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IRC Proceedings: August 4th, 2010

Posted in IRC Logs at 6:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


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Links 4/8/2010: Preview of KDE 4.5, KDE 4.5 RC3 in Mandriva 2010.1

Posted in News Roundup at 4:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish



  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • Preview of KDE 4.5

        Plasma, KDE’s desktop shell, has a few new features added in SC 4.5. Among them are the preview button in Folderview. Instead of hovering over a folder and automatically giving you a popup access window, hovering your mouse will show an “up arrow” button that gives the same functionality, making it less intrusive.

        KDE has also added many new features and fixes to KDE games, admin tools, and other included software. KDE 4.5 is available for many operating systems, including Linux, FreeBSD and other Unix variants, Windows, and Mac OS X. Most Linux distributions provide updated binaries through their software repositories. You can also download KDE from the project’s website and build it from source. KDE is free and open source software, and the new version 4.5 is expected to be released today, August 4.

      • KDE release day for 4.5.0 delayed

        Today an email from the release team was sent out notifying KDE developers and packagers that the release of the next KDE software compilation, containing versions 4.5.0 of the Dev Platform, Workspaces and application modules, will be delayed by a week.

  • Distributions

    • Weaknet Linux – Penetration Testing & Forensic Analysis Linux Distribution

      WeakNet Linux is designed primarily for penetration testing, forensic analysis and other security tasks. WeakNet Linux IV was built from Ubuntu 9.10 which is a Debian based distro. All references to Ubuntu have been removed as the author completely re-compiled the kernel, removed all Ubuntu specific software which would cause the ISO to bloat, and used a non-Ubuntu-traditional Window Manager, with no DM. To start X11 (Fluxbox) simply type “startx” at the command line as root.

    • Hacking is easy…

      Now, Gentoo has currently a number of hacks over Rubygems (the library, and the package manager) for two main reason: supporting the Portage-based install of gems in the old manner (as in calling gem from within the eclass), and supporting multiple Ruby implementations to be installed at the same time.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

      • KDE 4.5 RC3 available for Mandriva 2010 Spring !!

        The third release candidate release of KDE 4.5 was released last week and again thanks to neoclust and mikala who did all the rebuild work this time, we have packages for Mandriva 2010 Spring since a couple of days now. Packages for both i586 and x86_64 are available. Here are the upgrade instructions:

      • Mandriva2010 Spring..

        1.faster boot
        2.quick response.
        3.better fonts.
        4.default wide range software
        5. large repository media(Free DVD version)..

      • August 2010 Issue of The NEW PCLinuxOS Magazine

        In the August 2010 issue:

        Xfce 4.6.2: Xfce Settings Manager, Part 3
        Xfce 4.6.2: Customize Your Xfwm Theme
        Xfce 4.6.2: Customize Thunar’s Context Menus
        Video Encoding: Step-By-Step
        Linux IS Ready For The Desktop
        OpenOffice 3.2: Calc
        Clipping Objects Together To Create Cool Graphics With Inkscape
        Ms_meme’s Nook: Linux Time
        Forum Foible: Fun With PCLinuxOS
        Computer Languages A to Z: Modula2
        Command Line Interface Intro: Part 11
        Screenshot Showcase
        Alternate OS: Haiku, Part 2
        Game Zone: World Of Goo
        Firefox Add-ons: Xmarks Marks The Spot
        and much, much more!

    • Red Hat Family

      • Red Hat gets bump as markets rise

        After a 200-plus point increase on Monday, the Dow was set to give up some of those gains. U.S. futures pointed to a weak opening, CNBC reports.

      • Red Hat vs. Ubuntu: Why upstream commits matter

        There has been some ‘debate’ that has bubbled to the surface again recently about Ubuntu vs. Red Hat on the issue of who contributes what to Linux.

        Red Hat leads the Linux world with its contributions to the core Linux kernel and it also leads with its contributions to the GNOME desktop project as well. Ubuntu on the hand does contribute (not as much), and is focused on ‘fit and finish’ for the most part.

        I personally don’t have much issue with the fact that Ubuntu doesn’t contribute as much upstream as Red Hat — though it is something that matters. Let me explain.

    • Debian Family

      • On extending Debian membership to non-programming contributors

        Stefano raised again the issue of providing some kind of Debian membership to people that contribute to Debian in unusual ways (not involving deep purely technical skills), like doing translation, documentation, marketing, design, etc.


        It’s true that the name “Debian Developer” is suboptimal for non-programmers. But it’s also suboptimal for most DDs, since most of us don’t strictly develop software: we “just” maintain packages, mainly developing meta-data around the upstream source code. “Debian Developer” is how we call our full-fledged project members. Do we want to classify those non-programming contributors as second-class citizens? If not, we need to make them “Debian Developers”, not some strange other name.

      • DebConf 10: Day 2

        Stefano delivered an excellent address to the Debian project. As Project Leader, he offered a perspective on how far Debian has come, raised some of the key questions facing Debian today, and challenged the project to move forward and improve in several important ways.

        He asked the audience: Is Debian better than other distributions? Is Debian still relevant? Why/how?

      • Canonical/Ubuntu

        • Canonical Adjusts Ubuntu Linux Partner Strategy

          Canonical has made a subtle but important shift in its channel partner strategy. Sure, the Ubuntu Linux promoter continues to engage with solutions providers. But increasingly, Canonical wants to recruit hosting partners and cloud partners onto the Ubuntu bandwagon.


          The VAR Guy is intrigued but key questions remain. For starters how does Canonical intend to compete with Novell’s Intelligent Workload Management (designed for on-premises and cloud environments) and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), which Red Hat is promoting to cloud partners?

        • Main frozen for Alpha-3
        • Making room in the sound indicator

          In Maverick we’re adding the new Ayatana indicator for sound, Conor Curran’s very classy implementation of MPT’s very classy spec. It’s a Category Indicator, like the messaging menu, so it allows apps to embed themselves into it in a standard and appropriate way. You can have multiple players represented there, and control them directly from the menu, without needing a custom AppIndicator or windows open for the player(s). The integration with Rhythmbox and, via the MPRIS dbus API, several other players is coming along steadily.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Nokia/MeeGo

        • MeeGo for IVI 1.0 Screenshots

          If you’re wondering exactly what MeeGo is, it’s a combination of Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo project. This lightweight combination targets smartphones, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. This specific release is for Atom-based IVI systems. These systems are designed to deliver things like navigation, entertainment, and networked computing services inside of cars, trucks, buses, planes and more. On their website MeeGo states “As vehicles become connected to the internet, the demand for internet-based entertainment applications and services increases and MeeGo strives to accelerate the pace of innovation in IVI.” I couldn’t help downloading MeeGo for IVI V1.0, taking some screenshots, and writing some of my thoughts on the new features. Be sure to visit the cart where you can buy MeeGo on USB.

      • Sub-notebooks

        • JoliCloud Finally Launches

          JoliCloud is based on Linux, and is looking to go after cloud clients such as netbooks and tablets. However, the Paris-based company started by former Netvibes founder Tariq Krim is also exploring ways to recycle old computers and make them cloud compatible — targeting an economically sensitive demographic. Krim thinks web OS-based machines are going to find favor in the educational realm as well.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Six open source projects you should be using

    Nagios: Open source network and system monitoring and notification
    I’ve been a fan of Nagios for a long time. Nagios is a soup-to-nuts network and system monitoring and notification tool that has an extensive list of plug-ins and a vibrant community. There is a steep learning curve to set it up, but once that’s done, you’ll have your finger on the pulse of the entire IT plant.

  • CMS

    • Drupal has a two-prong enterprise strategy

      The news peg here is an agreement with Cap Gemini to promote Drupal as part of its Immediate platform. On his blog Buytaert compared it to the decision by Dell and IBM to ship Linux on their machines in 2007.

  • Business

    • Australia to Host Global Open Source Leaders

      Leaders of Ingres, Jaspersoft, Liferay, Sugar CRM, Pentaho and Red Hat are converging for the inaugural SPLASH Conference in Sydney on August 10, 2010. The main reason of the meeting is to share ideas with local firms in Australia.

  • BSD

    • 10 differences between Linux and BSD

      How often do you hear people lumping together Linux and any of the BSDs? I’ve done it on occasion, and I hear it all the time. Of course, there are plenty of similarities between Linux and BSD: They are both based on UNIX. For the most part, both systems are developed by noncommercial organizations. And I must say that both the Linux and BSD variants have one common goal — to create the most useful, reliable operating system available.

  • Government

    • CIA Software Developer Goes Open Source, Instead

      For three years, Matthew Burton has been trying to get a simple, useful software tool into the hands of analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency. For three years, haggling over the code’s intellectual property rights has kept the software from going anywhere near Langley. So now, Burton’s releasing it — free to the public, and under an open source license.

      Burton, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst and software developer, speaks today at the Military Open Source Software Working Group in Virginia. It’s a gathering of 80 or so national security tech-types who’ve heard a thousand stories about good ideas and good code getting sunk, because of squabbles over who owns the software.

  • Licensing

    • More GPL Enforcement Progress

      LWN is reporting a GPL enforcement story that I learned about during last week while at GUADEC (excellent conference, BTW, blog post on that later this week). I wasn’t sure if it was really of interest to everyone, but since it’s hit the press, I figured I’d write a brief post to mention it.

      As many probably know, I’m president of the Software Freedom Conservancy, which is the non-profit organizational home of the BusyBox project. As part of my role at Conservancy, I help BusyBox in its GPL enforcement efforts. Specifically and currently, the SFLC is representing Conservancy in litigation against a number of defendants who have violated the GPL and were initially unresponsive to Conservancy’s attempts to bring them into compliance with the terms of the license.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Update on Open Source Initiative’s adoption of the Open Knowledge Definition

      A few weeks back we blogged about Russ Nelson’s proposals for the Open Source Initiative (OSI) to adopt the Open Knowledge Definition, our standard for openness in relation to content and data.


      Here are the questions we arrived at (thanks to Skud aka Kirrily Robert for taking notes):

      1. What happens with data that’s not copyrightable? 1a. What about data that consists of facts about the world and thus even a collection of it cannot be copyrighted, but the exact file format can be copyrighted? Many sub-federal-level governments in the US have to publish facts on demand but claim a copyright on the formatting.
      2. What about data that’s not accessible as a whole, but only through an API?
      3. We’re thinking that OKD #9 should read “execution of an additional agreement” rather than “additional license”.
      4. Does OKD #4 apply to works distributed in a particular file format? Is a movie not open data if it’s encoded in a patent-encumbered codec? Does it become open data if it’s re-encoded?
      5. What constitutes onerous attribution in OKD #5? If you get open data from somebody, and they have an attribution page, is it sufficient for you to comply with the attribution requirement if you point to the attribution page?


  • Can open business practices survive an acquisition?

    In a recent case study about the company, the New York Times details how, almost immediately following the deal, friction emerged between the two companies. In an effort to stay the course of their mission statement, Honest Tea added a “no high-fructose corn syrup” label to the packaging of its Honest Kids line of children’s drinks. Coke saw this label as disparaging and potentially damaging to its other product lines and asked Honest Tea to change or remove the claim from its labels.

  • Wave Goodbye To Google Wave

    Maybe it was just ahead of its time. Or maybe there were just too many features to ever allow it to be defined properly, but Google is saying today that they are going to stop any further development of Google Wave.

  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

    • How WikiLeaks Is Changing the World

      After dumping 90,000 documents from the war in Afghanistan, and with a treasure trove of millions of files on other topics from around the world waiting to be released, everywhere-and-nowhere Internet leak hub WikiLeaks is once again the center of a discussion about the changing landscape of investigative journalism and the relationship between the media and the state secrets it reports. Nobody questions the importance of WikiLeaks, but not everyone is pleased.

    • Surprise! Feds stored thousands of checkpoint body scan images after all

      US agencies have long defended the use of body scanning devices at airports with the promise that all images will be discarded as soon as security staff have viewed them.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • Hadopi’s Secret Internet Spying Spec Leaked

        As a part of France’s three strikes law, the organization in charge of implementing the program, Hadopi (which, we should remind you, was caught infringing itself in using a font it did not license for its logo), has been tasked with figuring out a way to actually block people from the internet, or to stop them from using certain file sharing programs. While there were public consultations on how to do this, the actual technical spec was supposed to have been kept secret.

      • Flattr: A Social Micropayment Platform for Financing Free Works

        The idea is pretty simple. Flattr functions very nearly like a social networking or social bookmarking site — but with money. Sites that support Flattr provide a button that members of Flattr can push to signal their appreciation. When they do, the Flattr site gets a notification.

        At the end of each month, each member’s clicks are added up. Their monthly balance is then divided up equally among all of the clicked “things”. These are paid out, micro-payment style, to the recipients. The total amount spent by the donor, though, is constant — they set this choice from their Flattr account. So the amount they spend is totally predictable, no matter how many times they click.

Clip of the Day

MPX demo video

Florian Müller Unearths Dan Lyons’ Old Junk

Posted in Deception, IBM, Microsoft at 3:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Daniel Lyons
Original photo by Mark Coggins

Summary: A successor/heir is found for old unverified ‘dirt’ about Groklaw, IBM continues to annoy members of the public with ludicrous patent applications, and Microsoft joins an amicus curiae in the Therasense patent case

WE SELDOM write about Dan Lyons, the clown who called himself “fake Steve Jobs” in order to piggyback some famous person’s name. Dan Lyons is probably known within GNU/Linux circles for his vicious attacks on GNU/Linux, on Richard Stallman/FSF, and on Groklaw. Some years ago he was spreading rumours though some weirdly-named blog (not “fake Steve Jobs”) and Florian Müller is currently bolstering his anti-IBM agenda using old speculations from Dan Lyons, who alleged without evidence that IBM was paying Groklaw (IBM denied this under oath). For what it’s worth, earlier today Müller published a GNU/Linux-hostile blog post about the Munich migration, which is succeeding [1, 2]. This is nothing new from Müller, who previously helped stall the migration to GNU/Linux in Munich (Müller has told us that he uses Vista 7 on his desktop/laptop and never GNU/Linux). The funny thing is that Novell staff is helping him right now over at Twitter. One of Novell’s Mono folks even misleads him by mischaracterising statistics. We use Varnish as a separate and static front end, so the actual Web server only gets used as a ‘fallback’ when the page requested is not cached or the user is logged on (so generic pages do not apply).

Anyway, over a Groklaw we now have a summary of SCO vs. Novell trial transcripts. This trial ought to leave IBM in the clear, even though Microsoft has new proxies attacking IBM.

It ought to be added that we do not defend IBM all the time. We are strong critics of IBM's patent policy for example. Today we find another new example of IBM’s outrageous patents:

IBM Trying To Patent Cure For Obama’s BlackBerry Woes

theodp writes “Appearing Thursday on The View, President Obama lamented that his BlackBerry was no fun anymore, noting that only about 10 people had his BlackBerry personal e-mail address. ‘I’ve got to admit it’s no fun because they think it’s going to be subject to the Presidential Records Act so nobody sends me the juicy stuff,’ he ruefully added. Coincidentally, the USPTO disclosed on Thursday that IBM has a patent pending for a Cellular Telephone Using Multiple Accounts, which provides multiple SIM card slots to address the problems faced by ‘an elected official [who] may be under legal restraints regarding the nature of calls which may be made from a particular telephone.’ Without its invention, explains Big Blue, ‘an official may use one telephone for calls in an official government capacity; another for calls to a re-election committee; and another for purely personal use.’ IBM ran to the patent office with details of the new ‘invention’ (image) just days after Obama was told he could keep his BlackBerry for personal use, but would have to use an NSA-approved phone for anything government related.”

Crosbie Fitch says: “Until you extract the root and abolish #patent, the weed of #swpat will keep coming back. #Patents are NOT ‘a good idea badly executed’.”

That’s why OIN is not the solution, abolition is. The open letter calling for abolishment of software patents in Australia has almost got 800 signatures so far, so thanks to all the Australians who signed it. The target was 500 and it has been exceeded by far. The more, the merrier. Thanks to Ben Sturmfels for that.

Here is what Microsoft is up to this week when it comes to patents:

Last Friday, sanofi-aventis and Microsoft joined in filing an amicus curiae brief with the Federal Circuit in the Therasense, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson & Co. case. The brief, filed in support of appellants and urging the en banc Court to reverse the three-judge panel’s affirmance of inequitable conduct against Abbott, was limited to one of the “questions” posed to the parties and amici by the Federal Circuit when granting en banc review: “[w]hether the specific intent element of the inequitable conduct doctrine is properly derived from the common law” (see “Federal Circuit Grants En Banc Review in Therasense v. Becton Dickinson”).


Intent generally is not required for patent infringement, a strict liability tort. It is only in “extraordinary situations,” amici argue, that intent becomes an issue: for infringers when the allegation is for inducing infringement, and for patentees when the allegation is inequitable conduct. The brief argues that specific intent, defined as “[t]he intent to accomplish the precise act with which one has been charged” (reflecting the origins of the concept in criminal law) is the standard that a court should apply when establishing inequitable conduct.

As Carlo Piana put it, “the *only* solution is [software patents] abolition NOW.”

‘Be Careful’ Warning Accompanies Gavin Clarke’s Coverage of GNU/Linux

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 2:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Register - Gavin

Summary: FUD warnings about particular writers from The Register (new Linux is out and Microsoft’s booster Gavin Clarke has to just say something negative and scary, as usual) and IDG’s ‘open source’ blog, which is being used by its writers to promote their businesses

THE REGISTER has declined in terms of quality over the years. We have expressed our disappointment with this publication (and gave examples [1, 2]) after it had gotten closer to Microsoft. One of their worst writers is the guy who runs their Microsoft audiocast (along with Mary Jo Foley). Sadly for GNU/Linux, this guy (Clarke) also likes to cover GNU/Linux, usually in a tongue-in-cheek type of way. We have warned about his bias and convictions since around 2008.

“This is probably intended to make people afraid of Linux, or at least to imply that there are technical issues with it.”A new version of Linux is out this week and rather than cover the good news, Gavin — on behalf of The Register — just published the headline “‘Be careful’ warning accompanies latest Linux kernel”.

This is probably intended to make people afraid of Linux, or at least to imply that there are technical issues with it. No other publication that we found (we look at two dozens of headlines) put a negative spin on this release.

A lot of mainstream media FUD affected Linux also when Novell made the unnecessary "bloated" remark. That happened in LinuxCon, which is organised by the Linux Foundation (heavily influenced by Novell).

Novell’s Markus Rex, who used to serve the Linux Foundation as a chief, gets a Novell/SUSE placement/spot at the Linux Foundation Web site. Rex is not a bad guy however; actually he’s one among the minority at Novell which actually cares about GNU/Linux as opposed to marketing ‘fluff’ like Fog Computing. To quote a portion of the post:

Rex: My prediction for 2010 is more Linux, more Linux, more Linux. We will see the continued march of the penguin as Linux becomes the de facto operating system across a wide range of technologies. Today, Linux can be found in almost every data center and is making progress across a wide range of consumer technologies, including smartphones, netbooks and car entertainment systems. Linux has expanded its ecosystem and is now being deployed in a variety of different environments, including physical, virtual and cloud.

If Novell went under (after selling), Rex would probably be scooped up by one the companies that can gain at Novell’s expense. Novell won’t be missed as its full-time employees too continue to smear (and assist other people’s smears) against Techrights. it’s quite blatant.

Going back to FUD, watch how OpenLogic still uses IDG’s ‘open source’ blog (syndicated in Google News) to promote its products, this time spreading Red Hat FUD to help its own support business (there is also a lot of marketing around CloudLinux, which is another RHEL clone with a better marketing name). OpenLogic’s ‘cousins’ from Black Duck (they also use IDG’s ‘open source’ blog to spread FUD and thus sell their services) are receiving money from SAP now.

Novell’s Promotion of Mono and Visual Studio Tools Comes Under Scrutiny

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, OpenSUSE at 2:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Vervet monkeys

Summary: Novell continues to advance Microsoft’s way of doing things and pro-GNU/Linux news sites think that it stinks

MAKER OF Mono, Novell Inc., is still hiring for OpenSUSE (as we showed last night, there is more than a single example), but Novell also uses OpenSUSE as a vector for putting Mono in other GNU/Linux distributions.

There are certain Mono-based applications that are more problematic than others due to the limitations of the MCP. This week we have ECT covering GNOME Do, which is Mono based and thus should be avoided. Its developer actually works for Canonical.

In a new article titled “Trojan Alert: Mono Tools for Visual Studio 2.0,” the author warns that Mono is, well, a “trojan horse which Novell is planting in free software systems.” To quote in full:

Mono has been severely criticized by the Free Software community and often dubbed at Microsoft’s trojan horse which Novell is planting in free software systems.

They are just trying to squash GNU/Linux and Java, by promoting substitutes to them, Visual Studio for example. Visual Studio is a Windows program.

“Now it was time to annihilate a new competitor, and Gates wanted Eller for the job. [...] By February 1990, Eller’s group was partially staffed. They were already working on their first demo, and their mission was clear: Kill GO Corp. Raikes had said as much. Squashing the competition was not a written policy, but something woven into the ethos of Microsoft.”

Barbarians Led by Bill Gates, a book composed
by the daughter of Microsoft’s PR mogul

Microsoft’s Latest Coup in South America

Posted in America, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, SCO at 1:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“If all I say is “I’m in favor of freedom”, I have not really tackled the difficult issue, because it’s very easy to say: “I stand for freedom”, even Bush says he stands for freedom, and Bush doesn’t even recognize freedom after he’s crushed it.”

Richard Stallman

Álvaro Uribe

Summary: Microsoft’s anti-GNU/Linux executive is made the Communications Minister in Colombia; Microsoft’s GNU/Linux attack dog (from SCO) a keynote speaker at LinuxCon Brasil

Jorge E. Gómez has kindly informed us that a “Senior MSFT VP to be appointed Communications Minister in Colombia. http://www.cmi.com.co/?nt=49255

We previously wrote about Colombia in the context of Microsoft corruption. We also mentioned how Microsoft had suppressed GNU/Linux adoption in Colombia and showed leaked evidence. The article from yesterday is roughly translated into “Bill Gates gave the go ahead. Your world will be the new vice minister of Communications in Colombia”

From the original:

Uno de los colombianos mejor posicionados en el mundo de las comunicaciones es el bogotano Orlando Ayala. Poco conocido aquí, consagrado en el exterior.

Está al frente de una de las vicepresidencias de la gigantesca Microsoft y es uno de los siete asesores más cercanos a Bill Gates.

Orlando Ayala is Microsoft’s anti-GNU/Linux executive [1, 2]. Even quite recently Ayala was touring countries that had approached GNU/Linux, e.g. Kazakhstan. So the appointment in Colombia could not come at a better time. Just see articles from recent years, such as:

TED follows Negroponte to Colombia to deliver GNU/Linux XO laptops

TED followed Nicholas Negroponte into Colombia to deliver 650 GNU/Linux-powered OLPC XO laptops to kids there. Interesting story with deployment numbers scattered all over.The video also addresses other areas in the world and ends with a Give 1 Get 1 plug.

Free software conference in Colombia

The first International Conference on Free Software, Technological Literacy and Solidarity Economy took place in Bogotá (Colombia) from 13th to 15th of November. More than 80 speakers and 600 assistants attended at the the Tequendama Hotel, a traditional meeting point in the city.

Colombian man pleads guilty to computer fraud

A Colombian man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a 16-county indictment involving an identity theft scheme in which he installed keylogging software on hotel business center computers and Internet lounges in order to steal passwords, account data and other personal information, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Earlier today we also learned that Microsoft continues its attacks on GNU/Linux in Brazil. The details are here in the comments, but just to summarise, Microsoft will give a keynote speech at LinuxCon Brasil and its speaker will be Sandy Gupta, the guy who previously attacked GNU/Linux from SCO’s Microsoft-funded camp. Groklaw wrote about him many times over the years. The Linux Foundation ought not to repeat OSCON's mistake (the foundation previously made room for Sam Ramji too).

Under NO circumstances lose against Linux before ensuring we have used this program [EDGI] actively and in a smart way.”

Orlando Ayala, Microsoft

Apple Takes Down — But Not Apologises for — FUD Against Linux-powered Phones

Posted in Apple, FUD, GNU/Linux, Google at 12:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: FUD videos about Android phones quietly vanish

A WHILE ago we covered some Apple FUD tactics against Android phones. Well, the good news is that the FUD has been take down. As a little background:

Perhaps you remember the videos in which Apple proved beyond an unreasonable doubt that all cell phones have the same antenna issues of which the iPhone 4 is accused.

Very nice, Apple. “Apple has silently removed the videos that “proved” that RIM, HTC etc also have reception problems,” wrote Jan Wildeboer.

Links 4/8/2010: Motorola Open Sources Droid X, Oracle Fixes Eclipse, and “Open Core is Dead”

Posted in News Roundup at 12:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish



  • Unruly Customers

    M$, too, had a lot of willing and unwilling customers who have now seen the light and broken out of their jail. Fortunately there is no doubt in most people’s minds that it is legal to migrate to GNU/Linux. They know PCs are somewhat more open than an embedded thingie. That wasn’t always so. I have met people who thought it was against the law to replace the OS, but lately, folks have been installing GNU/Linux on their own or with some help and a few are buying PCs installed with GNU/Linux.

  • Instructionals

  • Desktop Environments

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • how to get more people wikiing?

        Today’s blog entry is a simple question:

        What would motivate you to contribute to KDE wikis such as Techbase or Userbase?

        Within the Plasma team, developers put a fair amount of time and effort into writing tutorials, with some more taking shape on our Community wiki pages. We’re about to start on content on Userbase, starting with documenting how Actitivies work from a user’s point of view in the 4.5 release. Other teams within KDE are doing similarly.

    • GNOME Desktop

      • Red Hat Is The Top GNOME Contributor
      • Ubuntu To Get Ayatana Sound Indicator

        Ubuntu’s next version, code-named Maverick Meerkat, is slated for the November release. Mark Shuttleworth once again emphasized the ongoing work on improving the art-work of Ubuntu.

        Ubuntu is planning to add a new sound indicator to enhance the ‘music’ experience under Ubuntu. Mark Shuttleworth is toying with the artwork of the indicator.

      • GNOME Commit-Digest Issue 95

        This week… 1817 commits, in 202 projects, by 221 happy hackers (and 396 were translation commits).

  • Distributions

    • Red Hat Family

      • Red Hat appointments to boost APAC growth

        Red Hat, provider of open source solutions, today announced six senior management appointments to boost its Asia-Pacific management team and position the company for growth in the region.

    • Debian Family

      • Debian developer conference under way in New York City

        The tenth annual Debian Developer Conference has opened in New York City, marking the first time the event has been held in the U.S. The event will explore the latest developments with the Debian Linux distribution, which is popular among embedded Linux developers, and also offers the foundation for Linux distros including Ubuntu Linux, Xandros, and Google’s Chrome OS.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu

        • Flavours and Variants

          • Introducing Lubuntu

            A light-weight version of Ubuntu Linux has hit download mirrors everywhere. While it is not yet officially supported by Canonical, the company behind the world’s most popular Linux distribution, this version of Ubuntu has in the last three months wormed its way up the Linux charts to become the twelfth most popular version of Linux. The name of this light-weight version of Ubuntu is Lubuntu,

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Android

        • Motorola Open Sources Droid X

          It appears Motorola may have finally given us what we wanted: the open source software for the Droid X. That’s right, now developers can mess around with the 4.3-inch beast even more! This isn’t quite as exciting as the 1-Click Root that came to the Droid X just a few days ago, but it’s still news. And I’m sure some crazy dev will have Froyo up and running on the Droid X in no time.

        • Droid X: More Athlete Than Aesthete

          With the Droid X, Motorola’s slapped a huge hunk of screen onto a stone-cold slab of a phone that still manages to sit comfortably in the hand and in the pocket. It’s got processor muscle, sharp screen resolution, and an interface that looks kinda ugly even after you customize it. Those widgets and controls might be worth a little homeliness, though.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Negroponte’s OLPC Offer Shows Staying Power of Open Projects

        Now that is a friendly, charitable letter, and it illustrates something that the many nay-sayers didn’t realize when criticizing the OLPC effort: It’s extremely common in the open source world for an initial idea to find itself without wings, and then flourish and fly in a metamorphosized new version. It’s entirely likely that the OLPC assets are exactly what Indian developers need to deliver a good device at a low price point.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Datamatics Migrates Core Solutions To Ingres

    Within the framework of this partnership, Datamatics has expanded its BSS portfolio and migrated its core solutions to Ingres Database, including its main applications in the ‘Order to Cash’ sector and ‘DSS Document System Solution’ for template-based mass document generation.

  • OpenChrom: a cross-platform open source software for the mass spectrometric analysis of chromatographic data

    The software is independent of the operating system, due to the fact that the Rich Client Platform is written in Java. OpenChrom is released under the Eclipse Public License 1.0 (EPL).

  • Facebook Meets Open Source Diaspora

    Since Diaspora is based on Open Source, it will be easier to be scrutinized by authorities and by you to see if it is compromising your data. Another major fact is open source technologies are much more secure than proprietary technology. The simply rule was given by Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, “Given enough eyeballs, every bug is shallow.” In common man’s language. ‘If every one in your neighborhood is aware and cautious, criminals can never succeed there. ‘

  • Pacific Fibre man, open source champ elected to InternetNZ

    Lance Wiggs, Don Christie, and Dave Moskovitz were elected councillors.

  • Corporates have an appetite for open source software, says Deloitte

    Large companies are increasingly using open source software to conduct pilots, according to Deloitte consultant Mark Lillie.

    I met up with Mark today, who is a consultant in Deloitte’s technology group. We were talking about the IT market in general and some trends.

  • Metasploit To Get More Powerful Web Attack Features
  • Events

    • SPLASH To Unite Open Source Leaders

      The inaugural SPLASH Conference, to be held in Sydney on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, will unite leaders from Ingres, Jaspersoft, Liferay, Sugar CRM, Pentaho and Red Hat to share insights with Australian technology companies.

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • Brief Update — CEO Search

        A while back we announced that we were starting to look for a new CEO for the Mozilla Corporation as John Lilly moves to Greylock Partners sometime later this year. Here’s an update of what’s going on.

  • SaaS

  • Oracle

    • Oracle Demostrates Great Community Support and Fixes Eclipse

      Every once in a while I am reminded of the lunacy of the Internet, especially headline writers. On Monday of this week, Oracle released an update to the Java 1.6 update 21 that fixes a problem in a previous version that broke Eclipse. All the details can be found in the bug or Neil’s good summary. The good news is that Eclipse is no longer broken!!

      The irony however is that the issue just yesterday shows up on Ed Burnette’s ZDNet blog ‘Oracle Rebrands Java, breaks Eclipse‘ and the pillar of all Internet lunacy, slashdot Oracle Java Company Change Beaks Eclipse . Credit to Ed for actually reporting and testing the fix.

  • CMS

    • Building a Website – Smart and Easy

      Joomla! – One of the pioneers of the open source CMS software programs, constantly up dating their options, and thousands of programmers world wide offer all sorts of special apps.

      Drupal – Drupal is an amazing piece of technical engineering, simple to use and lots of options to make wonderful websites.

      WordPress – WordPress is not so much a website application but more in the form of a blog, many different options are offered and all the templates look really beautiful.

  • Business

    • Nagios Enterprises Gains Over 200 Nagios XI Customers In First Half Of 2010

      Nagios Enterprises gained more than 200 Nagios XI customers in the first half of 2010, setting the stage to become one of the fastest-growing Open Source technology companies in the market. Interest in Nagios continues to gain strength as more companies around the world look to deploy effective IT infrastructure monitoring to ensure operational continuity and minimize the business impact of IT outages.

    • Semi-Open Source

      • Open Core is Dead

        I was wanting to take a break from Dev-Jam to put down some thoughts I’ve been having during this recent renaissance of the “open core” debate when I realized something:

        Open core is dead.

        At least as a business model. While I don’t expect it to go away overnight, I do expect to see very few new companies using the model and those commercial software companies that tout themselves as open source reframing their marketing to de-emphasize it.


    • GNU Hackers Meeting in the Hague 2010

      This GNU Hackers Meeting took place on Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25 July. We organised a hacking space on Monday 26 July and Tuesday 27 July and encouraged people to stay for the extra days. The main GUADEC conference was on Wednesday 28 – Friday 30. This meeting featured a workshop on GNUnet, free secure networking and decentralised applications.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Open science is, to some, humanity’s best hope

      Jackson says open science will speed innovation in the same way the open source code movement revolutionized Internet applications. He also wants transhumanists to support the thousands of backyard tinkerers, known as citizen scientists, who are already studying microbes, mapping genomes, and seeking cures for diseases. He calls himself a citizen scientist. At Humanity+, he described the LavaAmp — a pocket-size device for amateur DNA researchers — he is helping to develop.

      Jackson recently hosted the Open Science Summit in Berkeley, Calif., which again highlighted the importance of sharing data. One of the speakers was Alexander Wait Zaranek, a research fellow in genetics at Harvard Medical School who is working to build bridges between open-science organizations, citizen scientists, and industry.

    • CacheFlowe releases open-source robot vocal software to welcome our digital overlords
    • Open Access/Content

      • Open source book publishing gets a boost

        One that I found rather amusing was via FLOSS Manuals (a project I’ve written about before – a group effort to get good manuals written for all the amazing FLOSS out there). The Amsterdam-based foundation has been working on another project: Booki.cc. Booki’s a new book production platform, which takes the same concept as FLOSS Manuals – collaborative online book writing – and expands it beyond the realm of just manuals.

  • Programming

    • Global Tech Company Contegix to Sponsor Open Source Language Project Clojure

      Contegix, a privately held technology firm specializing in Internet infrastructure and hosting services, announced their agreement to provide sponsorship to Clojure development language project.

    • Open-source ‘R’ gets Hadoop integration

      Lately, you can’t talk about business without talking about “big data,” which, incidentally, is the focus of the latest package from Revolution Analytics. Revolution Analytics, which commercialized the open-source R statistics language, emphasizes expanding the use of R beyond its academic roots to business.


  • Consumers v Intel

    What bugs me about government regulation of monopolists is that while after a decade or so of investigation, complaints and courts, the consumer is usually left out of the picture and the monopoly gets to keep its ill-gotten gains by paying off the government and other businesses. Previously Intel paid AMD to go away instead of compensating them for the many years when major portions of the market were closed for no other reason than that Intel bribed OEMs to avoid AMD. Who knows how much AMD’s business could have grown in those years?

  • New wave of evictions threatens Gypsies

    Human rights campaigners have condemned a wave of evictions and court actions against Gypsies and Irish Travellers which they say are threatening to extinguish a whole way of life.

    Dozens of families face the prospect of being pushed off plots of land they own and forced to move back into illegal “side-of-the road” and wasteland camping. Children will be unable to go to school and the elderly and infirm unable to access health services, say the campaigners.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • A dark ideology is driving those who deny climate change

      Life can be hard in Moscow. The Russian capital is sweltering in temperatures that reached a record 37.7C last week. Vast stretches of peat bog surrounding the city have dried out and caught fire covering Moscow with choking smog. The changing of the horse guard in Cathedral Square was cancelled as sentries wilted in traditional woollen uniforms. Elsewhere, more than 2,000 Russians – many drunk – drowned trying to cool off in lakes and rivers and at least 10 million hectares of crops have been ruined. States of emergency have been declared in 23 regions.

  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

    • Facial recognition technology and CCTV – a potent mix

      You may have noticed recent television advertisements plugging holiday cameras with facial recognition technology good enough to pick out your loved ones in crowds and keep them in focus in holiday snaps.

    • More spys in the skies
    • Surveillance Commissioner issues whitewash report

      I’ve written elsewhere about the Chief Surveillance Commissioner, who issued his Annual Report into surveillance in the United Kingdom this week. It shows that the level of covert surveillance in this country is shocking – these operations are now part of our nation’s everyday life.

    • UAE to block BlackBerry web features

      The United Arab Emirates is to block key features on BlackBerry smartphones because of national security concerns.

      The move could prevent thousands of users from accessing email and the internet on the handsets starting in October, putting the federation’s reputation as a business-friendly commercial and tourism hub at risk.

    • Stealthy Government Contractor Monitors U.S. Internet Providers, Worked With Wikileaks Informant

      A semi-secret government contractor that calls itself Project Vigilant surfaced at the Defcon security conference Sunday with a series of revelations: that it monitors the traffic of 12 regional Internet service providers, hands much of that information to federal agencies, and encouraged one of its “volunteers,” researcher Adrian Lamo, to inform the federal government about the alleged source of a controversial video of civilian deaths in Iraq leaked to whistle-blower site Wikileaks in April.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Game copiers for Nintendo DS ruled illegal in UK

      A High Court has ruled that devices that allow gamers to play pirated video games are illegal in the UK.

      The ruling specifically targets a range of popular devices which can be used to store and play copied games on the Nintedo DS handheld console.

    • Copyrights

      • UK music industry revenues up 4.7% to £3.9bn in 2009

        This morning, PRS for Music is launching its annual Adding Up The Music Industry report, which puts numbers to recorded music, live music and B2B music revenues in the UK.

      • Dear Jeff Zucker, Whether You Like It Or Not, Content Will Stay Free

        Sorry, Jeff, but you don’t get to decide that. The technology and the market have already decided that the content is or will be free online. It might not be authorized. It might not be legal. But the content is free. “Should” has nothing to do with it, because the technology and the market don’t care about “should.” Yes, this sucks for those who only understand how to run a business when they’re a gatekeeper who controls things, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t really good businesses built on free content. NBC should know this, since an awful lot of its history was built on exactly that… And I don’t recall Zucker’s predecessors whining about that darn “free” broadcast TV.

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