Bonum Certa Men Certa

Do-No-Evil Saturday - Part II: SUSE at Schools, Linspire Inside Xandros, Xandros Still Nowhere

Gnu eats grass
GNU is Not Novell, Xandros


The good product from Userful has occasionally produced some buzz in media. It has gone on for quite some time. This predates the deal with Microsoft and it's a shame that Omni and Userful came to rely on Novell. Either way, Userful made a lot of 'noise' over the past week, so here is some of the coverage found.

The press release relied on some new initiative to create fresh buzz.

Omni Technology Solutions, Userful and Novell have created an exciting initiative to bring Multi-station Linux Desktops to computer labs and classrooms around the globe. Every university, college and school district in the world is entitled to a free 30-user Desktop Multiplierâ„¢ licence (software valued at $2,970, hardware not included). The first 30 customers will also receive a free 30-user subscription to SUSE€® Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell.

At the same time came this from, as well as the press release.

Omniâ„¢, Userfulâ„¢ and Novell€® have created an exciting initiative to bring Multi-station Linux Desktops to computer labs and classrooms around the globe.

Every university, college and school district in the world is entitled to a free 30-user Desktop Multiplierâ„¢ licence (software valued at $2,970, hardware not included).

Trading Markets obtained an article about it through some 'tubes'.

Omni Technology solutions today (10 September) announced an initiative in collaboration with Userful and Novell that will make one 30-user Userful Multiplier licence available to 'every university, college and school district in the world' free of charge, providing the licence is claimed by 30 November 2008.

Novell's PR department tried to hype it up as well.

From IDG came this article, which appears in several Web properties of IDG.

Every university, college and school district in the world is entitled to a free 30-user Linux-based virtual desktop software license under a new initiative spearheaded by Omni, Userful and Novell.

From those press release 'processors' of TMCNet a reader could receive what only looks like an original article. Another one which can be here is at least sufficiently different from the press release.

There was not much else from SUSE, but the MSI laptop which carries SLED had a big oopsie reported. Posts which cover it seemingly neglect to say if there was a recall or just a delay caused internally.

Looks like MSI might have had to put the brakes on the release of its Linux flavoured Wind little laptop and issue a product recall quick sharp instead.

The issue? It looks like someone that was, er, testing it before it was released to the public forgot to remove all their test files. Test files that appear to consist of illegally downloaded movies and personal photos. Double whoops.


One laptop that's still doing pretty well carries a derivative of Xandros, but other than that, customers don't seem to be approaching Xandros for their GNU/Linux needs and requirements. Here is an arguably-promotional Xandros article, which has become common thing coming from ECT (they seem to favour some companies, just like eWeek):

Kettler runs the CNR part of the operation. The CNR platform standardizes the process and eliminates the complexity of finding, installing and managing Linux software for the most popular desktop Linux distributions.

Linspire developed the CNR platform in 2002. The upgraded service that will be offered by Xandros will be a Web 2.0 structure, said Kettler. It will be available before the end of the year.

So, it becomes clear that Linspire indeed plays an active and distinct role inside Xandros. The trademark "Linspire", on the other hand, seems totally dead, unlike CNR. Kevin Carmony is far from impressed, having single-handedly ruined the reputation of Linspire and probably caused it to be sold off thereafter. He also adds:

Xandros pretends to be moving Freespire to Debian, when in reality, all they are doing is using the Freespire brand as the free version of Xandros. Because Xandros is based on Debian, not Ubuntu, this was the easiest way to do this without using any engineers.

Either way, people have their *buntus and Debian. They don't need costly 'patent protection' on top of that and tools like Synaptic make CNR unnecessary. How can Xandrospire distinguish itself from on-par competition? Maybe like Novell, using "peace of mind" that it does not even have (Mono is only for Novell, according to Microsoft)?

Recent Techrights' Posts

In the Pacific (Mostly Islands Around Oceania) GNU/Linux Grew a Lot
Microsoft cannot compete fairly
The Sheer Absurdity of the EPO's Career System Explained by EPO Staff
"Staff representation has previously pointed this out to management, and the career system has been the reason for several industrial actions and litigation cases initiated by SUEPO."
Forget About India's and Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons and Armament Race, They Need to Abscond Windows and Microsoft (Security Swiss Cheese)
Both countries would be wise to remove Windows as soon as possible, irrespective of the local party politics
statCounter: GNU/Linux Rose From 0.2% to Over 3% in Pakistan
GNU/Linux "proper" (i.e. not ChromeOS) has the lion's share
Links 26/05/2024: Google 'Search' Morphing Into Disinformation Factory, Discussion of Maze of the Prison Industrial Complex
Links for the day
A Toast to Tux Machines
Food ready for the party, no photos yet...
IBM/Red Hat Failing to Meet Its WARN Obligations in NC (STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA), or Perhaps It's Constantly Delaying the Layoffs
IBM isn't named even once
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Saturday, May 25, 2024
IRC logs for Saturday, May 25, 2024
GNU/Linux in Greenland
The sharp increases for GNU/Linux started last summer
[Meme] Productivity Champ Nellie Simon: It Takes Me 3+ Weeks to Write 6 Paragraphs
Congrats to Nellie Simon!
It Took EPO Management 3+ Weeks to Respond to a Letter About an Urgent Problem (Defunding of EPO Staff)
The funny thing about it is that Nellie Simon expects examiners to work day and night (which is illegal) while she herself takes 3+ weeks to write a 1-page letter
Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO) in The Hague Taking Action to Rectify Cuts to Families of Workers
they "are active in challenging this measure via the legal system"
Links 25/05/2024: Microsoft Adds More DRM (Screenshot Blocking), Another Microsoft Outage Takes Down Everything
Links for the day
Gemini Links 25/05/2024: "Bill Smugs" and OpenBSD Mirror Over Tor / I2P
Links for the day
Microsoft #1 in Gaming Layoffs, Laid Off Workers Receive Another Insult From Microsoft
Many of them never chose to work for Microsoft
In New Caledonia Windows is Now Below 30% (It Used to be Over 90%)
Microsoft's Windows absolutely collapsing and the measures are relatively stable
Red tape: farmer concerns eerily similar to Debian suicide cluster deaths
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Galway street artists support social media concerns
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Links 25/05/2024: Section 230 and Right of Publicity Violations by Microsoft (Which Attacks Performance Artists)
Links for the day
[Meme] No Microsoft
For fun!
Microsoft Windows Falls to New Lows in Poland
It may mean people delete Windows from relatively new PC
A 3-Year Campaign to Coerce/Intimidate Us Into Censorship: An Introduction
The campaign of coercion (or worse) started in 2021
The "D" in Debian Stands for Dictatorship That Extends to Censorship at DNS Level
Of course the registrar, which charged for domains until 2025, just went along with it
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Getting Stacked by Microsoft
it lets Microsoft write policies
The Parasitic Nature of Microsoft Contracts
Stop feeding the beast
Gemini Links 25/05/2024: Emacs Windows 2000 Screenshots and Little Languages
Links for the day
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Friday, May 24, 2024
IRC logs for Friday, May 24, 2024
Ireland Exits Microsoft's Vista 11
Microsoft can't be doing too well in Ireland because Microsoft had tons of layoffs in that country last year
A Recognition for Hard Work
Running this site is a lot of work
The Web We Lost...
Vintage War Censorship Poster...
Daniel Pocock (IND) in European Election Debate
In this segment he speaks of the effects of social control media and phones on children
[Meme] Next Target: Sub Domains
In Republic of (South) Korea, as of This Month, Android Climbs to Record High of 48%
Judging by statCounter anyway
"Linux" is Second-Class Citizen at IBM
sends the wrong message to Red Hat staff and Red Hat clients
Links 24/05/2024: More Software Patents Invalidated (US), New Fights to Protect Free Speech
Links for the day
"You Touched the Wrong Lady"
What Rianne wrote more than 8 months ago
Links 24/05/2024: Layoffs at LinkedIn and Election Interference Via Social Control Media
Links for the day
Getting a 'Thank You' From Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) Will Cost You $5,000 to $30,000 (Same as Last Year)
Right now one of their associates (SFC) tries to spend money to censor us
KDE Neon Weirdness
Reprinted with permission from Ryan Farmer
Congratulations to Sirius Open Source, Still Claiming to Employ People Who Left Half a Decade Ago (or More!)
What signal does that send to con men?
[Meme] Bluewashing
Cent OS? No more.
IRC Proceedings: Thursday, May 23, 2024
IRC logs for Thursday, May 23, 2024
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
Tenfold Increase for ChromeOS+GNU/Linux in Brunei
Brunei Darussalam is a country most people don't know about and never even heard about
Coming Soon: Another Round of 'Cancel Stallman' Chorus
The series required a great deal of patience