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06.22.10

IRC Proceedings: June 22nd, 2010

Posted in IRC Logs at 6:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Microsoft Advertises Patent Scare in GNU/Linux, Using Novell

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Patents, Virtualisation, VMware at 4:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Peace of mind

Summary: Microsoft issued and spread another wave of propaganda yesterday, calling for more companies to sign patent deals like Novell’s

THE ON-LINE PRESS has some new discussions about the VMware-Novell relationship which we covered earlier this month [1, 2, 3]. There is nothing new there but an argument over who exploits Novell and puts more pressure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and other distributions of GNU/Linux, as opposed to Ballnux).

Then comes the latest propaganda from the ‘Microsoft press’. It is a poor article that promotes Microsoft’s case (PR) and disregards objective facts. It also speaks about the VMware affair (VMware is full of Microsoft executives, for those don’t remember).

Microsoft Cites Success of Novell Linux Interop Deal

[...]

Microsoft touted its operating system interoperability partnership with Novell on Monday, saying that more than 500 customers have signed up since the program began more than three years ago.

The program does more than just ensure that Windows and Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise play well together in heterogeneous computing environments. It also ensures that users of SuSE Linux Enterprise don’t violate Microsoft’s patents, providing users with so-called intellectual property (IP) “peace of mind.”

[...]

In June, Novell announced a partnership with VMware in which VMware will bundle its vSphere cloud-computing platform with Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise. The announcement that VMware planned to “standardize its virtual appliance-based product offerings on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server” drew swift reaction from Microsoft. In a blog post, Patrick O’Rourke, director of communications for Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, claimed that VMware was offering “a bad deal for customers” by locking them into using vSphere to do patching. In response, VMware said the bundling offer actually streamlines the agreements vSphere customers have to sign.

Lyman dismissed this Microsoft-VMware spat as just part of broader competitive trends.

Notice the use of the term “peace of mind” — a phrase that we often hear from Novell. They are both in it for the scare and for the software patents. Both Novell and Microsoft benefit from them.

The “Open Source Insider” at Computer Weekly is smart enough to know that Microsoft is only pretending when it comes to statements it makes about “Open Source”. Many other journalists don’t know the truth and that includes the magazine above, which is tied to Microsoft and thus it’s propaganda. People who print out such articles (or pass these quotes without scrutiny) need a reality check. Microsoft already uses racketeering [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] against “Open Source” and Novell is not an “Open Source” company. That’s why it signed the deal with Microsoft without any threats being issued. It is Novell that came to Microsoft for the deal.

Framework for Legalising Software Patents in Europe Falls Over, So Why Does Canonical Join the OIN?

Posted in Europe, IBM, Law, Microsoft, Patents, Ubuntu at 3:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Berlin wall

Summary: Canonical, the EU-based company which produces the “Ubuntu” GNU/Linux distribution, joins the Open Invention Network just as the “EU patent” seemingly collapses

A few weeks ago we showed that the unified patent litigation system (UPLS) was failing to materialise. It’s one of those back doors to software patents admission all across Europe. A new report from IAM hammers another nail into this coffin, but vigilance remains necessary because they keep renaming and/or dressing up this same plan which would help lawyers, not science.

A single EU patent looks dead in the water as member states seek alternatives

Attempts to create a single EU patent could be heading to yet another failure, according to Margot Fröhlinger, Director of Knowledge Economy inside the Internal Markets DG of the European Commission. Speaking today at the IP Business Congress in Munich, Fröhlinger, who is closely involved in the negotiations surrounding the patent, as well as a single litigation system in the EU, told delegates that the project “is not in the best shape”. Proposals about languages and translations are due to be presented to the Council of Ministers next week. There is, however, “little chance that they will fly,” she said.

Oddly enough, the UK-based Canonical has just joined the US-based Maginot Line as a member, supposedly for protection against racketeering [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] from Microsoft, MPEG-LA [1, 2], and other aggressors/trolls who will potentially use software patents. The official announcement (appended below in full) says:

Open Invention Network (OIN) today announced that Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has become its first Associate Member. Open Invention Network developed the Associate Member program to further strengthen the Linux community and empower open source leaders to ensure ongoing freedom of action for Linux as it relates to intellectual property (IP) rights..

It is not entirely clear how the OIN will help Canonical. It didn’t exactly save the EU-based TomTom, which paid Microsoft after it got sued. Florian Müller got in touch with us to say that the “Open Invention Network, a patent holding firm owned by six companies (IBM, Sony, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Novell) has announced a new “Associate Member” program and the fact that Canonical (the Ubuntu company) becomes the first Associate Member (previously, Canonical was a mere “licensee”).” For those who do not know yet, Müller is an OIN sceptic. The same goes for the FFII and for Techrights, unlike Groklaw for example.

“The Canonical announcement once again shows the absolutely unacceptable degree of intransparency with which the Open Invention Network operates,” Müller explains. “Both the press release and the OIN’s website fail to specify what exactly the rights and obligations of OIN Associate Members — as compared to mere licensees — are. Also, there’s no information concerning the criteria according to which a company is eligible to become an OIN Associate Member. Canonical is known for being a strategic partner of IBM, and since IBM is the most influential force behind the OIN, that’s probably the reason why its membership status was upgraded.

“Canonical is known for being a strategic partner of IBM, and since IBM is the most influential force behind the OIN, that’s probably the reason why its membership status was upgraded.”
      –Florian Müller
“The OIN can’t claim to pursue the protection of the Linux ecosystem as long as its non-assertion commitment relates only to an arbitrary definition of what the OIN calls ‘the Linux System’, which includes some but not all of the major applications that are usually shipped with major Linux distributions. The OIN reserves the right to redefine ‘the Linux System’ and therefore the scope of its license agreement anytime at its sole discretion, which is intransparent and arbitrary and raises serious questions. It seems to me that the OIN is basically a strategic patent troll, a non-practicing entity owned by a small group of companies that can use it for its purposes against their competitors whenever they elect to do so, and the protection of Linux is just a pretext.

“Some of the OIN’s backers have a terrible background concerning software patents, such as IBM, and I have had to lobby against most of those companies in the past because they tried to convince lawmakers in Europe to strengthen the legal position of software patents over here.

“I’m not aware of even one case in which the OIN’s patent pool served the purpose of protecting Linux. Organizations close to the OIN try to suggest that it was the case, but there’s absolutely no evidence because otherwise there would have had to be an announcement that a company trying to assert patents against Linux or other open source software backed off and instead obtained a license to the OIN’s patents. Not even one such case is known. Instead, patent infringements by companies building products based on Linux happen all the time, and even very strong and competent organizations such as Amazon and HTC feel forced to pay patent royalties for their use of Linux. If the OIN were as useful as its backers claim, those companies, too, could have chosen to be protected by the OIN.”

We omit the remainder of Müller’s mail because it contains promotion of other schemes that we wish not to endorse. As Carlo Piana put it last month, “the *only* solution is abolition NOW.”

We patiently wait for the Bilski decision to come. Here is what Patently-O has to say about it:

UPDATE: No decision today. The court will release opinions on Thursday (June 24) and again next Monday.

It will definitely be out by the end of the month [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], so either this week or next week we will know what milestone was achieved.


Open Invention Network Announces Associate Member Program and Recruits Canonical As Its First Associate Member

New Associate Member Program Strengthens Linux Community and Deepens OIN Impact in Support of Linux’s Growth and Migration into Key Emerging Markets

Durham, NC (June 22, 2010) – Open Invention Network (OIN) today announced that Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has become its first Associate Member. Open Invention Network developed the Associate Member program to further strengthen the Linux community and empower open source leaders to ensure ongoing freedom of action for Linux as it relates to intellectual property (IP) rights.

“We view Open Invention Network as one of the key methods through which open source leaders and innovators can deter patent aggression,”
      –Canonical CEO Jane Silber
OIN Associate Members, such as Canonical, demonstrate support and commitment to limiting the effects of patent disputes in Linux. Canonical’s activities and those of all companies seeking to adopt and use Linux will be facilitated as OIN works closely with Canonical and other companies that are supporting Linux’s growth and expansion. Through the support of its founding members including IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony, OIN has amassed a broad portfolio of patents, including patents held by nominees on its behalf.

“Canonical has shown great leadership with Ubuntu and it is an important participant in the overall open source and Linux ecosystem. By transitioning its relationship with OIN from Licensee and becoming OIN’s first Associate Member, Canonical is once again demonstrating its leadership and commitment to Linux,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “We are extremely pleased to launch our Associate Member program and have Canonical join as our first member.”

“We view Open Invention Network as one of the key methods through which open source leaders and innovators can deter patent aggression,” said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical. “We are committed to freedom of action in open source, and have noted OIN’s efforts to actively defend and enable the Linux ecosystem. By becoming an OIN Associate Member, we are supporting the broad OIN mission and its commitment to enable and protect Linux’s advancement.”

About OIN Membership & Licensee Opportunities
Open Invention Network has three levels of participation, each of which helps to promote open source as a modality for invention and ensure ongoing freedom of action for Linux community members:

• Founding Members – Open Invention Network comprises six forward-looking organizations that originally created OIN with a mission of enabling and protecting Linux as it relates to IP rights. OIN’s Founding Members include IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony.

• Associate Members – Associate Members are recruited from Linux-related companies, including those that are leaders in advancing Linux’s migration into emerging growth markets. Associate Members make a commitment to the Linux Community by virtue of their commitments to and membership in OIN and help to ensure that patent issues do not impair Linux’s growth.

• Licensees – Any company or organization that agrees to refrain from using its intellectual property against the Linux System may become an OIN licensee. Licensees benefit from royalty-free access to a valuable and growing portfolio of strategic patents, as well as from ongoing communication with OIN concerning Linux-related patent issues. In so doing, licensees facilitate their access to OIN resources such as Linux Defenders, which is designed to address patent issues with the potential to impact Linux. OIN licensees, be they founding members, associate members or licensees, contribute to an ever expanding community of companies that share a common goal of ensuring freedom of action in and across the Linux ecosystem. Through their unified commitment to Linux, they limit the negative effect of patent-based challenges mounted by companies antagonistic to Linux and open source innovation.

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About Canonical

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, visit www.canonical.com.

About Open Invention Network®

Open Invention Network is a collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. It does this by acquiring and licensing patents, influencing behaviors and policy and protecting the integrity of the ecosystem through strategic programs such as Linux Defenders. OIN enables the growth and continuation of open source software by fostering a healthy Linux ecosystem of investors, vendors, developers and users.

Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. OIN has received supplemental financial support from Canonical. For more information, visit www.openinventionnetwork.com.

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Open Invention Network, the Open Invention Network logo, Linux Defenders, Linux Defenders 911 and the Linux Defenders 911 logo are registered trademarks or the property of Open Invention Network, LLC. All other names and brand marks are the property of their respective holders.

Media-Only Contact:

For Open Invention Network:
Ed Schauweker
Ketchum for Open Invention Network
ed.schauweker@ketchum.com
703-963-5238

For Canonical:
Joe Eckert
Baker Communications Group
jeckert@bakercg.com
203-270-3711

Serena Denies Allegation That Microsoft Paid it to Stage Ditching of Google

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Rumour at 3:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Monkeys

Summary: Despite Microsoft’s habit of paying companies to ditch Microsoft’s competition (be it GNU/Linux or Google), Serena says that rumours about it are wrong

MICROSOFT loves to suppress fair competition. A good example of that would be sub-notebooks. We wrote about that subject in:

According to this report, Microsoft may be dumping ‘free’ (gratis) software on companies (sometimes it bribes users) which it then uses as “case studies” for abandonment of Google. It’s a form of bounty. [via]

I heard that Microsoft gave Serena BPOS for free for three years, a claim Serena disputes.

The truth might be close to it. The exact phrasing of this dispute would matter a lot because there is wiggling room in plausible denial and this was done before. Microsoft is making some cases against the competition, often by paying to manufacture these cases. A good example might be LSE, which failed badly [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and ran away from Microsoft to GNU/Linux.

Oracle Doesn’t “Go Bananas Over EIF 2.0” Being Subverted by Microsoft and Friends

Posted in Database, Europe, Law, Microsoft, Oracle, Patents, Standard, SUN at 2:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yellow bananas

Summary: Oracle blog rant about EIF 2.0 said to have been removed; the role of the BSA in fighting software freedom is explained

THE PRESIDENT of the FFII points out that “Oracle´s blog post over EIFv2 open standards lobbying has disappeared” and that it can still be found here (titled “The EU goes bananas over EIF 2.0″). What’s the matter with all that? Is it possible that Oracle found it unacceptable to defend software freedom and standards (like Sun removed MySQL’s anti-software patents page following the acquisition [1, 2])? Here is a portion of what this newer Oracle post about the Digital Agenda says despite the fact that it too has been derailed.

The EU Digital Agenda (I gave it an 85/100 score), while laudable, stops short of using the term. The speech is a nice interpretation of her own document. I am told all other relevant Commissioners saw and accepted the speech in a brief interservice consultation. What that means is another thing. Are they blind? Have they changed their mind? Or, do they simply let her have her own opinions, but were not prepared to go as far as this in the Digital Agenda? Whatever lies behind what happened and what was said today, it is progress.

The next step for the European Commission is defining the term open standards. If they do that, and do it right, Vice President Kroes will go into history as having made a significant contribution towards global progress in e-government by possibly eradicating lock-in forever. Moreover, she will put Europe’s SMEs in a better position to succeed in a global IT market filled with barriers to entry from players not fully understanding, using, or unpacking standards.

For some background about the lobbying, see the following posts.

  1. European Open Source Software Workgroup a Total Scam: Hijacked and Subverted by Microsoft et al
  2. Microsoft’s AstroTurfing, Twitter, Waggener Edstrom, and Jonathan Zuck
  3. Does the European Commission Harbour a Destruction of Free/Open Source Software Workgroup?
  4. The Illusion of Transparency at the European Parliament/Commission (on Microsoft)
  5. 2 Months and No Disclosure from the European Parliament
  6. After 3 Months, Europe Lets Microsoft-Influenced EU Panel be Seen
  7. Formal Complaint Against European Commission for Harbouring Microsoft Lobbyists
  8. ‘European’ Software Strategy Published, Written by Lobbyists and Multinationals
  9. Microsoft Uses Inside Influence to Grab Control, Redefine “Open Source”
  10. With Friends Like These, Who Needs Microsoft?
  11. European Interoperability Framework (EIF) Corrupted by Microsoft et al, Its Lobbyists
  12. Orwellian EIF, Fake Open Source, and Security Implications
  13. No Sense of Shame Left at Microsoft
  14. Lobbying Leads to Protest — the FFII and the FSFE Rise in Opposition to Subverted EIF
  15. IBM and Open Forum Europe Address European Interoperability Framework (EIF) Fiasco
  16. EIF Scrutinised, ODF Evolves, and Microsoft’s OOXML “Lies” Lead to Backlash from Danish Standards Committee
  17. Complaints About Perverted EIF Continue to Pile Up
  18. More Complaints About EIFv2 Abuse and Free Software FUD from General Electric (GE)
  19. Patents Roundup: Copyrighted SQL Queries, Microsoft Alliance with Company That Attacks F/OSS with Software Patents, Peer-to-Patent in Australia
  20. Microsoft Under Fire: Open Source Software Thematic Group Complains About EIFv2 Subversion, NHS Software Supplier Under Criminal Investigation
  21. British MEP Responds to Microsoft Lobby Against EIFv2; Microsoft’s Visible Technologies Infiltrates/Derails Forums Too
  22. Patents Roundup: Escalations in Europe, SAP Pretense, CCIA Goes Wrong, and IETF Opens Up
  23. Patents Roundup: Several Defeats for Bad Types of Patents, Apple Risks Embargo, and Microsoft Lobbies Europe Intensely
  24. Europeans Asked to Stop Microsoft’s Subversion of EIFv2 (European Interoperability Framework Version 2)
  25. Former Member of European Parliament Describes Microsoft “Coup in Process” in the European Commission
  26. Microsoft’s Battle to Consume — Not Obliterate — Open Source
  27. Patents Roundup: David Hammerstein on Microsoft Lobbying in Europe; Harrison Targets Lobbying on Software Patents in New Zealand, Justice Stevens Leaves SCOTUS

The BSA was among the lobbyists for Microsoft. In other news that covers the BSA’s actions regarding software patents and policies, we have this:

The largest growing part of the software sector, and which most threatens the legacy business models of BSA members, is the Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) movement. I joined this multi-sectoral movement, which includes but is not limited to commercial software companies, in the early 1990′s. Most of the policies promoted by the BSA since the mid 1990′s have been aimed at stopping or reducing the growth of this movement. The two most active policies are software patents and legal protection for technical measures.

[...]

Independent software authors have obvious allies with other independent software authors. There is the Open Source Initiative, the Free Software Foundation and the Linux Foundation in the US, and various software user/developer groups in Canada such as CLUE: Canada’s Association for Open Source.

If you look at the membership for the Linux Foundation and the BSA, you may notice there are overlapping companies between who I consider to be my most obvious opponents and allies. This is not only true within these associations, but within individual companies. I’ve observed informal policy debates between employees of IBM, with these different employees being as far as two individuals can be from each other on key areas of technology policy.

[...]

The BSA members are using the labels as their public face to the political process, just as the labels have always used specific famous musicians as their public face. Michael Geist has suggested that the major labels are behind the latest Astroturf campaign, and from what I have seen I suspect this is true.

Oracle is not listed as a BSA member. It could do a lot more to rectify EIF 2.0 and the Digital Agenda, especially now that it has important Free software projects in its portfolio.

Links 22/6/2010: Dell in GNU/Linux Talks, Loads of Red Hat Press

Posted in News Roundup at 1:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish

Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Desktop

    • You Want Linux to Run What?

      Someone left a comment on one of my posts similar to, “Linux won’t be popular on the Desktop until it runs Windows applications.” To which I silently responded, “Huh? and, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” We have WINE for running Windows applications and it works reasonably well for those who care to spend the time to work through any problems with it. I don’t think the Linux Community needs to spend time on such an undertaking. Is anyone asking Apple to run Windows applications so that it will gain popularity? No? Then, why should Linux? If you want to run Windows applications, run them on Windows.

    • And now, for something totally different: EveryDesk!

      Now that most of our work for FLOSSMETRICS is ended, I had the opportunity to try and work on something different. As you know, I worked on bringing OSS to companies and public administration for nearly 15 years now, and I had the opportunity to work in many different projects with many different and incredible people. One of the common things that I discovered is that to increase adoption it is necessary to give every user a distinct advantage in using OSS, and to make the exploratory process easy and hassle-free.

  • Dell

    • Dell backtracks on Linux being safer than Windows

      So why did Dell back down from their claims for Ubuntu Linux. I’m not getting any answers from Dell, but I think it’s pretty easy to guess: Microsoft took note of people talking about Dell saying nice things about Linux, and decided to “have a word” with Dell. Microsoft has been pushing the computer vendors around for decades — which is why Windows is so popular, not because Windows is better than the alternatives.

      But, and this is what I find really interesting, Dell didn’t pull the comments about Linux being more secure. They just softened them. I think this speaks volumes. It means that Dell remains committed to Ubuntu Linux on its laptops and netbooks. It also means that Microsoft can’t get away with being the bully it once was to computer manufacturers.

    • Dell and M$, Sitting in a Tree, KISSING
  • Google

    • Dell in talks with Google over Chrome OS

      “We have to have a point of view on the industry and technology direction two years, three years down the road, so we continuously work with Google on this,” Amit Midha, Dell’s president for Greater China and South Asia told Reuters in an interview.

      “There are going to be unique innovations coming up in the marketplace in two, three years, with a new form of computing, we want to be on that forefront … So with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders,” Midha said, adding that there were no firm announcements to be made but talks were underway.

    • Toshiba AC100 video demo

      ITS BORING NAME ASIDE, Toshiba’s AC100 “mobile Internet device,” as the company calls it, runs Android 2.1 and has an Nvidia Tegra 250 processor, a 1024 x 600 screen and 512MB of RAM. Boasting 7-day standby with split second bootup, its battery life for “full use”, which includes 3G internet access, can last for 8 hours according to Toshiba. 3G is optional while WiFi comes as standard.

  • Server

    • What Is I.B.M.’s Watson?

      This is the quintessential sort of clue you hear on the TV game show “Jeopardy!” It’s witty (the clue’s category is “Postcards From the Edge”), demands a large store of trivia and requires contestants to make confident, split-second decisions. This particular clue appeared in a mock version of the game in December, held in Hawthorne, N.Y. at one of I.B.M.’s research labs. Two contestants — Dorothy Gilmartin, a health teacher with her hair tied back in a ponytail, and Alison Kolani, a copy editor — furrowed their brows in concentration. Who would be the first to answer?

  • Ballnux

    • Samsung posts firmware source bundle for BD-C5500 Blu Ray player, some wonder if it is real…

      So Samsung finally posted the source code that they were legally obligated to provide me in order to fulfill the contract they entered into with me as a recipient of GPL’d source code that they distributed. Maybe.

      [...]

      If nobody calls companies to account when they have not lived up to their side of the agreement, they’ll get the idea that it’s OK to continue ignoring their obligations, so with all due deference to Mr. Kuhn, I feel it is my right to demand that the contract between myself and Samsung be fulfilled.

      One last thing, and this is for Samsung:

      Quit asking people why they want the code, or what they’re going to do with it. It’s none of your damned business if all the customer does is print it all out and use it for toilet paper, you’re still legally obligated to fork it over.

    • Augmented reality in openSUSE 11.2
  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • K Desktop Environment (KDE SC)

      • KDE 4.5 2nd Beta: The End of an Era
      • Krita

        • Last Week in Krita -- Week 24

          Last week, Krita development really picked up, and if today's commit rate is anything to go buy, this week will be just as good! We had fifty commits in week 24. Our bug count is now 58, but that's after Sven Langkamp closed half a dozen bugs today. People seem to like Krita 2.2 and do very nice work with it. If you give 2.2 a try and you experience a problem, please inform us about it. There's a very cool and handy Report Bug menu option in the Help menu!

        • Week 24: Photoshop brush support in Krita

          Equally easy to overlook are improvements like the drag and drop support for tabs in the Dolphin file manager, the use of the semantic desktop features in creating Konqueror bookmarks, or the support in Kontact for alternate calendars and new holiday listings.

  • Distributions

    • The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

      Debian is the daddy, the basis for Ubuntu, Mepis and others. It's intentionally restricted to only open-source components, so it's a bit more work to get proprietary code such as graphics or wireless network drivers working, or the official versions of Java, Flash and so on. Good for servers if you know what you're doing, but not a great desktop choice unless you're already a guru.

    • 8 Linux-based Live CD/DVD and USB Distros For All Occasions

      If you're new to the Linux or open source community, you might not have heard of live disc or USB distributions yet. They let you run a operating system on PCs without installing anything on the hard drive. It loads directly from the CD/DVD disc or USB flash drive. Many full Linux desktop distros, such as Ubuntu, can be ran in this live mode. However, there are also live distros created for a wide-variety of other specific applications and solutions. Here we'll review several of these. Let's get started!

    • Reviews

      • Review – Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Netbook Remix – With Screenshots

        Ubuntu Netbook Remix, or UNR, sports the same purple theme that the Gnome Ubuntu release has. There is only a toolbar at the top, and then the Netbook Interface. Different to Gnome-Shell, which I spent some time with over the past seven days, I have none of that feeling of “where do I go now” that Gnome-Shell leaves me with.

    • Red Hat Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu

      • New Post-Release Repository For New Applications Starting With Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

        But Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat wants to change the game: according to the whiteboard of the "Implementation of delivering apps post-release" blueprint, a new Ubuntu repository "extras.ubuntu.com" will be created and new applications will be uploaded to this repository even for the already released Ubuntu versions. The new applications will have to be approved by the Application Review Board.

      • The Spirit of Ubuntu

        My father-in-law Ron is 88 years old, a member of what Tom Brokaw called The Greatest Generation, those who survived the Great Depression and went on to fight World War II -- in Europe, in Ron's case. Time is taking its toll now on all of those folks: limited mobility, slower reaction times, often reduced vision. It can happen to all of us who live that long.

        [...]

        I sent copies of my articles to Ron from time to time. He had been interested in computer hardware some years ago and had accumulated a good many bits and pieces, but had long since given it away; unfortunately, a lot of his enthusiasm had gone with it. Still, he always read the articles and a few months ago he remarked that Linux sounded interesting. Naturally I jumped at the opening, offered to send him a Live CD, and to my surprise he said he’d love to try it. I sent him Ubuntu 9.04, a short summary of it, and references to the Ubuntu sites on the web.

      • Meet Steve Kowalik
      • Ubuntu on TV: The IT Crowd

        You can clearly see an Ubuntu logo on the the back of one of the characters’ monitor from Channel 4’s geek comedy ‘The IT Crowd’ (which has just started a new series o’er here.)

      • Mint

        • Isadora KDE Development Report

          After using the new Mint Community website for testing, with some new tests too, the last development ISO still had some minor bugs. Two were easy to fix, but the other two KDE ones have been a real pain. Well lets say they are very easy for a user to configure using system settings if you know where to look but to have them enabled by default is…. well… I gave up. KDE 4.4 now has new ways to generate the configs it wants after putting your configs there first.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • E-Readers

      • Kindle vs. Nook: The price war is on; E-reader shipments to surge?

        The price war in e-readers is on and the scrum between Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook may be enough to change the buying calculus for dedicated reading devices.

      • Dedicated E-Readers: They’re History

        Barnes & Noble just launched a new Wi-Fi only version of the Nook for $149 and cut the price of the original, with both Wi-Fi and 3G from $259 to $199. Whoops! And, what’s this? I no sooner finish this blog and Amazon drops the bottom-line Kindle’s price to $189. That’s great, right? Wrong. It’s actually just postponing the end of all dedicated e-readers.

        [...]

        Besides, in the next few months you’re going to see a flood of Linux-powered iPad clones and other tablet devices. I expect these tablets to have prices ranging from $150 to $250 and, thanks to most of them running Google Android, they’ll be able to run many of the same applications that now live on Apple iPads. Besides, when it comes to e-readers, the Nook is an Android Linux device and there’s already a Kindle for Android application.

Free Software/Open Source

  • VLC

  • Mozilla

    • Firefox 4 gets web sockets support

      Recent Firefox 4 nightlies feature new support for Web Sockets, a new technology (an HTML5 spin-off) that enables bi-directional communication between a web browser and a server.

  • SaaS

    • Linux: “The Cloud”, Tablets, Desktop PCs and Control

      On the other hand, the tablet PC systems I see so far are limited to control by some folks other than myself. You see, for now these are closed consumer devices that do not allow me to install or choose my own operating system and only work best when connected to “the cloud”. The tablets by Apple come with all the restrictions that come with any Apple system, only worse in this case. The tablets from Google are at least supposed to use an open source operating system. But still, Google’s dedication to “cloud computing” puts their tablet in a questionable light as far as control over “my stuff” is concerned. At least with a laptop, notebook or netbook PC I can still have a local disk installed with my operating system of choice, a complete set of productivity applications installed and full control over my own data. No access to the ‘net? That is no problem with a device with local storage where I can keep my data and work on it with locally installed applications.

    • Confessions of a cloud skeptic
  • Oracle

    • OpenOffice at the crossroads

      OpenOffice.org is a flagship for free and open source software, released under free software licenses and achieving downloads in the hundreds of millions. OO.o is a success by most measurements, but there have long been murmurings of discontent among developers resulting in complaints of “non-responsiveness and lack of leadership” on the project. The argument is not that the project is a failure, but that OpenOffice.org could be so much more, given a less top down approach to project management and a looser rein on developers’ ability to get involved.

  • Business

    • Can a FOSS Firm Hit the Billion-Dollar Jackpot?

      In any discussion of FOSS’s potential to be profitable, Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) is invariably held up as the poster child for success.

    • The Economics of Open Source: Why the Billion Dollar Barrier is Irrelevant

      The explanation of why zero pure play open source vendors have hit the one billion dollar revenue mark has never seemed, to me, particularly complicated. The economics of open source are, as Glyn notes above, fundamentally differentiated from the closed source models that preceded it. Open source as an application development model enjoys many advantages over proprietary, in-house development; distribution and usage among them. But revenue extraction has not traditionally been a strength, for obvious reasons. When payment is optional, as it is with most open source software, fewer users become commercial buyers. Next up, a study proving that objects further away are harder to see.

    • Opscode, Turning Sysadmins into Superheroes
  • BSD

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

  • Open Data

Leftovers

  • Why engineers don’t like Twitter

    Twitter is one of the most popular social networking tools around today. But of the 50 million+ “Tweets” broadcast daily (according to Twitter), not all that many are being sent or received by engineers, many of whom say they just aren’t buying into the micro-blogging service based on “140-characters or less” text messages.

  • Ex-Massey Miner: Safety Gripes Led To Firing

    A former Massey Energy coal miner has filed a federal whistle-blower complaint, claiming he was fired after complaining about unsafe conditions at two Massey mines in West Virginia, NPR News has learned. One of the coal mines is Upper Big Branch, where an explosion killed 29 workers April 5.

    Ricky Lee Campbell’s complaint says he repeatedly told his supervisors about failing brakes on the coal shuttle cars he drove at the Slip Ridge Cedar Grove mine.

  • New “atomic” server: 512 Atom CPUs take on Xeons

    When Intel first unveiled its “Silverthorne” microarchitecture in 2008, it was clear that the low-power, in-order processors based on it (i.e., Atom) would be at the very bottom of the performance heap. It’s fair to say that none of us in the tech press ever expected to see a server based on the design, much less one that would be aimed directly at Intel’s high-end Xeon line. But we weren’t the only ones watching the Silverthorne announcement.

  • Metro Goes On Making Profits

    According to Steve Auckland, Metro UK’s managing director, the paper made an operating profit even during the worst of the recession in 2009, its seventh successive year of profitability.

  • Why Mobile Innovation Is Blowing Away PCs

    The competitive interplay between Apple and Google will continue to help smartphone software outpace PCs. But iOS and Android also benefit wildly from the structure of the smartphone industry. Apple and Google are pushed not just by each other, but by the symbiotic advancement in chipsets and the system integration work of component vendors that I detailed above. The entire smartphone innovation value-chain just works.

  • BCS

    • BCS trustee threatens rebels with libel action

      Rebel members of the BCS have been threatened with libel action unless they withdraw claims that appear to question the probity of the organisation’s Trustees.

      The BCS is the midst of £5m ‘transformation’ programme that includes re-branding to “BCS: the Chartered Institute for IT”. Such moves have not gone down well with some members.

    • ✍ BCS Members: Vote Now
  • Science

  • Security/Aggression

    • Napolitano: US must balance liberties, security

      Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation’s homeland security chief said Friday.

    • London Borough sees a way of making some easy green

      Mr Mayes story is a perfect example of how our power-hungry society has become one ruled by bureaucratisation and rationalisation. How a council warden can think a few plants could represent flytipping is quite ridiculous and shows how the state is obsessed by the tiny details instead of seeing the bigger picture.

    • Government plans new model for Summary Care Record

      Exclusive: The Government is planning to switch to a scaled back, ‘patient-held’ electronic care record, severing central control over the controversial programme, but stopping short of scrapping it altogether.

    • Budget 2010: Forget being tough, it’s time to get realistic on crime

      Who spends the money? Politicians. Do they always spend as wisely as they know how? Not at all. In many fields politicians of all parties conspire to spend wilfully, knowing full well that they are wasting considerable sums that will do no good to anyone. They hope they are at least buying votes, but there is little evidence that their profligacy even succeeds in this. Law and order and drugs prohibition are just two of many examples where pursuit of populism trumps spending money well.

  • Environment

  • Finance

    • Goldman’s Blankfein Suddenly Looks Good, Thanks to BP’s Hayward

      Watching BP (BP) CEO Tony Hayward mundanely evade responsibility for the historic ecological disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may have angered members of Congress and television viewers alike. And split screen images of the underwater well continuing to gush vast quantities of oil as Hayward demonstrated little emotion or sense of urgency only heightened the irritation.

    • Goldman Sachs, AIG to Testify at Derivatives Hearing

      Representatives of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and American International Group Inc. will appear before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission as the panel holds a hearing on the role of derivatives in the credit crunch.

    • Gardy & Notis, LLP Files a Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of All Purchasers of Shares of Common Stock of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. — GS

      The class action seeks to recover damages on behalf of plaintiff and a class of all other individual and institutional investors who purchased or otherwise acquired shares of Goldman Sachs common stock during the class period. The defendants in the case are The Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Lloyd C. Blankfein, David A. Viniar and Gary D. Cohn. The complaint alleges that defendants violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by issuing a series of materially false and misleading statements concerning Goldman Sachs’ business model and reasons for Goldman Sachs’ business success during the class period.

    • Goldman Sachs, SEC, Agree to Extend Goldman’s Reply

      A judge today in New York signed an order granting Goldman Sachs Group Inc. more time to respond to a April 16 lawsuit accusing the firm of defrauding investors while selling mortgage-linked securities, records say.

    • Weber Defies Trichet Over Europe Bond Bailout as ECB Succession Approaches

      On May 10, just hours after the European Central Bank stepped into government bond markets for the first time, Axel Weber broke ranks with most of his colleagues on the ECB’s Governing Council — including his boss, President Jean-Claude Trichet.

    • Business Rallies to Shape Finance Endgame

      For a year, users have been fighting furiously to fend off changes in how the securities are bought and sold, and have had considerable success in the House. Then, this spring the tide turned against them in the Senate. Now, with a bloc of business-friendly Democrats pressing hard, the issue has exploded into one of the biggest battles as a House-Senate conference crafts the final version of a financial-regulation overhaul.

    • Lawmakers to tackle toughest issues remaining on Wall Street reform
    • Bank Lobbyists Make a Run at Reform Measures

      As Congress rushes this week to complete the most far-reaching financial reform plan in decades, the banking industry is mounting an 11th-hour end run.

    • Wall Street Reform Could Cost Goldman Sachs BILLIONS

      The proposed financial reforms pending before Congress could cost Goldman Sachs nearly a quarter of its annual profits, Citigroup analysts estimate in a new report.

    • Wall Street reform singes, not burns

      New York lawmakers say the changes could cripple an industry that’s the state’s lifeblood.

    • Dead On Arrival: Financial Reform Fails

      There is great deference to power in the United States, and perhaps that is appropriate. But those now calling the shots should remember that they will not be in power for ever and – at some point in the not too distant future – there will be a more balanced assessment of their legacies.

    • The Undeserving Unemployed

      Long-term unemployment, a jobless period of six months or longer, has reached a historic high. In March 2010 more than 44 percent of the unemployed fell into this category.

    • Bank-closure workload leads FDIC to open 3rd satellite office

      The FDIC has closed nearly 250 banks since the beginning of 2008, and the number of failures is expected to peak during the third quarter of this year. Cleaning up such financial wreckage has depleted the agency’s deposit insurance fund, which goes toward putting seized banks into receivership and backstopping individual accounts of up to $250,000.

    • Saudi gold reserves over twice previous estimate

      Saudi Arabia’s central bank holds more than twice the amount of gold previously estimated, a shift that analysts said reflected more of an accounting adjustment than an indication the oil rich nation was veering away from its conservative reserve policy.

    • Former Soviet Republic of Georgia To Become IT Tax Haven
  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

    • If Your Brother Was Arrested For A Crime, Does It Violate Your Privacy When They Store His DNA?

      Well, here’s an interesting privacy conundrum. In the US, if you are arrested, the government records your DNA in a giant database. There is already some controversy over the fact that it’s upon arrest, and not conviction, but the privacy issues appear to go much deeper. Slate is running a fascinating article about how there are some serious privacy questions raised by law enforcement using that DNA database to track down relatives of people in the database.

    • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange breaks cover but will avoid America

      The elusive founder of WikiLeaks, who is at the centre of a potential US national security sensation, has surfaced from almost a month in hiding to tell the Guardian he does not fear for his safety but is on permanent alert.

      Julian Assange, a renowned Australian hacker who founded the electronic whistleblowers’ platform WikiLeaks, vanished when a young US intelligence analyst in Baghdad was arrested.

      The analyst, Bradley Manning, had bragged he had sent 260,000 incendiary US state department cables on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks.

      The prospect of the cache of classified intelligence on the US conduct of the two wars being put online is a nightmare for Washington. The sensitivity of the information has generated media reports that Assange is the target of a US manhunt.

    • With Rumored Manhunt for Wikileaks Founder and Arrest of Alleged Leaker of Video Showing Iraq Killings, Obama Admin Escalates Crackdown on Whistleblowers of Classified Information
    • IFJ condemns jailing of Venezuela journalist

      The International Federation of Journalists has condemned the jail sentence and fine handed out to Venezuelan columnist Francisco Perez.

      “It is a brutal, unacceptable judgment with very few international precedents,” said the Brussels-based body that represents around 600,000 journalists in more than 100 countries.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality/DRM

    • BBC Trust Consultation: On-demand Syndication

      As I wrote in my submission using the online survey, it would be far better if the BBC simply released the iPlayer code as open source, and allowed companies and people to support the platforms they are interested in. This would save money and enable a far greater range of devices to be supported. I also recommended allowing the atomisation of content, rather than forcing people to watch pre-defined channels – in other words, in the way we consume content online.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Supreme Court’s ruling on Monsanto’s GM alfalfa

      1.Supreme Court Ruling in Monsanto Case is Victory for Center for Food Safety, Farmers
      2.Supreme Court’s Ruling on Monsanto’s GM Alfalfa: Who Won?

    • Meat

    • Copyrights

      • File-sharing has weakened copyright—and helped society

        Has file-sharing helped society? Looked at from the narrow perspective of existing record labels, the question must seem absurd; profits have dropped sharply in the years since tools like Napster first appeared. But a pair of well-known academics argue peer-to-peer file sharing has weakened copyright in the US… and managed to benefit all of us at the same time.

        “Consumer welfare increased substantially due to new technology,” write Felix Oberholzer-Gee of Harvard and Koleman Strumpf of the University of Kansas. “Weaker copyright protection, it seems, has benefited society.”

      • Copyright Ratchet, Copyright Racket

        An anti-trust exemption that would allow newspaper to operate as a cartel *in the public interest*. George Orwell would have loved it.

      • Director Furious As Lawmakers Watch Pirate Copy of Hit Movie

        A movie director in India is threatening legal action against lawmakers after it was revealed they gathered and watched a pirate copy of his hit movie. The film, titled ‘Raajneeti’ (‘Politics’), was released early this month in theaters but dozens of lawmakers from the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party didn’t visit one. They were caught after their illicit screening was broadcast on TV as part of a news report.

      • Britain’s BPI goes after Google

        The BPI, the RIAA’s UK counterpart, has gone up against the Holiest of Holies, American online advertising conglomerate Google, says Chilling Effects.

        Short for British Phonographic Industry, the BPI contributed to the British government’s Digital Ecomy bill, complete with its ACTA Three Strikes and you’re Off The Net element, with hardly a murmur from the UK lamescream media.

      • Well This Is Funny…

        With that in mind, I had to chuckle to myself when I read the news that the producer of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” has started shooting the project with a mere $5-million budget and a crew that likely ensures a quiet direct-to-video release (if that).

        [...]

        The producer was forced to rush this thing into production now – otherwise he would lose the rights altogether after tying them up for nearly 20 years.

      • Major Labels Begin Major Astroturfing Campaign To Get 3 Strikes In The US

        A friend just forwarded me an email “from” the CEO of Universal Music (really from an email marketing campaign system if you look at the headers) that encourages him to push for new laws in the US to kick people offline for file sharing. To date, the RIAA and others in the recording industry have known better than to seriously push for a three strikes-type legislation in the US, knowing that it is a battle that they very well might lose. They had hoped, quite strongly, that various ISPs would come to simply agree to implement a three strikes plan to kick people offline after three accusations (not convictions) of copyright infringement. But it’s been nearly a year and a half since the RIAA believed those deals were close, and there’s still nothing to show for it. Nothing.

        So, it looks like the industry is going to plan B: which is going back to trying to ram through legislation that will require ISPs to take the draconian step of protecting one industry’s broken business model. And to get this going, it looks like the industry has set up a neat little set of astroturfing groups and “consumer” campaigns that try to hide the specifics, but clearly are designed to get similar three strikes legislation (similar to the Digital Economy Act in the UK) put in place in the US.

    • ACTA

Clip of the Day

CLUG Talk 12 May 2009 – IPTables (2009)


The History of ‘Paul Murphy’ Defaming Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, SCO, UNIX at 6:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

ZDNet

Summary: A look back (8 years ago) at what “Paul Murphy” was doing to GNU/Linux, leading to the thread “Rudy de Haas’ Defamation”

Our previous post dealt with pseudonym “Paul Murphy”, whose fake nickname must have indicated an escape from some past or some shame (sincere people needn’t hide their identity), even predating the SCO case. A reader has sent us a pointer to this old message which refers to IDG (LinuxWorld):

—–Original Message—–
From: John Alvord [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 5:17 PM
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Re: Rudy de Haas’ Defamation

On Mon, 27 May 2002 19:33:01 -0400, “Post, Mark K” <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
wrote:

>I thought quite a while before deciding to write this note. I finally
>decided that it was worth the trouble and risk of being ignored.
>
>Rudy de Haas’ (aka Paul Murphy) latest and final article in his series on
>Linux/390 was really too much to have to deal with in what should be a
>reputable publication such as LinuxWorld. Inferring that the subscribers
of
>the Linux-390 mailing list are the same as gullible members of a religious
>cult is crossing the line of responsible journalism into territory that I
>don’t even know how to categorize.
>
>In his zeal to criticize IBM and the Linux/390 platform, he seems to be
>unaware of one possible explanation for all the things he can’t understand
>about the platform and its supporters: they might be right and he might be
>wrong. In his last column he makes the comment “The list members know
>what’s going on, most of them have daily access to Linux on the mainframe
>and can see its costs and limitations far more clearly than outsiders can.”
>Which is true. In his mind, though, that just makes them deluded cult
>members, as opposed to intelligent professionals who know a good thing when
>they see it.
>
>If Mr. de Haas had actually listened to the responses he got, instead of
>taking them as further evidence of a collective delusion, he might have
>avoided libeling thousands of honest, hardworking IT professionals.
>Instead, he chose to drape himself in the mantel of self-righteousness and
>proceed in his own delusion.
>
>To use a British turn of phrase, bad show, both on his part, and yours as
>well.
>
>Mark Post

Maybe some people here should author a rebuttal and see if LinuxWorld
would publish it.

john

The SCO case is practically over, but the usual suspects — Rud^H^H^H^Hrphy included — keep flogging a dead horse. It’s important that people don’t pay attention to them.

“Maureen O’Gara said she was going to call them so it looks better coming from her.”

Microsoft's "smoking guns"

More Microsoft Debt, Legalised Tax Evasion, and Investment in the SCO Case

Posted in Finance, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, SCO, SUN at 4:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Eye

Summary: A look at Brad Smith’s lobbying, a loan of $1.25 billion, and Microsoft’s involvement in the SCO case against Linux is revisited

The last post finished with a word about Brad Smith’s lobbying for Microsoft.

It was only weeks ago that Brad Smith was lobbying for legalisation that gives Microsoft a green light to tax evasion — an issue which is now being discussed by apologists of Microsoft’s bad practices (who met Brad Smith for dinner):

As we pointed out in today’s Morning Fizz, Jeff Reifman, a former Microsoft employee who is on a crusade to get Microsoft to pay royalty taxes on software licenses, took me task for not asking Microsoft VP Brad Smith about their—estimated $100 million a year—tax dodge. (Reifman’s website has a helpful fact sheet on the issue.)

Here’s the deal: Microsoft has a shop in Reno, Nevada where it issues its software licenses. Even though dividends from those licenses come back to Redmond, the licensing transactions are not captured by Washington State because the business is technically generated out of Nevada. (I talked at length today with bureaucrats in Olympia who confirmed the situation.)

[...]

By the way, I take issue with Reifman’s assertion that I was “charmed” or “rolled over” by Smith and the dinner.

Microsoft really needs to start paying tax. The company’s existing debt deepens based on this new report, so citizens might never see a penny.

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust will be trustee of $1.25 billion in Microsoft convertible debt after the software company offered them to investors last week, Microsoft announced Friday (PDF – 106 pages).

Pogson wrote about this company’s famous case of legalised (using Microsoft veterans in the government) tax evasion:

I would like the USA to apply RICO to what M$ does, too. RICO covers fraud such as false advertising and tax fraud. Many of the “get the fud” ads, the layers of partners and kickbacks, and $billions “invested in research” could be fraudulent. Could a business really investing billions in research actually produce a product as faulty as that other OS? I expect a lot fewer billions have been invested in GNU/Linux research for a much better result. Is the research of M$ legitimate, or a tax dodge? Around the world, M$ has been pursued for dodging taxes. I would not be surprised to find they do it “at home”. The last annual report said:

“During fiscal year 2008, we reached a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on its 2000-2003 examination. As a result, we reduced our unrecognized tax benefits by $4.8 billion and recognized a tax provision reduction of $1.2 billion. As a result of the 2000-2003 settlement and the related impact on subsequent years, we paid the IRS approximately $4.1 billion during fiscal year 2009.”

One can go further and discuss Microsoft’s funding of SCO, which is a serious issue. “Microsoft wished to promote SCO and its pending lawsuit against IBM and the Linux operating system,” confessed Larry Goldfarb, a key investor in SCO who was approached by Microsoft. “Microsoft did not want to be seen as attacking IBM or Linux,” he added. SCO is now dead or at least dying, but the damage caused by Microsoft’s investment in SCO will never be undone.

I, personally, would like to see SCO die in a fire for all the expense, FUD and general heartache they brought to the free and open source community, but there’s probably not enough left of the company to burn.

Over at ZDNet (now featuring Vista 7 ads in all blog pages), pseudonym Paul Murphy is told: “Come on “Paul”, you need to step up someday and admit that you have been wrong all along about SCO and their scheme against Linux. You can do it, I know you can!”

Pseudonym Paul Murphy has been promoting SCO’s case for many years and he still refuses to acknowledge that it was all in vain. Groklaw responds with a mention of Novell’s role:

He continues to insult, and he predicts SCO, or a new owner of Novell, will surely succeed yet in fulfilling SCO’s plot, in what he believes, if I’ve understood him, will be a legal Hail Mary pass to go down in history. The new FUD is his article, Suicide by Victory: More on SCO, in which he predicts gloom and doom for Linux because Novell won at the jury trial in Utah.

Groklaw also refers to this article which cites Rob Enderle (big SCO booster and Linux agitator). “The link is to Rob Enderle’s old article,” writes Groklaw. “His point is that litigation is a skill, and most CEO’s don’t have skill in that field.”

Well, Microsoft has been claiming to ‘embrace’ “Open Source” while litigiously attacking “Open Source” [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] and clearly describing it as a competitor. SCO did something similar with Linux. That was probably before Microsoft approached SCO with cash. That’s just how Microsoft operates.

Based on a new report, the judge who became famous partly for his role in convicting Microsoft is being tapped by Oracle in its case against Microsoft’s ally SAP (which lobbied against Oracle and Sun last year). To quote part of the article: (also in [1, 2])

Oracle has brought in the big guns to assist in its intellectual-property lawsuit against rival applications vendor SAP, hiring attorney David Boies, well-known for his high-profile role prosecuting the U.S. government’s landmark antitrust case against Microsoft.

[...]

The attorney’s role in the Microsoft case, where he served as a special trial counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, was just one highlight in a career many legal industry observers have called legendary.

Oracle has just been sued for overcharging the government, but that’s another story. We hope to see Microsoft sued for the role it played in the SCO case, which happens to have hurt Oracle. Microsoft has a tradition of sending attack dogs or vultures to attack its competition.

Eagle

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