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02.27.09

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: February 26th, 2009 – Part 2

Posted in IRC Logs at 6:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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schestowitz Prepare for the MS bloggers to be all smug Feb 26 10:33
schestowitz “Bradley Kuhn, Software Freedom Law Center policy analyst, told The Reg Wednesday evening: “It’s a good moment for people to take a step back and re-think how friendly Microsoft is to open source.”” Feb 26 10:34
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schestowitz http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/… “In the most recent case, Microsoft settled with Taiwanese mouse-maker Primax after accusing it of violating its tilt-wheel technologies.” Feb 26 10:36
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schestowitz Board Game Maker Sues Google, Claiming Trademark Infringement < http://techdirt.com/articles/20090… > Feb 26 10:41
schestowitz Microsoft tries to embargo TomTom.. “Not surprisingly, Microsoft is using the infamous ITC loophole to get two shots at forcing TomTom to pay up — meaning that it’s both sued the company in court, and gone to the ITC to have it try to block the import of TomTom products. ” http://techdirt.com/articles/20… Feb 26 10:43
oiaohm_ TomTom could try embargoing MS as well Feb 26 10:45
oiaohm_ Since most of there development is done overseas and is imported. Feb 26 10:45
schestowitz Yes Feb 26 10:47
schestowitz i thought so too Feb 26 10:47
oiaohm_ MS is playing a really risky game of chicken. Feb 26 10:48
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oiaohm_ Delay on code imports would stuff MS Windows 7 release. Feb 26 10:48
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schestowitz They have no choice Feb 26 10:49
schestowitz they are losing Feb 26 10:49
schestowitz $0 windows.. Feb 26 10:50
oiaohm_ There is losing and there is risking getting you head bricked in. Feb 26 10:50
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oiaohm_ This is the latter. Feb 26 10:51
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schestowitz “Nokia aims to shed 1000 staff, voluntarily” Feb 26 10:53
oiaohm_ Nokia is over due for a staff reduction. Feb 26 10:53
oiaohm_ They normally kick out so many and then require some new ones. Feb 26 10:54
schestowitz “I was going to spend my money on upgrading to Windows 7 when it is released, but after reading this, I am disgusted at Microsoft’s apparent greed (the world is…” Feb 26 10:55
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harrytuttle hello Feb 26 10:56
schestowitz http://www.itwire.com/content/view/23479/1148/ Feb 26 10:56
schestowitz Hey Feb 26 10:56
harrytuttle im sure you already saw this: Feb 26 10:56
harrytuttle http://lwn.net/Articles/320737/#Comments Feb 26 10:56
harrytuttle ms suing a linux-based vendor on patents Feb 26 10:56
harrytuttle oh well, okay so the cats out of the bag Feb 26 10:57
schestowitz Yes Feb 26 10:57
schestowitz I hope TomTomy fights Feb 26 10:57
schestowitz Someone should encourage it not to settle Feb 26 10:57
harrytuttle well, I guess its clear now there is high risk they will sue anyone using mono-infested dotnet crap… Feb 26 10:58
harrytuttle yeah TomTom should never get into cross-license here, what is clearly ms-number one option Feb 26 10:59
harrytuttle to make it even more so look that anyone embedding linux needs that crap crosslicense Feb 26 10:59
harrytuttle fsf or anyone promoting gnu/linux should step in and prevent a settlement Feb 26 11:00
harrytuttle heck , dont all the mobiles that use flash-storage use FAT somehow? Feb 26 11:01
schestowitz Same with OIN Feb 26 11:02
schestowitz yes, FAT would affect other Linux-powered gadgets Feb 26 11:02
schestowitz EU to oblige Microsoft to offer competitors’ browsers < http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/e… > There\s already an attack on Google for ‘daring’ to protest Microsoft’s crimes vs. Netscape Feb 26 11:07
schestowitz Steve Jobs Probably Won’t Return To Apple < http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent… > Good. Feb 26 11:08
schestowitz Lenovo Cuts 450 Jobs in China < http://www.pcworld.com/article/16… > Feb 26 11:08
kentma1 i though that lenovo were a chinese company? Feb 26 11:08
kentma1 I. Feb 26 11:08
schestowitz It is. Semiconductor Revenue in Massive Slowdown < http://www.pcworld.com/article/160242… > Feb 26 11:12
schestowitz Signs of miserable sales (can’t sell it at a cost): Microsoft Readying Low-cost Windows Server OS < http://www.pcworld.com/article/160219/microsoft… > Feb 26 11:18
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schestowitz Hi, mib_epfsdc Feb 26 11:28
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oiaohm_ The crunch is on. Feb 26 11:34
oiaohm_ Now if samba can get a working ADS out the door it will get way worse. Feb 26 11:34
oiaohm_ Nas servers being offered as full servers. Feb 26 11:35
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kentma1 indeed.  I can’t see how MS can possibly maintain a presence in this market in the long run.  Competing with free is very difficult – they’re relying on market inertia now, there is no other reason for buying MS. Feb 26 11:50
oiaohm_ vendor lock in. Feb 26 11:51
oiaohm_ X11 when its 100 percent solid should see focus return to graphical for management. Feb 26 11:51
kentma1 graphical generally assumes personal presence, though… and whilst I appreciate that you can longline X with ssh, it’s not always all that responsive, whereas a screen cli session over ssh is totally reliable, stateful and suffers very little performance drop even over huge distances. Feb 26 11:53
oiaohm_ Local mangement kentma1 Feb 26 11:54
oiaohm_ Using graphic where if it goes splat takes all you means to control it is not suitable.  ie the way X11 has been. Feb 26 11:54
oiaohm_ Firefox with the instructions and the console is really handy at times. Feb 26 11:55
schestowitz zoobab01: you got the court complaints, right? The PDF… Feb 26 12:02
kentma1 oiaohm_: I’m not sure I really understand what you’re driving at here, though.  X is a long way up the stack on linux machines, whereas a cli is almost talking directly to the kernel,  it takes  a lot to kill a cli, whereas killing X is relatively easy due to its complexity.  I agree that having a browser open when you’re fixing is good, but again, you really rely on most of the machine working in order to do that, so it can’t really work for Feb 26 12:05
oiaohm_ X11 is not just complexit Feb 26 12:07
oiaohm_ Cli do lock up. Feb 26 12:07
oiaohm_ But you can safely switch to another one and recovered the dead one. Feb 26 12:07
oiaohm_ X11 problem has been due to its video card handling that was made impossiable. Feb 26 12:08
oiaohm_ Its not X11 compexitity its management of video cards was the issue nothing more. Feb 26 12:08
kentma1 oiaohm_: I must disagree with that – X has all manner of dependencies, including many complex libraries, mouse drivers, networking, sockets, etc. etc.  Even starting an x-session by hand is quite difficult unless you’re pretty familiar with it.  Cli is about as close to the iron as you can get, is really my point. Feb 26 12:10
oiaohm_ My point is simple does that really matter if you can  recover from a X11 failure just as simplely as a console switching. Feb 26 12:11
oiaohm_ Cli is close to kernel but nothing that is an application is 100 percent protected from stuffing up the terminal either. Feb 26 12:11
kentma1 I agree. Feb 26 12:12
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oiaohm_ Until X11 reaches that point its not a safe admin tool. Feb 26 12:12
oiaohm_ That is not far off. Feb 26 12:13
harrytuttle regarding the FAT-patent litigation, there was an interesting comment on slashdot Feb 26 12:15
harrytuttle “What’s really f**ed up about this is that Microsoft is just now deciding to do something. FAT has existed for almost two decades, and the FS driver in Linux for quite some time as well. They waited for their FS to become a de facto standard so they could drop the hammer on people.” Feb 26 12:16
harrytuttle “If you own a trademark you have to actively defend it, lest it become a standard term for the product type. Shouldn’t technology and patents be the same way? If you allow entire industries to adopt your patented method without defending it you should lose the patent.” Feb 26 12:16
MinceR indeed Feb 26 12:17
harrytuttle that could as well relate to mono/dotnet in the future… let it adopt as “standard” on linux over time and then sue over patented stuff Feb 26 12:18
harrytuttle the risk is higher with a company at least trying to kill linux than a company who invests sums directly into the platform (Sun, IBM, Google) Feb 26 12:19
harrytuttle i can see absolutely no other interest for ms to let mono flourish on THE most feared competing operating system: GNU/Linux other than to extend their reign via patents later… it would absolutely make no sense from their standpoint to just watch and even help such a project inderectly by funding Novell Feb 26 12:23
harrytuttle its obvious that the ms-novell deal is setup as a proxy /tool for porting over that crap instead of ms doing that themselves…. Feb 26 12:27
oiaohm_ Novell was dead in the water before the MS deal. Feb 26 12:28
oiaohm_ Problem here Novell still costs MS a lot of money. Feb 26 12:29
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oiaohm_ Ms does not want a patent war. Feb 26 12:30
oiaohm_ so far MAD has held. Feb 26 12:31
harrytuttle true, they want to settle on threat and extortion over possible patent litigations Feb 26 12:31
harrytuttle want to put  sticker on everything commerical linux as to make it look “clean” Feb 26 12:31
harrytuttle =paid for Feb 26 12:32
oiaohm_ There is a bigger problem here. Feb 26 12:32
oiaohm_ MS takes in a lot of money each year for Fat patents on devices. Feb 26 12:33
schestowitz harrytuttle: yes, that’s what they want Feb 26 12:33
oiaohm_ So if tom tom wins MS has another big hole in there income. Feb 26 12:33
schestowitz Response #1: eliminate swpatents; #2: avoid Microsoft technologies (direct copies like Mono) Feb 26 12:33
oiaohm_ I really don’t know what MS is thinking doing it at this time. Feb 26 12:33
schestowitz oiaohm_: yes, timing is odd Feb 26 12:33
harrytuttle any links to show their income based on FAT? Feb 26 12:33
schestowitz Compared to previous assaults. Feb 26 12:34
schestowitz Bear in mind Novell might announce its layoffs today Feb 26 12:34
schestowitz But maybe tomorr Feb 26 12:34
schestowitz MSF sank this week Feb 26 12:34
schestowitz $16.xx Feb 26 12:34
schestowitz And Ballmer couldn’t give answer to his investors. Feb 26 12:34
schestowitz I’m doing a post about it ATM Feb 26 12:34
schestowitz Give me 10 minuteds Feb 26 12:34
oiaohm_ Most of MS patent income on there books comes from FAT. Feb 26 12:35
oiaohm_ This is why I say why the hell are they mad enough to put the FAT ones on the table. Feb 26 12:35
oiaohm_ Changing over to exFAT was ment to keep there money tree on FAT coming in. Feb 26 12:36
harrytuttle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File… Feb 26 12:39
harrytuttle seems like all patents regarding FAT deal with short<->long filenames Feb 26 12:40
harrytuttle so they patented their own shortcomings and circumventions Feb 26 12:41
harrytuttle as everything else would have been prior art anyway Feb 26 12:41
harrytuttle thinking of it, maybe thats also the trick with MS-XML Feb 26 12:42
harrytuttle make it really reatrded and patent the methods to make it behave a little less insane Feb 26 12:43
harrytuttle reatrded=retarded Feb 26 12:43
harrytuttle so for others the basic version is useless crap (FAT with short names) and the actual methods to make it useful are patented Feb 26 12:44
harrytuttle brilliant idea if you think about it Feb 26 12:44
oiaohm_ Now there is a major downside. Feb 26 12:45
oiaohm_ What reason does TomTom have to use fat. Feb 26 12:45
oiaohm_ Now that would be pure funny if devices makers started demarding Linux to update there firmwares because they are using Linux. Feb 26 12:46
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schestowitz Hi, mikko Feb 26 12:58
mikko hi Feb 26 12:59
schestowitz harrytuttle: I made a new post. Probably contains typos. I quote you guys there.. so it’s like groupthink. Feb 26 12:59
mikko were there any case when some patent troll (e.g. Acacia) were using Microsoft patents for their dirty job, if so can you please point at right direction Feb 26 13:01
schestowitz No, just Microsoft employees Feb 26 13:04
schestowitz They attacked Red Hat  (and Novell) shortly after hiring Microsoft people to join their management Feb 26 13:05
schestowitz This came also days after Ballmer warned that terrible things might happen Feb 26 13:05
schestowitz Just got this by mail: “I saw this an immediately thought of both of you. It looks like we may be at the “then they fight you” stage. I guess the then you win isn’t too far off :) http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/Microsoft… Feb 26 13:05
mikko so TomTom case is the first time MS patents are being used for litigation? Feb 26 13:12
oiaohm_ Win/Loss Feb 26 13:12
oiaohm_ Question is who gets what. Feb 26 13:12
schestowitz mikko: not really. Feb 26 13:17
schestowitz They did the same thing against a hardware maker Feb 26 13:17
schestowitz This time it’s software and it’s Linux too. Feb 26 13:17
mikko where I can read about it Feb 26 13:18
mikko the hardware maker Feb 26 13:19
schestowitz The Microsoft shills are at it now: http://blog.actonline.org/2009/02… Feb 26 13:19
schestowitz mikko: I made this post with 4 links to it: http://boycottnovell.com/2009/02/26… Feb 26 13:19
schestowitz http://boycottnovell.com/2008/07/31/… Feb 26 13:19
schestowitz http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10002919-56…. Feb 26 13:20
schestowitz http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/micr… Feb 26 13:20
schestowitz TomTom Rejects Microsoft’s Patent Infringement Claims < http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/artic… > Feb 26 13:20
mikko thanks Feb 26 13:20
schestowitz Another plane has just crased.  http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/e… Feb 26 13:26
schestowitz *shed Feb 26 13:26
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harrytuttle http://blog.actonline.org/2009/02/microsoft… Feb 26 13:44
harrytuttle just read it Feb 26 13:44
harrytuttle who are those shills? Feb 26 13:44
harrytuttle act online? Feb 26 13:44
schestowitz Yes Feb 26 13:53
schestowitz I’m writing about them ATM Feb 26 13:53
schestowitz They do nasty stuff in Europe at the moment. Feb 26 13:53
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harrytuttle http://www.actonline.org/na/members/index.html Feb 26 14:26
harrytuttle this is sooo 90s Feb 26 14:27
harrytuttle hate when someone pretends to be on the small mans side but in fact they’re not Feb 26 14:27
harrytuttle they are just pretenders Feb 26 14:28
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schestowitz Yes, give me 10 minutes Feb 26 14:31
schestowitz I’ll give it to the, Feb 26 14:31
schestowitz *them Feb 26 14:31
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schestowitz A detailed overview of Microsoft’s latest activities in Europe, using lobbies: http://boycottnovell.com/2009/02/26/ms-e… Feb 26 14:51
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schestowitz Carphone Warehouse to axe 450 jobs < http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009… > Feb 26 14:56
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schestowitz http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/02/mi… “Eben Moglen—a Columbia University law professor and the chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center—once described the FAT patents as a “proverbial Sword of Damocles hanging over the open source community”” Feb 26 15:04
kentma1 The FAT patent might be the sword, but there is not doubt at all that the USPTO is the armoury. Feb 26 15:06
schestowitz Microsoft on the equivalent of more layoffs: http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/Micr… “Microsoft, citing the “realities of a deteriorating economy,” will reduce by 10 percent the amount it pays employment agencies for many of its temporary workers — and cut by 15 percent the target billing rate for future temporary work.” Feb 26 15:07
schestowitz So they cut wages rather then cut even MORE jobs. Not good for them… Feb 26 15:07
PetoKraus nice article, roy Feb 26 15:07
PetoKraus that ms-eu-patent-lobby Feb 26 15:07
schestowitz Thanks. Feb 26 15:08
schestowitz http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2009/02/26/w… “Even worse, about a third of netbooks ship with Linux. Microsoft makes nothing from those machines.” That’s why Windows is dying as a _cash cow_ Feb 26 15:08
PetoKraus bengy has a good post: http://beranger.org/v3/wordpress/2009/0… Feb 26 15:10
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schestowitz He still blogs? Feb 26 15:11
schestowitz WP Feb 26 15:11
PetoKraus yeah Feb 26 15:11
PetoKraus it’s going down the slope though Feb 26 15:11
mib_n6dw08 hi – oh, sorry, it’s kentma3 here just trying the applet on BN…  hey, it works! Feb 26 15:11
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PetoKraus http://thepiratebay.org/ Feb 26 15:12
schestowitz Hehe. Subheadline very typical Feb 26 15:12
kentma1 very impressive. Feb 26 15:12
PetoKraus the image might be worth quoting Feb 26 15:12
schestowitz “Make me espresso before you die” Feb 26 15:13
schestowitz Which image? Feb 26 15:13
PetoKraus http://thepiratebay.org/ Feb 26 15:13
PetoKraus i’ll dig the link outta the source code Feb 26 15:14
PetoKraus http://static.thepiratebay.org/img/i… Feb 26 15:14
PetoKraus umm Feb 26 15:14
PetoKraus http://static.thepiratebay.org/dood… Feb 26 15:14
PetoKraus :) Feb 26 15:14
schestowitz Yeah, I know that one.   Does Beranger still use Win32? Feb 26 15:16
PetoKraus i guess so Feb 26 15:16
PetoKraus he’s still ranting about some antiviruses Feb 26 15:16
kentma1 hehe Feb 26 15:17
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schestowitz n00b :-) Feb 26 15:18
schestowitz zoobab01: did you see the GE logos in IAM? Feb 26 15:19
schestowitz Those buggers are now funding the patent cartel? Feb 26 15:19
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dalton why boycotting novell? Feb 26 15:24
PetoKraus in short: cause of the deal with microsoft Feb 26 15:25
schestowitz Memo reveals multiple breaches of ID card database  < http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,10000… > Feb 26 15:25
schestowitz dalton: because they began some of this Feb 26 15:25
schestowitz In 2006 they came to Microsoft and signed a patent deal Feb 26 15:25
schestowitz Microsoft then used this to argue that Linux is “not free” and now it’s attacking. Feb 26 15:26
schestowitz It attacked with words in May 2007 and in the court in Feb 2009 Feb 26 15:26
dalton i understood Feb 26 15:26
dalton cause it no more free Feb 26 15:26
schestowitz Novell does nothing to help Feb 26 15:26
schestowitz It uses these threats to market itself Feb 26 15:26
schestowitz “Intellectual property peace of mind,” Novell calls it Feb 26 15:27
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dalton but M$ is free in pirate mode Feb 26 15:27
schestowitz What’s that? Feb 26 15:27
schestowitz Nicely put: “In other words, Microsoft “respects and appreciates” open source until it actually starts to replace Microsoft’s offerings, in which case the charming smile is replaced with the shark’s grimace.” < http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2009/02/has-mic… > Feb 26 15:28
dalton non authorized installation Feb 26 15:28
schestowitz dalton: Microsoft is in a freefall, so it’s cracking down on whatever makes money. First illegal distributors of Windows and also this (extortions against Linux). Feb 26 15:29
schestowitz The Chinese (Web Servers) Are Coming < http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/20… > Feb 26 15:30
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schestowitz zer0c00l: are you still blocked? Feb 26 15:30
zer0c00l yeah Feb 26 15:31
zer0c00l i am Feb 26 15:31
zer0c00l schestowitz: i am still blocked ..using some webproxy Feb 26 15:31
zer0c00l seems like dirty work of admin Feb 26 15:32
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toros hi Feb 26 15:32
schestowitz Hey Feb 26 15:36
schestowitz We’re mentioned in a video Feb 26 15:36
schestowitz I’ll post it to BN Feb 26 15:36
schestowitz Done: http://boycottnovell.com/2009/02/26/… Feb 26 15:42
schestowitz Quake Live Out Now! But not for GNU/Linux < http://www.inatux.com/articles/Q… > Feb 26 15:42
toros schestowitz: great video Feb 26 15:52
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schestowitz toros: he actually pronounced my name right :-) Feb 26 15:57
toros schestowitz: :) Feb 26 15:57
schestowitz http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-f… (Microsoft Sues TomTom For Linux Patent Infringement) Feb 26 15:59
kentma1 Quake is one of the games I’ve bought linux versions of… Feb 26 16:00
kentma1 Quake 3, that is. Feb 26 16:00
toros I wonder who will be next after TomTom… Red Hat? Canonical? or Mandriva? Feb 26 16:00
schestowitz There needn’t be a “next” Feb 26 16:00
schestowitz I imagine that Microsoft went through companies like Brother and used similar tactics Feb 26 16:01
kentma1 I don’t think MS will go for the “jugular”, they’ll try, instead, to put off companies which use Linux and push them onto Windows by suing them for using anything else. Feb 26 16:01
schestowitz Some of them caved Feb 26 16:01
schestowitz TomTom said no, so Microsoft sued and needed to list patents Feb 26 16:01
schestowitz Here is the press release: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/pr… Feb 26 16:01
schestowitz Microsoft says nothing there about “Linux:’ Feb 26 16:01
schestowitz So it’s only people who looked deeply at the patents who saw the Linux link Feb 26 16:02
schestowitz This means that Microsoft is still on a crusader to become a leech, a patent merchant. Feb 26 16:02
toros I don’t know what Microsoft will do when Linux starts gaining much more market share Feb 26 16:04
kentma1 sure, you can licence Windows directly from MS, or you can pay MS patent royalties to use anything which isn’t Windows.  You have to admire the complete dishonesty of the approach! Feb 26 16:04
schestowitz http://blogs.sun.com/webmink/ent… Simon Phipps (Sun): “This would explain the (now clearly hollow) charm offensive with the open source community.” Feb 26 16:04
schestowitz kentma1: “Intellectual property is the next software.” –Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft patent troll Feb 26 16:06
schestowitz I.e. forget about making products… just make ‘ideas’… Feb 26 16:06
schestowitz Those who develop software are floor scrubbers Feb 26 16:06
schestowitz Those who sell software are ‘thinkers’ (or patent harvesters) Feb 26 16:06
kentma1 actually, you don’t have the ideas, you merely keep assembling other people’s ideas in as many different ways as you can and patenting them. Feb 26 16:07
schestowitz yes, that’s what patents are Feb 26 16:07
kentma1 this is the essence of software patents – they are virtually all which I have seen, essentially free of original content. Feb 26 16:07
schestowitz input1+input2=output Feb 26 16:07
schestowitz output becomes patent and then fed as another inputX Feb 26 16:08
schestowitz http://slated.org/the_right… “To claim ownership of knowledge is like claiming the rights of a God. “ Feb 26 16:08
kentma1 the biggest issue is that this is only absurd to anyone who understands the technology. Feb 26 16:08
kentma1 To those who cannot understand the technology, the debate regarding patents is probably very unclear indeed. Feb 26 16:09
schestowitz It’s down to lobbyisys (spin) and bribes Feb 26 16:10
schestowitz “Encourage innovation” Feb 26 16:10
schestowitz They also AstroTurf… ACT appears to have just set up another pseudo-grassroots site Feb 26 16:11
schestowitz They also put up posters across Brussels for some good brainwash. I’m always reminded of people who tell me that Microsoft is a “political movement”, which make sense.. Feb 26 16:11
schestowitz http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story… “Considering that TomTom violates the GPL and haven’t exactly been the nicest company toward their competitors (they’ve sued Toyota and Garmin iirc), I’m not sure I want OIN to waste their efforts protecting TomTom.” Feb 26 16:14
avuton Got a link to their gpl violation information? Feb 26 16:15
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avuton Speaking of, my brand new plasma 58in has the GPL license built in under some options Feb 26 16:16
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schestowitz avuton: I think so. Feb 26 16:18
schestowitz Red Hat Recruits Oracle/BEA Veteran Steve Hess < http://www.thevarguy.com/2009/02/25/… > Feb 26 16:18
toros good bye Feb 26 16:20
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schestowitz avuton: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:boycottno… Feb 26 16:22
schestowitz http://boycottnovell.com/2009/01/14/tomtom-… Feb 26 16:22
schestowitz http://tycheent.wordpress.com/2008/12/28/… Feb 26 16:23
schestowitz http://boycottnovell.com/2008/12/29/linux… Feb 26 16:23
schestowitz Jan Stedehouder writes: “The TomTom news is old again. The company isn’t hiding it’s use of Linux, but offers the source code of the various components on it’s website: Feb 26 16:23
schestowitz http://www.tomtom.com/page.php?Page=gpl Feb 26 16:23
schestowitz In 2004 this was already settled in a case with GPL Violations: Feb 26 16:23
schestowitz http://gpl-violations.org/news/20041… Feb 26 16:23
schestowitz It’s desktop software is Windows- and Mac-only, which is a shame actually. “ Feb 26 16:23
avuton Aah Feb 26 16:26
avuton All I know is a buddy got MPD running on it :) Feb 26 16:26
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balzac Roy, I’ve looked further into the G1 with Android. Feb 26 16:35
balzac I know enough to know that I’m not interested in Android. Feb 26 16:35
balzac Android is Linux without GNU. Android is neutered. Feb 26 16:36
balzac But there’s a guy who put a debian image into the G1 alongside Android, so you can run the GNU user-space in a G1. Feb 26 16:37
balzac That’s what I’m going to do, because I like the G1 hardware. Feb 26 16:37
schestowitz Is it sold at a loss? Feb 26 16:37
schestowitz Hi, open_Isaac Feb 26 16:38
balzac yes Feb 26 16:38
balzac They want you to buy the developer version for $400 Feb 26 16:38
balzac but I’ll take the regular G1 $180 with T-mobile contract (same hardware) and unlock it myself. Feb 26 16:38
MinceR can the gnu userspace access the phone, gps and PIM data stored by android? Feb 26 16:38
zoobab01 G1 = Linux castration by Google Feb 26 16:39
balzac MinceR: well, you’ll have a root account and tools like grep, nano, and openssh Feb 26 16:39
balzac inside the debian image Feb 26 16:39
balzac and set the debian to run a vnc server and then log into that from your android vnc client, so you can easily switch between android and debian by pressing the home button Feb 26 16:40
balzac MinceR: the GPS, PIM data – I don’t know. It would take someone more capable than myself to figure that out. Feb 26 16:41
balzac But to have a full GNU/Linux environment inside a nice phone like the G1 is something I can’t resist. Feb 26 16:42
MinceR i think it’s an important aspect of openness to be able to make actual use of the hardware. Feb 26 16:42
balzac Also, G1 has multi-touch, but it’s not enabled so as not to provoke a lawsuit from Apple. Feb 26 16:42
MinceR i wonder how well X runs on such devices Feb 26 16:42
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balzac I’ve seen screenshots of X on the G1 Feb 26 16:43
schestowitz MinceR: full desktops run on it Feb 26 16:43
schestowitz Even kde4 runs on G1, IIRC Feb 26 16:43
schestowitz Looks nice, too. Feb 26 16:43
schestowitz Lemmie find… Feb 26 16:43
schestowitz Gnome, KDE, IceWM or LXDE Desktop on your Android! < http://www.androidfanatic.com/cms/communit… > Feb 26 16:44
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balzac_ http://www.androidfanatic.com/cms/com… Feb 26 16:44
balzac_ http://www.ryebrye.com/blog/2008/11/1… Feb 26 16:45
balzac_ http://www.saurik.com/id/10 Feb 26 16:45
balzac saurik has an irc server set up: irc.saurik.com Feb 26 16:45
balzac he’s got a channel in there called #android Feb 26 16:46
MinceR and how fast is it through that vnc hack? Feb 26 16:46
balzac I don’t know Feb 26 16:46
balzac rybrye is the guy who discovered the latent multi-touch capabilities Feb 26 16:47
balzac so, it looks pretty juicy… Feb 26 16:47
balzac Also, such nice hardware is just begging for a full GNU/Linux distro to colonize it. Feb 26 16:48
balzac I just don’t have any interest in Linux without GNU (Android), yet I am interested in GNU without Linux. Feb 26 16:49
schestowitz Why not FreeRunner? Feb 26 16:49
schestowitz More expensive, sure. Feb 26 16:49
balzac clunky hardware. No keyboard. Feb 26 16:49
schestowitz Not GoogleShop(R) with DRM-enabled stuff Feb 26 16:49
balzac I must have a keyboard. The touch-screen is a deal-killer for me. I hate the iPhone for just that reason. Feb 26 16:49
balzac I like touch-screen, but I can’t stand having no keyboard. Feb 26 16:50
balzac The G1 has the nicest keyboard I’ve yet seen on a phone. Feb 26 16:50
balzac Roy, this can be construed as an action challenging android on its own hardware. Feb 26 16:51
balzac If the OpenMoko comes forth with a keyboard, I’ll look again. I just don’t care for the hardware. Feb 26 16:51
balzac I really like that OpenMoko has open hardware specs. That is awesome. But let’s see a more advanced hardware design. Feb 26 16:52
schestowitz Chipmaker Dumps Employees, Bumps Exec$ < http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/chipma… >. Many good links there. Feb 26 16:54
balzac I would volunteer to use some free CAD software to help re-design the OpenMoko, but I’m not going to get the FreeRunner without a keyboard and with such a clunky design. Feb 26 16:55
schestowitz I wonder if Novell will announce the firing of 25% of its workforce tonight Feb 26 16:55
balzac hopefully Feb 26 16:55
schestowitz There’s an article about the CEO now. Feb 26 16:56
balzac and hopefully there’ll be lots of disgruntled workers who were SUSE developers who help rescue the SUSE community from Novell. Feb 26 16:56
schestowitz Novell CEO’s 2008 compensation was $6.9 million Feb 26 16:56
schestowitz http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/090225/no… Feb 26 16:56
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schestowitz 25 SUSE employees or so have just been fired. They would cost about 25x$70,000=$1.75m Feb 26 16:58
schestowitz So they could work for 4 years with a good wage at the expense of that “compensation” for Hovsepian Feb 26 16:58
schestowitz The managers are too busy ‘worrying’ about their boats, I suppose. Feb 26 16:58
balzac Too busy with Yacht Club meetings. Feb 26 17:07
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schestowitz Is It Impossible For Hulu To Survive? < http://techdirt.com/articles/2… > Feb 26 17:13
schestowitz If Flash player was made open source, this patch could be delivered a lot more simply: http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Adob… Feb 26 17:17
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MinceR and it could be made to run efficiently Feb 26 17:21
balzac Too late for Flash Feb 26 17:22
balzac HTML 5 and Firefox are leaving Flash behind Feb 26 17:23
MinceR sadly, web developers aren’t Feb 26 17:23
schestowitz Haha!! Feb 26 17:27
schestowitz Vista7 delayed Feb 26 17:27
schestowitz 2010 Feb 26 17:27
schestowitz I told youi! Feb 26 17:27
schestowitz “Windows 7 is scheduled to ship in early 2010.” –CNN http://apple20.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/… Feb 26 17:28
avuton They’ve never released on time iirc Feb 26 17:28
balzac teehee Feb 26 17:40
schestowitz The bigger cash cow, Office, has just been delayed also Feb 26 17:44
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schestowitz http://linuxmednews.com/1235605037 : Yikes — Health care overhaul: $646 billion [to be announced tomorrow] Feb 26 17:56
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schestowitz So much noise about this proprietary software running on Ubuntu… http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/02/prweb2184684.htm .. it’s all over the press. Oracle too runs on Linux (Red Hat/variant), but no-one treats it like the Next Coming. Feb 26 18:03
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Balrog hello everyone Feb 26 18:20
schestowitz Hey there. Feb 26 18:25
schestowitz I’m relying to a journalist :-D Feb 26 18:25
schestowitz I’ve read about 20 short articles about the news. Feb 26 18:37
schestowitz Just replying now.. Feb 26 18:37
schestowitz bbl Feb 26 18:57
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trmanco http://www.rumblingedge.com/2009/02/26/t… Feb 26 19:47
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Balrog schestowitz: this patent mess shows what MS *really* wants with mono and moonlight Feb 26 20:00
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trmanco http://endsoftpatents.org/looking-at-micr… Feb 26 20:04
trmanco http://digg.com/linux_unix/Looking_at_Micro… Feb 26 20:04
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schestowitz Nothing from Novell yet: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/del… Feb 26 21:09
schestowitz Balrog: agreed. More Microsoft ‘standards’ inherent in Linux Feb 26 21:10
Balrog interesting Feb 26 21:11
Balrog I try compiling mono from SVN on my gentoo box Feb 26 21:11
Balrog and it crashes with a sigsegv in the make process Feb 26 21:11
Balrog I go ask at #mono (on the gnome irc network) Feb 26 21:11
Balrog and miguel says ‘gentoo is eternally broken’ Feb 26 21:11
schestowitz gentoo says “novell is eternally broken” Feb 26 21:12
trmanco no, that is Gentoo’s AI working Feb 26 21:15
trmanco It knows when certain programs are malicious for the user, só Gentoo’s AI crashes up what it can (in this case the build process) to protect the user Feb 26 21:17
schestowitz trmanco: what’s with THAT troll. “The “anti” here is a company attacking freedom. Don’t confuse defender and offender (who makes new laws to protect abusive monopoly).” Feb 26 21:17
schestowitz trmanco: true, true.. it’s like MS office Feb 26 21:17
schestowitz Microsoft: Word 2007 crashes aren’t a bug, they’re a feature < http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do… > Feb 26 21:18
trmanco that is is job, to troll… Feb 26 21:18
trmanco he will get buried soon enough Feb 26 21:18
schestowitz We’ve just been references in CNET Feb 26 21:18
schestowitz *ed Feb 26 21:19
trmanco gr8 Feb 26 21:20
schestowitz brb Feb 26 21:20
Balrog where referenced? Feb 26 21:23
schestowitz http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10172575-… Feb 26 21:36
schestowitz http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02… (Teen sacked for ‘boring’ job Facebook comment) Feb 26 21:39
trmanco is it okay to forward a FSF message to an advocacy group? Feb 26 21:41
schestowitz Sure, why not? Feb 26 21:42
trmanco hmm, just wondering Feb 26 21:43
schestowitz Tibetan New Year Protests Around the World Today: Boycotting Losar. < http://www.boingboing.net/2009/02/25… > Feb 26 21:50
trmanco posted,the FWD Feb 26 21:51
trmanco on cola Feb 26 21:52
schestowitz BBC Appoints Ex-Yahoo John Linwood as CTO – http://is.gd/kZ4r *Not* someone from Microsoft…anybody know anything about him?  < http://twitter.com/glynmoody/statuses/1254379136 > Feb 26 21:53
schestowitz Mozilla Labs Meetup – London  <  http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1852855/ > Feb 26 21:54
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trmanco http://www.sofaraway.org/ubuntu/tmp/Chromium3.png Feb 26 21:58
schestowitz http://www.fsdaily.com/Opposition… Feb 26 21:58
schestowitz I’ve just gone to “about:robots” Feb 26 21:59
schestowitz My FF3 is just 6 days old, so.. Feb 26 21:59
trmanco what, you current build? Feb 26 21:59
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schestowitz Yes, I’ll upgrade to 3.1 when it’s out.Same with Thunderbird, which is the app I probably use the most Feb 26 22:00
trmanco yeah, I’m also waiting for the bird Feb 26 22:01
schestowitz “Blasting Nvidia, in the spirit of low-level tit-for-tat we have become accustomed to this week, Otellini asked, “If you don’t have a microprocessor, what else do you have to sell?”, implying that running a computer on a GPU alone was about as sensible as using chopsticks to eat yoghurt.” Feb 26 22:01
trmanco lol Feb 26 22:02
schestowitz The Intel criminal (bribery, destruction of evidence, OLPC sabotage etc.) is attacking nvidia again: Blasting Nvidia, in the spirit of low-level tit-for-tat we have become accustomed to this week, Otellini asked, “If you don’t have a microprocessor, what else do you have to sell?”, implying that running a computer on a GPU alone was about as sensible as using chopsticks to eat yoghurt. Feb 26 22:02
schestowitz Oops. Link: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/ne… Feb 26 22:02
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schestowitz NOVL is going to drop the axe Feb 26 22:09
schestowitz Just in: Novell Q1 earnings fall http://www.reuters.com/article/marke… Feb 26 22:09
schestowitz Novell Q1 EPS falls – Quick Facts  http://www.rttnews.com/Content/QuickFac… &Category=Quick Facts Feb 26 22:10
schestowitz Novell 1Q Net Down 36% On Lower Interest Income; Revenue Down http://www.easybourse.com/bourse-actualite/m… Feb 26 22:11
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jose schestowitz, see one of the last comments http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.p… .. dated February 26 2009 5:24 PMPDT Feb 26 22:26
jose An angle I have not much thought about is Novell positioning themselves to get bought by MS or by IBM. Feb 26 22:27
jose >> I would not be too surprised if Red Hat, Sun, and Novell are desired as (real or effective) subsidiaries by Microsoft and by IBM. Along the way, various of these players (and other proxies) might partake in a gobbling orgy. Also scooped up will be existing FOSS assets unrelated to these. In this world, Novell can play IBM against Microsoft. They don’t care where they end up. [Significantly, as well, Google and Microsoft might hav Feb 26 22:27
jose e their eyes set on each others’ proprietary assets.] Feb 26 22:27
jose I’ll note that Microsoft is uncompromising and super ambitious. As I write they are likely ripping Novell’s channel (and credibility) out from under them since this is cheaper&surer. Feb 26 22:27
jose MS also would trust very little, so that have much to gain by hollowing out Novell before Novell gains too much of anything. Feb 26 22:29
jose why take risks Feb 26 22:29
schestowitz Hey, jose Feb 26 22:32
jose Schestowitz, I wanted to point that out. I shouldn’t hang around here too long. Already spent much more time than expected posting to that thread. Feb 26 22:32
jose hey Feb 26 22:32
schestowitz Yes, it makes some sense Feb 26 22:32
schestowitz But IBM is already using SUSE Feb 26 22:32
schestowitz It helps Novell buy SUSE Feb 26 22:32
schestowitz To keep Red Hat from getting too strong Feb 26 22:33
schestowitz IBM endorsed the MS patent deal also Feb 26 22:33
schestowitz Give me a moment to write about Novell’s terrible results. Feb 26 22:33
schestowitz Speed counts. Feb 26 22:33
jose ibm has always supported novell’s moves.. the two have been in proximity in various ways. Feb 26 22:33
jose ok, i’ll stay on for a while longer. Feb 26 22:34
jose ibm would like novell as a defensive move against Microsoft. in the meantime novell might be a proxy. Feb 26 22:35
jose ibm has no prob with patent deals or with deals of any kind. Feb 26 22:35
jose novell would likely be playing for themselves though. they could live as a close part of a proprietary monopoly Feb 26 22:35
jose i think novell is a threat Feb 26 22:35
jose so much lack of trust Feb 26 22:36
jose no one trusts anyone else.. that’s how that world works.. Feb 26 22:36
jose while these companies play their chess match.. Feb 26 22:37
jose i don’t want foss to suffer Feb 26 22:37
schestowitz I’ll post it now while I edit Feb 26 22:37
schestowitz So that you see it Feb 26 22:37
jose not the marcel gagne piece i take it.. i’ll wait. Feb 26 22:38
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schestowitz jose: http://boycottnovell.com/2009/02/… Feb 26 22:46
schestowitz I’m still removing typos. Let me know if you find some. Feb 26 22:46
jose One of our readers said one hours ago that he tried Feb 26 22:49
jose one hour Feb 26 22:49
schestowitz I found 3 more typos. Looks better now.. Feb 26 22:53
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schestowitz Preston Gralla is already spinning the Office 14 disaster for Microsoft Feb 26 22:56
schestowitz “It’s not MS incompetence, it’s the economy” (or something like that) Feb 26 22:56
jose what was the disaster? revenue numbers for it? or quality? ? Feb 26 22:57
schestowitz Delay (one year) Feb 26 22:57
schestowitz ALso, while you were away.. it turned out that Vista7 is delayed also Feb 26 22:58
schestowitz “2010,” they say now :-) Feb 26 22:58
schestowitz Microsoft’s stock is at the bottom low Feb 26 22:58
schestowitz $16.42 at close < http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=msft > Feb 26 22:59
jose i was also going to suggest “delay” but felt that fell under “quality” since that means it will stink badly when the original date comes up. Feb 26 22:59
schestowitz They could release turd early Feb 26 23:01
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schestowitz Vista 7 will suffer either way, but they know that they might as well not make it semi baked Feb 26 23:02
schestowitz You nicked someone’s nick Feb 26 23:02
jose__ jose is probably reserved i guess Feb 26 23:02
jose__ i’m going to get back to some other things.. Feb 26 23:04
schestowitz Reserved. Sounds like a restaurant terminology. Feb 26 23:06
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schestowitz Novell at the top-left here: http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/02/state… Feb 26 23:09
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schestowitz http://www.stallman.org/archives/2008-nov-feb.h… ” Jack Straw, who surely played a major role in B’liar’s decision to join the invasion of Iraq, has used his current powers to conceal how that decision was made. This is known as “obstruction of justice” when anyone else does it. “ Feb 26 23:21
schestowitz Gah! “That UK offical must have been takng to Rahm Emanuel – i./e., let no good opportunity go to waste. The plan sounds good on the surface, but amounts to an un-needed preference. A bailout of sorts. F/OSS can stand on its own, without “no stinking badges.”” http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.p… Feb 26 23:26
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schestowitz *LOL* Feb 26 23:28
schestowitz Byfield wrote Go-OOO (three Os) http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/… he also dismisses BN as the “anti-Novell lobby” (his new word since last article) Feb 26 23:29
MinceR gn Feb 26 23:29
MinceR watch out, he’ll come back and complain about you pointing that out ;) Feb 26 23:30
[H]omer Roy … FYI: https://wiki.blagblagblag.org/M… Feb 26 23:31
[H]omer Marathon six hour meeting in progress Feb 26 23:32
schestowitz “(07:23:57 PM) Homer: Agenda: packages … what to add, what to depreciate (e.g. Mono)” Feb 26 23:36
schestowitz [H]omer: as an obvious remark, consider the fact that the FAT/TomTom case now serves you as ammunition against Mono, especially the FAT part. Feb 26 23:37
[H]omer Natch :) Feb 26 23:37
[H]omer link? Feb 26 23:37
schestowitz Hold on. Feb 26 23:37
[H]omer I’ve not been following Feb 26 23:37
schestowitz http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standard… Feb 26 23:37
schestowitz In short, Microsoft is suing TomTom for its support for FAT in Linux. Feb 26 23:38
schestowitz Cronies shuffle: http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/blogs/bentley/ch… Feb 26 23:49
schestowitz Huh? Seed Design Series – Open Source Snobs < http://scienceblogs.com/clock/2… > Feb 26 23:53
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schestowitz “Symbiam Foundation” has become a new name and “front” to Nokia (attacking rivals without the attacks tracing back to Nokia): http://www.pocketgamer.biz/r/PG.Biz… Feb 26 23:56
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wispygalaxy hi everyone! Feb 26 23:58
Balrog where is the source code? (for symbian) I asked already, but if it’s open source, there has to be publically available source. Feb 26 23:58
Balrog Hi wispygalaxy Feb 26 23:58
wispygalaxy hey, nice to meet you Feb 26 23:58
wispygalaxy is roy here? Feb 26 23:58
Balrog yes he is Feb 26 23:58
wispygalaxy ok, thx Feb 26 23:58
Balrog or hw was 3 minutes ago :P Feb 26 23:58
Balrog he * Feb 26 23:58
wispygalaxy yes, he’s been busy these days ;) Feb 26 23:59
wispygalaxy working hard on his posts Feb 26 23:59
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    In the age of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) inter partes reviews (IPRs) and 35 U.S.C. § 101 it’s too risky to sue with dodgy patents; moreover, the Federal Circuit‘s growing adoption of Alice means that no recent cases have given hope to patent maximalists and litigation frequency has fallen again (at double-digit rates)



  3. Links 16/1/2019: Deepin 15.9 Released and Mozilla Fenix

    Links for the day



  4. Brexit Has Failed, But So Has the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    Even though all signs indicate that the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will never become a reality spin is to be expected from Team UPC, still looking to profit from more litigation and expanded scope



  5. IBM, Which Will Soon be Buying Red Hat, is Promoting Software Patents in Europe

    Even days apart/within confirmation of IBM's takeover of Red Hat IBM makes it clear that it's very strongly in favour of software patents, not only in the US but also in Europe



  6. Team UPC on Dead UPC: Choosing Gowns for Corpses

    The campaign of lies, long waged by Team UPC in order to manipulate politicians and courts, hasn’t stopped even in 2019 (IAM threw in the towel, but some of Team UPC is still ‘embalming’ UPCA)



  7. Links 15/1/2019: MX Linux MX-18 Continuum Reviewed, Mageia 7 Artwork Voting

    Links for the day



  8. Council of Europe (CoE) Recognises There's No Justice at the EPO

    It’s now the Council of Europe‘s turn to speak out about the grave state of international organisations that exist in Europe but aren’t subjected to European law (which they routinely violate with impunity)



  9. Dominion Harbor -- Armed by Microsoft's Biggest Patent Troll -- Goes After the World's Biggest Android OEMs, Huawei and Samsung

    Dominion Harbor, the patent troll that gets bucketloads of patents from Intellectual Ventures (a patent troll strongly connected to Microsoft and Bill Gates), is still suing using shell entities



  10. Links 14/1/2019: Linux 5.0 RC2 and DXVK 0.95 Released

    Links for the day



  11. Only the Higher Courts -- Not Trump's 'Poster Child' -- Can Bring Back Software Patents

    Software patents are not making a "comeback" as some like to claim; in fact, the latest court cases and notably their outcomes suggest that nothing has changed



  12. “Uniloc is a Lawsuit Factory”

    Apple is a very secretive company, so it is hard to know what goes on with the patent troll Uniloc



  13. European Patent Office a Textbook Example of Lawless, Rogue Institutions

    The tyrannical nature of the EPO is still being demonstrated by the sad fate of Patrick Corcoran; technical judges at the EPO are feeling intimidated by nontechnical politicians and bankers



  14. No, Software Patents Are Not Poised to Make a Comeback Under New US Patent Office Rules

    Poor understanding of the difference between patent courts and patent offices is to blame for widely-spread misinformation from Ars Technica (part of Condé Nast)



  15. IP Kat Has Turned From EPO Critic (to the Point of Being Blocked by the EPO) to EPO Whitewasher That Gags EPO Whistleblowers

    The EPO tried to forcibly gag (block) IP Kat like it blocks Techrights (since 2014); failing that, the EPO got the blog to just act as a whitewashing operation for Team Campinos (more or less the same as Team Battistelli)



  16. Linspire 'Reborn' is Still Working for Microsoft and Facilitating Surveillance on GNU/Linux Users

    GNU/Linux spyware scandals may be back (and it's not about Canonical and Amazon but Linspire and Microsoft); Microsoft is meanwhile exposing innocent kids to pedophiles and it refuses to explain or defend this



  17. Links 12/1/2019: Wine 4.0 RC6, X-Plane 11.30, SuperTuxKart 0.10 Beta, LibreOffice 6.2 RC2

    Links for the day



  18. The EPO's Low Patent Quality Can Kill the European Software Industry and Kill People Too

    The patents granted by the EPO are often invalid as per courts' decisions, which means that fake/illegitimate European Patents saturate the market and discourage development (e.g. of software and life-saving drugs)



  19. The Fiction That Spain (or Italy) Can Salvage the UPC

    The proponents/lobbyists of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), firms that make money from patent litigation (we collectively call these "Team UPC"), are nowadays backpedaling, having come to grips with the death of the UPC, realising it's time to save face by pretending everything they said in the past wasn't a lie



  20. Links 11/1/2019: IBM-Red Hat Obstacle Cleared, Toyota Chooses Linux

    Links for the day



  21. EPO President “Campinos is Wasting His Credibility With “Sweet” Communiqués Full of Hot Air and Storytelling”

    EPO insiders insist if not demand that all those responsible for the corruption and the abuses be removed; Campinos has done the opposite by promoting those who caused harm and turning his overseer into his subordinate



  22. The Emptiness of the Linux Foundation's Commitment to Linux and Its True Openness... to Corporate Cash (in Exchange for Influence)

    Like Pence and Moreno, who exchange a political refugee for loans, the Linux Foundation abandons its commitment to GNU/Linux in exchange for maximisation of financial contributions



  23. Links 10/1/2019: Linux 4.20.1, GNOME 3.31.4 Released

    Links for the day



  24. Links 9/1/2019: Qubes OS 4.0.1, Bash 5.0

    Links for the day



  25. European Patent Office Saga in 2019: “95% of the People Responsible for the Misery Are Still in Place and Have Not Even Been Rebuked”

    No signs of reformation at Europe's second-largest institution, which still suffers from justice deficit and blatant corruption



  26. Links 8/1/2019: Godot 3.1 Reaches Beta, Tidelift Gets Money

    Links for the day



  27. EPO Corruption is Helping Patent Maximalists in the United States

    The law firms that promote abstract patents in the United States (in the face of growing opposition from courts) adopt the EPO as a sort of 'poster child' because quality of European Patents keeps decreasing and lawlessness is increasing



  28. Links 7/1/2019: Linux 5.0 RC1

    Links for the day



  29. Words to Avoid: Cloud, Serverless, Microservices and More

    The marketing industry is hijacking press coverage and journalism has turned into a laughable mash-up of buzzwords; technical people ought to push back



  30. One Week After Site Migration

    January 1st marked an important milestone/accomplishment: managing to fully migrate Techrights to the new environment (datacentre) with zero downtime, just in time for the new year


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