini Review

        Having always been a Debian person at heart, I eagerly awaited the latest Debian version to hit the mirrors. When Lenny was released, I downloaded the DVD ISO through torrent and installed it.

    • Ubuntu

      • My other OS is Ubuntu

        He may sound innocent, but Leigh Dyer has attempted to get Linux working on an iPod, which means help desk workers everywhere view him as “difficult”. He also knows his stuff. Leigh is a software developer and systems administrator with more than 10 years Linux and Windows experience.

      • Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Customization – Revert Guide

        This tutorial is here because many of you have asked us to publish some instructions on how to revert our “Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Customization Guide.” And, because that guide was quite long, we decided to post a new one.

      • Why the gOS Could Now Hurt Microsoft

        Good OS, the Taipei, Taiwan-based company that launched in 2007, could turn out to be bad news for Microsoft.

        The makers of the gOS, Linux-based desktop operating system may now find themselves at the right place at the right time. With a market that is anxiously sizing up the netbook platform – - driven in large part by Intel’s low-cost Atom processors – - the gOS offers a simple proposition: A simple-to-install, free operating system integrated with Mozilla and Google technology for fun and productivity.

      • Dell Launches Inspiron Mini 10

        Other expected options are Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista operating systems, 120GB and 250GB hard-disk drives, solid-state drives, Bluetooth, wireless WAN, and an internal GPS.

      • Ubuntu’s Shuttleworth Opens Up

        I received a link to this online PDF from Intel earlier today. It is an interesting read from one of the bigger players in the Linux world, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical Ltd and a general Open Source enthusiast, Entrepreneur and socially and ethically responsible “nice guy”. He’s also spent a shade under 10 days in space aboard Soyuz TM-34 and the ISS. OK, *now* I’m jealous!!!

      • HOW TO: Introduce Ubuntu into your workplace

        Congratulations! You now have Ubuntu up and running in your workplace. From here, you can tailor the system to your needs (I installed a few design and web development applications and Firefox extensions, for example).

    • Red Hat/Fedora

      • New installation DVDs for Fedora

        The Fedora Unity project, an independent project with strong links to Fedora, has made new ISO images for the updated Fedora 10 available to download via Jigdo. The ‘re-spins’ contain all updates released for Fedora up to the 10th of February.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • SOFTWARE TOOLS: LinuxLink now supports Freescale MPC8313E Processor

      Timesys Factory can base Linux platforms on Freescale-enabled 2.6.23 kernel or the 2.6.28 mainline kernel.

    • LogLogic demos power of embedded Linux

      LogLogic’s Linux-based appliances can mine this huge amount of information for near-instant reports of data breaches or deliver an audit trail on a key document for compliance that allows the audit committee to sign off financial disclosure forms. The company has its own intellectual property tied up in that performance, but it wouldn’t be possible without the flexibility and cost advantages of Linux.

    • Mobile dev platform supports Linux

      Texas Instruments (TI) announced an MDP (mobile development platform) using its OMAP3430 system-on-chip (SoC). Available with a Linux BSP (board support package), the “Zoom OMAP34x-II” includes a 4.1-inch multi-touch display, eight megapixel camera, GPS, HDMI output, and a forthcoming pico projection module, says the company.

    • Networking

      • SATEL launches SATELLAR – The world’s first radio modem with a Linux application platform

        SATEL, a leading manufacturer of radio modems for long range wireless data, announced SATELLAR Digital System, a smart radio modem combining TCP/IP-functionalities, a Linux platform for customer specific applications, and a versatile modular structure.

      • Linux device bridges 3G, WiFi in Spain

        Another option might be to use a modern Linux distribution on a notebook equipped with a supported 3G data card (Web reports suggest Telefonica’s Huawei E270 works under at least some Linux distributions). Starting with Fedora 10, Linux gained a version of NetworkManager supporting the easy creation of ad hoc networks, as shown in the screenshot below…

    • Phones

      • Mozilla’s mobile Fennec open to add-ons

        Mozilla has been working for years on creating a handset version of its successful Firefox desktop browser. In April last year, however, it said it was making a fresh effort at moving Firefox onto phones and other handheld devices, naming the project ‘Fennec’.

      • Garmin-Asus unveil their first new GPS smartphones

        The new Garmin-Asus venture announced its first two smartphone offerings at the GSM Mobile World Congress and true to earlier promises, they each use a different operating systems, one Linux and the other Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.

      • Windows Mobile 6.5 Debuts But Is It Too Late?

        “I think that the Windows Mobile operating system will fade and they’ll [Microsoft] build a shell on top of Linux,” Mathias predicted. Why? Because of costs.

        Profit margins on mobile phones are tight and anywhere a device maker can save a dime, it will. Windows Mobile is expensive in comparison to Linux, so he predicts that Linux will win out longer-term.

      • Open-Plug Selects Software Solution from Enea for its Linux Mobile Platform

        Enea® (Nordic Exchange/Small Cap/ENEA) made the agreement with Open-Plug at the end of 2008 to deliver the H.324 protocol stack from its Netbricks line of products to their ELIPS Suite product, a ready-to-use mobile platform for mass market phones, and to their ELIPS Telephony Stack targeting Linux-based devices such as MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices).

      • Google’s Android May Challenge Microsoft in Portables

        Google started Android in 2007 as part of an industry effort to create a free software system for phones. Based on the Linux operating system, Android is open to any programmer who wants to develop features for it. T-Mobile USA Inc., the fourth- biggest wireless carrier in the U.S., offers an Android phone called the G1.

      • WiFi-centric dual-mode Linux phone rev’d

        Malaysian embedded-device firm Gupp Technologies is readying a new version of its Linux-based, dual-mode (WiFi and GSM) “Phreedom” phone. The “Phreedom-Monday” offers improved VoIP quality, according to Trinity Convergence, which is supplying its VeriCall Edge VoIP/multimedia stack for use in the updated phone.

      • JLBE prepped for LiMo

        Tokyo-based Aplix Corp. announced a version of its Java Language Based Environment (JLBE) for the LiMo Platform. JBlend for LiMo enables developers to use existing developer toolkits and IDEs, such as Eclipse, to develop and deploy Java Micro Edition (ME) applications on LiMo (Linux Mobile) Platform phones, says the company.

      • Nine new NTT DoCoMo phones offer Linux, LiMo

        NTT DoCoMo is distributing nine new NEC and Panasonic handsets that comply with the LiMo (Linux Mobile) Platform. Designed for its 46-million user Japanese HDSPA FOMA network, the phones all support up to 7.2Mbps downlinks, and most offer touchscreen, Bluetooth, and GPS.

      • Teardown ESC: Open-source cell phone

        Want to redesign Neo-branded mobile phones to your own vision and the market needs as you see them? Stop in at the teardown of the Openmoko open source cell phone on Tuesday, March 31 between 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the ESC Theater.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Google Android: Pushing Ubuntu Off Netbooks?

        Frankly, I’m intrigued by the potential Android-Ubuntu showdowns on netbooks and MIDs. There’s nothing better than healthy, heated competition to drive innovation.

      • Netbooks in the business: Do they make sense?

        Just a year ago, netbook configurations were typically set to 512MB of RAM, 2GB to 4GB of flash storage, and less powerful microprocessors that limited what apps could run on them. They also tended to have small screens and keyboards. Almost all of them ran some flavor of the Linux operating system.

Free Software/Open Source

  • How to Evaluate Open Source Projects?

    SCAN has progressed significantly over the past three years, and today’s announcement focuses on architecture diagrams, not defects. The data will be available under the Creative Commons license and is available on Coverity’s SCAN site.

  • An open source to a brighter future?

    Giving your core product away is certainly an unusual business strategy, yet some succesful software companies are doing exactly that

    [...]

    Red Hat, the company which spearheads the development of the Linux operating system, generated revenues of half a billion dollars in the 2008 financial year, the vast proportion of which was profit, while IT company, Sun Microsystems, spent $1 billion in February 2008 to acquire database provider, MySQL.

    The common thread is that both Linux and MySQL are open source systems. So what is open source?

  • RFI for open source software aimed at wrong target

    For example OpenConcept hosted a survey and John Nash, a retired professor of management at the University of Ottawa hosted a Wiki to collect information from the open source community as part of their submissions, McOrmond said these were not considered as submission by the department.

    He also said there are many people in government who are already involved in open source projects. He mentioned organizations such as GOSLING (Getting Open Source Logic INto Governments) and Canada GOOSE (Canada Government Official Open Source Engagement) volunteer and informal learning communities of civil servants involved in open source research.

  • Firmware

    • Why iPod is Rockin’ with Rockbox

      Since Rockbox is constantly being developed, I expect to see more features coming real soon. So, that’s about it. I hope some of you out there will get to try Rockbox after reading this. And, to those who have used or are already using Rockbox, we also want to hear your experiences through comment.

    • Video: Give your old Wi-Fi router new life with open source firmware

      In this Insider Secrets video from CNET.com, Tom Merritt shows you how to give an old Linksys Wi-Fi router new life by replacing it’s factory firmware with an open source version–like Tomato firmware.

  • Business

    • Tiemann: ‘Honeymoon is over’ for software lock-in

      It’s very likely that open-source vendors will increasingly intermingle proprietary code with open-source code in order to improve their top and bottom lines, but I agree with Tiemann: the era of top-to-bottom proprietary lock-in is over. Even Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says so.

    • Open Source Zarafa Goes After Microsoft Exchange

      This time it’s Zarafa, developer of collaboration software, that has announced it’s adding native support for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) to its Linux-based e-mail and calendaring server.

      Zarafa’s server already contains support for several other Microsoft and open source products, including Outlook, SugarCRM, OpenERP, and Alfresco.

    • Business is booming for open source adopters

      In fact, looking under the hood of the big players, you’ll often find open source. Today, many (or is that most?) of the big-ticket security and networking appliances are underpinned by Linux or BSD Unix.

    • Open Source Joins the Mainstream

      “Open Source has joined the mainstream,” chairman Richard Seibt concluded when wrapping up the Open Source Meets Business conference, held at the end of January 2009 in Nuremberg, Germany. “We’re no longer referring to market shares that have grown. Instead, we’re talking about large and small enterprises working successfully with open source software,” said Seibt, who is also chairman of the Open Source Business Foundation.
      Current surveys confirm Richard Seibt’s positive assessment. In 40 percent of all companies that use open source software, it is of mission-critical importance. In a further 43 percent, open source software plays a significant role in the corporate IT environment. This was revealed in a survey presented by Heise Verlag in Nuremberg. Most of the around 1,300 survey participants came from companies that used open source software.

  • Sun

    • Sparcstation 20: Solaris 9 installs and runs … but it’s so Solarisy

      Curiously, when I ran NetBSD on the Sparc, the Firefox PACKAGE wouldn’t install. Not a port that needed to be compiled, but a precompiled package built for the 32-bit Sparc architecture. That didn’t give me a whole lot of hope for pkgsrc, which theoretically can be used to bring NetBSD packages into OpenBSD and other OSes. (DragonFlyBSD uses NetBSD packages, and that’s a great way for the FreeBSD-derived DragonFly to have a huge package repository, and it makes me want to try it on my i386 hardware).

  • Government

    • Dear Mr. President: Buy open source

      Last week, a group of open source execs sent an open letter to the president, asking that he “make the use of open source software a key component of every new technology initiative the United States government enters into.”

      [...]

      Software isn’t a seat belt, but the stakes are equally high. The signers of the letter to Obama had it right: Open source should be on the short list when the government buys software. And modest government investments in software security would have the secondary effect of putting IT workers back on the job.

    • Openness Questions Remain For Obama

      It remains unclear what technologies or standards President Barack Obama will decide to harness to support his open government initiatives. Obama has on numerous occasions pledged that he will make the government as transparent and open as possible – even going as far as to give his administration deadlines on when certain milestones will be reached and state that his administration “will put government data online in universally accessible formats.” Many seem to agree that openness in general is a positive goal, but how to best reach that objective gets foggy.

      “Openness” is a general movement, not just related to open source and standards. That said, openness intersects many areas and it doesn’t take a big leap to go from discussions about open government to procurement policies for IT based on open standards,” wrote IBM Vice President Bob Sutor in a blog post last month. Microsoft CTO Susie Adams agrees there has been a lot of talk about openness as a theme of the new administration and believes Obama “wants to capture an assurance of openness as a way to set direction and vision.” In terms of how the goal of openness relates to technology specifically, she said “a true, open government should rely on a “mixed source” blend of technologies — an approach used around the world.

    • Senior Subjects: Building a 21st-century VA

      The key to the success that VistA has had for many years is the way it was written. As you may know, computer programs are written in special code that translates into instructions for the machines. The code for VistA was what we now think of as “open source” code. Any skilled programmer could use that code to modify existing modules or to create new applications to do new jobs and connect them so that they are an integral part of the whole system. As open source code increases in popularity, we see it used in operating systems (Linux), in Internet browsers (Firefox), and in applications for some new computers like “netbooks.”

  • Applications

    • 6 Resources for the Powerful Drupal Content Management System

      Without a doubt, the open source project Drupal is one of the most robust content management systems (CMS) around. It provides the infrastructure and manages processes for many well-known web sites, including The Onion and OStatic. In our interview with Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal, he said that there are 700 core contributors to the project, which he described as on the “same scale as the Linux kernel.” There are also over 2,000 modules for Drupal, making it hugely extensible.

    • Ariba sees goodwill in AribaWeb open source release

      Ariba said today it is releasing its AribaWeb RIA development framework under Version 2.0 of the Apache license.

Leftovers

  • Today’s webtip: Blackouts and Bandits

    You can turn your icon black, send a few links, try to shake up your friends, and maybe educate or at least awake a few other individuals to the issues that are waiting to gobble us all up, but in the end, that’s it. The fight against the European and Canadian DMCA and the various software patent campaigns have shown that in the end, the industry can wait you out. We might be able to hold them off for one round, maybe even score the odd win or two, but they will just keep coming back for more. They have deeper pockets and a more unified front than the end user (I think they used to be called citizens) does.

  • New Zealand copyright protest blockades parliament

    The fight over the controversial amendments to New Zealand’s copyright law is heating up.

    Thursday at noon, some 120 protesters descended upon the parliament in the capital, Wellington, and handed over an e-petition against the amendments with over 12,000 signatories, and a traditional one with 148 names, to the United Future party leader Peter Dunne.

  • Day 3 – The Pirate Bay’s ‘King Kong’ Defense

    The Pirate Bay trial is moving forward rapidly and again the day in court has ended early. On the third day the prosecution presented the amended charges. The defendants all called for acquittal while Carl Lundström’s lawyer scored points with the already legendary ‘King Kong’ defense.

  • Whisper campaigns exposed: pay per lie on YouTube

    One of Australia’s most popular YouTube users has admitted being paid to spruik Ten’s new show Lie To Me surreptitiously in the latest example of marketers invading the popular video sharing site.

  • Is Yelp Manipulating User Reviews?

    Is Yelp.com manipulating user reviews to coerce small businesses to advertise with the site? That’s what some business owners in the San Francisco area are claiming, and they’ve taken those complaints to both the East Bay Express and the student-run newspaper the Daily Californian. Yelp denies these allegations and says its sales staff does not have the power to either move or delete reviews.

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7 Comments

  1. Anon said,

    February 20, 2009 at 7:27 am

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    Did you even read the link at http://blog.eracc.com/2009/02/18/linux-market-share.

    You have completely and utterly taken his post out of context. Your carefully edited snippet lives out the most important lines, the ones where he says:

    “What I am demonstrating is that anyone can take the statistics that favors their desired outcome and use those to “prove” something. That is the great thing about statistics, one can make them “prove” pretty much what one wants.”

    Why are you deliberately misleading people?

  2. Anon said,

    February 20, 2009 at 7:27 am

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    Whoops, switch “lives out” with “leaves out”.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 20, 2009 at 8:20 am

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    Anon,

    I believe the title is jaw-dropping enough to have the reader assume that it’s a tongue-in-cheek post as far as desktop market share is concerned.

    For example, had I let slip the headline (not mine) “patents are doomed,” would you assume patents have formally died overnight?

    I appreciate your feedback. How do you propose that I treat such headlines? Should I modify or maybe precede with “[sarcasm]” or “[tongue in cheek]” to serve as a warning?

    By the way, GNU/Linux market share among Boycott Novell readers is 30-40%.

  4. David Gerard said,

    February 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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    With the recent Firefox Wine versus Firefox Native benchmark, you can expect people doing what I’m doing now – browsing in Firefox for Windows under Wine!

    And yes, it really is far more responsive in Wine than native in KDE 4.2.

    The fonts are horrible, though.

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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    Fonts are not Windows’ strong point. ;-)

  6. David Gerard said,

    February 21, 2009 at 8:33 am

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    I’ve just worked out why Boycott Novell is displaying with horrible aliased fonts – you’ve got Tahoma specified by name in http://boycottnovell.com/wp-content/themes/ocadia/style.css !

  7. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

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    It’s based on a popular WordPress theme. We will change this one day (would require lots of work).

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    The issue with systemd (or SystemD) has provoked or at least stimulated discussions about the limits of the famous Four Freedoms



  10. IRC Proceedings: Monday, December 09, 2019

    IRC logs for Monday, December 09, 2019



  11. Demonstration Against Unitary Software Patents, Thursday 12 Dec in Brussels

    FFII's call to demonstrate against the UPC



  12. Links 9/12/2019: China on GNU/Linux, Canonical Wants Help to Improve Ubuntu

    Links for the day



  13. Links 9/12/2019: Linux 5.5 RC1, EasyOS Buster 2.1.9

    Links for the day



  14. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, December 08, 2019

    IRC logs for Sunday, December 08, 2019



  15. Mandatory Education for Those Who Use and Misuse Buzzwords Would Go a Long Way

    In an age of substitution — where marketing terms replace meaningful words and concepts — it has gotten more difficult to have honest debates, for example about the scope of patents



  16. Once Upon a Time Banter Was Allowed on Mailing Lists

    Hours ago Torvalds announced RC1 of the next Linux (kernel) release; it has been a while since he last said something ‘controversial’ (following his month at the penalty box); free speech deficit can make us weaker, not stronger (advantage to those who work in the dark)



  17. Links 8/12/2019: Debian Init Systems GR, NomadBSD 1.3

    Links for the day



  18. Can We Quit Celebrating DRM in GNU/Linux?

    Over the past couple of days various news sites and "Linux" sites expressed great satisfaction [1-5] over the passive embrace of Disney's DRM ploy (Disney+), even when Disney itself rejects DRM, seeing the harms practically caused by it [6,7]



  19. You Know WSL is Bad for GNU/Linux Because Anti-Linux People, Microsoft and Its Propagandists, Want People to Use That

    Microsoft and its boosters (and media partners) haven’t grown tired of spreading falsehoods to stigmatise and take control of GNU/Linux by creating their own versions and traps for it



  20. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, December 07, 2019

    IRC logs for Saturday, December 07, 2019



  21. 5 Years Ago the Linux Foundation Turned Linux.com Into a Non-Linux Site

    One can leverage the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to better understand how, over time, the Foundation called “Linux” deviated or diverged away from its mission statement for the sole purpose of raising corporate funds and selling influence to corporations (passing the community’s hard work to them — a form of tacit privatisation)



  22. Microsoft Redefining Ownership and Identity of GNU/Linux

    The idea that “Microsoft loves Linux” is as insane as it gets; but the lie which is “Microsoft loves Linux” is a powerful enabler of Microsoft entryism, e.g. if Greg steps down, does a Microsoft employee become the deputy of Linus Torvalds?



  23. Things That Cannot Be Said

    The limits on what we can say are mostly defined by what sources permit us to say publicly (for the sake of source protection)



  24. Fake European Patents (on Algorithms) Leading to Fake Embargoes

    Law firms have gotten their way in Germany; instead of supporting the productive workers the patent system is nowadays promoting the litigation 'industry' and it ought to be corrected



  25. From Moderate Advice to FUD and Misinformation: The Case of a VPN Vulnerability (CVE-2019-14899)

    What should have been a trivial bugfix in a variety of operating systems and bits of software — both proprietary and Free software — somehow became anti-Linux FUD, clickbait and worse



  26. Dangerous Thinker

    Society oughtn't be alarmed by people who say unusual things; it should be wary and sceptical of those corporations ever so eager to silence such people



  27. Unitary Patent (UPC) Died Along With the Credibility of Managing IP and the Rest of the UPC Lobby

    It is pretty astounding that Team UPC (collective term for people who crafted and lobby for this illegal construct) is still telling us lies, even in the absence of underlying supportive facts, and pressure groups disguised as "news sites" latch onto anything to perpetuate an illusion of progress (even in the face of a growing number of major barriers)



  28. IRC Proceedings: Friday, December 06, 2019

    IRC logs for Friday, December 06, 2019



  29. Links 7/12/2019: Fedora 31 Elections Results, Lots of Media Drama Over VPN Bug

    Links for the day



  30. Links 6/12/2019: DRM in GNU/Linux and Sparky Bonsai

    Links for the day


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