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Comment Re:Ah. I see. (Score 1) 264

Of course Novell bought Ximian before (not before/after) the MS deal for the express reason of acquiring a desktop and .NET company. They get someone that's worked on the desktop, and more specifically, the only company really pushing for MS interoperability through .NET at the time. It was years before the deal, btw. I would hardly call it right "before/after" in any sense of the word.

So, his company was bought before the deal, a years before the deal, his new overlords made a decision about cross-licensing patents and made a deal, and he's at fault? Regardless of what you think of the whole Mono project, you can't really blame someone that didn't have any part in the deal itself for the deal that was made. Novell didn't give him orders to make a deal, because he never made it. Other people at Novell did.

Now, there are a lot of reasons to dislike the Mono project. Legally, it's a bit scary. While I think it will probably be fine, I don't pretend that it's unrealistic for some people to be hesitant on or maybe dislike the direction of the project.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Bluetooth & Wi-Fi co-existence

Shakrai writes: "A question for those with more experience with Bluetooth then I have: Has anybody noted/worked-around/been-able to solve co-existence problems with bluetooth and 802.11b/g WLANs? I'm playing around with the T-Mobile T-Mobile HotSpot @ Home service at the office for our directors and while the service works great, the heavy network traffic on the wireless lan renders bluetooth headsets unusable. Short pops of static occur about ten times a second. The WLAN itself doesn't even seem to notice.

Given that Bluetooth's design purposefully uses the entire range of unlicensed channels on 2.4Ghz I'd given up on trying to get it to co-exist with WLANs. But I've noted that Bluetooth 1.2 includes support for "Adaptive frequency-hopping spread spectrum", which theoretically will remove crowded channels from the hopping sequence. Given that a single 802.11b/g access point only uses a portion (roughly 1/3) of the band available to Bluetooth, wouldn't it stand to reason that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi can be made to peacefully co-exist?

Perhaps the problem lies with the cheap headsets that my company is providing us? Does anybody have any experience with particular models of Bluetooth headsets used in a heavy wi-fi environment? Or any experience with the actual HotSpot service and the phones that T-Mobile offers? Does any model of phone or headset stand out as being better at co-existing then the others?"

Automatix Kicks Ubuntu into Gear 349

With the growing amount of talk on the usability of Linux for beginners, there have been quite a few people who have mentioned a script called "Automatix" for Ubuntu as a means of easing the average joe into a life of Linux. Linux.com's (a Slashdot sister site) Tina Gasperson takes a closer look at Automatix and how it could help soften the blow of a Linux switch, at least in the short term. From the article: "Automatix lives up to its reputation. It's worth any time and small frustration it might take to get through the script. And it's even worth that 'over-the-shoulder' time you might spend with a new Linux user to walk them through it. I don't see any reason why a beginner would not be delighted with Ubuntu after a magic touch from Automatix."

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