A Comparison of the GPL and the Microsoft EULA

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 04/23/2003 - 21:25

This 30 page document analyzes many of the differences between the GNU GPL and Microsft's current EULA, represented by the Windows XP EULA.

As you read through it, there does seems to be a bias towards the GPL, however I'd have to say that the facts speak for themselves. The GPL is very simply less restrictive than any Microsoft EULA.

To quickly summarize:

... the majority of the Microsoft EULA appears to protect Microsoft and limit the choices, options and actions taken by the users... In contrast, the majority of the GPL is designed to apportion rights to the users ... with a secondary emphasis on protecting the originating developers of that software... In all, a marked contrast to the EULA.

A marked contrast, indeed.

Read the full .pdf

SCO CEO Defends $1 Billion Lawsuit Against IBM

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 04/23/2003 - 20:42

Earlier today I came across this interesting interview with SCO CEO Darl McBride, in which he quite righteously defends his company's lawsuite against IBM. Honestly, not since the last interview with Steve Balmer did I here such nonsense. There are several choice quotes in the interview, but this one is probably my favorite:

Everyone just says we're a company going out of business, and throwing a Hail Mary pass, but once we get to court, those who say that will look as strange as the Iraqi information minister on TV saying the infidels are defeated and did not get into Baghdad.

Riiiiiight. In the middle of all that, he also threatened other Linux-friendly companies, including Red Hat and SuSE by name.

Darl, do the world a favor and get a life. And a real name.

Full interview

Crossover Office 2.0 Released

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 04/22/2003 - 12:43

For anyone unfamiliar with the product, Crossover Office is a highly polished, commercialized version of Wine. It's main claim to fame is support for running Microsoft Office applications under Linux, but it also supports many additional applications, a very nice front-end and configuration program, and great integration between Linux and Windows apps.

Version 2.0 is an important release because it fixes numerous issues with glibc-2.3, as well as Xfree 4.3. In addition it adds support for Office XP and Photoshop 7, as well as enhanced support for existing Office Apps, Viso, Quicken, and Lotus Notes.

While using FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) is always encouraged, it's an unfortunately fact that some Windows applications will still need to be used. If this is the case for you, then give Crossover Office 2.0 a try. Evaluation copies are available.

Here's a link to the main application page, as well as the change log for what's new in the version.

LotR: The Two Towers DVD Announcement

Submitted by jbreland on Mon, 04/21/2003 - 23:11

Yeah, buddy! New Line announced their plans for the upcoming LotR: The Two Towers DVD releases. Yes, releasees. As with Fellowship of the Ring, there will be multiple versions of the DVD.

Coming August 26 will be the 2-disc theatrical cut, in both widescreen and full screen versions. Quite a few extras are included, but true fans will want to save themselves for the 4-disc extended edition due on November 18. No specs have been released yet for the extended edition, but with an additional 40 minutes of movie footage and 4-discs to play with, you can rest assured it'll be on par with last fall's phenomenal Fellowship of the Ring extended edition release.

Now, that only leaves 6 months and 28 days to wait. D'oh!

Additional details

'Time-Traveler' Busted For Insider Trading

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 04/17/2003 - 16:06

Ok, I agree that this is a rather sad first posting in the News and Current Events topic, but it was just too good to pass up.

According a Yahoo TV article, 44-year-old Andrew Carlssin turned an $800 stock investment into a $350 million portfolio in only two weeks. How'd he do it? By traveling back in time from 2256.

Duh.

Full (and amusing) Story

Corporations Suffer Microsoft Activation Bug

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 04/17/2003 - 13:18

Microsoft sucks, on so many levels. In their latest anti-piracy scheme, they've managed to screw over all of their largest customers.

Corporations using the Select version of Office, which includes a site distribution license to eliminate the need for individually registering each installed copy of Office, have recently been hit by a bug that's prompting users to register Office with Microsoft. Of course, this is precisely what the Select version is supposed to get rid of.

But wait, it gets better.

When prompted to register, you can select "Remind me later." Well guess what? You can only select this 50 times, and then Office will refuse to load.

But wait, it gets even better!

Becuase of another known bug, the registration wizard will refuse to start after the 50th try! So, now users are unable to use Office at all, nor can they register it to enable it again.

So why am I posting this on my site?

Guess who discovered the problem affected a certain "Select" corporate customer that signs his paycheck.

Bastards.

Full story on The Register:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/30301.html

Does Apple Still Need Microsoft?

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 04/15/2003 - 14:49

6 years ago, Microsoft agreed to invest $150 million in Apple, as well as continue to develop Microsoft Office for the Mac platform. That agreement ended last year, has not been renewed, and doesn't seem likely to be renewed at this point.

On top of this, Apple has been developing and recently announced its own web browser, Safari, and its own presentation software, Keynote, which, compete directly with Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Powerpoint.

A recent article on OSopinion discusses these events, what they might mean for Apple, and speculates where it may be heading. An interesting read.

Full story:
http://www.osopinion.com/perl/story/21256.html

PlayStation2 Gets DVD Upgrade

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 04/15/2003 - 10:59

Sony is set to release an upgraded version of the PS2 next month in Japan. Improvements mostly focus on DVD playback, including new support for progressive out, recordable DVD media, and a built-in IR receiver for a DVD remote control.

All I can say is, "Kick ass." No release dates set for North America or Europe yet, but I think Sony has plenty more to gain than to lose by releasing it here, so I think it'll make an appearance here as well.

Full story