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Google

+ - Harsh Words From Google On Linux Development-> 1

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "The alpha version of Google Chrome is now available for GNU/Linux. Google Chrome developer and former Firefox lead Ben Goodger has some problems with the platform though. His complaints range from the lack of a standardised UI toolkit, inconsistencies across applications, the lack of a unified and comprehensive HIG, to GTK not being a very compelling toolkit. With Adobe getting twitchy about the glibc fork and previously describing the various audio systems as welcome to the jungle, is it time to concentrate on consolidation and standardisation in GNU/Linux in general, and the desktop in particular?"
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Bug

+ - Ubuntu's Laptop Killing Bug Fixed->

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "Back in October of 2007 Slashdot reported on a bug that would dramatically shorten the life of laptops using Ubuntu. Ubuntu users will be glad to know that a fix has finally been released for Ubuntu versions: 9.04, 8.10 and 8.04 (LTS). However, as this fix is not yet in the update repositories, anyone wishing to test it should follow these instructions for enabling the 'proposed' repository. Report your results on the original bug report. Happy testing!"
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Portables

+ - Asus to Phase out sub-10in, Linux Eee-PCs->

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "The Register reports Asus company chief Jerry Shen has revealed his company will be phasing out all sub-10in Eee-PCs. According to Shen, the 'standard' netbook next year will be a 10in model with a hard drive and running XP. GNU/Linux, it appears, will fall by the wayside on Asus' offerings.

Shen also said XP is outselling GNU/Linux on netbooks by a ratio of 7:3. This is somewhat contrary to news from the UK, earlier in the year, that GNU/Linux units were out of stock while XP machines sat unsold. Are Brits more open-minded than the rest of the world when it comes to choosing an OS?"

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Government

+ - UK Government Drops 42 Days Without Charge->

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "The UK House of Lords has been successful in forcing the government to drop a law that would allow government to hold people without charge for 42 days. The defeat was described by the Conservative MP David Davis as "the biggest defeat in the Lords in living memory". The UK government is also dropping the idea of secret inquests.

The subject of 42 days detention without trial has been discussed on Slashdot before."

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The Media

+ - Conservatives Promise to Re-Introduce Canadian DMC->

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "It's election time up here in Canada, oddly the Conservatives have been very slow — advanced polls have already started, voting proper happens on the 14th — to release a party platform, showing what they plan to do if elected. Now the platform has been released, their reason for hiding it becomes a little clearer: it includes a promise to re-introduce the Canadian DMCA. Backed by US media, this legislation has proved to be controversial, and was withdrawn on the last attempt.

Michael Geist has a post on his blog showing election candidates who have signed a pledge for fair copyright."

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The Internet

+ - Did Microsoft Buy Netcraft?->

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "Linux Journal has a story noting the discrepancies between the Web server surveys from Netcraft and Security Space.

While Netcraft says Apache represents 51% market share and rapidly shrinking, Security Space puts Apache at 74% and growing! Netcraft says Microsoft IIS has 34% market share and is rapidly growing, Security Space pegs Microsoft IIS at 20% market share, as it continues to shrink.
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Brainwashes UK National Archives->

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "The BBC is reporting on a move by the UK National Archive to adopt Microsoft's OOXML format. Apparently to avoid incompatibilities between proprietary file formats. Microsoft's UK head Gordon Frazer:

Historically within the IT industry, the prevailing trend was for proprietary file formats. We have worked very hard to embrace open standards, specifically in the area of file formats.
It's an open international standard under independent control. These are no longer under control of Microsoft and are free for access by all.
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft launches new low-cost PC effort in India->

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "Beginning next month, Microsoft and its partners plan to start selling the IQ PC through computer retailers, bookshops and other stores in Bangalore and Pune, with plans to sell it throughout the country by November. The company expects the machines to start selling for 21,000 Indian rupees ($513), though it hopes to bring those prices down over time."
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Software

+ - Is Open Source Dying?->

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "With companies like IBM publically supporting Open Source but quietly scuttling it in the background, suffocating attacks from Microsoft, the impending approval of the OOXML specification as an ISO standard, Dell refusing to sell Linux to businesses, failed legislation in many states, and the 'pissing match' over GPLv3, eWeek asks: 'Is Open Source dying?'"
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - GPLv3 on the Novell-Microsoft Patent Agreement

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "Groklaw has an article that unravels some of the mystery of GPLv3 and the clauses dealing with the Microsoft/Novell Patent Agreement. From the article:

I take it that the focus is upon preventing Microsoft from being able to pursue its patent strategy, and rather than "punishing" Novell, instead protecting noncommercial developers, and thus depriving Novell of economic benefits of the deal. It really makes it more important than ever that the kernel guys realize that if they do not go to GPLv3, they will be enabling Novell's patent deal and preventing the effects of GPLv3 from taking effect.
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Slashdot.org

+ - Slashdot on the OLPC!

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "A video on Youtube shows Opera running on the OLPC laptop, demonstrated by Håkon Wium Lie. Naturally he picks Slashdot as the website for the demonstration. Providing proof that Slashdot is the choice of professionals, a good look at the ergonomics of the OLPC laptop and a tiny peek at the OS interface.

Worth a look, even if you're not interested in blatant Slashvertisments."
The Internet

+ - More Blogosphere Explosions

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "Hot on the heels of the revealing post from Kathy Sierra of death and sexual harm threats made against her, comes this from — well known Microsoft contractor/Web Standards blogger — Molly Holzschlag:

Today I found out that I am no longer welcome at the Web Directions event. Instead, the man who used me for the last two years to forward his career will be invited.


It appears Andy Clarke used Molly to get a book published, more details on Molly's blog post: 'Stuffed with Nonsense'."
Graphics

+ - Beryl to Remerge with Compiz

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jeevesbond
jeevesbond writes "The merge is on:

Well, I've read all the arguments, and I think I may have been being overly cautious. It is indeed a concern that we might lose our freedom in a 'merge', but I have been convinced that it isn't a major concern (and of course we reserve the right to re-fork).
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