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Submission + - Richard Stallman: don't recommend or redistribute Ubuntu (

mounthood writes: Richard Stallman (founder of the Free Software Foundation) has a new blog post, Ubuntu Spyware: What to Do?, in which he attacks Ubuntu as spyware for sending desktop searches to Amazon and says: "If you ever recommend or redistribute GNU/Linux, please remove Ubuntu from the distros you recommend or redistribute. If its practice of installing and recommending nonfree software didn't convince you to stop, let this convince you."

Comment Re:Incidentally... (Score 1) 70

After all, there isn't any reason why a company needs to struggle to perpetuate its existence forever...

Almost all market value is derived from future earnings; it's the potential that drives stock price.

Is there a process where you just quit before you are behind, wind down neatly, rather than the corporate equivalent of spending a few years stuck full of tubes and unresponsive in the ICU?

Yes and they're quite common. Companies call them 'projects'.

Comment Honor him by fixing corrupt transplant matching (Score 1) 24

Steve Jobs made it clear that the donor matching system is corrupt: if you're rich you can register at many transplant locations. Having enough money to travel should not be a basis for medical decisions. The donor match system is national, and we should evaluate donor matches nationally. Optimizing matches by location does not have to be changed, only the influence of money.

Comment Re:Corporate treason (Score 3, Interesting) 312

From (emp mine)

Data loss prevention (DLP) poses a serious issue for companies, as the number of incidents and the cost to businesses continues to increase. Whether it is intentionally malicious or inadvertent, data loss can diminish a company's brand, reduce shareholder value, and damage the company's goodwill and reputation.

Comment Re:What does the Linux Foundation do? (Score 4, Informative) 64

Besides ensuring that your company’s investment in Linux is protected from a legal, technical and promotional perspective, there are many other benefits in joining the Linux Foundation as a Corporate Member.

The Benefits of Linux Foundation Membership

        The ability to participate in Linux Foundation member-only activities like the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit and Legal Summit to learn, influence and participate with the Linux Foundation workgroups
        The right to vote and run for Linux Foundation board seats and influence the direction of the organization
        Unsurpassed networking opportunities and a unique introductions service. Meet other Linux Foundation members and Linux users in small settings or get introduced to companies in a one-on-one fashion by Linux Foundation staff>
        Access to the Linux Foundation media network, including The Linux Foundation reaches 2 million users and developers a month through its online channels and newsletters and promotes members directly to these audiences
        Discounts on Linux training
        The right to participate in Linux Foundation member councils such as the Vendor and End User Councils and collaborate directly with the technical leaders of Linux
        Discounts for sponsoring LinuxCon, Linux Japan Symposium, The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit and other Linux Foundation events. Members get priority at these events
        Logo listing on the Linux Foundation site and the ability to add a member logo to your site or marketing materials
        Exclusive member content, such as the Briefing Book, and one-on-one analyst briefings (depending on membership level) that keeps you up to date on the Linux market to make the most of your investment in Linux
        The ability to create workgroups and collaborate in a neutral setting to solve pressing Linux or open source issues
        Guidance on open source issues and using Linux in your products

Open Source

Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions 52

A while ago you had the chance to ask Bruce Perens about how open source has changed in the past 15 years, what's happening now, and what's to come. Bruce has been busy traveling, but he's found some free time and sent in his answers. Read below to see what he has to say.

Comment DRM/Walled gardens "protect" the user (Score 1) 282

DRM/Walled gardens "protect" the user (yea right), but when it comes to protecting the users files it's useless, and somehow blameless: Nobody in this thread blames the phone manufacturer or Verizon for not locking down the software and protecting the user. We know it's hypocrisy to say DRM and walled gardens benefit the customer, but they still deserve the blame for events like this -- they want to control the device, they should get the blame.

Comment [US] is not safe for ... any business (Score 4, Interesting) 195

From the page on server limitations:

Unfortunately we can't work with hosting companies based in the United States. Safe harbour for service providers via the Digital Millenium Copyright Act has been undermined by the Department of Justice with its novel criminal prosecution of Megaupload. It is not safe for cloud storage sites or any business allowing user generated content to be hosted on servers in the United States or on domains like .com / .net. The US government is frequently seizing domains without offering service providers a hearing or due process.

When people ask "why use" they're going to hear the Kim DotCom story. Eventually it'll be taken for granted that Hollywood has corrupted the Justice Department. This could be the PR move that turns ordinary people against Hollywood.

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