Monthly Archives: November 2012

M$ Caught Astroturfing

“The multi-billion-dollar astroturf campaign for Vista 8 and Microsoft’s UEFI-encumbered hardware are both failing, but for new hardware with UEFI there are still issues” via Vista 8 Endorsements Are Fake, Microsoft Decided to Break Rather Than Make | Techrights. Don’t … Continue reading

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Munich Keeps on Saving With GNU/Linux

Munich’s IT department has reported to city council a savings of €10 million by using GNU/Linux instead of that other OS and its office suite. They graciously allowed the non-OS costs to be the same… see Linux in Munich: saving … Continue reading

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M$ is a Dropout

IT has moved on and M$ has “dropped out”. They are the losers of the 21st century. Walmart is advertising tablets and naturally, if you select the lowest priced ones, you see nothing but Android/Linux on dozens of choices. Look … Continue reading

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German Government on “Trusted Computing”

“3. Complete control by device owners Device owners must be in complete control of (able to manage and monitor) all the trusted computing security systems of their devices. As part of exercising control over their devices, device owners must be … Continue reading

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Freiburg Throws Away €600K

They’ve done it. Freiburg, Germany, has voted 25 to 20 with 2 abstentions to upgrade M$’s office suite rather than OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice. The twits were using M$ Office 2K and OpenOffice.org 3.2.1, both obsolete versions… The vote could have … Continue reading

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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] … Continue reading

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Black Day for Wintel

There’s no good news on the horizon for Wintel: Sinofsky’s out, Otellini’s out, and Tablets are taking over the world of IT, if anything is left after smartphones have their share… and “8” is a flop. “NPD DisplaySearch’s fourth quarter … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 LinuxQuestions.org 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 … Continue reading

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Windows 8 A Nightmare But You Are Awake

“The worst gesture might be the one to reveal the list of currently running applications: you need to first swipe from the screen’s left edge, and then immediately reverse direction and do a small swipe the other way, and finally … Continue reading

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Linus Torvalds Cracks His Whip – udev breakages

“Lennart/Kai, fix the udev regression already. Lennart was the one who brought up kernel ABI regressions at some conference, and if you now you have the *gall* to break udev in an incompatible manner that requires basically impossible kernel changes … Continue reading

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