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Comment: Re:And you can save even more (Score 2, Informative) 275 275

Revenue: $30 Million
Owner(s): Mark Shuttleworth
Employees: 200+

Red Hat:
Type: Public (NYSE: RHT)
Revenue: $652.57 million USD (2009)
Net income: 78.72 million USD (2009)
Employees: 2800 (2009)

Yeah, you see, having a business model helps. Someone's gotta actually write that software that Canonical gives away for free, you know...

Comment: Re:Using a monopoly to destroy competing technolog (Score 1) 165 165

Describe to me the harm that would arise against the good of humanity if Microsoft and Apple through customer demand were forced to implement Ogg Vorbis and Theora support in their browsers.

When you're done, you can continue by describing the harm that was inflicted on humanity when Microsoft was forced to start producing a web browser for Windows so that people wouldn't use non-Microsoft software.

Comment: Re:Great a notebook with a broken package manager (Score 1) 29 29

  • unused packages removal - ie, if a a package is only installed as a dependency, and if no package which depend on it are still installed, the package can be automatically removed.

yum install yum-utils
package-cleanup --leaves

  • suggested packages, ie., packages has a list of packages which enhances the package in quesiton.
  • recommended packages, ie, packages which are not strictly required but should normally be installed with a package.

I don't think so, but as crush mentioned PackageKit will sometimes suggest packages to install.

  • support for packages deprecating and/or providing other packages


  • support for running configuration utilities and such during installation

No, RPM package installation is completely non-interactive by design.

Comment: Nothing to see here, move on. (Score 2, Informative) 147 147

Given the Microsoft-Red Hat deal in February, are we seeing Red Hat's 'Novell Moment?'"

Oh, you mean the one where Red Hat got exactly what they wanted: A no-patent deal with Microsoft.

It's good that people are watchful of Red Hat, but this article is just an implicit accusation taken out of thin air.

Comment: Re:It always starts out with good intentions (Score 1) 147 147

Normally: at this point RH & <evil company> would enter a cross licensing agreement, but I doubt that RH will do that, it will be interesting to see what they do do.

They might, but to be consistent with what they've done before and with their stated intentions they would have to licence the other party's patents for all open source software (or perhaps all GPL:d software). I think they'd do that, even if they have to throw some cash into the deal as well.


Red Hat Patenting Around Open Standards 147 147

I Believe in Unicorns writes "Red Hat's patent policy says 'In an attempt to protect and promote the open source community, Red Hat has elected to... develop a corresponding portfolio of software patents for defensive purposes. We do so reluctantly...' Meanwhile, USPTO Application #: 20090063418, 'Method and an apparatus to deliver messages between applications,' claims a patent on routing messages using an XQuery match, which is an extension of the 'unencumbered' AMQP protocol that Red Hat is helping to make. Is this a defensive patent, or is Red Hat cynically staking out a software patent claim to an obvious extension of AMQP? Is Red Hat's promise to 'refrain from enforcing the infringed patent' against open source a reliable contract, or a trap for the unwary? Given the Microsoft-Red Hat deal in February, are we seeing Red Hat's 'Novell Moment?'" Reader Defeat_Globalism contributes a related story about an international research team who conducted experiments to "quantify the ways patent systems and market forces might influence someone to invent and solve intellectual problems." Their conclusion was that a system which doesn't restrict prizes to the winner provides more motivation for innovation.

Comment: It doesn't have to be slow and expensive (Score 1) 812 812

Your internets are slow? Maybe it's not the users' fault.

My ISP provides me with internet access at advertised speeds, and they don't charge me an arm and a leg. I think it has something to do with there being a working market with ISPs that actually compete with quality.

Of course, I live in Europe.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.