Microsoft is up to it’s usualy bunk again, claiming that people that use Redhat have, or eventually will have, an obligation to pay Microsoft. Redhat’s response has, so far, been just to yawn in Microsoft’s face. Microsoft isn’t the first company to try this with Redhat, but hopefully, it will be the last. SCO has recently filed for Chapter 11 after years of trying to show that they own one iota of the code present in Linux. I seriously doubt that Microsoft would go bankrupt over this, due to their amazingly deap pockets, but I also seriously doubt that they can prove to a court of law that anybody not running Windows owes them anything. As for those who are running Windows, well, they owe Microsoft their immortal soul. Bummer.
A release candidate for the newest Ubuntu Linux has been…. well….. released. You can find it here.
Microsoft has recently stated that Linux violates several of it’s copyrights, and that people using Linux owe Microsoft money for licensing. Why does this sound so familiar? The old saying, people who don’t learn from history are destined to repeat it. I think it would almost be funny for Microsoft to go to court over this and lose massively. Just the fact that they’re threatening Linux tells me that Microsoft is very concerned about it. That’s a good thing for Linux.
Another distro that I’ve never tried released today. Mandriva 2008 was announced here, and can be downloaded here. I haven’t used Mandriva since, well, ever. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to write a review of the OS, contact me here. Otherwise, I’ll probably just mooch someone elses review when it comes out.
There’s a new version of Enlightenment available for download, if anybody is still paying attention. I see to recall there’s suppose to be a 17 coming out sometime this decade, but right now, that’s looking like a long shot. Will it even matter when/if it does? Link to the release: LINK.
Since I’m too lazy to write an openSUSE 10.3 review, I thought that I’d post someone else’s work. LINK.
There’s a great series of entries here that goes through command line in a Linux environment. The information here goes from the basic to the stupidly complex. Great stuff.
The folks over at openSUSE have announced the release of their 10.3 version. The official link is here. This version claims KDE 3.5.7 with some KDE 4 parts for good measure, SUSE-polished GNOME 2.20, GTK version of YaST, MP3 support out-of-the-box, compiz and compiz fusion advances, virtualisation improvements, and OpenOffice.org 2.3. Oh yea, and some spiffy new green graphics to boot.
If anybody has tried this release, please let me know.
There’s a great review of Linux Mint Celena located here. Celena is an Ubuntu based Linux distribution. Looks pretty nice. Has anybody tried it?
SCO. The anti-Christ in the Linux world. Recently, they’ve been handed a judgement by District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball that is, to put it lightly, bad for them. Pretty much the entire tech industry has ruled SCO virtually dead. Just a matter of time. SCO’s CEO, Darl McBride, seems to think otherwise. He’s banking the company on two things. SCO’s new mobility products, which haven’t been released yet, and appeal. This case has already been rolling around for 4 years. 4 YEARS. Now, they’re looking to appeal. My first question, how do they plan to pay for another 4 years of trial? Judging by their financials, they can’t. Their mobility products? Personally, as a customer, I’d stay the hell away from SCO. They have a history of suing their own customers. Do I want to have an untested product produced by a company that might sue me later? I wouldn’t. Maybe someone would. Do I see SCO rising from the ashes? Not even remotely. All the promises I’ve seen from Darl over the last 4 years have failed to amount to anything other than talk. I think it’s time we moved from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 and just end this stupid little tale.