Archive for the ‘OSS’ Category

Why does Linux suck?

July 14, 2007

Don’t shoot me, I’m only the messenger here.  I do however agree with many of the points of the article.  It’s not a Linux bashing article at all.  It simply states things are clearly in the way of Linux gaining mass adoption.

“Given that 93% of the desktops in the world run an Operating System that costs an arm-and-a-leg, there must be something seriously wrong when you cannot give your Operating System away. So, why does Linux suck?

Consistency

Linux is a modular Operating System, unlike Windows, it can combine any number of software packages to create a distribution. The end result is that there is no single Linux Operating System, but rather, a diverse number of variations. These variations can have different commands, desktops, directory structures, hardware detection systems, installation managers and software applications.”

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Easy TV To Resume Free TV Listings For Myth TV Users

July 14, 2007

“Zap2it users can breathe a little easier, but probably shouldn’t break out the champagne just yet. It looks like there is a solution in the works for the continuation of its free TV listings service, although details are still somewhat sketchy.
Easy TV Data was created in response to Zap2it Labs announcement that they would be discontinuing their free TV listings XML based service effective September 1, 2007, due to abuse of the service. Although, tight on the details, it looks like Easy TV is in negotiations with Zap2It Labs to transition the service so it can continue, hopefully without interruption.”

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Dell To Offer Ubuntu On More Systems

June 27, 2007

Dell isn’t resting on its recent consumer Linux PC laurels. The computing giant has added a new laptop — the Inspiron 1420 Notebook — to its Ubuntu Linux 7.04 offering. It is also replacing the Dimension E520 desktop with the new, low-priced Inspiron 530.

The new Inspiron 1420N is powered by a 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 processor. This chip set also comes with a 667MHz FSB (front-side bus) and a 2MB cache. If you want a faster processor, Dell will let you upgrade it to a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 with an 800MHz FSB and a 4MB cache.”

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Ubuntu From Dell – Home Only?

June 21, 2007

“According to a user on the Ubuntu Forums, it takes some creative lying to get your business a Linux box, and even then you won’t be able to put it on that corporate gold card in your pocket, “First, I talked to a small business representative, who informed me that I could not order one of the Ubuntu-based computers through the small business department. I had to go through the “home and home office” department.”

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Shuttleworth Denies Ubuntu-Microsoft Deal

June 19, 2007

“The head of Ubuntu says his company isn’t interested in forming a deal with Microsoft along the lines of those recently reached by Linspire, Xandros, and Novell.

Canonical chief executive Mark Shuttleworth has made it clear that Ubuntu isn’t interested in forming a deal with Microsoft along the lines of those recently reached by Linspire, Xandros and Novell.

“We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements,” Shuttleworth said in a blog post on Saturday.

His remarks follow speculation in the press that, following Linspire’s agreement with Microsoft last week, Linspire partner Ubuntu might follow suit.”

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VideoLAN Security Advisory

June 18, 2007

If you use VideoLAN’s VLC Media Player (and who doesn’t?) you should probably upgrade to the latest version.  Here’s the info from their site:

“2007-06-17

VLC media player versions 0.8.6b and lower suffer from a security vulnerability in the CDDA, Vorbis, Theora and SAP plugins. More technical details are available in our advisory.
An updated release of VLC is available which includes a few other fixes as well. The full list of changes can be found here.
We strongly recommend all users to update to this new version.”

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Linux Community Looks Past Microsoft

June 16, 2007

“A cross section of the Linux community signaled last week that it’s time to get back to work on the open source operating system and move past Microsoft’s patent deals and claims of infringement. Lawyers can quibble, but it’s up to the community to expand the system’s capabilities and maintain its momentum. The occasion was the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, an event organized by the Linux Foundation, a San Francisco-based group that includes Advanced Micro Devices, Bank of America, EMC, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle, and Novell. It was staged on Google’s Mountain View, Calif., campus for 200 open source developers, users, and software vendors. The get-together included speeches, panel discussions, and a question-and-answer session with six Linux kernel developers.

Dan Frye, IBM’s VP of open systems development, said IBM-sponsored developers are focused on advancing Linux as a real-time operating system, especially for defense and financial services customers. Linux vendor Red Hat and IBM said in March that they were working together on such a version. Novell’s SUSE Linux has been available in a real-time version since October. Smaller vendors MontaVista and Concurrent also offer real-time Linux distributions.”

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Microsoft & Linspire Getting Friendly

June 14, 2007

“Looks like there’s a danger of some of the open-source software world and Microsoft breaking out into a huge big love in. Linspire, which started life as Lindows in an effort to antagonise Microsoft, has announced an agreement with the Redmond giant to co-operate in a number of areas.”

” It’s most worth of note that these new features only come with Linspire, the pay for product and not Freespire, which is available for free download. It’s not clear who specified this, but the benefits to Lindows is clear – income – and to Microsoft, they’re not making a free Linux product better, thus pushing people towards thinking that operating systems must be paid for. Free OSs terrify Microsoft.”

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Linux x86 Growth Outpaced By Microsoft Windows

June 11, 2007

A recent IDC report showed Linux servers continuing to increase market share for x86 architecture with a second consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, but the bigger news could be Microsoft’s even bigger surge with Server 2003. The software giant’s Server 2003 showed modest gains in Q1, with IDC reporting that Microsoft Windows Server revenue was USD 4.8 billion in Q1.”

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Why The Dell/Ubuntu Deal Won’t Improve Linux’s Market Share

June 11, 2007

Over the past few weeks much has been written about Dell’s decision to offer desktop and notebook PCs that have the Ubuntu Linux distro installed on them as opposed to Windows. Dell offered this distro based on overwhelming levels of feedback from the IdeaStorm community. The community cried out for a Linux distro (Ubuntu in particular), Dell delivered. But despite the fact that this is a huge step towards making a Linux distro mainstream, I firmly believe this move won’t have any significant positive effect on the Linux market share. When you take a few steps back from the furor and zealotry and take a close look at what’s happened here, you will quickly start to see the cracks. One problem is that Dell appears to be under the misguided impression that listening to the IdeaStorm community is the same as listening to customers. It’s not. Anyone can register and become an instant member of the IdeaStorm community. What Dell listened to wasn’t a cross-section of customers, but rather a pressure group.

There are a series of other pressure groups in operation on IdeaStorm right now, people who are putting their own agendas on the table and expecting Dell to carry them out. Now that Dell gave in to the request to have a Linux distro and responded by picking Ubuntu, the focus has shifted to having OpenOffice or Firefox preinstalled, or to having a greater range of Linux distros. Dell’s going to have to draw a line under some of these requests and reject them, which is going to be unpopular and Dell will have to suffer the consequences.”

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