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Comment Re:Too quickly (Score 1) 172

I'll have to disagree with you there. 6.06, Dapper Drake, the original LTS release (that they took 3 extra months on) was superb in every way, and (at least for me) an improvement over the previous release in stability and features. Then the next release was rushed out the door after three whole months of development, and is the one release I ever wholly passed up. The Latest, Greates, and Most Shiny is what Ubuntu is about. It was meant to be a more current version than w/e Debian's current release is, while still offering people a more stable system than if they used Debian testing. If you want slower and more stable, go with Lenny. Or wait until Squeeze is released, it should be sometime this year.

Amazon Pulls Book Publisher's Listings; Ebook Wars Underway? 297

As of last night, Amazon stopped listing all books from Macmillan Publishers, referring searches to other sellers instead. According to the New York Times, this is because Macmillan is one of the companies that now has an agreement to sell ebooks through Apple's new iBooks store, and asked Amazon to raise the price of their ebooks from $9.99 to $15. An industry source told the Times that the de-listing is Amazon's way of "expressing its strong disagreement" with the idea of a price hike. Gizmodo suggests this is the first volley in an Apple-Amazon ebook war. Quoting: "It feels like a repeat of the same s*** Universal Music, and later, NBC Universal pulled with iTunes, trying to counter the leverage Apple had because of iTunes' insane marketshare. Same situation here, really: Content provider wants more money/control over their content, fights with the overwhelmingly dominant, embedded service that's selling the content. Last time, everybody compromised and walked away mostly happy: Universal and NBC got more flexible pricing, iTunes got DRM-free music and more TV shows for its catalog to sell. ... The difference in this fight is that Macmillan is one of the publishers signed to deliver books for Apple's iBooks store. They have somewhere to run. And credibly. That wasn't really the case with record labels, who tried to fuel alternatives to dilute iTunes power, and failed."

Comment Re:Yep (Score 4, Insightful) 900

Why is this stupid? Most users photo editing is limited to stuff like removing red-eye. A lot of users don't even do that. Not to say that GIMP isn't good, but one does have to wonder exactly why it should be in the default install or live CD. Can you explain why you think it is borderline stupid for them to pull something out most users aren't using, especially considering they are likely to use the space for a bunch of other software that more people are likely to use (why else would they give a limited room excuse)?

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