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07.02.11

Links 2/7/2011: Cisco to Shop Android, Ubuntu One Comes to Android

Posted in News Roundup at 10:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Hope and Change Inside My Computer – Part II

    In retrospect, I have recently read a large amount of comments and articles on how Linux is not ready for prime time. Honestly, if I had read even a fraction of these articles, I doubt I would have installed it, even with Mark’s endorsement. In the past two months or so, I can honestly say I can not understand how these writers came to such a conclusion. Linux works extremely well for me.

  • Linux IT to underwrite open-source adoption

    Linux IT is aiming to kick-start community-based open-source software adoption among UK enterprises with the launch of an indemnification scheme.

    In what it claims is a world first, the integrator is offering to underwrite any community-based open-source software that meets the requirements of its
    verification process.

    The soon-to-be-launched programme, which is backed by an unnamed insurance firm, enables Linux IT to fix or replace the software if it does not work as expected. Cover to the value of £5m is provided.

  • Desktop

  • Server

    • MCSE or RHCE – Which certifications should you be the most proud of?

      The issue with the MCSE is that the tests are glorified word association exams. To pass, all you need to do is learn all the technology names and keywords created by Microsoft, the contexts in which these words are used, and the contexts in which they aren’t used. Obviously an understanding of the technologies behind the buzzwords is helpful, but not essential.

  • Applications

    • 7 of the Best Free Linux Bioinformatics Tools

      Bioinformatics has been defined in many different ways, but it is common ground to regard this discipline as the application of mathematics, computing and statistics to the analysis of biological information. The objective of bioinformatics is to enable the finding of new biological insights, and to create a broader, more critical view from which unifying principles in biology can be perceived.

      Bioinformatics is very important in the field of human genome research. It has become crucial for large-scale measurement technologies such as DNA sequencing, microarrays, and metabolomics. The field of bioinformatics has been aided significantly by Linux-based hardware and software. There are a number of Linux distributions which offer an integrated bioinformatics workstation. The popular distribution Bio-Linux packages hundreds of bioinformatics programs spanning a number of different fields.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

  • Distributions

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

      • They make Mageia: Jérôme Quelin

        Now that things are well on their way and that Mageia 1 is there, it’s time to discover some more about the persons that are making this a reality.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Linux-based networked DVR can record from 64 cameras

      IndigoVision announced a doubling of capacity to 2TB disks on its NVR-AS 3000 of Linux-based, surveillance-oriented network video recorders (NVRs). The NVR-AS 3000 systems are now available with up to 6TB of usable RAID 5 storage, as well as RAID 0/1 options, and can record full framerate video and audio from 64 cameras, and play back 20 streams simultaneously, says the company.

    • Phones

      • Android

        • Canonical releases Ubuntu One for Android devices

          LINUX VENDOR Canonical has brought its cloud storage that it calls Ubuntu One to Android devices, saying that in order to stream files, it stores them as plain text.

          Canonical’s Ubuntu One cloud storage service had previously been available from the outfit’s Ubuntu Linux distribution, however with the arrival of Ubuntu One Files on Android, users can access the service on both PCs running Ubuntu and Android devices. The free service offers 2GB of storage space and does not need a PC to operate.

    • Sub-notebooks/Tablets

      • TouchPad ships to hurrahs for WebOS, but hoots at the hardware

        The Wi-Fi version of the 9.7-inch HP TouchPad tablet went on sale today for $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB). Early reviews follow the same general pattern as those of the original Palm Pre two years ago: praise for the promise of WebOS, but disappointment over bugs, performance, lack of apps, and limited battery life.

      • Why HP Is Negotiating WebOS License Deals?

        Because WebOS won’t survive if its runs only on HP devices, its as simple as it goes. HP doesn’t command the smartphone market as much as Samsung or Motorola do. In addition HP also needs what matters the most ‘apps’ for WebOS to be successful. Not many developers will be interested in porting their apps for a platform which has a non-existent market.

        Most HP smartphone users are corporate users and they may not want Angry Birds on their devices. If there are no takers, Rovio won’t port Angry Birds to WebOS and if there is no Angry Birds there, many regular users won’t buy WebOS phones. Simple.

        So, HP needs vendors which can take WebOS to consumer segment.

      • Media-oriented Android tablet sports IR remote

        Vizio announced the VTAB1008, an eight-inch tablet that includes infrared “universal remote” capabilities and runs Android 2.3. The company added that it will employ Android and its own Vizio Internet Apps Plus (V.I.A. Plus) additions in forthcoming TVs, Blu-ray players, smartphones, “and more.”

      • Cisco Cius Tablet Set For Release

        In June of 2010, Cisco CEO John Chambers announced the Cius, an Android based tablet that was supposed to be the first enterprise grade tablet. Fast forward to 2011 and the Cius still is not yet generally available, but that’s about to change.

        Cisco today announced that the Cius will become generally available in July and will include a new enterprise AppHQ component for the delivery of mobile applications. Cisco is trying to differentiate the Cius from consumer tablets like the Apple iPad as well as other Android tablets by providing enterprise grade collaboration, security and applications. The device isn’t just a tablet, it can also be docked with a phone and a keyboard as well.

Free Software/Open Source

  • DHS, Georgia Tech seek to improve security with open-source tools

    The Georgia Tech Research Institute has been designated the lead organization in a government project to develop open-source cybersecurity capabilities.

  • Events

    • Calls for papers issued for ELC Europe, Linux.conf.au

      Calls for papers were announced for CELF’s Embedded Linux Conference Europe, co-located with LinuxCon Europe in Prague on October 26-28, as well as the Australian Linux.conf.au, planned for Jan 16-20, 2012 in Ballarat, Australia. Meanwhile, the Linux Foundation announced Kim Blanche’s “Flying Penguins” as the winner of the 20th Anniversary of Linux T-shirt contest, earning her a trip to next month’s LinuxCon Gala in Vancouver.

  • Web Browsers

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • LibreOffice 3.4.1 Is Now Available for Download

      A few minutes ago, July 1st, The Document Foundation company announced the first maintenance release of the LibreOfficeb 3.4 open source office suite software for Linux, Windows and Macintosh platforms, bringing several bugfixes.

      LibreOffice 3.4.1 is available now (see download links at the end of the article), for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. The new release fixes some important bugs and updates several translations. Overall it is much stable than the previous release and everyone is encourage to update.

    • Major gaps of Open Office Impress versus Microsoft Power Point: what do you think?

      Yesterday Sergio, a user of OpenOffice Impress, sent to the OpenOffice.org discussion list his list of the “Major Gaps of OpenOffice Impress 3.3 vs. Microsoft Office PowerPoint”.

      Sergio compiled the list because, as much as he likes OpenOffice, “after struggling for over 1 year, sadly he had to stop using Open Office Impress and go back to Microsoft Power Point”.

    • PPAs and LibreOffice

      First I would like to thank everyone for their interest in LibreOffice! Second, I think it’s very important to understand that there’s a difference between PPAs and the default version shipped by Ubuntu. Just like any other distribution, Ubuntu releases a full GNU/Linux system that comes with a set of fully defined and qualified packages. Unless Ubuntu chooses to upgrade these packages themselves, they won’t move or change until the next version of the distribution is released. PPAs are a community based and convenient way to use more up-to-date version of software packages, but do not expect the same quality or to have a fault-proof software running; it’s an upgrade for the users who wish to enjoy their system with more spice and n

    • Ready for Paris? See you there in October!

      It seems I’m continuing my pattern of posting less here, which I find to be a disappointing yet apparently an unescapable trend. If you haven’t seen my “dents” and “tweets” on the side of this page, feel free to follow me on identi.ca (charlesschulz) and on Twitter (ch_s). Note that I’m much more often on identi.ca than on Twitter. Today, I would like to send everyone reading this blog a very special invitation. The first LibreOffice Conference will take place in Paris, from the 12th to the 15th of October. These will be great days to meet face to face and to exchange though conferences and informal, quick talks about several topics related to LibreOffice development, distribution and design. Also, and this is important: our call for papers is open but it will close by the end of July, so feel free to submit your proposal now. I would like to unveil somewhat what we have in store for this event.

  • Education

    • How to teach the next generation of open source with Scratch

      Do you ever wish your kids would do something besides play video games on the computer? What if you could get a head start teaching them to be the next generation of open source developers?

      Computers are increasingly easy to use, but programming is far more complex–and less accessible. For many of us who now have small children, programming began with BASIC programs on computers that forced you to make them do something by offering nothing but a command line.

  • Business

      Semi-Open Source

      • EnterpriseDB Extends PostgreSQL for Itanium

        Enterprise giant Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) has been warning its users this year that it plans to abandon the Intel Itanium architecture that powers HP’s (NYSE: HPQ) Unix operating system. While Oracle isn’t interested in supporting Itanium, others are.

        EnterpriseDB today announced Postgres Plus Advanced Server 9.0, which provides Oracle compatibility and now supportS HP-UX on Itanium.

Leftovers

  • Facebook, Google+, and Centralized Proprietary Monocultures

    This week, Google released Google+, which is basically a social network that’s a lot like Facebook, but run by Google instead of Facebook. The big deal here is that it’s a lot easier to modify privacy settings and configure what information to post to which group(s) (“Circle(s)” in Google+-speak) of contacts. This shows that Google, at least on the surface, takes privacy a lot more seriously than Facebook. I say this because whenever a controversial privacy settings change occurs on Facebook, it’s usually in the direction of less privacy, and only when the users get outraged does Facebook do anything at all (and it’s usually insignificant), because the truth is that Facebook’s business is built upon selling users’ data to companies for marketing, advertising, etc. I’ve also gotten annoyed with Facebook’s chat and constant UI changes that occur for no good reason, so I’m a little more drawn in that sense to Google+ because it integrates Google Chat (which I know works), and all of Google’s applications have kept pretty much constant, simple UIs over the years. Please note that I haven’t actually used Google+, though I have an invitation (it seems like Google can’t process that invitation right now); any statements that make it seem like I’ve used it are actually just my hopes and expectations.

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s National Day of Divisiveness

    Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to host a “National Day of Prayer and Fasting” on Saturday, August 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, in an event is billed as a “non-denominational, apolitical Christian prayer meeting.” Despite the “apolitical” label, the event has some political undertones, particularly since Perry has been flirting with a run for the Republican presidential nomination and currently serves as chair of the Republican Governors Association. Perry has invited the other 49 U.S. state governors to the event. The portrayal of the event as a “nondenominational” ceremony is a misnomer, too, since the event will be exclusively Christian, and no other belief systems will be represented.

  • Walker Plans to Celebrate Budget Bill with Felon Until Union Broadcasts Rendezvous

    Governor Scott Walker will sign the controversial state budget bill into law June 26. He was originally scheduled to sign his budget at Badger Sheet Metal Works, a private business operated by a man with six felony tax convictions, in Green Bay, at 2 p.m. on Sunday. However, now that Gregory A. DeCaster’s tax troubles have been publicized, the governor’s office has announced a new location for the ceremony: Fox Valley Metal Tech, also in Green Bay.

    “While Mr. DeCaster has served his time in jail and paid his debt to society, it is fitting that the governor would choose to sign this budget at a business owned by someone who was once convicted of the felony of tax evasion,” said Marc Norberg, a Wisconsin native and assistant to the general president of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association.

    Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said something quite similar earlier in the day when he told WisPolitics, “Green Bay, and certainly the company that we’re going to, reflects really what this budget and what Gov. Walker’s first term here is all about.”

  • Supreme Court spat got physical
  • Health

    • Insurers’ Bait and Switch

      More and more Americans are falling victim to one of the most insidious bait-and-switch schemes in U.S. history. As they do, health insurance executives and company shareholders are getting richer and richer. This industry-wide plot explains how health insurers have been able to reap record profits during the recent recession as the ranks of the uninsured and underinsured continue to swell.

      It also explains why the insurance industry and its allies are pulling out all the stops to kill a measure in the California legislature that could protect state residents from losing their homes and being forced into bankruptcy if they get seriously sick or injured.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • Largely Symbolic: New Jersey Senate Bans Fracking

      While the ban is cause for celebration for those truly in favor of a “clean energy future,” it is largely symbolic because only a tiny sliver of the Marcellus Shale actually touches the state. There is actually some truth to the statement made by Energy in Depth’s Chris Tucker, who stated that the ban, by-and-large, is “irrelevant.”

    • What Happened to Media Coverage of Fukushima?

      Fukushima has been a wake up call about the dangers of nuclear power, and some countries are heeding the information. But it seems the U.S. is still sleeping when it comes to this issue. Light-to-absent coverage of TEPCO’s struggles to bring Fukushima under control, legislators who insist on acting favorably towards the nuclear power industry despite the deteriorated state of our current reactor fleet and an ineffective Nuclear Regulatory Commission have all contributed to a bad combination of a dangerous situation and a complacent American public on this issue.

  • Finance

    • Insurers Spend Big Fighting Regulations, Paying CEOs Huge Salaries

      Nowhere are health insurers working harder to thwart reforms that could save consumers billions of dollars than in California. One measure they are especially determined to kill is a bill that would give state regulators the authority to reject rate increases that are excessive or discriminatory.

      The California Assembly passed a bill to do just that earlier this month over the intense opposition of insurers, including the state’s biggest supposedly nonprofit health plans: Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente.

    • Darrell Issa’s fishy dealings should (but won’t) be investigated by his own House committee

      Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), one of the richest members of Congress and the chairman of the House Oversight Committee who promised a hearing a day after the November 2010 elections, has always been slimy little creature who refuses to accept responsibility for his own misbehavior, everything from car theft to lying about his military history.

    • Goldman Sachs’s Connections With Central Banks Reach Deeper After Hiring

      The fifth-biggest U.S. bank by assets said yesterday it hired Bank of England economist Andrew Benito after recruiting Huw Pill from the European Central Bank in May and Naohiko Baba from the Bank of Japan in January. Moving in the other direction, Ben Broadbent, Goldman Sachs’s ex-chief U.K. economist, started at the Bank of England last month. Former vice chairman Mario Draghi will take up the presidency of the ECB in November.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • RIAA: LulzSec & Anonymous Show Why We Need PROTECT IP

        Ah, the RIAA will apparently stoop to pretty much any old ridiculous argument to get PROTECT IP passed, I guess. The RIAA’s Mitch Glazier has written a typically ridiculous blog post defending PROTECT IP. Most of it tries (and fails) to counter the very credible claims of folks like Paul Vixie (who knows this stuff) that PROTECT IP (1) won’t work and (2) will break the internet and cause tremendous collateral damage. The arguments against Vixie pretty much amount to quoting people, who have known associations with those backing PROTECT IP, saying that “eh, things won’t be that bad, and we can minimize unintended consequences.”

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Microsoft and Apple Form Another Cartel to Allegedly Attack Linux (With Nortel Patents)

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Patents at 8:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Embrace, extort, and collude

Boys playing soccer

Summary: Microsoft, Apple and various allies are playing a dangerous game with software patents and those who lose the most are members of the public

A couple of days ago we alluded to the sale of Nortel’s many patents and yesterday we saw it being finalised. Apple and Microsoft founded a parasite cartel to allegedly attack Android with. This helped show that no matter how passionately companies tell us that their patents are defensive and harmless, there is no legal guarantee that those same patents will one day be used offensively, as we saw in the case of Oracle and Sun (a legal attack on Android/Linux using patents on Java). The Nortel news is no longer so new, but the impact of the sale is discussed quite a lot in pro-free software sites, e.g. in relation to the prospects of those patents being used against Android. Now that Microsoft is a blatant patent aggressor against Android, the last thing Microsoft should have is more patents. To quote one person’s perspective:

Is it time for Android makers and Google to form a wider consortium to rebuff Microsoft’s attacks on small Android player?

US Congress, please fix your software patent mess before it kills the spirit of innovation.

Too late. It has already killed innovation and we covered examples of good, innovative products that died due to software patents [1, 2, 3]. The so-called ‘consortium’ which got Nortel’s patents is led by Microsoft and Apple (both are also in CPTN) and the rest is just relish. They essentially stood up against a Google bid which would have helped defend Android from some extortion (coming from both Microsoft and Apple).

Quoting another report of interest:

While many believe software patents are a tax by lawyers on engineers, they still exist. But rather than being used to advance a company’s technology, patents today are used to bludgeon competition. This is why Microsoft and Apple paid billions to strip patents from Nortel’s carcass: new arrows in their “beat Google” quiver. Goal according to many? Use patents to pound the fast-growing Android. Since Apple et al paid $4.5 billion (yes, billion), let’s look at what people had to say.

That’s a good article. A lot of the other coverage was about economics and not about the real issues, which include patent aggression and malicious patent monopolies such as this one from Microsoft which the SFLC warns about:

A patent application published by the USPTO last Thursday reveals that Microsoft has been researching, since before December 2009, how to redirect VoIP calls to intercept devices and law enforcement agents. The method disclosed by the patent application is devious—subverting routing protocols so that packets sent by any person tagged by a monitoring request will be routed through a recording agent. The application discloses “gaming systems, instant messaging protocols that transmit audio, Skype and Skype-like applications, meeting software, video conferencing software, and the like” as technologies that can use this method. In other words, Microsoft has reason to believe that their interception method can be applied to the newly acquired Skype (recently deployed in Congress), Xbox 360, and the video conferencing features in Office 365.

We alluded to this earlier [1, 2].

Those who are collectively harmed in this case are the customers. They are harmed by patents in many ways, including the artificially leveraged price they have to pay for products they buy, ranging from small things like embedded devices to large things such as vehicles. Here is the second article in a while where we see even automobile companies affected by software patents.

What needs to be done about patents in general is a reassessment of their impact. Politicians are constantly being bombarded by propaganda from friends, partners, sympathisers, lawyers, and lobbyists of very rich people — those with so many patents that they can sue almost any rival at will.

“Software patents, for example, have already turned almost every programmer into an unintended infringer, some might even say a “patent pirate” (or counterfeiter).”A lot has been said and written about the fact that by criminalising a lot of activities in society (e.g. drinking, singing “happy birthday” without a copyright licence, etc.) we let people fall into a system which classifies them as villains but selectively enforces the rules. With or without prosecution, many people become ripe for litigation or imprisonment and patents generally make it worse. Software patents, for example, have already turned almost every programmer into an unintended infringer, some might even say a “patent pirate” (or counterfeiter). The “Intellectual Property” crowd is trying to make applied ideas seem like “theft”. This basically means that we are all at the mercy of “software gods” like IBM and Microsoft, always hoping not to be the victim of litigation. Even if we are innocent (or the patents invalid), the burden of legal costs is overwhelming enough to have the defendant disengage by withdrawing a program, paying “protection money”, or simply not developing along certain lines in the first place. Where it leaves society as a whole — not just the most passionate developers — is a situation where certain “rights lords” bully and mistreat the industry, all for the benefits of their ego and their financial gain. Innovation suffers a lot and programming becomes an applied practice preserved only for the higher class. Artificial limitations are almost always a bad idea.

When Novell signed the deal with Microsoft in 2006 it virtually joined the same cartel of patent holders, choosing to exclude — however conveniently — anyone who had not subscribed to that same cartel (Red Hat for example). In order to dismantle those cartels we need to at least avoid their products and convince others to do the same. The reason why some people call it impractical is the scale of those in question (naturally, one must be big to have interest in these cartels), but it is hardly a valid line of reasoning because any erosion counts, even if it is done little by little until the incentive derived from patents is outweighed by the loss of business. It took over 4 years for Novell to collapse after its patent deal with Microsoft and all those boycotts.

Novell Quiets Down and OpenSUSE is in the Factory

Posted in Novell, OpenSUSE at 7:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A quick look at Novell’s situation and progress at OpenSUSE

ANOTHER week went by and not so much has happened in Novell’s corner of the universe, although we will bring a few more details in the coming week. Novell let the PR staff go (now Ian Bruce, probably along with PR colleagues), so no wonder it has been so quiet. Even Xamarin has been silent, with minor exceptions. Novell is becoming something out of history, increasingly disconnected from the present.

With the exception of some HOWTOs like this one or that one, it was hard to find much about SUSE. Perhaps this one counts:

Continuing the great work of our Ambassadors of the Southern Hemisphere, our Brazilian openSUSE team once again gets ready for a strong openSUSE presence in Brazil beginning today at FISL 12-Software Livre in beautiful Porto Alegre. A major FOSS event in South America, FISL 12 is expecting 8,000 attendees this year.

Some progress on Factory was being reported a short while ago too:

As you can see, we still have some work to do, but we need everybody help : either on the issues I mentioned (feel free to say “I want to help on this” here) or to do more tests or even to start creating .service files (but we still need to fix the issues listed above).

Another notable development is this:

GNOME:Ayatana indicators for openSUSE 11.4

Over a year ago when I initially joined the openSUSE Marketing Team I wanted to write an article about OBS (back then openSUSE Build Service, now Open Build Service) and my biggest problem was to realize what OBS was and what it really did…

We are going to continue our exploration in a few days. It does not seem like there is much left to report about SUSE and Novell. Should we maybe just abandon such coverage?

The Decline of Ubuntu in the News

Posted in GNU/Linux, Ubuntu at 7:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ubuntu is no longer making waves, just ripples

Cold water

Summary: Analysis of a likely scenario where Ubuntu loses its leadership among GNU/Linux distributions for the desktop

Occasionally we write about the role of Android in Linux popularisation (because it is probably the fastest-growing Linux-powered platform), yet rarely do we cover Ubuntu anymore. One of our readers, Roy, suggested that we should sometimes deviate from our focus on external threats to GNU/Linux and perhaps focus on advocacy, not just in the daily links. He did have a point and now that we do not have many posts to write (simply because there are not as many distinct threats as there used to be, at least not many that we have not tackled already), it might be reasonable to issue a commentary about Ubuntu.

“A lot of people already know Ubuntu, so they need not go to Distrowatch and browse that particular site for additional information about Ubuntu.”Well, many people are quick to point out that in Distrowatch rankings for particular time spans Ubuntu is now second or third. This has not happened in years. That site, however, is not a very valid prominence indicator as it counts a level or curiosity or exploration. A lot of people already know Ubuntu, so they need not go to Distrowatch and browse that particular site for additional information about Ubuntu. Rather, they want to know what else is out there and how it is unique (or what the homepage is and what reviewers day) Going by trends, however, it is possible to argue that Distrowatch shows decreased interest in Ubuntu.

Headlines from the news matching “ubuntu” are being accumulated by my mail client several times per day. Some of these headlines are not about Ubuntu the distribution but about cuisine and basketball for example (long story, not relevant to this post). But about 80% of the results are about the operating system, so it dominates the name. Last week I compared June of 2011 with June of 2010. In terms of news volume matching “ubuntu” there was a major decline this year. Last year there was about 50% more coverage (after merging similar headlines), This can validate suspicion that, assuming not much has changed in Google’s algorithms/spiders, among journalists there is decreased interest in Ubuntu. Is it because of Google’s Android and the Chrome family of products (these are Linux based)? It would be easy to guess but not to tell for sure. For all we know, Ubuntu has not suffered any notable departures in months and backlash against Unity has quieted down. The main question remains then, why has Ubuntu gone so quiet? And also, is this an opportunity to rival distributions such as Mageia? Your thoughts on this are welcome.

In actual news about Ubuntu, Canonical goes deeper into the whole ‘cloud’ (Fog Computing) venture, as shown in the following:

  • Open Source Dropbox Killer Arrives: Ubuntu One Files

    I have never been a big fan of cloud computing, due to the risk of losing ownership of my data. But, I do like the concept of a ‘copy’ of my data (not the only copy of my data) available on cloud so that I can share it with others or access it from where ever I want. Honestly speaking with 16GB Nexus S, 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab and a 360GB Ubuntu Dell Mini along with a portable 500GB HDD, I don’t have to worry about availability of my data, I carry my it with me, just the way I carry my credit cards with me.

  • Success Of Ubuntu One Service Depends On Features It Offers

    The Ubuntu Promise states that it will always remain free. Canonical’s Business Model is to build a set of Cloud Services around the Ubuntu OS which by itself is offered free. The cloud services will be free upto a certain limit after which a nominal fee is charged for the service that helps sustain the company that will keep on investing in Ubuntu to make it bigger and better.

    Canonical’s Business Model relies heavily on the success of their Cloud Services. The company offered its first cloud service in 2009 by the name of Ubuntu One as a File Sync and Storage service free with a limit of 2GB. They made steady progress debuting new features and extending the service to smartphones as well by publishing iPhone and Android apps.

Ubuntu itself (desktop side) is working on its own changes, irrespective of the upstream:

Would it not have been safer for Ubuntu to just stick with classic GNOME or KDE? Mark Shuttleworth is trying to “Cross the Chasm”, but instead he is falling into it by disappointing some of the same geeks who recommended Ubuntu to friends, peers, family, and colleagues. I am going to try Unity this month and judge for myself.

Web Plug-ins Dealt a Blow

Posted in Audio/Video, Site News at 7:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Thanks to Firefox/Mozilla, Google, and even Opera

Abstract

Summary: The World Wide Web is getting freer, so we are finally going to embrace both Ogg and WebM for multimedia

Microsoft Silverlight is nearly dead and Windows Phone 7 is never going to save it because it just isn’t selling. Flash, in the mean time, is under attack by Google from two fronts; one is WebM and the other is a Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool.

For those who have not heard yet:

  • Google offers Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool

    Google announced an online tool allowing developers to convert Flash animations to HTML5. Thanks to “Swiffy,” those animations can then be run on Apple’s iPad and other devices that do not support Adobe Flash.

    As HTML5 appears to be moving ahead of technologies such as Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft Silverlight with some developers, Google has moved in with Swiffy, a new Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool.

  • Swiffy- Convert Flash files to HTML5

    Swiffy is a small tool from Google that converts Flash files to HTML5 for use on non Flash player devices.You can upload SWF file and Swiffy will convert it to HTML5 file which can be displayed on all modern browsers “with a high level of SVG support such as Chrome and Safari.”

People sometimes ask why TechBytes makes content available as YouTube videos in additional to the original Ogg files; well, the answer is always the same. YouTube won’t require Flash for much longer. it will be webM-based, without the dependence on the MPEG cartel , either, Google deserves credit for doing the right thing in that regard. We will soon have the option to choose between WebM and Ogg.

Remember what makes Google different from Apple and Microsoft (which actively support the MPEG cartel).

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