Over at Linux Journal, Doc Searls reflects
on Richard Stallman's recent opinions of "cloud computing". "Still, I think that RMS is onto something. The core promise of computing, even on a vast network that connects us all, is autonomy and independence. It's being free (as in freedom) to operate on your own, and to share what's meant to be shared in ways that nobody else can control, and to improve useful goods in ways that work for everybody. There are, in those core values, imperatives that seem at odds with the dependencies that 'cloud computing' can sometimes involve.
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a move by the ISO/IEC SC 34 committee.
"Guess what the SC 34 committee, the ISO/IEC committee responsible for OOXML, is up to now? I call it a takeover attempt of ODF, according to my reading of the published notes of the most recent meeting held yesterday, October 1st, and starring a document titled "Request to JTC 1 for alignment of OASIS and JTC 1 Maintenance Procedures." Uh oh. That sounds polite, but it is what it is. An attempted coup. They have already sent a "Liaison Statement" to OASIS.
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PolishLinux has an interview
with the KPackageKit developers. "PackageKit is a system designed to
make installing and updating software on your computer easier. The primary
design goal is to unify all the software graphical tools used in different
distributions. KPackageKit is the KDE interface for PackageKit. Today we
talk with Packagekit-Qt and KpackageKit developers about new emerging
possibilities in process of managing software on your desktop.
(Found on KDE.News
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LinuxDevices looks at
Linux-to-Blackberry sync solution, now in beta testing. "Initially,
PocketMac for Blackberry, Linux Edition (let's call it "PBLE") is currently
being tested only on the Xandros distribution. Currently, it is designed to
sync with the KDE PIM suite. Other Linux distributions will be supported in
the near future, says the IAA, which did not offer any additional
information on Linux application support.
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Ars technica has a
quick look at the Fedora and Ubuntu beta releases
. "These betas,
which offer users an opportunity to get an early look at the functionality
that will be included in the next major versions, are already highly
polished and showcase the growing maturity of the desktop Linux software
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InfoWorld takes a look at Mono 2.0
, which is being released today. Mono is a project sponsored by Novell to implement Microsoft's .NET framework for Linux and Mac OS X. "He estimated that 45 percent of applications will run on Mono 2.0 out of the box while 18 percent will require developers to spend a couple of weeks to make some changes due to operating system differences. About 20 percent will require significant work, taking about three to six months, if the application is tightly integrated with Windows, de Icaza said.
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The Daily Artisan looks
briefly at 11 interesting Linux-based tools
(yes, eleven; a calculator
is not one of them). "Conduit is an awesome syncing application for
GNOME. It can help you synchronize your personal information like files,
photos, notes, emails, contacts, calendar data among many other things. You
can also use Conduit to synchronize that data with another computer, an
online service, or even another electronic gadget. Conduit even manages the
conversion of data into other formats.
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the ill effects of 6 month Linux distribution releases.
"For years, Microsoft thrived on just such a strategy, adding features to Windows as though they were going out of style and not caring about anything apart from marketshare.
From 1995 onwards, the name of the product reflected the fact that the company's expertise lay more in marketing than technology - Windows 3.1 in 1990 was followed by Windows 95.
What has been the end result? Windows is a widespread but highly insecure and buggy operating system which everyone is forced to use simply because it has become some kind of de facto standard.
I fear that GNU/Linux - or at least some distributions - is following in its wake.
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