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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part III: Linspire’s Former C[ellout]EO, Xandros Catch-up

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Linspire, Xandros at 9:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Here are just a handful of picks from the past week, starting with Linspire. It’s worth emphasising that Turbolinux has very little written about it in the English-speaking world, except some occasional security advisories that are quite universal.

Linspire

Kevin Carmoney turned from a Microsoft FUD salesman to a snake oil peddler on the face of it. Maybe it’s rude to say this, so judgment is left for the readers to make.

Here is a new press release where he uses “iPod Touch” hype in order to draw more attention to his dating service (which ought to work with… well, browsers). He obviously got his way because there is already a copy pasted in MacDailyNews (increased publicity).

Online Dating Comes to Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch

[...]

Kevin Carmony, recently-resigned CEO for desktop Linux vendor Linspire, started the free Dating DNA service in August of last year. Dating DNA provides free and open Web Services which bring 1-click compatibility scoring and other sophisticated dating features to Social Networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Craigslist, as well as to Internet devices such as Apple’s iPhone and the Chumby web appliance (www.chumby.com).

Carmony believes that just like everyone’s genetic DNA is different, so too is everyone’s “dating DNA.” A person’s “dating DNA” is represented by a unique 9-digit number, exclusive to that individual. Users can get their free Dating DNA Number by visiting www.datingdna.com and answering a series of questions about themselves and their dating preferences.

For what it’s worth, Greenpeace too recently admitted picking on (or at least mentioning) Apple products for their hype, in order to attract more attention to their messages. It’s a dishonest practice though.

Xandros

Other than some Eee PC news, Xandros was mentioned for the following new press release.

Viyya Technologies and Xandros Sign LO

Viyya Technologies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: VYON), the developer and marketer of the world’s most advanced, web-based information management application and Xandros, Inc., a leading provider of mixed-environment management tools, intuitive Linux solutions, and Scalix e-mail services, are pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent. The companies plan to jointly market an integrated, Linux-based software solution specifically designed for the new Netbook and Mobile Internet Device (MID) markets.

For self-promotion-free information consider this article from Desktop Linux.

Linux desktop distribution vendor Xandros and Web content management firm Viyya Technologies have announced they will jointly market integrated, Linux-based software for “netbook” and Mobile Internet Device (MID) devices. Meanwhile, Xandros has strengthened its collaboration with Microsoft on its mixed-environment BridgeWays management tools.

When it comes to press releases from Linspire and Xandros, Linux Desktop is most typically the news site to pay attention first (or be the only one to bother).

A Scalix configuration book is being advertised by LinuxPR. Scalix is now owned by Xandros.

Packt is pleased to announce a new book on Scalix, the open source e-mail and groupware server that runs on Linux. Written by a renowned Linux author Markus Feilner, this book teaches users to install, configure and administer the Scalix Collaboration Platform.

That’s about all for this weekend, at least as far as playing nice with sellouts is concerned. That’s just what the “do-no-evil” in headlines represents, in case you are new to this site.

We began those weekly postings after OpenSUSE voices complained that we only share negative news about Novell while ignoring the rest. It’s really a case of addressing their needs, or what some politely asked for.

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