gehrehmee writes: Just over 4 years ago, Slashdot hosted a discussion on the "State of WLAN Support on Linux", reaching over 600 comments, most on the dire state of linux wireless support at the time. What's changed since then? Various lists of network-managerrelatedbugs grows constantly, to say nothing of bug reports against many kernel components. Most reports going unsolved, and debugging information is scarce. Inability to get onto the Internet is one of the first things that can scare away a potential Linux user, yet out-of-the-box support for wireless still seems like a dream. Is there something fundamentally wrong with the Linux wireless development model? Are the tools deficient? Are the drivers lacking? All of the above? What's going on, and what can be done better?
gehrehmee writes: As usual, the International Olympic Committee is coming down on hard on people mentioning things related to the Olympics without permission. This time it's UVEX sporting supplies, who is sponsering Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn. Without explaination, their front page was today updated to include a tounge-in-cheek poem about UVEX's interaction with the IOC. Can the IOC really claim an Olypmian's name as their own intellectual property?
gehrehmee writes: "A recent Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll suggests that "Sixty per cent of survey respondents said they found the practice reasonable as long as customers are treated fairly, while 22 per cent said Internet management is unreasonable regardless." A major Canadian internet and phone service provider Rogers, meanwhile, compared "person-to-person file-sharing to a car that parks in one lane of a busy highway at all times of the day or night, clogging the roadways for everyone unless someone takes action". Is there a lack of education about these issues, and the long term effects of traffic shaping on free communication? Or are net-neutrality advocates just out of touch?"
Observer writes: Bugs in software are nothing new, but when they're discussed in the open, how do open source projects adapt policy? A major regression in the Gnome project's session manager has seen some major distributions choose to refuse to follow the update rather then drop a major feature. Between Gnome's public bug tracker those of distributions which released (and still distribute) the buggy version anyways, months of debate provide an interesting case-study in the way front-line users and developers interact for better or for worse. What lessons can be learned in release planning, bug triage, and marketing for a major open source project?
gehrehmee writes: "As indicated on the mozilla support forum, Microsoft's recent upgrades to Hotmail's user interface have broken many Firefox users' ability to send or reply to any mail. Firefox seems up to the job though, because a simple user-agent switch gets it working again. Is this more anti-competetive malice or just simple incompetence? Either way it's putting users in a tough spot: Either execute some non-obvious technical workaround, or switch back to Internet Explorer."