Robert Pogson

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Daily Archives / Tuesday, August 16, 2011

  • Aug 16 / 2011
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Google’s Purchase of Motorola

Some argue that this deal will drive a wedge between Google and makers of Android/Linux smart phones. Nothing could be further from the truth. This gives everyone in the Android/Linux gang a big brother who carries a big patent-stick.

While Motorola competes with other makers of Android/Linux stuff, Motorola and the others are all part of the Open Handset Alliance and share code and standards. Buying Motorola puts Google into the same position as the other partners as far as having to implement the software in actual gadgets. There could even be an explicit cross-licensing amongst the members of the Alliance. We shall see.

see Preston Gralla – Some say the Google-Motorola deal will help Windows Phone 7. Here’s why they’re wrong.

  • Aug 16 / 2011
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Debian GNU/Linux Still Growing Strongly

In contrast to the naysayers I have encountered who hold that GNU/Linux is a dying thing, Debian GNU/Linux, one of the most popular and resilient distros of GNU/Linux and Free Software, is going strong 18 years after it started.

  • The current “unstable” branch consists of more than 35,000 binary packages for the amd64 architecture alone – over 44GB of Free/Libre Software!
  • Besides more than 1,000 Debian Developers and Maintainers from all over the globe, there are in excess of 11,000 registered accounts for the Alioth collaboration platform, and that doesn’t even include all those people contributing with translations or bug reports (and sometimes patches for them) and all those users helping others via our mailing lists, forums and IRC channels.

See Debian Community celebrates its 18th birthday