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+ - Groupon infringes GNOME trademark, project seeks donations for legal battle 1

Submitted by Drinking Bleach
Drinking Bleach (975757) writes "Groupon has released a tablet-based point of sale system called Gnome, despite the well-known desktop environment's existence and trademark status. This is also not without Groupon's internal ignorance of the GNOME project; they were contacted about the infringement and flatly refused to change the name of their own product, in addition to filing many new patent applications for theirs.

The GNOME project is seeking donations to help them in a legal battle against these trademark applications, and to get Groupon to stop using their name. They are seeking at least $80,000 to challenge a first set of ten trademark applications from Groupon, out of 28 applications that have been filed."

Comment: Re:Are you sure? (Score 1) 863

It's worth noting that systemd's NTP and DHCP implementations are purposefully as simplistic as possible. The NTP daemon (systemd-timesyncd) is only a client that keeps a clock synchronized to a server, it cannot behave as a server itself. The DHCP daemon (systemd-networkd) is meant only to handle a wired network connection on a single interface, the sort of thing that a server or maybe a desktop computer would want; more complicated network setups can ignore this functionality and use any number of the pre-existing network configuration methods Linux already had.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 5, Insightful) 368

by Drinking Bleach (#47870489) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

It still has no official modding support. Mojang bought Bukkit and hired its team over a year ago, but they still keep it an independent project and not the official mod API (think how CentOS is now owned by Red Hat but still has a social/corporate firewall between RHEL and CentOS devs).

As for being written poorly in Java, it was original just some dumb idea that Notch had to remake Infiniminer, and his Random Java Project #56 -- he already had mild internet fame (albeit nothing compared to his post-Minecraft fame), but this particular game had just enough potential to keep it moving. He didn't make it to be very performant in the first place, Java was just familiar and convenient to him.

Comment: Re:What about FAT32 (Score 1) 192

by Drinking Bleach (#45630351) Attached to: German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

It used a file called --linux-.--- in each directory. In a way, it was better backwards-compatible with FAT/MS-DOS than even VFAT was.

I did some disecting of how they worked a while ago expecting that I'd reimplement it with FUSE, which I never got down more than a couple trivial files (like the base-32 representation stuff...). I'll just put up the format notes on a Gist if anyone's interested :)

https://gist.github.com/chungy/7852622

Comment: Re:My how things change (Score 1) 274

by Drinking Bleach (#45323163) Attached to: Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0

These days, kids will relate every first-number-before-the-dot version increase with Chrome and Firefox.

Quite honestly, their versioning schemes wouldn't even be all that bad for Linux, the "3." or "4." are totally meaningless numbers anyway. At the same time, it provides some buffer zone for people that expect X.Y schemes represent significant new versions whenever Y is increased.

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