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Comment Re:Was there a point to this? (Score 1) 217

Still, on most Linux distros you're talking about maybe a dozen keys that the user themselves specifically trusted, and the chances of any 2 Linux users trusting the same 3rd party will be remarkably small. Under the Windows model, any Verisign trusted certificate will get you access, there's got to be millions of those (unless they restrict drivers to a different root certificate than app or website signing, but even then it'll be in the thousands), and if any one is compromised then every Windows user would be vulnerable.

Submission + - Qimo 4 Kids version 2.0 Released (linux-magazine.com)

mhall119 writes: Qimo (pronounced 'kim-oh') is a desktop operating system designed for kids. Based on the open source Ubuntu Linux desktop, Qimo comes pre-installed with educational games for children aged 3 and up.

Qimo's interface has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use, providing large icons for all installed games, so that even the youngest users have no trouble selecting the activity they want.

Qimo 2.0 features support for multiple accounts and replaces the eToys application on the launcher with Laby, a educational game that teaches children the basics of programming. A new character is introduced to the Qimo environment. Illa (pronounced 'ee-la') is a polar bear.

Comment Re:Dim and dimmer (Score 3, Interesting) 165

It's unfortunate that you had to go with the old "screw the techie" prediction, because the first part of your post was quite right and doesn't deserve to be grouped under the -1 Troll mod. Given Shuttleworth's own statements and actions, here's what I see the business plan being:

0) It's nearly impossible to compete with Microsoft on non-OS products, because of their monopoly status.

1) Take a product that has the potential to make an OS a commodity, nullifying Microsoft's major competitive advantage in ever other market.

2) Turn that product into an actual competitor by matching or exceeding Windows in quality and features

3) Get people using the product, and more importantly get vendors selling it

4) Produce products that compete in a different market, and take advantage of having a free, commodity OS

5) Profit on those other products now that MS can't use their Windows marketshare as the sole competitive advantage

Comment Re:What you said (Score 1) 165

Ya, Dell and some others offer preinstalled..but that isn't Canonical offering it. It needs to be *their* machines with their software that they know will work.

Canonical certified all the Dell desktops, laptops and netbooks that ship with Ubuntu pre-installed, they even provide Dell a custom install image of Ubuntu that is designed to work with those particular hardware setups.

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Submission + - UK election captures the Geek Vote (votegeek.org.uk)

dominux writes: With the UK getting ready for a General Election the political parties are figuring out the importance of the geek vote. As a result of the protests and general backlash against the Digital Economies bill (our DMCA equivalent) that was being shoved through at the last minute the Liberal Democrat party has dropped it's support for the bill and it will now probably fail. Voter initiatives such as Democracy Club and Vote Geek are making this the an election where technology policy makes a difference.

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