06.26.08

Quick Mention: Might ASUS Finally Dump Xandros for Debian GNU/Linux?

Posted in Debian, GNU/Linux, Rumour, Xandros at 3:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

To stay Microsoft-independent, ASUS should boot Debian, give Xandros the boot

The following curious observation is made by Linux Loops.

This message on the Debian Eee PC mailing list reveals that Asus and Debian are working together, or at least planning to, on software for the Eee PC. This, presumably, means that future versions of the Eee PC could run a modified version of Debian, rather than a modified version of Xandros, as they currently do.

Wonderful news if there’s substance to it.

Related video in: How Much Did Mr. Typaldos, Mr. Carmony, and Mr. Hovsepian Get Paid to Stomp on Linux? (Updated)

The Newhamicrosoft Saga: Part Deux

Posted in Europe, Finance, Microsoft, Windows at 3:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

How to cover one’s back when funneling taxpayers’ money

Over the past few days we have mentioned a couple of new Memoranda of Understanding [1, 2] which resemble the infamous one from the UK [1, 2, 3, 4]. According to the latest report from Mark Ballard, Richard Steel and his colleagues at Newham (or Microsoft) not only referenced their own ‘studies’ for validation, but they also resorted to ad hominem attacks against Ballard himself. How noble.

Steel had claimed the first MOU had been superseded when we put it to him that the original deal had failed to meet its key objectives. He insisted the objectives had been met. After we published evidence that the original MOU had not met its objectives, Steel tried to discredit your humble correspondent in his blog. He also shared confidential reports for publication in an apparently desperate attempt to find ways to show how the Microsoft deal could be justified.

The reports were benchmarks produced by the Society of IT Managers, of which Steel is now president. The MOU had achieved all its objectives bar some spurious commitment to develop with Microsoft a methodology for measuring the performance of the Microsoft deal, said Steel. This done, “We had therefore agreed new actions with Microsoft in a progress review last year,” Steel repeated in his blog. But the original agreement had stipulated that the Microsoft deal would propel Newham into the top performing quartile of UK councils and that this would be demonstrated in benchmarks drawn up by the UK’s independent Audit Commission. Councillors opted Microsoft over Open Source on this promise in 2004. The deal has failed to meet this objective.

Yesterday we shared a video that exposes the similar situation at the BBC. They struggle to justify their choice of a monopoly abuser that grossly overcharges taxpayers. Having failed to do so, as Microsoft often does, they produce (or manufacture, as in “manufacturing consent”) their own ‘studies’ or case studies.

Only yesterday, the following new article about Larry Lessig’s work was published; it analogously applies here.

And then there’s the big one: global warming, and the “junk science” research put forth at the behest of the oil industry.

Also interesting are Lessig’s remarks on money that changes hands and its impact on the industry as a whole.

Reader’s Take: “Botnet King Steps Down”

Posted in Bill Gates, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 2:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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n recent days we have been sharing various examples of the never-ending whitewashing [1, 2, 3] which goes on in the media. Microsoft’s brand value has been sinking, as judged by several different and independent ladders, so the company is trying to use Gates’ departure and capitalise on sentimental value. A readers of our shares some insights on this and looks at the brighter future which lies ahead:


Waggener-Edstrom is filling the media with hagiographies of the man who made bad engineering acceptable, but here is something else to reminisce upon as the Botnet King steps down:

By 1995, two years after the launch of the first popular graphical web browser, the WWW was growing explosively and would continue to do so for several years. Nowadays the growth has leveled off, but is still growth. The WWW, built upon the Internet, is synonymous with e-Business and e-Commerce.

By 1995, nine years after the official launch of the Internet and about 20 years after the first Internet connections, it was still growing explosively and would continue to do so for several years. Nowadays, too, the growth has leveled off, but you now find Internet connectivity in everything from coffee pots (really) to Linux-based mobile phones.

By 1996, in the midst of ten and three years of explosive growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web, respectively, what was the Botnet King’s position? It was that the Internet was a passing fad and unimportant.

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