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GPL v3 vs BSD Licensing March 18, 2007

Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.
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Over on InfoWorld they have an article on Eben Moglens recent keynote at the OSBC on GPL and BSD differences.  Basically they tear down the BSD style and proprietary licensing models.  Do I think that BSD and proprietary license development is done?  Hell no.  The only license I do not like is the GPLv3.  While its meant to help I dont think it will.  The GPLv3 is perhaps more restrictive than any proprietary license on the market.  I hear too much of what I cant do more than I hear what I can do.  I have to give up my patent rights (if I had any patents that is) I cant use DRM in my projects and according to Moglen, I wont be able to work out any deals to offer patent protection to my customers from other companies should I decide to.

The BSD license on the other hand lets me decide what I wish to do with code that I create.  Its less intrusive and its less than a page long unlike the GPLv3 which is 9 pages long and the GPLv2 which is six pages long and the GPL is so filled with legalese that I could swear there is a clause in there that says I have to donate a kidney to Stallman at some point.  While the GPLv3 will undoubtedly be used by many of Stallmas devout followers I dont think its the best license.

So on one hand you have the GPL with its 9 pages of restrictions and legalese and on the other hand you have a truly open license that gives control to the developer to do as he/she pleases with less than a handful of restrictions and doesnt force said developer to abandon his/her property rights.

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OS Zealots and the stupidity March 18, 2007

Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.
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Im tired of em.  You know who I mean.  The guys that aggravate the forums with their choice is better than yours.  They often revert to lying, spreading misinformation and just being dicks.  Take for instance the zealots that go to Channel 9.  Who can appreciate those guys.  Yes I know there are people out there who love Linux.  Yes I know there are people out there who love Mac OS X.  And yes, I know there are people out there who love Windows.  My only question is do some of you need to be so hard headed about it.  Some say I flip flop.  I go from one camp to another.  I dont consider myself a flip flopper.  Im one who is willing to concede that yes, Apple does a good job sometime.  Im willing to concede I like UNIX and Linux flavors when they are packaged together right and work flawlessly.  Of course I do like Windows.

What I dont like is when my technological prowess is questioned because I complain ndiswrapper doesnt work right or my display flickers like a 70’s disco ball because X didnt configure it properly.  Its not that I dont know how to fix it because I do.  But if the zealots of the world are willing to climb to the highest available mountain and proclaim Linux and/or Solaris or BSD are fit for use by the non-technical you better be willing to back up your claims.  If I install Linux and or any UNIX flavor and nothing works right its frustrating.  Can you therefore appreciate how frustrating it will be for someone who doesnt know how to use the systems.  Its definately more frustrating for them because everything worked in **GASP** Windows **GASP** or Mac OS X.  So when I complain its not because I lack technological mojo, its because Im coming at you with something you will hear from Aunt Suzie who barely knows how to turn on the freaking machine.  Would it be nice for Dell and other hardware OEM’s to bundle Linux?  Of course it would be.  It would put Microsoft on its toes and probably motivate the hell out of em.  But until something as usable to newcomers as Windows, BeOS or Mac OS X comes out of the Linux camp Windows will be the number 1 pick.  I like Linux.  I have tons of experience with it.  I dont wish death upon it but if zealots are considering themselves representatives of a community please make some fricking sense and be civillized otherwise you look childish, retarded and make the entire community look bad as a whole.  On the other hand, dont consider all users of alternative systems as the bad guys.  They arent.  As with any industry you have people who are genuine and know what they are doing and can be a great resource.  I have friends in those camps.  Some are really great friends but often times they get drowned out by the zealots who proclaim Linux or Mac OS X to be the best thing next to the second coming.

If you cant find flaws in your favorite product who are you to tell me the flaws in mine?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5: Why Bother? March 16, 2007

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Steven J Vaughn-Nichols has posted a ” Four good reasons to switch to RHEL 5” editorial.  In this editorial he cites his own opinion piece “Vista:  Why bother?”  Talk about credibility.  Thats like asking a guy who has a traffic accident (or train wreck) to be his own witness.  But my only question to Steven is this:  Can you only pick 4 reasons to upgrade to RHEL 5?  4 reasons is like masturbation without the payoff.  Did he seriously use the product?  Did he even get the generated e-mail like I did that said that the images were available please download a copy for a review.  If four reasons are the only thing he can come up with I might consider cancelling my download.  I can think of four reasons to stick with RHEL 4 rather than upgrade.  Steven Im going to do you a favor, I know how great Vista is and even did my own opinion piece on it but Im not going to cite my own piece.  So, let me call your ” Four reasons to switch to RHEL 5″ and raise you ” 30 reasons to switch to Vista

Windows Server 2003 SP2 shipped March 14, 2007

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Before RHEL you had Windows Server 2003.  Microsoft released the SP2 version of that platform as well.  Many changes and improvements noted.  I have been testing it and it seems solid.

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Red hat Enterprise Linux 5 shipped March 14, 2007

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After a little delay Red Hat has shipped its new RHEL product version number 5 to the masses.  Linuxformat has a great review of the OS up on its site.  One of the main differences is that it looks as though Red Hat has bundled the workstation and desktop functionality into this as to only have one release.  As soon as I get my hands on a copy i will post a review.

Linuxformat review 

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Further look into the Microsoft/Novell pact March 12, 2007

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We all know about the Microsoft Novell deal.  While customers love it, open source advocates hate it.  While I personally dont thnk its a bad deal I notice that a lot of the blame is being thrown at Microsofts feet which is not exactly very constructive or actually very fair.  Who is to blame if a woman gets pregnant?  The man or the woman.  As the old saying goes, it takes two to tango.

Technical collaboration..

This is the highlight of the deal.  Microsoft and Novell have agreed to collaborate on how to make Windows and Linux work better when used together.  This also includes document formats as Novell has distributed a custom version of OpenOffice.org to work with the OpenXML standards Microsoft is releasing.  More than this we have not seen yet, but Im sure its coming.  Both are hard at work creating labs to which they will work together.

Patent protection…

Many in the open source realm are quick to think that because Linux is open source its immune to patent violations.  Not true.  The GPL is a license, not immune to law. GPL software can violate patents and if the patent holder does not authorize it use, or license the technology for use in an open source project that project has violated law.  No amount of shouting “unfair” and “Patents suck” can change that.  You want to change it, change the law.  But, until Microsoft releases more information on what patents Linux violates I really could care less.  But if you run a multi-million or multi-billion dollar company you cant exactly take that approach.  You have to protect yourself and your business so Microsoft and Novell are willing to cooperate and agree not to sue each others customers for patent infringement.  While some have the luxury of not caring, others do not.

Novell not as innocent as they claim…

Novell can try to say that they didnt know what was going on but they did.  You dont just enter into a million dollar deal with a patent protection clause blindly without knowing the facts of what you are getting into.  If so, why hasnt Novell agreed to release their patent safe technology to other users of Linux?  The answer:  They want the almighty dollar.

A first for FreeBSD March 7, 2007

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FreeBSD has recieved permission from Intel to include wireless firmware for their devices via the core OS.  The inclusion of this firmware means FreeBSD will have native support for things like Centrino without additional drivers being downloaded.  First OS besides Windows to include the official firmware and drivers for these devices.  Expect them to find their way into PC-BSD soon.

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Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 Beta 5 Released March 3, 2007

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Canonical has released Herd 5 of the upcoming Ubuntu 7.04 release.  There are many enhancements to the release and the Beta testing seems to be working out quite well.  Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu have released Herd5 builds respectively.

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Get OpenSolaris.org March 2, 2007

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Simon Phipps has announced the Get OpenSolaris.org website.  This on the heels of Sun joining the FSF.  The kits are free and global delivery is free.  Since Canonical quit offering the free CD’s for Ubuntu Sun is the only one doing this and these are DVD’s not CD’s with the complete source included.  No type of support is included with the kit.  The kits include the following:

  • Solaris Express — Preview future features of Sun’s Solaris Operating System. Also inside: ZFS, DTrace, Containers, and hundreds of other unique features.
  • Live CDs — These bootable images allow you to check out community-built distributions of OpenSolaris, each with unique features:

    Nexenta OS
    BeleniX
    SchilliX
  • Sun Studio compilers — Get advanced features for developing applications on Sun Solaris SPARC and x86/x64 platforms.
  • OpenSolaris source code

So order yours today.

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Ray Ozzie speaks out March 1, 2007

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Ray Ozzie has spoken out on Microsofts direction with web services and other strategies.  He is ussually very tight lipped si seeing him come out and speak on the future of Microsoft is very reassuring.

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