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Links 16/1/2010: Ubuntu for Obama, Android 2.1 Out

Posted in News Roundup at 11:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Linux: World domination (and jobs) in sight

    It’s looking more and more likely. Linux is everywhere, creating jobs, lowering IT costs, and serving as poster child for the open-source business and development movements.

    This momentum isn’t lost on Microsoft, which has revived its anti-Linux charm offensive. Speaking at CES, Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s entertainment and services division, overlooked Windows Mobile’s dismal market performance to sneer at mobile Linux, claiming that Linux in its current form is not “really sustainable.”

  • Server

    • SC09 Videos: AMD, Penguin, and the HPC French Fryer

      In 2009, we heard a lot about Nehalem and Telsa. AMD and AMD/ATI were not taking a nap. Their efforts are paying off and as the following video will illustrate, they have some great technology to offer the HPC crowd. Indeed, AMD has been a big supporter of OpenCL and has now released the ATI Stream Software Development Kit with OpenCL support. The promise of OpenCL is portability across processors and GP-GPU’s (not cluster nodes, however). The SDK from AMD/ATI has beta support for both x86 processors and ATI video cards. As you can see in the second half of the video, OpenGL has arrived.

  • Applications

  • K Desktop Environment (KDE SC)

    • Cold War at the Eighth KDE PIM Gathering

      The eighth annual KDE PIM developer meeting in Osnabrück, Germany started out with an extended snowball fight among the Scottish, German and Dutch contingencies. That actual work was being done was evidenced by enhancements to Akonadi, KDE 4.4 and 4.5, and planned further development of the Kontact groupware client.

      The eighth annual meeting of the KDE groupware faction was all in the spirit of mobile devices. KDE Kontact is to be ported as fast as possible on mobile platforms such as Maemo 5 and Windows Mobile, if things go according to the plans of the Kolab Consortium under the auspices of Intevation and KDAB. Kolab has recently been releasing repeated new versions of the Windows port of KDE Kontact, the latest with a one-click installer.

  • Distributions

    • Debian Family

      • NASA Nebula – Obama’s own private cloud?

        The open-source Amazon-like compute cloud under development at NASA’s Ames Research Center could become a means of hosting websites across the US government.


        Nebula is based on Eucalyptus, an open source project meant to mimic Amazon EC2 inside private data centers. Eucalyptus is bundled with the latest version of Ubuntu. That’s why Ubuntu chief Mark Shuttleworth calls it Karmic Koala.

      • Exploring Embedded Linux with Xport Pro

        This past year I’ve had the good fortune to review an eeePC powered Netbook, the Fit-PC, and the Plug Computer. All were new, capable, and progressively smaller Linux machines. Readers may also recall my increasing interest in the Arduino micro-controllers. Although the Arduino doesn’t run Linux, its development environment is easy to use and particularly well suited for Linux notebooks.

      • Two GNOME Contractors Required

        We are currently looking for two contractors to come and work at Canonical to write some upstream code to help GNOME applications fit into the full Ubuntu desktop experience. This is an awesome opportunity for talented GNOME developers and a a great way to dip your feet into the Ubuntu development team.

      • Ubuntu 10.04 alpha 2 brings Pitivi, panel changes

        The Ubuntu development community announced today the availability of Ubuntu 10.04 alpha 2, a new prerelease of the next major version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. This alpha is the first Ubuntu release to completely omit HAL, a Linux hardware abstraction layer that is being deprecated in favor of DeviceKit.

      • Ubuntu User Day Team Announces Event for New Penguinistas

        If any community within the open source realm lives and breathes outreach, it’s Ubuntu. There are days that teams devote solely to bug triage (today, incidentally, is gnome-power-manager hug day), along with the obligatory launch parties, a community-building Open Week and the more technical Ubuntu Developer Week.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Atom-based energy monitoring device taps Moblin

      At CES, OpenPeak unveiled a prototype of its Intel Atom- and Moblin Linux-based Home Energy Manager (HEM) energy monitoring device, and announced partnerships with Direct Energy and GE. OpenPeak also announced that the OpenFrame IP phone upon which the HEM is based was certified with the ZigBee Alliance’s Smart Energy Certification.

    • Linux-ready SoCs target consumer NAS devices

      PLX Technology announced a Linux-ready NAS 7800 system-on-a-chip (SoC) family for home network attached storage (NAS) devices. The low-end NAS 7820 and NAS 7821 and the high-end NAS 7825 offer dual ARM11 processors clocked to 750MHz, network security engines and a variety of hardware acceleration engines, says the company.


      A Linux-based SDK (see farther below) is said to support connections to multiple computers, smartphones, digital photo frames (DPFs), Internet radio sites, and more.

    • ESC Silicon Valley details 2010 program

      The EETimes Group says ESC Silicon Valley 2010 will add to the show’s already extensive bevy of instructional tracks with a new one called “Designing with open source software, including Linux and Android.” The track includes separate “Jumpstart” sessions on Linux, Android, and device drivers in general, as well as sessions on debugging Linux device drivers, real-time development with Linux and Android, using Android beyond handsets, and building a connected device with open source software.

    • Android

      • Touch subsystem supplies Android UI for microwaves, washers

        Touch Revolution is shipping an Android-driven touchscreen subsystem that OEMs can “drop in” to microwave ovens, washing machines, printers, IP phones, and more. The Nimble NIM1000 module comprises an embedded board with a Marvell/ARM PXA310 clocked to 806MHz, and a 7-inch, WVGA projective capacitive touchscreen, says the company.

      • Android 2.1 released as Linux 2.6.33 hits rc4

        The Android community released the SDK for Android 2.1, which ships with Google’s new Nexus One phone, and the Motorola Backflip phone is rumored for a March AT&T launch. Meanwhile, the Linux kernel that drives Android, as well as numerous devices, desktops, and servers, was released in a WiFi-focused Linux 2.6.33-rc4.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Vyatta: Pressuring Cisco Prices?

    Open source appliance maker Vyatta has unveiled the 3500 networking appliance family, which combines routing, firewall and VPN functionality. Vyatta claims the appliance offers 10 Gbps networking capability at 1/20th the cost other ‘name-brand’ networking appliances. But are solutions providers and their customers really ready for open source network?

  • GenoCAD Goes Open Source

    Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, an affiliated corporation of Virginia Tech, has announced that it has licensed the source code of GenoCAD to the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).

  • Open source in 2010

    Google, on the other hand, has done wonders with its Android OS which is now right up there with the likes of the iPhone and is getting better all the time. Android will, without a doubt, be in the headlines throughout the coming year as Google takes other mobile makers on head-to-head.

    But open source will also start appearing on devices other than just mobile phones. Google’s Chrome OS and the Moblin OS are just a couple of the viable, Linux-based, alternatives for netbooks that will start to become important in the coming year.

    A couple of years ago Linux look poised to take over the netbook market but Microsoft managed to claw back its dominance in this market with Windows XP.

    This time around Microsoft may not be as lucky. There are indications that Linux now has its second wind and, together with a strong mobile phone presence, is ready to give Microsoft a serious fight in the ultra-portable space.

  • Astronaut Live Training February 4-7th, Early Bird Registration open.

    Introduction to VistA System Administration with Astronaut will be held in Houston…

  • Mozilla

    • TooManyTabs: Saves Your Memory

      In the past I’ve started my Firefox with many open Tabs. The negative Side from that, is that this eats many RAM. But now I’ve found the ultimate Firefox Extension for that. The Name of this Extension is “TooManyTabs”. First of all you have to define Categories.

  • Databases

    • “Geeks rule!”? Yes – but what that means depends.

      The striking thing about the exercise was that an easy majority have moved the database for this to MySQL on Linux with holdouts on Solaris (mostly also MySQL), HP-UX, and various Microsoft configurations – but the unexpected thing was that none of the Unix people had any difficulty either understanding it or doing it; while the Wintel people equally unanimously wanted meetings, paperwork, “a better understanding of the requirements”, and in something like three out of four cases additional monies from their bosses before they could see about getting it done.


  • Programming

    • Distributed Development with Mercurial

      Every clone of a Mercurial repository can act as a consistent, fully functional repository itself. This is a very useful property of a DVCS; one that you can take advantage of to make development a lot easier, especially for teams that are dispersed in multiple places of the globe.

    • Is Extreme Programming Dying? Is Agile Growing in Popularity?

      It’s interesting to compare the interest over time in various software development methodologies and practices. Google Trends is a great tool for this, although it’s not without limitations, especially since so many programming terms have other meanings.

    • JavaDay Program is on line!

      The program of the JavaDay is now on line.

    • Java Italian Events: JavaDay, 4th Edition, Rome 30-01-2010

      The fourth Javaday – the Italian technical event for Java developers organized on a volunteer basis directly by members of the Java community in Rome – will take place in Rome on Saturday 30th of January.


  • Voices from Haiti: ‘He wanted to die with his family’
  • Security

    • Fixing Intelligence Failures

      Today’s adversaries are different. There are still governments, like China, who are after our secrets. But the secrets they’re after are more often corporate than military, and most of the other organizations of interest are like al Qaeda: decentralized, poorly funded and incapable of the intricate spy versus spy operations the Soviet Union could pull off.

    • Why Counter-Terrorism Is in Shambles

      Editor’s Note: A blogger with the PBS’ NewsHour asked former CIA analyst Ray McGovern to respond to three questions regarding recent events involving the CIA, FBI, and the intelligence community in general.

    • Iraq war veteran jailed over ‘violent’ rap song

      Marc Hall, a junior member of an infantry unit, wrote the song in protest at the US army’s unpopular policy of involuntarily extending soldiers’ service and forcing them to return to Iraq or Afghanistan.

    • Government to release secret files that ‘prove MI5 colluded in torture of terror suspect’

      The Government has been forced to release highly-sensitive intelligence files which are expected to prove that MI5 agents were involved in torture.

      Government lawyers have spent the past four months fighting a desperate legal battle to avoid disclosing the potentially deeply-shameful information.

  • Environment

    • Arctic permafrost leaking methane at record levels, figures show

      Experts say methane emissions from the Arctic have risen by almost one-third in just five years, and that sharply rising temperatures are to blame

    • US cult of greed is now a global environmental threat, report warns

      The average American consumes more than his or her weight in products each day, fuelling a global culture of excess that is emerging as the biggest threat to the planet, according to a report published today. In its annual report, Worldwatch Institute says the cult of consumption and greed could wipe out any gains from government action on climate change or a shift to a clean energy economy.

  • Finance

    • Why Obama Must Take On Wall Street

      It has been more than a year since all hell broke loose on Wall Street and, remarkably, almost nothing has been done to prevent all hell from breaking loose again.

      In fact, close your eyes and you could be back in the wilds of 2007. Bankers are still making wild bets, still devising new derivatives, still piling on debt. The big banks have access to money almost as cheaply as in 2007, courtesy of the Fed, so bank profits are up and bonuses as generous as at the height of the boom.

  • Internet/Web Abuse

    • Parties Lobby FCC on Net Neutrality

      RIAA / MPAA

      The Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America have an established love-hate relationship with the Internet. Perhaps more hate-hate. The recording and motion picture industries are still struggling to find their footing and adapt to a world where MP3′s replaced CD’s, and where streaming movies are replacing DVD’s.

      Dating back to the early days of Napster, the RIAA and MPAA have lobbied for legislation and leveraged the court system to combat online piracy. In its filing on net neutrality with the FCC, the RIAA wrote “we encourage the FCC to stay its course and explicitly support, encourage, and endorse ISP efforts to fight piracy.”


      On the opposite end of the spectrum, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) is urging individuals to join its petition to convince the FCC to remove language from the proposed net neutrality guidelines which provide a legal loophole for the entertainment industry to “hijack the Internet.”

    • RIAA tells FCC: ISPs need to be copyright cops

      The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should avoid adopting strict net neutrality rules that would limit broadband providers’ flexibly to “address” illegal online file sharing, the Recording Industry Association of America said in comments filed with the FCC on Thursday.

      Internet service providers should have authority to block subscribers from sharing music and other files without permission of the copyright owner, the RIAA said. “ISPs are in a unique position to limit online theft,” the RIAA said in its comments. “They control the facilities over which infringement takes place and are singularly positioned to address it at the source. Without ISP participation, it is extremely difficult to develop an effective prevention approach.”

  • Intellectual Monopolies/Copyrights

    • Adding up the explanations for ACTA’s “shameful secret”

      Why is an intellectual property treaty being negotiated in the name of the US public kept quiet as a matter of national security and treated as “some shameful secret”?

      Solid information on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been hard to come by, but Google on Monday hosted a panel discussion on ACTA at its DC offices. Much of the discussion focused on transparency, and why there’s so little of it on ACTA, even from an administration that has made transparency one of its key goals.

    • U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson – Intellectual Property Rights

      Well, Ambassador, a lot of Canadians don’t think U.S. Intellectual Property Laws are in the best interest of Americans or Canadians either. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 comes to mind. Do you have any proof (specifically peer reviewed studies) proving that the DMCA has any benefit to the citizens of the United States? And if you don’t have any proof, when do you intend to provide it?

Week of Monsanto: Video

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GNOME Should Learn from Novell’s Mistakes

Posted in GNOME, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, OpenOffice at 6:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A reader alerts us that GNOME permits the GNOME Foundation committee to have more Microsoft influence; Planet SUSE promotes .NET

IT IS bad enough that GNOME accommodated anti-Stallman people whose employers paid for a position (akin to lobbying). When these people are attacking Richard Stallman they only divide and thus harm GNOME [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], probably giving way to conscious erosion of Freedom in the project (Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza [1, 2], for example, brings Mono and Moonlight to GNOME).

It’s truly like lobbying (the language of money) and one of our readers, Ziggyfish, worries slightly about the new GNOME Foundation committee (the director is from Novell). Among its members he finds Jeff Schroeder, who runs a blog about Microsoft SQL Server (blog name is “Jeff Schroeder – SQL Server and other interesting stuff”). There is also Ke Wang, whose resume says:

“06/2004 – 08/2004 Summer intern, Systems and Networking Research Group, Microsoft Research       Redmond

Mentor : Dr. John Dunagan
My project: FDR – Flight Data Recorder. In this project we are trying to use black-box analysis to the persistent state changes to manage changes on a computer. Persistent state here means the registry system and file system. Our goal of this project is: given all the registry and file modification traces of some machine, we can automatically group them into meaningful groups that are corresponding to the actions happened on that machine. During the summer I’ve finished initial algorithm design and implemented a GUI to present results. Later we are wishing to refine it and do more experiment using more traces


Program Committee, SDM 2006.
Invited as university representative to the Microsoft Professional Developers’ Conference (PDC) 2001 by Microsoft Corporation.”

It’s hopefully pointless to be worried about it, but as time goes by, GNOME becomes less resistant to Microsoft infiltration. And the more Microsoft-sympathetic members it gains, the more receptive GNOME will become to yet more of them. That’s how hostile takeovers are sometimes achieved (see Microsoft’s hijack of Yahoo for starters). This afternoon, for example, having taken a look at Planet SUSE, there is a lot of Mono content in there (monodoc); Posts such as “Exporting mdoc Repositories to Microsoft XML Documentation”, “Configuring the ASP.NET front-end for mdoc”, “Caching mdoc’s ASP.NET-generated HTML” and few others just don’t pass the SUSE “smell test”, do they?

Even Tux Radar (Linux Format, the magazine) has been sort of derailed in the sense that it writes about Microsoft software now, due to Mono.

If you’ve been following the Hudzilla Coding Academy – our free Mono and C# tutorial series – you’ll be pleased to know that it’s now available as a special edition magazine, on-sale worldwide and available online.

Wow. Miguel’s vision of GNU/Linux. Would you like a EULA with that?

It is worth adding that Novell closed down offices across Europe last year (SUSE operations are mostly located there, unlike Mono which is centred around Boston). This was done in order to save money and have people work from home or somewhere else. Later came large-scale SUSE layoffs (or offshoring), but the Mono team was unaffected. That’s the trend [1, 2, 3].

Based on this new European article, Novell is now leasing office area. Leasing, not buying. Sounds reassuring, eh?

The following companies leased office area in the complex: Javart, Bongrain, HTC, Novell, Forma Deco Art, X-press Couriers, Safira Polska, Budlex, Bueltel International Poland, Schutz Polska, M.P. Polska and the Warsaw branch office of Echo Investment.

Microsoft has a long history of turning its competitors into allies and thus eliminating competition. GNOME is hopefully smarter than Novell (which got filled with former Microsoft managers).

“We could refresh the look and feel of the entire desktop with Moonlight”

Miguel de Icaza

Reader’s Article: Alternate Time-lines

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GPL, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 5:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Brandon Lozza on the past 6 months’ attacks on Richard Stallman and against Free software

Everyone loves Time-lines! Here is my own account of attacks towards Richard Stallman and people critical of Mono. I am approaching this from the belief that there has been increased hostility towards Richard Stallman since his public statements towards Mono. At the same time I am also highlighting some of the attacks towards people who are critical of Mono as this has also increased.

This is an incomplete list currently and a changelog will be created upon modifications detailing exactly what has been added or modified. Other people are free to e-mail me or leave comments suggesting additions.

Note: I am aware RMS has been attacked since the 80’s but I’m not going back that far in time and my angle is based upon the Mono issues.

June 11th to June 17th:
- A discussion between Richard Stallman and I emerged as a result of reading “Ubuntu is Censoring Opposition to Mono by Default” written by Roy Schestowitz of Boycott Novell. I explained to Richard about various mono applications being used to replace well established applications with no defects. We both agreed on the patent dangers of relying on C#. He told me he would mention this at GUADEC (Part of the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit).

June 27th 2009:
- Richard Stallman publishes “Why free software shouldn’t depend on Mono or C#” on the FSF.org seemingly as a result of my e-mails bringing the Mono debate to his attention.

July 5th 2009:
- Richard Stallman gives his speech at the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit (GUADEC). The C# and Mono dangers were explained for the first time in public by RMS.

- David “Lefty” Schlesinger writes “A Good GCDS Beginning (with significant disappointment)” on his blog attacking Richard Stallman for being “sexist” for making a joke.

July 6th 2009:
- Is it a coincidence that the day after RMS publicly explains C# and Mono dangers at a talk, Microsoft uses their “Evangelism is War” playbook? Port25 Author Peter Galli announces that Microsoft will be applying the applicable patents for C# under Microsoft’s Community Promise (site uses ASP, eww).

From Evangelism is War:

“We do this by understanding the barriers that might otherwise prevent the developer from adopting our standards, and removing them; by understanding the inducements that might facilitate the developer’s adoption of our standards, and providing them; by understanding the arguments of our competition, and countering them.”

Source: Evangelism is War – The Mono/Moonlight Agenda by Pwnage.ca

July 8th 2009:
- David “Lefty” Schlesinger writes “Emailing Richard Stallman“, an email exchange with Richard Stallman demanding a public apology for making a joke which people attributed to being “sexist”. This was done so “at the encouragement of a couple of friends”. Could this be Miguel De Icaza, or other members of Team Mono or Microsoft? It is in my (the authors) opinion and many others that in doing so he is pressing the issue to commit what is known as an “ad hominem attack“.

- It would be critical to Microsoft, Team Mono and other companies that want to subvert free software for unpaid labour that Richard Stallman no longer has a positive image.

July 13th 2009:
- Roy Schestowitz of Boycott Novell writes “Is Mono’s Latest Strategy to Vilify Richard Stallman?” linking Team Mono to an effort to vilify Richard Stallman for warning against Mono and C#. This is a theory that a lot of people have supported prior to Roy writing an article on it.

July 14th 2009:
- Roy Schestowitz of BN writes “Another Angle on Personal Attacks from Mono” which has more information on the ad hominem attacks coming from Team Mono. Including attacks on Mono-nono, Groklaw and more.

August 25th 2009:
- Ecom2009 finally managed to upload a video of David “Lefty” Schlesinger’s talk on “Governance for Mobile Handset OS” which can be viewed here. In this talk David makes the same sort of comments that someone could view as “sexist”. Rank Hypocrisy? I guess since it was “in the past” it doesn’t count?

- The comment is as follows “You can’t go and tell your mom ‘Well it’s really easy all you have to do is run uh config and then say make all and then make cle..’ no – it’s not going to work it’s not a workable model. “. I don’t know what Lefty is talking about, I know plenty of moms who can compile source code and do.

September 19 2009:
- Allegedly Richard Stallman was asked about David “Lefty” Schlesinger during a Q&A and Lefty was brushed off as a “troll-like enemy of the free software movement”. I can’t speak for Richard but I believe this statement shows he is aware of the trolling Lefty has perpetrated over the years.

September 30th 2009:
- David “Lefty” Schlesinger publishes a vast array of attack articles on his secret website Boycott Boycott Novell (which he makes public at a later time).

- The Articles include “Anti-Mono, Anti-Woman?” – Lefty links anti-mono resentment to sexist behavior as an attempt to alienate people from being anti-mono.

October 1st 2009:
- David “Lefty” Schlesinger (who doesn’t have ties with Bruce Byfield) writes “A Quick Note…” and in it mentions an e-mail he received from Bruce Byfield. Apparently Miguel De Icaza spilled the beans to Bruce Byfield that Lefty was working on an attack site called “Boycott Boycott Novell”.

- It is interesting to note that David Schlesinger and Miguel De Icaza are close enough that Miguel knew about the attack site before it came online. Obviously the two share common goals.

- Another interesting point is that Lefty mentions the site has been in the works for about a month prior which would put it’s creation in September or perhaps even August if he isn’t being accurate enough.

October 4th 2009:
- David “Lefty” Schlesinger publishes “Terminology Wars I: Linux versus GNU/Linux” which attacks Richard Stallman’s insistence that Linux be referred to as GNU/Linux. He even posts a little update to attack Linux-libre – an
effort to remove non-free code from the Linux kernel.

October 5th 2009:
- Richard Stallman publishes “Lest CodePlex Perplex” on FSF.org where he writes about Microsoft’s CodePlex organization which is run by current MS employees, ex-MS employees and an apologist known as Miguel De Icaza. Among the things Richard talks about, he debunks Microsoft’s theory that you can’t make money from free software.

- Miguel De Icaza, seemingly offended by being called a Microsoft Apologist – wrote his own article on his blog. It was called “World Views” and it compared Richard Stallman to George Bush rallying his base. He also continued to be an apologist for Microsoft by saying “I merely happen to have a different perspective on Microsoft than he has. I know that there are great people working for the company, and I know many people inside Microsoft that are steering the company towards being a community citizen. I have blogged about this for the last few years.”

October 6th 2009:
- Ed Ropple writes a guest column for Boycott Boycott Novell (Published by David “Lefty” Schlesinger) called “It’s a Party Out Here! (Guest Column)” which contains nothing but a long rant against the Free Software Foundation.

- One of the interesting things Ed says is an insult towards gNewSense. “All five of you who are actually using gNewSense are probably happy with your glorious “free” operating systems, unsullied by the eeeeeeeeeeevil Micro$oft3 taint of Mono.” – Ed Ropple

- David “Lefty” Schlesinger also publishes “Another User Contribution” from an anonymous author which is simply a digitally modified image turning Richard Stallman into “Tsar Richard the Terrible”.

October 11th 2009:
- Published on my own blog regarding David “Lefty” Schlesinger also being sexist (if you follow the same logic). The article was “Lefty makes sexist comments at LUG RADIO LIVE USA 2008” and it gained quite a large number of trolls attacking me instead.

- Among the trolls Lefty published his own defence claiming he would not apologize unless someone who was offended asked him to.

“I’d point out that no one who was present at LUG Radio Live USA, neither attendants nor organizers, has asked me to apologize, but if someone had told me they were offended by those particular comments, I certainly would have done so.” – Lefty

- David “Lefty” Schlesinger publishes “And Another Thing!” which attacks the FSF’s Windows 7 sins campaign. He claims the site looks like something circa 1997. It is starting to look like Lefty is another Microsoft apologist. I find this complaint amusing considering Lefty doesn’t know too much about web development himself. It took him a month to get Joomla running and his Extinct Marsupial harassment/blackmail site (warning Pornography) also looks like something that comes from 1997.

October 14th 2009:
- David “Lefty” Schlesinger also writes “Back to the Past” an attack article which puts Apple Software (a proprietary software company) in positive light and which tries to link advocates of free software and sexist behaviour. What triggered this was an article written by Bruce Byfield called “Writing about FOSS sexism” that made him support this stance.

-Note: On his website the article claims to be from October 1st 2009 but Bruce’s article is dated October 9th 2009. I am going by his “last modified” date as it seems the most likely to be correct.

October 20th 2009:
- David “Lefty” Schlesinger publishes another attack article “Terminology Wars II: ‘Free’ as in ‘Open Source’“. Lefty appears to be disgruntled at the fact that Richard Stallman, who works for the Free Software foundation, might not like Free Software being referred to under another name. Perhaps it’s the job of the President of the Free Software Foundation to think that way? I dunno.

November 4th 2009:
- David “Lefty” Schlesinger publishes the results of a biased poll he was conducting (biased based on the type of visitor who would frequently visit his site). The page titled “Results of our Latest Poll“. 104 People claim Richard Stallman hurts free software. 16 people say he helps it and 11 people say he has no effect. If you go over his various polls they all look pretty much the same as the people agreeing with him already visit Boycott Boycott Novell.

December 13 2009:
- David “Lefty” Schlesinger publishes “Richard Stallman Calls for Planet GNOME Changes” which attacks Richard Stallman for suggesting that Planet GNOME not be used to promote proprietary software. This is the same issue which caused discussion of a GNU and Gnome split.

December 14th 2009:
- David “Lefty” Schlesinger publishes “If Proprietary Software is ‘Illegitimate’, Why is the FSF Funded by It?“. It attacks a mailing list posting Richard Stallman made regarding funding. RMS had said “These are worthy causes, but I would not encourage anyone to use non-free software even to get money to give to a worthy cause.”

December 18th 2009:
- I wrote an article called “Corporate Funding FSF vs GNOME” as a response to David Lefty Schlesinger’s “If Proprietary Software is ‘Illegitimate’, Why is the FSF Funded by It?” and I compared the Free Software Foundations setup for donations and funding to the Gnome Foundation. After research I discovered that Gnome was set-up in such a way that allowed Lobbyists to infect the organization. While the FSF is set-up in a way where they accept funding but also state that accepting donations does not condone the actions of the company that makes it. This in effect would not conflict with what RMS had said regarding accepting corporate funding. Lefty misses this point because Lobbyists aren’t paid to disagree with their agendas.

December 27th 2009:
- I published “Evangelism is War: The Mono/Moonlight Agenda” where I went over old court documents from the Comes vs Microsoft case. I draw parallels regarding their old ‘Evangelism is War’ plans with their current actions towards Mono and Moonlight and attempt to prove that Mono is a good thing for Microsoft because it pushes their standards instead of alternative standards.


2010-01-11: Created Article

Beware the anti-GNU/Linux mouthpieces

Novell News Summary – Part III: Minor Developments, Major Security Problems, Brainshare in Amsterdam

Posted in Europe, Mail, Novell, Ron Hovsepian, Videos, Virtualisation, VMware at 5:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: An accumulation of very little news that was significant to Novell; Brainshare Europe to take place in Amsterdam

NOVELL news is very different this week. There is almost nothing on the technical side and no announcements either.


As the SCO trial carries on (yes, it’s not totally over yet), Novell adds four more lawyers. Groklaw has more information:

The Supreme Court’s docket shows that Novell requested an extension of time to file its petition for a writ of certiorari in the SCO v. Novell case, and Judge Sonia Sotomayor has just granted that request. They now have until February 18th to file their petition. As you recall, the earlier deadline was this month. At this level, the case is titled “Novell, Inc., Applicant v. The SCO Group, Inc.”


Some more analyses of Novell (NOVL as a stock) continue to come [1, 2, 3] and here is another case of detailed reporting (technical, not financial):

*The report covers the following IT systems management vendors: BMC, CA, EMC, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Novell and Symantec.


Memories of Netware come back not because of the new Novell Client but because the Burton-esque comparison rears its ugly head again. Comparisons between VMware and Netware [1, 2] were last mentioned and shown one week ago and here is another example:

VMware is not Novell
“What makes VMware different than, say, Novell, is that Novell kept competing in Microsoft’s space rather than innovating. It kept fighting in the same boundaries and markets, on Microsoft’s terms,” said Scott Lowe, a virtualization expert formerly at a large VMware partner. [Editor's note: As a matter of full disclosure: He recently took a position at VMware parent company EMC Corp.]

A little more about PlateSpin, which has gone nowhere since Novell acquired it:

VMware had a product in the space (and still does) and there was also some popular products provided by 3rd parties like Platespin (who had a nice exit to Novell for ~$200MM).


SJVN mentioned SLES as a candidate for a weakness that wasn’t. java-1_5_0-ibm has just proven to be a bit of a pain (also here) and ZENWorks, a proprietary software product from Novell, suffers from an SQL injection vulnerability. In the coming month, eDirectory will be at the firing line because of Intevydis. See the following coverage:

Frustrated bug hunters to expose a flaw a day for a month

Intevydis intends to publish advisories on zero-day vulnerabilities in products such as Zeus Web Server, MySQL, Lotus Domino and Informix and Novell eDirectory between 11 January and 1 February, security blogger Brian Krebs reports.

Security Firm Plans Release of Many Bugs and Exploits

Russian security firm rails against responsible disclosure

Security expert Brian Krebs revealed that Intevydis will post advisories on products from big name vendors such as IBM, Novell and Sun Microsystems, in protest at a ‘responsible disclosure’ policy which it regards as a waste of time.

Russian IT security veteran plans to publish undisclosed security flaws live on a zero-day basis

Software testing firm says no to responsible disclosure

From a new article in Processor.com:

Utilizing change and configuration management tools can boost the ability to back up data automatically, notes Grant Ho, senior solutions marketing manager for endpoint management at Novell (www.novell.com).


Novell’s former CEO Eric Schmidt was mentioned here and so was Ray Noorda:

This mystery speaker has had the honor to be consulted by such leaders as Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google; Robert Allen, NY Times best-selling author; Bob Frankerberg (in the past: Chairman at Kinzan, Chairman, CEO at Encanto Networks, Chairman/CEO at Novell, Vice President at Hewlett-Packard, Vice President at HP ); Ray Noorda (former CEO of Novell).

Greg Butterfield, formerly a Novell executive, is joining the board of ContentWatch. From the press release:

He has also held executive positions at Legato, Novell and WordPerfect Corporation. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, finance from Brigham Young University.

Lisbeth Carter, also from Novell, is “Honored for Accomplishments in Consulting & Executive Recruitment”:

Prior to entering the search industry, Ms. Carter occupied executive-level marketing and business management positions in such technology and finance companies as Novell, State Street Corporation, Sitara Networks and CheckFree Corporation.

More Novell connections to be noticed: (this one is minor but new)

Sydney-based integrator, Accucom, has snapped up several ex-Synergy employees to build out its managed services capabilities.


It also owns an ISP business and partners with HP, Cisco, Microsoft and Novell.

The movement of Jim Tanner was mentioned here last week, but here it is again at TMCNet (which mostly modifies press releases and posts them under a week later):

Jim Tanner Joins Hosted Call Center Solutions Provider inContact as SVP of Product and Strategy

According to a press release, Tanner has a wealth of IT and telecommunications experience in both domestic and international markets, having previously worked in product and market strategy forUnisys ( News – Alert), Novell, Realm Business Solutions, and others.

It’s not really news by now. Here is another site (PR-Canada and PR-USA) which always does something similar (a press release from weeks ago simply repeated):

The awards recognize Utah companies and leaders for innovation, business growth and contributions to the entrepreneurial community. Award recipients were honored at ceremonies held today at the Provo Novell Campus.

Novell’s Ken Muir gets to speak to this one Web site, but it’s not particularly fascinating. He talks about Pulse [1, 2], which is proprietary for all it seems so far.

Ken Muir is the Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Novell’s WorkGroup Business Unit. He is responsibile for the overall technical vision and strategy for Novell’s collaboration products. We asked Muir about his group’s work with Novell Pulse and how it integrates with Google Wave.


Novell’s connections with other companies can be seen in the following very recent articles:

Gideon’s children

These are Zelig-ian perspectives. I’ve sat down face to face with the heads of Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Novell – sometimes cordially, sometimes in negotiation. I’ve been in arms length contact with just about everyone who’s who in the tech industry.

Trustmarque celebrates revenue spike

The York-based reseller set up a professional services division in September to drive the transformation, which Haddow said was necessary to satisfy the big software vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle and Novell.


Haddow said Trustmarque is also throwing more weight behind six “elite” vendor partners: Microsoft, Novell, Adobe, VMware, McAfee and Symantec.

Linoma Software Releases GoAnywhere Director Version 3.0 (Managed File Transfers)

GoAnywhere Director installs on a variety of platforms, including IBM System i, IBM System p (AIX), IBM System z (Mainframe), Windows, Novell SUSE, Linux, UNIX, HP-UX, Mac OS and Solaris platforms. Pricing starts at $3,995.

Express Data on a hiring spree

Express Data is looking to recruit seven staff across its business development and account manager teams.

The jobs on offer include three business development manager positions for its Novell, Cisco SMB and Cisco practices, along with a Symantec partner enablement specialist and two account manager roles. It is also on the hunt for an account co-ordinator.

Latest Release of Messaging Architects’ M+Archive Helps Organizations Rein in Electronic Discovery Costs and Simplify Email Audi (eDiscovery)

Messaging Architects, the global experts in email risk management, today announced the release of M+Archive 2009.2, its policy-based enterprise-class email retention and eDiscovery solution. This major release extends M+Archive’s search capabilities with a robust new web-based tool for eDiscovery designed for maximum efficiency, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness and minimum risk during an electronic discovery process. Additionally, the new version of M+Archive simplifies email management operations with improved reporting and offers an enhanced migration toolkit to facilitate migration between email platforms.

Novell’s relationships with other companies were also mentioned in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9].


Jo De Baer writes about BrainShare going through Amsterdam. According to more formal coverage:

Novell Brainshare is set to return to Europe. The event, which last ran five years ago, is taking place in Amsterdam from 18-21 May 2010.


Javier Colado, president EMEA, Novell, said: “The return of Novell BrainShare EMEA in 2010 is a reflection of our focus on helping customers, prospects and partners. As we embark on our strategy of intelligent workload management, it was important we provided a forum for customers, partners and prospects to come together to listen, see and discuss how it could be applied to their organisations.”

Groupwise gets promoted in the following new video that someone has put in YouTube.

Here is another new video which is probably not related to this company.

Another new one:

Here is some Novell-sponsored waffle (video ad) from ‘analysts’ at IDC. Novell’s payments to IDC are still serving them well. From a new press release about Red Hat:

According to a survey sponsored by Novell, IDC states that more than half of their respondents are planning to increase adoption of Linux on the server.

This video titled “Cloud Computing: Beyond the Hype” was uploaded by Novell some days ago and it spreads Novell’s marketing messages, right from the mouths of the company’s management (including Ron Hovsepian). Novell is still unable to make a business case, so customers walk away.

Novell News Summary – Part II: SUSE (SLES/SLED), Samsung-Moblin, and LG-Microsoft Partnership

Posted in Asia, LG, Microsoft, Novell, Samsung, SLES/SLED at 3:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Novell’s renewed relationships with HP, MSI; Samsung moves to Moblin for sub-notebooks and LG uses Moblin for smartphones

THE BIGGEST story is still the MSI-Novell collaboration (announced in CES), which puts SUSE on some more sub-notebooks.

Ben Kevan caught up with this news and so did some of the press. More in:

MSI is currently working with multiple software vendors to try and see which product will best enhance the mobile user experience. Along with using Windows 7 for their current line, they are also partnering with Novell Linux using their Moblin netbook operating system. Trying it out first hand, the netbook seemed fast and very user friendly. This type of interface offers a different look when compared to the Microsoft counterpart, the Linux variant actually seems to be more integrated with the social portal experien

Similarly, HP puts SUSE on sub-notebooks (it also uses a home-grown Ubuntu derivative) and this continues to receive coverage:

The HP Mini 5102 Netbook offers a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with multitouch support, 1GB of RAM, and the Intel Atom N450 processor. The touch-enabled HP Netbook ships with Windows 7 Starter Edition (including face recognition) or SUSE Linux Enterprise 11.


It seems like a good plan with HP as the backbone.

So Var Guy is pleased and SJVN is happy with two forms of Ballnux (Samsung and SUSE) just because these contain Linux. He writes:

Shame on me, I missed that during last week’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show), MSI wasn’t the only company to announce the release of a SUSE/Moblin Linux-powered netbook. Samsung also announced that they’ll be releasing this Linux mix on its N127 netbook.

Separately, SJVN wrote about Novell Linux Certified Engineers in this new article:

Beyond the Red Hat certifications, I’ve also heard good things about Novell’s NLCE (Novell Linux Certified Engineer). The other Novell certifications can also land you a job.

Both the Novell and the Red Hat certification families are for more advanced system and network administrators. If you want to get an entry-level Linux job, you should look into the Linux Professional Institute’s entry-level LPIC-1. This vendor-neutral certification probably delivers the best bang for the buck for someone’s who new to Linux.

Here is a desktop GNU/Linux comparison involving Novell.

While you can still download many free versions of Linux online, for convenience sake, several vendors offer user-friendly versions and charge a fee for support. Red Hat and Novell are the primary desktop Linux vendors, accounting for nearly 95 percent of the operating system revenue in 2008, according to IDC.

Revenue is not the way to measure share. This is why IDC statistics tend to be a load of nonsense, also on the server side. More expensive products get more “share”.

Linux.com (Foundation/Development Network) has this new article which focuses on SUSE success stories in terminals/registers.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Novell has a fully ready enterprise-level POS flavor in their product line: SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service. Novell has recently been talking up the fact that SLE POS has been deployed at Office Depot, National Vision, and Sherman-Williams.

Is Linux the magic bullet for POS machines? There may be a little work to go, but not much. If these POS applications can be easily connected to accounting databases for small- to medium-sized business owners, then the sky’s the limit. We may already be at that point.

So when you’re checking out that shiny new Linux device, take a look at the cash register screen: you may just see a familiar penguin looking back at you.

Here is another advertisement for SUSE, with only SUSE stories. Not surprisingly, it was put there by a Novell marketer:

Meike Chabowski is a Product Marketing Manager for Enterprise Linux Servers at Novell. Her responsibilities include Linux for Retail and Linux on the Mainframe.

The headline talks about “Linux”, but the content/body is focused on SUSE, which the author is trying to sell.


Samsung was mentioned a little earlier. Despite its proximity to Linux, it is trouble in the sense that it enables Microsoft to charge for the use of Linux (a lot of people still don’t know this). Samsung is entering the sub-notebooks market with Moblin:

Samsung aren’t the only ones toying with Moblin on netbooks. MSI is planning a U135 netbook with SUSE Linux and the Moblin UI. Novell has worked hard to get boot times down to 30 seconds. This particular model is planned to launch in February. Liliputing spotted one of these at CES and shot a quick hands-on video that we’ve attached below.

Samsung is no longer just about phones when it comes to GNU/Linux.


LG — like Samsung — is not just Korea based but it will also make use of an Intel-controlled distribution (in the hands of the Linux Foundation, but guided by Intel). Smartphones from LG will make use of Moblin:

Yesterday, at the Consumer Electronics Show, LG surprised everyone by taking the wraps off its latest smartphone, the GW990, the first ever device designed to run on Intel’s Moorestown platform, which makes the use of Intel’s Moblin Linux operating system.

Also see:

LG GW990 Announced at CES 2010

LG uncovers Atom-powered GW990 smartphone

LG employs Intel for powerhouse smartphone

Intel Powerhouse LG GW990 Seen at CES, But Can it be Called a Phone?

LG shows Moorestown phone running Moblin

LG unveils slew of new handsets

LG GW990 Intel Powered Smartphone

Intel and LG have teamed up to release a new smartphone which is powered by Intel’s Moorestown processor, and will run Intel’s Moblin 2.1 Linux based OS.

LG GW990 Preview

The 4.8″ 1024 x 480 pixel display is the most immediately obvious feature of the LG GW990, and a consequence this is a really big device, by our reckoning it has a footprint of around 140 x 60mm.


The LG GW990 runs the Moblin operating system, a product of the Linux Foundation. Moblin is pitched at products from netbooks to what they call “mobile internet devices”, so it is aimed at that market segment between (say) Android on smartphones and Ubuntu on full-blown PCs.

LG pays Microsoft for Linux and the Korea Times says that “LG [is] to Keep Partnership With Microsoft”:

LG Electronics will keep the strategic partnership with Microsoft though its U.S. partner has recently been struggling due to the skyrocketing consumer demand for Google-powered Android phones, a company executive said.

Ahn Seung-kwon, president of LG’s mobile communications division, said the world’s third-biggest handset vendor after Nokia and Samsung, however, will heavily bet on phones with Google’s Android operating system.

“MS Windows Mobile operating system is rather unqualified in mobile interfaces. Despite such worries, the partnership with Microsoft is still safe,” Ahn said at a press conference in Seoul.

LG is one of the companies that lost Linux focus after signing a Microsoft patent deal. Many Asian companies are using Linux for mobile devices nonetheless.

Novell News Summary – Part I: OpenSUSE Build Service 1.7, Forums Expansion

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE at 3:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A short rundown involving OpenSUSE links and few developments

NOT much can be said about OpenSUSE this week. There seems to have been some stagnation, but in particular areas there is awakening. Kevin Yeaux returns to OpenSUSE after experimenting with Vista 7 and there are other happy campers:

On the whole, openSUSE 11.2 is pretty good after you find the little tripping stones…


On the technical side, not much has changed, but there are OpenSUSE-specific HOWTOs in all sorts of Web sites [1, 2, 3, 4], even when the content is not OpenSUSE specific.

Many of the blog posts are from SUSE people and Novell employees, but the same goes for almost any company. Here is progress on OBS 1.7, which is further discussed in the OpenSUSE news site.

Michael Schröder put some effort into supporting a new way of doing a branch and merge of a package with openSUSE Build Service (OBS). This is a new feature of OBS 1.7 release and is active now on build.opensuse.org by default. This new way is almost the same way as subversion or git are working.

Luc Verhaegen from RadeonHD no longer works for Novell, but he still tests his code under OpenSUSE:

What I found is that this board booted a debian old-stable (etch) just fine, but that debian stable (lenny), opensuse 11.1 and 9.04 ubuntu, all locked up shortly after initialising the ide controller. Some digging around revealed that this was an issue with the processor power state and recent kernels, and that this is only seen with an older bios version, and that version A03 and higher would fix this. Upon reboot, it was indeed confirmed that this was an old version, namely, A02.

Masim Sugianto carries on writing tips for software on OpenSUSE servers and so does Ben Kevan (SLES 11 actually), who concentrates on KDE and repositories. The OpenSUSE repositories have just had added to them the new Amarok and the latest build of KDE 4.4. Camp KDE is guaranteed to have some OpenSUSE presence:

At the last minute I’m getting away from the snow and ice to visit Camp KDE in San Diego this weekend. I’ll be there waving the openSUSE flag…

Kraft is coming to KDE and Screenie is worth a shot [pun not intended], says the OpenSUSE Web site:

I thought it might be nice after the holidays to tell about the status of the Kraft project, the KDE software for people operating a small business. Some nice things happened around it.

Katarina’s YaST rants just carry on, but help is usually at hand:

All I really need know I learned in kindergarten … Come on, say you’re sorry when you mess things up. Allright, we released a YaST (ncurses) update. It broke ncurses packager in openSUSE 11.1 and 11.2 for everyone.


Apart from the above, there might be more in the weekly newsletter that was finalised. The Wiki/News team is hoping to expand just like the OpenSUSE Forums, which expanded also in terms of languages.

Private Microsoft Army at BETT 2010; Apple Sends Out Cease and Desist Army to Control Web Coverage

Posted in Apple, Europe, Free/Libre Software, Law, Microsoft at 6:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Another fine look into the workings of proprietary software giants and how they control what people are exposed to

Microsoft controls British education through BETCA [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] and earlier this week we showed that Microsoft uses this power not just to capture children in the perimeter of their schools but also in their homes [1, 2]. It’s quite a cunning plan to monopolise the world’s education and it is backed by Monopolist Supreme, Bill Gates. This is an issue that we wrote about in:

  1. Bill Gates Puts in a Million to Ratify His Role as Education Minister
  2. How the Gates Foundation is Used to Ensure Children Become Microsoft Clients
  3. More Dubious Practices from the Gates Foundation
  4. Microsoft Builds Coalitions of NGOs, Makes Political and Educational Changes
  5. Microsoft’s EDGI in India: Fighting GNU/Linux in Education
  6. Microsoft’s Gates Seeks More Monopolies
  7. Gates Foundation Funds Blogs to Promote Its Party Line
  8. Microsoft Bribes to Make Education Microsoft-based
  9. Lobbyists Dodge the Law; Bill Gates Lobbies the US Education System with Another $10 Million
  10. Gates Investments in Education Criticised; Monsanto (Gates-Backed) Corruption Revisited
  11. Latest Vista 7 Failures and Microsoft Dumping

According to this triplet of reports from BETT, teachers may finally get some exposure to Free(dom) software — the one which enables and empowers students rather than train them for some offending company from another country.

Frog and Fronter who are hoping to be standing when the VLE music stops are going for broke and everyone seems to have heard of Moodle.

Microsoft, which is inappropriately getting paid by British taxpayers, was there at BETT too. Watch what it’s doing:

For instance, when I got in early before the crowds I counted (before getting bored) 45 black-t-shirted sales folk ready for action on the £100,000 Microsoft stand. 45! Their salaries alone would be over a million pounds a year..thank you UK taxpayer I’m sure it’s all worth the money you give MS.

Yes, that’s Microsoft using BETT to sell proprietary software. The fake hype company, Apple, is meanwhile said to be cracking down on the press. The British publication The Inquirer writes about this in a funny way:

THE APPLE RELIGION has thrown down a fatwa on the scribes at Valleywag for daring to post a bounty on a picture of an Apple tablet.

The existence of the Apple tablet, sometimes called the Second Coming of the Newton, is an article of faith in the Mac fanboy community. No one has ever seen it, even Apple denies it exists, yet more has been written about the Apple tablet than about any other non-existent product including Duke Nukem Forever.


They sent out a cease and desist letter demanding that Valleywag withdraw the bounty.

At least with Apple there is far less of an attempt to force (or impose) proprietary software on students. For Microsoft to achieve what it has achieved it needed to get many people — including officials — into the fold; Microsoft did all that, it did it very effectively in fact. What it leaves the world with is an unethical ‘education’ system that trains young people on behalf of an outlaw company. Memorising menu items is a disposable skill.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”

Albert Einstein

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