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Carbon Mountain is redefining the way Linux
is used in the Data Center with an innovative
new Hypervisor Platform, KaOS™.
In particular, the online contract worker marketplace said 2010 is shaping up to be a hot year for developers with PHP, HTML, CSS, WordPress and Adobe Flash skills, as well as designers with Photoshop expertise. Demand for those skilled in the MySQL database also cracked a Elance’s top-ten list of 2010′s most requested skills.
Linux Foundation President, Jim Zemlin, will continue to push his notion of “Linux everywhere” for the new year. He pointed out that Linux is the heart of connected televisions, cameras, set top boxes, netbooks, smartphones, video games, tablet PCs, smart homes, automotive, GPS, and much more.
Good looks was never supposed to be a priority for Linux apps. It wasn’t so long ago that we seemed to be struggling to get even basic eye-candy such as anti-aliased fonts to work on the Linux desktop, but things have changed almost beyond recognition.
It’s now fair to say that the Linux desktop is at the forefront of visual effect, a cornucopia of eye-candy overflowing on to your desktop. And with a few tweaks, it can look even better.
Linux boots up faster than Windows and has a snappy feel. With Ubuntu on my notebook, for instance, double clicking a 1 mb Word document takes 15 seconds to start Open Office and open the document. Using Microsoft Word in Vista takes 50 seconds. In both systems the task is much faster when run a second time, possibly due to caching – two seconds for Linux and six for Vista.
No OS is perfect, but I’ve found Linux to be fast, stable, and secure. While I still use Windows for a few specific programs, Linux offers greater peace of mind in everyday use – especially when online.
As you can, we can save lots of money in the basics by taking the Linux route, versus the mainstream-friendly Windows path.
Grand total for a full-featured operating system, and robust office-suite:
Windows = $349.94
Linux = $0.00
As a result of the MPX support in the mainline X.Org Server, the Interactive Computing Lab has produced a new video to show off this support as they had informed us this morning. In the video (below) they are using Fedora 12 with its X Server 1.7 and Linux 2.6.31 kernel.
AMD’s Richard Li recently introduced a commit that enables GL2 and there has been other AMD/ATI 3D work going on too. The Radeon Feature Matrix has also been updated to reflect the GLSL support now being mostly done for the ATI Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series and its OpenGL 2.0 compatibility.
The Wine development release 1.1.35 is now available.
What’s new in this release:
* Support for OLE transacted storage.
* Better certificate checking on secure connections.
* More progress on the 16-bit separation.
* Left 4 Dead 2 DRM really supported now.
* MSI performance improvements.
* 64-bit fixes in debugger support.
* Various bug fixes.
Remember the last time I said elements was ported? Well, turns out I lied. It only compiled and loaded, then I went off to study for exams, totally forgot about it and in reality it was really really broken. I had to spend about 3 days fixing it.
We have received confirmation from Unigine Corp that with Catalyst 9.12 for Linux now released with its proper OpenGL 3.2 support and bug-fixes, this paves the way for Unigine Heaven to be released possibly as soon as next week.
The interface is amazing and simple, if I were to recommend any ripper to a first time Linux user or a person well versed in Linux I would submit this, even experienced Linux users will have their productivity increased through it’s simple lay out.
I think one last thing I should mention is that after you are done making your favorite movie even better is that you can then burn it back DVD for play in any DVD player.
In the fall of the year 2000, Stanford University first released the Folding @ Home project to the public, which allowed household computers the ability to contribute to cancer research. Now, nearly a decade later, there are roughly 250,000 regular contributors to the project and over 2,000,000 that have ever contributed at all. This article by Christer Edwards outlines the benefits of contributing to Folding @ Home as well as how to begin contributing yourself.
Among the broad selection of software offered in the KDE Software Compilation is Parley, an application for vocabulary training. Recently people from Vox Humanitatis came in and provided a set of vocabulary data files for Parley for less known languages. This piqued our curiosity, so we did an interview with Sabine Emmy Eller, CCO of Vox Humanitatis.
So how do free software projects develop and host web services? Do they use business models like advertising to be self sustaining? Do they start foundations like the GNOME Foundation that will run as a nonprofit but make enough money of the hosted version to at least cover expenses? Or will all hosted services be essentially startup companies done by free software developers hoping to create a successful company?
1.2.3 release is now available! This is a maintenance release in the 1.2.x series, bringing an updated FreeBSD base, some minor enhancements, some bug fixes, and a couple security updates. We’ve been waiting a few weeks in anticipation of a FreeBSD security advisory for the SSL/TLS renegotiation vulnerability, which came last week and allowed us to finalize the release.
For Ubuntu 10.04 in fact they would like a 10 second boot time for Intel netbook hardware. Not only are they speeding up the boot process, but they are also working to beautify the boot process with Plymouth (video). For this article we checked out the boot performance with a Samsung NC10 that had an after-market OCZ SSD and 2GB of RAM along with a stock Dell Mini 9. Starting off, below are the Dell Mini 9 boot chart results for clean installations of Ubuntu 9.10 and then Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 1.
Audio file support is limited to MP3 and Audible, and the music player, such as it is, does nothing more than play MP3 files in the order they happen to be in the Kindle’s music folder. There is no UI of any sort to manage music content but you can sync content via an MTP media player. Both the music player and text-to-voice feature are currently housed in the “Experimental” menu, which suggests they may be improved by future firmware updates.
Assuming you plan on buying all your books from Amazon, won’t miss a decent music player and don’t have any ePub files you want to read, the Kindle should satisfy. The screen is good, it’s easy to use and, file support aside, the features list is up with the best of the competition. The problem is that if you live outside the US, Amazon will happily take your money but treat you like a second-class citizen. And if you do buy your books from Amazon, you’re stuck with its e-readers no matter what else comes along from the likes of Sony, iRiver or Samsung.
The EeeBot project will focus on building content and services around the robot to subsidize the cost of the hardware and make them more affordable to families. Technologies involved in the project include human robot interaction, voice and visual technologies, as well as positioning and navigation, in addition to software and other hardware.
Synology America Corp. is shipping a two-bay network-attached storage (NAS) device, offering up to 4TB of sharable storage for home and entry-level business users. The Linux-based DS210j is equipped with an 800MHz processor, a gigabit Ethernet port, two USB ports, and version 2.2 of Synology’s DNLA-compliant Disk Station Manager software.
Hey, we just discovered that our very own DIY BoxeeBox has made LifeHacker.com’s list of the “Most Popular DIY Projects of 2009.”
THE ASUS EEE KEYBOARD might be the most desirable computer in a keyboard design, but it’s unlikely to be cheap once it launches considering all the little tweaks Asus had done to it since it was announced. Enter the NorhTec Gecko Surfboard, the $99 PC in a keyboard that runs Linux on a 1GHz x86 SoC. If you found the Eee Keyboard to be way too powerful for your needs, then look no further as the Gecko Surfboard won’t break any performance records.
ACCORDING TO STATISTICS from Comscore, Google’s Android OS has made a quick and big impression on US mobile users.
User statistics compiled by the firm show that Android has had an impact on Americans already and is the second most popular platform for accessing social media sites and mobile media.
The Taiwanese government on Thursday announced support for a new project based on Google’s Android mobile operating system, one of a number of moves by Taipei this year to support Android.
AT&T, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Apple’s iPhone, is rumored to be adding an Android smartphone to its lineup. Named either the “Backflip” or the “Enzo” — previously known as the “Motus” — the device sports an unusual design. The Querty keyboard flips back behind the screen instead of sliding under it.
I’ve only had limited time with two XOs in connected mode so far, but they are so easy to hook up via their built-in mesh networking that almost every activity can be shared between multiple students. This includes co-writing or drawing, or even controlling each others camera, or using the sonar sound activity to measure distance between machines. It really is the learning theory of connectivism personified in a device.
Even the Sugar OS that they run has an interface of brilliant simplicity, with every activity running full screen and auto-saving, while a ‘journal’ of every activity they have done is accessible with just one button push. I’m looking forward to using them outside regularly thanks to the special LCD screen they have that allows full readability in sunlight.
Thomas Lottmann is providing experimental Mandriva-based Moblin LiveCD images. Theses images are provided in order to help testing Mandriva Moblin implementation.
With regard to Arrington’s claims that the company was not financially stable, FG said it was a properly capitalized start up that has received $3 million in funding to date. Additionally, the company claimed it has numerous international angel investors and said it is preparing to announce a new round within the coming weeks.
I believe it should be an obvious idea that clean air is good. Telling the world they want to breathe less pollutantsis a lot like telling everyone that free and open source software is in their best interest. Even though it seems like common sense to the believers, it is inconveniently inconsistent with the way of life in economic powerhouses like the United States.
Most computing environments contain an overwhelming quantity of Microsoft software. Even if the products we use every day are tainted, nobody wants to believe it. Instead users, even those who prefer open source, silently stick to status-quo. It’s easier to shell out $100 here and there to ignore the issue.
Open source software is an ideal which is competing against tangible products that come in shrink-wrapped boxes. All of the answers on how sharing code with your neighbor his commercially healthy are detailed in the 1985 GNU Manifesto. That was almost 25 years ago, why the world does the political agenda of software freedom seem radical? The answer is that proprietary software companies have been pushing their counter-propaganda.
During summer of 2009 I received an invitation to explain how Free Software can help developing countries at SFK09, the first Software Freedom Conference in Kosova. Here is why and how, after SFK09, some people continue to propose “Free as in Freedom” digital technologies as an important tool to solve the serious problem of people in Kosova (or any other country, really).
Besides the GNU Project and Linux, the Conference introduced what are probably the most relevant FLOSS/Open Culture projects for teenagers these days: Wikipedia, the Creative Commons and two projects already covered here at Stop! /Zona-M: “One Laptop per Child” and OpenStreetMap.
Chris DiBona drops back in for episode 100 to talk Google and open source.
A few weeks back I became aware that FLOSS Weekly started advertising for the Ford Sync product which is co-developed by Microsoft. I know Leo Laporte only cares about money. That’s fine, he’s a businessman and wants to make as much money as possible. Fair enough. I do think it’s atrociously bad taste to advertise for one of the most closed and predatory companies in the world on a show geared towards Free & Open Source users/supporters.
Topics for this podcast:
*2009 review and 2010 preview
*New CAOS survey and report – Climate Change
*Ups and downs in new round of GPL lawsuits
*Oracle-Sun-MySQL saga continues
So I suggest taking Val’s Thank-You Meme a step further and take a minute to send a thank-you to your favorite FOSS project. Or three or ten or however many. It’s fast, easy, and encouraging. Just like Valerie said, on the Internet no one can see you nod, so consider taking that extra step to let some of our fine FOSS contributors know that you appreciate what they’re doing. And remember that’s not just developers, but packagers, artists, distro maintainers, people who help in forums, howto authors, Linux OEM vendors, independent consultants, and so on. We need all of us.
As a consumer, I’ve never really minded paying for software, and while I’m far from made of money, the free that interests me the most where open source software is concerned is the kind that lets me use said programs for what I want, without the fussiness and demands of a publisher on the other side of the planet getting in my way. Bluntly, I’d rather commercial publishers just said thanks and went on their way, rather than filling my in-box with junk.
To those, therefore, who work away on open source software: my thanks. Because even though the comments on message boards and suchlike may kid you otherwise, your work is appreciated. And your ethos most certainly is too…
The most important platform in 2010 for Mozilla might just be mobile. The Moz folks have been putting a lot of work into Fennec, which is finally nearing 1.0. A unified desktop and mobile strategy might help Mozilla quite a bit, but they’re going to be facing stiff competition — especially since two of the popular smartphone platforms have their own built-in Web browser. Mozilla might be able to level the playing field a bit on Android devices, but it’s hard to picture Apple giving any space in the app store to a competing browser.
Database giant Oracle expects European Commission antitrust watchdogs to give the thumbs up to the company’s multi-billion takeover bid for Sun Microsystems after Christmas.
The Japanese Fujifilm, with more than 75,000 employees the world’s largest photographic and imaging company, is using Drupal for a community site at http://www.myfinepix.com. It is a website where FinePix camera owners come together to share images, knowledge and inspiration.
FreeBSD is free; it can be downloaded, used and adapted without paying any fees, unlike other major operating systems. This is why the FreeBSD Foundation needs donations to be able to fund new projects and conferences.
On the heels of a recent lawsuit over GPLv2 violations filed against 14 companies by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), open source software service provider OpenLogic has launched a service that helps companies ensure compliance with GPL licenses. The Open Source Fulfillment Center offers services including consulting, application audits, license analysis, and fulfillment support.
In the past two installments, I suggested a basic icon theme to describe the important points of a variety of Free Software licenses, applied those icons to the top ten most popular Free Software licenses and found that several of them are “the same” in terms of icons — which suggests that either what the two licenses does is roughly the same (so we can consider them equivalent) or that there is a distinguishing characteristic that hasn’t been taken into account yet. The second installment took a close look at two licenses that were “the same” and illustrated a third option: that I’d applied the icons wrongly.
Nokia updated its Qt application framework to version 4.6 on December 1st, adding support for several operating systems — most notably its own mobile platforms: the recently open source Symbian and the Linux-based Maemo. Qt 4.6 introduces new graphics features, new input methods, and updates to the QtScript scripting engine. Along with the framework itself, Nokia updated its cross-platform Qt integrated development environment (IDE) Qt Creator to support the new features and new target platforms.
Python is an open-source, dynamically typed, object-oriented programming language that can be used in nearly the entire range of technology applications. It offers an easy learning curve and access to a vast array of libraries.
Now that this decade is coming to an end, we thought it would be a good time to list the very worst Internet disasters that happened between 2000 and 2009. And believe us, there have been some really big ones. Some you may remember, and some may be new to you, but they all affected a huge amount of Internet users.
More misconduct has been alleged against Arizona Republican Party executive director Brett Mecum, who is now the subject of a criminal complaint alleging he used the Republican’s voter database to stalk a young female graduate student.
Over the past two weeks, citizens of countries all over the world have come to Copenhagen for the UN COP-15 climate negotiations. Many have engaged in peaceful, nonviolent protest, trying to push world leaders to sign a meaningful deal that will save our planet for future generations.
Rather that giving them the space, the Danish police have used extremely heavy-handed and cruel mass arrest tactics, potentially violating European human rights laws. The Danish police are out of control, and they need to be held accountable.
Over the past week, the Danish capital has welcomed delegates, corporate lobbyists, and representatives of mainstream, moderate NGOs with open arms; however, they’ve shown a somewhat uglier face towards activists advocating climate justice.
I walked into the Klimaforum hall and saw a group of newly arrived Bolivians organizing themselves near the entrance. I had just read some great quotes from South American leaders–Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez saying if the climate crisis was a banking problem it would be already solved, and Bolivia’s Evo Morales calling “shame” on America, as he compared the 687 billion dollar defense budget of the U.S. to the 10 billion America is offering to finance the third world climate budget being negotiated now at the Conference.
Finally, I was accosted by a large penguin holding a submachine gun and holding a sign with the demand “Move It!” He told me that his home had melted but now he has a gun and is headed for some bars in Copenhagen looking for ice machines to bring back to Antarctica.
Australia, the world’s largest global coal-exporting country, was careful to avoid any discussion of its own self-interest, preferring to hype the technology and its global potential. Citing a draft report presented to the Executive Board of the CDM, the Australian representative claimed that it “clearly shows that CCS is a mature technology that will be progressively deployed across developed and developing countries over the coming decade”. He also claimed that “business and host governments need to receive a clear early signal before they commit to such large scale early investments. We should send that signal at Copenhagen.”
Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations’ drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer.
Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were “the only liquid investment capital” available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn (£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result.
But the main reason could be that, over his political career, Senator Lieberman has accepted more than $1 million from large, Connectucut-based health insurance companies, a figure which led the New York Times to dub him the “Million Dollar Man.” In his 2006 re-election campaign, Lieberman ranked second in the Senate in accepting insurance industry contributions.
In 2005, when Democrats vowed to filibuster several judicial nominees of President George W. Bush, Republican Leader Bill Frist threatened a “nuclear option,” declaring such use of the filibuster unconstitutional. Later, with Democrats in charge, Republicans demanded a filibuster as a prerequisite to any vote. Meaning: even if you have the support of 51 senators necessary to pass a bill, you can’t schedule a vote unless you first deliver 60 senators. That’s how just one man can now prevent senators from doing their job. It’s in the interest of both parties to end that potential for abuse, once and for all.
Yota denied that it was blocking those sites. But Denis Sverdlov, chief executive of WiMax operator Skartel, which runs the Yota brand, did acknowledge that Yota blocks access to sites that are classified as extremist by the Justice Ministry. Because of that, Yota users cannot open the Chechen rebel web site Kavkazcenter.com.
The city issued the order under its graffiti bylaw, but it comes in the wake of a debate over a controversial city sign bylaw that opponents feared would allow officials to stifle anti-Olympic expression.
THE Australian Olympic Committee is preparing legal action against a company behind the Federal Government’s report into the future of Australian sport.
The Crawford report, which last week called for a shift in funding away from Olympic sports towards professional and ”national pysche” sports, paid for advice from a company part-owned by former AFL star James Hird.
The company, Gemba Group, criticised the AOC, comparing it unfavourably to the US Olympic Committee in its report to the panel of experts.
The Digital Economy Bill would give the Government the power to control the internet access of UK citizens by ministerial order, bypassing Parliament and without an adequate right of appeal, according to one legal expert.
Barrister Francis Davey has examined clause 11 of the Bill and believes that it puts extraordinary powers to control the information available to UK internet users in the hands of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, currently Lord Mandelson.
The number of people downloading music illegally is not decreasing, despite the availability of new legal services, according to a music industry research.
Still, what strikes me as interesting is that BPI still keeps insisting that this is a “problem,” without any evidence that this is true. The only real “problem” is the failure of the record labels that BPI represents to adjust their business models. If they did that, there wouldn’t be much of a problem at all. But, the labels don’t want to do that. They want the government to rescue them and to pretend they can keep doing business they way they always did.
BUCKIE Thistle may not enjoy the sophisticated multi-camera TV coverage afforded to more illustrious clubs.
But for two years David Smith has stoically filmed his beloved Buckie and posted the footage on YouTube for the enjoyment of the elderly, housebound and loyal fans off-shore and abroad.
The ten-minute clips, complete with team credits, have earned a cult following on the internet, but the Highland League has now threatened the schoolboy with a £5,000 fine for breach of copyright.
A federal judge has ruled the owners of six Tucson Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler restaurants must pay almost $49,000 for playing songs without permission.
So, with all that, you’d have to imagine that if he found out about a company associated with the Olympics copied someone’s blog post without first getting their permission, he’d be pretty upset. But what if that company was NBC Universal? Reader JC points us to the news that NBC Universal’s Olympics website has been caught copying a blog post and then when alerted to it, rather than removing the content, it just removed the writer’s name. It looks like the attention this story has received has resulted in NBC Universal putting her name back on the story, but the story remains on the site.
When I wrote about my concerns a year ago, my readers took me to task. “For all you know,” went their counterargument, “the illegal copies are just advertising for you; people will download them, try them out, then go by the physical book. Either that, or they’re being downloaded by people who would not have bought your book anyway. Why don’t you try a controlled experiment and see?”
Well, it sounded like it could be a very costly experiment. But I agreed. My publisher, O’Reilly, decided to try an experiment, offering one of my Windows books for sale as an unprotected PDF file.
After a year, we could compare the results with the previous year’s sales.
The results? It was true. The thing was pirated to the skies. It’s all over the Web now, ridiculously easy to download without paying.
The crazy thing was, sales of the book did not fall. In fact, sales rose slightly during that year.
Joerg Heilig, Sun Microsystems Senior Engineering Director talks about OpenOffice.org 04 (2004)
Digital Tipping Point is a Free software-like project where the raw videos are code. You can assist by participating.
Summary: A chat with Jane Silber (Linux.com, 2008)
This will hopefully keep quiet the “Ubuntu is sexist” crowd.
“Microsoft is asking people to pay them for patents, but they won’t say which ones. If a guy walks into a shop and says: “It’s an unsafe neighbourhood, why don’t you pay me 20 bucks and I’ll make sure you’re okay,” that’s illegal. It’s racketeering.”
Summary: The European Commission is either unwilling or unable to understand how Microsoft uses software patents against Free software, even in Europe where such patents are illegal
ACCORDING to Charlie McCreevy's (shown above) vision of Europe, one unified patent law might soon become a reality that incorporates software patents. The European Commission is being either totally bamboozled or simply lobbied to death. It’s already manned by the wrong people. André Rebentisch has this little update about McCreevy’s folly (he is no longer one among candidate Commission heads whom André is watching):
Issue 56 features the outgoing Commissioner Charlie McCreevy. McCreevy’s pet project financial market deregulation was cratered last year together with the Irish model and won’t come back in the new portfolio. He assumes an ideological mission to defend the single market for his successor:
The job of the next Commission, I believe would be to stand against those who, for a variety of political reasons, some of them may be ideological or philosophical, whatever they’d be, block the Single Market. To not allow the Single Market, the European markets to be interfered with.
Indeed, there are such forces, for instance those who prefer protection of geographical indications or the member states patent offices which obstruct the creation of a community patent for the single market.
Microsoft front group ACT is lobbying for this as it enables Microsoft to bypass the law. It is more or less the same with EIF, which we mentioned in:
Microsoft is meanwhile patenting everything under the sun. Yesterday in Slashdot there was another new example:
“A newly disclosed Microsoft patent application — Avatar Individualized by Physical Characteristic — takes aim at fat people, proposing to generate fat avatars in gaming environments for individuals whose health records indicate they’re overweight, limiting their game play, and even banning them. From the patent application: ‘An undesirable body weight could be reflected in an overweight or underweight appearance for the avatar. Only requisite health levels are allowed to compete in a certain competition level. A dedicated gamer could exercise for a period of time until his health indicator gadget shows a sufficiently high health/health credit in order to allow reentering the avatar environment.’ Linking one’s gaming avatar to one’s physique, explains Microsoft, will produce healthy and virtuous behaviors in individuals. Microsoft also proposes shaping gaming experiences by using ‘psychological and demographic information such as education level, geographic location, age, sex, intelligence quotient, socioeconomic class, occupation, marital/relationship status, religious belief, political affiliation, etc.’”
We have already shown that using a new deal with the EU Commission Microsoft is trying to ban commercial use of Free software. The ‘Microsoft press’ is working to distract or to hide it, but Simon Phipps, whom we mentioned in the previous post, writes the following words about the Microsoft-sponsored blogger who was speaking to Brad Smith for the Microsoft spin: “Well worth reading to understand Microsoft’s world-view. Sadly Smith wasn’t asked about the “patent promise” I mention below, but this interview helps us understand why Microsoft believed IE was important (developer APIs) and why they love “interoperability” (because it was the keyword for release from 12 years of investigation).”
“[T]he Microsoft “patent promise” is roughly useless for open source communities as it only gives protection for non-commercial uses…”
–Simon PhippsIn reference to the FSFE’s complaint, Phipps writes: “The long war is finally over, without really correcting any of the injustices but with a few small concessions from a Microsoft that wants us to think it is contrite and changed. But the FSFE is right – the Microsoft “patent promise” is roughly useless for open source communities as it only gives protection for non-commercial uses; the very essence of open source is the alignment of fragments of (usually commercial) interest by many community participants. This should be the first thing Microsoft’s new head of open source addresses on appointment, but to do it will be tough since it will take air-cover at the highest levels to address.”
It’s not about the browser ballot screen (which is no justice, either), it’s about Free software. Some reporters like Paula Rooney wrongly describe the Web browser case as though it is related to Free software, even though Opera (case originator) is proprietary. In fact, too few publications wrote about the stunt Microsoft has just pulled on the “interoperability” front. █
Summary: A look at Novell’s de-emphasis on GNU/Linux and increased focus on Microsoft software
AFTER YET another rough week for Novell, the big news about big departures is being ignored by the Var Guy as well Zacks (also here). They both focus on Novell’s decoy, which goes under the “reorg” banner. This deficiency in reporting is probably not deliberate, but it could be the act of self-censorship due to bias or the cattle effect (other reporters were fooled as well).
Some time in the middle of 2009 a Xandros manager said: “We are kind of getting away from being a Linux company.”
“Novell is pushing (with press releases and funding) Microsoft imitations of original software like Flash and Java.”We last mentioned this when we showed that all vendors that had signed a patent deal with Microsoft sooner or later faded. Xandros has been getting into Microsoft's ecosystem ever since the deal was signed and so has Novell, which is no longer promoting web standards and GPL-licensed frameworks like Java. Instead, Novell is pushing (with press releases and funding) Microsoft imitations of original software like Flash and Java. Microsoft is manipulating Novell and Free software, playing these two groups off against each other (ever since they manufactured a way to attack the GPLv2, using software patents).
In a quick post about public statements, the head of free and Open Source strategy and licensing at Sun Microsystems interprets Novell’s so-called “reorg” as: “linux is no longer important enough to justify a business unit at Novell.”
The matter of fact is that OpenSUSE is left with unpaid “boosters” [1, 2, 3] that Novell seems to care too little about (Novell fires SUSE developers while promoting Mono and Silverlight for Microsoft [1, 2, 3]). Sascha Manns writes:
The [OpenSUSE] Boosters Team tried to make the Webpresence easyer. So they would like to give more Information in shorter Time.
Novell’s CMO wrote about branding a few days ago. From his blog post:
Heck, what CMO wouldn’t want one of the worlds most famous athletes speaking on behalf of their brand. Yet while the emotional side of me loves the idea, the practical side says our brand is far too important to entrust to someone else.
Novell lets lizards do the marketing for a major product. It might seem awkward, but the mascot was inherited from S.u.S.E. Another mascot Novell seems to be putting its presence behind is actually a monkey that it inherited from Ximian. It represents Microsoft’s presence in GNU/Linux. It’s easy to see why.
Banshee, a Novell project that only Novell customers are permitted to use safely, has had some notable changes amid its inclusion in OpenSUSE alongside the latest Mono. Another employee of Novell sheds light on how close Mono, .NET, CodePlex, and Ms-PL are becoming. Groklaw called it “fusion” with Microsoft (Novell embracing Microsoft, not the other way around).
NerdDinner is an ASP.NET MVC sample, licensed under the Ms-PL with sources hosted at CodePlex.
Is this the future of GNU/Linux as full-time Novell staff ought to see it? Its vice president Miguel de Icaza is already a board member of Microsoft's CodePlex Foundation. It’s one step away from working directly for Steve Ballmer and there seems to be a vacancy for those who are particularly enthusiastic about anything Microsoft does (even it it's bad). █
“[Microsoft's] Mr. Emerson and I discussed a variety of investment structures wherein Microsoft would ‘backstop,’ or guarantee in some way, BayStar’s investment…. Microsoft assured me that it would in some way guarantee BayStar’s investment in SCO.”
–Larry Goldfarb, Baystar, key investor in SCO
Summary: How Novell is being legally screwed by Microsoft, as suggested by this week’s news
THE following articles are hopefully detailed enough to shed light without further commentary.
Edward Cahn, SCO’s appointed Chapter 11 Trustee, now making decisions for SCO, has filed an opposition to SUSE’s request to lift the bankruptcy stay so the arbitration can go forward. And Al Petrofsky has filed a motion pro se demanding that SCO file its missing MORs.
The Cahn objection to SUSE’s request can be summed up simply. SCO has limited funds, and Cahn doesn’t want to spend them on the arbitration. The trial in Utah is set for March, and if SCO loses and the jury decides it doesn’t own the copyrights, then there will be no need for the arbitration to go forward. If, on the other hand, it wins, then it can proceed with the arbitration issues because, as footnote 5 puts it, “resources may become available to the Debtors if they prevail at trial”. SCO has to pay the lawyers for the Swiss arbitration. That is not covered by the agreement with Boies Schiller, and the lawyers in Europe are on top of that. Then they’d have to hire experts. Cahn tells the court that it should defer to his judgment on how to proceed in the various litigations.
So, where is the big payday going to come from? No. Really. What SCO’s new management needs to ask is this: are we being given good legal advice in this instance?
I find include/linux/a.out.h and include/asm-i386/errno.h as well as the name of a Caldera employee, Torsten Duwe, and the GPL referenced, as well as the credit to Caldera Systems and a mention of calderalabs.com. The CD is copyrighted 2000, and printed on the CD it says that source code for OpenLinux eServer 2.3 was available at www.calderasystems.com/eServer. It’s available on the CD as well, happily, since SCO has removed the page listed on the CD, as they have so much that Groklaw published that shows they have been serving up an order of baloney.
So I opened it up from the CD in emacs, linux-kernel-include-2.2.14-1S.i386.rpm, and there’s the very a.out.h and errno.h files listed as verboten, as big as life, in Caldera’s very own product…
Among others, the objections came from companies like Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: JAVA) and Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL). The major grievance was the companies’ bundling of software packages alongside Microsoft Windows.
Is it not ironic that Novell and Microsoft are now allies? Microsoft led its opposition to virtually deserting a key case over systematic abuses. █
Summary: A mixed bag of news regarding key Novell products that are proprietary
IT HAS BEEN a very bad week for Novell, but a company/firm called Skymark Research intends to look into the company’s financial situation.
Summary: News about Free software that Microsoft is “taxing” using unnamed software patents (Ballnux distributions) with the consent/cooperation of the distributors
ANOTHER week goes by and later on we will show that Novell is losing its “Linux” focus. Among the news we can find SUSE mentioned, but not as much as it used to. Here in The Register there is news about Red Hat abandoning Itanium (it’s about time). Tim uses this as an opportunity to describe what he sees as an opportunity for SUSE.
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