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However, I see the issue a bit differently than he does.
[ For the originating discussion on LXer, look here - hkwint ]
If you plan to go there, please let us know in a message below. We hope to see you there!
[ Sorry for being late to announce, my planning is bad - hkwint ]
16 May, 1991: "If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today." - Bill Gates, Challenges and Strategy Memo
Aug, 2004: OSDL releases a study saying Linux may infringe 283 patents; Ballmer leaves away the word "may"
May, 2007: Brad Smith claims Linux potentially infringes 235 patents
Oct, 2007: Ballmer claims
Linux potentially infringes 153 patents
Conclusion: Number of Microsoft patents filed at USPTO grows, but number of MS patents Linux potentially infringes on is declining.
[Interesting read, the 'federal' Dutch government seems to have ignored open source a lot, but at the same time it is used more and more at the municipal level, thanks to OSSOS amongst others. - hkwint ]
Also, over twenty other municipalities in the Netherlands signed a manifesto stating they want to become more independent of single vendors, so more municipalities might follow in the future.
[The article is in Dutch. After noticing this news, I sent out a mail to this municipal agency with some questions. Stay tuned, as I will publish about this issue once I receive an answer - hkwint ]
Normally, an Acer customer who doesn't wish to use Windows XP can only receive €30 as a reimbursement. However, Acer doesn't reimburse pre-installed software other than Windows XP. Not willing to pay for any of the pre-installed software, an Acer client living near Paris went to the court to receive a reimbursement for all pre-installed software, and the judge decided in favour of the client.
The judge decided, Acer should reimburse all pre-installed software, including Windows XP, Norton Antivirus, MS Works, Power DVD, and NTI CD maker. This added up to a total of over €300, and the judge ordered Acer should pay a total sum of €500 to the client to include indemnification.
Another case in which the UFC Que Choiser pressed charges against HP is still waiting for a decision by the judge.
A Microsoft vulnerability report suggests that Microsoft wasn't able to fix more Windows flaws than the number of open software flaws fixed by the major open source companies . Red Hat, having forty times less employees than Microsoft, did the best job, by fixing and closing the most security bugs, also closing even minor bugs - where Microsoft didn't even fix one minor bug in the same period. Even Apple did a better job than Microsoft by fixing lots of flaws in Mac OS X. It should also be noted, the fixed open source flaws were in the 'base system', while the fixed Windows flaws also concerned a lot of Internet Explorer, Media Player and similar stuff.
As expected, many flaws were fixed in RHEL 5, so it seems RHEL 5 is becoming more and more secure. On the other hand, only a few Vista bugs were fixed, which left some customers asking if Microsoft even tried finding and fixing security flaws at all.
See the Microsoft vulnerability report here
[ Seriously, how comes Gentoo has a 'closed bug ranking' and the teams are proud to be on the top of the list, while at the same time Microsoft thinks closing bugs is a bad thing and is glad only a few bugs were closed? - hkwint ]
I've been trying to catch on and to understand what this thread's all about (It started with R. Hovespian from Novell explaining why they needed a deal with MS). I thought, maybe I could try to summarize it all to understand - and maybe explain to others - what's happening here, so I made up a tale of the whole situation:
Six videos came in, all of them are worthwile to watch, and the one from Maurizio Bertoldi(shortcut) from Italy finally won. It's a very good video relating freedom to Linux (and even to Dell?!) so be sure to check it out.
* All Open Source Projects that want a booth can reserve one at email@example.com
* All speakers can sent their abstracts and small biography to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about T-DOSE see http://www.t-dose.org
[ T-DOSE was held for the first time last year - I was one of the attendants, and I can recommend the event to anyone involved with open source, talks were very interesting. I'll try to be there this year - hkwint ]
After a month of absence I visited Distrowatch again, and found out I definitely missed something. A new Gentoo-based almost Ubuntu-like* distribution - called Sabayon (an Italian dessert) Linux - seemed to have appeared almost out of nowhere recently including a full-blown portal website. This is even more true if you know Sabayon Linux only has three main developers.
"Let's give this a spin" I thought, and I was stunned: "How did these developers make the most progressive but still stable desktop I have ever seen, with out-of-the-box 3D-desktop experience and tons of applications - all fitting on a LiveDVD?"
Soon, the distribution reached its preliminary goal of surpassing Gentoo at Distrowatch and became the fastest growing distribution of the last few months. To those who don't know Sabayon Linux yet, I'd say: "If less is more, than Sabayon Linux is most at least".
So far so good, you may think, but Sabayon Linux' main developer - Fabio Erculiani - sees an even bigger future for Sabayon Linux, after funding issues are resolved. Time to find out who are behind this user-oriented distribution.
[*In my opinion it's better, but to those who haven't tried Sabayon Linux yet, think Ubuntu, but more complete and more progressive - hkwint]
A new database ("counterFUD") was released in 2005 at LXer showing patent numbers where parts of Microsoft might infringe upon.
[Note: This is an old LXer story, but I posted it again, since the topic is hot again, and included some new comments - hkwint ]
"If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today." - Bill Gates, Challenges and Strategy Memo. 16 May 1991, almost forecasting 'patent armageddon'
[ This article appeared and then disappeared for a while, so it was posted again, if you were wondering - hkwint ]
OK, that's it. You had it. When running a CAD-application, it takes more than 330 msec to move 30 000 polylines, compiling OpenOffice from scratch takes more than half an hour, Firefox won't open all existing 86 010 LXer stories at once in seperate tabs anymore, you can't run all OpenBSD versions from 2.2 to 3.9 in VMware at the same time anymore to look for differences, TuxRacer only makes 2 frames per day... And worst, your neigbour running Windows98 does his job fine using his i1/2-86, an ancient predecessor of the i286. You're all fed up with it.
But your desktop/server/laptop, whatever it is because it doesn't matter, still looks brand new. Now, what to do to convince your non-tech savvy boss, which would be beaten by your death grandma in a nerd-quiz, that you really need that quadcore dual Opteron SLI triple---whell-everything dual system?