12.01.09

Google Should Avoid Novell’s Mistakes and Not Hire from Microsoft

Posted in Antitrust, Europe, Free/Libre Software, FUD, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Novell at 7:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Jim Allchin on Novell

Summary: Novell turned from a Microsoft victim into a Microsoft advocate; the staffing factor explained as it relates to Google

IT IS rather bizarre that some executive Novell staff is liaising with and promoting the very same company that wanted to “slaughter Novell”. But that is exactly what's happening these days. Groklaw has just published copies of 158 exhibits which shed light on Microsoft’s crimes against Novell (including the above).

Yes, crimes.

How could Novell allow itself to be accommodated* by the very same culture which conspired against Novell in order to destroy it (“pull the trigger,” to quote Jim Allchin)? What can companies learn from this?

“For practical reasons alone, Google should pay attention to staffing conflicts.”The Register has this new article about Google allegedly removing GNU/Linux support after acquiring Gizmo5. We offered an explanation for this last night, based on the words of a knowledgeable reader. It might have something to do with the Microsoft culture which Google is bringing on board through recruiters (some of whom could be from Microsoft too). For practical reasons alone, Google should pay attention to staffing conflicts.

As another case of damaging influence coming from unexpected directions, last week we wrote about Siim Kallas [1, 2, 3], a European Commission Vice President who seems to have spent too much time with Microsoft. He is still spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt against Free software. Here is his latest smear of Free software, which shows his inability to comprehend how computer code works.

The question is, why does Mr Kallas keep on spreading this misinformation? It’s hard to know whether to ascribe this to darker motives or to simple ignorance. But either way, it’s clear that every time Mr Slim makes these unfounded attacks on open source and open standards he does little honour to either himself or the country he represents in the European Commission. He should not only refrain from making further such comments immediately, but also offer an apology to the people whose work he has slighted in this way.

The FSFE has already issued a complaint about this, on behalf of businesses across Europe.
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* Some people may not have noticed, but Novell added former Microsoft employees to its management and its board too is partly tied to Microsoft.

Eye on Apple, Microsoft: Bullying and More Black Screens of Death

Posted in Apple, Asia, Hardware, Microsoft, Windows at 7:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Storm comes

Summary: Daily news about the deeds of proprietary software giants

Chipmakers Claim iPhone Maker Disrupts Flash Market (via: Apple is a chip bully)

There are growing complaints in the semiconductor industry that Apple, the “smart” phone maker extraordinaire and major chip buyer, is manipulating NAND flash memory prices through its “questionable” purchasing strategies, industry sources said Sunday.

Fixing Windows’ Black Screen of Death (mentioned yesterday)

According to the UK security firm Prevx, if after starting your Windows 7, Vista, XP, NT, W2K, W2K3 or W2K8 PC or server your system appears normal, but, after logging on, the screen goes totally black, except for possibly a single My Computer Explorer window, which might be minimized, chances are Prevx’s fix might help.

Prevx says its Windows Black Screen fix, which is an executable file, will change your Windows registry so that several of the many problems behind the Black Screen is fixed. The company makes no claims that their download will fix all the possible reasons you’re seeing a Black Screen, but, as they say, “Our advice is try our tool first. If it works, great. If it doesn’t you are no worse off.”

Call for Action: Support the GIMP

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNOME, GNU/Linux, Petitions, Ubuntu at 6:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Direct link

Summary: Please sign the Bring Out The GIMP petition

IN order to avoid further Mono dependencies in Ubuntu, readers are kindly urged to sign this new petition, titled “Bring Out The GIMP”. Please spread the word so as to get as many signatures as possible.

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IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: November 30th, 2009

Posted in IRC Logs at 6:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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