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Paint.NET v2.2 Preview July 31, 2005

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Rick Brewster has done an update to Paint .NET. This is a status update only, no code to download but he has posted some screen captures and some examples.

Also:

Deutsches Version Kommen

But Rick, I have a question?

Donde está la versión española

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Novell Goes for SCO’s Throat July 31, 2005

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Utter and total bullshit. SCO has the copyrights to UNIX. Ammedmant 2 of the APA gives them the copyrights and gives SCO all the rights to UNIX. You cant sell something then come back 10 years later and say you never sold it all the while allowing SCO to sublicense. I would like to know what Novell’s CEO and lawyers are smoking. Desparate move by Novell that I dont think will pay off. They want to look like the savior of Linux to the OSS community and pump up sales. They better hope this case has merit and if it doesnt, the Feds are gonna chew up Novell for filing false claims and trying to hike their stock. I think it is funny when Novells stock gets below a certain price they attack SCO.

Opening up challenges to Microsoft July 30, 2005

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Microsoft or Microsoft Open Source in this article is the subject. Microsoft has a challenge indeed and its not Linux. Its the Linux community and the FUD they spread. they continously demonize Microsoft and Microsofts offerings. Marketing is a bitch and you have millions of Linux users who continously market Linux software as the best thing since sliced bread. The one marketing tactic is Linux is Free to download and deploy, it costs no money. Thats true buthow many organizations are going to give up that throat to choke for free. People like support options, they like knowing they have someone to call when things go wrong.

Microsoft could not go Open Source with their current offerings even if they wanted to. But they could do like Apple did and start from scratch and add a “classic” layer.

112277969836127558 July 30, 2005

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Microsoft or Microsoft Open Source in this article is the subject. Microsoft has a challenge indeed and its not Linux. Its the Linux community and the FUD they spread. they continously demonize Microsoft and Microsofts offerings. Marketing is a bitch and you have millions of Linux users who continously market Linux software as the best thing since sliced bread. The one marketing tactic is Linux is Free to download and deploy, it costs no money. Thats true buthow many organizations are going to give up that throat to choke for free. People like support options, they like knowing they have someone to call when things go wrong.

Microsoft could not go Open Source with their current offerings even if they wanted to. But they could do like Apple did and start from scratch and add a “classic” layer.

Andrew Orlowski: What a Jackass July 30, 2005

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if you read The Register you more than likely know who Andrew Orlowski is. He is the jackass journalist who misses more than he gets right. Similar to eWeeks Steven Vaughn-Nichols. Anyway, he not only gets caught in a bullshit story, I have used both the Google and the Yahoo toolbars on IE 7, but he decides to act childish towards Robert Scoble, by dishing out name calling and misquotes. How immature, The Register: The National Enquirer of Tech. im still waiting for those GIMP induced images of Bill Gates going into Angelina Jolies house.

Interesting Topic July 30, 2005

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Open Solaris

Project page for Open Solaris is here

Leo Laporte: The PC and open source will outlive Windows July 30, 2005

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Leo Laporte did an interview with Mad Penguin in which he says that the PC and Open Source will outlive Windows. I like Leo, big fan of his but I do think he has it all wrong. First, Open Source will always exist. Thats true, but I dont see it as making it into the dominant position that Microsoft holds today. He says that ” What open source teaches us is that while money is an important motivator for people, it’s not the only motivator. ” There is only so far that good will can get you. Good will wont feed your family, it wont put your kids through college. Some companies have found that out the hard way. If Open Source was dominant you wouldnt have as many developers and technology experts in the world as we do today. No one would see any benefit or motivation to working for free. Innovation would die and I doubt you would find much enthusiasm for technology at all. Most proprietary software developers I talk to take great pride in what they do. They find the job very fullfilling and they look forward to meeting goals. Unlike popular belief Proprietary Software developers are allowed to express their creativity. Do you think Steve Jobs came up with every concept in Apples Mac OS? Do you think Bill Gates came up with every concept and design in Windows XP? These were created by extremely talented people who are given free reign to express their creativity.

Will PC’s in 10 years be running Windows as the dominant OS? I dont think Windows has as much to do with that as microsoft does. If Microsoft doesnt innovate , if they raise prices above the bar of what people can afford then nope. Remember most people dont see it as they pay for Windows. Its included in the price of the PC. So as long as they have that, I dont see where they will go out and choose linux or FreeBSD because of the philosphies of their respective communities. Most-non techs, people who only use the PC to check e-mail and search the web dont care what OS they run.

Is Longhorn/Windows Vista a failure. nope and Microsoft could very well go out and design an OS from scratch. Compatibility has nothing to do with OS development. It has to do with keeping the customer happy, look at Apple. they designed a new OS and managed to keep compatibility through classic. If Leo thinks MS cant do it, he is mistaken. They have a tried and true, tested OS platform in the Windows 2000 kernel, which powers Windows today. With the security and platform enhancements coming in Windows Vista, I think Microsoft and Windows will be around for more than 10 years. BTW they only cut a few minor features and 1 major feature, WinFS which hasnt been cut and from what appears will be coming out less than a month after Windows Vista debuts.

ZETA 1.0 LiveCD July 30, 2005

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ZETA 1.0 LiveCD

Released. Costs 10 Euros but you will get a 5 dollar discount should you return it for the normal version.

Ex-Microsoftie barred from working at Google July 29, 2005

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Kai-Fu Lee had a TRO placed on him by a Federal Judge who claims Microsoft has a well founded fear that trade secrets will be leaked. Lee cannot work on Desktop or Internet search projects for Google.

Windows Vista: Where’s the Buzz? July 29, 2005

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John Dvorak wrotw an article a couple of days ago on ‘Windows Vista’ wheres the buzz? Well John, I think you were wrong, I see plenty of Buzz around Windows Vista. Most major publications have done a great job of reviewing Windows Vista, and some other enthusiast sites have done a great job of exploring Windows Vista. Only one site, The Register has tried to steal some of Microsofts thunder. Robert Scoble has done a great job rebutting their claims and the issue the Register assures is legitimate. I think there is plenty of buzz and its well worth it.