Realism in the midst of hubris. An anonymous reader writes "In a disconcerting e-mail on an interoperability thread Miguel de Icaza affirms that Gnome, is in fact, lagging behind KDE. As stated in the e-mail 'At this point we are not fatally loosing a race for adoption, and a race to see our baby and our work be used by millions, but we are lagging behind. In this area, I agree with Jeff, I personally (because of the emotional component described before), would like to see more work be done on the Gnome desktop and less on replicating infrastructure.'"
More on the ideas that Apple owns. Turquoise Hexagon Sun writes "In a followup to yesterday's 'garbage patent' article, John Kheit has written an interesting piece on software patents where he goes into the history of software patents and the difference between utility and design patents."
Sick of this yet? Speaking of patents, An anonymous reader draws your attention to a point unmentioned in yesterday's book review: "The article Aspect-Oriented Programming with AspectJ gives an excellent introduction to AOP. However, neither the author nor the AspectJ website discloses that AOP is patented (US Patent #6,467,086). It is certainly beneficial to the programming community if the patent holders can clarify the purpose of the patent."
Shipping beats small and / or light. jcarr writes "Seems Lindows can't ship the portables it advertised. I ordered one from GearZoo the day it was reported. The CEO of GearZoo sent the attached email about it. Sounds like an opportunity for another manufacturer.
Because of recent licensing issues with Lindows.com, our supplier is unable to ship us any Lindows Mobile PC's. Thus, we are unable to fulfill your order for this product. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We would, however, like to offer you the eNote Travel Lite notebook for purchase. The Travel Lite has similar specifications to the Lindows Mobile PC, and comes installed with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition for only $879. You can also purchase the eNote without an operating system installed for only $789. The $10.00 discount I emailed you earlier would also apply to this purchase as well.
We are receiving a shipment of the Travel Lites later this week, and will be shipping them out to customers next week. We will also have the Travel Lite product information up on our Web site on Tuesday, March 4. Please let us know if you would like to replace your Lindows Mobile PC order with an eNote Travel Lite. If you decide to cancel your original order, then please let us know and we will process your request immediately.
Once again, our sincere apologies. We look forward to hearing back from you regarding your order.'"
I'd much rather read Salon than watch the Big Dig get dug. x_man writes "According to Salon, thousands of people have rallied behind the online publication and purchased subscriptions for themselves or their friends."