GuerillaRadio writes: Following the decision for Debian to switch to the systemd init system, Ubuntu founder and SABDFL Mark Shuttleworth has posted a blog entry indicating that Ubuntu will now follow in this decision. "Nevertheless, the decision is for systemd, and given that Ubuntu is quite centrally a member of the Debian family, that’s a decision we support. I will ask members of the Ubuntu community to help to implement this decision efficiently, bringing systemd into both Debian and Ubuntu safely and expeditiously."
GuerillaRadio writes: Cory Doctorow's keynote at 28C3 was about the upcoming war on general-purpose computing driven by increasingly futile regulation to appease big content. "The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race. "
GuerillaRadio writes: Mark Shuttleworth is to announce that Canonical will be taking Ubuntu Linux to smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando, FL starting today. Shuttleworth said, “This is a natural expansion of our idea as Ubuntu as Linux for human beings. As people have moved from desktop to new form factors for computing, it’s important for us to reach out to out community on these platforms. So, we’ll embrace the challenge of how to use Ubuntu on smartphones, tablets and smart-screens.”
GuerillaRadio writes: From Groklaw: "Microsoft has a scheme, Barnes & Noble asserts, to dominate Android and make it undesirable to device manufacturers and customers by demanding "exorbitant license fees and absurd licensing restrictions" — a license fee that it says is more than Microsoft charges for its entire operating system for mobile devices, Windows 7. Others have, it believes, signed it. Barnes & Noble says the deal with Nokia is in furtherance of this scheme.
The patents asserted are "trivial, not infringed and invalid", Barnes & Noble says, and merely a vehicle in furtherance of the scheme, as they "are not even close to covering the entire functionality of Barnes & Noble’s NookTM and Nook ColorTM devices, or of the AndroidTM Operating System."
If ever you wondered what a meeting with Microsoft would be like to discuss such a matter, Barnes & Noble tells you. It's not a pretty sight. Finally, someone tells us what's been going on behind closed doors. After reading this, my blood is boiling. I'm going right out to buy a Nook, and I don't even need an eReader."
GuerillaRadio writes: A new Amiga — the AmigaOne X1000 has been announced by A-Eon and contains the interesting addition of an onboard XMOS "Software Defined Silicon" chip onboard and the Xorro interface. Amiga fans have been waiting some time for new interesting Amiga hardware and this might be it. More details at OSNews
GuerillaRadio writes: According to an article on Groklaw, IBM's objection to the proposed sale of SCO's assets to the irritatingly named unXis is stunning and is a not so veiled accusation of what is basically bankruptcy fraud.
GuerillaRadio writes: The BBC is reporting that China could soon overtake the US to have the world's largest number of internet users, according to a state-controlled think-tank.
"We believe it will take two years at most for China to overtake the US," an official at the China Internet Network Information Center told state media. China had 137m internet users by the end of 2006, an increase of 23% from the year before, the centre reported. This figure means that more than 10% of the population is now online.