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NoSoftwarePatents.com :: View topic – (EN) 28 FEB 05: EU Commission negates democracy February 28, 2005

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Best News I have heard all day. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

Jef Raskin: Design Expert and creator of the Mac interface dies February 27, 2005

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Jef Raskin, the man who created the Mac interface, died yesterday of cancer peacefully. I offer my condolences to the Mac community as well as jef Rasin’s family and friends. Jefs current project, the Human Interface, is up in the air. No one knows whats going to happen with it now but most assuredly it will press on.

Microsoft admits targeting Wine users February 25, 2005

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Well at least they didnt try to hide it

Mozilla Chairman Mitch Kapor Speaks Out February 24, 2005

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Any respect I had for Mitch Kapor is gone now. I cant believe this man is so fricking clueless over the state of technology today. First, Microsoft is not trying to switch users over to proprietary standards. Microsoft is utilizing very heavily in XML, which is an Open Standard used in many Open Source projects, and publishing many of their format specifications for review. Microsoft is building VisualC# by the C# Standard Spec Version 2 by ECMA
Which is an open standard and there is talk that they are going to open up the specs on WindowsForms which is the only proprietary element they have left in their development environment. They have done an amazing job at interoperability with Windows Services for UNIX and in partnering with Vintella for Single Sign on technologies and also with Apache in developing an ASP.NET plugin for the Apache web server. They host two Open Source projects and they sponsor Paint.NET a Open Source Project. Kapor and the rest of the Open Source group in my opinion is doing a fantastic job of spreading FUD about Microsofts intentions with trusted computing. Its not to lock you into the platform but with the ever prevailent shadow of viruses and Malware its to protect users from the nasties out there on the web. Read my lips..YOU CAN STILL RUN UNTRUSTED APPLICATIONS ON LONGHORN and you will remain able to do so well into the future. But if you install something, Microsoft has the ability to point the two finger gun at ya and say “we told you so” trusted Computing does not keep you from running any legacy applications if you wish to do so. People want Microsoft to be more open in terms of source code, but Microsoft is a business and they make business decisions. Running off of donations and the generosity of others will only get you so far and will not build a sustainable business. Now, as for Open Source producing better software and iron tight software, what a crock. Linux Security.org tracks and logs Linux vulnerabilities, there a a great number of Linux vulnerabilities, a lot that arent patched. Windows Server 2003 for example has only had 44 Security advisories by Secunia a site that logs security vulnerabilties. In their report , none of which were of the extremely critical nature. My favorite browser, Firefox had 8 advisories 75% of which remain unfixed while Internet Explorer had only 32% of which were unpatched. But alas this is not an argument of who produces better software. My point is that work needs to be done on both sides and the Open Source community needs to quit touting their superiority and get the job done because from the trackrecord, the amount of vulnerabilities and the library of un-user friendly software out there, they need to start producing quality code and quit trying to demonize proprietary software.

These are the facts and they are undisputed.

Leaders Denounce OASIS Patent Policies February 22, 2005

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What a crock. There is nothing in the new patent policy that encumbers Open Source developers from using their formats. I could see it if OASIS was allowing these members to patent the unmodified protocols but seeing as thats not happening, just tell em all to go to hell. If OASIS members do get patents on modified versions of the OASIS protocols then so be it, but there is nothing in the new patent policy that states that the OSS community has to support those modified protocols.

Torvalds And Linux Heavyweights Sound Off At Open-Source Summit February 22, 2005

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I have an imense respect for Linus Torvalds, and Mitch Kapor but after reading this article I personally think in the case of patents and such, both are equally clueless. Software patents are not WMD’s (Weapons of Mass destruction) as stated by Kapor and not a stumbling block. I think kapor and Stallman have been drinking the same thing to say otherwise. Collaboration or lack of is not a valid excuse for the lag of the Linux desktop. When I was actively involved in the Linux community getting these people to work together withoutb a major fight brewing was a challenge and seeing where theyb are at now I can honestly say no progress has been made otherwise. the problem with the Open Source community is that they want to committee for everything. They have a unified and distinct environment, its called KDE. GNOME is the only one thats in peices but no one is happy with KDE, so we are no back to square one. Yes, patents are a necessary evil. if I have a great idea and turn it into product, do I not deserve to be rewarded? Do I not deserve to make monetary gain? I do admit, sometimes the patent office is to lineant in awarding patents but in most cases I dont think they are. If you want Open Standards then try to develop something better than what I have put together, but dont infringe on my IP because I will be coming after you. The patent system protects developers, it protects my intellectual property. Sure, it would be nice if we could all stand beside the campfire and sing hymms from sun up to sun down, but it isnt that way. i did the work, I expect a payoff. After all time is money and time is not something we have an infinite supply of.

So Kapor, get your head out of your ass and step away from the pipe, you are getting dangerous and even more unbearable.

Apple Computer founder and community speak on Tiger leak defendants February 22, 2005

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What a bizarro world, Steve Wozniak the co creator of the Apple Mac is donating $1,000 dollars to the fight of a canadian student accused of distributing pirated versions of Tiger across the web. I do feel Apple has gone a little too far with this but what amazes me is that this kid doesnt see what he has done wrong. Piracy after all is piracy.

Paris Hilton’s cell phone hacked February 21, 2005

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Its a sad day Paris Hilton’s personal info has hit the web. I hope they prosecute the bastards because today I have logged more than 3,000 prank calls of people wanting statements and promising to do bullish, over-inflated made-for-TV movies about our relationship.

Microsoft vs. Wine: Deja Vu on the FUD Front February 20, 2005

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Another editorial by my favorite eWeak columnist Steven Nichols. he too is crying wolf on the whole WGA breaking WINE crap. Go ahead and just cry Stevie boy, cry.

Microsoft Seeks to Bottle Up Open Source Wine February 20, 2005

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One word,who cares Linux users should do it legitimately like I do, if I need a Windows program on Linux I fireup VMWare. I use a licensed version of Windows, when IE 7.0 is released then these guys will want to run it on Linux and then Microsoft has to deal with quality and major support issues. Screw em’