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[News] Apple's Anti-Linux Suit Gets Support from Microsoft, Tim Bray Calls Apple Evil (EFF Does Too)

  • Subject: [News] Apple's Anti-Linux Suit Gets Support from Microsoft, Tim Bray Calls Apple Evil (EFF Does Too)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:04:42 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft welcome HTC/Apple patent battle

,----[ Quote ]
| With several Windows Mobile devices named 
| in Appleâs patent suit against HTC, youâd 
| be forgiven for expecting Microsoft to have 
| a few words of quiet support for their 
| hardware partners.  However it seems 
| Microsoft are quite looking forward to a 
| general battle; speaking at an IP 
| convention last week, Brad Smith, the 
| companyâs general counsel and senior vice 
| president told amassed lawyers that âthe 
| fact that thereâs litigation in this area 
| is not necessarily a bad thing.â


Apple bullies.

Apple practices 'legal alchemy' to mask IP theft, claims Nokia

,----[ Quote ]
| Nokia last week asked a federal judge to 
| toss out Apple's antitrust claims, saying 
| the iPhone maker indulged in "legal 
| alchemy" when it tried to divert attention 
| from its "free-riding" of Nokia's 
| intellectual property.
| The filing last Thursday was the latest 
| salvo in a battle that began in October 
| 2009 when Finnish handset maker Nokia sued 
| Apple, saying the iPhone infringed on 10 of 
| its patents and that the U.S. company was 
| trying "to get a free ride on the back of 
| Nokia's innovation." Nokia demanded 
| royalties on all iPhones sold since Apple 
| introduced the smartphone in June 2007.


Dana Blankenhorn:

EFF accuses Apple of going the full evil

,----[ Quote ]
| âIf Apple wants to be a real leader, it 
| should be fostering innovation and 
| competition, rather than acting as a 
| jealous and arbitrary feudal lord.â
| Is that a quote from Richard Stallman? From 
| Steve Ballmer? Some dirty hippie blogger 
| like myself?
| Nope, itâs Electronic Frontier Foundation 
| lawyer Fred von Lohmann (right), responding 
| to his own âget,â a copy of the iPhone 
| Developer License Agreement, now posted on 
| the EFF Web site.


Tim Bray:

Now A No-Evil Zone

,----[ Quote ]
| The iPhone vision of the mobile Internetâs 
| future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, 
| but includes strict limits on who can know 
| what and who can say what. Itâs a sterile 
| Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by 
| sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who 
| create the apps serve at the landlordâs 
| pleasure and fear his anger.


Android vs. iPhone: Google Hires Tim Bray


Tech Titan Tim Bray Joins Team Android, Promptly States Intentions


Don't buy Apple. Please.


Will Apple be the next SCO or the next Microsoft?

,----[ Quote ]
| Appleâs suit against HTC could end one of
| two ways.
| Either Apple becomes the next SCO, which
| ran itself aground claiming rights to
| Linux, or it becomes the next Microsoft,
| which is prospering while claiming to own
| Linux.
| The answer depends on how hard Apple
| presses its case.


IBM accused of mainframe monopoly

,----[ Quote ]
| Rarely do you see IBM under attack in
| India. But it is now. And IBM believes that
| itâs actually Microsoft that is behind the
| attack,
| under the facade of a forum called Open-|
| Mainframe.
| The issue first arose late last week when
| two Indian research bodies, the Indian
| Council for Research on International
| Economic Relations (ICRIER) and Indicus
| Analytics, released a report suggesting
| that IBM had misused its dominance of the
| Indian market for mainframes (high end
| computers used when the scale of operation
| is massive), and that if this misuse
| continued, it could adversely impact
| Indiaâs efforts towards inclusive growth.


IBM, Microsoft point fingers at each other

,----[ Quote ]
| IBM, the worldâs largest IT services
| company, has accused Microsoft, the worldâs
| largest operating system manufacturer, of
| sponsoring an India report released last
| week that criticises IBM Indiaâs trade
| practices in the $500-million local server
| market, terming them as restrictive. The
| report calls for unbundling of hardware and
| software by IBM.


Much ado about IBM's mainframe monopoly

,----[ Quote ]
| That left T3 Technologies, a company that had
| a reseller agreement with Platform, with no
| product to sell and before IBM ate Platform,
| it fired up its own lawyers, making complaints
| to the authorities here in the States and in
| the European Union. It goes without saying
| that Microsoft, that paragon of fair play in
| the marketplace, was a big investor in both
| Platform and T3 (and don't forget SCO, which
| is still limping along with its Linux-Unix
| lawsuit against Big Blue).


âAn SMB needs to be at a certain level of business computing before it requires a mainframeâ

,----[ Quote ]
| What about Linux? Thatâs available on
| System z.
| System z runs Linux extremely efficiently
| and there are hundreds of applications
| available for Linux on the mainframe,
| which are certified. You could take any
| Linux application and make it run
| immediately but unfortunately you donât
| have many vendors supporting it.
| Secondly, while the customer adoption of
| Linux in India is high it is not for the
| mission-critical workloads (barring the
| government vertical). This is another
| reason why we are not able to make big
| inroads. Because when you are running
| only print servers and Web servers it
| doesnât make any sense to run it on a
| mainframe. Itâll be like buying a Rolls
| Royce and running it like a taxi.


Mainframe not yet a has-been: IBM

,----[ Quote ]
| System z with zOS does have an issue with
| graying of the skills, but z is possibly
| the most open platform today â it runs
| zOS, zVM, Linux, zTPF, DOS/VSE operating
| systems natively. No other platform can
| do this. The fact that it runs Linux
| natively allows for any Linux skill to
| exploit System z. Hence the statement of
| skills obsolescence is only in a portion
| of the total dynamic.


London Stock Exchange gets the facts and dumps Windows for Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoftâs marketing arm excitedly
| churned out a case study in 2005 when the
| London Stock Exchange (LSE) rolled out a
| C# stock exchange ticker system on
| Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2000.
| Four years later the LSE has scrapped the
| whole system in favour of a Linux-based
| solution instead.


Mainframes still command a loyal following

,----[ Quote ]
| But there are changes happening. BMC's survey found
| increasing use of Linux, for example.
| "IBM is pushing z/Linux and we're finally seeing a big
| upswing in interest. Some customers are even using their
| entire mainframe as one giant Linux box," said Miller.


Mainframe emulator goes commercial

,----[ Quote ]
| While CentOS and Debian Linuxes have supported the z
| implementation of the Linux kernel, the mainframe
| variants of Linux from Red Hat and Novell are what
| nearly all mainframe shops use, and this code is
| available for free even if the installation and
| technical support for it is not.


Mainframe shops gush over big iron

,----[ Quote ]
| What can be said is that by corralling some mainframe
| engines, slashing their prices, and letting them run Linux
| instances or speed up Java or DB2 workloads, IBM has been
| able to keep the installed base of mainframe processing
| power, as measured in MIPS, growing - even as it has its
| ups and downs each quarter. And the downs have been
| especially sharp since the economic meltdown kicked in a
| year ago.

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