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08.06.10

IRC Proceedings: August 6th, 2010

Posted in IRC Logs at 6:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Links 6/8/2010: The Linux Desktop More Responsive, Android Succeeds on Smartphones

Posted in News Roundup at 6:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Kernel Space

    • The Linux Desktop Responsiveness Patches Are Feeling Good

      Fortunately, from our testing and the reports of other Linux users looking to see this problem corrected, the relatively small vmscan patches that were published do seem to better address the issue. The user-interface (GNOME in our case) still isn’t 100% fluid if the system is sustaining an overwhelming amount of disk activity, but it’s certainly much better than before and what’s even found right now with the Linux 2.6.35 kernel.

    • Graphics Stack

      • The ATI R600/700 DDX & Mesa Now Have Tiling In Place

        Now that the Linux 2.6.36 kernel is set to ATI R600/700 tiling support within the Radeon DRM code, patches for hooking into this tiling support have been committed to the xf86-video-ati DDX and the classic Mesa DRI R600 drivers.

  • Applications

    • Spicebird: A Modern Thunderbird Remix

      Take Thunderbird, mix liberally with calendaring, instant messaging, and release it on Linux and Windows. What do you get? Spicebird, a collaboration client that remixes Thunderbird to bring the creaking mail client up to date for today’s users.

      Spicebird has been in the works for some time, but the 0.8 release is finally ready for a wider audience. To see if it’s ready for everyday use, I downloaded Spicebird 0.8 a week ago and started testing.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

      • Rigs of Rods Simulator Game Gets Marked 0.37-r1

        One of the free software projects we have been talking to as of late about better enhancing their benchmarking capabilities for likely integration into the Phoronix Test Suite is Rigs of Rods. While the graphics within this driving simulator may not be the best (at least when compared to Unigine, or within the open-source world, Nexuiz) it’s not the graphics that the developers pride themselves on but rather the physics capabilities. Rigs of Rods began as a truck driving simulator game, but since then has turned into a rather interesting physics sandbox of goodies. A new release of their code-base was just made.

      • The Amnesia Game Gets Ready For A Linux Release

        For those trying to find a new Linux game that offers good graphics while not being a first person shooter with little to no plot — as is the case for a majority of the commercial and open-source games available for Linux — the Amnesia: The Dark Descent game is expected to be released next month. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a graphic adventure horror game that will have a Linux-native client and has been in development by Frictional Games, the same studio that developed the Penumbra series.

  • Distributions

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Up-selling Has Had Its Day

        In the recession and as a means to kill netbooks, M$ and its partners decided to “up-sell” notebooks. There were those in the market who believed paying more got more but they have now bought and the rest of us, looking for bargains, are holding back. The result is a glut of notebooks on the market. The stockpiles are almost double their normal levels. Expect a resurgence of netbooks as the best way to buy a lower-priced PC. This comes just in time for the ARMed smart-thingies, too. The monopoly can delay the effects of market forces by concerted action but they cannot stop them.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Why incentives don’t work in education—or the business world

    Open source may have some answers there. Every day, programmers around the world generate high quality code for open source projects—often for free.

    Yet the Heaths’ article mentions a production-increasing initiative by AT&T executives where programmers were paid for each line of (proprietary) code they produced. They weren’t more productive; they simply generated a whole lot of extraneous code.

    Open source coders and other highly motivated workers share three characteristics, according to Pink: purpose, autonomy, and mastery. The coders contributing to an open source project—some of whom may well be working for AT&T—are intrinsically motivated to do quality work. It seems that offering external motivation (in the form of money) should further increase their interest in a project. But in fact, the opposite occurs.

  • Healthcare

    • Freemed-YiRC V1.20 Released
    • GNUmed – from desktop to web application

      In the FOSS world there is choice. There are desktop oriented applications and web based applications. There is however no EMR application which offers both – at the same time. This is because the desktop and the web a fundamentally different – only the user stays the same.

  • Business

    • Semi-Open Source

      • Increasingly, Open Source Coexists With Proprietary Software

        In the ongoing debate between open source purists and people who appreciate and defend proprietary software, extremists will always have their voices, but many people in the open source community are waking up to the fact that proprietary platforms and applications can co-exist peacefully with open source ones. There are several trends boosting this fair dinkum version of the software landscape, including the growing ease with which open source and proprietary titles can work together in heterogenous network environments, and platforms aimed at consumers that embrace the sharing of proprietary and open source applications.

  • Licensing

    • Copyright assignment – Once bitten, twice shy

      Copyright denotes ownership of code, it is regarded as property and as such it can be bought, sold or assigned. This applies to all copyrighted material, and is a weakness in all free software licensing, which is why the FSF has always recommended that the ownership of GPL code be assigned to the FSF, which itself has caused ructions among some developers in the past, notably between the developers of Xemacs and GNU Emacs.

      The GPL, or any other software licence, depends upon the framework of copyright law. Copyleft is a hack on copyright law that puts the rights and responsibilities back into the hands of the user.

      The logic of Richard Stallman and the FSF is that “a copyright holder in a jointly-authored work is in a weak position to enforce its copyright unless all co-authors participate in the legal action”. If all the authors participating in an open source project assign their copyrights to the FSF this puts the FSF in a strong legal position to act as an umbrella in defence of the GPL and any code licensed under it.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • OpenIDEO: a new experiment in open innovation

      This week, those smart folks over at IDEO launched a new project they are calling OpenIDEO. If you aren’t familiar with IDEO yet, you should be—they are the poster children for design thinking specifically and 21st century innovation more generally.

    • Cameras/Open Hardware

      • Open Source Project Aims to Breathe New Life Into Classic Holga Camera

        Photography buffs revere the Holga camera as something of a cult classic. Originally created as an inexpensive mass-market camera in China, professional photographers fell in love with the way its limitations created unique images that fancy high-end cameras could not.

        [...]

        “This kind of open-source product license would open up a lot of new possibilities,” writes Biswas. “For example, manufacturers would be able to produce lightweight and cheap plastic camera as well as more expensive and rugged metal body based on the same design. The manufacturers would also be able to develop simple or complex accessories like lens adapters for current or old lenses from other brands, lenses, viewfinders etc. Likewise, on the software/firmware side, the open source code would also open up new possibilities.”

      • Stanford ‘Frankencamera’ platform available on Nokia N900 ahead of unveiling at graphics conference

        Stanford’s open-source digital photography software platform, “Frankencamera,” which allows users to create novel camera capabilities, is available as a free download for Nokia N900 “mobile computers” starting today. Next week at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles, the Frankencamera engineering team will describe the platform and several sample apps created with it.

        “We’re going public with Frankencamera,” said Stanford computer science and electrical engineering professor Marc Levoy, who leads the project. “We are releasing code so that people can create new imaging applications on their Nokia N900s.”

        In addition, the researchers have been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, shared with colleagues at MIT, to begin making professional-style, single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, equipped with the software platform, for free distribution to computational photography professors around the country. Non-academics could buy the camera at cost. Levoy said he expects those cameras will be available within a year.

Leftovers

  • Child Porn As a Weapon

    Want to get rid of your boss and move up to his position? Put kiddie porn on his computer then call the cops! This was the cunning plan envisaged by handyman Neil Weiner of east London after falling out with school caretaker Edward Thompson too many times. Thankfully, Weiner didn’t cover his tracks quite well enough to avoid being found out — earlier boasts about his plan to friends at a BBQ provided the police with enough evidence to arrest him for trying to pervert the course of justice.

  • The Irish Red Cross Sues Google To Silence Anonymous Blogger, Amplifying That Blogger’s Message
  • Red Cross in court to silence Google blog critic

    THE Irish Red Cross is taking Google – one of its biggest donors – to court today in an attempt to silence an anonymous critic who has posted comments on the internet which have criticised the organisation.

    The charity has claimed that a blog, which has been running since late last year, contains false and defamatory remarks about the Irish Red Cross and has become a major concern.

    The blog, entitled Governance Reform at The Irish Red Cross, is hosted by the Googleowned site Blogspot. The Irish Red Cross have filed a plenary summons with the High Court due to be heard today in an attempt to silence the blogger.

  • Phone Calls Are For Old People? Just Not Efficient Enough

    That last point is a really interesting one. One of the “features” of the “always on” society is the fact that we’re actually ending up with better tools for managing our time — and the “old” telephone system really doesn’t fit into that setup. Thompson notes in the piece that he simply won’t answer calls that aren’t scheduled — and I’ve been reaching the same stance lately myself. I actually find it odd when people call me without contacting me first to set up a time to call. If anything, it almost feels “rude.”

  • Political Campaign Against Craigslist Ratchets Up

    However, placing the blame on Craigslist is entirely misguided. Yes, it was the tool that was used, but the anger should be directed at those who turned them into prostitutes, and at law enforcement for not using these publicly available tools to do their job. Some law enforcement agencies have learned that Craigslist is a great tool for finding and catching those responsible. If these sorts of ads get forced off Craigslist, it won’t stop the prostitution. It’ll just go further underground and make it that much more difficult for law enforcement to do anything. As it stands now, Craigslist works closely with law enforcement to catch those actually responsible. Blaming the company (or Craig himself) is misguided and likely to do more harm than good.

  • Security/Aggression

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • I hate Traditional Chinese Medicine

      The ground-up genitals of TCM pharmacists. Shocking, I know, but it’s a fact. TCM pharmacists never have sexual problems because they are constantly doping themselves up with their panaceas, and their tissues are saturated with the most effective reagents in their pharmacopias.

    • Mainstream Media Helps BP Pretend There’s No Oil

      With BP’s broken well in the Gulf of Mexico finally capped, the focus shifts to the surface clean-up and the question on everyone’s lips is: where is all the oil?”

    • BP oil spill: Obama administration’s scientists admit alarm over chemicals

      The Obama administration is facing internal dissent from its scientists for approving the use of huge quantities of chemical dispersants to tackle the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Guardian has learned.

      The US Environmental Protection Agency has come under attack in Congress and from independent scientists for allowing BP to spray almost 2m gallons of the dispersant Corexit on to the slick and, even more controversially, into the leak site 5,000ft below the sea. Now it emerges that EPA’s own experts have been raising similar concerns within the agency.

    • Gulf oil spill: US scientists reject talk of plumes and report 75% of slick has gone
    • Climate deal loopholes ‘make farce’ of rich nations’ pledges

      Developing countries have argued strongly for minimum 40% emission cuts from industrialised nations by 2020. But new analysis from the Stockholm Environment Institute and Third World Network (TWN), released at the latest UN climate talks in Bonn, showed that current pledges amounted to only 12-18% reductions below 1990 levels without loopholes. When all loopholes were taken into account, emissions could be allowed to rise by 9%.

  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • A New DMCA Exemption for Security Research

        By now, most readers have probably heard about the six newly minted exemptions to the anti-circumvention measures of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), announced last week by the Librarian of Congress. For the uninitiated, Ars Technica has an excellent overview of the exemptions, which provide much-needed legal cover for a variety of activities including jailbreaking and unlocking cell phones, decrypting DVDs for non-commercial remixes, and several others.

        Of particular interest to folks in the security community is the exemption granted for security research on video game digital rights management (DRM) systems, stemming from both realized and potential security holes in systems like Safedisc and SecuROM.

Clip of the Day

Christopher Clay on YGAW


How Microsoft/Proprietary Software Bullies Ruined Digg for GNU/Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Marketing, Microsoft at 4:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Digg screenshot

Summary: Digg is shown to be abused by “cabals” of users with agenda, which Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (SJVN) claims are also responsible for burying GNU/Linux news in the Web site

OVER THE PAST couple of days we’ve posted links (in the daily “Links” posts) about a Conservative cabal being exposed after manipulating Digg — a Web site that passes through many eyeballs and does not preach to any one ‘choir’ in particular, assuming a given story is promoted to the front page based on popularity. I have been on Digg since the beginning of 2006 and at one time I was ranked 17th in that site (for submitting only news which advocated GNU/Linux).

Earlier today the Linux-oriented journalist Sean Kerner told me: “i gave up on digg about 18 mos ago myself – i’m a big fan of Reddit now

“It’s a “slog” (Microsoft term) against GNU/Linux, trying to remove it from public awareness.”Another Linux-oriented journalist, SJVN, claims that Microsoft is manipulating the GNU/Linux section in Digg. I talked to him about it in order to make this post accurate [1, 2]. I asked him if he too was harassed on the site as a regular story submitter who staunchly favours GNU/Linux. “No I haven’t seen much overt hostility towards me on Digg,” he said, “just comments on stories I’d written.” The reason I asked this question is that I had some sort of bot activity used against my account there (documented here in Update #4).

SJVN previously alleged that Microsoft was fighting against GNU/Linux stories in Digg and now that a Conservative cabal got exposed, SJVN has more beefy evidence. It is not unusual for Microsoft to send agents to forums which advocate Microsoft’s competition. Consider the Barkto incident for example. Over the years we have collected a lot of verified evidence of Microsoft bullying in social networking sites (e.g. anonymous Microsoft employees threatening writers in CNET and threats against Slashdot regulars who happen to like software freedom). We actually learned from former Slashdot staff (who asked not to be named) that the site was being gamed by PR agencies and people who suppress GNU/Linux, for example. When it comes to Reddit and Digg, a lot of anecdotal evidence exists, but ‘smoking guns’ are fewer. Basically, based on other blunders, we do know that Microsoft uses infiltrators/thugs to drown out the signal, intimidate people, ruin the targeted forum and once done, move on to the next target and ruin that too (Groklaw explained this better). For instance, the same people who ruined the Linux advocacy newsgroup in USENET moved on to social networking sites (with the same nicknames sometimes) and tried to ruin those too, specifically for GNU/Linux proponents. Going further back we have examples of Microsoft rigging polls, which is the equivalent of mod-spamming/mod abuse. Nothing is more serious than bullying of the regulars (and sometimes their families) who promote GNU/Linux. Bullying them is sometimes done by libeling them (defamation) and systematically thumb-downing them. Microsoft’s peripheral AstroTurfing groups are a reality and here is a memorable example from 2008 (LawMedia).

Those who used to hang out in Digg for GNU/Linux news probably know that the site was abandoned by GNU/Linux proponents. I left it in 2008 because the sabotage distinctly happened at one stage, probably starting around late 2007 when I was stalked, modded down systematically by four accounts within few hours, slandered, and even had my identity stolen several times by abusive accounts which all got terminated by Digg at the end. What is this whole bullying frenzy intended to achieve? It’s a “slog” (Microsoft term) against GNU/Linux, trying to remove it from public awareness. That’s the type of thing which Microsoft’s internal documents too help reveal that Microsoft aspires to achieve. To quote:

“Ideally, use of the competing technology becomes associated with mental deficiency, as in, “he believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and OS/2.” Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever. Make the complete failure of the competition’s technology part of the mythology of the computer industry. We want to place selection pressure on those companies and individuals that show a genetic weakness for competitors’ technologies, to make the industry increasingly resistant to such unhealthy strains, over time.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Anyway, for those who want to know what SJVN has to say about the demise of Digg (for GNU/Linux at least), read this:

In early 2009, new popular Linux stories would pop up every day or two on Digg. By mid-2010, Linux stories on Digg became popular only once every week or so. Why? Has everyone who once interested in Linux suddenly vanished? Have people stopped writing about Linux? I don’t think so.

The only explanation I can come up with is that Linux stories are getting down-voted on a regular basis on Digg these days. Who’s doing this? In whose best interest is it to make it appear that there’s little interest in Linux? Might it be a company named Microsoft?

Microsoft’s FUD war against Linux never ended. Microsoft’s long-discredited patent claims against Linux still appear from time to time. Most recently, they’ve shown up in attacks against Android.

I doubt that Microsoft is doing this directly. But Microsoft has fans who are happy to attack Linux every chance they get.

Einfeldt has told SJVN: “I wonder how many of those Microsoft “fans” [are] employees of MSFT’s PR agencies?”

Yes, Microsoft always summons its agitators through one of its PR agencies. This way, when the bullies get exposed Microsoft will just point the finger at the “bad, naughty PR agencies” and pretend this has nothing to do with Microsoft (which funds those agencies to do exactly that). Those who get exposed can honestly say that they don’t work for Microsoft (not directly anyway). It’s a loophole.

“It could be argued that Microsoft’s unethical Technology Evangelism (TE) practices are “old news”—i.e., that Microsoft stopped using these questionable TE practices long ago. This is very unlikely to be the case, for at least three reasons.”

James Plamondon, former Microsoft shill (aka ‘Technology Evangelist’)

Why SCO is Like ASCAP

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Red Hat, SCO at 3:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Army drill versus Groklaw

Summary: How the attacks on Larry Lessig/Creative Commons resemble some attacks on Pamela Jones/Groklaw community

WHEN companies fail to make a legal case, then they often resort to attacking people. Professor Larry Lessig is often the target of abuse from the RIAA|MPAA|sibling front groups (here are some examples assembled last year). More recently, Lessig needed to defend his baby (Creative Commons) from an attack that had been initiated by ASCAP.

Travis Kepley, a Solutions Architect at Red Hat, compares SCO to a dinosaur in this new post which also shows a parallel from the recording industry (ASCAP).

Again, don’t worry, this is much easier than it sounds. The dinosaur takes care of all the hard work. The easiest clue is to look for frivolous lawsuits or public FUD attacks. For example, the fight that SCO gave Linux or the recent attack on Creative Commons and their bretheren by ASCAP. If the dinosaurs are attacking something, then likely those giants have a reason to be scared that their old model is becoming obsolete. And if there’s one thing we know about dinosaurs, it’s that they’re slow and carry a ton of momentum. Much like changing course with an ocean liner, it’s not an easy or quick process. So rather than adapt to change and learn from the swifter and more agile models, they fight. The very consumers they are hurting are likely turning to a new, better model. This model is probably the very same one that caused the dinosaurs to attack in the first place. Like rats on a sinking ship (second boat analogy in almost as many sentences, sorry about that), no matter how many of their peers they step on and claw at to try to remain above water, they are only delaying the inevitable. It’s a scary cycle that is only getting worse. Something needs to be done, which leads to the final step.

We are hoping to find out if SCO/Microsoft have adopted an "infiltrator" strategy. We don’t know yet. In the next post we’ll explore the subject a little further.

Groklaw Responds to Latest FUD from Florian Müller

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, SCO at 2:43 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Scraping the bottom of the barrel to fuel smears against Groklaw

Gasoline

Summary: Setting the record straight on SCO allegation which Müller is now (re)using in order to belittle his opposition in a fight that overlaps Microsoft’s agenda

Florian Müller continues to show his true colours this week, defending Microsoft and bashing Munich’s migration to GNU/Linux just a day or two apart. A few days ago he started reciting lies from SCO boosters, too. “He’s jumped the shark now,” Pamela Jones told us. “I’m not at all worried about Florian. He’s self-destructing. You can’t attack FSF, Groklaw, and the Linux Foundation while relying on Dan Lyons and Maureen O’Gara and expect the community to believe one word. He seems to have lost his touch.”

Regarding Müller’s allegation that IBM pays Groklaw (Müller links to the SCO crowd when he says this), Jones told us: “SCO started this, of course, and I answered it here.

“Ask him to answer the question: does he get paid by Microsoft? Has he ever, directly or indirectly? It’s certainly the case that he is channeling SCO’s talking points. It’s impossible to believe that is sincere, so why is he doing so?”

Among Systems Software Companies, “Microsoft Has the Lowest Relative Performance”

Posted in Finance, Microsoft at 2:36 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Black bear

Summary: The oversized Microsoft is unable to keep up with the market

ON MONDAY we ran a 3-part series about why Microsoft’s performance is bad [1, 2, 3] and the financial press agrees with us by airing stories like “Microsoft has the Lowest Relative Performance in the Systems Software Industry” and “Microsoft Shares 10% within 52-week Low” (no surprise here because Microsoft is downgraded).

Let’s hope that Microsoft keeps Steve Ballmer despite pressure from investors. Ballmer took a wealthy company and drove it into debt.

Microsoft Refuses to Fix Known Security Vulnerabilities for Years, Anti-Virus (AV) Software Turns Useless

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Windows at 2:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Guard in Prague

Summary: Shocking new revelations about Microsoft’s patronising attitude, which leaves customers vulnerable and unable to control their computers

Microsoft Spurned Researcher Collective is a new group of disgruntled experts whom Microsoft mistreated after they had helped Microsoft discover serious bugs in its software. According to this news item, Microsoft’s attitude towards security vulnerabilities is absolutely appalling and Microsoft should be slammed for it.

In October 2006, security researcher H.D. Moore discovered a serious problem with the way applications running on Windows display rich text content.

He reported the vulnerability to Microsoft and nearly four years later it’s still not fixed, despite the fact that it could be exploited to run malicious code on a PC and take control of it.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. According to the Zero Day Initiative, which serves as a broker between security researchers who find flaws and software companies who need to fix them, there are 122 outstanding vulnerabilities that have been reported to vendors and which have not been patched yet. The oldest on the list was reported to IBM in May 2007 and more than 30 of the outstanding vulnerabilities are older than a year.

So it only took like what…? Just years? There are other examples like this one — several of which we covered here before. Such utter negligence [1, 2, 3] deserves scrutiny if not legal action, for reasons we explained before. By not fixing known problems Microsoft can carry on faking numbers to create a false perception of security. “Pressure mounts for a swifter response to vulnerabilities,” says this new report from The H and a security news site now argues that “AV vendors detect on average 19% of malware attacks” (that’s not much better than no AV software at all).

The data used for this study were collected and analyzed between April 20, 2010 and April 22, 2010, resulting in an overall total data set of approximately 1,708 confirmed malware files. The files were then run through the latest release of the top desktop AV solutions upon initial detection and again every six hours for one month to determine their detection and lag rates.

No wonder one in two Windows PCs is believed to be a Windows zombie PC.

Novell/Microsoft Mono Poison (Banshee) Put in Ubuntu 10.10 NBE by Default

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Patents, Ubuntu at 1:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Netbook

Summary: Novell’s biggest patent liability — with Microsoft patents that Microsoft excluded from its Community Promise (MCP) — is being pushed into Ubuntu GNU/Linux

SOME MONTHS ago we congratulated Canonical for removing the Mono-based F-Spot from Ubuntu Netbook Edition (NBE) 10.10. But Canonical has just added to Ubuntu Netbook Edition something even worse. It decided to added the patent trap (excluded from the MCP) called Banshee — a Novell product which the Mono lobbyists have been pushing into Ubuntu for well over a year. The latest OpenSUSE is already afflicted.

Thanks to Sebsebseb for alerting on about this poor decision from Canonical, which will replace a decent media player with a bloated Trojan horse from Microsoft and Novell:

As we told you a little while back, Banshee is now the default media player for Ubuntu 10.10 NBE and Alpha 3 sees the netbook interface for it enabled by default.

This addition is good news for Microsoft, which is also pushing Novell to promote .NET at API level, software patents aside. Earlier this week we wrote about Novell's helping hand to Visual Studio, which .NET booster David Worthington is promoting right now while ZDNet promotes it in the context of mobile devices. [via]

With Mono Tools for Visual Studio 2.0, Mono said it has created an easy way for .Net developers to build apps for the iPhone and (soon) Android platform.

Anyway, we encourage Ubuntu users to politely convince Canonical not to accept Banshee (which many users detest anyway). Ubuntu is not a democracy, but there is still room for consultation. We sometimes worry that certain people in Ubuntu underestimate the Mono problem (the CTO is shrewd enough to understand the dangers) and it’s not helping that Microsoft is now supporting Jono Bacon with a free copy of Vista 7. From his Web site:

While I tried to get this working in Ubuntu, this particular hardware is not well supported so I needed to use Windows. I contacted a friend of mine at Microsoft and explained the project and she kindly hooked me up with a boxed copy of Windows 7 for the laptop.

This morning we showed that The Source had warned that Mono boosters are talking over parts of Ubuntu and since many GNU/Linux users depend on Ubuntu, this is risky business. The same is being done to MeeGo at the moment (Novell is pushing Banshee into it [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]).

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