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Comment Re:like always (Score 4, Interesting) 161

Now then, back to complaining about Canonical: they're releasing the code for the backend? Somebody tell me that the front end was just a webdav client and that the backend handled all the locking and synchronization parts so that this isn't a meaningless gesture for customers who are getting cut off with a whole two months' notice to re-design their workflows.

The client is not a simple webdav client, it's a pretty complex piece of code that has been open source since day one:

The server is a complex beast. It's the other side of the syncing protocol, it has a series of workers that do all sorts of tasks on uploaded files to present them back in a scalable, usable way, it handles music purchasing and delivering, performance metrics on the system, sharing between users, and a long etc :)

I don't think users will care about open sourcing any of it, but others might be able to pick up where we left off.

Comment Re:No shit (Score 1) 298

Also, I would not want to be "modded down" in the workplace for my political views. Slashdot people love free speech - as long as it agrees with theirs.

I don't think they meant it in a "Democrat vs Republican" sense, but rather internal company politics (ie, focusing on certain aspects of the project because it's good for a promotion).

Comment Re:Contacts good, Calendars would be better (Score 1) 115

If that where the case, then couchdb is not the smartest way to do it, considering that each user has it's own DB. Cross-referencing anything from user to user is incredibly expensive (load-wise) and hard to do ;)
Canonical could be after world domination and selling data to the CIA, or we could be trying to provide a valuable service to users. Who knows.

Comment Re:Available only to subscribers (Score 5, Informative) 115

No. We partnered with Funambol to provide this service, and it carries a significant cost to both develop and maintain and scale this specific service, as the announcement says.
Supporting hundreds of different mobile phones is an incredibly expensive task, and on top of that we've added a layer that saves those contacts to couchdb and replicates them locally for you, to be used with any application you wish.
While we all love and use free software, it's completely unreasonable to demand that services be provided for free. The service also provides a 30 day free trial, where you can perform a one-time sync if you wish to have a backup of your contacts.

I personally believe that allowing people to sync their contacts from almost any mobile phone into a Linux desktop is a huge step forward.

Comment Re:LOL. (Score 1) 210

Which marketing department dipshit thought this stupid idea up?

Mark put together this process from the start to ensure a healthy community that could grow. it seems to have worked wonders so far.

Comment Re:DD (Score 2, Informative) 210

I am a member of one of the membership boards (Americas board)
No, Ubuntu Members are people who contribute to Ubuntu directly, not indirectly. There is a lot of work involved in getting Ubuntu out the door every 6 months, and membership recognizes the people who help do that in a direct way.
That said, upstream developers and Debian developers have the advantage of already knowing how a lot of things work, so they will probably have a higher chance of getting through than anyone else (there are separate councils for community involvement and technical involvement).

Comment Re:What does this mean? (Score 1) 104

Is it the code to the Launchpad site itself? Like I could use a copy of it to manage and track bugs and development on my own projects? Or are they talking about some kind of framework / os that Launchpad runs on?

As far as I can tell from my limited browse of Launchpad, it seems like an alternative to Sourceforge no?

This is the full exact source code runs.


Submission + - Microsoft wanted to "whack" Dell

pboyd2004 writes: According to emails obtained in Iowa's antitrust case against Microsoft. Microsoft wanted to "whack" Dell over their Linux sales. "We should whack them, we should make sure they understand our value," wrote Paul Flessner, a senior vice president in Microsoft's server applications unit. The email exchange can be found here.

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