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06.24.11

Links 24/6/2011: Linux 3.0 is Fast, Lots of Android 3.0

Posted in News Roundup at 1:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Kernel Space

    • Re: [GIT PULL] nsfd fixes

      Eric, stop making up random letter combinations that make sense to NOBODY but you. Ok?

      If you can’t be bothered to write a few more letters and make things readable, why would you expect anybody else to bother spending the time looking at your emails?

      Linus

    • Re: Linux 3.0-rc4

      3.0 will still be noticeably faster than 2.6.39 due to the other changes made (ie the read-ahead), so yes, the regression itself is
      fixed.

    • Linux Filesystems LOC

      The XFS filesystem has taken a beating for being a big, complicated, foreign filesystem since it’s introduction, and there is no doubt that there is a fair bit of code in there. But an interesting thing happened on the way to the Linux Kernel v3.0.0 – XFS developers have steadily reduced lines of code, while other up and coming filesystems such as Ext4 and BTRFS are steadily growing in LOC and complexity. And XFS has been under constant improvement at the same time as well.

    • Graphics Stack

      • Google’s Into Intel Gallium3D For Chromium OS?

        The open-source developers working on the drivers for AMD/ATI Radeon and NVIDIA (via the Nouveau project) graphics hardware have tossed all their weight behind the Gallium3D driver architecture. The Gallium3D drivers have surpassed the “classic” Mesa DRI drivers in terms of capabilities, performance, and stability. The only strong holdout to Gallium3D has been Intel since they aren’t convinced that it’s the appropriate choice and they aren’t interested in overhauling their Linux driver stack once more with the large upfront investment that’s required in rewriting their user-space 3D driver in moving from classic Mesa to Gallium3D.

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • Plasma Active Updates

        During the past weeks, we’ve been kind of silent around Plasma Active. This doesn’t mean we’ve just been sitting on our lazy bums, but that we’ve poured a lot of work into various aspects of the Plasma Active user experience. Let me details these changes to give you some idea of where we are. But first off, …

    • GNOME Desktop

  • Distributions

    • Arch Package Visualization

      Nothing like seeing a reddit post, saying you’ll spend a few minutes looking into something, and then realizing you spent multiple hours on it. Today that time sink was Gephi, a pretty cool desktop application for generating graphs from a variety of data sources. It is available in the AUR if you are an Arch Linux user.

    • New Releases

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

      • New clothes for Mageia: preview of ARM port is now available

        We spoke about this some weeks ago, it’s now done! Thanks to Arnaud Patard (aka rtp) the Mageia ARM port is available for a first preview. The port’s code name is “arm eabi”, as a future port should be “arm eabihf”. It will use the hard float feature of Cortex family processors.

    • Red Hat Family

      • Red Hat: Cloud, Virtualization Provide Path to $1 Billion

        How serious is Red Hat about pushing beyond Linux? Take a look at Red Hat’s latest quarterly results, disclosed yesterday, and a cloud seminar that’s set for today. You’ll get a feel for how the open source company is striving to reinvent its business amid a march toward $1 billion in annual revenues.

      • Open Virtualization Alliance gains 65 new members

        American Linux distributor Red Hat has announced that the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) has gained 65 new members, a nearly ten-fold increase in membership since it was first established last month. Brocade, Dell, EnterpriseDB, Fujitsu Frontech, FusionIO, Gluster, Groundwork Open Source, MontaVista Software, Univention and Vyatta, for example, are among the group’s new members.

    • Debian Family

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Nokia: no luck with Linux

        For years, Nokia had been working on Linux as a future operating system for its smartphones and mobile devices. Then, the firm did an about-face and chose Windows Phone. Having had no luck with the penguin, the recent release of the N9 smartphone marks the end of an era.

        In 2005, Nokia was a pioneer when it produced the 770 Internet Tablet: the first mobile device in its regular product portfolio with a Linux operating system. The unit was a small 5.5 by 3.1 inch tablet computer that would just fit into your trouser pocket; the touchscreen had a sufficiently large diagonal of just over four inches, with a resolution of 800 by 480 – quite high at the time. Linux developers who bought the 770 Internet Tablet, which normally cost €350, received a €250 discount with no strings attached.

      • Android

        • Archos tablets run Android 3.1 on 1.5GHz OMAP4

          Archos announced two high-end Android 3.1 tablets that use Texas Instruments dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP4 processors. The eight-inch Archos 80 G9 and 10.1-inch Archos 101 G9 are both offered with a 250GB hard disk drive option, available 3G, as well as standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and HDMI.

        • Google TV 2.0′s ‘Fishtank’ dev system surfaces

          Google has selectively released Google TV 2.0 “Fishtank” beta code based on Android 3.1, featuring the ability to run an Android app and stream TV at the same time, says a Geek.com report. The company is said to have sent out a Fishtank developer’s system to about 50 developers, while another report says Logitech will offer a 2.0-based system in late summer.

    • Sub-notebooks/Tablets

      • More Android 3.2 and Amazon tablet details emerge

        More details have surfaced about Android 3.2, including support for seven-inch screens and Qualcomm processors. The release may appear on Amazon.com’s Android tablets, which are rumored to be arriving in August bearing Texas Instruments processors and could hasten the fall of the monochrome Kindle.

        Google and its Android tablet vendor partners face a double-edged sword in their epic struggle against the almighty Apple iPad. Android 2.x is both functionally and aesthetically lacking on larger screens, especially beyond seven inches. Meanwhile, Android 3.0 solves this problem and introduces some cool features not found on the iPad, but is widely criticized for being buggy and complex.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Eclipse Indigo Releases 62 Open Source Projects

    The Eclipse Indigo release train is now officially available, delivering 62 projects covering 46 million lines of code. According to Eclipse, there were 408 developers and 49 organizations that contributed code and collaborated for the Indigo release.

    “We’re continuing to refine the release process and it’s already quite scalable,” Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, told InternetNews.com. “Even though we’re getting more and more projects and code, we’re finding that we’re able to leverage our history in moving the release train forward each year.”

    Milinkovich noted that from a Java developer perspective the Indigo release offers a number of interesting new projects. One of them is the WindowBuilder GUI project, which just became part of Eclipse this year. Google donated the technology to Eclipse in December of 2010, after first acquiring the technology from developer tools vendor Instantiations in August of 2010.

  • Web Browsers

    • Chrome

      • Google Building Open-Source Video Chatting Software into Chrome

        In a clear challenge to Web calling clients like Skype, Google is building its open-source voice and video chatting software into its Chrome browser, according to CNET.

        Google acquired the open-source technology, known as WebRTC, last year when it bought out VoIP software provider Global IP Solutions. The search engine giant is now looking to hand the royalty-free software over to developers for browser-based applications.

    • Mozilla

      • Mozilla delivers Firefox 5 | Moves to more frequent release cycles

        Three months ago, when we saw the Firefox 4 release, there was a hell lot of buzz surrounding it, and the news trended in Twitter for hours as people felt that, it had been quite a while since they got a new Firefox, unlike the case with Chrome(the direct competitor). Some may admit that, a huge release with a lot of new features is better than frequent releases with not so important features!

  • CMS

    • Drupal Gets Social Software Facelift

      Acquia’s Commons 2.0 community management tool provides Facebook-style activity feeds with like and share buttons for the open source content management system.

    • WordPress Plugins for Security & Robustness

      Yesterday I wrote about how WordPress has evolved into a first rate platform that can be easily customized. One of the ways that WordPress is customized to meet the unique needs of a site is through the use of plugins that add functionality. Most of these functions are visual and offer visitors a richer experience while on your site. Others are never even seen by the visitor and only indirectly affect his or her experience.

  • BSD

    • BatteryMonitor supports NetBSD

      BatteryMonitor for GNUstep now has support for NetBSD acpi too now! Support languished because decent acpi support in NetBSD is relatively recent and reading it requires checking a property list (which is of course more complex, but at least consistent and clean compared to the maze of files linux provides). To manipulate it libprop sports handy functions, yet I always had some problems here and there, until I realized something very cool. Property lists are familiar to GNUstep and Cocoa users.

  • Public Services/Government

    • Open source & Bristol City Council – a brief(ish) round-up

      As one of the country’s leading open source outfits had abandoned Bristol, one might begin to question the City Council’s commitment to open source. Indeed, your correspondent, cunningly disguised as a member of the public, emailed council leader Barbara Janke about the council’s commitment to open source, highlighting the reliability, lack of licensing fees and lower support costs of open source. Another point I raised with Barbara Janke was the fate of Cllr Mark Wright, the cabinet member with responsibility for IT in the last council and a firm open source advocate, as he did not feature in the new cabinet after the May 2011 council election.

      Barbara Janke’s reply is reproduced below.

      You are correct that Mark was not re-elected to the Lib Dem cabinet this time. In the current cabinet I have responsibility for ICT in the current cabinet. The commitment to open source remains the same. Mark continues to advise me on this. The council is also heavily engaged with the external digital media and creative sector and this area lies within my area of responsibility.

      So there you have it. Bristol City Council remains committed to open source. Perhaps someone less trusting of the City Council than your ‘umble scribe should file a FoI request to ask the council just how far their commitment stretches.

      As regards the fate of Mark Wright, Mark Ballard of Computer Weekly has done some fine investigatory work and discovered that Wright’s ousting from the cabinet was a result of internal party politics, not part of a conspiracy to do down open source wherever it reared its head in the public sector.

    • Open source vanguard routed in Bristol after political reshuffle

      Bristol City Council’s seven year campaign to use open source software has been sent reeling after the shock departure of two lead architects of its ICT Strategy.

      Councillor Mark Wright, the computer expert who pushed Bristol’s pioneering ICT strategy through the council chamber just last September, was voted out of his post as ICT portfolio holder a month ago, after a private vote of Liberal Democrat members.

  • Licensing

    • Introducing the Compliance Lab’s summer intern

      William Theaker recently started working at the FSF as this summer’s licensing intern. In this post, he writes about what brought him to free software, and the goals for his internship.

      Hi! My name is William Theaker; I’m a college student from Connecticut interested in free software and copyright law. This summer I will be interning with the FSF; I will be working on various free software licensing issues by answering questions about licensing, investigating possible GPL violations, and working on my biggest project this summer, organizing the drafting archives for the GPLv3. My first interaction with free software was when I started using “Linux” in 2003, though I was unaware of the actual origins of the software in my computer. What I referred to as “Linux” is, in fact, GNU/Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system, made useful by the GNU core libraries, shell utilities, and vital system components comprising a full operating system as defined by POSIX.

  • Programming

    • Getting Started with Jenkins for PHP Developers

      The maturing Web development industry is inextricably intertwined with a constant companion: complexity. Gone are the days of assembling a few simple database-backed PHP-driven pages and calling it a website; these days clients expect rich JavaScript-based user interfaces, cloud-backed data stores, and tight integration with third-party APIs. To accommodate such challenges, developers have put a great deal of time and effort into devising tools and techniques which help to identify, track and resolve bugs. One such technique is continuous integration, which facilitates the merging of code changes made by various members of a development team by automating tedious processes such as testing, documentation generation, and deployment.

Leftovers

  • Microsoft BPOS crashes

    The software giant’s cloud computing service went down for over three hours.

  • Hardware

    • AMD, VIA, Nvidia quit benchmark group due to ‘Intel bias’

      AMD has publicly announced it is withdrawing its support from BAPCo, a non-profit consortium which develops and distributes a benchmarking program called SYSmark, refusing to endorse the latest version of the suite because its results are allegedly unrepresentative of the workloads used in everyday computing. The company also believes there’s a bias in favor of Intel.

      The suite uses a number of application-based benchmarks to recreate usage patterns in the areas of office productivity, data/financial analysis, system management, media creation, 3D modeling and web development. Among the applications used in SYSmark 2012 are Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Acrobat, WinZip, Autodesk AutoCAD and 3ds Max, and others. But AMD argues that BAPCo is not taking advantage of GPUs for general purpose computing tasks, despite the fact that many applications support it, and instead solely relies on performance of CPUs.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • ACTA

        • Like in Mexico, Parliaments Must Reject ACTA

          Paris, June 23rd, 2011 – The Mexican Senate approved a resolution calling on the government not to sign the anti-counterfeiting agreement ACTA. La Quadrature calls on French and European Members of Parliament to do the same.

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Pirate Party of New Zealand Points the Finger at Microsoft for Pro-Software Patents Lobbying

Posted in Intellectual Monopoly, Microsoft, Patents at 10:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Pirate Party of New Zealand

Summary: The Pirate Party of New Zealand stands up for the interests of New Zealand (NZ) and commends Simon Power for disowning foreign interests

New Zealand’s patent law is under attack by companies from America. They want NZ-based companies to have NZ-hostile laws. Microsoft in particular is trying to colonise and subjugate NZ-based companies by changing the law of this distant foreign country, using lies, lobbyists, and subversion of political processes. We gave a lot of evidence before. Microsoft does not always do this behind proxies.

According to this new press release from the Pirate Party of NZ, “Pirate Party condemns pro-patent spin on software patents” and its co-leader Bruce Kingsbury “condemned the suggestion that software patents may be required in New Zealand law.”

“There is no ‘inventive step’ in software development,” he wrote, “as would be required for patenting.”

He then names Microsoft’s role in the lobbying. “Microsoft’s attempt to spin this as a change of position or some insurmountable problem with the select committee’s decision is little more than a last-minute attempt by them to subvert the democratic process to their own advantage” (Microsoft uses allies and lobbying groups to do this too).

He ends with some kind words for Mr. Power, whom we mentioned some days ago (EN | ES). “We congratulate Commerce Minster Simon Power and the Government for continuing to support the select committee’s recommendation and doing what is best for New Zealand software developers and the wider IT community. We hope the Government will continue to resist this unwelcome pressure from foreign interests’ lobby groups,” concludes the press release. Thanks to the Pirate Party of New Zealand for these constructive words.

The Word “Innovation” is Being Hijacked to Mean Patents and Other Monopolies

Posted in Deception, Intellectual Monopoly, Patents at 10:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Innovators are not businessmen and businessmen are not innovators

Tesla

Summary: Distortion of language and euphemistic spin/lies are being devised in order to harm innovation and promote monopolisation (with stagnation) instead

The words that receive bad reputation are often essential to explaining key ideas. By ruining those words, those who wish to impede particular lines of operation or thinking may succeed. Hollywood likes using the word “pirate” and the mainstream press loves making use of the word “conspiracy” (as in, one company colludes or conspires with another, e.g. price-fixing) to become a loaded term and thus its use discouraged.

As we explained here several times before (although not with sufficient emphasis), the big people with big money and big monopolies have been co-opting the word “innovation” to promote “monopolisation”. They try to sell to people the illusion that patent monopolies are required for the industry to move forward. It’s one of those patterns of deception — those talking points that go along with “job creation” and “free market” (meaning freedom to corporations, i.e. deregulation). To counter the spin we must realise and recognise the truth, which does not at all agree with those talking points, neither theoretically nor empirically. A glance at history helps resolve these false dilemmas and call the lobbyists “liars”. They are paid to deceive politicians as well as the public (although the public cannot write legislation directly).

According to this new article, something called “declaration of innovation” (euphemism-gasm!) turns out to be a Trojan horse for — you’ve guessed it — lobbying:

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), announced the launch of the Declaration of Innovation, an online pledge for Americans to sign in support of policies that ensure innovation remains the strategic advantage of the United States of America.

CEA’s Innovation Movement urges lawmakers to support policies that promote innovation. The Declaration of Innovation specifically states:

“We believe American innovators should be able to buy and sell their products around the world.
“We believe that more spectrum must be available for wireless broadband.
“We believe in welcoming the best and brightest minds to the United States.
“We believe in cutting the federal deficit.”

It is a great call which I think will remain incomplete as long as monopolies and messy Software Patent Laws exist in the US.

Conspicuously missing from many such petitions are discouragements of patents. When the lobbyists push for something called “innovation” they usually beg for more patents to be granted and their funding sources (to which they are a front) turn out to be big businesses that want to erect fences around themselves, to essentially stifle competition. We recently wrote about the SME Innovation Alliance, which is actually against SME interests. They are talking utter nonsense and the latest debunking comes from Mr. Masnick, who notes that they are just lobbyists for software patents, even in the UK where these are not permitted (and rightly so):

[T]he UK does have a software industry. Apparently Mitchell just doesn’t know where to look. Furthermore, plenty of countries that don’t recognize software patents have a software industry. Why would he argue otherwise? Either way, I would think this seems like good evidence for why innovative companies should not want to be a part of the SME Innovation Alliance, as the organization’s views seem woefully out of touch on actual innovation.

It is out of touch with SMEs as well. Based on its site we cannot even tell who is funding this thing. A disclosure would be nice.

It should be noted that this problem is not unique to just patents on software and even some mechanical companies have woes to testify about.

Over the past week we found and shared 3 headlines that celebrate innovation in the context of Free software. This is good. We are taking back the word innovation and not allowing it to just become synonymous with patents. The likes of the lobbying groups (that sometimes put “innovation” in their name or events they organise) would like people to believe that Free/open source software is a threat to innovation, despite the fact that a lot of today’s innovation comes from academia, where scientific findings and code are largely shared. Innovation is a dog whistle that can affect politicians, so we must make an attempt to take that back and associate innovation with sharing. As we showed last year, the word “innovative” (or “novel”) is used interchangeably to mean “patent-encumbered” (or “patent pending”) and the same word is currently being misused by US-based companies that try to change NZ’s patent law (Intel for example). This will be the subject of our next post.

Claim: Microsoft TechNet Bans GNU/Linux User

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 9:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Conference room

Summary: Microsoft’s zone of Microsoft boosters ostracises a ‘closet’ GNU/Linux user

THE SOURCE may be a Microsoft booster, but nonetheless we’ll bite. The Register calls it a “mystery suspension” although it does shed some light on what seems to suggest more intolerance and Linuxphobia from Microsoft. To quote this article about the echo chamber known as TechNet (more like .NET Tech): “Confused about why your subscription to Microsoft’s TechNet has been suspended? So is Microsoft, judging by the experience of one Reg reader.

“Our reader, who wished to remain anonymous, has been in touch to say how his TechNet account was abruptly suspended without warning by Microsoft.

“A lot of people use GNU/Linux for real work and then use Windows just to test some stuff.”“The reason given by Microsoft when he contacted them was he’d abused the terms of his membership.”

“His only sin,” notes the Microsoft-loving journalist, is that “he confesses his main computer is a Linux PC but uses his TechNet sub with a bonafide Windows machine.”

A lot of people use GNU/Linux for real work and then use Windows just to test some stuff. Whether his GNU/Linux usage triggered the suspension or not, it is nice to learn how some British businesses leverage the power of GNU/Linux.

Microsoft Should Rename Office 365, Call it Office 360 Instead (for 5 Days’ Downtime)

Posted in Site News at 9:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Some businesses find limited freedom (or GNU/Linux) on the so-called ‘cloud’

Pigeon flight

Summary: GNU/Linux-based services continue to devour Microsoft’s share in the office suites space; downtimes lead to erosion of Microsoft’s brand

“Office 360″ is a joke we started a few months back because whether one calls it Office Live or BPOS or even Office 365, it is just about as reliable as Xbox 360. It goes MIA far too often and there is no contingency either due to the ‘merits’ of so-called ‘clouds’ (Fog Computing) that suck up users’ data. As we noted before, executives associated with this initiative were leaving Microsoft while we covered many downtimes that made Microsoft a laughing stock in this area [1, 2, 3, 4]. Here is the latest:

Microsoft cloud execs are crossing their fingers that Office 365, the pending successor to the Business Productivity Online Suite, is a safer bet for customers following yet another crash in North America.

Customers across the region and in London reported problems logging into the hosted service – Exchange Online and SharePoint Online – from yesterday morning for three hours as Microsoft tried to resolve the outage, which transpired to have been caused by network hardware failure.

Microsoft insists on not using BSD as well as not using GNU/Linux (see Hotmail and FAST) and this is why Microsoft is failing to catch up in terms of uptime. As a Microsoft booster has just put it, there is a new “Microsoft Horror Story” as “Newspaper Chain Is Switching 8,500 Employees To Google Apps” (and it is not the first). They probably require decent uptime, which Microsoft cannot deliver. And in the newspaper industry every minute counts. To quote:

One isolated case doesn’t make a trend, but Microsoft should be worried about cases like the McClatchy newspaper chain.

A loyal Microsoft shop today, McClatchy is shifting its 8,500 employees over to Google Apps.

Google Apps is proprietary (people should use LibreOffice or something similar instead), but it runs on top of GNU/Linux

Isn’t it funny that on the Web, Microsoft Office is just a poor man’s Google Apps and Hotmail is a poor woman’s Gmail?

IRC Proceedings: June 23rd, 2011

Posted in IRC Logs at 4:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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#techrights log

#boycottnovell log

#boycottnovell-social log

Enter the IRC channels now

ES: Los Grupos de Presión Contra GNU/Linux Cada Vez Más Utilizan las Patentes Como Armas

Posted in Apple, Bill Gates, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Patents at 3:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Patent stooges

(ODF | PDF | English/original)

Resumen: Una mirada a algunos de los últimos grupos de presión en contra de “Linux” y el “Software Libre” a la luz de las noticias y los falsos “consejos” de seudo-”defensores”.

Las tácticas FUD de Microsoft han desarrollado a través del tiempo. Ya no vemos perpetuando mentiras acerca de las capacidades de GNU/Linux (o que es como el “comunismo”). Las nuevas tácticas FUD pintan Linux y Android como faltando el respeto de la ley (la llamada “IP”) y que es “no libre”. El monopolista ha estado contratando grupos de presión y en consecuencia hemos desenmascardado a algunos de estos antes. Algunos de ellos deben revelar sus fuentes de financiamiento con el fin de cumplir con la ley (la publicidad los debilita).

Cualquier experto u otra entidad que promueve la línea de Microsoft, acerca de las patentes pueden ser vistos como un respaldo a los chantajes que Microsoft se ha dedicado [1[http://techrights.org/2007/06/08/shuttleworth-on-racketeering/], 2[http://techrights.org/2009/07/17/racketeering-melco-microsoft/], 3[http://techrights.org/2009/12/29/microsoft-extortion-software-patents/], 4[http://techrights.org/2009/07/24/red-hat-on-microsoft-two-face/], 5[http://techrights.org/2009/09/08/staples-employees-anti-linux/], 6[http://techrights.org/2009/07/01/patent-racketeering-myhrvold/], 7[http://techrights.org/2008/02/22/open-for-patents/]], lo que es malo para las relaciones públicas y por el karma. La justificación de lo que Microsoft hace de las patentes es muy difícil, por lo que los expertos a menudo recurren a calumniar a los competidores de Microsoft. Hace unos años nos hemos referido a esta táctica como “igual de malos” troll, donde, básicamente, uno ‘defiende’ lo que Microsoft ha estado haciendo al decir que un competidor como IBM, Google o Apple es tan “malo” por alguna razón especifica (que por lo general no computa).

El año pasado un cabildero salió de la nada promoviendo una empresa que ya es en parte propiedad de Microsoft. Él consiguió algún tipo de acceso especial a documentos con los que calumnió a IBM. Él es lo suficientemente feliz para acusar a las empresas que no son trolls de patentes de “trolls”[http://techrights.org/2011/06/19/manipulating-the-news/], dejando las partes del cártel de Microsoft – Intellectual Ventures (IV)[http://boycottnovell.com/wiki/index.php/Intellectual_Ventures] incluido – intocables, no dijo NADA en contra de ella – No llamar a IV un troll, a pesar de que es el MAS GRANDE TROLL DE PATENTES DEL MUNDO. El nombre de este cabildero – lo has adivinado – es Florian.

En Groklaw, Pamela Jones pregunta, “¿adónde puede ir usted donde estará a salvo de trolls de patentes?”

Ella escribió lo siguiente en relación con Microsoft y trolls de patentes cuando añadió: “Además, el problema es más grande que los trolls de patentes. Recuerde que cuando Microsoft trató de vender las patentes para el uso en contra de Linux a los trolls de patentes? Trolls de patentes por encargo son un problema mucho más grande que sólo los trolls de patentes. Recuerde de dónde saco Lodsys sus patentes y la imagen se vuelve más clara. No es un ecosistema perturbado aquí, y el problema es que las patentes de software no debería haber sido introducidos al medio ambiente. Ahora son todo lo abrumador. La única solución verdadera es el software y las patentes para conseguir un divorcio. Y la única entidad que puede lograrlo es el Congreso”.

Esto fue escrito en relación con una patente de IV que se utiliza en contra de los desarrolladores de iPhone y de Android (pero no los desarrolladores de Windows). También escribió sobre el origen de esta patente en [1[http://techrights.org/2011/06/11/apple-reported-to-bundeskartellamt/], 2[http://techrights.org/2011/06/02/lodsys-and-intellectual-ventures/], 3[http://techrights.org/2011/05/18/apple-and-intellectual-ventures/]]. La única cosa buena acerca de las patentes es que no importa lo mucho que se contagian entre sí, los nombres de ellos no cambian, ni tampoco la lista de cambios, de hablar, o el cambio de la “propiedad” (sin embargo, es extraño que la idea de “vender” ideas pueda sonar). Por lo tanto, no es demasiado difícil mostrar a Microsoft en los detalles.

“¿Recuerden cuando Microsoft trató de vender las patentes a los trolls de patentes para su uso en contra de Linux? Trolls de patentes por encargo son un problema mucho más grande que sólo los trolls de patentes. Recuerden de dónde Lodsys sacó sus patentes y la imagen se vuelve aún más clara.”
      –Pamela Jones, Groklaw

Basado sobre este tema[http://www.baumlegal.com/trollbusters/], “Lodsys LLC es una filial de Marshall, Texas, de Lodsys Holdings LLC, una LLC de Delaware. Algunos han especulado que el camino conduce a la propiedad de Intellectual Ventures “(sí, no noticias por ahora, por no mencionar que IV utiliza muchas otros projectiles de acuerdo a otros informes, por lo menos un millar de proyectiles, según una fuente).

“Leverage Si usted es amenazado con infracción de patente (y por qué usted debería ignorar FOSSpatents)”, dice el título de un post acerca de Microsoft Florian[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Florian_M%C3%BCller] y la mala dirección que le da a los demandados por Lodsys, básicamente les instruye a rendirse y se niega a decirles lo IV es en realidad y dónde nos lleva de nuevo a (Microsoft y Bill Gates, el maximalista patentes[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Gates_Foundation_Critique] que aboga por las patentes incluso sobre los componentes de alimentos básicos de los pobres, por su propio beneficio[http://techrights.org/2010/04/26/monsanto-boosted-by-gates/]). Semi-verdades y malos consejos es lo que tiene que ver con Florian. Como dice el blog post “, Lodsys probablemente AMA el análisis de Florian y sus opiniones. (No tengo ninguna relación o contacto con cualquier persona en Lodsys, Apple, y ya tengo contacto con Florian). Él parece estar haciendo todos los argumentos que apoyan el plan del troll de patentes – usted no puede permitirse el lujo de luchar, ni siquiera lo intentes, los argumentos de los trolls son decentes, simplemente RINDETE y firma la licencia”.

Para citar más:

Hagas lo que hagas, por favor, ignora el consejo de que no son abogados comentaristas (por ejemplo, Florian Müller @fosspatents), ya que puede ser miope y no están capacitados para proporcionar el análisis jurídico complejo y asesoramiento que necesite. (Por ejemplo, de uno de los últimos Florian mensajes sobre las patentes Lodsys, cualquier abogado de patentes debe ser capaz de reconocer que Florian no entiende la ley en materia de infracción de patentes y otros muchos asuntos.)

Por ejemplo, algunos comentaristas (incluyendo Florian Müller @fosspatents) están asesorando a las victimas de los trolls de patentes a RENDIRSE y PAGAR la CUOTA de LICENCIA, Florian aún está diciendo que el contrato de licencia que no se ha hecho público es aceptable para que Ud. lo firme. Es muy dudable la solidez de este consejo, especialmente teniendo en cuenta el artículo anterior en Watchdog IP. Contrariamente a los malos consejos y análisis jurídico presentadas por Florian, hay opciones disponibles para las empresas amenazadas por los trolls de patentes, e incluso si el resultado es un acuerdo de licencia, el análisis jurídico Florian y su asesoramiento no es sólido. (Yo podría escribir un libro blanco que explique por qué el análisis de Florian está en mal estado, pero no tengo el tiempo ahora mismo. Si alguien me pide que realice un análisis más detallado, la pondré en mi lista de tareas.)

Para empezar, en mi opinión, probablemente Lodsys AMA el “análisis” de Florian y opiniones. (No tengo ninguna relación o contacto con cualquier persona en Lodsys, Apple, y ya no contacto con Florian). Él parece estar haciendo todos los argumentos que apoyan el plan del troll de negocio – usted no puede permitirse el lujo de luchar, ni siquiera lo intentes, los argumentos de los trolls son decentes, ríndete y firma la licencia.

[...]

Todo buen negociador (que excluye la IMO Florian) le dirá que no se negocia con uno mismo. Por lo tanto, no tengo ni idea de por qué Florian dice estar apoyando a los desarrolladores de aplicaciones cuando escribe un análisis que intenta desmenuzar sus argumentos aprovechar el potencial y les aconseja a pagar lo que Lodsys está pidiendo. Si alguien fuese realmente el apoyo de los desarrolladores de aplicaciones, podría estar tratando de reforzar los desarrolladores de aplicaciones aprovechar los argumentos (como lo he estado tratando de proporcionar en este blog).

Algunos sitios, evidentemente, caen en ello, porque por lo menos un escritor escribió que el mejor curso “de acción para los desarrolladores de iOS frente a las amenazas de demandas por violación de patentes emitidas por Lodsys a principios de este mes podría ser la de someterse con las solicitudes de licencia, de acuerdo a un investigador de propiedad “intelectual”. Florian Mueller, quien dirige el blog Las patentes de software libre que publicó una profunda FAQ para los desarrolladores interesados la semana pasada, dice que lo que indica una disposición a jugar bonito con Lodsys podría ser mucho menos costosa que la alternativa, en el largo plazo. “Ya hemos impugnado estas FAQ, que es un lobo con piel de oveja. Es una trampa. Por supuesto que huele más a un ejercicio de presión/marketing …

“Más tarde resultó que realmente Florian estaba completamente mal y su consejo fue peor que inútil.”Más tarde resultó que realmente Florian estaba completamente mal y su consejo fue peor que inútil. Que era veneno puro. Como Jones dijo, “fue este consejo de Mueller, el que empezó la historia. Ahora que Apple ha dado un paso en el que todos los abogados pensaron que era inevitable desde el primer día, ¿Qué le parece ese consejo a usted? Es importante para los desarrolladores que están en una situación jurídica particular consultar a un abogado y no escuchar consejos “legales” de los que no está calificados para ofrecerlo “O peor aún -. De un CABILDERO! También aconsejó a las empresas a las que Microsoft y sus representantes demandaron a simplemente RENDIRSE y PAGAR. es exactamente lo que Microsoft necesita. Para que estas piezas de mal consejo se filtren a la prensa, este CABILDERO (no un abogado o un veterano de las patentes, sin embargo, pretende todo el mundo menos sí mismo no está capacitado para hablar sobre el tema), cuya principal habilidad es el envío masivo de correo a periodistas[http://techrights.org/2011/04/16/how-mobbyists-operate/], ha estado trabajando entre bastidores para lograr ser citado. Nos entristece ver que muchas personas piensan que es citado en los artículos debido al mérito y no a su capacidad de cabildeo. Él es un veterano CABILDERO. Él sabe los trucos.

Este hombre parece que ha estado presionando en vano para pintar Google como un agresor de patentes, ya que, según este nuevo informe[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303848104576386010188538374.html], el cabildeo de Microsoft (parte de la línea del partido mismo) fallo en incitar a los reguladores de EE.UU., hasta el punto de bloquear un intento de patentes de Nortel[http://techrights.org/2011/06/14/taxing-competitors-with-moles/].

“De acuerdo con este artículo[http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2386895,00.asp]“, señala Jones, “Apple tiene miles de patentes, Nokia tiene más de 10.000 “familias” de patentes (patentes mismas en diferentes jurisdicciones), Microsoft cuenta con alrededor de 18.000 patentes, y Google tiene alrededor de 600, en su mayoría relacionados con la búsqueda”, por lo que sobre quien sería Google tiene una ventaja injusta?” Google tiene sus razones para comprar – no tanto solicitar – patentes. Microsoft ha estado atacando a Android de Google (y por extensión Linux) desde muchos ángulos en un intento de gravar impuestos a Google y convertir eso en una mina de oro Mirosoft. Como hemos dicho desde el principio, uno de los siguientes jugadores que pueden demandar o al menos arrancar Android es Nokia, al que más o menos Microsoft conquisto de manera infame[http://techrights.org/2011/04/15/swpats-and-hardware-patents-at-nokia/].

“Empresas moribundas tratan de utilizar las patentes y los derechos de autor. Eso es lo que lo hacen, como hemos visto en la saga de SCO.”
      –Pamela Jones, Groklaw
Acerca de la guerra de patentes que se ha estado gestando en el espacio móvil, Jones escribe: “Ha estado ocurriendo por algún tiempo. Empresas moribundas tratan de utilizar las patentes y los derechos de autor. Eso es lo que lo hacen, como hemos visto en la saga de SCO. Ahora Nokia y Microsoft luchan para hacer frente a un mundo que los está dejando de lado. Así que aquí vienen las patentes. Si usted encuentra que nauseabundo, dígale a su Congresscritter. Ellos son los que puede cambiar la ley de patentes.”

Para citar algunos resultados de interés[http://seekingalpha.com/article/274837-nokia-from-predator-to-prey], en caso de “una ruptura, tres unidades de Nokia pueden tener un valor de € 21,9 mil millones, en base a los múltiplos de ventas de sus competidores de este año. El valor de ruptura no puede incluir las patentes de Nokia, que Tero Kuittinen, analista de MKM Partners LP, estima un valor de 5 millones de euros. Lo que llevaría el total a 26,9 millones de euros. Huawei, ZTE Huawei Technologies Co. y ZTE Corp. (ZTCOF.PK) también podrían estar interesado en la compra de activos de Nokia. “[A través de Groklaw]

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“El valor de ruptura no puede incluir las patentes de Nokia, que Tero Kuittinen, analista de MKM Partners LP, estima un valor de 5 millones de euros.”
      –Seeking Alpha
Hablando de los grupos de presión, recuerdan a los empleados[http://techrights.org/2009/05/21/list-microsoft-and-gates-lobbyists/] de la empresa del padre de Bill Gates “[1[http://techrights.org/2010/01/19/gates-senior-scandal/], 2[http://techrights.org/2009/05/17/gates-dad-ballmer-bank-allen-charter/]] y luego miren quien está detrás de Apple[http://techrights.org/2011/05/15/uspto-fail/], según el informe siguiente. Por lo tanto, quien representa a Kodak[http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2011/06/apple-nokia-settlement-ends-subpoena-fight-for-testimony-from-apples-dc-attorneys.html], de los que previamente escribimos en relación con la dinastía de los Gates [1[http://techrights.org/2009/02/18/gates-foundation-kodak-money/], 2[http://techrights.org/2009/03/12/kodak-mono-novell-moonlight/]]? La respuesta:

Pickard y su compañero abogado David Cornwell están representndo a la empresa contra la orden de comparecencia de Kodak, Pickard se negó a comentar. K & L Gates representa a Kodak en el caso de Nueva York. Kodak Gerard Meuchner portavoz confirmó que la empresa también se encargará de los litigios en Washington.

Curiosamente, el New York Times ha publicado este artículo[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/11/opinion/11sat4.html] sobre la desaparición de Microsoft en comparación con la de Kodak (ambos recurrieron al uso de las patentes cuando sus productos ya no son convenientes o necesarios):

La tecnología da un vuelco empresas de diferentes maneras. Permite a las empresas nuevas para ofrecer mejores productos y servicios de una manera más eficiente, sino que también crea nuevos bienes y servicios para que los consumidores quieren. Eastman Kodak, la quinta empresa más grande en el S & P 500 en 1975, fue casi destruida por las cámaras digitales y ya no está en el índice. General Motors, ocupo el quinto lugar en 1985, fue obstaculizado por los rivales que podría hacer más vehículos de bajo consumo. Microsoft aún domina el escritorio del PC. Pero que importa cada vez menos como los usuarios a migran a las tabletas y más de computación se lleva a cabo en “la nube”.

Hay otra lección de largo tobogán de Microsoft. Se trata de hasta qué punto gigantes corporativos van a atacar la tecnología que pone en peligro su dominio. Hace diez años, Microsoft trató de usar su monopolio virtual del sistema operativo para estrangular a sus rivales potenciales y sus nuevas tecnologías. Afortunadamente, no pudo. Pero los nuevos gigantes probablemente tratarán tácticas similares contra cualquier nuevo gizmo que los desafíe.

Como los chacales de Microsoft notan[http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2011/06/will-microsoft-follow-kodaks-lead.html], El New York Times tuvo este fin de semana un editorial comparando el estado actual de Microsoft con la difícil situación de Eastman Kodak.”

Kodak también es un agresor de patentes como vimos en las entradas más antiguas. Curiosamente, en un momento Kodak se quejó del cómplice de Gates[http://techrights.org/2010/03/19/intellectual-ventures-vs-kodak-by-proxy/], Intelectual Ventures. Supongo que en realidad no cabildero se atreve a criticar? En su lugar, trata de atribuir sus actos a Google. Afirmaciones sorprendentes, no busque más, Florian de esos pedacitos de humor disfrazado de graves acusaciones. Si es malo para el Software Libre debido a las patentes, entonces es bueno para el “señor” FOSSpatents.

Translation produced by Eduardo Landaveri, the administrator of the Spanish portal of Techrights.

ES: El Partido Pirata de Nueva Zelanda, Señala Con el Dedo a Microsoft por su Cabildeo por Patentes de Software

Posted in Intellectual Monopoly, Microsoft, Patents at 2:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Pirate Party of New Zealand

(ODF | PDF | English/original)

Resumen: El Partido Pirata de Nueva Zelanda defiende los intereses de Nueva Zelanda (NZ), y elogia a Simon Power por luchar contra los intereses extranjeros.

La legislación de Nueva Zelandia de patentes está siendo atacada[http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Software_Patents_in_New_Zealand] por las empresas de Estados Unidos. Quieren que empresas neozelandezas tengan leyes hostiles a Nueva Zelanda. Microsoft, en particular, está tratando de colonizar y subyugar a empresas con sede en Nueva Zelanda al tratar de cambiar la ley de este país extranjero, lejano, con MENTIRAS, CABILDEROS, y la SUBVERSION DE LOS PROCESOS POLITICOS. Hemos mostrado un montón de pruebas antes. Microsoft no siempre hace esto detrás de proxys -usando otras empresas.

De acuerdo con este nuevo comunicado de prensa[http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1106/S00823/pirate-party-condemns-pro-patent-spin-on-software-patents.htm] del Partido Pirata de Nueva Zelanda, “El Partido Pirata condena el giro pro-patentes en las patentes de software” y su co-líder Bruce Kingsbury “condenó la sugerencia de que las patentes de software pueden ser necesarios en las leyes de Nueva Zelanda.”

“No hay ninguna” actividad inventiva “en el desarrollo de software”, escribió, “lo que sería necesario para la obtención de patentes.”

A continuación, nombra al rol de Microsoft en el lobby. “El intento de Microsoft para hacer aparecer esto como un cambio de posición o algún problema insuperable con la decisión del comité de selección es poco más que un intento de último minuto por parte de ellos -Microsoft- para subvertir el proceso democrático en su propio beneficio” (Microsoft utiliza sus aliados y a los grupos de presión -cabilderos- para hacer esto también).

Y termina con unas palabras amables para el Sr. Power, a quien hemos mencionado hace unos días (EN[http://techrights.org/2011/06/18/simon-power-on-swpats/] | ES[http://techrights.org/2011/06/19/simon-power-on-swpats_es/]). “Felicitamos al Ministro de Comercio de alimentación Simon Power y al Gobierno por seguir apoyando a la recomendación del comité de selección y hacer lo que es MEJOR para los desarrolladores de software de Nueva Zelanda y la comunidad de TI. Esperamos que el Gobierno seguirá resistiendo esta presión no deseada por parte de los grupos de presión de intereses extranjeros “, concluye el comunicado de prensa. Gracias al Partido Pirata de Nueva Zelandia por estas palabras constructivas.

Traducción hecha por Eduardo Landaveri, Administrator of the Spanish portal of Techrights.

Translation produced by Eduardo Landaveri, the administrator of the Spanish portal of Techrights.

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