Links 15/6/2019: Astra Linux in Russia, FreeBSD 11.3 RC

Posted in News Roundup at 10:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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… of Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan and Muslims in India, migrated to areas cohabited by their coreligionists.

Anyone Who’d Rather Not be Shot Should Read this Book

Thom Hartmann has long written and spoken on the topic of guns in the United States, along with many other topics. Of those topics he’s dealt with that I know anything about, I have not always agreed with him on every detail, but on most I’ve found him highly informative and persuasive. His new book, The …


Chapter 9: Ownership Through Branding — Change the Names, and Change the World

Posted in Deception, Marketing, Microsoft at 1:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… get to hear the “no applications” FUD – a tough one to sustain, given that the likes of Corel and Oracle and SAP are on board with Linux. We get to hear “no long-term development roadmap” from the company that can’t seem to decide how many versions of Windows 9x will intrude between now and the much-delayed promised land of Windows 2000.”

“what’s most notable about this article are the things Sheriff Ed didn’t say.”

“Microsoft has never been famous for …


Links 31/5/2019: Large Migrations to GNU/Linux and DistroWatch Turns 18

Posted in News Roundup at 11:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… and package versions. Many of the projects popular in those days, such as Caldera OpenLinux, Corel Linux, Progeny Debian or Libranet GNU/Linux died long time ago, but others, like Slackware Linux, Debian, Red Hat or openSUSE continue to thrive in various forms to this day. If you’d like to see what this website looked like in 2001, please take a look at this snapshot provided by Archive.org.


There is a new tool available for Sparkers: QtFM


Lightweight …


Links 9/5/2019: Krita 4.2 Alpha, GNOME 3.32.2, Ubuntu Touch OTA-9

Posted in News Roundup at 9:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… please delete all Qt4 packages from your system before trying again: sudo pkg remove qt4-corelib This appears to be caused by a bug in pkg regarding the removal of flavor(s) from a package repo, and removing the Qt4 packages beforehand will allow the update procedures to work once again….

Dragonfly In The Wild | BSD Now 297

FreeBSD ZFS vs. ZoL performance, Dragonfly 5.4.2 has been release, containing web services with iocell, Solaris 11.4 SRU8, Problem with SSH Agent …


The Federal Circuit’s Decision on Ancora Technologies v HTC America is the Rare Exception, Not the Norm

Posted in America, Patents at 9:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… a subject we wrote about a great deal about a year ago and then again months ago in relation to Corel. That was back in October.

Those are, suffice to say, rare exceptions. It is meanwhile being pointed out by Robert Jain that they’re invalidating the patent of a patent troll called Mobility Workx, which is suing in the Eastern District of Texas. The patent has been deemed or “found likely unpatentable” a few days ago:

On December 3, 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board …


Links 22/11/2018: More Microsoft Woes, Release of GNU Bison 3.2.2

Posted in News Roundup at 12:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… future database entries from fraudsters who get caught repeatedly abusing the system.

Corel Manages To Accuse A Totally Legit Customer Of Piracy

While piracy and ways to combat it may be weighing heavily on the minds of many a software producer, it’s quite unfortunate that more of them don’t consider conversely how their anti-piracy efforts will impact their legit customers. You can see this sort of thing all over the place in the software world, most prominently when it …


Links 13/11/2018: HPC Domination (Top 500 All GNU/Linux) and OpenStack News

Posted in News Roundup at 3:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… the proposed changes are no significant improvement, Hollywood’s trade group notes.

Corel Wrongly Accuses Licensed User of Piracy, Disables Software Remotely

Earlier this year, Corel obtained a patent which enables the company to offer software pirates an amnesty deal via a messaging system. While this can be a smart approach, it is not without its flaws. This week, the company remotely disabled the software of a fully-licensed user of Paintshop Pro and left his …


Federal Circuit Doubles Down on User Interface Patents, Helps Microsoft-Connected Patent Trolls Curtail the Prime Competitor of Microsoft Office

Posted in Google, Microsoft, OIN, Patents at 8:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… patent eligible).”

Microsoft copied everyone, but nowadays it is suing everyone, including Corel.

Found initially via [ 1, 2, 3 ] was this article/blog post titled “Tabbed Spreadsheet — Patent Eligible” . It’s what Patently-O covered along/after the above tweet:

D.Delaware Judge Stark dismissed DET’s case on the pleadings — holding that the Borland/DET spreadsheet-tab patent claims were directed to abstract ideas. On appeal, the Federal Circuit has …

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