Robert Pogson

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Daily Archives / Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Nov 20 / 2012
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M$ Sabotages UEFI “Secure Boot” for Linux Foundation

“the Microsoft sysdev people claim it was "improperly" signed and we have to wait for them to sort it out. I’ve pulled the binary apart, and I think the problem is that it’s not signed with a LF [Linux Foundation] specific key, it’s signed by a generic one rooted in the UEFI key.”

see Linux Foundation support for booting Linux on Windows 8 PCs delayed | ZDNet.

Just in time for Black Friday when a lot of UEFI-enabled hardware will be sold…

I have always thought it was a mistake to do anything in GNU/Linux the M$’s way. They will do anything to prevent GNU/Linux being more widely accessible for consumers. Expect nothing but “accidents”, failures, disasters and the inevitable legal suits to result. They’re all good for M$ keeping the cash-cow flowing a bit longer.

  • Nov 20 / 2012
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Black Day for Wintel

There’s no good news on the horizon for Wintel:

“NPD DisplaySearch’s fourth quarter North American tablet shipment forecast is 21.5 million units, far exceeding the 14.6 million notebooks and mini-notes that are expected to ship in the same period. Starting in 2013 in North America, tablet shipments are expected to exceed notebook shipments on an annual basis for the first time; 80 million tablets versus 63.8 million notebooks. On a worldwide basis, tablet shipments aren’t expected to out-ship notebooks until 2015, when 275.9 million tablets are projected to ship, as compared to 270 million notebooks.”

see Black Friday: Catalyst for Tablets to Far Surpass Notebook Shipments in North America | DisplaySearch Blog.

OTOH, there’s no downside at all for */Linux and ARM, or for all of IT for that matter. The world can thrive even if Wintel does not. There’s no doubt Android/Linux on ARM is a roaring success on mobile and GNU/Linux is winning hugely on servers. The only question remaining is when will GNU/Linux have its place on all kinds of boxes in my local retailers? With Wintel sickly, there’s no reason left to keep propping Wintel up. Retailers may well be able to sell more GNU/Linux PCs than Wintel the way things are going. That’s what retailers are supposed to do, eh?

  • Nov 20 / 2012
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Tranquilidade – Portuguese Insurance Company Switches to GNU/Linux and Saves

Wouldn’t you like the cost of IT to drop 80%? You can have that with GNU/Linux. It is a cooperative project of the world to provide IT at minimal cost and it works for you and not for some supplier converting monopoly into a licence to print money. It’s not magic. If your software is designed to work for you instead of to generate licensing revenue, you have lower costs all around.

see Desktop Linux at Tranquilidade.

  • Nov 20 / 2012
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Portugal Chooses Open Standards for IT.

“The Portuguese Government has published the National Digital Interoperability Regulation [2], which defines the list of open standards to be adopted in the Portuguese public administration. This framework brings to life the existing Law of Open Standards [1]. It is part of the larger ICT reform program that aims to save 500M EUR/year while providing stimulus to the local economy.”

see ESOP » Portugal publishes open standards catalog. ODF, PDF and several other standards are mandatory..

Good for them. This should help them get their government’s books back in balance and set a good example for their people and organizations. Clearly, IT using open standards is much easier using FLOSS as the OS. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for most IT. FLOSS is the right way to do IT.

  • Nov 20 / 2012
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LinuxQuestions – Still Making the World a Better Place After All These Years

Years ago, when I was a GNU/Linux newbie, I found to be the site where I could find out just about anything about GNU/Linux in a rapidly growing on-line community. It’s still going strong so many years later.

When I became knowledgeable I spent many hours in the North helping others solve their problems. I gradually reduced my participation as it became clear that many of the questions were becoming redundant and a good search with Google solved most problems and also that the depth of the problems discussed required a helper to use a particular distro and sometimes a particular release of that distro.

Nevertheless, from time to time I visit again. Yesterday, I helped a fellow who had a post in the “zero replies” category. A package in Slackware was not working for him. It took a bit of to and fro but I downloaded the package from SourceForge and poked around in it to get the man page and the configuration file. It turned out he was missing the configuration file. He fixed that and was back on the air. Of course, the package, swaret, does some of the same things as APT in Debian GNU/Linux so he could have saved himself some trouble by using Debian GNU/Linux but that’s for him to discover…

This is one of millions of examples of the world creating and using its own software to do IT rather than relying on some monopoly or other to solve problems. Hint: no single entity can do everything. We are stronger working together instead of competing against each other and pouring money down the drain in the process. LQ has been and will continue indefinitely to be a force for good. A simple search of Google finds all of the knowledge archived there.

see [SOLVED] Swaret only prints version number.