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05.30.12

Moonlight is Dead

Posted in Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 12:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Lights out

Summary: Another pillar of Mono falls down, but Miguel de Icaza keeps promoting .NET and Microsoft APIs in general

FOR SEVERAL long years we have fought against Moonlie, which was Novell’s way of promoting Silverlie for its masters at Microsoft (activity has died down). Now we are officially marking an achievement because the word is out that the project bit the dust. If only folks from the Linux Foundation just let Novell and SUSE rot too… The problem is, Novell/SUSE pays the Linux Foundation to be kept obedient and complicit.

Now that the Java patent conundrum is over people everywhere celebrate. For example:

“This is great news for Android, and probably means that there is no longer any threat to their use of Java,” Google+ blogger Kevin O’Brien said, but “I would not pop the champagne corks just yet, since there is still the issue of whether APIs can be copyrighted. If Oracle can successfully assert copyright on them, that could disrupt the entire tech industry. So I am still holding my breath just a little.”

Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza spins the case in favour of .NET (link committed on purpose), but let’s remember that a worse situation applies to Mono, with an even more aggressive company wielding copyrights and patents (Mono has Microsoft copyrights on it and deviation is not allowed).

Microsoft Phones Cannot Run Microsoft Software

Posted in Windows at 12:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cell phones

Summary: Phones with Windows on them are unable to cope with contemporary software and games

THE mobile ambitions of Microsoft have been long dead and this new blog post titled “Windows Phones Fragmentation: Nightmare For Developers” reveals anothwe report which says even Microsoft Skype won’t run on Microsoft’s mobile platform in some cases:

Putting the squeeze on those hardware specifications has lead to several more app casualties on Microsoft’s ever-growing mobile platform. Unfortunately, it includes one of mobile gaming’s biggest hitters: Angry Birds. We gave installation a go on our own Lumia 610 and were met with the unfortunate message seen above. According to WindowsPhoneApps Spanish, it’s not the only one affected by the reduction in RAM on these lower-priced smartphones. PES 2012 won’t run on the lower-specced smartphone, while videocall app Tango also joins its rival Skype on the no-go list.

Priceless! So Microsoft’s products (by association) are so weak that they are unable to run the company’s own software. Sounds like a Vista.

Association for Computing Machinery Helps Smear Open Source

Posted in BSD, RAND, UNIX at 12:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

ACM logo

Summary: BSD developers called “zealots” in a magazine from the Association for Computing Machinery

THIS bizarrely-titled item from a respectable source got the attention of some BSD developers.

“I was just reading the April’s issue of the Communications of the ACM (the flagship magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery), and noticed that OpenBSD and its developers were mentioned in one article, in a rather negative way,” writes one person in the OpenBSD lists.

“Some FRAND-pushing lobbyists are using the CACM to criticize proponents of open standards,” wrote to us an informant, who noticed this redundant attack on developers who merely did the right thing.

Links 30/5/2012: Red Hat Releases Fedora 17; GPL Compliance Advanced

Posted in News Roundup at 8:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

Free Software/Open Source

  • Microsoft Delivers a Blow to Open Source with Visual Studio 11

    Microsoft has already ruffled more than a few feathers with the exclusionary potential of its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, and this past week the open source community has been up in arms again.

  • Databases

  • CMS

    • Open Source WordPress Turns Nine as 3.4 Release Nears

      The open source WordPress blogging platform turned Nine years old on Sunday (first WordPress release was May 27, 2003). It’s hard to believe that it has been that long isn’t it? (I’ve been a user for the last 8).

      WordPress started out as a ‘simple’ blogging platform that valued the user interface and ease-of-use over fancy knobs and deep features.

      The focus on usability and adherence to standards has been the hallmark of WordPress in every release since. It’s a focus that has propelled WordPress to become one of the most widely used open source projects on the web today, powered over 10 percent of all websites.

  • Education

    • Coders and CompScis

      I don’t think it’s enough just to teach children how an e-mail client works without also explaining what’s happening behind the screen. I don’t think it’s enough just to show children how to assign variables or manipulate lists without providing some way for them to think about these rather than just using them. It’s just this sort of understanding which we’ve come to label as computational thinking: there’s a strong case for this providing a unique way of looking at the world, with wide applications across (and beyond) the curriculum:

      With scientific method, we took things apart to see how they work. Now with computers we can put things back together to see how they work, by modelling complex, interrelated processes, even life itself. This is a new age of discovery, and ICT is the gateway.
      –Douglas Adams, 1999

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

  • Project Releases

    • What’s New in Nmap 6
    • Apache JMeter 2.7 measured up

      Version 2.7 of Apache JMeter has arrived, adding new system sampling for operating system processes, improved JMS, WebService and Test samplers, and improved graphs and reports. JMeter is a desktop application designed to load test applications and measure performance; it can test web, SOAP, JDBC, LDAP, JMS, Mail or native commands using its multi-threaded framework to concurrently sample many different operations.

  • Licensing

    • Linux kernel devs, Samba join GPL compliance effort

      GPL enforcement within the free software community has just stepped up its game.

      Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) has announced a coordinated effort among several of its member projects to ensure compliance with their Free Software licenses.

    • GPL policing efforts expand to include Linux and Samba

      The Software Freedom Conservancy has announced that it is heading up a “unified effort” among a number of its member projects to ensure compliance with the free software licences they are distributed under. The conservancy is also launching the GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers, which will see Linux kernel contributors request that the Conservancy pursue GPL violators over the Linux kernel.

  • Openness/Sharing

  • Programming

    • Being Exceptional

      Apparently, in Python, it is easier to ask for forgiveness rather than seek permission. That is to say, the normal approach when writing Python code is to assume that what you are trying to do will work properly. If something exceptional happens and the code doesn’t work the way you were hoping, then the Python interpreter will tell you of the error so that you can handle that exceptional circumstance. This general approach, of trying to do something, then cleaning up if something goes wrong is acronymically called EAFP (“easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

    • Ozone Widget Framework to be on GitHub by Sept. 30
    • A look inside Code for America

Leftovers

  • Defence/Police/Aggression

    • Syrian Citizen Journalists Risk All to Bring Stories from the Frontlines

      Since the uprising in Syria began last year, Syrian citizen journalists have risked their lives to fill a media void and bring the news of the oppressive government crackdown to a global audience. This has been done often with little recognition for the activists who have laid their lives on the line to report on the government’s assault on an unarmed civilian population.

      In March 2011, the arrest of 15 students who had written anti-government slogans on walls enraged the population of Deraa and sparked the first mass protests against the Assad regime. President Bashar al-Assad, who inherited Syria’s harsh dictatorship from his father, launched a series of crackdowns on protestors across the country, sending tanks into cities and opening fire on demonstrators. The violence has only escalated. This week, the country saw the deadlist attack since the protests began — at least 90 people were killed in the town of Houla. Video of rows of dead children lying in a mosque in their bloody shorts and T-shirts shocked the world. A local activist reached by Skype told the Associated Press that pro-regime fighters known as shabiha stormed the village, raiding homes and shooting civilians. The United Nations estimates that the conflict has left more than 9,000 dead and thousands more displaced.

  • Finance

  • Internet/Net Neutrality

    • Next steps on Net Neutrality – making sure you get champagne service if that’s what you’re paying for

      When it comes to the issue of “net neutrality” I want to ensure that Internet users can always choose full Internet access – that is, access to a robust, best-efforts Internet with all the applications you wish.

      But I don’t like to intervene in competitive markets unless I am sure this is the only way to help either consumers or companies. Preferably both. In particular because a badly designed remedy may be worse than the disease – producing unforeseen harmful effects long into the future. So I wanted better data before acting on net neutrality.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

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