LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-Sept-2011

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 5, 2011 3:52 AM
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)

LXer Feature: 05-Sept-2011

The latest installment of the LXer Weekly Roundup. Enjoy!

Microsoft's 800-pound gorilla: There's an 800-pound gorilla -- not Steve Ballmer, the other one -- sitting in the middle of Microsoft's living room. With their most recent SEC 10-K filing in which they write off Linux as a threat with the stroke of a pen, Microsoft has done the regulatory and marketplace equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears, closing their eyes and shouting, “La, la, la — I can’t hear you.” While Microsoft tells federal regulators Linux is no longer a threat -- echoed by fanboys and fangirls everywhere -- back on the planet Earth, the reality is much different.

Steve Jobs: a reality check: If one were to go by the reaction to the news that Steve Jobs would no longer be the chief executive of Apple Computer, the man is Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and Henry Ford all rolled into one.

It’s Not About the Software: A few days ago, I had an epiphany. I, like many of my readers, have spent a good portion of my life advocating for libre software. There has always been a particular glow to the idealistic concept of information flowing through society, and to the possibility of adaptation to a particular context.

GhostBSD: not "just another BSD": GhostBSD is GNOME implementation in FreeBSD system. Latest version is 2.0. It was released at the end of March 2011. This version is based on FreeBSD 8.2.

Desktop computers changing, not dying: There's been a lot of dying technology predicted lately. The death of the desktop. The death of the PC. The death of Windows. The death of the mouse... you name it, if it's desktop-connected, its demise been predicted in the last couple of months. While pundits have been firing off obituaries for desktop computers, we all need to be a little more careful with our language as the desktop won't fade into history.

Open source: Driving change in the software industry: If you look back at the defining device of the 20th century – the automobile – it’s easy to compare its growth and impact over the last 100 years to the transformational shift we’re witnessing in the software industry. Think about it. Produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from 1908 through 1927, the Model T was generally regarded as the first affordable automobile. It was immensely popular, despite the fact that consumers had few features to choose from. The car came with one type of engine and a limited number of body styles. And Ford’s “any color as long as it is black" policy was famously implemented in 1914, limiting the color option to just one. You paid for your car with cash, and you got what you paid for. Period.

I will not be testing, trying, or otherwise running Ubuntu 11.10: I don't have anything against Ubuntu 11.10, or the Unity interface. I might even like it. I'm getting so used to the way my Android phone works that I'm open to new desktop paradigms/metaphors.

Open Source Horror Story – A Linux Recovery Tale: Hi children! I know it is a bit early for scary tales, we usually get to those in October. But I have one for you that you just might want to hear now. So. Get your hot cocoa, your S’mores and your sleeping bag and come over here by the fire. I have a tale of chills and thrills to tell you young’uns. There now. Are you all snuggled in and ready for a scary tale? Good. Here goes …

We won and we didn't notice: a conversation with Jeremy Allison of Samba: On a recent visit back to the UK, lead Samba developer Jeremy Allison met up with Richard Hillesley. Here, Richard Allison's description of the history of his involvement with open source, Linux and Samba.

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