Well, at least the folks at Microsoft are admitting that their "Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)" is designed to deny Wine users updates through Windows Update. (I love the Orwellian names that Microsoft comes up with.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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All the way to India.When IBM announced recently it was putting $100 million into Linux development, I declined to get excited.
Today MandrakeSoft announced that it was acquiring Conectiva, which was hailed as a merger of second-tier Linux sellers. A bit uncharitable, perhaps, but an apt description.
One of the great themes I've seen emerge in TalkBack has been a great divide on what should be the chief priority of open source.As we saw with Peter Brown, free is one priority.
WGA stands for the Windows Genuine Advantage program. It's pitched as an anti-piracy initiative.
John Dvorak hosted a roast for the launch of Microsoft Windows 1.0, nearly two decades ago, and has always had a soft spot in his heart for Big Green.
Boycott OASIS? Paul Festa has the story. The leading e-business standards body faces a boycott based on its new intellectual property policy, which endorses the inclusion of technology requiring payment of royalties to its standards.
We have a fascinating story today, from CNet's Ed Frauenheim, saying software developers are suffering less "crunch time," and are volunteering open time to open source.Now I get the contradiction.
There's an interesting discussion going on between KDE developers about putting DRM in open source applications -- in this case, KPDF, a PDF reader for KDE. On the one hand, KDE developers may not have a choice -- Adobe claims copyright over the PDF spec, and grants permission to implement it only if there are "reasonable efforts" to implement restrictions in PDF.
The remarks of new Free Software Foundation executive director Peter Brown on free vs. open source software last week certainly struck a nerve in TalkBack.