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02.08.10

Links 8/2/2010: Linux 2.6.33 RC7 and Parsix GNU/Linux 3.0r2 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 6:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

  • The new LTSP-Cluster website’s officially out

    The LTSP-Cluster project is proud to announce that its website is now on-line.

  • Server

    • 10 Ways that Enterprises use Linux

      9. Google Search Appliances – Google builds its search appliances on the Linux platform. If you’re using one in your company, you’re using Linux. Sure Google uses a special version of just about everything for their appliances but it’s built on the solid stability of Linux.

      8. Monitoring Services – If you’re doing any network monitoring or system performance checking, chances are good that you’re using Linux to do it. Large companies use commodity hardware and free software to do their bidding where possible. Projects like Orca make life easier for IT professionals who must find and deploy tools that are scalable, inexpensive and return a lot of bang for the amount of effort applied. Orca and Sysstat are absolutely indispensable for large networks where you have to manage thousands of disparate systems.

      7. Development Platform – Since Linux comes standard with so many development tools such as Eclipse, C, C++, Mono, python, perl, PHP and many, many others; it’s no wonder that it’s the world’s most popular development platform. It contains thousands of dollars worth of development software all free of charge and that’s good news for developers in all parts of the globe.

  • Kernel Space

    • Linux 2.6.33-rc7
    • The kernel column by Jon Masters #83

      Finally though, spare a thought for a kernel developer named Dan Carpenter who is currently travelling across Africa and struggling to keep up with kernel development on expensive and infrequent bandwidth. Dan asked for help in cloning a fresh git tree using a protocol such as rsync that supports partial transfers, since he can only purchase 200MB of bandwidth at a time and this is not enough to fetch a complete git development tree. That’s all folks. Don’t forget to visit www.kernelpodcast.org (which had its 100,000th download this month) for daily updates on kernel development.

    • Graphics Stack

      • ATI releases open-source graphics drivers for Evergreen hardware

        Although the high-end graphics cards were released months ago, ATI just this week announced the availability of open-source drivers for the Evergreen family of devices.

      • AMD and Nvidia bitchfight over open source support

        Of course, many pertaining to the brotherhood of linux have long had a gripe with AMD over its perceived “lesser” support, an issue which really came to a head back in 2007, when things were possibly at their most dire in terms of AMD open source support.

        When we contacted the firm to find out why it was that it had such a bad rep on the linux street, we were told by John Bridgman of the firm’s software development engineering group that the image was undeserved.

      • AMD defends itself from Nvidia OpenCL attack

        Earlier this week Nvidia and AMD squared off over support for open source drivers, and it seems neither company is ready to lay down the handbag just yet – this time against the backdrop of OpenCL.

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

  • Distributions

    • New Releases

    • Red Hat Family

      • A newbie’s guide to Fedora 12

        Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we all had to start somewhere with Linux. When you’re not used to the way it works, or the kind of concepts involved, Linux can seem like a foreign language. If you’re struggling with free software, or if you know someone who needs help making the switch to Linux, we hope this feature will help.

    • Debian Family

      • Discuss application use-cases in Lucid UNE

        It is felt that Ubuntu Netbook Edition provides too many applications by default, so this specification is about discussing the use cases we want to support, and which applications are needed to provide that.

      • Ubuntu 9.10 on Dell Latitude D820 Laptop

        The PowerBook G4 Mac in the house finally quit working. We splurged $300 on a brand new laptop recently. We got a 3 year old Dell Latitude D820 from Craigslist. With 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo, and 1920×1200 screen resolution – that makes for an impressive system with Ubuntu 9.10 installed.

        [...]

        All in all, I am very pleased with the clean look and speedy performance of Ubuntu 9.10 on the Dell D820. Linux has come a long way, and now looks totally professional, especially on a high resolution screen. It certainly feels like I’m using serious computing power, and the fact that it’s open source, free, and so adaptable – is just inspiring. Thanks to the leagues of open source developers out there who created an amazing system, which in my opinion is clearly superior to Windows on the basis of speed, flexibility, and cost. I’d like to hear from others if they also have similar opinions on the speed issues – and if so – why isn’t everyone switching to Linux on the basis of that metric alone.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Nokia reveals secret Pole Dancing Robots feature for N900

        Symbian may have gone open-source, but Nokia’s Maemo smartphone OS had OPEN SAUCE galore at the Push N900 event in London this week.

      • Nokia N900 review

        With the implementation of the Nokia N900 Maemo 5, the menu structure is entirely new, which means that it takes time to get used to. After startup, there are a number of home screens for the user to scroll through. Widgets, average shortcuts or contacts can be added to a home screen. This structure is found on several mobile phones nowadays and is very convenient. It allows you to create your own user environment, containing everything that is important to you, in an easy way.

      • Android

        • 6 of the Best Android Mobile Devices

          Android is the name given to a mobile operating system using a customised version of the Linux kernel. It was first released in late 2008. The platform enables developers to write code in the Java language, controlling the device via Java libraries developed by Google.

        • Google/HTC’s Nexus One is only $49 (in a manner of speaking)

          Would you like to get the Google/HTC Nexus One Superphone for a cool $49?

          What if I also threw in the unlocked version of the phone?

          Now what if I also said you don’t need to sign a two year contract?

          [...]

          So, Google/HTC could have very easily made this one phone model compatible with not only T-Mobile and AT&T, but pretty much any 3GSM network worldwide if they only included the right combination of power amplifiers. According to iSuppli’s teardown of the Nexus One, the four small power amplifiers that are in the Nexus One only account for $2.20 in manufacturing costs. $2.20! How much more could a different combination of power amplifiers have cost? Maybe another $2 (at most)?!

        • Make sense of the Android buzz with this cheat sheet
    • Tablets

Free Software/Open Source

  • FOSDEM 2010: Tag: Exportable
  • WebKit still receiving contributions from Nokia, Apple, Google and Rim

    While you can argue about what the numbers actually mean, it’s nice to see that the main players in mobile browser are all feeding back changes to the WebKit open-source project. Alongside Nokia (and Trolltech), Apple, Google and RIM are all contributing in some form, as shown in Evan Martin’s blog post to the Chromium web

  • America’s First Public Koha Library Chooses ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that Nelsonville Public Library, serving Athens County, Ohio since 1935, has partnered with them for the implementation of Koha, the open source integrated library system.

  • VivoWare to Open Source VivoSocial for Custom Social Networks

    VivoWare, Inc today announced plans to release source code for VivoSocial™ as open source. This initiative will let developers worldwide participate in the growth of the industry’s most advanced social networking framework for building rich social Internet applications for the DotNetNuke framework. The open source VivoSocial SDK and documentation will be available under the MIT License.

  • Confusion over Sun’s Kenai hosting platform

    Now the future of Kenai is being portrayed in a somewhat different light. Ted Farrell, Oracle’s Chief Architect with co-responsibility for developer tools and middleware products, has announced that Oracle does indeed plan to close down kenai.com to concentrate on java.net as its central hosting platform, but that Oracle is in the process of migrating the Java community portal to the Kenai technology.

  • The Cloud Is Not a Place

    Full disclosure: I like SugarCRM and have a lot of respect for what they are trying to do. The idea of open source CRM is very appealing and can be very successful — like open source operating systems (think Linux), open encyclopedias (like Wikipedia) and open source Web servers like Apache. All of these open source products are very good in their own right and highly sought-after. Let me give just one example of open source success: Apache has 52 percent of the market for Web server software.

  • 15 Open-Source PBX/VoIP Products To Know

    Will this be the year open-source PBX and VoIP systems are ready for their close-up? The opportunity is better than ever, argued attendees at January’s Digium Asterisk World conference in Miami. According to one researcher, Eastern Management Group, open-source PBXes now account for 18 percent of all PBX sales in North America — and that number’s rising.

  • UCLA Team Sequences Cell Line, Puts Open Source Software Framework into Production

    In their paper, which appeared in last week’s PLoS Genetics, the team highlighted “enormous improvements in the throughput of data generation.” The scientists had decided to mainly use open source software for the project, putting in place an open-source analysis and data-management pipeline called SeqWare, which was developed in the lab.

  • KnowledgeTree Links with Open Tech

    KnowledgeTree, an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) provider focusing on document management software, announced it joined Open Tech, a new channel for open source independent software vendors (ISVs) to market and sell the company’s solutions to thousands of resellers nationwide.

  • TWIA Episode 16: Open Source Rocks!

    With Pamela Fox (@pamelafox) from Google Australia as our special guest this week, the TWIA crew tried to make sense out of the JooJoo’s new partnership with CSL Malaysia. We also reviewed the future of Naver, the top search engine in South Korea, the Malaysia government’s declaration of 95% adoption in OSS and most exciting of all, the impact of the court ruling on iiNet’s victory over the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT). Not to mention, we weaved Google Wave, FilmCamp SG, the #dIE6 movement and adoption of open source in governments into an exciting week of This Week in Asia.

  • Paradigm Works Releases Free Open Source Software for VMM-based Verification

    Paradigm Works, Inc., a world-class leader in ASIC and FPGA development services and software, announced today that it has released its RegWorks™ Spec2Reg tool as Free Open Source Software (FOSS) for the chip development community. Built on VMM’s Register Abstraction Layer (RAL) capability, Spec2Reg provides development teams a fully automated path for taking register definitions from design specification to verification implementation.

  • Office Suites

    • 5 open source office suites to watch

      The Microsoft Office productivity suite has risen to become the dominant application of its type for business IT management. But there are open source office productivity suites available that may provide a suitable alternative to Office, depending on your requirements.

    • OpenOffice.org Extensions to Try

      Are you one who’s been showing presentations and wish that you have an idea what the next slide will be? The Sun Presenter Console might be the tool for you.

  • International

  • Australia

    • Queensland open source firm scores US deal

      Queensland open source software company Zac-Ware has scored a contract for its Jentla software with the sixth largest educational institution in the US.

    • Learning with the computer using open source

      John Graves, who ran a multimedia CD business during the dot-com boom and also put in time on Wall Street, is enrolled at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). His doctorate aims to determine how quickly open source software projects can cycle or evolve.

  • Mozilla

    • Licensing Delay Complicates Decision Between Open Source and Proprietary Video Players

      “Gack!” you say (justifiably). “Thank goodness I don’t need to know about this H.264-HTML5-Ogg Theora mumbo-jumbo.” Unfortunately, if you are in charge of encoding video for your Web site, if you design video players, or manage those who do, then you probably do need to pay attention.

      Blame it on YouTube and Apple. Though they didn’t start it, their recent moves have brought the debate about open-source video codecs from niche blogs to a wider audience.

      [...]

      There is one major obstacle to HTML5, however: Mozilla, the open-source developer of Firefox, doesn’t support H.264 because it’s a proprietary codec. (Mozilla and others in the open-source community prefer Ogg Theora. And Google is looking to buy On2, the company that owns yet another proprietary video codec.)

    • Mozilla Thunderbird 3 review

      While it offers advanced features that enable greater fine-tuning of settings than Mail, Thunderbird’s biggest selling point is its expandability. It supports hundreds of extensions including calendars, antispam, themes and encryption. Thunderbird can also run off a USB stick.

    • Mozilla releases Thunderbird 3.1 Alpha 1

      According to the developers, one of the main goals for the Thunderbird 3.1 Alpha 1 release is “to find out about possible problems caused by the changes in the underlying platform”.

  • Intelligence

    • Accuity takes minority stake in World Compliance

      Accuity, the leading worldwide provider of payment routing data, AML screening software and services, is pleased to announce that it has acquired a significant minority stake in World Compliance, the Miami, Florida-based Open Source Intelligence company.

    • Open-Source Business Intelligence: 5 Times Bigger by 2012

      “Venture capital flooding into open-source start-ups over the past several years resulted in an explosion of enterprise-ready tools and applications,” writes Mark Madsen, industry expert and president of Third Nature in one of the reports, “Open Source Solutions: Managing, Analyzing, and Delivering Business Information.” The report, published by BEyeNetwork, contains the results of Madsen’s survey of more than 1,000 information technology professionals. About one-third of the respondents claim to have deployed open-source software for reporting, data integration, or database analytics purposes, and more than a third say they plan to evaluate open-source for analytics in the near term. Only 12 percent of respondents say they have no plans to look into open-source BI.

  • BSD

    • Interview with Kris Moore, PC-BSD

      DW: From what I’ve read, PC-BSD makes a strong effort to add to the underlying FreeBSD operating system without changing the base. Are there any parts of FreeBSD you do have to change and what effect does this have on the system?

      KM: We’ve actually done a very good job at keeping as vanilla of a FreeBSD base as possible. With PC-BSD 8.0, the only differences are a few extra kernel configuration options, such as “atapicam” support to enable CD/DVD burning and options to enable some specific “pf” firewall features.

      DW: Could you please explain the relationship between PC-BSD and iXsystems? Do they own/control the project?

      KM: iXsystems owns the trademark “PC-BSD”, and greatly assists it by funding some of its development, along with promotion and support. The project itself is open source, of course. All our code is BSD licensed and freely available.

  • Government

    • From Open Source to Open Government

      This means that once a company has begun the open source journey, and started to understand what that implies in terms of how software is created and used, they are then far better placed to work with governmental implementations of the same approach when they appear.

      In other words, the more a company deploys open source now, the better it will be able to see – and grasp – future opportunities as government gradually opens up its data treasuries. Yet another reason for not only using free software, but also embracing the underlying ideas it represents.

    • Make-or-buy balance still unclear in 2011 Defense and Veteran budgets

      The VA’s VistA system is open source, but aged. Late in the Bush years moves were made to replace it with a contracted system. In the new budget those moves are expected to bear fruit, just as open source VistA implementations are making waves in the private Electronic Health Record (EHR) marketplace.

    • Of governments and geeks

      But even as politicians start seeing the light, the pace and methods used by governments to free up facts are much influenced by independent, open-source software designers. (One reason that English-speaking governments are ahead of others is that there are a lot of activist anglophone open-source programmers.) Most of the data sets offered by governments bear the stamp “beta”, suggesting that they are open to improvement. With unusual humility, bureaucrats are borrowing jargon from open-source developers.

    • Hungarian Public Sector Mandated To Use Open Source Solutions

      Open standards have been made mandatory for the IT systems of Hungary’s public administrations. The Hungarian parliament voted in favour of amendments prescribing open standards, to a law on electronic government services, on 14 December. The changes received 197 votes in favour, one against and 146 abstentions, according to the Open Standard Alliance, a Hungarian advocacy group that lobbyed in favour of the amendments.

    • Tories pledge radical reform of public sector IT

      The Conservative Party says it intends to publish all IT contracts and Gateway project reviews. But the pledge, which is outlined in a paper on its information technology and communications strategy, is likely to be opposed by senior civil servants who have convinced successive Labour ministers of the need for continued secrecy over IT projects.

  • Licensing

  • Openness

    • Meet the Wikipedia of the mapping world

      If you want to find an up-to-date map of Haiti, then there is only one place to go. It is not Google Maps or any of its competitors. It is the admirable OpenStreetMap.org (OSM), which is being updated even as I write by volunteers all over the world.

    • MiraCosta professor goes with free books for class

      If there is one enduring truth about college students it is that they are usually broke —- and the way business professor Christina Hata sees it, she ought to do something to help them save money when possible.

      [...]

      For the second consecutive year, Hata has used free “open-source” textbooks in place of a $180 hardbound book as the main texts in her Small Business Management course at MiraCosta College.

      Open-source textbooks are electronic copies of books that can be downloaded from specialized Internet Web sites that are dedicated to making education more affordable.

    • Crowdsourcing + Open Source: the Perfect Combination for Startups?

      Crowdsourcing represents an interesting attempt to generalise the open source methodology to non-technical areas. The basic idea is to tap into the the vast store of knowledge and wisdom among the general population by providing a mechanism to funnel the best ideas to those who can build on them.

  • Programming

  • Applications

    • 8 of the Best Free Linux Geometry Software

      In the field of mathematical software packages, applications such as Wolfram Research’s Mathematica, and Maplesoft’s Maple system instantly spring to mind. These are both highly popular, proprietary, commercial, integrated mathematical software environments. Other types of mathematical software packages generally receive much less publicity.

    • 5 Useful and Fun GIMP Plug-ins

      For those of you who use GIMP, you know it is a really great alternative to Photoshop. Like any program, free or not, there is always room for improvement. Plugins are a an easy way to add functionality.

      GIMP has two different types of plugins, Script-fu and Python-fu. Right out of the box, you can add Script-fu plugins. To add Python based plugins, there is some additional steps and add-ons needed.

Leftovers

  • Internet

    • Google analyst: U.S. Internet needs to get faster

      Google long has been an advocate of a single Web, one that’s free of government censorship and barriers to information access.

    • Google doppelgänger casts riddle over interwebs

      Asked for comment, Google merely said the domain is used to “identify the servers on our network,” and it hinted that such identification involves reverse DNS lookup – the process of determining which domain name is associated with a particular IP address. Reverse DNS is often used by anti-spam services to verify email senders, but it’s also used a general means of ensuring a network is working as it should be working.

    • Wither the web (site)

      Are web sites today so complicated because they have to be or because they can be?

      I am sure if you are a web site designer, you believe the former, but as an end user and part time designer, I am really beginning to wonder.

      For example, why do I need Flash, Silverlight, or Shockwave, to find where your restaurant is located? Why do I need to have JavaScript enabled to log into your web site? Why do I have to download megabytes of wrapper to read a couple of kilobytes of information?

  • Science

  • Space

    • NASA administrator concerned about potential job losses

      On the eve of Sunday’s launch of space shuttle Endeavour, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said he supports President Obama’s goal of making the space industry a commercial venture, but is concerned about potential job losses at the agency.

    • Shuttle Endeavour blasts off for space station

      The space shuttle Endeavour bolted off its seaside launch pad on Monday on a voyage to install the last two main pieces of the International Space Station.

    • Shuttle Endeavour launches from Florida

      The US space shuttle has made its final night launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

      The Endeavour orbiter soared into the Florida sky on a 13-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

    • Astronauts to install a window on the world

      The weather is looking good here at the Kennedy Space Center for Sunday’s pre-dawn launch of the Endeavour shuttle.

  • Security

  • Environment

    • Climate emails: were they really hacked or just sitting in cyberspace?

      But McIntyre was meanwhile guarded with his source in Norwich. He emailed him back: “I haven’t seen such a website. You’d think there’d be discussion on the blogs of something like that. I’ll definitely stay tuned!!” Only after the bloggers had launched their great scoop did he inform Dennis.

  • Finance

    • Goldman Sachs And The Republicans

      I testified yesterday to the Senate Banking Committee hearing on the “Volcker Rules” (full pdf version; summary). My view is that while the principles behind these proposed rules are exactly on target – limiting the size of our largest banks and preventing any financial institution backed by the government, implicitly or explicitly, from taking big risks – the specific rule changes would need to be much tougher if they are to have any effect.

      Wall Street is strongly opposed to the Volcker Rules (link to the written testimony; webcast) and the discussion elicited some classic Goldman Sachs moments. Gerry Corrigan, a senior executive at Goldman and former head of the New York Fed, suggested that Goldman Sachs has an impeccable approach to risk management and seemed to imply that the firm was not in trouble in fall 2008. When pressed on why Goldman requested and was granted a banking license – and access to the Fed’s discount window – in September 2008, he fell back slightly, “There is no question whatsoever that when you look at totality of the steps that were taken by central banks and government, particularly in 2008, that Goldman Sachs was a beneficiary of this.”

    • Why Goldman Sachs Executives Go Into Government

      There’s a what? No wonder the American voter handed over control of Congress to the GOP. That’s a pretty corrupt move. Can we get a role call vote on that? And did it go into effect under Bush 41?

      Huh. This is the Ethics Reform Act of 1989. And it ‘passed by voice vote.’ It was first used under Clinton. And the New York Times discusses how Paulson could make $48M off it in 2006.

    • Keiser: Goldman Sachs’ Silent Coup d’Etat

      Max calls them “Financial Terrorists” and never lets up on Goldman Sachs. Watch the video and see what else we can agree on with Max Keiser and why… It’s a silent coup d’etat via Goldman Sachs.

    • Is Geithner going to Goldman Sachs?

      Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is scheduled to testify to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee tomorrow. The hearing is certain to be good theater. Whether it reveals good government, or a government working for the few at the expense of the many, is another matter.

    • Testy Conflict With Goldman Helped Push A.I.G. to Edge

      A.I.G. had long insured complex mortgage securities owned by Goldman and other firms against possible defaults. With the housing crisis deepening, A.I.G., once the world’s biggest insurer, had already paid Goldman $2 billion to cover losses the bank said it might suffer.

      A.I.G. executives wanted some of its money back, insisting that Goldman — like a homeowner overestimating the damages in a storm to get a bigger insurance payment — had inflated the potential losses. Goldman countered that it was owed even more, while also resisting consulting with third parties to help estimate a value for the securities.

    • You Had Better Cage The Monster CONgress (AIG/GS/CDS)

      I’ve been writing about this now over a year in regard to the mess that became of AIG, their “financial products” unit, and what I believe is culpability not only of certain financial parties but more importantly our regulators of these firms.

      Now The NY Times has published a new article that makes clear that my clarion call for major changes in these areas of the market were not only spot-on, but are even more necessary today than they were back then.

    • Present at the Destruction

      To be sure, Mr. Paulson has not written a book intended to rebut the conspiracy theorists who claim that he was driven to help his old firm, Goldman Sachs, or to aid big investment banks generally. He acknowledges that throughout the crisis he remained “in constant touch with Wall Street CEOs,” and he reports no fewer than 50 phone conversations with Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld between the March 2008 bailout of Bear Stearns and the Lehman bankruptcy in September.

    • CIA Agents Moonlight for Goldman Sachs

      CIA officers are allowed to moonlight, and ply their espionage skills elsewhere in their free time, reports Janine Wedel.

    • What Do People REALLY Think Of… Goldman Sachs?

      Should Goldman Sachs be regulated? Or are they doing nothing wrong at all? Do people even care about Goldman Sachs? Find out in the video above!

    • Warning: This is Not Another Wall Street Conspiracy Theory, These are the Facts

      Just last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to directly pay billions of dollars to banks as part of its scheme to bail out insurance giant American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG).

      According to committee Chairman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, the testimony that congressmen heard just didn’t “pass the smell test.”

      [...]

      The same day that AIG received the $85 billion taxpayer infusion back in September 2008, Goldman Sachs Chief Financial Officer David A.Viniar said he “would expect the direct input of our credit exposure to both of them [referring also to bankrupt Lehman Brothers Holdings (OTC: LEHMQ)] to be immaterial.”

    • Goldman Sachs Wimps Out in Buck-Breaking Brawl: David Reilly

      Throughout the financial crisis, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. extolled the use of market prices to value holdings, saying this instills needed discipline. The firm’s hard-line stance turned to mush, though, when it came time to end a market myth that fueled 2008’s meltdown. Goldman, along with the mutual-fund industry, argues that it is fine for money-market funds to use historical values, rather than market prices, to value holdings. This helps money- market funds maintain a stable price of $1 a share. The problem: the $1 share price gives investors the false impression that money-market funds are like bank accounts and so can’t lose money.

    • When Goldman Sachs hates marking to market

      The most ridiculous sentence I’ve read today comes from Goldman Sachs, protesting against proposals that money-market funds should be marked to market. But first let’s remember what Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein has to say about marking to market:

      For Goldman Sachs, the daily marking of positions to current market prices was a key contributor to our decision to reduce risk relatively early in markets and in positions that were deteriorating. This process can be difficult, and sometimes painful, but I believe it is a discipline that should define financial institutions. We mark-to-market, not because we are required to, but because we wouldn’t know how to assess or manage risk if market prices were not reflected on our books.

      Now read this, from his employee James McNamara:

      We do not believe that disclosing shadow prices or market-based prices of portfolio securities would be informative to investors… Investors who perceive a NAV differential between two money market funds may wrongly assume that the fund with the lower market NAV is experiencing a material credit or liquidity problem. This may result in destabilizing — and unnecessary — levels of redemption activity in that fund, which could infect other funds managed by the same adviser or other funds as well. The Commission should be mindful of this type of unintended consequence before adopting regulations mandating the disclosure of market-based NAV’s and market-based pricing of portfolio securities.

    • Rivals Await Blankfein’s Bonus at Goldman Sachs

      Anxious executives at rival banks are awaiting the news with a mixture of envy and alarm. Guesses range from nothing to $100 million. Whatever the final figure is — high, low, or somewhere in between — it will set a new benchmark for pay throughout the industry. Goldman Sachs insisted on Wednesday that no decision had been made.

    • Golden Sacks: 57% pay rises for staff at Goldman Sachs… as bank claims it showed ‘restraint’

      The average employee at the giant investment bank scooped £308,000 in salary, bonuses and other benefits in 2009, which is £112,000 more than they got the previous year.

    • The man who walked away from Goldman Sachs

      Jon Winkelried had 2.8 million shares of GS (essentially all his networth), currently worth $500 million.

    • The Great American Financial Sandwich: Goldman Sachs, PricwaterhouseCoopers LLP and AIG
    • Goldman Sachs’s Corrigan Opposes `Volcker Rule’ to Limit Bank Risk-Taking

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  13. Links 16/9/2019: GNU Linux-libre 5.3, GNU World Order 13×38, Vista 10 Breaks Itself Again

    Links for the day



  14. Links 16/9/2019: Qt Quick on Vulkan, Metal, and Direct3D; BlackWeb 1.2 Reviewed

    Links for the day



  15. Richard Stallman's Controversial Views Are Nothing New and They Distract From Bill Gates' Vastly Worse Role

    It's easier to attack Richard Stallman (RMS) using politics (than using his views on software) and media focus on Stallman's personal views on sexuality bears some resemblance to the push against Linus Torvalds, which leans largely on the false perception that he is sexist, rude and intolerant



  16. Links 16/9/2019: Linux 5.3, EasyOS Releases, Media Backlash Against RMS

    Links for the day



  17. Openwashing Report on Open Networking Foundation (ONF): When Open Source Means Collaboration Among Giant Spying Companies

    Massive telecommunications oligopolies (telecoms) are being described as ethical and responsible by means of openwashing; they even have their own front groups for that obscene mischaracterisation and ONF is one of those



  18. 'Open Source' You Cannot Run Without Renting or 'Licensing' Windows From Microsoft

    When so-called ‘open source’ programs strictly require Vista 10 (or similar) to run, how open are they really and does that not redefine the nature of Open Source while betraying everything Free/libre software stands for?



  19. All About Control: Microsoft is Not Open Source But an Open Source Censor/Spy and GitHub/LinkedIn/Skype Are Its Proprietary Censorship/Surveillance Tools

    All the big companies which Microsoft bought in recent years are proprietary software and all of the company’s big products remain proprietary software; all that “Open Source” is to Microsoft is “something to control and censor“



  20. The Sad State of GNU/Linux News Sites

    The ‘media coup’ of corporate giants (that claim to be 'friends') means that history of GNU/Linux is being distorted and lied about; it also explains prevalent lies such as "Microsoft loves Linux" and denial of GNU/Free software



  21. EPO President Along With Bristows, Managing IP and Other Team UPC Boosters Are Lobbying for Software Patents in Clear and Direct Violation of the EPC

    A calm interpretation of the latest wave of lobbying from litigation professionals, i.e. people who profit when there are lots of patent disputes and even expensive lawsuits which may be totally frivolous (for example, based upon fake patents that aren't EPC-compliant)



  22. Links 15/9/2019: Radeon ROCm 2.7.2, KDE Frameworks 5.62.0, PineTime and Bison 3.4.2

    Links for the day



  23. Illegal/Invalid Patents (IPs) Have Become the 'Norm' in Europe

    Normalisation of invalid patents (granted by the EPO in defiance of the EPC) is a serious problem, but patent law firms continue to exploit that while this whole 'patent bubble' lasts (apparently the number of applications will continue to decrease because the perceived value of European Patents diminishes)



  24. Patent Maximalists, Orbiting the European Patent Office, Work to 'Globalise' a System of Monopolies on Everything

    Monopolies on just about everything are being granted in defiance of the EPC and there are those looking to make this violation ‘unitary’, even worldwide if not just EU-wide



  25. Unitary Patent (UPC) Promotion by Team Battistelli 'Metastasising' in Private Law Firms

    The EPO's Albert Keyack (Team Battistelli) is now in Team UPC as Vice President of Kilburn & Strode LLP; he already fills the media with lies about the UPC, as one can expect



  26. Microsoft Targets GNU/Linux Advocates With Phony Charm Offensives and Fake 'Love'

    The ways Microsoft depresses GNU/Linux advocacy and discourages enthusiasm for Software Freedom is not hard to see; it's worth considering and understanding some of these tactics (mostly assimilation-centric and love-themed), which can otherwise go unnoticed



  27. Proprietary Software Giants Tell Open Source 'Communities' That Proprietary Software Giants Are 'Friends'

    The openwashing services of the so-called 'Linux' Foundation are working; companies that are inherently against Open Source are being called "Open" and some people are willing to swallow this bait (so-called 'compromise' which is actually surrender to proprietary software regimes)



  28. Microsoft Pays the Linux Foundation for Academy Software Foundation, Which the Linux Foundation is Outsourcing to Microsoft

    Microsoft has just bought some more seats and more control over Free/Open Source software; all it had to do was shell out some 'slush funds'



  29. Links 14/9/2019: SUSE CaaS Platform, Huawei Laptops With GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  30. Links 13/9/2019: Catfish 1.4.10, GNOME Firmware 3.34.0 Release

    Links for the day


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