Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ubuntu Update

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007 by El Guru in Other, Ubuntu

I am going to try again tonight to download the alternate desktop CD for Ubuntu.  The responses I had received in the Ubuntu Forums all seemed to agree that my download was bad.  Further it seems that many folks had better luck downloading and installing from the alternate instead of the LiveCD.  One really good tip I did get from the CyberNet Forums was to burn the ISO no faster than 4X.  Also need to say thanks to PDecker for recommending the FREE CDBurnerXP Pro for burning the ISO to CD-R.  If all goes well, I hope to have Ubuntu installed this weekend.


Follow-up MS Free Software Violates Patents

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007 by El Guru in Blogs, Microsoft, Open Source

Earlier today I posted Microsoft: Free Software Violates Patents!. Todd Bishop has a lengthy article on his blog today about this topic. However the article is more about the Free Software Foundation and it’s draft of the General Public License Version 3 (GPL, the license under which many open-source programs are distributed).

Eben Moglen is the legal counsel to the Free Software Foundation and had this to say:

The recent “saber-rattling” further illustrated the importance of protecting against Microsoft’s attempts “to disrupt free software production through the inculcation of a large inventory of most-likely invalid patents.”

There also appear to be some debate, at least as far as Microsoft is concerned if they are a “distributor” for Linux since they are distributing Suse Linux (“enterprise grade” version of the Linux OS) service and support coupons.  Of course Microsoft is going to openly dispute they are distributer so that they can make themselves exempt from the upcoming GPL Version 3.

In basic terms, as Moglen explained to the online audience, the new version of the license would make Microsoft subject to the GPL, because of its distribution of Novell Suse Enterprise Linux coupons. Under the language of the license, Microsoft would then be prevented from pursuing patent claims against the broader Linux community. Not just Novell’s Linux users would be protected.

News Source: Tood Bishop’s Microsoft Blog

Fx RC3 Available For Testing

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 2.0, Mozilla News

If you are interested in testing or just seeing what the new Fx is all about, you can download the RC3 build via the Mozilla FTP server . It is important to keep in mind this may or may not be the final release. The developers have already had to “re-spin” the RC builds twice now because of new bugs that have been discovered during testing.

News Source: mozillaZine

Microsoft: Free Software Violates Patents!

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007 by El Guru in CyberNet, Microsoft, Open Source

Microsoft must be losing lots of money to free software such as Linux and, as they are now whining that “Free Software Violates 235 Patents”:

The Linux kernel – the deepest layer of the free operating system, which interacts most directly with the computer hardware – violates 42 Microsoft patents. The Linux graphical user interfaces – essentially, the way design elements like menus and toolbars are set up – run afoul of another 65, he claims. The Open Office suite of programs, which is analogous to Microsoft Office, infringes 45 more. E-mail programs infringe 15, while other assorted FOSS programs allegedly transgress 68.

I am curious as to how many anti-trust laws Microsoft is violating!

News Source: CyberNet News 

FastStone Capture No Longer Free

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007 by El Guru in CyberNet, Open Source

Back in January I raved about the then FastStone Capture.  Earlier this week FastStone Capture version 5.4 was released and much to my disappointment has become shareware.  You get a free 30-day trial then you have shell out $30 to get the “real” (usable) version.  Now granted version 5.3 may not have all the new features (not they are any exciting much less worth paying for) or be bug fee (not that I have had any issues with bugs) but it was freeware.

Now, there a couple options available if you do not want to do that Shareware version.  First option is don’t upgrade to version 5.4, as far as I can see version 5.3 still works.  If you have already upgrade, uninstall it and get version 5.3 from our download mirror.

This is such a disappointment major to all of us who love this program.  Many of us wondered why didn’t just create “lite”  (free with existing features) and “pro” (pay with the new and not so exciting  features) versions.  There are also rumors the next release of the FastStone Image Viewer may also become shareware as well.  FastStone Image Viewer 3.2 is on the download mirror as well.

New Source: CyberNet News