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Submission + - M$ Shakes Down Old Folks and Charities. (news.com.au)

twitter writes: "From the bait and switch dept.

MICROSOFT will charge the Australian Aged Care Industry IT Council $70 million over the next 18 months as it forces users to pay full commercial rates for previously discounted software. Is this M$'s way to make up for falling traditional software sales?

Aged care providers are shocked by Microsoft's decision to revoke their not-for-profit status, which gave them access to its products at a heavily discounted rate.

A Microsoft spokesman said a recent review had uncovered "a number of ineligible entities, including a range of commercial organisations, that were using Academic Volume Licensing programs" under the belief they qualified.

At least three projects were put on hold by Aged Care. Never trust important business to a software license that may be revoked at any time."


Submission + - Linux: More Devices than Any Other OS, Ever. (oreilly.com)

twitter writes: "Greg Kroah-Hartman is a longtime developer of the Linux kernel, known for his work maintaining USB drivers as well as for packaging the SUSE kernel at Novell is interviewed by O'Reilly about his claim that the Linux kernel now supports more devices than any other operating system ever has, as well as why binary-only drivers are illegal, and how the kernel development process works.

Q: the kernel, supports more devices than any other operating system ever.
A: I can back it up by that's true, and it's been independently verified by somebody from Microsoft.

Linux drivers are at normally one-third smaller than Windows drivers or other operating system drivers. We have all the examples there, so it's trivial to write a new one if you have new hardware, usually because you can copy the code and go. We maintain them for forever, so the old ones don't disappear and we run on every single processor out there. I mean Linux is 80% of the world's top 500 super computers right now and we're also the number one embedded operating system today. We've got both sides of the market because it's--yeah it's pretty amazing. I don't know why, but we're doing something right.

Q: [Why are binary modules Immoral]?
I say it is immoral for you to take our work and use it in a way that saying that you feel that your tiny contribution is greater that the entire contribution of these thousands of other people who have helped you achieved some goal. You are not playing nice with others.

Freedom is why it all works, of course. People write device drivers because they can. According to the article, device makers all over the world are starting to see the light as well. If you make devices or have an itch, go help Greg out at the Linux Driver Project. Please make sure to play nice by going with GPL3, this will protect everyone from patent attacks."


Submission + - PDC Version of Windows 7 Has Critical Exploit. (slashdot.org)

twitter writes: "Windows 7 suffered a no user intervention remote root flaw before it was introduced:

The more than 6,000 attendees who will be walking away from the sold-out event with the Windows 7 operating system software in hand could have been vulnerable to an attacker exploiting the security hole. "The code that will be distributed at PDC for Windows 7 was put on CD before last week's security update was developed, so it will not contain the update," a Microsoft spokeswoman wrote...

This is to be expected because Windows code does not change much. 2000, XP and server 2003 were listed as sharing the problem. I wonder if they bothered to correct the 160 GB hard drive they also handed out.

Updates, if any in my journal."

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