sfcrazy writes: As expected Samsung has updated its Ultrabook family giving direct competition to Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. When Apple launched its MacBook Air with 12 hours of battery life every one was looking at only one company to outdo Apple and that company was Samsung and the leading Android maker did not disappoint. With the launch of ATIV Book 9 Plus Samsung has outdone Apple in so many departments that Apple is now lagging in the laptop space as it lags in the smartphone space.
* Great design * 256GB SSD (seems 128GB would be the base model) * 3200x1800 resolution * Touch Screen * Haswell Processor * 12 Hours battery life * More 'standard' ports as compared to Apple's proprietary ports.
sfcrazy writes: While naive users believed that Oracle will emerge as a champion of free software and polish OOo and MySQL to compete with arch rival Microsoft — the company disappointed everyone. There are reports that MySQL has changed its man page license — it has moved away from GNU GPL. The changes took place between MySQL 5.5.30 to MySQL 5.5.31.
MySQL 5.5.30 man page license clearly said that: This documentation is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it only under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.
Where as, the MySQL 5.5.31 licence says: This software and related documentation are provided under a license agreement containing restrictions on use and disclosure and are protected by intellectual property laws. Except as expressly permitted in your license agreement or allowed by law, you may not use, copy, reproduce, translate, broadcast, modify, license, transmit, distribute, exhibit, perform, publish, or display any part, in any form, or by any means. Reverse engineering, disassembly, or decompilation of this software, unless required by law for interoperability, is prohibited.
sfcrazy writes: For a couple of years now I've been hearing rumors about YaST being switched to Ruby from the proprietary YCP language. However, up to recently I haven't stumbled across any substantiating evidence. Fact of the matter now though is that it is happening, and the next openSUSE release may even use the new Ruby based YaST.
sfcrazy writes: KDE’s Plasma is one of the most popular desktop environment in the GNU/Linux world. The community was also working on a Windows port of KDE Plasma so that these users can also take advantage of KDE’s technologies. The Windows project was in the state of limbo for quite some time and now KDE SC 4.10.2 is available for Windows.
sfcrazy writes: There are genuine reasons why some people prefer Gnome or Xfce over KDE (though a survey shows KDE's Plasma to be among the most popular desktop environments, leaving Xfce and Gnome miles behind). There can be a demand for a stripped down, lightweight KDE distro which can compete with the likes of Xfce and Gnome so that such users can get a lightweight KDE experience without making the compromises (subjective) they have to with Gnome or Xfce.
That's exactly what some KDE developers are doing. Will Stephenson (along with other KDE developers Klaas Freitag, Jos Poortvliet, Raymond Wooninck, umski and Andres Silva) is working on a KDE package called KlyDE.
sfcrazy writes: Microsoft has signed yet another 'bogus' patent deal with Taiwan's Foxconn, the world's lagest electronics maker. Since Microsoft signs an NDA we never get to see which 'patents' is Android violating, it could be tiny things like FAT partition. Since we also don't know how much Microsoft gets per device, it could be few pennies per device. These deals are less about money and more about PR stunts, a game Microsoft loves to play.
From what I see this is applicable only to those who applied through the Explorer program. The question is if Google is violating the first sale doctrine by refusing users to resell the device they paid for and bought?
sfcrazy writes: Filing bug reports is one of the best ways for a user to contribute to his favorite app and make it better. However at times lack of proper bug report makes it harder for a developer to understand what problems a user is facing. So as important as it is to file a bug report, it's more important to file it correctly. Incorrect bug report irritates a user as he feels that no one pays attention to his report and discourages him to file a report in future. At the same time it irritates a developer because he wants to know what's wrong, help the user and make the application better he doesn't even understand what the problem is.