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New Netscape browser November 30, 2004

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Netscape just released the new beta for their new browser. Which will be based on Firefox, Im hoping they create a Mail Program based on Thunderbird. I love the new GUI and the layout of the controls. Its just an awesome program. this is a public beta release and I love this shit, I have sent about 15 bug reports thus far. Its based off Firefox 0.9.3 so its a pretty good build, the final version will be based off of Firefox 1.0. the new browser you can decide which browser engine you want to use, gecko or Internet Explorer, the user can switch. I have actually seen Windows Update in the new browser. Your firefox extensions wont work, I assume that will change soon. So its fairly limited but its a public beta, what do you expect. i suggest downloading it, testing it and by all means send some feedback.

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Novell Hints It Could Use IP To Bedevil Open Source Solaris November 28, 2004

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This sucks. Its just what i said a couple of posts ago, i can see what Novell is going to use its patenst for. to stifle competition. I think its a true shame. What I personally think is this, since Novell has found a new Open Source philosophy they shouldnt be scared of an OpenSolaris. If Novell tries this, that will mean they are no better than SCO and how can the Open Source community then be so enamored to the idea that Novell will actually use their patents to protect them, as Novell has claimed, and not use the patents as a battle weapon should someone create a better version of a software package then they do. I very much dislike novell, they abandoned the Netware users and this news just reminds me why i dislike them.

Benefits computer failure chaos November 26, 2004

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This explains why you do not try to upgrade 60,000 computers at one time without proper backup in place. The IT Manager says the problems have been blown out of proportion on sites such as Slashdot and Newsforge as well as the Register and the Guardian. Which I believe is the case. Those sites tend to blow anything that regards Microsoft out of proportion. Im pretty sure they are really close to getting back on track if they havent already.

GPL 3 to Take on IP, Patents November 23, 2004

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Oh boy, just what we need. A future version of the most political software license in history. Yippeee. Im so enthused I just wanna go choke a cat. “Take on IP and Patents” basically you have to provide a written promise that you give up your Patent and IP rights, the problem still exists that, What if a ciontributor doesnt have the IP or Patent rights. This is why the BSD License is the best Open Source license available. It is very cut and dry, there is no give point. The GPL is just becoming more complex and more like an iron fist of a license, i dont know why anyone would want to use it. We will see how great adoption is once the GPL 3 is released.

Made in USA November 23, 2004

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Made in USA? Or designed in USA? Apple uses off shore manufacturing for their computers and iPods. Korea for the iPod, China for the Laptops and XServes, Japan for their towers and iMacs. Paul, get your facts straight. Apple is no big savior for american workers and it sure as hell isnt a sign of American craftsmanship.

Konfabulator for the PC November 20, 2004

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Screenshots of the new Konfabulator for Windows. Very neat stuff, seems almost Mac like in its behavior. Hey Apple I got Dashboard on my PC 🙂 In case anyone missed the irony here, Konfabulator is the application Apple cloned and stole to use in Mac OS X Tiger, similar to the way they tried to steal WinFS to use in Spotlight.


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Author of Linux Patent Study Says Ballmer Got It Wrong November 19, 2004

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With a rebuttal of its own study, how can we trust what OSRM has to say? First they say Linux infringes on 286 patents, now they say it doesnt. RIIIIIIIIIIIGHT. First lesson in spotting Linux zealots, they always say whatever it takes to try to humiliate Microsoft or Sun Microsystems. Red Hat dioes not offer indemnification for any of its product Line. they say they will give you SOME funds to help you in court, they will not fight the case for you. Nor will they pay the entire price tag. HP indemnifies like Novell, they will only fight for you if you use their approved code. They take away from the spirit of Linux because the customer is no longer able to control what they do with the system. An Open Source program has been sued for copyright infringement, unless Rachiver is saying Linux is not an Open Source product.. As for Novell and IBM “promising” not to sue Linux customers for patent infringement, and promising to use their patent portfolios to protect customers. One thing the SCO situation has taught me. There is a fine line between friend and foe and even the greatest of allies ie SCO, can turn on you like a rabid dog in no time. I would feel more comfortable if Novell and IBM would transfer their patent rights to OSDL or the FSF but since that wont happen, i dont trust them as far as I can throw them.

Internet Explorer gets a Dear John letter November 19, 2004

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Internet Explorer gets a Dear John letter. Poor IE. If only you didnt suck as bad as you do :((

Use Linux and you will be sued, Ballmer tells governments November 18, 2004

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Is this the of future intent for Microsoft to sue for IP rights? I doubt it, but of course the most feverish of Linux users, you know the PUG’s I always talk about, PUG means Pimple-faced Undersexed Geek, are already up in arms claiming that Microsoft has declared Patent war, of course the head of this new IP “revolution” on the Linux side are Steven Vaughn-Nichols, eWeak and Robin Miller, Newsforge. Of course before they started their anti-Microsft dravel, they didnt research shit. OSRM, Open Source Risk Management made the claim that Linux violated on 289 patents. I read the transcript and heard the audio presentation and all Ballmer did was cite the report. Also, of course, who is to say IP owners will not sue Linux distributers and users for that cash, no one in the Linux community indemnifies.

Solaris 10 November 17, 2004

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Solaris 10 the UNIX among UNIX’s has been released. I have been testing Solaris 10 for awhile and the new features I love. The backwards compatibility I love, the only problem I have with Solaris is that it isnt very friendly, its still much directed towards the power user and the gurus. the best part of Solaris 10 is that if you wish to forgo service and support, Solaris is free. Thats right folks, I said FREE. I will keep punishing this on an x86 platform. It still has alot to do to catch up with the Windows Server 2003 in terms of feature set and ease of use but this is definately one of the disruptive technologies to watch.