According to Engadget
… the Linux community has just launched Show Us the Code, a website / movement humoring Steve Ballmer’s repeated claims of burgled Microsoft IP within the open source OS
Network World has the same story here.
This is our post from last November when this was last in the news.
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According to Engadget
We had hoped to either
1. maintain a dignified silence, or
2. beat the Inq to a witty nickname
about the panorama belatedly opening up for Windows users, but Antony Gelberg prompts us to post about
… the “feature” where the BBC confuses itself with a web forum, and prints selected comments from members of the public […]
… is how one blogger hailed the news of the Microsoft - Novell deal. Read the press release here and find a whole lot more from Novell here. For Microsoft’s PR go here.
This story has prompted literally hundreds of news items on the web (Google says 527 at the time of writing) with […]
… is debated here and here.
Both have radical things to say about addressing the problems device drivers cause to users; one says
Unfortunately, it’s their openness and freedom that is holding them back
and the other
the clash between proprietary and open source software communities contributes to the problem
A rather strange piece from the Seattle Times.
Uber-popular distro Ubuntu’s latest iteration, the first to be billed as “Enterprise Ready,” is publicly released on June 1st - get em while their hot.
In a further display of the increasing closeness between Sun and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, the distro is being ported to Sun’s hypervisor, courtesy of Canonical, who will be providing support […]
*update* - the post originally linked to the wrong article on The Guardian’s site; it’s since been corrected. Apologies.
The Guardian today reports on the results of a series of case studies conducted by the Open Source Academy on the deployment of open source software in the local government sector . Although grandly claiming that “the […]
John Naughaton, writing in Sunday’s Observer, looked at some of the reasons behind Microsoft’s problems with Vista:
The really interesting comparison is [between Vista and] Linux, a product of comparable complexity developed by an independent, dispersed community of programmers who communicate mainly over the net. How come they can outperform a stupendously rich company that can […]
Andrew Morton, the Linux lead maintainer and Torvalds’ right hand man (also not a confidante of the late Princess Diana, as helpfully pointed out by The Inq) has called for an overhaul of the Linux kernel in order to squish more bugs. Speaking at the LinuxTag conference in Germany, Morton opined that the problem was […]
Oracle has set the rumour mill going again with hints that it may further embrace the products of the open source community by moving into the Linux market. In an interview with the Financial Times, CEO Larry Ellison, not known for his love of the open source community, professed his company’s love of Linux and […]
Nicholas Negroponte, head of the One (lime-green) Laptop Per Child project, called last week for Linux to be slimmed down for use on the project’s devices.
[Linux] suffers the same code bloat as Windows, [Negroponte] said Tuesday.
“People aren’t thinking about small, fast, thin systems,” said Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the One Laptop Per Child nonprofit […]
With Vista’s delay adding to claims from the likes of Novell and Red Hat that this is the year Linux is going to break through, a senior analyst from the leading IT analysts the Meta Group has suggested that everyone should take a serious look at open source or web-based alternatives to Microsoft’s next generation […]
Vista’s delay has grabbed the headlines in recent days with a tenacity rare for a tech story, Microsoft or not. The news hit just in time to give Novell’s Brainshare conference in Utah an extra shot in the arm and led to some widely reported jibes from senior Veep John Dragoon:
Dragoon found the timing of […]
Search Open Source has a piece on one of the barriers to Linux adoption, the lack of an iteration of Microsoft Office for the platform. Focusing on the inevitable comparisons between OpenOffice.org and MS’s offering, it includes the sage advice “Stop whining and embrace change”:
There’s a contingent of IT folks, however, who discount these complaints […]
Redmond raised eyebrows after it offered - without prompting - access to the source code and documentation for its Windows Server in order to try and fend off the legal (and possibly-soon-to-be penal) assault from the EU over server protocols. Nobody except the media seemed particularly impressed by the move; an unnamed representative of the […]
Just to let you know about a possible conflict of interest - I run (and love) Ubuntu 5.10, so I was cheered to discover that IBM has bestowed it’s DB2 certification on the distro. Ping Wales has an effusive review of the GNOME edition of 5.10:
This review focuses on the latest version for use on […]
You might remember that the OSDL launched a project to promote the development of embedded Linux for mobile devices, and now corporate big boys Motorola and Palm have signed up with the project.
Dubai-based corporate mouthpiece AME info has a re-hashed press release on a new Linux-based communications recorder (no, I don’t know what it is […]
The OSDL has decided that the next front in their campaign is to be the software that powers your mobile phone, and it today launching the Mobile Linux Initiative to promote the development of Linux for the small screen. There’s more at Phone Mag and ZDNets UK and US.
If you fancy go to listen to […]
Dell has started shipping a computer aimed at open source users that comes with no operating system installed on the machine, but with a copy FreeDOS chucked in as a panacea to Microsoft, apparently. The development has drawn praise from OSS fanatics The Reg already has complaints about the “grudging” way the company is selling […]
Australia’s Smart Office News relates some more bad news from Redmond that appeared in an extraordinary article in the Wall Street Journal detailing the complete breakdown of the original version of Longhorn.
The root of the problem with the initial version was the development process; Microsoft’s developers were used to a rather outmoded development model whereby […]