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from de gjalt (//infoconomy), worth to post on willy:
"It's open source, Jim, but not as we know it....
This month's Information Age magazine discusses the state of the open source world in some detail and relates just how far things have come. Open source software, and especially Linux, seems to be everywhere now -- but, as the saying goes, it is definitely not open source as we know it.
While it is still possible to download the kernel code for free, most Linux suppliers now distribute the software with proprietary extensions and support agreements. Red Hat, one of the pioneers of open source computing, now charges $2000 a seat for its server software -- a move that has alienated many of its original open source allies.
Novell's promise this week to indemnify its paying customers against a legal challenge from SCO takes this a step further. Effectively, Novell is bundling in a form of legal insurance as part of the support contract -- a move that, indirectly, will only serve to push up prices still higher.
Some people are now beginning to argue that the cost of ownership of Linux is now higher than the all-proprietary, non-free Microsoft Windows. That may or may not be true -- but at least, with Microsoft, everyone knows where they stand."
Its Open $ource V.S. Micro$oft before you know it.
on related news, the encoding url bug (ie only) is out in the wild:
Customers of Barclays Bank
have received electronic mails that use url encoding and a widely
publicised bug in Internet Explorer to obscure the name of the taregt
fraud site. The use of url encoding seems to be an innovation for this
type of mail, albeit a predictable one.
Viewing the source code of the e-mail link will usually reveal the
hoax, showing the target URL is unrelated to the bank. In this case,
the e-mail link is encoded with hexadecimal numbers, with each encoded
character beginning with "%".
they must be smoking crack on the [one microsoft way] in redmond:
"General manager of Microsoft's Windows digital media division David Fester has suggested that iTunes' emerging dominance would be bad for consumers, because it would limit them to the iPod.
He told journalists at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: "Windows is about choice - you can mix and match software and music player stuff. We believe you should have the same choice when it comes to music services.":
windows is about choice? come again? I would *love* to see a world where using microsoft products is a choice instead of an OEM installed thing on my drive, the only option for 90% of the computer illiterate and the defacto standard (hint, lookup dejeure standard). but to say that using windows product is about choice now? the rant goes even further:
"Over time, however, customers will want industry standard choices.". no, no, you have got it wrong! you mix up customer and vendors. redmond wants proprietary standards, customers want open standards.
full interview at macworld