Do so at your own risk, YMMV, etc...
Ubuntu doesn't actually contribute much source code anyhow. It takes and takes, but returns very little.
I'd like to back up your statement with some facts, since you're not getting much love from the mods.
Around 22:30 in this video you see which companies give back to the Linux kernel
Spoiler: Canonical is not in the top 10. Not by a long shot.
I don't live in the US so I can't watch CBS on tv.
I recommend to everyone that hasn't seen it yet to check it out, it's been really educational.
Props to CBS for not filtering out non-US IPs like other some tv stations do.
Not to steal your thunder, I think OpenHatch is wonderful, but it does remind me an awful lot about launchpad.
For those of you unfamiliar with LP, launchpad.net is another site like this, that tries to get people involved with F/OSS projects.
You can contribute bugreports, fixes, Q&A about software, provide translations...
It used to be focussed around Ubuntu and Gnome (because the site is run by Canonical Inc.), but nowadays the site has really taken off (no pun intended) and hosts many kinds of FOSS projects.
I like how OpenHatch makes FOSS-involvement something you can boast about on forums/social networking sites using their HTML widget.
It makes me want to get my hands dirty and get involved
Can anyone recommend me a commonly available dongle that would support this, with good Linux drivers?
The Resynthesizer website is a great example. It's not so much the site itself I find ugly, but the logo.
They make a Gimp plug-in for crying out loud, they should be able to whip up something more appealing.
I get that programmers just don't care about their website or logo, only about coding the actual software.
But that kind of attitude is keeping some FOSS projects from becoming popular with the general population.
At first glance Resynthesizer wouldn't strike me as a serious competitor for anything that a behemoth like Adobe makes, although TFA shows me that it is.
Maybe that makes me a narrow-sighted idiot, but I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Windows 2000 hits end of life this summer. 2003 enters extended support which ends in 2015 - this was extended due to poor uptake of Windows 2008. They currently offer 10 years of support but they often extend if uptake of the follow on release is low.
RedHat and Novell support their enterprise linux OS products on a seven year cycle.
Novell even leaves the downloads availble for up to 10 years.
Other way around. Theora was apparently released in 2004. H.264 (according to Wikipedia), was formally approved in March 2003, but it had already been worked on since at least 2000.
From what I understand last word from HTC is still that 2.x is coming to the G1.
Personally I don't care, Cyanogenmod 5 for G1 will likely go stable in a couple of weeks and I'll be set.
I have been flamed more than a few times around here for suggesting Computer Science has not got a clue what they are doing when it comes to AI. Philosophy has been at this problem and more for the better part of the last 400+ years (more like a 1,000 years) in a serious way. The stock b.s., I get from the science fiction fan boys is that somehow natural language is a problem that can just be brute forced as if you were trying to figure out the password you forgot to your email account. Good luck with that.
By the way, language "recognition" by a computer is likly the easy part of the problem for AI researchers to crack. It is still not going to yield any real AI, just better cars and toasters.