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[For those who don't know the rather new but very popular (9th on DistroWatch!) distribution SabayonLinux: Sabayon is to Gentoo like Ubuntu is to Debian: Even more bleeding edge than Gentoo, faster, looks better, as first main-distro includes new experimental technologies, like einit. Also, far easier to install than Gentoo. Be sure to keep an eye on this distro, or better, try the LiveDVD. Really a lot is changing at an incredible pace in this distro, and of the main distro's this one is probably the most innovative - hkwint]
Linux on OEM desk/laptops is a hot item these days. Dell started to ship corporate desk/laptops without Windows pre-installed lately.
Nonetheless, this is too little and too late, costumers should be able to buy any lap/desktop without Windows pre-installed. Furthermore, the secret trade deals Microsoft made with the OEM's, which effectively make it impossible for / forbids OEMS to ship desk/laptops without Windows - are forbidden.
Therefore, a new pan-European Windows refund action should be started. In this article, I will share my new insights on the legal aspect of this action, since there are a lot of new things I found out after the last article I wrote on the subject. After that, I'll show my plan to do something about it. In short, it reads: Call aunty Neelie and try to get rid of our almost criminal uncles Bill and Steve.
[ I'm sorry this news is a week old, but I just recently discovered this site, and liked the article - hkwint ]
The LA Times wrote a great article about the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Since it is eight pages long, a short summary:
Though most people think the Bill and Melinda Gates is a charitable foundation, this can be doubted. The foundation invests in a lot of companies, and makes as much profits as it gives away. Because it gives away 5% of its money every year, it therefore is a charitable foundation, and therefore they don't have to pay most taxes.
The European Commission's enterprise and industry department just released the final draft (warning: 1,8 MB) of what could be the biggest academic interdisciplinary study on the economic / innovative impacts of FLOSS*. The study was done by an international consortium, led by the United Nations University / University of Maastricht's (NL,EU) department of innovation; UNU-MERIT for short. The study was prepared by senior researcher Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, who did a tremendous amount of FLOSS studies the last few years, amongst them on FLOSSpols and FLOSSWorld.
The academic grade study has a very, very broad scope and has collected real world information that is valuable for both companies, government bodies who are thinking about migration, and decision-makers in the ICT business. The study is about the direct economic impact of FLOSS, but also about the more hidden indirect economical impact of FLOSS, and also compares scenarios of open and proprietary software futures of Europe. In addition to that, the study is also about competitiveness of FLOSS software compared to proprietary software, and also provides a few TCO comparison case-studies.
Probably most important, the study gives policy strategies to European government bodies, which can also be very useful for any company or organization. In this article, I'll discuss the key findings of this report, and try to link this with my own knowledge and experience.
A must-read for anyone who's willing to Get the real Facts!
* In contrary to US articles, European's don't mind using the term FLOSS, since English speaking people are only a small minority in today's Europe, and therefore almost nobody associates FLOSS with the dentist. If you do, please don't bother to complain; just change the associations you make.
"As the base software of IT system, Asianux has gotten full support from many global partners including Adaptec, AMD, BEA, CA, Dell, EMC, Emulex, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Samsung Electronics, SAP, Stratus Technologies and Symantec just to name a few."
Very secret, huh? I wish it was easier to find out how Linux is doing in the east, but from experience I can say it's rather hard to find out, since sooner or later, you arrive at Chinese-only pages. However, we should still look at the pages that _are_ in English, since they present interesting information. It seems OEM's in the east are supporting Linux, in contrary to what they do in the Western world.
If there are any people from Asia reading this and willing to tell us, the LXer readers and editors, anything about the state of pre-installed Linux-offers in Asia, please let us know. We are eager to find out, and I can promise you I will write a (short) article about it.. Our e-mail address is at the last line of the 'About' page.
[This one is posted only as an example of the drawbacks of closed software - hkwint]
Opinion - August 2004, Microsofts Steve Ballmer warned Asian governments that Linux infringes 283 patents, some of which belong to Microsoft, and that those countries might experience trouble as a member of the WTO. However, nothing happened ever since (except more threats). Why doesn't Microsoft sue 'us', the users? Here are some more reasons you might not have thought of before.
[Even in my conservative country 14%. I wouldn't believe this about three years ago, when Phoeninx, as Firefox was called about version 0.9 if I remember correctly, was far worse than Opera - hkwint ]
Mid November, Steve Ballmer said "Linux"uses our [Microsoft Corp.] intellectual property" and "Microsoft Corp. wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation." Many people didn't understand what he really meant, among them the LXer editors. Therefore, LXer sent an Open Letter to the Waggener Edstrom Rapid Response team, and two weeks later, the answers are in (no pun intended). Check the full story for the answers a Microsoft Spokesperson gave us, which hopefully can answer some of our questions.
[ Note: The questions may be a bit clumsy, since sending them was a rather impulsive action. - hkwint ]
Two rooms will be reserved for speakers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and Ukrain. A very broad range of topics will be discussed, ranging from Intellectual Property and Open source, an Open Source project for children (secondary school) to learn about and help create Open Source, to more technical topics as embedded Linux. Also, the LPI will be present, and LPI exams will be taken.
[ - Note: I'll try to be there if I can. It promises to be very interesting, no matter what your specific interests are! - hkwint ]
(See the T-Dose page for more information)
Microsoft may infringe Intellectual Property of Chilean Mapuche Indians with new Windows-translation
SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Mapuche Indians in Chile are trying to take global software giant Microsoft to court in a legal battle which raises the question of whether anyone can ever "own" the language they speak.
Now, as a Linux user and editor of a Linux users site, I have some questions about this remarks.
[ I sent the thing to WagEdds Rapid Response Team, look forward to hearing from them - hkwint ]
Old news, but still very interesting for our readers: 'De Consumentenbond' (The Dutch Consumer Union) recently said digital security issues (virusses, spam etc.) are too complex for consumers to handle. Therefore, these issues should be handled by professional business, not by consumers. Also, business should be responsible for damage caused by insecure products it sold.
Note: Click on "Read more" for my English summary, click on "Full Story" to go to the story at the Dutch-only site of 'De Consumentenbond'. Parts of it are subscription-only.
Since that sounds suspicious, I decided to start searching for connections with MS. Easy enough, here it is:
Hackers drinking MS-beer for more than five consecutive hours! Judge for yourself...
[ Great blog. Go on and read it if you want to know the difference between ECMA and OASIS! - hkwint]