Good News From All Over

Some days there does not seem to be a big story but I thought to make a list of good things found all over the web.

  • Found in a RedHat (India) employee’s resume:“Roll out of customized Thin Client operating system for 7000 desktops. This helped the customer to improve the employee efficiency and reduce CAPEX by 60% “. Like it was routine, eh? Chuckle. Thin clients are happening. They are fun and profitable.
  • Here’s a story from last year about replacing desktop systems with GNU/Linux using RedHat virtual machines on servers: “for the Enterprise setting, all those Fat Client Desktops are now moving away from the physical ‘Desktop’ and being pushed back into the Data Center as Virtual Machines where they can be ‘tamed’ and centrally managed with RHEV-m.

    The Enterprise craves stability. Things move carefully, applications get certified for each O/S iteration.

    That process keeps Microsoft Windows around for a long time, like it or not. But the essential difference is that now Enterprise is ready for Windows 7, it gets to keep its stable MS Windows infrastructure but the Desktop is no longer Windows.”

  • Userful, a Canadian company, is busy competing with that other OS on price/performance in schools and libraries.
  • OpenSense Solutions is a US company doing similar work as Userful. All their stuff is FLOSS but they have not updated their repositories in a while…
  • The folks who think Google has no plan for Android/Linux should read Infographic: Six Stats on In-aisle Mobile Engagement. Using smart phones while shopping is huge. Mobile apps, retail websites, price comparison, reviews, social sites are all important yet sales staff often do not promote such usage. Shoppers do care about price/performance and a bunch of other characteristics and whoever facilitates the flow of information will be beloved.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Good News From All Over

  1. Flying Toaster says:

    vThe Androidian trojan turns out to be advertising placed as a source of revenue by developers.

    Let’s try something else, then.

    Remember what one Chris DiBona from Google said about “BS protection software“?

    Then, how in less than a day ago, we were given official news about this thing called “Bouncer“?

    This is not to mention the “40% drop” in malware that we are told: If there is indeed no malware on the Android platform, then how do we still end up with such a specific number regardless?

  2. Phenom says:

    Quote: “Some users could end up with unwanted adverts and losing “personally identifiable information”
    Source: The Inquirer (

    Indeed, Pog, this is not malware. It only brings unwanted ads, steals information, and works without user’s concent. And what about the other 12, which are just new?

    5 million potential infections… And you want to bring this disaster to the PC. Shame on you, Pogson.

  3. The Androidian trojan turns out to be advertising placed as a source of revenue by developers. Ars Technica has updated its article. Symantec still calls it a trojan…

    see Sophos says Counterclank is not Android malware

    It’s a pretty feeble trojan if investigators of several security firms disagree on the categorization.

  4. nik says:

    Hey Robert,

    I like the idea of having a wrap up of good FLOSS news of the week.

    We spend so much time going through the nauseating garbage we get served by Wired and such, its nice to be able to have one post a week dedicated to all the good things.

    The Raspberry Pi, the KDE tablet (not great but the money will go towards free software), whatever good thing Helios is doing and others such things need to be shined upon.

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