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During my vacation last week I decided to take a look at Ubuntu’s latest Linux offering and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m happy to say that Linux, as a desktop, has truly grown up. Out of the box I had audio, video, and wireless Internet support without any trouble whatsoever. It had an intuitive and user-friendly interface, something necessary to catch the attention of non-technically savvy users. Additionally, the installation was a breeze. This wasn’t always the case and I finally felt Linux was a real option for the user desktop.
The MLAs in the State are going e-way like their counterparts in other States, but with a difference. The 141 MLAs in the Kerala Legislative Assembly will be provided with pre-loaded GNU/Linux laptops, giving a clear indication that the State is still bonded to the idea of free software. The Kerala Legislative Assembly website has published the tender for pre-installed open source purchase with Linux Ubuntu certification.
ParaScale, Inc., a startup company developing cloud storage software solutions, today announced that VISI, a leading Minnesota-based regional provider of enterprise managed hosting services, has selected ParaScale software as the cloud storage platform to enable a transition into cloud services.
This article isn’t so much about benchmarks as a product, but rather it is an exploration looking for interesting observations or trends or the lack thereof. In particular this article examines the metadata performance of several Linux file systems using a specific micro-benchmark. Fundamentally this article is really an exploration to understand if there is any metadata performance differences between 4 Linux file systems (ext3, ext4, btrfs, and nilfs) using a metadata benchmark called fdtree. So now it’s time to eat our dog food and do benchmarking with the recommendations previously mentioned.
CodeWeavers, Inc., a leading developer of software products that turn Mac OS X and Linux into Windows-compatible operating systems, today announced the release of CrossOver Games 8.0 for both Mac and Linux, available immediately. CrossOver Games allows Windows games to be played on Mac and Linux PCs without the need for a Windows operating system license. CrossOver Games 8.0 is also designed to run on the latest Snow Leopard OS for Mac PCs.
Here’s the Battlefield 2 Dedicated Linux Server (Build 1.5.3153) to host games for version 1.5.
The firm called RHEL 5.4 the foundation of its portfolio of virtualisation solutions, adding that it supports a broad ecosystem of hardware and software while also contributing to Red Hat’s vision for the future.
Software maker Red Hat has announced the availability of its on-premises systems management product.
Red Hat Network Satellite 5.3 is the company’s first version of its platform to be based on the open source “Spacewalk” project.
Qt will become the API across Nokia devices, which means developers might actually start writing applications for them. Qt is much easier for quick and dirty applications, and proven for heavyweights such as Google Earth, Opera and Skype, where high performance is a necessity.
Meanwhile, the developers of FreeSWITCH, an alternative VoIP solution, have been re-emphasising that FreeSWITCH already supports Skype in an update released in August, albeit through a proxy mechanism which uses the Skype client software on Windows and Linux to connect to the Skype network. Whether the new ownership of Skype will see the company become more interoperable with open source in general has yet to be determined.
At the top of the list is the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) at apache.org. It hosts only a few projects, but ones that matter and that frequently have a large following. In my recent interview with ASF president Justin Erenkrantz, he stated, “For a project to apply, it generally requires three active, regular contributors.” Even if it qualifies on that score, it must still go through an incubation and review phase before it becomes a fully accepted project. In exchange, the ASF provides hosting, a legal framework, considerable exposure and undeniable cachet.
Intalio, Inc., The Enterprise Cloud Company, today announced the acquisition of Webtide, the team behind the Jetty open source Java application server.
Interactive Ideas has maintained a long and profitable partnership with Red Hat for over a decade and has witnessed a steady increase in interest in not only Red Hat solutions, but open source technologies in general.
Enterprises looking for an open source ERP product that can be configured and customized in-house have sometimes looked to Openbravo. However, smaller firms may not have enough IT personnel to devote to such a project. They’re the ones Openbravo is targeting with QuickStart, a new proprietary ERP app built upon OpenBravo’s eponymous OSS version.
Hot on the heels of the recent milestone of 3,000,000 articles on English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons has just lodged its own major milestone: passing the 5,000,000 binary mark. Wikimedia Commons is the vast image, video, sound, illustration (and more) repository of works that can be freely reused by anyone, and perhaps most notably to users is the space where all of Wikipedia’s images are stored. Few would dispute that Wikimedia Commons is the largest single collection of freely reusable images on the internet.
According to the Chaos Theory, in a giant system that has lots of interconnections, even the smallest action can have a massive impact. It’s more simply described by the butterfly effect. This theory has taken its toll on the software business, thanks to the rise of open-source software platforms. Today, I learned about a move made by Backblaze, a small San Francisco-based online back-up service that can cause a similar disruption in the storage industry.
CollabNet announced this morning that it will offer free one-hour audits of existing communities, and has made available the Enterprise Community Management Cook Book, enumerating the best practices for managing open-source projects. For companies seeking an even deeper engagement, CollabNet also announced both an advisory and a management service for corporate communities in need of a shepherd.
Then Elam noticed a similar problem with an aging Windows app known as Album Art Aggregator, which provided cover art for his collection of ripped CDs. And after a quick web search, he turned up issues with several other Linux apps, including Amarok, a music player for the KDE Linux desktop interface, and Rhythmbox, a music-management app for the GNOME destktop.
As it turns out, all are victims of a recent change to the Amazon.com data API.
Arnaud Nourry, CEO of French publishing group Hachette Livre told the Financial Times that pressure from Google’s (GOOG) digital library project and from the move by Amazon (AMZN), Barnes & Noble (BKS) and others into electronic books is forcing publishers to consider drastic price cuts. He thinks one result could be the death of hardback books.
Yes, that’s the problem. That’s sort of the beauty of a not-for-profit, like ourselves. We’re beholden to no one. No financier. Our gifts come with no strings attached, or we won’t accept them. Nobody is getting rich off of it. It’s a big issue.
It appears that she’s putting this realization to work in other ways, a bunch of readers have been submitting an NPR blog post explaining why it has stopped charging for transcripts of programs, and started offering them for free on its website.
According to the server-information hub Domaintools.com, the AHIP grassroots outreach website AHIPAdvocacy.org is hosted on a server owned by DDC. Though DDC conceals the hosting of its other websites using a service called DomainsByProxy, ThinkProgress has obtained a list of the domains hosted on DDC servers. A review of this data shows that DDC maintains the grassroots outreach websites for large health insurance companies, but also for big tobacco and Koch Industries:
– phillipmorrisusaactioncenter.org (Altria)
– tobaccoissues.com (Altria)
– kochpac.com (Koch Industries)
– aetnavotes.com (Aetna)
– healthactionnetwork.org (WellPoint)
– humanapartners.com (Humana)
– ahipadvocacy.org (AHIP)
The military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported that the Pentagon was using one of its favorite public relations firms, the Rendon Group, to produce profiles of reporters requesting to embed with U.S. forces in Afghanistan; that the profiles graded reporters’ past coverage as “positive,” “neutral” or “negative,” sometimes suggesting how to “neutralize” expected negative coverage or how to design embeds to “result in favorable coverage”; and that, in some cases, the profiles prompted military officials to reject reporters’ embed requests
US civic engagement remains in the hands of the middle-class despite hopes that the internet would democratise political involvement.
Another day, another example of content creators embracing the business models we’ve been talking about — and once again, this one is outside of the music industry. Recently we wrote about movie makers picking up on tiered funding offerings, similar to what Jill Sobule has done, and now we’ve got a budding author as well.
Even the MPAA now concedes that its bid for selectable output control could force some consumers to buy new home theater gear. What we still don’t have is a reasonable estimate on whether the 11 million figure bandied about is accurate. Nor do we know what the Genachowski FCC thinks about this mess.
The Recording Industry Association of America took the offensive Tuesday against a college student whom a jury concluded in July must pay $675,000 for file sharing 30 songs.
William Li Wan, Manager of Sun Microsystems Sun China Engineering Institute 03 (2004)
Digital Tipping Point is a Free software-like project where the raw videos are code. You can assist by participating.
Ken’s health has taken a bit of a turn and even though he will be stubborn and continue to push himself too hard, it would be better for more people to pitch in with Komputers4Kids. I don’t know if that is still the official name, but the job is still the same– collect donations of good used computers of recent vintage, install Linux on them, make sure everything works, and deliver and set them up.
Put another way, according to this survey few small business in the UK intend upgrading to Windows 7 soon; the majority want to move to solutions independent of the operating system, to those based on the browser; and fully a third of the companies are using Firefox, not Internet Explorer, for that purpose.
That adds up to a bunch of headaches for Microsoft if those results are mirrored across the whole of the UK, because it suggests some fairly seismic shifts are underway in the small business sector, and that the company is failing on multiple fronts.
In a recent report on TechCrunch, it was noted that modifications were being made to the Chrome browser which hint that the forthcoming ChromeOS will use the browser as the application launcher. Details also reveal that the developers at Google are extending the status bar to include an application launching control, a clock and battery indicator.
Blogger Lee Mathews of Download Squad recently found a reference to Chrome OS in the source code of Chromium, the open source project that serves as the testing grounds for Google’s Chrome web browser. In the code, a line references something being called the “Chrome OS login manager.” Essentially, this login manager will function as a single sign-on (SSO) cookie which will simultaneously log you into all Google services including things like Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, etc.
This week, for the first time in nearly three years, Parallels updated (and renamed) Workstation.2.2. The new release, dubbed Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows and Linux, offers some features that should make it very interesting to both personal and small-business PC users.
Several unique features of FontMatrix include: -
* Label fonts with multiple tags
* Activate or deactivate fonts base on tag(s)
* Install entire folders of fonts with one click
* Preview font before deciding to install/activate
* Select similar fonts (as long as PANOSE information is provided)
On 31st August, 2009, the new version of Linux Unified Kernel (Longene) 0.2.4.1 is released. In this release, we updated the kernel patch and module based on Linux 2.6.30, so it will support more features that the new kernel brings. Meanwhile, we fixed some bugs in registry management, process management and synchronization in the previous version (0.2.4).
In this release, both source code package and binary packages are provided for some popular distributions, like Redflag 6, Fedora, Ubuntu.
Con Kolivas, who worked on desktop interactivity issues in the past before storming off in 2007, has posted a new scheduler called BFS. “It was designed to be forward looking only, make the most of lower spec machines, and not scale to massive hardware. ie it is a desktop orientated scheduler, with extremely low latencies for excellent interactivity by design rather than ‘calculated’, with rigid fairness, nice priority distribution and extreme scalability within normal load levels.”
The Linux Foundation will be holding its first LinuxCon conference from September 21 through 23 in Portland, Oregon. Linus Torvalds and Mark Shuttleworth will be among the speakers, and Linux Pro Magazine Online will do a live stream, free for the keynotes.
So with a Gallium driver, besides OpenGL, OpenGL ES and OpenVG you’ll get X11 acceleration. I’m specifically saying here X11 because after implementing Exa we’ll move to accelerating Xv, which will give us a nice set of ops which are accelerated in a typical X application.
Here are 5 Nice opensource games for Linux , I installed the games on ubuntu and they did work fine, I liked more Supertux perhaps because is similar to super mario bros one my favorite games, the rest of the games are nice ones also with nice music and good graphics, in general nice ones to play them in your free time, I advise you to try them and don`t forget to share with us your opinion about thee games.
I have purposefully avoided any discussion of GUI-based tools. There are some very nice GUI-based development tools and utilities for Linux, but for present purposes I have chosen to target the lowest common denominator of programming environments, the Linux command line (a.k.a. the terminal prompt). Regardless of flavor, size, or shape, all Linux distributions include command-line access to the system. And if you’ve never worked at a Linux console command-line, have no fear: If you can enter your name in a login dialog you can enter and execute commands at the terminal prompt. The power is in your hands.
When I got started with Linux, The one thing I couldn’t find was good download managers. but today we have plenty of them, in fact what we have on Linux is simply better than Adware/Shareware download managers on Windows.
Downloading in Linux is not limited to using Wget, KDE KGet or Gwget or cURL now..
In this guide, I’m going to tell you the various ways for good and reliable download management on Linux, for every type of download you can ever do.
The GNOME community has had mixed results with bounties and grants, so when Funambol community manager Stefano Maffulli contacted me about a GNOME grant and said they’d had success using grants for Funambol, I thought it’d be interesting to learn more about the program.
Another week has come and gone. Here are the noteworthy updates from the past week.
Regardless, Red Hat seems serious about building an open source applications ecosystem that rivals traditional closed-source stacks from Microsoft and Oracle.
From the project page “Boog is a desktop and command line bugzilla client that aims to provide a very easy and simple interface for end users to file bug reports. We aim to built some intelligence into the client. We will collect the Fedora version and component version information, hardware details, log output, SELinux status and other details depending on the component the user chooses to file a bug report against.”
I’m impressed by Fedora. It’s familiar and friendly, with a well defined and complete appearance. Delta RPMs are a great idea – especially as we consider that not everyone has a fast internet connection (Sony wants to take this on board, as I wait here for another massive system update on PS3). Encryption is very welcome as is SELinux. On the downside, the installation licensing limits the distributed applications and yum is still comparitively slow.
Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Alpha 4 brings another Ubuntu Netbook Remix user interface redesign. The colors has been lighted, the menus now dynamically resize to allow more of the background to be seen and launcher animations have returned.
Meanwhile, Ubuntu Server Edition 9.10 – set to debut in October — includes several cloud enhancements that could further improve Ubuntu’s appeal beyond the desktop. In the meantime, Canonical is working with training centers to expand the support network for Ubuntu Server Edition.
Thank you to everyone who voted in the Tech Board election, which came to a result last night. We had 84 votes from 130 eligible voters. The new Tech Board in reverse alphabetical surname order is:
* Matt Zimmerman
* Mark Shuttleworth
* Scott James Remnant
* Martin Pitt
* Kees Cook
Kindle today is actually from O’Reilly who provide DRM-free content. The Kindle DX supports PDFs really well, but I put my O’Reilly books on there using the .mobi format which works better and is searchable, zoomable etc.
So all in all, a pretty rocking device and I am tickled pink to have one on our coffee table.
There’s a wiki page in Maemo explaining why there are some proprietary software. That page needs to be passed by the bullshit filter, like I said in my comment, Nokia is far from being friendly to Free Software. They’re actually quite aggressive and strongly lobby for the legalization of software patents in Europe. Don’t be fooled by the sugar coating, they are not your friend. So what is in the wiki page after you pass the bullshit filter?
* Brand We think that “open source” reduces our brand value
* Differentiation Proprietary software is much better, just use it
* Legacy We don’t want to be shamed by the garbage we forcefeed upon you
* IPR & licensing issues Software Patents are good, just buy the freaking licenses from us.
* Security Since we sell dangerous products, we take your freedom away so you don’t make the mistake of getting proof they’re crap (like their batteries, which the phones must know the limits of)
* Third party Just accept that we know best and choose from the best
One of the core differences between open source and traditional software development is the role of the community. For companies employing the latter, it’s essentially a resource to be strip-mined; for those using the former, it’s a resource to be tended like a garden of rare orchids.
Among advanced open source graphics tools, GIMP has a lot of fans, and there are many free online resources available for it, but if you’re looking for a drawing and illustration tool that can compete with Adobe Illustrator and is especially good for logos and splashy still graphics, give Inkscape a try.
In this issue…
* Two new Design Challenges
* New Mozilla.org website
* Mozilla Service Week: Sept 14-21
* Mozilla Drumbeat: topics, overview + forum
* Labs: TestSwarm alpha open
* New addons.mozilla.org updates
The first piece of news involves eBay selling most of Skype to private investors, as reported by The New York Times. But a separate, smaller piece of news could also have big implications for Skype and its channel partners. Skype for Digium Asterisk — the open source IP PBX — is officially available for download.
“Digium has been using Skype for Asterisk for the past few months while the product has been in development,” said Danny Windham, CEO of Digium. “We created Skype accounts such as Digium Sales and Digium Support—a convention I suspect many companies will quickly adopt. Now, our customers all over the world can call us for free using Skype and our Asterisk PBX processes the inbound call just like it would a normal call. This is going to save Digium and our customers a lot of money.”
My internship is now over but still there are things to be done, both for my GUI application and for GNU MyServer. I’m going to continue contributing to GNU Myserver and I hope my code will be useful for others.
I hereby announce the release of GNU GRUB 1.97 beta1. This is the first of the beta releases that will lead to 1.97.
Lets make our diversity in the GNU/Linux community a positive point and work together to promote GNU/Linux as a whole. It is an excellent concept that keeps growing and flourishing. Tolerance of each other and acceptance of new users is essential. Peace, love and Linux.
There is an interview series with Fellows — Smári McCarthy, Timo Jyrinki, Myriam Schweingruber are the last three — that illustrates really well the range of people involved in Free Software across Europe.
Anyway, the human face of FSFE: the fellows. See the Berlin group on the 10th of September, Wien or Helsinki or one of the other groups — or start one up yourself. Heck, I’m going to have to arrange something in the Netherlands now. How does October 28th sound?
# Steve has been using Python since version 1.5, which was released in 1998. (08:15)
# Steve was previously the chairman of Sun UK User Group, and was also involved with DECUS. (10:40)
So much of academic output is now available on the web, and when you talk to academics they are not 100 percent happy with how difficult it is becoming to find their works. They are looking for tools; a digital means of selecting, filtering, and ranking the materials they are using and recommending. We are actually in a period of transition where we are still relying on the old, but wanting to experiment with the new. People like myself who spend a lot of time with the open access crowd can kind of forget there are a lot of academics who aren’t so vocal, who are primarily interested in producing their content, getting materials in front of their students, and getting their promotion and their recognition for work that they produce.
Blog is just one of many technical ways to convey information. I think the phrase “Blogger Jones” will go away. But sometimes it is important to state how one got the information. So, one may say “Jones blogged it”, or “I got this from Sally via e-mail”, or “as Neal wrote in his 1996 book”, or “Anne told me over dinner last night”, or “in Jim’s op-ed in WaPo yesterday”, or “via Dave on Twitter”, or “Elizabeth texted me”, or “Bill posted on Facebook”, or “Chris told me over the phone a minute ago”. All of those media channels are useful for various purposes.
We spend a lot of time thinking about how information travels around the globe. After all, there are Googlers living and working in dozens of countries — and we’re pretty sure our products are used in many more. So we’re familiar with the need to translate information across borders, and we’ve been working hard to build the technology to enable you to do just that.
However, with Gladinet’s new cloud backup feature, currently only available for Google Docs, you can backup your files from Google’s cloud to someone else’s, whether that’s Amazon, Box.net, EMC, or whatever else you choose.
The look into Tiobe index may give quite a surprising results if we pay attention into that is happening during the latest year. Java seems no longer declining, Python and C# are also kind of stable but we clearly observe the growth of C language popularity. It is even not C++ but a plain C.
It seems the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) smoked the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in today`s national election, ending the LDP`s five decade rule over Japan.
That’s OK for us Brits, of course, we’re used to it. Ever since the records of 25 million child benefit claimants went AWOL, we’ve become inured to our personal data turning up in the strangest of places, including roundabouts, train carriages, laptops stolen from the boots of cars and disks going missing from secure sites in Iowa City.
Tucows is participating in the ongoing Canadian copyright consultation. We will be making a formal submission and I will be appearing at the final round table tomorrow (Tuesday, September 1, 2009) in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
We are big fans of government embracing the Internet in order to better get input from its citizens to help with the legislative process. While the methods have evolved, the submissions tend to be very formalistic. By lawyers for lawyers. To try and evolve that we have commissioned an original piece by the brilliant David Weinberger discussing the fundamental misconception in linking copyright to creativity. This piece will form the bulk of our submission and follows.
When CC founding board member Lawrence Lessig announced in 2007 he was retiring from the intellectual property debate to focus on ethics, we wrote the “issues [related to possible strategic errors in the Eldred v. Ashcroft case] are minor compared with the good Lessig has done and the enormous effort he has spent in trying to get it right and make things equitable. Lessig has put his energy and his money where his mouth has been, and right or wrong, we respect and thank him for that.”
I was going to ignore this, but people keep submitting it. A student blogger for ZDnet has decided that he’s solved the RIAA’s problems: just tax every internet connection at $1 per month. This is, of course, unworkable and unwise for a variety of reasons. First, the recording industry would laugh (and laugh and laugh) at the idea that $1 from every internet connection would come close to covering what it (falsely) considers to be “losses” from file sharing. Remember, this is the same recording industry that’s continually trying to raise the price per song downloaded to over $1. But, more importantly, there are so many problems with a music tax idea, that it’s taken up multiple posts here.
Greg Kot: There is a part of the music industry that is dying as a result of what’s happening on the Internet. But I think a new industry is being born, a grassroots industry.
Amazingly, all this can all be done digitally in literally minutes at a fraction of the cost. Since 2005, the entire Canadian music industry has led the world in moving to a total digital workflow. That industry has virtually eliminated the use of CD Pros to promote new music to radio stations, internally within the labels, and to other destinations with great savings of time, effort, and money.
As readers of this blog will have noticed, I’m not a big fan of intellectual monopolies like copyright or patents. For the former, I’d prefer a return to the original term of 14 years, or even less. But even I recognise that this is not going to be easy to achieve in the short term, so until there’s an outbreak of mass sanity, we need a stopgap solution.
William Li Wan, Manager of Sun Microsystems Sun China Engineering Institute 02 (2004)
Digital Tipping Point is a Free software-like project where the raw videos are code. You can assist by participating.
“…yesterday we were notified that the Microsoft representative in charge with the education strategy had requested the organizers to pull the Ubuntu presentation because it is ‘unfair competition’ to hold such a presentation at an event sponsored by them. They are indeed co-sponsors but the conference is organized by the Ministry of Education and its local office, and is being held on the premises of a public University.”
Summary: Microsoft’s deal with UTN (Universidad Tecnologica Nacional) allegedly behind the cancellation of Richard Stallman’s anticipated talk in Argentina
ABOUT a week ago, The New York Times wrote a piece about Stallman taking his message to Argentina (the word “crusade” was inappropriately used, which assimilates Free software to religion and subjugation). Argentina is in the process of moving towards Free software (see [1-9] below), so this speech from Stallman is important.
Does any of this sound familiar? The events summarised by the quote at the top very nicely relate to the special relationship between Microsoft and Romania.
Argentina’s congress is actively considering a bill that would require all government offices to use open-source software.
Argentina may become the first country in the world to require all government offices to use open-source software, pending the outcome of a bill recently introduced in the nation’s congress.
Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that YPF SA, a leading oil and gas company in Argentina, has migrated from proprietary UNIX operating systems to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 with integrated virtualization technology on Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers for its YPF Gas business unit. With the Red Hat on Intel processor combination, YPF Gas’ IT infrastructure has experienced reduced costs, boosted performance, increased scalability and agility and expanded flexibility.
Hardware support was good, I didn’t really have to set up anything upon boot. I did have to adjust the the X server settings, but that’s par for the course for me and my two vastly differing monitors. Otherwise sound, usb, printer, etc seemed ready to go. System performance was amazing as mentioned before.
Sponsored by international heavyweights as Red Hat and Intel alongside local outsourcing firms Globant and Tecso, the sixth yearly edition of the Linux and Open Source conference -once again perfectly organised by the Buenos Aires Linux Users Group, CaFeLUG was held at Argentina’s capital.
Unfortunately, what looks like a small ISP contracted by the government to do the streaming, choose to use Windows Media for this chore, that means that things are not as easy as they could be for Linux and non-Microsoft users. Fortunately MPlayer 1.0 along with the MPlayer plug-in for Mozilla seem to handle MMS just fine. But depending on your Linux distro you might need to install those.
Latin America was the fastest growing region for US Linux operating systems integrator Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) during the second quarter of fiscal year 2009, ending August 31, Red Hat’s Latin American marketing manager Martín D’Elia told BNamericas.
Red Hat has an incredible brand here in South America. Customers trust our quality and value. They may not have heard yet of an Alfresco or Zimbra, but they know Red Hat.
In South American countries, as in most other areas of the world, the government is by far the biggest purchaser of software. Thus the Open Source trend that is now established in the government sector across the continent will doubtless spur Open Source adoption in the private sector.
There are a variety of motives for Open Source adoption in play in there, from the reduction in software costs to the desire to provide a “leg-up” to the local software industry. However, the motivation of the Peruvian government is unique in that the Peruvian supporters of the bill see “Open Source” as a citizen’s right. The ownership and responsibility for the use of data and software have become a political issue in Peru.
This is an idea that is unlikely to go away.
“Microsoft’s attempts at corrupting standards are in Dilbert,” alerts us a reader.
For details about how Microsoft corrupted standards bodies, this index is a good place to start.
Summary: Novell uses Microsoft’s patent FUD against GNU/Linux to generate revenue; Mono spreads to Git
IN a new column from Paul Rubens at Server Watch, Novell is being criticised for using Linux FUD to market its products. Novell is even being compared to SCO in that context. In part, the writer argues:
But beware. FUD is in operation here. Back in November 2006 Microsoft and Novell entered an agreement under the terms of which Microsoft provided a covenant to Novell’s Linux customers that it would not sue them if it turned out that Linux infringed certain unspecified Microsoft patents, as the Redmond company had suddenly started claiming in 2004. Novell also agreed to provide a similar covenant to Microsoft customers.
As Novell puts it, “By securing a commitment from Microsoft to support the use of Linux and open source software, we have allayed any potential concerns for our customers and removed a barrier to enterprisewide Linux adoption.” The fact that Novell stated at the time “there was no threatened litigation” from Microsoft leads one to the conclusion that this was all FUD-making.
It’s a bit like a food company saying “our products contain no rat poison,” thus implying that competitors products might.
Novell staff keeps spreading Mono, then says it’s not an issue (for Novell anyway). The FSF begs to differ. Now they embrace and extend Linus’ own baby, Git, using C#/GitSharp. Miguel de Icaza writes:
Meinrad Recheis emailed me to inform me that he has forked the Gitty project (a project that was doing a line-by-line port of a Java version of GIT) and that the project is making progress on having a full C# based GIT implementation.
“I’d like to see Gnome applications written in .NET in version 4.0 – no, version 3.0. But Gnome 4.0 should be based on .NET.”
Summary: Siki Giunta, Novell’s Vice President of Strategic Business, is leaving Novell less than a year after joining
NOVELL AND MICROSOFT have a thing in common. When they acquire a company, it tends to be destroyed sooner or later. Recent examples from Microsoft are FASA Interactive, Tellme and aQuantive/Razorfish [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. For Novell, one recent example would be PlateSpin. There was reportedly an exodus at the top.
There is another new example from Novell. Well, strangely enough, Novell bought Managed Objects last year [1, 2] and this new departure of Managed Objects’ CEO indicates that it’s not working out, just as some people expected.
Giunta was previously president and CEO of Managed Objects, a business service management software provider that was acquired by Novell in November of 2008. During her nearly 10 years at Managed Objects, Giunta led the company’s growth from a pre-revenue startup to a global company with more than 300 enterprise customers. Following the acquisition, Giunta held a leadership role within Novell to define partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy.
After a very long time at Managed Objects she apparently didn’t want to stay at Novell. This is further confirmed by her LinkedIn profile:
President & CEO
Privately Held; Computer Software industry
July 2009 – Present ( 3 months)
VP, Strategic Business
Public Company; NOVL; Computer Software industry
November 2008 – July 2009 ( 9 months)
Pres & CEO
Privately Held; Computer Software industry
October 1999 – November 2008 (9 years 2 months)
It does not say whether Giunta quit Novell, but it sure seems like the most probable cause as Novell is unlikely to fire a Vice President. █
Summary: In defense of the practice of highlighting problems with Microsoft’s business practices and shoddy output
THE FSF’s “Windows 7 Sins” campaign has garnered plenty of attention and coverage, some of which we assembled in:
Jack Wallen, an advocate of GNU/Linux, disagrees with the approach taken by the FSF and he is not one to be ignored. Among the things he wrote:
And whether the public knows it or not, this FUD that the FSF is spouting is actually true. Look at the list. You can take that list one-by-one and realize that the FSF is, at least, being honest. But I do think the FSF is missing a big opportunity here.
I personally think the FSF can (and should) do better than muckraking and FUD.
I would like to address Wallen’s point of view. Microsoft may not make this visible, but it is attacking GNU/Linux in the harshest of ways behind the scenes (even bribing against it, just watch this antitrust exhibit) and as we showed in the previous post, Microsoft constantly lies about the market share of GNU/Linux. It tries to discourage software vendors who support Linux and also demoralise GNU/Linux developers, not to mention the effect on prospective users of GNU/Linux, who are led to the false belief that GNU/Linux is very scarcely used. In many people’s perception, majority opinion infers “correct opinion” (even when a particular platform is not being chosen but gets imposed rather).
When dealing with bullies it is hard to be gentle. One can try, but it does not go very far. It is reasonable to debunk FUD using evidence (e.g. repeated observations), but sometimes a counter-action is also necessary. For instance, if Microsoft throws FUD at Linux and Apache for allegedly being “not secure”, one can provide evidence to the contrary. How? Well, it’s all comparative. The only way to refute such FUD is then to show that Windows and IIS are less secure. Security — like uptime — is gauged by negative measures like vulnerabilities, compromises, and downtime.
Unpatched flaw could take down Microsoft’s IIS server
A hacker has posted code that could be used to install unauthorized software on older versions of the server
Other versions of IIS are also at risk, according to Thierry Zoller, an independent researcher who has studied the issue. However, newer versions of Microsoft’s operating systems have features that make it less serious, he added via instant message.
Does the above quality as “FUD”? Does it make me a bad person when I post this informative observation that serves to defend the contention that Apache and Linux are “more secure”? Is there a better way going about proving it? If not comparatively, how else? Being shy to criticise can often be unproductive. █
“I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?”
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