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03.21.12

The Cult of Apple Loses Against Linux/Android in ITC, Court

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Google, Patents at 3:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Android coalition rips apart Apple’s import nets

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Summary: For a change, Apple suffers a setback at the embargo agency, the US ITC (against an American company though)

THE Inquirer says that “SELLER OF ITHINGS Apple’s claims that Motorola infringed its patents suffered a blow yesterday when the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled against it.

“The US trade watchdog said it will terminate its investigation after finding that Motorola has not infringed Apples patents with its mobile devices or related software.

“What really happens here is an Apple attempt to bar the competition from competing.”“The ITC began the investigation on 30 November, 2010, based on a complaint filed by Apple. Apple claimed that some of Motorola’s devices infringed its US patents 7,812,828, 7,663,607 and 5,379,430.”

What really happens here is an Apple attempt to bar the competition from competing. Apple is doing very disgusting things these days. This was the intent of the spiritual leader, Steve Jobs, whose good/best friend Larry Ellison keeps attacking Android in the courtroom with the intent of making Android a lot more expensive. Groklaw covers this case and it also covers other cases that may help end the problem by striking hard at the root:

The decision [PDF] in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus is in. The US Supreme Court unanimously decided that Prometheus’s patent claims were invalid because they “effectively claim the underlying laws of nature themselves”. This is a major win, so I’ve done it as text for you. I’m thrilled, because I found the oral argument on this case a bit depressing. Actually, it depresses me that patent claims like this even issue, and worse, that the Federal Circuit upheld them. Well, another spanking from above.

In a separate post we’ll deal with software patents more generally. There is a lot that can be done to remove Apple’s weapons and take away its unsafe toys.

OpenSUSE, SUSE, and Life Under Threat of Microsoft Litigation

Posted in Microsoft, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED at 3:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft wants to be able to nail the competition at any time

Hammer and nail

Summary: Criticism of SUSE and a timely new example of Microsoft’s intimidation tactics

THE OpenSUSE project (not community) has a new milestone and coverage comes from SUSE-friendly sites for the most part.

The problem we have with OpenSUSE is that, being part of SUSE, it is controlled in part by Microsoft interests. It increases the risk of Microsoft lawsuits and extortion, which helps not at all. See this discussion in Slashdot about one who has to run a business under constant threat of Microsoft litigation:

We recently told you about a virtual desktop service for iPads and other devices that seems to exist only because it breaks Microsoft’s Windows licensing rules in order to provide an unbeatable price: free, with the option to upgrade to a more robust service for just $5 a month.

The company is being threatened by Microsoft, which gives Microsoft a sense of control and the rest of us a sense of fear. This is what SUSE has done to GNU/Linux too when Novell signed its deal with Microsoft in 2006. Why support SUSE anymore? People oughtn’t.

Links 21/3/2012: Fedora 18 Talked About, Many New Android/Linux Devices

Posted in News Roundup at 3:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Exploring DIY Linux Router Distros

    Router lockups have been a problem for me ever since I got my first 802.11G Router in 2004. Since then, we’ve seen companies roll out supposed “power user” routers or routers meant for “gamers,” but for some reason not a single one has alleviated the problem of having to reset the router after running for a few days. After my new “gaming” router locked up while refreshing a server list for a multiplayer game, it was the last straw and I began searching for something a little more robust.

  • New Universal USB Installer for Linux

    The Universal USB Installer converts live CDs of various Linux distributions to run on USB keys.

  • Desktop

    • Past Year of GNU/Linux in Germany

      According to Statcounter, it’s more like 40%, but still quite good. Perhaps more of those units are going into homes rather than businesses. Doubling time at 40% per annum is about two years.

  • Kernel Space

    • Linus Torvalds: The King of Geeks (And Dad of 3)

      The license plate on Linus Torvalds’ Mercedes SLK convertible says it all. The frame running around the outside of the plate reads “Mr. Linux. King of Geeks.” But the plate itself says “Dad of 3.”

      If you meet Linus Torvalds, he comes off as a mild-mannered, down-to-earth Finnish-American. He lives with his wife Tove, three kids, a cat, a dog, a snake, a goldfish, a bunny and a pet rat in a comfortable 6,000 square foot home just north of Portland’s tony Lake Oswego neighborhood. The house is yellow — his favorite color — and so’s the Mercedes.

    • Linux guru: re-merging of Android into kernel eases sysdev a bit

      Linux kernel maintainer and Linux Foundation Fellow Greg Kroah-Hartman said the reintroduction of 7,000 lines of Android code into the Linux 3.3 kernel will make it somewhat easier for OEMs creating Android systems. App developers? Not so much

    • Graphics Stack

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • Direct Rendering For Qt Compositor & More
      • Kdenlive: Superior Video Editor … not just for pros

        Video editing has evolved from a niche market in the computer world to something that computers are simply expected to do. It’s a tall order to be everything to everyone. But if any video editing software comes close to that mark, it’s Kdenlive—a KDE Applications star. With a strong commitment and a plan for making major improvements, the Kdenlive team is raising money. Please help out if you can.

      • KDevelop 4.3 released with basic C++11

        After about nine months of extensive development, the KDevelop team is happy to announce the immediate availability of KDevelop 4.3. As usual, this feature release comes packed with new features, bug fixes and improved performance.

  • Distributions

    • Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 review
    • JoldzicOS 3.31 Screenshots
    • Red Hat Family

      • Fedora

        • Naming Fedora 18, The Beefy Miracle Successor

          There’s two months until Fedora 17, which is codenamed the Beefy Miracle, is officially released. However, already getting underway is the codename proposal period for Fedora 18. What will succeed the Beefy Miracle?

        • Fedora 18 Picks Up New Features, Rejects Systemd-Journal

          There’s still two months prior to the official Fedora 17 release — Fedora 17 Beta isn’t even out yet — but besides coming up with a new codename, we have our first technical glimpse at new features to Fedora 18, which will be released by Red Hat and the community in Q4’2012.

          At yesterday’s Fedora Engineering & Steering Committee (FESCo), they approved the first batch of Fedora 18 features now that Fedora 17 is well into its feature freeze. The items approved for the yet-to-be-codenamed Fedora 18 include:

    • Debian Family

      • Debian Project News – March 19th, 2012
      • Derivatives

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • Flavours and Variants

            • Zorin OS 6 Lite Is Based on Lubuntu 11.10

              The Zorin OS development team proudly announced yesterday, March 19th, the immediate availability for download of the Zorin OS 6 Lite and Zorin OS 6 Educational Lite operating systems.

              This major release of the Zorin OS 6 Lite series is now based on the Lubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating sytem and takes advantage of the lightweight LXDE desktop environment, in order to provide an extremely fast and feature-packed desktop experience, especially for low-end machines.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Android

        • Google is the least open part of Android

          I have been an Android user since the release of the G1. I was a Linux server admin at the time, and the idea of an open source environment on my phone was something I had been thinking about for awhile. Before the release of the G1, I was even considering diving into the OpenMOKO project, which nobody remembers (as a result of the G1 launch). For me, open source meant that, like my computer, I could adjust things at will that I wasn’t happy with. I followed the Android Open Source Project with eager anticipation, and watched as this community of developers modify and build and bolt on features to the Android that we know today.

        • ZTE N910 clears the FCC with LTE support for AWS and PCS bands
        • Sony Xperia Neo L MT25i announced as the company’s first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone

          Sony has officially unveiled its first smartphone to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from day one: the Xperia Neo L MT25i, announced earlier today in China.

          As its name suggests, the Xperia Neo L is the successor to the Neo and Neo V (which were introduced last year running Android 2.3 Gingerbread), although it doesn’t bring major hardware enhancements.

        • Huawei myTouch Smartphone Discovered Hanging In The Wild

          If you have been eagerly awaiting a first look at the upcoming Huawei myTouch line heading to T-Mobile, then we have good news for you. Thanks to a TmoNews ninja we’ve got a quick look at the upcoming non-QWERTY myTouch device, expected to arrive on store shelves in the coming months. At this point we don’t know much about the device, though we suspect a WVGA 800×480 resolution display and some other mid-range specs. The myTouch line isn’t billed as a high-end line for T-Mobile anymore — more as a “family” phone that has something for everyone. Huawei marks the third such manufacturer to release a device under the myTouch branding for T-Mobile, after HTC and LG.

        • Getac releases PS326: Android-powered, Milspec-carrying beast of a handset
        • Sony Releases Open Source Archive For The Xperia S, Includes Handy Build Instructions

          Sony released the Xperia S open source archive today, providing all the tools necessary to build a kernel and start cooking up ROMs for the Xperia S from Sony’s source code. In a post to Sony Mobile’s developer blog today, the company also noted that the opening of the Xperia S archive marks the first time Sony has published source code for a product built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S3.

    • Sub-notebooks/Tablets

Free Software/Open Source

  • Big Switch Unveils ‘Open’ SDN Architecture
  • Killed email device Peek resurrected with open source app framework

    Amol Sarva, the man behind Peek, recently made waves by giving away his remaining stock of discontinued Peek devices to hackers interested in reusing them for something interesting (the company is still around, but it’s focusing on cloud-based software services now — the hardware, and the cellular service that underpins it, is dead). This all happened less than two months ago, but we’ve already got an open source application framework from a coder by the name of Ryan Krumins available for Peek hackers to take advantage of.

  • Big data enters open-source hype cycle

    Possibly. Open source was all the rage in the tech press for years as it promised to lower costs while improving enterprise IT freedom. Ultimately, a few start-ups cashed out big time (MySQL, JBoss), but for the most part the real value in open source came as both IT vendors and in-house IT organisations turned to open source to provide raw material for their software projects. Open source became less about sales and more about code, which was exactly what it was designed to do.

  • CARS Unveils Free Open-Source IBEAM Portal

    Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems launched a new open-source, freeware version of its IBEAM Web portal to the agent and lender community.

    The company highlighted this new version of IBEAM — available after April 15 — will be specific to repossession and invoice management, providing all the capabilities of asset tracking, real-time monitoring of updates, online condition reports and complete transparency throughout the recovery process.

  • 8 Free Open Source Alternatives To Microsoft Exchange
  • NTIDA advocates open source software

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says Nigerians need open source software if the country must be a full participant in the software industry.

  • SaaS

    • EMC Intros Chorus Open-Source Big Data App
    • EMC wants to be the Linux of big data

      To broaden its reach in the big-data arena, disk-array maker EMC’s Greenplum division, which peddles data warehousing and Hadoop appliances and software, announced that it will open source its Chorus management and collaboration tools. EMC also has acquired Pivotal Labs, experts in agile programming, to help it build better big-data software and, equally importantly, help others do so.

      EMC has always been serious about data, but in case you haven’t noticed it, the company is now very serious about big data and the software that is used to chew it up and regurgitate useful bits of information.

  • CMS

    • DrupalCon 2012 Kicks Off in Denver

      The Drupal Association, hosts of the biannual DrupalCon conference, announced the opening of its North American DrupalCon in Denver, with more than 3,000 Website designers, developers, site architects and IT managers in attendance.

      The first day of full conference events at DrupalCon is March 20. Drupal is an open-source content management platform that powers millions of Websites and applications. Drupal is built, used and supported by a very active community of people from around the world, and that community comes together for DrupalCon.

  • Healthcare

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

    • GCC 5.0 set for a modular future?

      Version 4.7 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is due out in April 2012 – a second release candidate was released last week. Discussions on the future direction of the utilities collection are currently underway. Musings over making GCC 5.0 more modular have attracted considerable attention. These have been inspired by the increasingly popular Low Level Virtual Machine (LLVM), a compiler infrastructure part-sponsored by Apple.

    • Interview: Richard Stallman

      RMS: The term “investment” is not applicable here, because that implies spending money on a business to obtain a larger subsequent profit. I set out to do a large job, but it wasn’t a business and the purpose was something more important than profit.

      I quit my job at MIT when I started writing code for the GNU operating system because I wanted to make sure MIT would not be able to claim copyright on the code I wrote for GNU.

      Evidently, financial support was not crucial at the beginning, because I made progress on my own, which drew others to help.

  • Project Releases

  • Public Services/Government

  • Programming

Leftovers

Links – Man Flies like a Bird, Education Watch, Privacy and US Network Neutrality

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