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TechBytes Episode 43: At Home With Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager

Posted in TechBytes at 6:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Rockstar Jono Bacon joins Tim and Roy to speak about the new Ubuntu release, his awesome band, and some interesting life ambitions

Jono BaconThis is the first among many shows where we attempt to get back into having guests, preferably different ones at each show. We are very pleased to have Jono Bacon with us today. We added a section about news to start off this show, so the section where we speak with Jono starts after 31 minutes. We apologise for some recording issues (mostly volume-related imbalances, which we tried to mitigate manually with limited success).

“Color” by April Smith (SXSW 2010 Showcasing Artists) and “End of Days” by Jono Bacon’s band are the tracks which we put in today’s show. We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows. If you have an Identi.ca account, consider subscribing to TechBytes in order to keep up to date.

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Our past shows:

November 2010

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 1: Brandon from Fedora TechBytes Episode 1: Apple, Microsoft, Bundling, and Fedora 14 (With Special Guest Brandon Lozza) 1/11/2010
Episode 2: No guests TechBytes Episode 2: Ubuntu’s One Way, Silverlight Goes Dark, and GNU Octave Discovered 7/11/2010
Episode 3: No guests TechBytes Episode 3: Games, Wayland, Xfce, Restrictive Application Stores, and Office Suites 8/11/2010
Episode 4: No guests TechBytes Episode 4: Fedora 14 Impressions, MPAA et al. Payday, and Emma Lee’s Magic 9/11/2010
Episode 5: No guests TechBytes Episode 5: Windows Loses to Linux in Phones, GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share Estimations, and Much More 12/11/2010
Episode 6: No guests TechBytes Episode 6: KINect a Cheapo Gadget, Sharing Perceptually Criminalised, Fedora and Fusion 14 in Review 13/11/2010
Episode 7: No guests TechBytes Episode 7: FUD From The Economist, New Releases, and Linux Eureka Moment at Netflix 14/11/2010
Episode 8: Gordon Sinclair on Linux Mint TechBytes Episode 8: Linux Mint Special With Gordon Sinclair (ThistleWeb) 15/11/2010
Episode 9: Gordon Sinclair returns TechBytes Episode 9: The Potentially Permanent Return of ThistleWeb 17/11/2010
Episode 10: Special show format TechBytes Episode 10: Microsoft FUD and Dirty Tactics Against GNU/Linux 19/11/2010
Episode 11: Part 2 of special show TechBytes Episode 11: Microsoft FUD and Dirty Tactics Against GNU/Linux – Part II 21/11/2010
Episode 12: Novell special TechBytes Episode 12: Novell Sold for Microsoft Gains 23/11/2010
Episode 13: No guests TechBytes Episode 13: Copyfight, Wikileaks, and Other Chat 28/11/2010
Episode 14: Patents special TechBytes Episode 14: Software Patents in Phones, Android, and in General 29/11/2010
Episode 15: No guests TechBytes Episode 15: Google Chrome OS, Windows Refund, and Side Topics Like Wikileaks 30/11/2010

December 2010

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 16: No guests TechBytes Episode 16: Bribes for Reviews, GNU/Linux News, and Wikileaks Opinions 3/12/2010
Episode 17: No guests TechBytes Episode 17: Chrome OS Imminent, Wikileaks Spreads to Mirrors, ‘Open’ Microsoft 5/12/2010
Episode 18: No guests TechBytes Episode 18: Chrome OS, Sharing, Freedom, and Wikileaks 11/12/2010
Episode 19: No guests TechBytes Episode 19: GNU/Linux Market Share on Desktop at 4%, Microsoft Declining, and ChromeOS is Coming 16/12/2010
Episode 20: No guests TechBytes Episode 20: GNU/Linux Gamers Pay More for Games, Other Discussions 18/12/2010
Episode 21: No guests TechBytes Episode 21: Copyright Abuses, Agitators and Trolls, Starting a New Site 20/12/2010
Episode 22: No special guests TechBytes Episode 22: Freedom Debate and Picks of the Year 27/12/2010

January 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 23: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 23: Failuresfest and 2011 Predictions 2/1/2011
Episode 24: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 24: Android, Microsoft’s President Departure, and Privacy 10/1/2011
Episode 25: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 25: Mono, Ubuntu, Android, and More 14/1/2011
Episode 26: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 26: £98 GNU/Linux Computer, Stuxnet’s Government Roots, and More 18/1/2011
Episode 27: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 27: Linux Phones, Pardus, Trusting One’s Government-funded Distribution, and Much More 22/1/2011
Episode 28: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 28: The Weekend After Microsoft’s Results and LCA 30/1/2011
Episode 29: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 29: KDE, Other Desktop Environments, and Programming 31/1/2011

February 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 30: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 30: Microsoft at FOSDEM, Debian Release, and Anonymous 7/2/2011
Episode 31: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 31: Nokiasoft and Computer Games 13/2/2011
Episode 32: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 32: Desktop Environments, Computer Games, Android and Ubuntu as the ‘New Linux’, Copyright Mentality 22/2/2011

March 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 33: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 33: Patent ‘Thieves’ and News That Deceives 6/3/2011
Episode 34: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 34: Done on a Dongle 13/3/2011
Episode 35: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 35: You Can’t Please Some People 19/3/2011

April 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 36: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 36: “Come to Take Me Away” 3/4/2011
Episode 37: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 37: Escaping the Soaps 4/4/2011
Episode 38: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 38: Thanks for Reaching Out 11/4/2011
Episode 39: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 39: Groklaw wins, Microsoft me too’s and trolls fail 13/4/2011
Episode 40: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 40: Video Begins at 40 17/4/2011
Episode 41: Tim, Gordon, Rusty, and Roy TechBytes Episode 41: Going Rusty 24/4/2011
Episode 42: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 42: Bandwidth, Android and Patents, Games, and Computer Nostalgia 29/4/2011

Links 4/5/2011: KDE Publishes 2010 Report, Red Hat Eyes $1 Billion in Revenue

Posted in News Roundup at 5:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Linux skills: A hot commodity for job hunters

    While only a few years ago Linux skills were just one in a series of possible assets for job applicants looking to stand out, in today’s fast-paced, highly competitive workforce, it can actually be a make-or-break element. In fact, a quick search of job sites shows more than 8,000 technical jobs requiring Linux. Add to that recent reports showing demand for Linux skills has exceeded Unix for the first time ever and this is one trend IT professionals need to be aware of.

  • Switch Off Windows, Tune Into Linux And Drop Out

    For me Linux/Ubuntu (the operating system I use) reminds me of America in the sixties. Linux is the free love movement, the hippies, the switch off, tune in and drop out people, flower power, smoking joints and dropping acid.

    While Microsoft/Apple are corporate America, drudgingly ploughing forth in their slow, monotonous way towards profits and percentage points, working your way up the corporate ladder, teams of lawyers to protect everything you make, say or do.

  • Linux as Social Justice Symbol – I Think Not

    Linux and Open Source is a meritocracy. To move up the food chain in Open Source development, you have to prove your coding prowess. Everyone has the opportunity to contribute, but only the gifted or those that work hard succeed. It does not mean that everyone born can contribute. Linux and Open Source under the various GPLs offers FREEDOM not free of cost.

    [...]

    Linux is about freedom – freedom to choose which components to use, freedom to alter the source code as desired, and the freedom to redistribute for profit or not.

  • Does Linux need third-party anti-virus?

    Tasmania’s Department of Education has gone to market for anti-virus software for its 40,000 desktop PCs and 1,000 servers, specifying solutions must be able to secure not only Microsoft Windows, but also Mac OS X and Linux, in a move that has once again raised the question of to what degree the alternative platforms require dedicated security software.

    In a request for tender document issued last week, the department said it required anti-virus/anti-malware protection software for its environment, for the “Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and Linux-based operating systems”.

  • Server

  • Kernel Space

    • [Interview with Linux Torvalds]

      LinuxFR : You’ve been doing Linux for about 20 years now and it’s a hard job. Is it still fun ?

      Linus Torvalds : Oh, absolutely. It’s still fun. And partly exactly because I’ve been doing it for 20 years, I wouldn’t call it “hard”. It’s still challenging and interesting, but I think I’m good at it.

      LinuxFR : Why did you choose to switch the kernel from his original non-GPL copyright to the GPL licence ? Was it an ethical or a practical choice ?

      Linus Torvalds : Practical. I think my original license contained the ethical parts I cared about, but it turns out that it was too strict about that whole “no money” thing, and it also wasn’t well enough known. Moving to the GPL fixed the problems that people had with my original license, and had the advantage that it was a known entity and also a lot more likely to stand up in court than the short blurb I had written originally.

    • How Linux Was Announced to the World in 1991 [pic]
    • GL Announces Linux Drivers & APIs

      GL Communications Inc. announced today the release of Linux Driver Support for Universal T1 E1 and OC-3/12 STM-1/4 Cards. Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Vijay Kulkarni, CEO of the company said,” The Internet as we know it today would not exist without “open source software”, a model based on collaborative software development available free to anyone. Its roots are in academia, colleges, and universities where open and free exchange of ideas (and software) is a way of life. The Internet is powered by open source, like Linux, Apache, TCP/IP, DNS, PHP, the list is endless.”

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • KDE e.V. Publishes Final Report for 2010

        The report summarizes KDE activities in the last three months on 2010, including sprints and trade shows attended by KDE contributors with the support of KDE e.V. It features the individual supporting membership campaign ‘Join the Game’, and how KDE benefits from it. There is a showcase for community artwork, including the report itself. New KDE e.V. members are presented, as is an overview of KDE e.V.’s finances.

  • Distributions

    • GParted Live: A Boot Disk ISO You Can’t Afford to Be Without

      If you ever need to partition or edit the partitions on your hard drives without an existing OS on the computer, then GParted Live should be in your PC toolbox. The free GParted Live is based on a live version of Linux, (i.e. one that will boot from a disc or USB drive), and the Gnome Partition Editor, a.k.a. GPartEd, or more commonly GParted. GParted Live boots quickly, and handles virtually any partition type, including nearly all Linux, OS X, and Windows types.

    • Reviews

      • #! CrunchBang 10 “Statler” Review

        When I see distributions like this one or Bodhi i always start with a positive feeling, others distro have used me to install everything and more and then i spend time to remove stuff that I did not had requested.
        In this case, CrunchBang install the minimum indispensable and discreetly asks if you want extra things, and then I have at my disposal the repository of Debian so I can really have fun and install anything.

    • New Releases

      • Tiny Core Linux 3.6 brings improved installer
      • antiX MEPIS 11 is Available for Download

        After one year of development, antiX MEPIS 11 has been released earlier today (May 3rd) on mirrors worldwide (see download link at the end of the article), available for 486 and 686 architectures).

        Dubbed Jayaben Desai, the antiX MEPIS 11 operating system is a light, fast and very complete/flexible desktop Linux LiveCD based on SimplyMEPIS and Debian Testing distributions. This version defaults to a completely customized icewm-Rox desktop environment.

    • Red Hat Family

      • Red Hat to hand off Enterprise Linux 6.1 RC1 at summit this week
      • Momentum Grows for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

        Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced momentum for the adoption of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization by North American channel partners as part of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Accelerator Program. Launched in June 2010, the Program has driven the adoption of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio through training and support of virtualization-certified Red Hat channel partners.

      • Nimbula Partners With Red Hat to Support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Deltacloud

        Today at the Red Hat Summit, Nimbula, the Cloud Operating System Company, announced that Nimbula Director will support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2, which provide a strong foundation for today’s cloud deployments. Nimbula will also work with the Deltacloud community to ensure support for Nimbula Director in the Deltacloud project.

      • Red Hat CEO predicts $1 billion revenues within the year

        Linux giant turns increasingly competitive to protect profits. Rory MacDonald investigates…

        Enterprise Linux champion Red Hat announced record fourth-quarter earnings this month following the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6). As many companies closed up their financial year, the world’s most profitable open source company announced that its revenues for the financial year (FY) 2011 were up 22 percent at $909.3 million.

      • Red Hat Summit: Linux Meets Cloud and Virtualization

        At Red Hat Summit this week, CEO Jim Whitehurst will attempt to turn a rare triple play. Indeed, Whitehurst and the Red Hat team will strive to more clearly connect the dots between Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) and Cloud Foundations — a set of educational tools that can help channel partners get started with cloud computing. Here’s the update.

      • Fedora

        • FUDCon North America 2012 will be in Blacksburg, VA

          I am pleased to announce that the FUDCon conference in the North American region in 2012 will be held from January 13th through 15th, 2012 on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. We had two excellent bids for the North American FUDCon (Blacksburg, VA and Needham, MA) and both were excellent proposals. It was a
          difficult decision to make, and I’d like to personally thank all those who took the time to submit bids and to help in the decision-making process.

    • Debian Family

      • Five Debian Based Alternatives to Ubuntu 11.04

        I made a post last month outlining some of my thoughts on the Unity desktop Ubuntu rolled out with it’s latest 11.04 release. If you are one of the many that has mixed feelings about the Unity desktop then odds are you may be looking for alternatives to the latest Ubuntu release. The following is a round up of alternatives that won’t leave you feeling completely lost as they still use the apt-get package manager.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu

        • Natty Narwhal: the First Linux for Newbies?

          Whenever a new version of an operating system is released, it’s common to see a wave of reviews following on its heels, assessing how the software compares with what came before it and weighing its new pros and cons.

        • DO NOT Install GNOME Shell in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty from GNOME3-Team PPA, For Now Atleast

          Do not try to install GNOME Shell in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal from GNOME3-Team PPA, at least for now. I was trying to do just and ended up with a completely unusable Ubuntu now. Even PPA-Purge was not able to fully recover my Ubuntu 11.04. I should have really read this warning before trying to install GNOME Shell in Ubuntu 11.04.

        • Debugging with X11Vis

          Recently on the Xorg-Devel mailing list, Michael Stapelberg, who is the author of the i3 window manager posted a new tool, which presents a nice alternative to both xtrace and xscope called x11vis. This tool allows you to monitor every single X Request and have a report on what your program is doing, much like strace will tell you what’s going on with IO and valgrind will tell you what’s going on with memory. It’s especially important for window manager authors like myself since a lot of the bugs that we face are often complicated X11 related timing issues, race conditions, requests that don’t get processed or mysterious events that seemliness’s come out of nowhere.

        • Indicator-Sensors Displays CPU / Motherboard Temperature On The Panel Using An AppIndicator [Ubuntu]

          These days we’ve got a lot of comments requesting for a temperature monitor applet with Ubuntu AppIndicator support that displays the CPU / Motherboard temperature, Fan speed, etc. on the panel.

        • Natty Refreshed, Slackers Rejoice and More

          It is Linux distribution releases that make the Linux Planet go around. This past week was a big week for releases, with two very different distros releasing their latest and greatest offerings. It was also a big week for browser releases with new Firefox and Chrome browsers for Linux.

        • What Is The Target Audience For Natty Narwhal?

          Tired of learning all those difficult technical terms like “Applications” and “System” just to get to your favorite porn site or play another online game of Slash Your Neighbor?

          Well, relax. You can just install our new word-free desktop, Nasty Nonwhale, and you’ll never need words again. You’ll use pictures for everything, pictures that are as simple and limited in what they can do as the ones on your phone. In fact, we’ve reduced the functions you can access to the point that less than a dozen big, colorful icons will show you everything you’ll ever be able to do with your computer.

        • Flavours and Variants

          • Linux Mint XFCE Roller Coaster

            I have been trying to use Broadcom 4311 WiFi card on most Linux distro I have tried so far. This card is built into my Compaq C300 laptop. I think it became my idee fixe at some point. Especially when I was taking Debian-based systems for review.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Linux signage PC enables programmable waiting-room content

      Jayex announced a Linux-based digital signage computer aimed primarily at waiting-room applications. Available with multimedia and client call software, the “Web Media M4″ is built around a dual-core Intel Atom D510 clocked at 1.66GHz and offers 1GB of RAM, 250GB of storage, HDMI and VGA ports, as well as Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB connectivity, says the company.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Databases

    • PostgreSQL 9.1 Gets Synchronous

      The open source PostgreSQL database is gearing up for a major new release.

      PostgreSQL 9.1 is now available in beta, introducing a number of new features. Among the new features is support for synchronous replication for the database.

  • CMS

    • Putting Drupal to Work

      Last week, you installed Drupal and were left hanging at the point of basic configuration. This week, you’ll take the short path to Drupal setup. Of course, you’ll only see a fraction of Drupal’s capabilities in this tutorial but you’ll have enough information to discover the rest on your own. For those of you who don’t know, Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS) that powers some of the Internet’s most high profile sites. Do a Google search to find out who but trust me, you’re in good company.

  • Business

    • Thinking open source: How startups destroy a culture of fear

      Software engineers of corporate America are wired in a way that promotes fear. It hurts creativity and growth. And open source is finally changing that.

      Let’s try the following exercise: Write down three things that come to mind when you see the following email subject from your company’s CEO in response to your new open source project announcement.

    • Don’t Sell Your Love Cheap: How To Successfully Earn a Living with FOSS, Part 3

      There’s also a third aspect. Perhaps the IT professionals have not even bothered to understand their true worth in the industry; or are just too lazy to seek a job that offers dignity and delight. In fact, some of the most exciting and demanding jobs in the industry today are based around FOSS, and all such jobs are offered by the top companies.

      So, if you feel you’re stuck, and being exploited in a low-paying job in the FOSS industry, here’s what I think you should do. Get to know your true worth by applying to another FOSS-based company, and then confront your employer with the written offer made to you. If your employer refuses to give you a fairer deal, you should quit. It’s about time FOSS companies that exploit freedom-loving employees get a wake-up call.

      If there are no FOSS companies that offer you a similar job description and/or package, then definitely apply in other companies. Yes, I mean in proprietary-software companies. You should know your true worth, and should know whether you really do have desirable and marketable skills. Once you become aware that you do, you’ll find it’s very difficult to let yourself continue to be exploited.

  • BSD

    • OpenBSD 4.9 adds support for NTFS file system

      Six months after version 4.8 arrived, the OpenBSD project development team has announced the release of OpenBSD 4.9, its free BSD UNIX-like operating system. According to developer Bob Beck, version 4.9 is the 29th release on CD (30th via FTP) and includes a number of new drivers, performance improvements and new features.

      The x86 and amd64 versions of OpenBSD 4.9 now feature read-only support for the NTFS file system and a vmt(4) driver for VMware tools support as a guest OS, both of these are now enabled by default. Other changes include the ability to boot on machines with up to 64 cores, support for AES-NI instructions found in the latest Intel CPUs, and further improvements to suspend and resume.

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

  • Programming

Leftovers

  • BBC executives still paid too much, says Lord Patten

    Lord Patten, the new BBC chairman, has admitted that some of the BBC’s executives are still paid too highly and that not being able to pay top dollar for talent is something the corporation “has to live with” in return for not having to “flog advertising and subscriptions”.

    Speaking on Radio 4′s Today programme, Patten said that the corporation was working through a series of cuts that would scale back the number of senior executives by about a quarter. “In some circumstances, yes [pay is too high],” he said.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • After literature and MP3: Baidu’s encyclopedia accused of copyright infringement in China

        Baidu’s open online encyclopedia Baidu baike (“Baidupedia”) was accused of copyright infringement by unofficial members of Chinese Wikipedia recently.

        The infringement involves quoting and modifying Wikipedia’s content without specifying author or source, sharing not in accordance with Wikipedia’s CC-by-sa-3.0 license, and without permission from Wikipedia.

Clip of the Day

Sarah Vaughan: I Can’t Give You Anything But Love


Credit: TinyOgg

Microsoft’s Elop is Like Rick Belluzzo – Hijacks Nokia, Sells to Microsoft, Then Exits

Posted in Microsoft at 10:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Rick Bellouszo

Summary: Stephen Elop — just like Richard Belluzzo before him — joins Microsoft, briefly afterwards leaving the company and leaving a lot of chaos

NOVELL is over, but Microsoft’s destruction of its surroundings is not over. The Microsoft cult continues to damage good companies and this harms the jobs of very many good people. The cost of Microsoft to the economy is immeasurably high. In Nokia, for example, the number of full-time employees was greater than at Microsoft, but it did not prevent Microsoft from stealthily acquiring Nokia for just a few billions. The FSFE’s founder compared the Nokia deal with Microsoft to that of Novell. Elop was compared by one of our readers to Rick Bellouszo, who basically just came Microsoft, then hopped onto another company. Prior to it he derailed and annulled a strategy which was driving GNU/Linux and other Microsoft rivals; he switched it over to Windows/Microsoft. He then jumped ship, receiving a reward in the form of a wage from Microsoft. These people are like Carl Icahn, only a lot less dumb.

According to Microsoft booster Matt Rosoff, Elop may have entered Nokia only for the purpose of shaking the hands of his former boss, Steve Ballmer. If true, he was there just to sign a rather corrupt takeover, in other words to act as Microsoft’s mole:

Murtazin also tweeted yesterday that he has heard from sources that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is a short-termer, and will retire at the end of 2012 once the Windows Phone transition is compete.

“Elop to retire 2012,” says Jan Wildeboer from Red Hat. “Mission accomplished? Nokia, I pity you.”

Microsoft: destroying one competitor at a time. Is RIM the next one to die? If Microsoft can destroy all the rivals (with patents, hostile deals, bribes, etc.), then people will have no choice but to use Windows. Microsoft can only compete when the customers cannot choose, e.g. in the OEM channel.

“I’d be glad to help tilt lotus into into the death spiral. I could do it Friday afternoon but not Saturday. I could do it pretty much any time the following week.”

Brad Silverberg, Microsoft

4.5 Years After the Microsoft/Novell Patent Deal

Posted in Microsoft, Novell, Patents at 10:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Where Novell is left after the sellout

A few days ago it was a special day as May 2nd was the special milestone corresponding to November 2nd. The deal signed by Microsoft and Novell was set to expire at the very end of this year, but Novell sold itself just half a year before that date. The expiration of the patent agreement too is an interesting issue because the Mono team is being dissolved after many GNU/Linux distributions absorbed Mono somewhere in the stack, usually just for applications on the desktop. It remains to be seen what will happen because the deal in question remains largely secret or heavily redacted. What’s left of it needs to be interpreted by legalese speakers, such as Groklaw. Pamela Jones suggested there might be succession in place, but that is based on just one comment.

Anyway, the deal with Novell was a cautionary tale and one that Nokia did not learn from. Some of the people who were involved in the Microsoft/Novell deal no longer work for Novell. Mr. Elop will no longer work for Nokia very shortly. But that’s the subject of our next post.

Inside the Minds of Patent Lawyers and Monopolists

Posted in Patents, Videos at 4:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A look at all the recent videos we found which promote software patents

FOR The sake of balance in our "Week Against Software Patents", the non-engineering side is presented here too. It’s mostly lawyers. Seeing how weak their arguments really are may help appreciate the seriousness of this whole situation. Developers are being screwed and even the screw is patented.

As we already know, the Microsoft crowd and the company’s patent lawyers love software patents (the video below is from the Ignite conference in Seattle). It helps them make money. Here is the first video in support of software patents (Ogg only on purpose), courtesy of patent lawyers:


Notice the language. Ouch. He also daemonises GNU, uses the word “stealing”, berates Wikileaks, etc. For a Seattle crowd (near Microsoft) it might be appropriate.

Some years ago we saw South African patent law being distorted by Microsoft and here is another self-professed “IP guru” (Johnny Fiandero) explaining “Why Software Patents are so Controversial”. Watch and see what’s wrong with the arguments he makes:


Criticism of his points would be easy. He makes no compelling arguments, except the mentioning of his “clients”.

Here is how Microsoft uses software patents for anti-competitive purposes.


Here is some more advocacy of patents over copyrights (it gets boring towards the end).


Credit: TinyOgg

Here ends our special video coverage (lasting about a week). Be sure to explain to people why software patents need to be fought against. They hurt all users, not just developers, and among those developers who are hurt there are both free/libre and proprietary software developers. The outrageous patent laws do not make a distinction. The inclusion of software patents in US law is very arcane, out of touch with reality, and it makes as much sense as prohibition of driving and voting for women. The only profession (not company) which benefits from this involves litigation.

Good Week for Techrights

Posted in Site News at 4:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Our most vocal critics may leave us alone now

Hands

Summary: The leading attacker against Techrights (Mono) is now out of work; the principal target of Techrights (that would be Novell) is kaput

Novell is over, Mono is over, and Linux is winning in the devices space despite software patents and accompanying lawsuits. What was achieved by “Boycott Novell” is immeasurable and we thank those who supported us along the way. It ought to be added that a huge deal of the distortions, lies, daeminisations, incitations, threats, bullying, and trolling against Techrights actually came from the Mono boosters. The evidence is well documented. They did more damage than Novell employees as a whole. Now that Microsoft/Novell no longer pays them (paycheck from Novell, which received Microsoft funds for particular objectives), we expect a lot less disruption and heckling. I estimate that over 70% of the daily attacks on this site and its participants came from people whose main cause was Mono/.NET. Simon Phipps made a comparison to Scientology. Other journalists, like Sam Varghese, were maligned by the Mono boosters for simply reporting the facts.

Our IRC channels have been rather active recently and there are many new faces in there. It ought to be mentioned that the Mono boosters also engaged in systematic abuse of anyone who had entered them. This type of thuggish behaviour is no more, so we invite people to come and become part of our conversation.

Attachmate’s Novell Strategy So Far: Kill Mono, Keep SUSE, Maybe Antitrust Against Microsoft

Posted in Antitrust, Courtroom, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED at 4:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Trash sign with Mono

Summary: AttachMSFT, a liquidator, has not made very harmful decisions (so far); it remains to be seen if an appeal in a Microsoft case will be carried forward

NOVELL is in the headlines because of layoffs which are the doom of Mono. AttachMSFT will continue to support the Microsoft-taxed SUSE in Germany, apparently as a separate entity. Sam Varghese says that the “SUSE business will be headquartered in Nuremberg, its original home before Novell bought the company in 2003.”

We are not sure what this means for OpenSUSE, which is not the same as SLE*. It is hard to say if it will survive because AttachMSFT invariantly speaks about “SUSE” and not OpenSUSE. Well, here is a new review of the latest release, which suggests that OpenSUSE is well built:

Unlike Ubuntu, Peppermint or Fedora, openSUSE is a fully-fledged KDE distribution, and offers the most integrated experience of all the distributions we’ve looked at.

With openSUSE, this approach stretches to non-KDE applications too. For example, despite using GTK+ for its widget toolset, Firefox is skinned to look like a native KDE application. That includes the toolbar icons, framing and file requesters, and even functions like mailing a link will use KDE’s mail application rather than the default.

The problem we have had with OpenSUSE is that it helps promote the Microsoft-taxed SUSE, which can in turn help Microsoft and software patents.

According to other reports [1, 2], “Novell wins appeal in Microsoft antitrust lawsuit” and AttachMSFT will hopefully capitalise on this. A reader mailed us the Reuters report, which says:

Software maker Novell Inc can proceed with a long-running antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp after an appeals court reversed a lower court’s summary judgment in favor of Microsoft.

Novell, which was bought by Attachmate Corp earlier this year, claimed that its operating system products and several of its software applications were unfairly squeezed out of the market by Microsoft in the 1990s.

Let’s see what AttachMSFT does with the SCO case and the Microsoft case. It will hopefully carry on and fight these battles. If not, more critics will come out of the woodwork.

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