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02.25.09

Links 25/02/2009: New X Server; Microsoft Shows Enormous Fear of Desktop GNU/Linux

Posted in News Roundup at 11:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Microsoft CEO Scoffs at Mac Share Gains

    Steve has a surprising view of the computing universe to put Linux before Apple. Most certainly, Linux’s larger server share puts it overall ahead of Mac OS. But Steve wasn’t talking about server here, but Windows client. So why rank Apple behind Linux?

  • The Windows-versus-Linux server face-off

    Regarding migration of current workloads, 43 percent of respondents in a Gartner survey at a Linux-oriented conference anticipated migrating mostly from Unix to Linux, 13 percent said they would migrate mostly from Windows to Linux, and only 4 percent said they would switch off Linux to go to Windows. Twenty-one percent had no plans to migrate workloads.

  • Adobe AIR 1.5.1 Released

    Today we released Adobe AIR 1.5.1, a relatively minor update that includes a number of bug fixes. The new builds are available for Windows, Mac and Linux on the Adobe AIR download center.

  • Pleora adds Linux enhancement to GigE SDK

    Pleora Technologies has unveiled new capabilities for its iPORT software development kit for customers with Linux operating systems. With Version 3.0.0 of the iPORT Vision Suite for Linux, Pleora’s iPORT SDK now allows Linux-based GigE imaging programs to run on 64-bit architectures, effectively doubling the level of processing power available to Linux developers.

  • VMworld Europe : vCenter now available as a beta for Linux

    The announcement was expected since last Fall, when VMware revealed during VMworld that the company was hard at work on a linux version of its administration console, Virtual Center. The wait is now over : vCenter Server for Linux is available as a beta.

  • Carmack: Quake Live on Mac, Linux ‘high on my priority list’

    Don’t worry Mac and Linux gamers: Though the public beta of Quake Live that opened its doors yesterday only supports Windows, id Software’s John Carmack tells Joystiq that “it’s pretty high on my priority list to have the Mac and Linux support.”

  • ZaReason: An Amazing Attack of Linux Cluefulness

    Genuine cluefulness in any business is a rare pleasure, and that is why I like ZaReason so much. ZaReason sells Linux boxes: desktop, server, netbook, and pretty much whatever you want, just ask. I first “met” Cathy Malmrose, the CEO of ZaReason, on the Linuxchix mailing lists, but her business didn’t really grab my attention until I heard about their Ubuntu keyboard.

  • FOSDEM Video: Listening, Asking, Testing at the Conference

    Linux Magazine Online takes you out for a walk at FOSDEM 2009 in Brussels.

  • What to say to your children when they can no longer use windows on the PC

    If children know Linux and get in contact with it at a young age, they might become very experienced computer users. And Linux system administrators are better paid then windows administrators. Furthermore they will have a better life as Linux users than as windows users. No spyware and bloatware to keep them back in life.

    This are just some of the things you can tell your children when they are unhappy about you throwing out windows.

  • Lists

    • Linux podcasts: Five of the best

      FLOSS Weekly

      [...]

      Sourcetrunk

      [...]

      Ubuntu UK Podcast

      [...]

      Going Linux

      [...]

      The Linux Action Show

    • Top 50 Linux Alternatives to Popular Apps

      Linux is quickly gaining popularity, but there are still many users afraid to convert as they are not familiar with the applications. Today our Linux guru Blair Mathis is back to introduce fifty of the most popular applications on this OS

  • Installfests

    • HeliOS Project Brings Linux Technology to the East Side

      The 4 distros for this particular install were Ubuntu Ulitimate, OpenSuse, Mint and AntiX. The main room center will more than likely be uniform installs of Ultimate Ubuntu. That will make teaching classes a bit easier and lessen confusion.

    • Linux Install Fest at Dishaa ‘09

      ‘Linux Install Fest’ will be held as part of Dishaa ‘09, the annual event of the Computer Science Department of the Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, on February 28 and March 1 at Kanakakkunnu Palace. The fest is being organised in association with the Free Software Users Group (FSUG).

  • Graphical Effects

    • Eye Candy: Pimping the Gnome Desktop on Ubuntu

      If there’s one thing Linux is better at than any other operating system, it’s allowing you to pimp the desktop.

    • Why are so many windows stiff?

      It was said that windows are one’s eyes to the world. And for so many years in my computing growth, I was convinced that there was only one way to look at the world. When I discovered Linux, I never thought that I would have a completely different perspective of The Road Ahead. But it was not until 2004 that I started to get serious about Linux. And when I first installed PCLinuxOS, I knew for certain what I wanted.

      Looking around my peers and their Windows and OSX, I cannot help but wonder what sort of user experiences they were getting? If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that they were trapped at a time when innovation had failed them. Sure, some of them take the extra steps to catch up with time but their ways and additions seemed superficial.

      My first view of an average user’s desktop experience was in|situ|’s Metisse and Sun/Java.Net’s 3D Looking Glass.

      [...]

      The technology may seem just another eye candy to some users, but I can assure you that aside from making your OS extremely … let me highlight that word again – EXTREMELY … beautiful, functionalities are abundant and for one thing it makes organizing ones desktop much easier. Of course, like learning to use a new application, it takes getting used to before it could even be totally appreciated.

  • Kernel Space

    • The Phoronix Test Suite Gets A GUI

      Since releasing the Phoronix Test Suite to the public a year ago, one of the most popular feature requests has been for a graphical user interface. The Phoronix Test Suite is not exactly difficult to use from a command line, but this feature has been in development for Phoronix Test Suite 2.0. However, with this morning’s release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.8.0 Alpha 2, a preview of this GUI has been introduced. Those testing Linux, OpenSolaris, BSD, and Mac OS X systems now have a simple yet intuitive interface for facilitating their system benchmarks.

    • X Server 1.6.0 Has Been Released

      Version 1.3 of the Resize and Rotate extension in X Server 1.6 supports projective transformations, panning, and other new options. More details on that can be found in our RandR 1.3 Explained, Demonstrated article along with a video showing some of the RandR 1.3 features. DRI2, of course, allows a number of new features such as the ability to enable direct rendering to redirected windows.

    • Getting Acquainted With the ext4 File System

      The majority of computer users don’t spend much time thinking about the file system their operating system uses. Granted, people installing alternative operating systems might give more consideration to the available file systems than the general population — unless there’s a specific need for a certain file system, many go with their distribution’s default option.

    • The Future of Linux File Systems and Volume Managers

      This is a topic I can be extremely passionate about. I enjoy working with data storage technologies and especially enjoy topics on file systems/volume managers. It is true when they say, “Once you get into data storage it is difficult getting out.” That is because the industry is fascinating. Working with enterprise class equipment is an experience that cannot be forgotten. We are talking about rack mountable blade servers, RAID and JBOD storage arrays working with SCSI-based technologies such as Fibre Channel, SAS (SATA under the SAS), protocol analyzers and more. And that is only the hardware. Step into the software aspect of it such as High Availability, i.e. Clustering, Dynamic Multipathing, Load Balancing, things tend to get a bit more exciting.

  • Distributions

    • Debian Lenny: Returning Home to the Mothership

      Lenny looks and works just fine on my system, and it is noticeably peppier. Maybe that’s from using the nv driver; whatever it is, screen redraws and moving windows do not have the lag that Kubuntu and Ubuntu do, and scrolling Web pages is smoother and faster.

    • The Beginner’s Guide to Linux, Part 1: Finding the Right Distribution

      We are certain that many of you want to try Linux to see what it is like, but have no idea where to start or how to get into it. This article is the first installment in a four-part guide that will gradually introduce you to the Linux environment and how to adjust to it if you are a new user.

      One of the hardest things to do while starting out is finding a distro that is right for you. Many users try several before settling on one of two that they really like. Once they find a distro that feels right, they are often reluctant to switch unless the distro becomes unsuitable for their needs for whatever reason.

    • Review: Mepis 8.0

      I AM a little conflicted about Mepis.

      It is part of the family of Debian-based Linux distributions which I tend to favour, and it is a distribution I used for quite a lengthy period in the past.

      Plus, there is much to like about version 8.0, released recently to coincide with the launch of its parent distribution, Debian 5.0 ‘Lenny’.

    • Linux forensics – Part 1: Helix

      Helix is a highly useful toolbox. The dual mode is especially valuable, since quite a few system administrators are not that proficient in Linux. Furthermore, it allows Helix users to approach Windows-related problems with several methods, first trying to cope with problems while still logged in Windows and then escalating to the Linux live CD mode.

      Helix is a stable, complete package, with a broad range of great utilities that will significantly increase your ability to respond to problems, threats and incidents in your environment.

    • Red Hat

      • Fedora 10 regains Linux fans

        I know personally, I’m been very impressed by Fedora 10. This edition of Fedora is the first one in years to have won a long-term place on my Linux desktop line-up in my office/lab. While I have over two-dozen computers that I use for evaluations, that still isn’t enough. So I only keep operating systems around that I think are either truly useful or matter to many users. Fedora makes it on both accounts.

        I suspect too that Red Hat, which is re-entering the Linux desktop market, has been working hard to improve Fedora as a desktop system for the last few months. From where I sit, it’s certainly Red Hat’s best desktop in years.

      • Fedora Users Gather In Berlin for LinuxTag And Fedora 11 Development

        The Fedora Project, a Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, announced today that the Fedora Project will host the Fedora Users and Developers Conference (FUDCon) between June 26-28, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. FUDCon is a periodically held, community event where the Fedora community meets to discuss and collaborate on cutting edge technology features that eventually become part of the next release of the Fedora platform.

      • Red Hat Fedora Linux 10 nears 1 million user mark

        When combined with other actively used Fedora distributions as of Feb 16, 2009, Fedora’s counting method reports 12,188,598 Fedora Linux installations across Fedora 7,8,9 and 10 releases.

      • Red Hat upgrades its mission

        Red Hat has long been the big Kahuna in open-source software, but a new mission statement points to an even bigger role for the company.

        Red Hat has long billed itself as “the defining technology company of the 21st century (seeking) through (its) actions (to) strengthen the social fabric by continually democratizing content and technology.”

    • Ubuntu

      • Ubuntu 9.04′s New Login Screen

        Ubuntu 9.04 is getting closer and closer to the final release and we thought that it would be nice to give you guys a sneak peek at some of the upcoming features. The new version of Ubuntu will be released in less than two months, on April 23rd, and it will be dubbed Jaunty Jackalope. One of these new features was introduced with tonight’s updates and it is a brand new login screen a.k.a. GDM (GNOME Display Manager) theme, which is black and has a nice Ubuntu logo in the right bottom corner. The new login screen is entitled “Human” and it was created by Kenneth Wimer and Mat Tomaszewski for Canonical.

      • Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 34
      • Startup Adds Ubuntu as OS for Unified Communications

        Unison now offers both desktop and server versions of its unified communications software on Ubuntu Linux. Unison’s software, which runs exclusively on Linux server OSes but can run on either a Linux or Windows desktop, already runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS.

      • Subtle Improvements In Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 5

        Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 5 should be out tomorrow (or Friday if there are any last minute delays) while the final alpha will be out in mid-March. The final release of Ubuntu 9.04 is scheduled for the 23rd of April.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Media player targets embedded Linux devices

      Embedded development firm NthCode announced a media player for IP-ready DVD players, TVs, and other Linux-based devices. NthCode Player automatically connects to home networks, and then catalogs all available media, offering WebKit browser access to media, plus feeds from BitTorrent and RSS, says the company.

    • Tiny X86 COM runs Debian, supports IPv6

      SSV announced an x86-compatible computer-on-module (COM) that measures 3.2 by 1.1-inches (81 x 28mm), and targets TCP/IPv4-6 embedded networking applications. Attaching to custom I/O boards via “DIL” (dual in line) sockets, the DIL/NetPC DNP/2486 runs an IPv6-ready Debian Linux stack on a 300MHz Vortex86SX system-on-chip (SoC).

    • Freescale to unveil handheld SoC at user conference

      MontaVista is once again collaborating with Freescale on training for the five global events. The Linux tools and operating system firm has been an FTF sponsor since the program’s inception. Additionally, the two companies previously partnered on a multi-country road show, in which they demonstrated their combined products.

    • Kindle

      • Kindle’s Feeling Reviewers’ Love

        As Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) ships the second version of its popular e-reader Kindle, the reviews flowing in so far are waxing warm and fuzzy about device enhancements — even though they are nearly silent on price.

      • Amazon’s E-Book Strategy Re-Kindles Debate on Open Standards

        In addition to various DRM arrangements and licensing, many other proprietary e-book formats are out on the market, like eReader. Many are pushing some open formats, such as the International Digital Publishing Forum’s ePub to become a universal standard in the industry.

      • 5 Reasons Why I Bought a Kindle 2

        Until the release of this version of the Kindle, I hadn’t been particularly interested in buying one. Frankly, I thought the first Kindle was ugly and a rather stupid idea. I chuckled and snorted with derision when Amazon first announced it, sure that it would be just another e-book bomb like so many before it. But oddly enough, the Kindle turned out to be a reasonable success with around 500,000 estimated sales last year.

    • Phones

      • Sesca Unveils Open Source Qt-based Mobile Phone Stack

        The reference implementation uses Openmoko’s NeoFreerunner and features advanced touch screen and customizable graphical user interface (GUI). The Ample also offers versatile applications such as a multimedia player and communications tools.

      • Phone design runs Android

        Chinese mobile ODM (original design maker) Yuhua is shipping a hardware reference design for a smartphone that runs the Linux-based Android mobile stack. The Xphone-SDK runs Android on a 624MHz PXA-310 SoC, with 128MB SDRAM and 256MB of flash.

    • Sub-notebooks

Free Software/Open Source

  • Hawking Open Source in Tough Times

    When budgets are tightening pretty much everywhere, selling businesses on new software systems is not an easy job. However, open source development and support firms are using the world’s economic malaise to underscore their value propositions, hoping cash-strapped companies may give free software a closer look.

  • Opengear Reports Record Order Bookings in Q4 2008

    Opengear experienced record order bookings in the fourth quarter of 2008 ending December 31, 2008 and has started off the first quarter of 2009 with what will be a record first quarter for the company despite the economic slowdown. Opengear attributes their success to an increase in new channel partners and customers, leading edge marketing initiatives, next generation product features and the best customer service and technical support in the console server market space.

  • How To Lean Towards Free & Open

    People talk a lot about “going open”, or leaving proprietary apps of various kinds for open source equivalents. My way of putting it has been to say “leaning open”, to emphasize that you don’t need to do this by diving into the deep end of the pool and praying you learn how to swim right then and there. In this and future installments I’m going to be talking about that process in detail.

  • Mozilla

    • Mozilla Community Marketing Guide is live

      After a few months working on it, Mozilla’s Marketing Team has just launched the Community Marketing Guide!
      This guide is intended to help everyone interested in Mozilla marketing by pointing them to the marketing resources they need, or helping them to be inspired with fresh ideas on marketing Mozilla software. A community is very important for developing and maintaining a healthy project, so in the marketing guide you will find resources to help evangelise and promote Mozilla.

    • Mozilla interview: Opening up mobile browsing

      Location, privacy and web standards: as the first alpha and beta releases of Fennec, Mozilla’s mobile browser, come out, Mozilla VP Jay Sullivan tells us the phone isn’t a separate world any more.

    • about:mozilla – Change the Web, Labs meetup, Marketing mailing list, Meeting notes, two awards, Camino, Education, and more…

      In this issue…

      * Harnessing Firefox Add-ons and Web apps to make change
      * Labs meetup, Mountain View + London
      * Mozilla Marketing mailing list
      * Mozilla Project status meeting notes

    • screencast of open web video in firefox 3.1

      I’ve made a screencast to describe some of the new video capabilities and how they can interact with the rest of the open web technologies we’re building into Firefox 3.1. Although I’ve embedded it below with a video tag (with a fallback to vimeo) I strongly suggest that you view the full sized version in either OGG Theora format or Quicktime H.264 for maximum clarity. It’s als up on vimeo.

  • Business

    • Ingres Announces Open Source Solutions as the Way to Save Money and Eliminate Risk

      Staff cuts and budget reductions – all signs of the difficult economic times organizations face today. Organizations are cancelling or delaying important new projects and evaluating cost-cutting measures just to survive. At the same time, proprietary software vendors are increasing license fees, and support and maintenance costs seemingly without concern as to how this affects their customers.

    • Ingres, Alfresco debut open-source SharePoint rival

      Open-source vendors Ingres and Alfresco are teaming up on a software appliance that bundles the Ingres database with Alfresco’s content management platform, hoping the combination will prove to be an enticing alternative to Microsoft SharePoint.

      The two vendors have already bundled their products but decided to go a step further with the appliance, which adds a Linux operating system and can be installed on commodity hardware, said Deb Woods, vice president of product management at Ingres.

    • Acquia, Alfresco Partner With Optaros for First Drupal CMIS Interface

      Proposed as a new standard for content management by industry-leading organizations including IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Alfresco, CMIS allows for interoperability between multiple sites and content repositories. Visit http://buytaert.net/cmis for more information on CMIS.

    • Using Drupal

      I have read a lot of Drupal books as well as online materials. This particular book is one I was looking forward to for a long time. It was just released in December 2008 and is from O’Reilly Press. I have never made it a secret that I find O’Reilly’s books to be consistently good, and usually the best in any category in which they have offerings available. This book lived up to my expectations.

    • Open Enterprise Interview: Bertrand Diard, Talend CEO

      If open source did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it, if only to deal with the ragbag collection of data formats out there.

      For open source has a unique flexibility and extensibility not generally available to proprietary programs, which allows it to cope with most applications and situations. This makes it ideal as a kind of software “glue” for stitching together pre-existing computer systems, which were created in an ad-hoc way with little thought of any eventual need to make them talk efficiently to each other.

      This powerful feature of open source was pretty much the driving force behind the creation of the data integration company Talend. Here its cofounder and CEO, Bertrand Diard, talks eloquently about the genesis of his company, open source’s unique advantages in this sphere, the state of free software in his native France, and just why Talend decided to snuggle up to Microsoft last year.

    • Is M&A stifling Oracle’s creativity?

      Even so, a big question is looming as to whether Oracle, which spends just 10 to 15 percent of its budget on research and development, can keep up with competitors and, in particular, open source.

      “Open source?!” you say, “that’s just a big commodifier of others’ innovations.” Not so. In fact, if you look at the budgets of most emerging open-source companies, we spend significantly more on development than Oracle and, importantly, more of that R&D budget goes toward real innovation, not reinventing the wheel. Indeed, that’s the whole premise behind open-source development: efficient reuse of code.

      That’s not the whole story, however. As Mirchandani points out in a follow-on post, Oracle customers are troubled by its support morass. Such customers are likely to be enticed by open-source offerings, which make support, not license fees, the centerpiece of their offerings.

    • Community-Source Development Appeals in Tough Times

      A combination of traditional and open-source development models, community source can save companies money and reduce vendor lock-in.

      The concept of community-source development is catching on with enterprise organizations, both inside and outside of corporate and organizational walls for its ability to cut costs, increase collaboration and avoid vendor lock-in.

  • Business Intelligence

    • What Business Intelligence Options Exist in Tough Economic Times?

      It still remains to be seen whether or not organizations will choose to invest in business intelligence during a recession. Due to financial and market uncertainties, there are generally two ways organizations might look at business intelligence (BI) and its overall value to the organization. First, that cutting budgets and limiting IT spending will save costs. Or second, that it becomes even more important to manage an organization’s performance and that this will, in turn, lower overall expenses and help organizations stay competitive. Whichever way organizations on a large scale choose to look at things remains to be seen as both sentiments have potential value.

    • Centro Deploys Pentaho Business Intelligence for Better Tactical and Strategic Decision Making
  • Releases

    • Appcelerator Releases New Preview Of Open Source Developer Platform Titanium, Adds Bells And Whistles

      This morning, Mountain View-based startup Appcelerator is taking the wraps off its second Preview Release for Titanium, an open-source developer platform meant to compete with Adobe AIR and the likes for building rich internet, mobile and desktop applications.

    • Progress’ open source FUSE ESB makes gains in recession

      Fuse ESB is based on Apache’s ServiceMix. Progress also sells a proprietary Sonic ESB platform that will be retrofitted in 2009 to better support open source and open standards and mix and match Fuse components, executives say.

      Version 4.0 of FUSE, which was delivered late last year, offers OSGi support. And the recently released version 4.1 offers OSGi support and a good chunk of JBI (Java Business Integration) compliance, noted Debbie Moynihan, director of Fuse at Progress Software.

    • Dedicated Server Open Source Collaboration Software, Enhances Language Support

      Integrated open source e-mail and collaboration solutions for enterprises firm, Open-Xchange, has developed a comprehensive feature update for the Open-Xchange Server 6 product family.

    • FreeSWITCH (Open Source VoIP App) 1.0.3 Released

      The FreeSWITCH team is pleased to announce the release of version 1.0.3. The developers have focused a lot of attention on quality in this release. The changelog has 127 items, most of which are bug fixes, tweaks, and improvements. However, a new FreeSWITCH release just wouldn’t be complete without some new goodies.

  • Government

    • Open Source India: An answer to economic meltdown!

      In these times of economic meltdown, the mantra “every penny saved is penny earned” has become the rule-of-thumb for all organisations when planning any form of expenditure. While IT managers are hard-pressed to lower their cost of IT Infrastructure, software development firms are looking at better ways of developing software for their clients.

      If you go by IT Gurus, FOSS (free and open source) is touted as one of the best solutions to handle these challenges. But can FOSS really help India to gain a competitive edge in ‘developing’ and ‘adopting’ IT?

    • Obama, Carl Malamud, and Where Are All of the Open Source People?

      While it is a long shot to make Carl the head of the GPO (the decisions are made by Congress, and the statutory requirements may be an issue*), the campaign for Carl raises a larger issue. Where are the free spirits and open source people in the Obama Administration? So far, they are certainly not getting high profile jobs, unlike, for example, the many copyright lawyers who are known for their devotion to the entertainment business.

    • Open Sourcing America’s Operating System
    • Wedding Open Source to Government Service Delivery

      One of the challenges I’m most interested in is how we can wed “open” systems to government hierarchies. In a lecture series I’ve developed for Health Canada I’ve developed a way of explaining how we do this already with our 911 service.

      To being, I like using 911 as an example because people are familiar and comfortable with it. More importantly, virtually everyone agrees that it is not only an essential piece of modern government service but also among the most effective.

  • Open (But No Source Code)

    • Toon Radio Goes Open Source

      Toon Radio has two tiers for this service. The basic service is free and is designed for most uses. The premium tier is not free, but allows for submission longer than an hour in length. For both, Toon Radio plans to play submissions on a first in, first out basis, except when submissions cannot fit inside Open Source’s time slot.

    • Free E-Books and E-Book Resources

      Google Book Search is emerging as one of the most popular free ways to read books, on either a computer or a portable phone. Google currently has 1.5 million e-books available.

  • Applications

    • Zmanda’s Cloud-based Open Source Backup for SMEs

      Let’s face it, in these tough economic times, what could play better than a low-cost backup offering based on open source technologies?

      That’s what Zmanda is hoping as it rolls out new cloud and enterprise data backup and recovery offerings.

    • FlightGear Flight Simulator

      This past weekend, I was considering purchasing a flight simulator for my PC. While researching various options, I found a free, online simulator called FlightGear. It’s an open source game, which means anyone who knows what they’re doing can write and program for it. (An example of a closed source game would be Microsoft Flight Simulator, which has only the people hired by Microsoft developing the game.) There are hundreds of modern and historic airplanes and helicopters available and detailed scenery of the entire world.

    • Fictional Air Combat 0.1.3

      I recently discovered YAFS on SF.net: Fictional Air Combat, which is an action flight simulation at an early development stage.

    • NetSol Expands Open Source Library

      The newly added services include blogging software WordPress, content management service Joomla!, and photo organizer Gallery2.

      Since these applications are open source and are widely used, Network Solutions is constantly developing and adding new features that web based business will find useful.

Standards/Consortia

  • The Benefits of Open Standards for European SMEs, OFE Brief no. 2, 2009

    Open Standards create the opportunity to integrate solutions at lowest cost, providing local innovation and niche high value services to their customers. Open Standards encourage growth and innovation without the step function increase in costs paid to external licence holders.

  • DNSSEC: Forgetting The User, Again.

    A lot of very smart people are working very hard to make the Internet trustworthy. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has launched a beta Interim Trust Anchor Repository so top-level domain owners can publish DNSSEC material while ICANN works out signing of the root zones. The ITAR is one more step in the road to DNSSEC. But DNSSEC is a technical solution and, like other technical solutions, ultimately misses the point.

Censorship

  • Aussie internet-net will be drawn wider

    The Australian government is already planning to block legal internet content when its “great firewall” eventually goes live. That is the fear expressed by some of the most trenchant critics of this scheme, including Senators Simon Birmingham (for the Liberal Party) and Scott Ludlam (for the Greens) following another shift in emphasis by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy in evidence to the Environment, Communications and the Arts committee on Monday.

  • Recording Industry, Politicians Continue To Give Bogus Reasons To Support 3 Strikes In New Zealand

    Lawrence D’Oliveiro continues to keep us informed on the more ridiculous aspects of the push by both the recording industry and certain politicians in New Zealand to push through that country’s highly controversial policy to cut off file sharers based on accusations rather than actual convictions for file sharing. First up is that the country’s Prime Minister appears to be flat-out lying when he claims that New Zealand has to implement such a plan to remain in compliance with international obligations. That’s simply not true. He claims that other countries, like Australia and the UK have already implemented similar plans, but that’s also not true. Both countries have considered such a plan, but the UK, for instance, has already said that it will not require ISPs to cut anyone off the internet. To claim that New Zealand has to do so or that other countries have already agreed to the same thing is simply untrue.

  • British Charities Discover Web Filters Don’t Work

    Firms providing some 5% of the country’s broadband connections haven’t implemented the blacklist, either because they recognize that it doesn’t work, or because of the expense. Keep in mind this is the same blacklist that blocked Wikipedia and screwed up UK edits of the site, and also blocked the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

  • Small ISPs reject call to filter out child abuse sites

    ISPs have rejected a call by childrens’ charities to implement the government’s approved blocklist for images of child sexual abuse, because the list does not stop anyone who wants to accessing such material.

  • Leading Academics Hit Out as Government Abandons Evidence-Based Policy on Copyright.

    In an open letter sent today to David Lammy, UK Minister for Innovation, some of the country’s most eminent economists and intellectual property scholars, have hit out at government proposals to consider changing policy on term extension. The letter, which has also been sent to the Cabinet Office, the Treasury and the Culture Minister, voices serious concern at the lack of evidence justifying a change that seems to show the Government prefers special interests over facts.

Copyrights

  • How Do You Ban Someone From Posessing A ‘Recording Device’?

    Michael Geist points out that a guy in Canada has been convicted under an anti-camcording law for recording a showing of the movie Dan in Real Life (I’m sure it was big on all the torrent sites). However, what struck me as interesting was the punishment handed out. The guy is on 24 months of probation, has to perform 120 hours of community service, is barred from entering a movie theater or associating with anyone involved in movie piracy. And… he is barred from owning any recording device

  • Pirate Bay prosecutors get jiggy with charge sheet – again

    Prosecutors in the entertainment industry versus The Pirate Bay trial have made further amendments to the charge sheet in the hope of nailing a conviction against the defendants.

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  3. Shakeup Against Patent Parasites in the US and More Rumours/Speculations About USPTO Director Michelle Lee After Trump's Inauguration

    The US patent system is becoming ever more hostile towards patent trolls, owing in part to reforms introduced under Michelle Lee's tenure, but people are still not certain that she will maintain her job and continue to fix the system



  4. EPO Abuses Now Make the Netherlands Look Like a Facilitator of Human/Labour Rights Abuses

    Rather than crack down on human rights abuses, the Dutch government now sends out the signal that it's an island for those wish to violate human rights whilst enjoying immunity (EPO)



  5. Links 20/1/2017: Docker 1.13, Linux 4.4.44 LTS

    Links for the day



  6. “Federal Circuit Had Affirmed on Every Issue in 77.4% of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Appeals it Had Seen” in 2016

    The Federal Circuit (CAFC) and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) continue to squash a lot of patents on software, in contrast to that fake news from patent maximalists



  7. Kudelski Group Not Only Acts Like a Patent Troll But Also Run by Intellectual Ventures Person; Mobile Market in Dire State of Patent Armageddon

    The patent thicket which pervades everything that is used by billions of people, mobile technology in particular, can be traced back to a lot of non-practicing parasites (or patent trolls)



  8. Watchtroll and His Swamp Still Blame Google (Where Michelle Lee Came From) for Improving and Gradually Fixing Aspects of the US Patent System

    Shooting the messengers (even wrongly associating yours truly with Google) in an effort to undermine patent reform when it is so desperately needed due to serious injustices



  9. In an Age of Necessary Patent Reform and Permanent Uncertainty for Software Patents the Patent Microcosm Looks for Workarounds and Spin

    Commentary on the status quo in the Michelle Lee era and some examples of bias from the patent microcosm, as well as news regarding the NFL getting sued by the Kudelski Group



  10. Michelle Lee, USPTO Director, Should Recognise That the Patent Microcosm is Her Enemy Which Hates Her

    The latest outburst from the patent microcosm, which has a temper issue and notorious disdain for judges it does not agree with, is more of what we have come to expect



  11. Battistelli is an Autocrat Above the Law and It's OK, Holland's High Council Says

    Battistelli's autocratic tendencies will not be challenged by Dutch authorities, in spite of sheer condemnation from many groups all across Europe and the entire world



  12. Beware Fake News About the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    The UPC is dead, deadlocked, stuck, in a limbo and so on; those who claim otherwise are merely lobbying (in disguise of "analysis" or "news")



  13. Shame on MapR for Pursuing Software Patents While Pretending to Stand for Free/Open Source Software

    The patents gold rush sees another company joining the 'fun', albeit this company should campaign hard against software patents rather than pursue any



  14. Doomsday Scenario in the Back Mirror as Michelle Lee Keeps Her Job (and Much-Needed Patent Reform) at the USPTO

    The future of patent reform, i.e. tackling overpatenting and patent trolls, looks somewhat more promising with today's confirmation of Lee's 'extended tenure' at the Office



  15. Links 19/1/2017: PulseAudio 10.0, Linux 4.9 Longterm Kernel

    Links for the day



  16. Corporate (Wall Street) Media Agrees That Brexit Dooms the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    The nonstop lies or the fake news about the UPC starting "real soon now" don't quite pass a reality check or a basic assessment based on fundamental concepts, such as the UPC's facilitation of subordination (to Europe) in the United Kingdom



  17. Farce of an 'Independence' for the Boards of Appeal as Another Ally of Benoît Battistelli Enters as Parasite Inside the 'Overseer'/Host

    The latest cluster of lies from the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) and direct refutation of false claims of independence for the Boards of Appeal, where the former Vice-Presidents can flock, just like the Mini Minion (Minnoye) of Battistelli



  18. Links 18/1/2017: Red Hat's OpenShift 3.4, Mozilla's New Logo/Branding

    Links for the day



  19. Union-Busting Action by Team Battistelli Takes Heavy Toll, Techrights Will Continue to Expose EPO Injustices to the World

    The Staff Union of the European Patent Office, SUEPO, which faced unprecedented and probably illegal (based on local laws) attacks, is being weakened by the worst President ever, whose own management team seems to be collapsing along with the institution he is destroying in just a few years



  20. A Lot More Fake News About the UPC, Trying to Convince People That the UK is Ratifying (It's Not, It Cannot)

    Response to some of the latest misleading (self-serving) whispers about the fate of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), which is in a deadlock due to Brexit



  21. Rumours Suggest That EPO Management is Aware of Decline in Patent Quality and is Thus Actively Lying About it to the Media/Public

    Whenever Battistelli brags about patent quality he may be consciously and deliberately lying through his teeth if the latest rumours are correct



  22. Links 17/1/2017: GIMP Plans, New Raspberry Pi Product

    Links for the day



  23. Resumption of EPO Propaganda ('Meet the President') Officially Starts Tomorrow

    Yet another one of these foolish 'Meet the President' stunts, scheduled to take place tomorrow morning



  24. Caricature: Battistelli's New Year's Resolution (More EPO Lies)

    The latest cartoon being circulated within the European Patent Office (EPO)



  25. Donald Trump Gives New Hope to Patent Aggressors and Patent Trolls

    Pessimism about the prospects of patent progress or patent reform in an age of staunchly pro-business Conservatives and glorification of protectionism



  26. More Fake News About the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Based on Lobbying Tactics From Bristows UPC and the Preparatory Committee

    Unified Patent Court (UPC) lobbying has gotten so bad that it now infiltrates general media outlets, where people are asked to just blindly assume that the UPC is coming and is inevitable, even though it's clearly in a limbo and is unlikely to see the light of day



  27. EPO Totally Silent for a Month, But Deep Inside There Are Serious Cracks

    The situation at the EPO seems to be pretty grim, even at the top-level management, and the EPO has gone into permanent silence mode



  28. Links 16/1/2017: Linux 4.10 RC4, Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' KDE Edition Beta

    Links for the day



  29. 'Financial Director' Publishes Fake News About the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    Response to some of the latest UPC propaganda, which strives to misinform Financial Directors so as to enrich the author and his firm



  30. Independent and Untainted Web Sites About Patents Are Still Few and Rare

    Commentary about news sources that we rely on, as well as the known pitfalls or the vested interests deeply ingrained in them


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