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08.26.10

Chrome OS Tablet to be Ballnux (Microsoft Tax)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Patents, Ubuntu at 8:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Sad Teddy

Summary: HTC gets the privilege of making tablets with Google, but HTC pays Microsoft for Linux

IT IS NOT known yet which OEMs and how many OEMs will preinstall Chrome OS, which is based on Ubuntu GNU/Linux but dumbs it down, locks it down, and adds the non-Free Chrome browser. Sure, there is always Chromium OS, but it will not contain all the same bits, including some which are tainted by software patents. In any event, “Google polishes Chrome tablet,” according to this report. It’s a departure from the trend of using Android on almost every new tablet. Sadly, it appears as though HTC — and not any other company — will be working on this tablet. Since HTC pays Microsoft for Linux, here we have Microsoft patent tax applied to a Ubuntu derivative. From the article:

HTC and Google linking up to create a tablet PC is unsurprising. HTC has established itself as one of the dominant smartphone makers on the back of Google’s Android OS. But to date HTC hasn’t had a tablet PC device in the market but has worked very closely with Google on projects such as the G1 (the first Android phone) and the Nexus.

In order to make Linux competitive, it is important to ensure Microsoft does not make it more expensive by adding a tax to it. Mark Shuttleworth explained this point to Matt Asay (probably over lunch) about 3 years ago. Both are in Canonical now.

While HTC cannot protect Linux from this disturbing case of racketeering [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], Canonical probably can because it's based on Europe and software patents are ideologically against its founder's ideals.

Except for Fog Computing, the #1 barrier to software freedom is software patents; it is important to recognise this and address the issue of ‘Linux tax’ before it’s too prevalent. Red Hat and Canonical have both said “no” to Microsoft patent tax; what about Google?

Apple Lessens Its Commitment to Server Market

Posted in Apple, Deception, GNU/Linux, Servers, Virtualisation, Windows at 8:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Apple pulls the plug on Boot Camp for OSX Server

Old electric panel

Summary: IDG continues with its deceiving server ‘share’ numbers; Apple has second thoughts about parts of its largely-failed attempt to enter the server market

IDG’s NetworkWorld has just come out with its own server figures (IDC is owned by IDG), which only account for revenue and not real market share. It is amusing but not unusual for IDG to publish findings of its own so-called ‘studies’ or ‘surveys’ which do not take into account numbers that truly matter if market share — not revenue share — ought to be measured. But what escaped many people’s attention is Apple’s very quiet withdrawal from Boot Camp for servers. It looks like Apple’s attempts at servers are failing, still.

“When it comes to GNU/Linux, success is not just measured in terms of money.”Apple is absolutely irrelevant when it comes to supercomputers and servers. The company performs exceptionally well in devices though (‘appliances’ like phones, tablets, and portable media players), where it also enjoys very high profit margins.

Novell believes that appliances may be the future and it also continues to promote Fog Computing (servers market), which is a threat when implemented based on Novell's proprietary vision. Novell’s proprietary software has some new vulnerabilities as well [1, 2]. But in any event, the big winner this week seems to be Red Hat, which sells a lot of GNU/Linux and reaches new stock market highs. When it comes to servers’ market share, the winner seems to be gratis CentOS. Another RHEL clone called CloudLinux seems to be running after it. When it comes to GNU/Linux, success is not just measured in terms of money.

“Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux…”

Steve Ballmer (September 2008)

OOXML Revisionism (Updated)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument, Wikipedia at 7:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Official portrait of President Reagan, 1981

Summary: Controversies around OOXML gradually vanish, at least in Wikipedia; the UK is encouraged to embrace ODF for savings

Ronald Raegan’s page in Wikipedia (and other reference readings) is a good example of gradual whitewash of one’s career. See the “history” and “discussion” pages. One by one, many scandals disappear from the face of historical record and thus from public awareness. What does that have to do with OOXML?

In the years 2007-2009 we wrote almost a thousand posts about document formats, particularly about Microsoft’s crimes (bribes, extortion, etc.) in this area.

“…even Microsoft tries to distance themselves from OOXML these day.”
      –Rob Weir
The FFII has just warned that, based on Wikipedia changes, Microsoft is managing “to get rid of controversy” (we are not suggesting that Microsoft paid for these edits like it did before).

Alex Brown too played a role in such games and IBM’s Rob Weir told me today that “even Microsoft tries to distance themselves from OOXML these day. [...] Thinking of the recent OData/OOXML article”

Separately, Weir pointed to this new article about benefits ODF would bring to the UK. The figure of £51,000,000 gets mentioned.

Do you really have to standardise on ODF, I asked? Won’t the existing Microsoft formats do the job just as well?

Now Maxwell has got in touch. He’s got an interesting story to tell – and his council is one which is thinking very seriously about how to get the cost of IT in local government pushed down. The logic: reduce those costs, and you don’t have to cut other services when you’re faced with an across-the-board reduction in your grant from a central government bringing in austerity measures.

I spoke to him earlier today and asked if he was serious about the necessity of ODF being mandated before real change could happen – and how much the savings could be, and what’s happening with local government. Here’s how he explained it – and these thoughts are going to be expanded in a paper that he is preparing to release next week with much more detail.

The British police ought to seriously consider ODF now that it cuts expenses. This would also improve security.

Update: here is more coverage on the topic (“Money makes the Wikipedia go round”).

The Open XML process is a great case study why Wikipedia is not always reliable, when money comes into play. Even before the heated phases of the Open XML discussions at ISO a scandal rocked the Wikipedia scene. Rick Jelliffe disclosed in his blog that he was offered money by a company to edit the Open XML article. At that is exactly how this article looks until this very day, a honeypot for young wikipedians who want to watch the dirty tricks.

Throughout the controversial phases the editing process demonstrated a clear bias of professional editors towards a certain corporate agenda and pushed the Open XML article towards a “shadow article” as a target, close to advertisement. So regardless what was changed by the ‘ordinary guys’ would be reversed, step by step.

MPEG-LA Offers ‘Free’ Drugs (Read the Fine Print)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Google, Patents at 7:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Dutch weed

Summary: A new trap from MPEG-LA is intended to lure people into its patents treadmill which never stops and perpetually helps MPEG-LA harm Free software like Mozilla Firefox

MPEG-LA is essentially a patent troll and a taxman, for reasons we explained in posts such as:

Having come under competitive pressure from Google et al. (some new benchmarks show H.264 to be inferior to WebM), the troll responds with what seems promising unless one thinks of the long-term implications: [via]

The MPEG Licensing Association—the group responsible for handling the necessary patent licensing for use of MPEG video codec standards—has announced that it will not charge royalties for AVC/H.264 encoded video that is made available to view via the Internet for free. The group earlier this year had extended its limited moratorium on licensing fees for free Internet video until the end of 2015.

This does not apply to all uses and it is not permanent, either. MPEG-LA wants people to stay stuck on the H.26x treadmill and upgrade to the next version every now and then, thus losing privileges and falling prey to new software patents which take even longer to expire (while data is held hostage through codecs). We liken it to drugs because although people know they are bad for one’s health, some people might be tempted to use them once legalised. Do not be tempted by the offer from MPEG-LA, whose CEO is also a patent troll. This is a very malicious and aggressive group. Here is what The H has to add as background:

A previous plan to impose licensing fees for free web services streaming video content, following the end of H.264′s first licensing period on the 1st of January 2011, had been shelved. In February of this year patent holders represented by MPEG LA had extended this period to the 31st of December 2015.

However, in May, Google purchased codec specialist On2 Technologies and published the VP8 video codec under an irrevocable, license fee-free open source licence and founded the WebM project in conjunction with Mozilla, Opera, Adobe and 40 other companies, with the aim of creating a license and patent fee-free web video standard.

The only good thing about this news from MPEG-LA is that it shows MPEG-LA got scared. WebM must really be a promising project, at least for use on the Web over the next few years.

Links 26/8/2010: Red Had Reaches Year Highs, Droid Incredible to Get Froyo

Posted in News Roundup at 6:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish

Contents

GNU/Linux

  • The People Who Support Linux: It’s a Family Affair

    Alex is an individual member of The Linux Foundation and has been using Linux for five years. She started using it when she moved in with her partner, who is a programmer and built her computer using Ubuntu. Since then, Alex, her 7-year old son, her parents, and even the neighbor have all become regular Linux and open source software users.

    “I am not a computer programmer or very skilled when it comes to figuring out what to do to make things work. So I need something that is easy and intuitive. I can load new applications, software and peripherals without having to look up manuals or finding that drive disc that always goes missing when you need it.”

  • Is your company afraid of Linux? (2 of 3)

    How about salary comparison? Comparing salaries in this economy is like throwing darts in the dark. I’ve seen Windows and Linux employee’s being hired at ridiculously below average salaries but generally speaking the salaries are all over the place. Various studies and statistics show that Unix Server Administrators are the highest paid, then Linux and then Windows. The margin between Linux and Windows salaries is small and is shrinking due to higher numbers of Server Admins with Linux experience. Supply and Demand. This is good news as a business owner or IT manager.

  • Kernel Space

    • Graphics Stack

      • Apple Mac OS X OpenCL Performance vs. Linux

        The results were mixed showing Apple still has room to optimize their OpenGL stack compared to NVIDIA’s Linux implementation and in not all areas did this package update result in performance enhancements

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • Demystifying Akonadi

        Many people have been asking what the status of the new, Akonadi-based Kontact Groupware suite is. As I’ve been working closely with the PIM hackers, I thought I’d give my readers a heads-up on what’s going on and what to expect. In this article, I will often take KMail as an example for the port, but similar things apply to the other PIM applications that form the Kontact suite as well.

  • Distributions

    • Reaching way back: Bonzai Linux

      Here and there, where I can, I have come across some workable distros that will run on a 150Mhz Pentium with only 32Mb of memory. It’s a rarity though, and even more unusual to find one that will boot and install, in that small a space.

      In fact, more than ever it seems the issue I have to confront is not a lack of processor speed or even hard drive speed, but simply memory overhead. That’s my limiting factor.

    • Reviews

      • Review of Qimo: Linux for Kids

        We’ve talked about Linux software for kids a few times here at MakeTechEasier, but so far we’ve never actually sat down to take a closer look at whole distributions intended for children. Many people are familiar with Edubuntu, the Ubuntu spinoff intended for school and other educational institutions, but you may not know much about Qimo. Unlike Edubuntu, which is designed for a client-server network model, Qimo is intended for a sole desktop user – in this case children 3 years old and up. It uses a customized version of the XFCE desktop, with large icons and simple menus, to make it easy to navigate. Included are many of the top titles in kids software for Linux, such as GCompris and TuxPaint. Today we’ll take a look at what Qimo has to offer, and submit it to the ultimate test: a real live toddler.

      • Lightweight Distro Roundup: Day 8 – Puppy 5.10 (WOW)

        Hi, Quintin here. For the most part I am flying solo today. I came back late from the Lets Talk Geek podcast last night where I elbowed myself into being their guest for the week and I did not have the chance to get Elzje’s insight into our featured distro for the day.

    • Red Hat Family

    • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu

        • Linux on the Cloud: The Ubuntu Way

          Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has always had many enthusiastic user and developer fans. It’s a different story within the enterprise. Canonical has been trying to improve its business reputation though in both the server and cloud spaces. In particular, according to Neil Levine, Canonical’s VP of Commercial Services, Canonical has been working hard to bring Ubuntu’s well-known ease of use on the desktop to cloud deployments.

        • What Will Ubuntu 10.10 Look Like?

          Ubuntu 10.10 is currently in its third alpha release, with the final version expected on October 10. Current home and business users of older versions of Ubuntu will have to decide if the benefits make it worth upgrading the free software.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Nokia/MeeGo

      • Android

        • Droid Incredible Now Expected to See Froyo Update Tomorrow

          Think of this post as a Monopoly-style “Bank error in your favor”. The Droid Incredible is now expected to see Android 2.2 updates as early as tomorrow, August 27th. This is a few days earlier than what we had last heard and only a couple of weeks beyond the initial rumored time frame. If you have one of these HTC beauties, you’ll soon be experiencing Flash 10.1, automatic app updates, 3G mobile hotspots, and much more! In the meanwhile, you brave rooting souls can grab it yourself.

Free Software/Open Source

  • 58 Open Source Replacements for Small Business Software

    Many small business owners have never heard of open source software. That’s unfortunate because in many ways small businesses are ideal environments for open source applications.

    In a small business, every dollar matters. Open source offers opportunities for companies to cut their software costs. Even if you need paid support, you’ll probably pay less for an open source solution than for a comparable closed source solution.

  • Events

    • Resources for learning about open innovation

      Last April, many of the big names in open innovation gathered at the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA) “Open for Business” conference in London. Didn’t make the cut? Catch some videos of the event, plus a very informative whitepaper to share with the higher-ups.

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • New Firefox Mobile versions

        AMO has been updated with 2.0a1 and 2.0b1pre versions for Firefox Mobile. Alpha 1 will be released in the next day or so, so please test your extension if you already are compatible with 2.0a1pre, it is very likely that your extension will still work.

      • Panorama in Firefox 4, your new eye-candy tab canvas

        Mozilla posted the fourth beta of its Firefox 4 browser on Tuesday. The release comes with a brand new interface that takes tab management to the next level. Aptly named Panorama and invoked by clicking a new tile button on the rightmost end of the tab toolbar, it looks like a visual overview of your open tabs but it’s really a highly customizable canvas designed to reclaim your browsing experience.

      • Hands-on: Firefox 4 beta 4 brings Tab Candy and Sync
  • Brazil

    • Brazil is open to open source

      I’ve been traveling quite a bit recently to meet with Lucid’s customers and partners around the globe. Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking at an event organized for business executives by our partner in Brazil, Primeware. The topic – no surprise – was open source enterprise search software. What I saw and heard seems to indicate the country’s broader sentiment about open source and growth.

      Lately, Brazil has been getting a lot of attention. In 2014, it will host the next World Cup. In 2016, it will be the site of the first Olympics to be held in South America. And next week, LinuxCon will launch in Brazil. It’s the world’s eighth largest economy, and people are sitting up and taking notice.

    • LPI Hosts September Exam Labs at LinuxCon Brazil and Ohio LinuxFest 2010

      The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world’s premier Linux certification organization, announced promotional exam labs for their Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) at LinuxCon Brazil (São Paulo, Brazil, September 1, 2010) and Ohio Linux Fest (Columbus, Ohio, USA, September 12, 2010). This is LPI’s second event as the exclusive Free and Open Source Software certification provider at LinuxCon and their fifth year as certification sponsor of the Ohio LinuxFest.

    • Running On Empty

      My adventures in the translation (or localization) world started some time in the middle of 2005. I had just started using Ubuntu as my main distribution and being carried away by the buzz and excitement surrounding this new comer, I started looking for ways to “give back”. Not that I hadn’t tried it before, but to tell you the truth, Ubuntu had back then the only friendly and welcoming community out there that wouldn’t treat you with scorn and arrogance if you were a new user.

  • Oracle

  • Healthcare

    • VA Hospitals Embracing Open Source Medical Records System

      Beth Lynn Eicher, co-chair of Ohio LinuxFest, writes about her mother, Susan Rose, and how VA hospitals are using the VistA open source medical records system. Beth Lynn writes, “Mom did not understand what I was up to with open source. I did not understand what she was up to with open source.”

  • Licensing

    • Dell checks for open-source licensing misstep

      Dell responded to the criticism via a post on Twitter Wednesday, saying, “We’re reviewing concerns re: the #dellstreak source code. We intend to comply with all applicable requirements. More details soon.”

    • Dell promises to open-source Streak code

      The version of Android 1.6 used by Dell is based on a Linux kernel and by definition fits under the GNU Public License (GPL), which requires that it open-source any new code. Without Dell’s custom portions of software, programmers haven’t had access to the drivers and other code that talks to the Streak’s exact hardware. Using the GPL doesn’t carry a deadline for when code must be published, but it’s usually assumed code will be available almost immediately or shortly before any hardware or software ships.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Give me some of that old-time, open source religion

      The Church of Scientology, in particular, seems to suffer from its proprietary way of thinking–at the hands of a rather forced kind of open sourcing. Vast quantities of online effort go into actively refuting or even denouncing Scientolgist beliefs and practices–up to and including publishing what are claimed to be the secret, closely-protected religious documents of the group’s inner orders. Anti-Scientologist website Operation Clambake presents an equal yet opposite view of a religious organization that is very technology-savvy and new-media friendly. Though the Church of Scientology has a massive website, replete with cutting-edge videos and presentations, their foundation–their doctrine–is clearly very proprietary. Beginners buy-in in book form or in person. The information they offer publicly and freely is quite limited. This un-free knowledge is the very thing that a group like Clambake takes advantage of.

    • Open Data

      • New Public Spaces 2: Practical Design Guidelines

        I’m still focused on virtual spaces where there’s a requirement to be official or government run. We know, exemplified beautifully through open data initiatives, the notion that government has to be the central point for everything has changed and will continue to transform. Using and facilitating community or nongovernmental channels is another matter.

Leftovers

  • Legal Threat Demands We Shut Down Techdirt

    Here at Techdirt, unfortunately, we get an average of about one legal threat per month. The threats are almost always frivolous — and often made in anger without the individual realizing why the threats are frivolous. While some sites take the position that they will publish any and all legal threats, we have always tried to give the threatening party the benefit of the doubt, and to recognize that they made their demands in a moment of excess anger and misunderstanding. As such, we generally explain our position as to why any legal action would be a mistake — and in nearly every case, we never hear back from the person who threatened us.

  • Gmail Calling: Google’s Bid to Rule Your Communications

    This is all part of Google’s strategy to be a VoIP powerhouse for consumers and businesses, as I wrote last November.

  • ARM virtualization tech adds more fuel to server fire

    In a presentation at Stanford’s Hot Chips conference on Tuesday, ARM added a few more drops to the trickle of information that’s coming out which suggests that the UK-based mobile and embedded processor designer is very seriously pursuing the server market. Specifically, ARM’s David Brash described a new set of virtualization extensions for the ARM-v7-A architecture, which will be included in the follow-on to Cortex A9. Brash also described an OS-managed address extension that will alleviate some of the I/O and memory pressure that goes with ARM’s 4GB memory limit.

  • My Favorite 10 xkcd Comics Part-2

    As I have said before, I started searching for top 10 xkcd comics initially but ended up with nearly 20 of them. So here is the part-2 of my favorite 10 xkcd comics. Between, don’t miss top 10 xkcd comics part-1.

  • Science

    • Canon Introduces 120MP Camera Sensor

      One could say that the megapixel race as we know it is over, or it’s at least less of an ordeal now than it used to be. Camera makers cranked up the megapixels as fast as they could for years, but now we’ve reached somewhat of a peak, or a plateau, maybe. But there’s no question that camera makers will continue to push the megapixel envelope, and there are obvious advantages to doing so. Some medium format cameras today have sensors with over 40 megapixels, but that’s beginning to sound a little small.

    • The longer you sit, the earlier you die

      Researchers say that’s even for people who exercise regularly after long sit-a-thons at the office and aren’t obese.

  • Security/Aggression

    • Military Computer Attack Confirmed

      A top Pentagon official has confirmed a previously classified incident that he describes as “the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever,” a 2008 episode in which a foreign intelligence agent used a flash drive to infect computers, including those used by the Central Command in overseeing combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • Why Are Gay Porn Producers So Quick To Get Involved In Shakedown Copyright Pre-Settlement Schemes?

        In July, we noted that one such gay porn producer had filed a bunch of lawsuits for sharing films via BitTorrent, and now THREsq is reporting that litigious porn producer Io Group is also suing a bunch of John Does for the same thing. If Io sounds familiar, that’s because they were also one of the first to sue a video site for infringement, in this case Veoh, in a lawsuit that Io lost.

      • Another Reason To Buy: A Unique CD For Fans That No One Else Will Get

        The latest such example is from musician Brian Hazard, who recently recorded his 8th full-length album. He claims this is his last physical release (in the future, it’ll all be digital), he decided to still press the CD after he won a songwriting contest for free CD manufacturing. With that process underway, he decided to “improvise” a bit on the business model side, and see if any of his fans would be interested in an Individual Edition CD. This isn’t a “special edition,” but a totally uniquely individual edition, that no one else would get:

        As a souvenir of your support, I will create a personalized custom CD featuring unique mixdowns of each of the 12 songs I recorded for the album. The outtakes “Touch” and “Release the Hounds” are not on the standard Limited Edition CD and will not appear on any future physical release. The disc will open with a token of my appreciation — a spoken “thank you” mentioning you by name.

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Jeremy Allison @ GUADEC 2010


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IRC Proceedings: August 26th, 2010

Posted in IRC Logs at 6:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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#boycottnovell log

#boycottnovell-social log

Enter the IRC channels now

Microsoft AstroTurfer Jonathan Zuck (ACT) Falsely Represents Small European Businesses, Other RAND Pushers Named

Posted in Europe, Microsoft, RAND at 4:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Money jar

Summary: A look at the latest activities of Microsoft lobbyists who try to put software patents tax on Free software even in Europe

So, Zuck and his gang are lobbying for Microsoft’s RAND wishes and software patents in Europe. Yes, it’s made visible once again (sneaking it in via the UPLS-enabled loophole [1, 2, 3]).

Earlier we found this plug in an article from EurActiv. ACT pretends to represent small businesses again:

Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association of Competitive Technology (ACT), said a breakthrough on the EU patent is needed urgently.

“Small businesses in Europe are reaching their limits. For more than 40 years the EU has gone back and forth trying to reach an agreement on the single patent. SMEs cannot wait any more. We need a unified patent system – and we need it now. We finally have some momentum in a process that has been bogged down by endless political infighting. Given the stakes involved, the business community and policymakers need to do whatever is necessary to overcome any remaining barriers to a Europe-wide patent,” he said.

Zuck said the current European patent system is not working. “It is complex and diverged, and creates undue burdens for small innovative companies. If we truly want to become an innovation-based Union, we need a mechanism that adequately protects European inventions,” he added.

“It’s imperative for our businesses that the EU-wide patent system moves forward. If we want a productive, innovative and barrier-free future, we better start removing the big blocks. Now,” said Zuck.

ACT is not alone though. There are other RAND lobbyists like Florian Müller, who is still belittling, harassing or trolling those who spread standards in Europe. He even continues yesterday's SAP-Red Hat FUD that he was vending. Here are some of today’s Tweets in question (times in GMT):

[15:09] [Notice] -TRT to #techrights- [fosspatents] (Müller) .@OpenForumEurope I just emailed you four questions and copied @ffii and @kgerloff – going to tweet short versions now. Thx in advance.

[15:40] [Notice] -TRT to #techrights- [ffii] @fosspatents Are you an opponent or strategic adversary of OpenForum Europe?

[15:52] [Notice] -TRT to #techrights- [fosspatents] @ffii I’m an observer of @openforumeurope and members, and contrary to opponent, I’m in favor of even more openness and freedom from swpats.

[16:01] [Notice] -TRT to #techrights- [fosspatents] Wow: Red Hat stock approaching $135 — sorry, I got confused, that was December 1999. Strike that “1″ or talk to SAP about it ;-)

“Another RAND lobbyist is TalkStandards, which is a deceiving name by all accounts.”So he still dislikes Red Hat and spreads that SAP FUD about them. That’s why we can say with confidence that Müller is no friend of FOSS. It’s a faker who carries the name “FOSS Patents”. Watch him preach to Dana about the difference between “Open Source” and “FOSS”. How much damage is this man trying to cause? He belittles just about anything to do with GNU/Linux, including Red Hat, the Linux Foundation, the Free Software Foundation, and so on. He openly supports RAND, which is of course incompatible with the GPL.

Another RAND lobbyist is TalkStandards, which is a deceiving name by all accounts. We last explored it one month ago and here it is serving the typical agenda. “For us it’s a pleasure when someone buys us a punch bag,” said the FFII in response to a peculiar E-mail offer about these presentations. Well, even Microsoft’s (CodePlex) Stephen Walli will be there to talk about “Intellectual Property Rights”. The whole site is stacked with patent proponents in general (we named some of them last month). It is very much like Patently-O in the sense that it is an echo chamber of patent lawyers/proponents (but TalkStandards tries to change European policy, whereas Patently-O is US-oriented). From the new survey at Patently-O:

The vast majority of responders self-identified as US Patent Attorneys (67%) followed by US Patent Agents (12%).

Rebentisch from the FFII rightly jokes about those lobbyists, which the FFII’s president claims to be part of a Microsoft front group (there are Microsoft employees in there and contributors include Zuck from ACT).

Standards aren’t as boring as they seem. Actually standards are mostly fun, humorous, at times idiosyncratic. For instance, that image made me laugh out loud. When you attend a mediocre standard policy conference where the speaker has nothing to say, he will start to talk about the electric plugs. Here we find George Willingmyre in that pose, an article where the lobbyist muses about the alleged advantages of RAND models. The plug smells tobacco. When a problem is denied, there is:

What is the problem? Is this actually a “problem” or a matter of differing goals? What is the lesson? Is it possible that the real problem is the market distortion that could occur when advocates from one side promote government intervention to their advantage…?

Oh, my… Apparently the lobbyist is paid per word count:

…we speak of “RAND standards development patent policies” that provide for “Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory” (RAND)… licensing terms and conditions (including possible royalties) that might comprise a license covered by an assurance of a license from the holder of an essential patent to a particular standard.

Another Microsoft patents pusher is Likewise [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], which has this new announcement to make. Watch out for RAND and patents pushers. They are everywhere even in Europe and they are usually connected to Microsoft.

Quick Mention: Novell Report Disappoints, CEO Blames Takeover Bid (Updated)

Posted in Finance, Novell at 3:36 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Hovsepian smiles

Summary: Very quick coverage about Novell results (more details shortly)

Update: Dana Russell speaks out as well. There is additional coverage and our reader gnufreex says: “I am interested to see how many people Novell fired. But they are not reporting that.”

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