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Ubuntu Software Center Criticized For Mixing Free and Non-Free Software 216

An anonymous reader writes: Tony Mobily has been watching the evolution of the Ubuntu Software Center for quite a while now. He had doubts about its interface and its speed, but liked the fact that it offered an easy, down-to-earth interface that allowed users to install software conveniently. However, the evolution of USC is worrying him a lot. Mobily is against confusing proprietary software with non-proprietary software, which USC seems to be doing. USC plays an important role — especially for newbie users, who can use it to discover new software more readily than via the package management system. But is there room for improvement?

Comment Re:Rats, already upgraded (Score 1) 266

I'm a big apple fan and have "bought in" to their ecosystem, but your statements about legacy support by apple are flat wrong. Apple is both a hardware and software company, so I'll discuss both:

If I buy some software application developed for the current MacOS version, it will probably run on the newest version of MacOS 5 years down the line, _probably_. 10 years down the line, I might be so lucky, 15 years and almost certainly not.

Given that you can still run DOS and Windows 3.1 applications in the current version of Windows, I've pretty much got a guarantee of at least 20+ years of backwards compatibility with Microsoft.

My modern iMac is being currently forced into obsolescence by Apple with new features (AirPlay) being not supported. Generally speaking, you can expect an Apple computer to have partial ability to keep up with the newest OS upgrades for about 4 years. After 5 years, you will probably not be able to upgrade it at all (not because of issues with processing power, but forced obsolescence).

In short, there are many reasons to buy Apple products: design, user interface, ecosystem, the it-just-works thing. Legacy support is not one of those.

Why Linux Vendors Need To Sell More Than Linux 290

jfruh writes "Mandriva, a venerable Linux distro, is on the verge of shutting down. One of its main problems is that it never grew into more than just an OS vendor. The big players in the commercial Linux space — Red Hat, SuSE, Canonical — all built Linux into their larger computing visions. Is there any room in the marketplace for just a straight-up Linux distro anymore?"

Ubuntu Unity: The Great Divider 729

Barence writes "Canonical's decision to impose the new Unity interface on Ubuntu 11.04 users appears to have split the Linux distro's users, according to PC Pro. Features such as a moving Launcher bar and invisible scrollbars have angered many users, with one claiming that 'Ubuntu is doing a great job throwing away years of UI experience.' The rush to meet the six-monthly release schedule also appears to have harmed the release, with many users reporting graphical glitches with the new user interface."

5 Out of 11 Crashed Unity In Canonical's Study 468

dkd903 writes "Today the results of the Default Desktop User Testing for Ubuntu 11.04 was published by Canonical's Rick Spencer. The test was done using 11 participants from different backgrounds to test the new Unity interface that Ubuntu 11.04 will have." Though the Unity interface in the upcoming Ubuntu is a moving target, the bad news from this test is that about half of the testers managed to crash it.
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Red Hat Nears $1 Billion In Revenues, Closing Door On Clones 201

darthcamaro writes "Red Hat is almost at its goal of being the first pure-play open source vendor to hit $1 billion in Revenues. Red Hat reported its fiscal 2011 revenues this week which hit $909 million. Going forward, Red Hat has already taken steps to protect its business by changing the way it packages the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel, making it harder for Oracle to clone. 'We are the top commercial contributor to most of the components of the Linux kernel and we think we have a lot of value and we want to make sure that, that value is recognized,' Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst said. 'In terms of competition, I don't think we necessarily saw anything different from before but I'd say better to close the barn door before the horses leave than afterwards.'"

Submission + - Vulnerability found in linux kernel (

noobermin writes: From the source: "On the Full Disclosure security mailing list, Dan Rosenberg presents a small demo program which craftily combines several security holes to obtain root privileges on Linux systems[...]For instance, when tested by The H's associates at heise Security, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" readily loaded the Econet driver and presented a root shell after executing the demo exploit.
$ ./full-nelson
[*] Resolving kernel addresses...
[+] Resolved econet_ioctl to 0xffffffffa0b76510
[+] Resolved econet_ops to 0xffffffffa0b76600
[+] Resolved commit_creds to 0xffffffff8108aee0
[+] Resolved prepare_kernel_cred to 0xffffffff8108b2c0
[*] Calculating target...
[*] Triggering payload...
[*] Got root!
# id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root)

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