Links 11/5/2011: Linux 2.6.39 is Coming, Skypocalypse Analyses

Posted in News Roundup at 1:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Audiocasts/Shows

  • Kernel Space

    • Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.39 (Part 4) – Drivers

      The kernel now supports USB 3.0 hubs, the latest Radeon graphics cards and Intel’s previously problematic GMA500 graphics. Other new additions include drivers for notebooks by ASUS and Samsung, and for audio and multimedia hardware from various other vendors.

      Linus Torvalds released the seventh pre-release of Linux 2.6.39 on Monday night. He wrote: “So things have been pretty quiet, and unless something major comes up I believe that this will be the last -rc”. If Torvalds sticks to his usual work patterns, then 2.6.39 could well be released early next week.

    • Linux 2.6.39 Kernel Is Imminent

      “So things have been pretty quiet, and unless something major comes up I believe that this will be the last -rc,” began Linus Torvalds in announcing the release of the Linux 2.6.39-rc7 kernel.


      Bit more information on LKML.org. Overall the 2.6.39 kernel is turning out to be a great release so far, sans the outstanding power regressions.

    • Linux 2.6.39 nears completion
    • Optimus Fun Merged For Linux 2.6.40 Kernel

      In continuation of the recent topic about NVIDIA Optimus coming unofficially to Linux, Red Hat’s David Airlie has just pushed several patches into drm-next that deal with Optimus. These patches will be part of the DRM pull request to then go into the Linux 2.6.40 kernel once its merge window opens.

    • Linux, History, Contributors and Thanks

      One of first things we need to have clear here, is what we are calling Linux is it the GNU/Linux or the just the Linux Kernel. Well usually when people talk about Linux they are referring to GNU/Linux, but what is the difference?

    • Graphics Stack

      • Wayland, X.Org For Ubuntu’s Future

        I had some other Ubuntu testing matters to tend to, but the notes can be found on this page.

        Phoronix readers should already be very familiar with Wayland due to all the articles I’ve written on the topic and even being the first to break the story about Wayland way back in 2008. With that said, here’s the interesting bits from the notes:

  • Applications

    • Proprietary

      • Microsoft deal will boost open Skype alternatives

        When rumors began circulating that Facebook was eyeing Skype for potential purchase, more than a few observers began to get nervous.

        Now that Microsoft has bought the VoIP leader, the shock in many circles is palpable. Widely viewed as primarily a defensive move, the acquisition has many wondering how Microsoft will integrate the service with offerings of its own — most notably Windows Live Messenger — not to mention how it will affect the 170 million or so Skype users around the globe.

      • Open Source alternatives for Skype

        So with Skype — already proprietary software, already dubious — probably going to Microsoft (as I read via Simon Phipps to the Grauniad and Johan Thelins) there’s an extra impetus to find something else.

      • Microsoft’s Skype acquisition may impact Linux users

        After a week of rumors about Skype being heavily courted by buyers such as Google and Facebook, it looks like the winning bidder may be Microsoft.

        According to a story the Wall Street Journal broke late Monday evening (and later confirmed early Tuesday morning), Microsoft has closed a nearly $8 billion deal for the popular voice-over-IP company.

        (In the video below, Keith Shaw talks with CIO.com’s Shane O’Neill about Microsoft’s $8.5 billion offer to buy Skype, and what it means for Microsoft’s consumer and enterprise voice offerings.)

      • Microsoft’s Ballmer $7.7-Billion Skype Blunder

        I’m bemused to see that Microsoft’s Grand Poobah Steve Ballmer has blundered yet again. This time, instead of Vista, the operating system that never should have seem the light of day, or Windows Phone 7, the far too little, too late, attempt to play in mobile devices, he’s wasted a cool $8.5-billion (Billion!) on Skype.

        Seriously? Ballmer just burned more money than Oracle did on buying Sun for a video-conferencing and Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) company? Come on! The only thing that Skype has over any of the dozens of other video-conferencing and VoIP companies out there is brand recognition and Skype’s brand is not worth $850-million much less $8.5-billion.

      • What Does Microsoft Buying Skype Mean For Linux?

        After speculations that Facebook is going after Skype, it has turned out that Microsoft too was interested. In fact, today, we heard that Microsoft has bought Skype for $ 8.5 billion.

        One thing that I wondered when I heard this new is what will happen to Skype on Linux. Everyone who has used the Skype client on Linux knows that it is not even anywhere near the level of the Windows and Mac client. The Linux client of Skype is plagued with problems of video chat, voice chat etc. And to top it off, there is the lack of updates.

      • Skype purchase highlights a weakness in “free enough” philosophy

        If you’re a Linux and heavy Skype user, the announcement that Microsoft is purchasing Skype no doubt sent shivers down your spine. You can relax, though: Steve Ballmer says everything will be OK. Reassuring, right?

        Ballmer has assured us that Microsoft will continue to provide Skype for “operating systems and devices not sold by Microsoft,” though I’m not sure that explicitly includes Linux. Let’s assume for a moment that it does include Linux, though — this is an obvious gap for free software nonetheless.

      • Opera — well worth a look

        The Opera Internet browser goes way on back to 1994 but has struggled for fans over the years.

        That’s a shame, too, as Opera is an incredibly useful Internet suite that — once configured — can do away with a heck of a lot of applications that a good number of users access daily.

      • LibreOffice 3.4 Will Have Native Support for Ubuntu Global Menu

        The Document Foundation and LibreOffice developers have been keeping quite busy. The foundation is busying itself getting ready for the LibreOffice Conference in Paris this fall, organizing speakers, accepting papers, and other thankless tasks while developers are coding full steam ahead.

        Version 3.4 will come with several new features besides its usual bug fixes and performance enhancements. For example, Writer will soon support color and line styles in columns and footers. Greek characters mode will be available for bullet lists too.

        Calc will soon be able to support multiple subtotals for a given subset of number ranges on a single sheet. A complete rewrite of the drawing layer will improve “precision on re-positioning and re-sizing of drawing objects.” Impress with sport improved HTML export with images.

      • Is Netflix Coming To Linux?

        Netflix is still not available on Linux platform. One of the reasons being, Netflix says that providers demand strong DRM (digital restriction management) which makes it hard to make content available under Linux.

        This is also one of the reasons Netflix is not available on Android. I think its time for Netflix to follow Apple and force providers to offer content without DRM.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

  • Desktop Environments

    • Fedora and Gnome 3, Ubuntu and Unity, will openSUSE and KDE benefit?

      Right now it seems like some of the top Linux distributions such as Fedora and Ubuntu are heading down a slippery slope.

      Fedora 15 will be based on Gnome 3, it is still early days for the Gnome 3 project and over time I am confident it will get better but many (including myself) feel its not ready for use.

    • Are Usability Studies Hurting the Free Desktop?

      Few FOSS projects are as concerned with usability as GNOME and Ubuntu. For GNOME, the Sun usability study proved a turning point, especially when its lessons were codified and expanded into the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines.

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • Qt5 .. KDE5?

        As most of those who read my blog have already heard, Qt5 is on its way. The target is 2012 and the focus is QtQuick where there is a high degree of separation between display and data and things are rendered using a hardware accelerated (read: OpenGL) scene graph. This is very much in line with where we are heading with Plasma as well. Exciting times!

      • Muon – KDE Package Manager and Software Center

        During the UDS sessions yesterday about Kubuntu Defaults there was an interesting demo regarding a package manager and software center called Muon.


        I know I have left out TONs of features from this but, I wanted to show off something that is bringing Kubuntu forward in the way of assisting users.

      • Amarok 2.4.1 adds new “Preview” feature

        Code-named “Resolution”, Amarok 2.4.1 features the addition of a new “Preview” feature for the Organize Collection dialog, as well as support for remote NFS & SMB/CIFS collections. Users can now change text alignment in the lyrics applet and string filtering has been added to the albums applet.

    • GNOME Desktop

  • Distributions

    • 50 Top Linux Distributions

      The list is organized into several different categories. The “major” distributions come first, followed by distros based on Ubuntu, Debian, Red/Hat Fedora, Mandriva, Slackware, Arch and Gentoo. Next come some distros that are optimized for cloud computing, some very lightweight distributions, some that are designed to look as much like Windows as possible and finally, some notable distros that didn’t seem to fit into any other category. Of course, some distributions could fit into more than one category, but we tried to place them where they seemed to fit most naturally.

    • CTK Arch: Fast and Furious

      CTK Arch is very interesting distro from my perspective. It is well balanced between graphical and CLI sides of Linux. Maybe I am little bit too unexperienced for it yet, but still can do quite a lot there.
      I will not recommend CTK Arch for beginners. You need to be prepared to take some of challenges. But once you have some basic knowledge, then digging within CTK Arch will give you unrivalled pleasure of control over system!
      I should probably look into CTK Arch (or other Arch-based distros) later, when have more Linux experience myself.

    • On technical support, and other things

      So there seems to have been some discussion, lately, about this blog post by Jeff Hoogland on his experience asking a question in #fedora.

      I noticed that no-one has actually posted the discussion, yet, so I will: you can find the full log from Jeff’s initial question to when he leaves the channel at the end of this post. Note: my log is from bip and prints nicknames in an ugly and unreadable way so I went through and fixed those by hand, any errors in nicknames are my mistake, but I did not alter the text at all.

    • Red Hat Family

      • Fedora

        • Awesomeness!

          There have been a lot of people complaining about the Fedora community (Not planning to name any) and the way it works. I am not going to say that everything they say is false or made up, its their opinion and everyone should have one. Well from my opinion the Fedora community is just plain Awehellovcarfun (Yes I made a new word just to prove my point [Awesome + helping + loving + caring + fun]) Its like a fun family where there are all kinds of people, sure there might be some weird people around, but thats what a family is made up of.

        • Freeing up a Fedora Board seat

          As you can see from the Fedora Board History, I have held Elected Seat #5 since July 2008, and while I am rather proud of what we have accomplished during my tenure on the Fedora Board, I do not feel that it is healthy for a community to be run by the same people forever and ever. Accordingly, I will not be seeking re-election to the Fedora Board at this time. (I reserve the right to run in a future election, but I have no immediate plans to do so.)

        • Will Fedora Ever Learn?

          People can argue that Red Hat has nothing to with how Fedora’s ran. I was also told it’s distinctly outside of Red Hat. Then there’s the statement that the Fedora Unity Project runs the ‘Official’ Fedora Forums and the IRC channel(s), which Red Hat and Fedora have no control over. That’s all fine on paper, fact of the matter is Red Hat owns the Fedora trademark (which in my opinion means it owns the rights and responsibilities to Fedora, period), is its biggest sponsor, and it’s largest contributor. On top of that you have paid Red Hat employees conducting business for Red Hat and Fedora in the various Fedora IRC channels. If all of that wasn’t enough, the current Fedora Project Leader himself, Jared Smith, and every other project leader before him, has been an employee of Red Hat.

    • Debian Family

      • Derivatives

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • What’s happening in Edubuntu for Oneiric?

            Today we had a session at the Ubuntu Developer Summit at Budapest covering the work in Edubuntu for the next release cycle. Not all of the items are assigned to someone yet (especially with the documentation), so if you’d like to get involved, please give us a ping on IRC or mailing list.

          • Shuttleworth bid to sell copyright policy

            He made the admission during his keynote to the Ubuntu Developers’ Summit which is taking place in Budapest this week.

            The experienced media operator that he is, Shuttleworth ensured that nobody would refer to this aspect of his speech by throwing out a figure of 200 million as being the number of users he aims for in four years – growth of nearly 1700 per cent, given that Ubuntu now has around 12 million users.

            That number has been spouted over and over again in the tech media and his statements on copyright assignment have been totally ignored. Which I think is what he intended – copyright assignment is a ticklish issue from which he has shied away.

          • 10 Useful Application Indicators for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

            Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal is probably the most criticized may be even a tad too under rated Ubuntu release ever. But as we had noted in our previous Ubuntu 11.04 review, it doesn’t feel that bad for everyone anyway. Application Indicators are good way to extend the functionality of brand new Ubuntu 11.04 and here are some of the most useful among them.

          • Flavours and Variants

            • LinuxMint11 “Katya” RC is released! | With Screenchots Tour

              With the release of Ubuntu 11.04, at the end of April, the countdown for Linux Mint new release had begun. As Lefebvre, the founder and developer of Linux Mint, announced the release candidate Katya for version 11 of Linux Mint, the moment of discovery is here.

            • Kubuntu 11.04

              The release of Ubuntu 11.04 has garnered an enormous amount of attention, mostly due to the inclusion of Unity as its default desktop environment. But, as with any new version of Ubuntu, there are alternatives available and one of the most prominent is Kubuntu. Kubuntu 11.04 is a KDE-based distro that might work well as a substitute for those who are uncomfortable with Ubuntu’s Unity.


              Rating: 4/5

    • Devices/Embedded

      • SOURCE: Tilera Corporation

        Tilera® Corporation, the leader in manycore general purpose microprocessors, today announced the addition of Wind River support for their TILEPro and TILEGx processors. Such support enables Tilera customers to utilize state-of-the-art commercial Wind River Linux and Wind River Workbench tools and enables easy migration of legacy designs to Tilera’s scalable platform.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Verizon Recognized for Technological Achievements and Innovation in Use of Open Source and Middleware Solutions

    Verizon has won in the Superior Alternatives category of the 2011 Red Hat and JBoss Innovation Awards competition. The award, announced during the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World on May 6 in Boston, recognizes Verizon for “the most successful migration from proprietary solutions to open source alternatives.”

    Specifically, Verizon won the award for the company’s implementation of a new standards-based business process-management system for the company’s Integrated Management Platform for Advanced Communications Technologies automated platform, which monitors, troubleshoots and resolves network service interruptions.

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • don’t let them* re-define open

        If you can substitute the word “participatory” for the word “open” and still be telling the truth, then you’re using “open” properly. If you cannot, then you are not.

      • Mozilla Aurora – There will be blood – and fun

        Whether Aurora is a pointer in the right direction, only time will tell. It could turn out to be a useless gimmick, a copycat feature with no purpose at all. On the other hand, it could become a powerful tool for developers and web designers. Increased exposure should guarantee fewer surprises, better compatibility and smoother transitions to new versions. This is particularly important for Firefox addon developers, who now must adapt to the new quick release cycle.

        Media hypes aside, I do believe Aurora has its place in the software testing tier. It’s a nice compromise between wider-use betas and wild nightlies, allowing more people to conduct checks and look for bugs without getting scarred by the experience. Overall, in the long run, such practice will draw in more people toward Firefox, or at the very least, make major releases easier and less painful, which is always a good thing.

        Aurora will always be a geek tool, but one with good potential of breeding a new generation of Firefox hardcore fans, obsessed with the thrill of living on the edge, the bleeding edge, where heroes are made or broken. Or at the very least, software is tested.

      • Mozilla Removes User Limit From Firefox 5 Beta

        Mozilla also revealed that there are 417,000 Firefox beta users in total, all of which will be eligible to sign up for the beta channel. If you are not part of the beta program yet, you can sign up for Firefox 5 Beta once it becomes available as a final build on May 17 here.

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • 7 Nifty Tricks to Get the Most out of LibreOffice Writer

      Since the death of OpenOffice and the release of Ubuntu 11.04, LibreOffice has gained a lot of popularity in such a short amount of time. Though there is not much of a difference between LibreOffice Writer and its Oracle-owned predecessor, there are some tricks that can help you get the most out of it. Here’s a look at 7 such tricks.

  • Licensing

  • Openness/Sharing

    • First day at Libre Graphics Meeting

      So here I’m sitting at my desk at my “Cosy Studio” in the Therese Casgrain student housing facility/hotel calles Les Studios Hotel in Montreal. Too tired to do anything but nibble cherry tomatoes and drink a beer, after the first day at the Libre Graphics Meeting, 2011 edition.

      Perhaps slightly less busy than last year, and I’m missing a lot of familiar faces, but the quality of the talks has been outstanding so far. I’m working on experimentally getting colord up and running on my OpenSUSE laptop so I can check whether I can generate Qt bindings for the dbus interface to experiment with integration in Krita.

      If the number of questions people want to ask after a presentation is a measure of success, then Lukas’ Krita presentation was a huge success. By that metric, but also by any other metric was a huge success indeed! Lukas showed off all the new stuff we’ve created since LGM 2010 — and was followed by Animtim giving a workshop on creating a comic in Krita. The audience was completely silent as he used Krita’s mirroring feature, sketch brush, vector layers, hatching brush and color modes to quickly create the first panel for a comic. (But admittedly, I came away with notes on three points where Krita must improve, because Krita made Animtim fumble at times.)

  • Standards/Consortia

    • PJ, Goodbye and Good Luck

      There was a time when daggers were drawn on Linux and its demise was plotted in dark detail. At that hour stepped out a shieldmaiden with a blog, and that blog was Groklaw. Eight years later, we hear the news that Groklaw will cease new postings after May 16th. My sadness in hearing this news is more than equaled by my gratitude to PJ and her community of researchers and commentators, for their enormous effort and unparalleled achievement over these years. The world is a better place because of PJ. Who can hope to say better?

Clip of the Day

Introducing Music Beta by Google

Credit: TinyOgg

ES: El Software Propietario Contra los Derechos Civiles

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 8:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Co-autor con G. Forbes


(ODF | PDF | English/original)

Resumen: ¿Cómo Windows se utiliza para suprimir los activistas?

Nosotros, en Techrights desde hace mucho tiempo hemos recomendado en contra del uso de Windows por los activistas y organizaciones progresistas como Greenpeace. Aunque idealmente Windows debe ser mal visto por todos, porque es especialmente peligroso para este propósito, donde él activista y/u organización pueden ser objetivo potencial de una interferencia política/empresarial. La NSA (Agencia de Seguridad Nacional) quiere que te deshagas de Windows XP[http://www.neowin.net/news/the-nsa-wants-you-to-drop-windows-xp]. “¿Tiene la NSA una puerta trasera secreta en el Nuevo Standard de Encryption[http://www.schneier.com/essay-198.html]” (tal vez sólo cierto en parte)? “Microsoft niega que Windows 7 tenga una NSA (Agencia de Seguridad Nacional) puerta trasera[http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-windows-7-nsa-backdoor,9130.html]“, dijo un artículo después de una reciente tormenta en toda la Web, basada en que las pruebas habían sido fabricados por lo que es falso. Pero tenemos evidencia que sugieren lo contrario[http://techrights.org/2008/04/30/binary-bridges-and-security/]. La NSA no quiere que la gente utilice sistemas en los que se puede auditar el código[http://www.techeye.net/software/nsa-says-no-to-linux-in-best-practice-advisory]. Lo que al parecer, hace que sea muy seguro, incluso para las agencias secretas puedan crear puertas traseras sin ser descubiertos.

En la última ronda de las preocupaciones especulativas se convierta en realidad, una empresa británica, Gamma, se ve violando la ley[http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002114.html] al igual que la BBC. Cuando la BBC acumulado ordenadores que forman parte de una botnet, e incluso utiliza el dinero de los contribuyentes para pagar bandas de ciber-criminales, lo que demostró que también era inmune a la ley, por razones misteriosas [1[http://techrights.org/2009/05/21/the-msbbc-wants-windows-botnets/], 2[http://techrights.org/2009/03/19/bbc-windows-botnets-fiasco/], 3[http://techrights.org/2009/03/14/bbc-zombie-pc-crimes-conficker/]].

Hay disturbios en Egipto, Túnez, Libia, Bahrein y otros lugares en el mundo árabe.

Hace dos días, los manifestantes en Nasr, Egipto se hizo cargo de la sede de la Seguridad del Estado egipcio.

Dentro de la sede, los manifestantes accedieron a las cargas de los documentos confidenciales del Estado.

Ahora, considere este artículo titulado[http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/28/egypt-spying-software-gamma-finfisher] “Empresa británica ofrece el software de espionaje para el régimen egipcio – documentos”

Una empresa británica ofrece a vender un programa para los servicios de seguridad egipcios que los expertos dicen que podrían infectar a las computadoras, hackear en el correo electrónico basado en web y herramientas de comunicación como Skype e incluso tomar el control de los sistemas de otros grupos en forma remota, de acuerdo a los documentos vistos por The Guardian .

Dos activistas de derechos humanos egipcios que se encuentran los documentos en medio de cientos de porras y equipos de tortura cuando irrumpieron en la sede del servicio de Estado del régimen de Investigaciones de la Seguridad (SSI) el mes pasado.

Al igual que la BBC, parece estar infringiendo la ley y salirse con la suya[http://www.urban75.net/vbulletin/threads/345163-Legal-Advice-needed-U.K.-company-supplying-spyware-to-Egyptian-State-Security]:

Se trata de un directo de C&P desde mi puesto en el subproceso de Egipto, estoy esperando que algunas de las formas jurídicas que frecuentan urbana puede ser capaz de dar una idea o consejo:

La última lata de gusanos para ser desenterrado de Seguridad del Estado es una compra aparente de un malware/troyano/suite de software espía de una filial británica de una empresa alemana.

Este es un problema de Windows.

Como un blog de seguridad dijo[http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/report-uk-firm-offered-custom-malware-egyptian-security-services-042611], “documentos hechos públicos por la inestabilidad política en Egipto en los últimos meses ha sacado a luz el oscuro mundo con fines de lucro, de la creación de malware a medida para los gobiernos de todo el mundo.”

“La empresa contra malware F-Secure llamo la atención a los documentos descubiertos por los egipcios que protestaron en marzo. Lo que incluía una propuesta para vender un producto llamado “Finfisher” para el régimen de Mubarak.”

No hace mucho tiempo activistas rusos fueron arrestados, usando la licencia de Windows como excusa [1[http://techrights.org/2010/10/18/rewriting-history-about-dissent/], 2[http://techrights.org/2011/02/17/gulagware/]]. ¿Cuándo las personas aprenderán que el activismo y Windows son incompatibles?

Translation produced by Eduardo Landaveri, the esteemed administrator of the Spanish portal of Techrights.

ES: El Huffington Post Ayuda a Menospreciar Android Usando Falsedades

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft at 8:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

(ODF | PDF | English/original)

Resumen: El abogado contratado previamente por Microsoft, Edward J. Naughton, encuentra una nueva plataforma en la que pinta a Android como una falta de respeto a los derechos de autor, mientras que Microsoft sigue demandando Android en materia de patentes y el ‘Gavilán de patentes’ pierde una.

Un Groklaw y regular Techrights, Wayne Boreal. Recientemente se ha convertido en un colaborador habitual en Semi Accurate, que es un excelente sitio web. Él todavía está frente a la “guerra de patentes[http://semiaccurate.com/2011/05/09/patent-wars-oracle-v-google-part-2/]“, como él la llama en contra de Google. Los escritores en Semi Accurate tienden a favorecer a GNU/Linux, que el establecimiento – Incluidos el Huff y Puff [1[http://techrights.org/2010/01/24/microsoft-employees-at-huffington/], 2[http://techrights.org/2010/03/15/huffington-causecast-and-gates/], 3[http://techrights.org/2010/01/23/gates-subverts-politics-and-huffington/]] – tiende a mirar con recelo y desconfianza. El tabloide americano Huff y Puff (también conocido como The Huffington Post, ahora propiedad de America Online) sigue mostrando que la precisión no importa allí[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-j-naughton/googles-android-closing-t_b_857728.html]. Es como Fox para los liberales, todo acerca de las calificaciones. Como Groklaw lo puso el otro día, “The Huffington Post publica de nuevo “afirmaciones” desacreditado a Android”. Para citar la queja en su totalidad:

Bueno, esto es vergonzoso para el Huffington Post. Han reeditado un artículo del abogado vinculado a Microsoft, Edward J. Naughton quien a partir de marzo, presentó reclamaciones de que Google había violado la GPL (Licencia Pública General) con Android. Esto fue desmentido totalmente por Brian Proffitt aquí. Brian preguntó Torvalds sobre el asunto, y Linus dijo lo siguiente:

“Me parece totalmente falso. Siempre hemos dejado muy claro que las interfaces del kernel del sistema llamada no son en modo alguno en una obra derivada de acuerdo con la GPL, y los detalles del kernel (núcleo) se exportan a través de las cabeceras del núcleo de todas las interfaces de glibc normal también ….

“Por supuesto, tenemos nuestra propia “interna” encabezados también, y tenemos cosas que está destinado a ser relevante sólo para el núcleo. Pero no tendría ningún sentido para Google para poder utilizar incluso aquellos, ya que no sirven para nada fuera del núcleo, así que no veo lo que todo el alboroto que se trata. Excepto si se trata de alguien por motivos políticos (o motivada por alguna necesidad de atención) “, continuó.”

Otros, incluyéndome a mí, señaló que Naughton parecía estar tratando de ocultar su asociación con Microsoft. En definitiva, yo diría que Huffington Post probablemente debería contratar a más editores.

Google ha sido objeto de muchos ataques legales recientemente – los ataques que tratan de retratar a Android como “ilegal” o por lo menos “travieso”. Google está tratando de comprar patentes o incluso construir una piscina -de patentes- para hacer frente a eso[http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gKaMPt6S6JlNuFSukR6zhqk7qCsQ?docId=6801887]. “El fabricante de BlackBerry, Research In Motion (TSX: RIM) podría entrar en la licitación para el resto de las patentes inalámbricas de Nortel”, dice la prensa canadiense, “por sí mismo o como parte de un consorcio que intenta arrebatar el premio de Google, un experto en patentes dijo el lunes. ”

Aquí es nueva imagen de la firma Bloomberg de empresas de Linux[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-09/smeia-red-hat-google-adidas-pepsico-intellectual-property.html] (que rara vez cubre) en un artículo cargado/amunicionado del término “propiedad intelectual”. Tienen muchos artículos como éste, que contienen el término de la Propiedad Intelectual en el titular. “Red Hat, Google, Adidas, Pepsi: Propiedad Intelectual,” se dice en el título y la parte pertinente dice:

Jefe de Red Hat dice que la empresa paga a veces en lugar de luchar.

Red Hat Inc. (RHT) ‘s director general James M. Whitehurst, dijo a Network World que su empresa con sede en Raleigh, Carolina del Norte, en ocasiones llega a acuerdo con los trolls de patentes, ya que no vale la pena el gasto para luchar contra demandas de patentes que puede ser inválidas.

Whitehurst dijo que algunos casos de patentes de software presentada en el Distrito Este de Texas vienen antes jurados que no tienen “conocimientos técnicos” y son tan complicadas que ni siquiera él, con un título en ciencias de la computación, los encuentra muy por encima de su cabeza, de acuerdo con la Network World.

Whitehurst, un opositor de las patentes de software, dijo a la Network World que las patentes evitan que las empresas se muevan en algunas áreas de la tecnología porque están temerosos de las tasas judiciales y de concesión de licencias.

Algunas solicitudes de patentes que la compañía ha enfrentado son “ridículas”, la mera cobertura de algo que aparece en las páginas web comunes, la Network World informó lo que Whitehurst dijo.

Whitehurst se quejaba también de los trolls que tenían conexiones con Microsoft.

“El Gavilán de Patentes”/Odom, quien solía trabajar para Microsoft[http://techrights.org/2008/12/04/ms-employment-patent-hawk/], acaba de tener una patente invalidada[http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2011/05/odoms-patent-confirmed-invalid-by-federal-circuit.html].

Gary Odom dirige su propia firma de búsqueda de patentes, así como su propio blog ley de patentes – el Prospector de patentes- en que presta comentarios picantes sobre derecho de patentes y la práctica. Odom también es titular de una patente. Su patente No. 7.363.592 se dirige hacia una modificación de la “barra de herramientas” y “grupos de herramientas” que son aspectos familiares de la mayoría de pantallas de ordenador de software.

Las patentes son un verdadero problema para GNU y Linux, y debemos luchar para poner fin a las patentes de software. Todos ellas deben ser invalidadas y puestas en el cesto de basura.

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Translation produced by Eduardo Landaveri, the esteemed administrator of the Spanish portal of Techrights.

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Jack Schofield Accused of “Lack of Professionalism” for Daemonising Mono Sceptics

Posted in Microsoft, Mono at 3:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft Jack

Summary: How the news about Mono gets distorted by Microsoft zealots, whereas some blogs are willing to acknowledge that the biggest loser in Monocalypse is actually Microsoft

TECHRIGHTS has published many short posts about the layoffs, e.g. this one. There is a lot of coverage out there [1, 2, 3, 4] and none celebrates this news. The Mono boosters lie about Techrights celebrating the layoffs, but it’s merely part of the attempt to daemonise Techrights and distance people from the site. We do not like the layoffs as they are sometimes harmful to everyone. We know the workers will have an opportunity to do well and some are going to find jobs elsewhere despite the “tough time”. Senior and former staff is doing well based on recent appointments in other companies, even in Diebold. Well, they no longer need to serve the Novell interest, which got mingled with Microsoft’s and stayed that way for almost 5 years. Novell used to be a great company. IDG’s Dave Kearns wrote about Novell’s Craig: ‘Craig was one of the first employees of Novell Systems in the early 1980s, being named VP of marketing in 1984. In his book “Surfing the High Tech Wave,” Roger White says of Burton: “Craig proved an exceptionally good planner and articulate spokesman for the open systems marketing and technology approach.” White credits Burton and his future wife, Judith Clarke, with creating the powerhouse that Novell was in the late 1980s.’

“White credits Burton and his future wife, Judith Clarke, with creating the powerhouse that Novell was in the late 1980s”
      –Dave Kearns
Our problem is Novell’s management, which did deserve to be fired. And there is no need to cry for it, either. These people are still paid massive benefits, even when their staff is laid off massively.

Those who misrepresent/misinterpret this site’s view often use the words of people who merely read or link to the site, pretending that it somehow constitutes the site’s stance. It does not. The Mono lobby is lying and distorting the truth. Microsoft Jack (SCOfield) has been using the same sort of tactics for a long while, and not just against Techrights, either. He uses his position to daemonise other Microsoft critics, too. We are going to show some of his latest deeds in just a moment because his disgusting, rude, filthy personal attacks on me (that link quite knowingly to libellous USENET posts with my name in them) deserve this response. Microsoft Jack is to journalism what Monckton is to climate science.

For those who wish to cut to the chase, watch this borderline PR (masquerading as objective news) from Microsoft Jack, a longtime pro-Microsoft zealot. He covers Linux issues only when he has something negative to say, just like Microsoft Florian (whom he speaks to). He also badmouths Android, obviously. It was only yesterday that we wrote about groups or people masquerading as rights group when in fact they are attack dogs looking for companies to hire them to attack competitors. They prey on corruptible reporters.

So anyway, what is it about Microsoft Jack’s latest? Well, for starters, he tries to describe people whom he disagrees with as “Microsoft haters” and this time too he does this by typing: “This effort, which should make Linux more attractive to businesses, has led to some hostility, particularly from the Microsoft-hating faction of the free software movement.” Jack’s boogeyman is “Microsoft haters”.

The first comment rebuts this as follows:

I have to find your lack of professionalism rather appalling.

Rather than take the technical reasons why Mono is not a good idea for free software, you choose to reduce it to a tabloid style ‘haters will hate’ blurb.

Laziness both physical and intellectual can ruin even the best of plans.
They also take away any credibility you might have.

There are scores of very well known free software developers as well as activiists like Eben Moglen (who is called all kinds of names by mono proponents who you seem to emulate) who dont agree with including a non-free infrastructure from both technical and legal reasons, not too mention ethical ones as well.

Of course, Ive followed the attacks on people like Simon Phipps by Mono proponents who dare to even suggest that Mono isnt a good idea. Phipps who is extremely well respected compared it like talking about Scientology.
They too see ‘haters will hate’ as some kind of excuse.

When it comes to the Novell/Mono group against people like Jeremy Allison, Phipps, Perens, Moglen and others who are all gentlemen who keep the discourse polite, I will go with the first group every single time.

You could take a lesson from writers like Glyn Moody and try to inform your readers rather than cheeky soundbytes.
Maybe then you could gain some respect like Moody has.

The Mono booster who created an account just to attack me in that site at one time (going by the name “TheKernel”, ironically enough) soon appears at the scene to do some PR for Mono (comment #2). How typical. For background see [1, 2]. Well, in the remainder of the comments it’s just amicable chat between Jack Schofield and the anonymous Mono booster who created a puppet account just to smear me and defend Mono when ZDNet wrote about me.

“I personally used to have ‘don’t worry, be happy’ approach to Mono, but since the recent patent litigation explosion, I’ve become a lot more cynical regarding the project.”
      –Thom Holwerda
Now, one might say that Jack’s coverage is defensible. But then, how come he is the only one doing this? Compare that to Neil from IDG. He put it more professionally and he gives validity to Mono critics by writing: “Some will say good riddance. The specter of Microsoft has always haunted Mono, particularly among those zealots who consider any technology from Redmond to be anathema to the open source movement. They fear Microsoft will wait until the Mono platform is mature enough, then subvert it by asserting hitherto-undisclosed patent claims, leaving anyone who developed applications using Mono in a lurch (and presumably, beholden to Microsoft).”

Moreover, due to the issues explained by the FSF, this is a popular opinion. And even a Microsoft apologist like Thom Holwerda, who among other things remarked on SUSE, had this to say about the Monocalypse: “Mono, of course, has always been a controversial project. It implements several technologies patented by Microsoft, and as such, has been shunned by many Linux distributions. I personally used to have ‘don’t worry, be happy’ approach to Mono, but since the recent patent litigation explosion, I’ve become a lot more cynical regarding the project. It would be understandable if Attachmate wanted to kill their involvement with Mono out of fear of possible patent litigation, but it would seem that isn’t the case at this point.”

Other Microsoft boosters covered the news without mocking Mono’s critics, either. It’s just Jack and his zeal. It’s nothing new. Here is yet another example among many that we have accumulated [1, 2, 3]. It is possible to be objective if one describes himself or herself as a real journalist and as this one site correctly put it, “Mono is now important to Microsoft as a way of ensuring that .NET is cross-platform at no cost to it.”

Yes, and this is why Mono is not liked by some people, understandably. There are other fake ‘reporters’ whom we know are being handed material to "plant" for Microsoft (and attack Linux). One of them, a notable member of he SCO/Microsoft fan club, covered the news with the headline “Attachmate Guts Novell”.

In other pro-Microsoft circles, apart from some Novell takeover coverage [1, 2] there is some fair coverage as Ravi Mandalia correctly states: “If the report is to be believed, it is indeed a major setback, if not devastating for Microsoft, as well as for the whole of the .NET community.”

Yes, Microsoft will suffer from the Monocalypse. GNU/Linux can triumph. GNU/Linux does not need cheap copies of Microsoft's patented APIs. It’s all about API domination, which is what Microsoft spent billions on yesterday (Skype).

Mono is not totally dead yet. Mono’s legacy includes Pinta, a pastime project of a Novell employee. Without Novell’s financial support the interest will hopefully be lost. Meanwhile, the Microsoft/Mono boosters are trying to poison Android and Ubuntu. There is news like this with others joining in to promote Mono in Android:

Resco is announcing the awaited release of Android edition for MobileForms Toolkit 2011, shortly after the official release of Novell’s MonoDroid.

Well, a site that promotes a lot of .NET weighs in by stating: “The third aspect of Mono is the mobile tools line, another commercial venture. Here we find the most angst amongst the general community. Developers are increasing turning to MonoTouch and Mono for Android as an alternative to completely rewriting their applications for each type of mobile device. Unlike enterprise developers who can continue to use the free/open source version of Mono or move back to .NET, mobile device developers are betting heavily on this technology and if the platform is abandoned they face a major rewrite.”

It is premature to celebrate the end of Mono, but this will probably happen unless Microsoft or one of its partners rescues the project (which might in fact happen). Mono is about spreading .NET, not about Open Source. The “Open Source” part is just a marketing proposition.

News Reporters Bribed to Spread Google FUD

Posted in Apple, FUD, Google, Microsoft at 2:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Korean leaflet bomb

Summary: Rivals of Google and probably Microsoft use PR agencies to spread propaganda through television and the Internet (shown above is a Korean leaflet bomb)

‘Reporter’ Jim Goldman (CNBC) has praised Microsoft for several years and got access to Microsoft’s CEO for it. I wrote about this several time. Jim Goldman was a total phony who did more Microsoft promotion than actual reporting and Henry Blodget says that he has has been busted for “Spreading Lies About Google For Unnamed PR Client” (Blodget names Burson-Marsteller, which we exposed last night). This is some nuclear stuff given the smear campaign that we know Microsoft has been engaging in, not to mention Goldman’s poor coverage over the years. He was a Microsoft booster. Was he paid for the bias?

USA Today reports the latest chapter in big-PR sleaze, this time involving former CNBC tech correspondent Jim Goldman, who is now a PR rep at Burson Marsteller.

According to USA Today reporters Jon Swartz and Byron Acohido, Goldman tried to pitch USA Today on a story about scandalous Google privacy violations in a Google product called “Social Circle.” When Swartz and Acohido looked into the story, however, they found that many of Goldman’s claims were untrue.


Goldman was apparently working this anti-Google “whisper campaign” in partnership with another Burson Marsteller executive, former political columnist John Mercurio. Last week, Mercurio wrote a long email to a blogger trying to persuade him to write an Op-Ed about the same alleged Google privacy violations. Mercurio offered to help the blogger, Chris Soghoian, place the story in the Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, or the Huffington Post–all read in Washington DC, where the government crackdown on Google is proceeding. (Soghoian posted Mercurio’s email here.)

Blodget loves to blame Apple, but Apple has no history launching such smear campaigns against Google. Groklaw accused Blodget of trying to harm Apple using false rumours. USA Today, which is the source of the above article, probably did not point a finger that way. The party which bribed Goldman was most likely middleman for Microsoft. Microsoft habitually uses PR agencies in this way to move away liability.

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