List of proprietary software restrictions (self.linux) on Reddit
I came across this rather partisan piece on Reddit. It may be worth looking at though. If we could compile a list of transgressions, it might help substantiate what we lose when we rely on proprietary systems.
After reading a story on reddit about some freedom restriction on Mac OS X that later turned out to be just a technical thing I thought “where can I see lots of specific real world examples on how my freedom is being restricted by my use of non-free/proprietary software?
Harvard admits record numbers of African-American and Latino students. Among the 2009 intake, 10.8% of students at Harvard were African-American, compared with 8.2% at Princeton, and 7% at Yale. To put the data in some context, African-American students made up 14% of US college enrolments in 2008
CM7 is based on the 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) release of Android from Google. We’ve added most of the great features from CM6 you know and love, and many new ones including support for several tablets. We are currently providing support for 30 devices! I continue to be amazed with this community and the dedication of everyone involved. It’s a neverending work-in-progress so if you find a problem, please let us know on our issue tracker. There are a few CM6 features that aren’t part of CM7 yet, but they are in the queue for 7.1 already.
Michigan State University researchers “have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids. Their so-called Wave Disk Generator could greatly improve the efficiency of gas-electric hybrid automobiles” http://bit.ly/hIr2mH
It’s a shame there aren’t any really good Tumblr readers out there. I’ve found a few decent posters, like Scribefire and Grumblr, but readers are all flawed and mostly by the same issue; the posts don’t flow chronologically in combined timelines, with any other socnets. It’s an odd bug to replicate and makes me wonder if Tumblr’s api is especially hard deal with in this respect?
What Americans don’t realise is in the UK we’ve become really averse to contract phones. So much so that Phone shops wiill go to all sort of lengths to get us to take them. In fact, I predict a free kindle will be nowhere near incentive enough. Hell they’ve tried free laptops in the past with little success
If you’ve ever left your iPhone at home and needed to check for missed calls, or you couldn’t find it and wanted to make an alarm go off with minimal effort, you could do both of those things easily if remote access were possible. Well, if you have a jailbroken iOS device it is by installing Veency, the iOS VNC server.
I have now left the Ubuntu Commnity, well, sort of
I’ve evicted my last Ubuntu system and moved Debian Squeeze into the box. I now run: a well established Fedora 14 on my laptop, a very old Crunchbang on my netbook and a newly installed Debian 6 on my desktop. I still feel like part of the Ubuntu community and I’ll still recommend it to new users, so I’m not sure whether I’m quite out of the village yet. We’ll have to see
Linux !Mint 11 Katya to use GNOME 3 - The H Open Source: News and Features
Linux Mint Founder and lead developer Clement Lefebvre has announced that the next major release of his Ubuntu-based Linux distribution will feature the GNOME 3.0 desktop environment, which is expected to be finalised on the 6th of April. According to Lefebvre, unlike Canonical’s Ubuntu, Linux Mint 11, code named “Katya”, will not use Unity, instead opting for GNOME 3 “using a traditional desktop layout” without the GNOME Shell.
The Unity shell is being developed in-house by the Ubuntu developers and will be used as the distribution’s default desktop, replacing the GNOME Shell in the upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal" release – the latest development preview is Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 2, while the final version is scheduled to arrive on the 28th of April, 2011. Lefebvre notes that Linux Mint users can optionally add Unity or the GNOME Shell themselves but it will not be included by default in Linux Mint 11, adding that “by default the desktop will look similar to the one we’re using at the moment”.
Linux Mint aims to be user friendly and to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including support for DVD playback, Java, plug-ins and various media codecs. It is currently the third most popular distribution on DistroWatch.com behind Ubuntu and Debian. The latest stable version of Linux Mint is version 10 from mid-November of last year.
Are there any Cloud services left that haven't lost data
I was just listening to the technically legal podcast. they were discussing that case where Flickr lost 4000 images. Taking away Live and Google for recent losses, that just leaves Amazon, as the only big player left with a clean record. It’s not very encouraging, really.
The Microsoft Update: Windows Live Mesh goes live without support for Linux
On March 31, Microsoft will stop supporting the beta version of Live Mesh. Users of the file synching service must manually upgrade to the full production Windows Live Mesh service or lose the data stored in their folders. This cloud service synchs files between multiple Windows machines and Macs, but because it doesn’t support Linux, other services like Dropbox still have an edge.
Windows Live Mesh is part of Windows Live Essentials (and was originally the brainchild of Ray Ozzie, who left Microsoft on Dec. 30.) You can download just Windows Live Mesh or all of Windows Live Essentials and if you opt for the latter you’ll get Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer (an HTML editor for writing blogs), a Family Safety program, an e-mail program formerly known as Hotmail, an Outlook Connect that links your Hotmail to Outlook and Messenger, so you can see all three of these Microsoft-owned messaging services within Outlook.
Essentials also includes Messenger Companion which lets you see and comment on links in Internet Explorer shared through Messenger (rather than using Tumblr or Facebook I suppose?). It also downloads a Bing Bar search tool and, just for kicks, installs Silverlight.
To be fair, the 800-pound gorilla of free cloud apps, Google, does much the same thing, linking and integrating only to its own apps and collaboration tools and ignoring other options (such as Windows Live). The downside for Microsoft is that far fewer people are using Windows Live than are using Google’s cloud apps — and Microsoft increases the barriers to adoption in some subtle and not-too-subtle ways. Microsoft counts 500 million as Windows Live users thanks to users of Hotmail. (Just try and find someone to collaborate on a Word document in Windows Live … I’ve tried, and now use Google Docs for that.)
Office Live includes some pretty good freebie versions of the company’s desktop Office tools (including OneNote). BUT Microsoft removed the ability to synch these online files directly to desktop versions of Office 2003 and Office 2007 — a functionality that once existed. Now only Office 2010 users can synch/collaborate their desktop files with the cloud via Office Live. Google stepped in to let 2003, 2007 and 2010 users synch with Google Apps — though there are problems with the way Google went about it, too.
Likewise, Microsoft Fuse Labs offer a nifty Facebook application called Docs, for writing and sharing Office documents with Facebook friends (Word, Excel or PowerPoint). You can compose online or upload a desktop file. I use it to share gluten-free recipes with my friends. BUT, it isn’t linked to Office Live, so there’s no easy way to get your Facebook Word Doc into your Windows Live cloud and vice versa.
Microsoft has set a precedent for open connectivity in it’s Essential suite of cloud tools: Windows Live Writer links to blogs hosted on non-Microsoft sites including Wordpress.com and Google’s Blogger. Google is by far a bigger competitive threat than the entire Linux desktop OS community (especially given that Google is working on two of its own Linux-deriviate device operating systems, Chrome OS and Android 3.0 for tablets). But to make Live Writer useful, Microsoft was willing to acknowledge Blogger exists.
I have Windows Live and would use the sync tool except for the fact that I need to sync documents between my work Windows 7 computer, my “family room” Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat PC and with some other buddies some of which also use Linux. One of my favorite cloud apps is Windows Live Skydrive, which lets you store any kind of document in the cloud and access it from any other browser, even Firefox running on the Linux Ubuntu PC. I routinely upload Office files from work there and can edit them in the browser on the Linux machine at home.
But synch? It relies on Mesh for the sync function which doesn’t support Ubuntu. So if I really need to make sure I have the file, Internet connection or not, Dropbox it is.
If Microsoft can support Blogger for Live Writer, and Mac for Mesh, why not just go ahead and acknowledge Linux and support it, too, in the cloud? The more Microsoft chases me to other cloud tools and products, the less reason I have not to ditch Windows altogether, an operating system I have used since I left DOS for Windows 3.1. I have no burning desire to move, but like many others, am slowly being lead away.