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Quick Links: E17 for Ubuntu

I was looking through Ubuntuforums.org this morning, laughing a bit at the disillusionment with Edgy, when I found an outstanding apt source for Enlightenment 17. SeerOfSouls provides third party packages for Ubuntu and Mandriva. I followed the instructions on the site and now have E17 running on Ubuntu. It is impressive. More on that soon. I look forward to switching to my Mandriva partition and checking out his 2007 rpms.

Click here for a link to the Ubuntu instructions.

If you haven’t checked E17 out yet, I recommend it. It really is amazing. It has a lot of shiny stuff, but reportedly will run on low end machines. Fancy eye candy without XGL/AIGLX/Beryl/Compiz etc… Elive is a live cd based on Enlightenment that allows you to easily try out E17. People seem to like it.

Side note: Thank you all for the response to last week’s article. More content is on its way very soon.

October 30th, 2006 Posted by admin | Uncategorized, Ubuntu, free software, enlightenment, E17, quick links | no comments

Stallman, GPLv3 Attack by Forbes is Ridiculous

Forbes magazine is a joke. In an article nicely titled “Toppling Linux”, Forbes goes on a personal attack against Richard Stallman and a fear mongering campaign against GPLv3 and its effect on Linux. They should be embarrassed to print something like this.

Richard Stallman, for the uninitiated, is the creator of Emacs—a text editor and lifelong enemy of Vi. He also created the GNU C Compiler and GNU C Debugger. He co-founded the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation (FSF). He was the lead author of the GNU General Public License (GPL), the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). In other words, a big shot in Open Source Software. Scratch that, Free Software as he prefers it to be called. Known by the initials rms, he is respected, loved by the ladies and sometimes called a pain in the ass. I use Free Software daily, and believe most of it would not be possible without him. He is a vital figure. Every movement needs someone viewed as an extremist. It makes moderate gains possible. He asks for a full arm, maybe we get a hand.

He does not deserve the treatment Forbes gave him. Quotes include:
“a lesser-known programmer–infamously more obstinate and far more eccentric than Torvalds–wields a startling amount of control as this revolution’s resident enforcer”
“He and a band of anarchist acolytes long have waged war on the commercial software industry”
“A cantankerous and finger-wagging freewheeler, Stallman won’t comment on any of this because he was upset by a previous story written by this writer.”
“in some ways he is downright bizarre. He is corpulent and slovenly, with long, scraggly hair, strands of which he has been known to pluck out and toss into a bowl of soup he is eating.”
“Stallman engages in what he calls “rhinophytophilia”–”nasal sex” (also his term) with flowers”
“His site also boasts a recording of him singing–a capella and badly–his own anthem to free software.”
“He hasn’t hacked much new code in a decade or more.”
“Stallman labors mightily to control how others think, speak and act, arguing, in Orwellian doublespeak, that his rules are necessary for people to be “free.””
“Long ago Stallman was a gifted programmer.”
“Most major tech vendors declined comment rather than risk tangling with Stallman’s enforcers, such as his sidekick and attorney, Columbia Law School professor Eben Moglen.”

Would Forbes refer to others in this way? Would they call Steve Ballmer a bald headed, monkey dancing chair tosser? Would they call our president an inappropriate back-rub giving, hillbilly talking chimp? They think it is acceptable to trash rms and it shows they have an agenda. They are trying to create the famous Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) about Linux.

The article describes a nightmare scenario where rms and his anarchists “tear apart” the Linux revolution. It begins with the newest version of the GPL, which they see as so radical it will force Red Hat to hire employees that it can’t afford, it will “Balkanize” the community and help Microsoft. Hilariously, the writer interviews Larry McVoy, bff of Linus himself and darling of the kernel programmers. McVoy tells us that “Red Hat gets a lot of code from people that don’t work for Red Hat.” He didn’t mention that the sky is blue and up is the opposite of down. Does that mean that Slackware gets a lot of code from people who aren’t Patrick Volkerding? He also interviews Simon Lok, of Lok Technologies, who apparently got so scared of the extremists years ago that he dumped Linux out of fear. Mr. Lok diplomatically refers to “Stallman’s bunch” as “jackasses” and “fanatics”. He is also afraid they will kill him.

I won’t even get into the inaccuracies of the GPLv2 vs. GPLv3. Unlike the author, I realize I don’t know enough about it to comment. The little bit I do know is that GPLv3 is in draft form right now, so it is a bit premature to go having panic attacks about it. The main people involved are passionate about it, but do not seem overly concerned that the dawn of GPLv3 will be the death of Linux. The debate also coined the obnoxious term “Tivoisation”.

What really bothers me about this article is that if someone uninformed about Linux (someone like your boss or parent that you have been trying to persuade to try it out) reads this, it only reinforces their fears. Why try Linux when Forbes is saying that in the near future this crazy hair eating Stallman and his lunatic anarchists will be at your door? He strikes fear into the heart of IBM according to the article. If IBM is terrified of him, so scared they have invested billions into Linux, then why shouldn’t you be?

Because the article is complete and utter bullshit, that is why.

Alibris

October 25th, 2006 Posted by admin | Uncategorized, Editorial, open source, free software, rms, Stallman, gplv3, Forbes.com, gpl | 56 comments

Fedora 6 is out

I am not the biggest fan of Fedora, but their latest is out. Apparently the servers are down, so here is a link to the torrents:

Fedora torrents 

I have been pretty sick for the last week, will have some updates to the site very soon.

Thanks.

October 24th, 2006 Posted by admin | Linux Distributions, open source, free software, file sharing, Fedora | no comments