NewsBytes 9th November 2010 – Nvidia says no to Wayland, Canonical, Op Payback & LimeWire rises from the grave?

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Operation Payback is finished? For now?

Its being reported over on Slyck that Operation Payback has now concluded for the time being.  For those that were following this story (and you’d be hard pushed not to)  Operation Payback was responsible for exposing the emails of ACS:Law and bringing attention to the whole world of what some call speculative invoicing.

Slyck say:

Although Operation: Payback has taken a break, it’s by no means defunct. Supporters of the movement, and their botnets, lay in the waiting and will no doubt reemerge when the time calls for it.

Source: http://www.slyck.com/story2119_Operation_Payback_Thats_All_for_now_Folks

LimeWire – Never-ending battle where nobody wins

Further proving my view that the fight again copyright infringement via filesharing is a futile one, Torrentfreak is reporting that LimeWire has been brought back from.  They say:

Now, not even a month later, LimeWire is back as good as new. Not only has a secret dev team reanimated the hugely popular client, but they have also made a few significant changes which make it better and more streamlined than before.

Source: http://torrentfreak.com/limewire-resurrected-by-secret-dev-team-101108/

Changes afoot with Ubuntu

We’ve covered this on the TechBytes audiocast, but it still seems that there are plenty of discussions around Canonicals choice to move from X to Wayland and its Unity decision.  I am of the opinion that Canonical has always made decisions that have benefitted their distro, I think anyone following Ubuntu will see that its gone from strength to strength over the years and whilst there are still many unanswered questions regarding Wayland, I have faith that Canonical will continue its sucess.

acrossad.org has this to say:

I recently got into a friendly argument with a friend of mine who is very much anti-Ubuntu. He believes that Canonical is slowly but surely selling-out the GNU/Linux community to make a profit. I completely disagree with him. I have watched several interviews with Canonical’s CEO, Mark Shuttleworth, and I find him to be as committed to the free software/open source principles as anyone else. I also think that he has a very adventurous streak….

and we have the Free Software Magazine saying:

The future is interesting. Before seeing Ubuntu’s moves, I honestly thought that Ubuntu, along with the whole desktop computing world, was heading for extinction. This saddened me, but I thought that the steps needed to “save” Ubuntu would have been way too daring for anybody to make. I was wrong. It looks like in the future, as far as Linux is concerned, we might have Android tablets, along with Ubuntu ones.

Source: http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/columns/ubuntu_embraces_unity_and_wayland_or_gnu_linux_exciting_again

Nvidia not playing with Wayland?

Following on from the coverage of Wayland and Canonical announcements, here is one from Nvidia who are reported to have said that they have no plans to support Wayland.   This statement was covered on omgubuntu and says:

With the current flurry of excitement over the announced aim of Ubuntu the current X server with the promising ‘Wayland’ display server in the near future,  NVidia have decided to join in the jamboree by stating their intentions on delivering support for it.

Put simply by NVidia spokesman AaronP : –

“We have no plans to support Wayland.”

Way to spoil a party, dude. Or is it?

Source: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/11/nvidia-have-no-plans-to-support-wayland/

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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 3 – 08/11/10

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TechBytes – The collaboration of  Openbytes and Techrights.org

So here we have our third show.  The first question you may have is why only one day after our second.  The reasoning is this, we are still finding our “audiocasting feet” and also of the opinion that by having an irregular release schedule (as often as time permits) we will always be covering the latest topics.  Speaking as an avid listener of many other audiocasts Ive found that time does not often permit me to listen to them as they are released, this means that by the time I get around to listening, Ive been reading about the topics covered for some time.

I hope if you didn’t catch episode 2 you will download this one.  We are taking on board the issue of structure and looking at future shows being more direct.  These shows are not scripted and we have no idea the direction in which they may take.

This show talks about app stores – control over accepted applications, good or bad thing?  We mention Oracle, Canonical, gaming on the desktop – is it relevant?  An article from Phoronix is brought up reporting that NVIDIA is allegedly not supporting Wayland and I briefly talk about a game development software which may have answered my question from a previous show.  GameEditor can be found here and it will be subject of a more detailed article in the next few days.

Ogg version is available here.

Mp3 version is available here.

Music is provided by kind permission of Tom Smith and you can see the rest of his work here.

Techrights also hosts this collaboration project and Dr Schestowitz writes his own notes for the show.  You can visit him here.

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Snow Leopard more interesting than Windows 7? & News bytes 16/12/09

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Twitter Trends for 2009 – Microsoft beaten by Apple and Google?

The Twitter blog is showing the most popular trends for 2009.  What is interesting is that in the technology section it shows Snow Leopard ranking 2 places higher than Windows 7.

This surprises me for a couple of reasons.  Firstly I would think (from seeing them in action) that Microsoft has far more Twitter accounts (official and un) than Apple.  Secondly the IMO awful Windows 7 party ads that computer users from Linux/Windows/Apple camps found disgusting didn’t manage to push #Windows 7 as high.  Is that saying something about the consumers choice in the high street?

After Vista can Microsoft really manage to take another hit? and especially one on its Vista 7? You can see all the popular trends from Twitter here:http://blog.twitter.com/2009/12/top-twitter-trends-of-2009.html

Its worth noting though that the most popular technology trend was Google Wave.

Whilst we are on the subject of Twitter, on their blog they also announce that they are now looking into services for business.  You can read more about that here: http://blog.twitter.com/2009/12/feature-test-with-businesses.html

Noooooo! Its “evil proprietary drivers”!?!

Nvidia have today released their updated Linux/BSD Solaris drivers both in 32 and 64bit flavors.  Visit the official homepage: http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html For me the one piece of proprietary that is always with my distro!

Take the 5th Microsoft!

Cnet speak with Microsoft in relation to its EU anti-trust issues and in my opinion the answers you get are pretty much the ones you would expect, IMO trying to suggest everything is “cosy” between Microsoft and the anti-trust body.  One answer though was of interest and it was in regards to the Plurk fiasco we covered the other day.  When asked if there was some agreement to be reached between Microsoft and Plurk, the response was:

I wouldn’t want to say anything that goes beyond the public statement we put out.

Probably for the best.

You can read that article here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10416714-56.html and of course this article was written in addition to the news that the EU has settled with agreement on its anti-trust case.  You can read that article here.

Paris Hilton’s Linux distro?

I wouldn’t think so, more someones idea of a joke, buts its a rather humorous article on Paris featuring Tux.  Observers of Paris said:

Many Linux users said they appreciate the exposure a star like Paris Hilton can give to the Linux movement, and added that they can “appreciate someone who can compile without panties on.”

You can read the full “article” here: http://www.bbspot.com/News/2006/08/paris-hilton-tinkerbell-linux.html

Android making inroads into iPhone apps?

Its being reported that Android apps has hit the 20,000 mark, going some way to reaching the 100,000 of Apples offering.  Big news?  Well as an owner of neither (nor do I believe the need for these mobile apps/games) I wonder if 100,000 apps is better than 20,000? and in fact to go further than that, is 20,000 apps (a silly amount of choice IMO) really anything to be proud of?  I wonder of the all those apps/games are decent pieces of software and how much of it is rubbish?

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