Samsung has radically altered the appearance and layout of the Galaxy Tab for Germany calling the new model Tab 10.1N and putting a different bezel and speaker location on it. Still this does not satisfy Apple and it has demanded another injunction. This time the courts should tell Apple to go away and quit bothering people. If I were on the court, I would refer the matter for anti-competitive examination. It’s just silly what Apple is doing. There’s no way it’s making any friends in the world doing this and when the world stands up to Apple, it will be selling iThingies from a cart in Shanghai.
Archive for November 30th, 2011
The recent commotion about Ubuntu being displaced in popularity by Mint is a distraction from what’s really happening. No longer is Ubuntu a default choice. In fact, if you look at the 7 day scores, Ubuntu and Mint, together, are less than the next most popular 8 distros:
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There is obviously a huge installed base of GNU/Linux out there and this dance is a minor twitch in the reality. It does indicate a vibrant ecosystem with choice as a distinguishing feature compared to Wintel.
For years I have taught paperlessness in schools. My labs usually had a printer which was used only enough to teach students how to use it. External users of the lab got the most use of it. I am happy to see the US government determine to use electronic record-keeping systematically. Not only will this be an opportunity to reduce paper/printing costs but it will also be a great opportunity to switch to FLOSS for record-keeping. A standard open file format should be the basis of any system-wide plan for paperlessness. That’s what other governments have done just for archiving. Adding operations to that should only increase the necessity of open formats. Continue reading ‘Paperlessness’
One of the neat things I like about GNU/Linux is that the desktop is automatically virtual. The X windows system is a networked desktop. It is interesting to see the world catch on to the advantages of desktop virtualization decades after its invention. Continue reading ‘Desktop Virtualization’
A court decided Apple had a weak case and was unlikely to succeed in a full trial and so the injunction will be removed shortly unless Apple can get a higher court to play their game.
see The Register – Samsung gets a win in Oz patent battle
I expect more such decisions as Apple’s case is very weak IMHO. Judges who have issued the injunctions have only glanced at the devices rather than examined closely the details. Further the ITC in the USA is looking at the issue of importation of devices violating patents and other matters. Apple is gambling with their reputation and is about to lose in a big way. In a mud-slinging contest, some will stick.
Gartner reports that, globally, server units shipped increased 7% in Q3 2011 compared to 2010 but eastern Europe and Asia had growth of 20%+. This looks like the usual server replacement with consolidation/virtualization continuing. Client shipments are almost flat so this could also indicate clients are being converted/replaced by thin clients. If so, combined with the hard drive shortage, M$’s next few quarters could be grim for the client division.
Another observation is that the top five OEMs for servers grew little but “others” had 23% unit shipment growth. That corresponds to the eastern Europeans and Asians having their own server development. I expect a lot of those smaller operators will ship GNU/Linux as it gives them higher margins.