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+ - Ubuntu is Quickest and Easiest Upgrade.->

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twitter writes "It should come as no surprise to long time Debian users that Ubuntu is the quickest and easiest modern OS to upgrade. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols took a stab at upgrading Windows, OSX and Ubuntu. OSX and Ubuntu tied for ease but Ubuntu was faster. He ran into the same problems with Windows as others have.

With Windows XP, I found, as I expected, that there is no easy way to upgrade. ...I had to reinstall every, last application, fonts and drivers. ... The only version of Windows that can be upgraded without jumping through hoops is Vista. Even Vista, however, can only be upgraded easily from the same version to another or to Windows 7 Ultimate. [Mossberg had to reinstall all of his programs with Vista, so the few who suffered through that may not really have it easier.]

In stark contrast, Ubuntu was easy to upgrade. There's simply no comparison. Mac OS X Snow Leopard is also an easy upgrade. Just like Ubuntu Linux, all you really need to do is put in the DVD, make a few mouse clicks, and go have lunch while it runs. Once installed, both Snow Leopard and Ubuntu ran perfectly. That's more than I can about Windows 7. [typical Windows networking problems follow]

Unix just works and the more freedom you have the easier it is. With more vendor free software support on the way, the difference will grow."
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Windows

+ - Is Vista 7 the Least Compatible Windows of All?->

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twitter writes "Recent GNU/Linux user John Dvorak noticed something funny about Vista 7, besides a lot of negative marketing.

Users will have to erase their entire hard disk and re-install everything to switch to Windows 7. This video was weird because Mossberg was a huge booster of Windows 7 in January. Now [WSJ Mossberg] guy is providing a reality check. ... Apparently Windows 7 has changed enough so that you cannot drop it in as a new OS and expect it to run anything that has been previously installed. In the past, this upgrade-in-place was always feasible, although it was never as good as a clean install.

So we have a new upgrade low from M$. Having used Debian for nearly a decade, I'm sure I don't miss that part of the Windows experience. As the saying goes, "Some compatibility is more backward than others.""
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Windows

+ - Computer World: It's Time to Get Rid of Windows. 1

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twitter writes "Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of Computer World has had enough of the high cost of Windows insecurity.

Hundreds of millions of Internet users were annoyed because of Windows botnet-based DDoS aimed at one (1) person. ... Some people out there used no fewer than six Windows botnets to go after this one guy. And, in the process, they knocked out, for hours at a time, most of the major social networks.

It happened because Windows is an insecure piece of junk. Anyone who knows anything about security knows that this kind of disaster was only a matter of time. Windows botnets are responsible for DDoS attacks and most of e-mail spam. You cannot secure Windows. Microsoft keeps saying that they will, and they always fail. Period.

Reasonable people have been saying the same thing for years. Botnets have taken down more important things, like hospital networks, and have been fingered in power outages. What kind of real harm will it take for people to give up Windows and move on to sane platforms like GNU/Linux?"

Windows

+ - Windows 7 Still Slower than XP and Ubuntu.->

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twitter writes "Not long ago, benchmarks showed Ubuntu was much better than Windows 7. Another benchmark showed that Ubuntu is also faster than XP. Now comes the final, killer benchmark. Windows 7 is RTM and it's still slower than XP in everything but shut down.

the results were mixed. Boot times, despite dedicated tweaking from Microsoft were slightly worse than in Vista SP2 or XP SP3 (by over a second). Shutdown times, though, showed much improvement over the slow XP, and even some improvement over Vista. Since the 7100 build, Windows 7's performance in Microsoft Office and iTunes has improved significantly. In the Office benchmark, though it still gets beat by both Vista and XP.

The numbers themselves are less than impressive, as you might imagine from their inability to best their nine year old OS. Modern GNU/Linux, of course, spanks them all."
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Windows

London Stock Exchange To Abandon Windows 438

Posted by timothy
from the don't-weld-shut-the-doors-then dept.
BBCWatcher writes "Computerworld's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports that the London Stock Exchange is abandoning its Microsoft Windows-based trading platform: 'Anyone who was ever fool enough to believe that Microsoft software was good enough to be used for a mission-critical operation had their face slapped this September when the LSE's Windows-based TradElect system brought the market to a standstill for almost an entire day .... Sources at the LSE tell me to this day that the problem was with TradElect ...'"
GNU is Not Unix

+ - Free Software, Take Note! An overview of Gnote 0.5->

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LastGuyonEarth writes "Gnote was started on April 2009 by Gnome developer Hubert Figuiere, known also for his work on Abiword. The goal of Gnote is to provide a Free Software implementation of Tomboy that doesn't rely on Mono. The ultimate goal is to replace Tomboy in an effort to make Gnome and GNU/Linux distributions non-dependant on Novell's implementation of Microsoft's .NET platform. For our testing purposes, I installed Gnote 0.5.1 on Ubuntu Jaunty through a personal PPA, but I would love to see it officially packaged in the near future."
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Debian

+ - Richard Stallman says No to Mono.-> 4

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twitter writes "There's been a lot of fuss about mono lately. After SCO and M$ suing over FAT patents, you would think avoiding anything M$ would be a matter of common sense. RMS now steps into the fray to warn against a serious mistake.

Debian's decision to include Mono in the default installation, for the sake of Tomboy which is an application written in C#, leads the community in a risky direction. It is dangerous to depend on C#, so we need to discourage its use. .... This is not to say that implementing C# is a bad thing. ... [writing and using applications in mono] is taking a gratuitous risk.

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Windows

+ - Draconian DRM revealed in Windows 7 4

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TechForensics writes "A few days' testing of Windows 7 has already disclosed some draconian DRM, some unrelated to media files. A legitimate copy of Photoshop CS4 stopped functioning after we clobberred a nagging registration screen by replacing a .dll with a hacked version. That's not so much a surprise, but what WAS a surprise: Noting that Win7 allows programs like Photoshop to stealthily insert themselves in your firewall exception list. Further, that the OS is crippled towards allowing large software vendors to penetrate your machine. Even further, that that crippling is responsible for disabling of a program based on a modified .dll. Remote attestation, anyone? And then finding that the OS even after reboot has locked you out of your own Local Settings folder; has denied you permission to move or delete the modified DLL; and refuses to allow the replacement of the Local Settings folder after it is unlocked with Unlocker to move it to the Desktop for examination (where it also denies you entry to your own folder). Setting permissions to "allow everyone" was disabled! Re media files, the days of capturing an audio program on your PC are gone if the program originated on your PC. The inputs of your sound card are severely degraded in software if the card is also playing an audio program (tested here with Grooveshark). Under XP you could select "Stereo Mix" or similar under audio recording inputs and nicely capture any program then playing. Microsoft appears to be pandering to Big Music for its own reasons unrelated to consumer satisfaction. This may be the tip of the iceberg. Something *really nasty* is lurking under the surface of Win7. Being in bed with the RIAA is bad enough, but locking your own files away from you is a device so outrageous it may kill the OS for many persons. Many users will not want to experimenting with a second sound card or computer just to record from online sources, or boot up under a Linux that supports ntfs-3g just to control their files. (You never seem to know in Windows 7 when the "Access Denied" message is going to strike.) It is certainly beginning to be crystal clear why the coming WinFS will not be a good thing for userland, and a Very Good Thing for Microsoft and its partners."
Windows

+ - Staggering, M$ Dumps Ultimate Extras for Win 7->

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twitter writes "From the no-toys-for-you dept.

M$ seems to have learned a lesson after completely dissappointing Vista Ultimate purchasers. Staggering from declined profits and job cuts, they are dumping the Ultimate Extras program for Windows 7.

Ultimate Extras was among the elements Microsoft cited in the months leading up to the early-2007 release of Windows Vista Ultimate to distinguish it from lower-priced versions. ... But users blasted Microsoft for the paltry number of add-ons it released and its leisurely development pace. ... Currently, Microsoft barely mentions Extras in the online pitch for Vista Ultimate .... A company blog dedicated to Ultimate Extras, where company employees occasionally posted news of the feature, is no longer online. It was also a magnet for critics.

Microsoft Corp. will not offer "Ultimate Extras" in Windows 7, the company has confirmed, saying it abandoned the heavily criticized concept to focus on "existing features." "Our new approach to planning and building Windows doesn't have the capacity to continue to deliver features outside the regular release cycle," a company spokeswoman said...

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of GNU/Linux developers continue to offer everyone the whole candy store across thousands of distributions on dozens of platforms. Have you seen, for example, E17 with compiz running on a EEEPC yet [download]?"
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Comment: Re:the most cost effective applications on the mar (Score 1) 348

by Mincer Lightbringer (#26083251) Attached to: Best Open Source Alternatives To Enterprise Apps

My explanation wasn't that a product must be OSI approved to be open source. In fact, I haven't explained it yet, so here it goes: "open source" is what complies with the Open Source Definition.

By the definition you're apparently working with, any source is open, as if it can't be opened, it can't even be compiled. This makes your definition meaningless. Unless you can provide a meaningful alternative definition to the term "open source" that has actually been ever used by anyone but you, I'll be forced to believe that you're trolling me.

Portables (Apple)

Apple's New MacBooks Have Built-In Copy Protection 821

Posted by timothy
from the presumption-from-on-high dept.
raque writes "Appleinsider is reporting that the new MacBooks/MacBookPros have built-in copy protection. Quote: 'Apple's new MacBook lines include a form of digital copy protection that will prevent protected media, such as DRM-infused iTunes movies, from playing back on devices that aren't compliant with the new priority protection measures.' Ars Technica is also reporting on the issue. Is this the deal they had to make to get NBC back? Is this a deal breaker for Apple or will fans just ignore it to get their hands on the pretty new machines? Is this a new opportunity for Linux? And what happened to Jobs not liking DRM?"
The Media

BBC's Open Player Claims Not Followed Through 311

Posted by timothy
from the working-on-it-working-on-it dept.
ruphus13 writes "BBC's iPlayer was originally built on Microsoft's DRM-protected technology, and has never really been liked by folks like the FSF. The BBC is trying to play nice, though, recently claiming, 'the BBC has always been a strong advocate and driver of open industry standards. Without these standards, TV and radio broadcasting would simply not function. I believe that the time has come for the BBC to start adopting open standards such as H.264 and AAC for our audio and video services on the web.' This article argues that actions speak louder than words, and this is where the BBC falls short. 'The fact that both AAC and H.264 are encumbered with patent licenses that make their distribution under free licenses problematic flies in the face of this definition. It's good to see a major organization like the BBC switching from closely held secretive codecs to more widespread and documented ones. But it would be even better to see them throw their considerable weight behind some truly open formats.'"
Security

+ - Mac, BSD prone to decade old attacks 7

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BSDer (666) writes "An Israeli security researcher published a paper few hours ago, detailing attacks against Mac, OpenBSD and other BSD-style operating systems. The attacks, says Amit Klein from Trusteer enable DNS cache poisoning, IP level traffic analysis, host detection, O/S fingerprinting and in some cases even TCP blind data injection. The irony is that OpenBSD boasted their protection mechanism against those exact attacks when a similar attack against the BIND DNS server was disclosed by the same researcher mid 2007. It seems now that OpenBSD may need to revisit their code and their statements. According to the researcher, another affected party, Apple, refused to commit to any fix timelines. It would be interesting to see their reaction now that this paper is public."
Spam

+ - Pharmacy Spam King gets 30 years-> 3

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www.ahbl.org writes "A notorious spammer who made millions of dollars selling medications online has been sent to jail. Twenty-seven year-old Christopher Smith, who used the nickname "Rizler," was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Prosecutors had argued for a stiff sentence after Smith made a death threat against a witness's children.

Items for Care Package may include:
  • Assless Chaps (for the cold winter nights)
  • Birthday Cakes (with conspicuously baked-in saw)
  • male enhancement pills (for the other inmates in the facility)
  • KY (Magnum grade or better please)
  • X@N@X C!A&L!5 V1AGR.A and V4IIUM (Please mark these packages per US BOP guidelines)
Care Packages may be directed to Mr. Rizler at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Indiana."

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