GoogleWave, Google’s realtime chat and collaboration product has now come out of invite only testing and gone public.  We have covered this project before and loved the idea.  Get yourself over to the Wave site and don’t forget to check out a few tutorials on using it. http://wave.google.com/about.html

Microsoft has popped up in the war against copyright infringment, although since it’s Microsoft you know something will be amiss. You might remember Microsofts idea about copyright infringement (which Bill Gates said) and how now in these tighter times they want to collect.  Microsoft has been attempting to bring down the Lithuanian Tracker site LinkoManija which unfortunately for MS has won its appeal, seeing its previously frozen assets unfrozen.  Come as a surprise?  The #fail list for Microsoft gets larger?  – it certainly seems that way since its the second case that Microsoft has lost in Lithuania with the first being a file sharer accused by Microsoft of sharing Windows 7.  That was dropped through lack of evidence.  Source: http://torrentfreak.com/microsoft-fails-to-close-major-bittorrent-tracker-100521/ What is interesting about the Torrentfreak article is some of the comments which I ask if they highlight a mainstream change in opiniont:

Microsoft is getting totally insane. I changed to linux about 10 days ago and it’s just awesome

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I guess Micro$oft forgot pay off the various government officials and judges to get their “show trial”…oops FAIL!

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….No sympathy, Microsoft. Absolutely no sympathy…..I hope OpenOffice shreds your market share.

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Do yourself a favor: Stay away from Microsoft. Their stuff is not worth even free.

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As for M$ suing ppl…. Wrong move, piracy is what keeps their system dominant in the market….

The list goes on and on (and these are the tamer ones) Check out for yourself what people are saying.

Openbittorrent has seen a court order instruct an ISP to reveal details of its operators in a Swedish court.  Whilst this has been reported as a piece that is news worthy, I’d suggest in the current climate and opinions (many uneducated) about file sharing, that it is rather easy to convince a court (UK or otherwise) to grant an order.  Source: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/05/22/0358220/Swedish-Court-Rules-ISP-Must-Reveal-OpenBitTorrent-Operators-Identity

Internet Explorer is in its final death throws (according to The Free Software Magazine) who report that the browser usage stats from Wikipedia shows a drop which has IE currently at 59%.

I can’t tell you why people are running away from Internet Explorer. I can guess it — we all can — but it’s hard to give a definite answer. Call it fashion, or security, or simply listening to some friend’s advice. Things have changed — a lot — since IE’s hegemony a few years back. And things are looking grimmer and grimmer for IE.

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/columns/firefox_chrome_safari_have_finally_killed_internet_explorer

Wine 1.2 has RC’d (21/05/10).  The excellent opensource project which allows Linux users to run Windows binaries has been 2 years in the making (for this RC) and offers a plethora of improvements which you can read about here: http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.2-rc1 and you can download the software for yourself here: http://www.winehq.org/

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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