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Comment Re:Open Source Product vs Company (Score 1) 357

Calling the Community Edition a "Crippled Kids" version shows that you've not used it. We use the Sugar CE, and are quite content with it. The paid version would be nice, but it's too expensive for us. We're a small department at a university, so we're not rich, not poor either, but it's out of out price range. The CE does what it does well, and we're glad to find something this good where we can modify the source, which we need to do for our authentication system here at the university.

Comment Mod Parent up (Score 1) 357

I really wish I had mod points now. The Community Edition is still AGPL *from the downloaded source code* with no click through agreements or any other license distributed with the source code.
The paid editions are still SPL as they were before, making 90% of this entire discussion a tempest in a teapot. (The web page says it's a CC no derivatives license and says it's for 5.5, but they are distributing 6.0 with an AGPL license, which is what counts.)

They just added the new interface as one of the features under the SPL and paid instead of the GPL. If you have a problem with that, then write your own interface under the GPL and maintain it as a patch to the Community Edition.

Open source has many definitions, and everyone here should know this by now. So Sugar calls their paid license open source. Personally I would agree, and some would not. It's not Software Libre, which is a better term. It's "paid as in beer with a recipe."


Comcast Awarded the Golden Poo Award 286

ISoldat53 writes "The Consumerist has awarded Comcast the Golden Poo award for the worst company in America. From the article: 'After four rounds of bloody battle against some of the most publicly reviled businesses in America, Comcast can now run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hold its hands high in victory — it has bested everyone else to earn the title of Worst Company In America for 2010.'"
The Courts

Court Unfriendly To FCC's Internet Slap At Comcast 215

Several sources are reporting that federal judges have been harsh in their examination of the FCC's action against Comcast in 2008 for the throttling of Internet traffic from high-bandwidth file-sharing services. "'You can't get an unbridled, roving commission to go about doing good,' said US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Chief Judge David Sentelle during an oral argument. The three-judge panel grilled FCC General Counsel Austin Schlick on the parts of communications law it could cite to justify the Comcast punishment. The FCC argues that it was enforcing an open Internet policy implicit in the law. Judge A. Raymond Randolph repeatedly said the legal provisions cited by the FCC were mere policy statements that by themselves can't justify the commission's action. 'You have yet to identify a specific statute,' he said. The judges' decision in the case could throw into question the FCC's authority to impose open Internet rules."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Pac man meets Zork

Kalak writes: Combine Pac Man, Zork, and some alcohol, and you get a text adventure version of Pac Man called Pac-Txt. It's an amusing way to kill some time and feel like you're in series of long corridors. Some credit was also given to the Balmer Peak
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Systems administration via iPhone w/o Hacking (

Kalak writes: has an interview with the developer of Inco, a remote systems administration application for the iPhone (and some other smart phones it's implied) that does not require hacking the iPhone or installing software on the phone itself. It runs on the server via Ruby on Rails, and is for those times where the wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/kid forces you to leave the laptop at home. "Inco runs pretty well on Linux right now. What [he's] been testing so far is a mix of XServes, FreeBSD, and CentOS machines." So for those who are looking to get a fix on checking on the servers, while still having a life, this is one possible key. The app is still in beta, with a release due later this year.

Full Disclosure: I've met the application author, and would try to line myself up for the beta if I had a phone to run it on.

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