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[News] Even 'Hobbyist' Distros Challenge Giant Apple

  • Subject: [News] Even 'Hobbyist' Distros Challenge Giant Apple
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 22:41:38 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Ulteo - Will it ‘change the way we all use computers’?

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| I returned to find out things had changed a bit since my previous Mac OS 10.2 
| experience. What was then an endearing OS still finding it’s feet has now 
| become the black turtle-necked monster it is today, OS 10.4. It drags you 
| into its iCave full of slick looking hardware, constantly teases you with 
| slicker looking hardware and refuses to let you back out. I’m starting to 
| miss the freedom of Linux already! And if there’s one distro that might just 
| save me from the iCave, it’s Ulteo.      


Security and bug fix infrastructures in distributions

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| In the world of open source operating systems, what exactly is it that 
| differentiates the "big boys" from the "also runs"? Why is one distribution 
| considered "major" or "mainstream", while another keeps being looked at as 
| just somebody's "hobby project", irrespective of how many satisfied users it 
| has? While there are many different criteria one could pick to demonstrate 
| the differences between the two groups, there are two features that I believe 
| are important factors that shape the user's perception about any 
| distribution: its security and bug tracking infrastructure.       


Related and recent:

One Day I Will Switch from Apple

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| The iPhone is amazing, iTV shows great promise, and just about every piece of 
| software they make is wonderful. And in spite of all that, one day I see 
| myself switching to Linux.  


Apple: You’re too dumb to make your own technology decisions

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| I felt exactly the same way when I read Cory Doctorow’s blog post on how 
| Apple’s new iPods have been re-engineered to block synching with Linux. Apple 
| knows better than you. God forbid you should have choice and be able to make 
| some technology decisions for yourself. Of course, Apple is engaged in all 
| sorts of unspeakable acts of walled-garden erection: “OS X may runneth on the 
| Intel platform but thou shalt not runneth OS X on anything but our Intel 
| platform.” I’d be running OS X in a heartbeat if only I could run it on a 
| notebook with a pointing stick (I hate touch pads).       


After Big Win in Microsoft Case, EU Sets Sights on iTunes

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| An EU spokesman also blamed the record labels, two of which are owned by 
| European companies, for this situation. He told the WSJ in April that 
| regulators considered Apple to be more a victim than a culprit. “This is an 
| arrangement imposed on Apple by the record companies,” the spokesman 
| said. “The main focus of our attention is the major record companies.”    


iPod Classic Will Be Supported

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| As recently reported on Slashdot, Apple, in its infinite wisdom, has added a 
| checksum to the iPod database apparently to restrict non-iTunes products 
| (like Amarok via libgpod) from having the ability to add music.  
| [...]
| From #gtkpod today:
| <wtbw> okay guys
| <wtbw> i think we're done.
| <wtbw> let me code something just to check
| [30 minutes later]
| <wtbw> can i hear a fuck yeah?
| <wtbw> works for both mine and xamphears :>


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