Here's an interesting new twist on the MS Anti-trust settlement. Basically, MS owes CA customers $1.1 billion dollars as repayment for their uncompetitive practices. Not one to miss an opportunity, Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson setup MSfreePC.comwhere "eligible consumers who act quickly can receive their share of the $1.1 billion settlement." See the site for additional details.
MS, however, did not take kindly to this, and sent a cease-and-desist letter threatening legal action. Michael Robertson has just replied with his own press release, and while I'm not personally a fan of Lindows, this is a very worthwhile read. It very nicely sums up many of the "issues."
Yes, I've been lazy about updating the site. Lots going on lately. Got a couple new items for you today, though, beginning with ...
China is about to begin studying the source code for Microsoft Windows. This is part of an effort to verify the security of the platform, as well as ensure that there are no "backdoors" into the OS for any U.S. agencies to exploit.
Now, I'm all for security, but am I the only one that feels this is a bad idea? Considering that Windows (unfortunately) runs ~90% of our nation's computers, do we really want the Chinese government to have full access to the source code? Especially when our own government does not? Especially when during the antitrust trials Microsoft said themselves that the source code cannot be released for the sake of national security?
Hmm... Could it be that maybe they care more about making sales than our own national security? Nooo, not MS. With programs like Microsoft's Government Security Program, which includesmore than 30 "countries, territories, and organizations (though no mention of the U.S.)," how could one even think it?
Read the full story here.
A new review has been posted for the Zaurus SL-C750. This PDA (as are all C-7xx PDAs) is only available in Japan through Sharp, but the folks at Dynamism.com have translated the OS and applications into English, provide lifetime warranty, etc.
This is a detailed and very favorable review of the device (actually, all reviews I've read have been quite favorable, but some others tended to be a bit more reserved), and is well well worth the read if you're currently considering a new PDA.
Here's the full review.
The main LegRoom.net server is currently down. For various reasons, a complete OS reinstall will be necessary, and it will take a few days to complete this.
In the interim, I've migrated all server duties over to an old laptop. The website and e-mail should remain fully functional through the upgrade, with the exception of the SSH Applet module. If anyone notices a problem I have overlooked, please let me know ASAP.
I expect to have everything migrated back to the main server by no later than Monday, 09/08/03. Thanks for your patience.
The Age of Corporate Open Source Enlightenment | 2003-09-04 08:52:54 | This article discusses the steadily growing creep of open source software into corporate America from a religous (Linux-zealot vs. Windows-heretic) viewpoint. It's a fairly long article, but it's very well written, highly accurate, and an entertaining read. Be sure to check it out.