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LinuxWorld Exhibitors' Responses to Slashdot Questions

Roblimo posted more than 11 years ago | from the with-pen-and-notepad-through-the-unholy-land dept.

Linux Business 191

Most of the questions we got for LinuxWorld exhibitors were pretty general, with no specific exhibitor attached to them. I did my best to get appropriate people to answer them. Here are the results. (And for those who wonder... Kevin Mitnick emailed - he's been traveling and busy, but hopes to get his answers to us shortly.) Strategies (Score:5, Interesting)
by Oculus Habent

For Hardware Vendors:

What basic strategies are you employing to better penetrate the server/appliance market with Linux systems?

I chose to ask Lou Martelli, the PR guy for InfiniCon Systems this one first. He said, "High-performance, low-cost clusters on commodity servers, specifically that work with InfiniBand." Okay, fine. He then launched into a spiel about InfiniCon products that had words like "value" and "interoperability" in it but didn't answer my question. I asked again, and got another sales pitch. Okay. Fine. This company's strategy to better penetrate the appliance/server market with Linux is to use a lot of marketing buzzwords.

Tim Lee, president of Pogo Linux, did better. He pointed to the products on display in his company's booth, and they looked so good I wanted to take them all home with me on the spot. The company's "Why Choose Pogo Linux?" Web page, which Tim pointed me to, showed more of their strategy: Strong Linux commitment.

Tim also said, "We're right across the street from Microsoft. We sell a lot of stuff to Microsoft people. There's a lot of Linux running at Microsoft. A lot of Microsoft developers prefer to work with Linux."

Heh. If Tim and his crew are making money selling Linux systems to Microsoft, well and good. You start getting the geeks in a company interested in Linux, and as those geeks get promoted up the management ladder, more often than not Linux starts to infiltrate the company's server rooms. This often takes place without top management's knowledge. We'll want to keep in touch with Tim, and see how big the "server/appliance market" for Linux systems gets inside Microsoft.

Dear Redhat Software (Score:5, Interesting)
by Anonymous Coward

What is your response to the vulterant claims that your Gnome/KDE setup is breaking QT apps and causing havoc for developers who make use of QT?

Red Hat's Jeremy Hogan said any KDE breakage was unintentional; that the big problem is that Red Hat's developers are almost all Gnome people, and Bero (Bernhard Rosenkraenzer), their only real KDE person, left the company last year.

(Bero has since started his own distribution, Ark Linux.)

Anyway, Hogan says, the breakage is only in Red Hat 8.0's default hybrid Gnome/KDE Bluecurve desktop, but "if you just run KDE, not Bluecurve, there are no problems."

And for the followup questioner who wanted to know what "vulterant" meant, it doesn't show up as a word at dictionary.com and a Google search with "vulterant" as a keyword returned zero results.

To Microsoft (Score:5, Interesting)
by gmuslera

Considering that this is called "LinuxWorld", what product will you release next for Linux?

See the answer to the next question. Might as well handle these two together...

To Microsoft (Score:5, Interesting)
by Oculus Habent

Do you plan on producing Open Source components to any of your products? This primarily refers to server components, such as HTTP, DNS, IMAP, etc. which could function externally to the base programs (Exchange, ISA, etc.) and offer simpler and more granular control over active services.

I approached a person in the Microsoft booth whose badge identified him as "John Kotas" and asked him what products Microsoft planned to introduce for Linux. "I don't know," he said. I turned to one of Kotas's coworkers, whose badge was not visible, and asked the same question and also the one about producing open source components for Microsoft server products. Again, "I don't know."

I tried again, both questions, with a Microsoft person whose badge identified him as Jeff Albertson. He said, "As far as I know Microsoft has no plans for Linux products, but I'm not a media spokesperson, hold on, I'll get you one."

I turned around, and there was smiling, affable Mark Martin, an account executive with Microsoft's PR firm, Waggener Edstrom, who said, "I can work on getting an official spokesperson for you," when I asked him about Microsoft's Linux product plans.

In response to the other question, he said, "Microsoft has made its bet on Windows, and at the present time continues to stay the course. We hear from customers that they are getting great value from the Windows platform.

"We realize it's a heterogeneous world, and that's one of the reasons we're at LinuxWorld, talking about Unix services, which are also applicable for Linux."

Then we talked about football. Mark thought the Raiders were going to win the Super Bowl. I figured the Bucs would take it. He offered to help me set up any interviews I needed with Microsoft people. I will take him up on this offer. (In the past, Waggener Edstrom and Microsoft have been very poor about returning calls and emails from Slashdot and NewsForge people. We will see how well this promise is kept. We haven't interviewed a Microsoft exec for a long time.)

What is the best giveaway item? (Score:5, Interesting)
by burgburgburg

In your experience as a convention exhibitor, what is the most effective giveaway item you've ever used to draw people to your booth long enough to make a pitch? What will people wait in line for, sit through demos for, fill out long questionaires for, let you swipe their card for, jostle others to get?

Conversely, what was the lamest giveaway item you were ever saddled with? Where you had to throw it at passersby, and even then they recoiled in dismay?

None of the exhibitors I talked to wanted to go on record with this one. A Red Hat person said (on condition of anonymity), "Demo CDs are always the best." This was echoed by other software vendors: A Linux crowd likes demo software more than anything else.

In the press room, long-time tech journalist -- and now owner of food site eGullet.com -- Jason Perlow said his favorite was a miniature Rubik's Cube on a key chain from Intel. He also liked an HP giveaway: "It's a stuffed, squeezable penguin that you only get if you sit through a presentation first. It's very nice to hold. It could double as a marital aid, too."

Ummm... okay, Jason.

Other journalists chimed in. A Favorite was the foam penguin marionettes several had spotted around the show, but no one remembered who was giving them out. The journo crowd also liked the Red Hat (red) baseball caps, which were being given out at set times, and you had to line up to get. The SuSE lizards were also prized.

On the down side, t-shirts were considered passe, at least by the tech journalists at LinuxWorld, most of whom go to enough trade shows that after a few years they have a lifetime supply of corporate t-shirts and don't need any more.

One well-known reporter said, "I've seen so many giveaways over the years that the only way to get my attention now would be to give me a server. No, make that a cluster."

To icculus.org (Score:5, Interesting)
by alkini

To icculus.org (booth #9): What is it like to be a small organization at a big convention with people like HP, Microsoft, Red Hat, etc? Do people give you any credit for what you are doing?

The obvious answer: Icculus was the darling of LinuxWorld. Their booth drew more traffic per square foot than any other display.

A deeper answer, by email over the weekend from Icculus dude Ryan Gordon:

As to being a little organization:

There were really two types of people coming by the booth. One would say, "Wow, you can do this on Linux?!" and the other would say, "How much are you selling this for?"

This tells me, contrary to popular belief, that people don't always expect handouts when looking at open source software. However, they don't see something that impresses them as often as they should, and it's gotten to the point where a product with any amount of polish is assumed to be commercial...and anything free is buggy, ugly, slow, something. I remember feeling a sense of awe the first time I loaded Enlightenment many years ago. Maybe people were feeling that same awe while watching a round of PyDDR: the sense that the technology that's been staring you in the face all this time can be much, much cooler than you ever dreamed. You can't get that feeling of awe from a presentation on how Company X's servers are 20% more scalable than their competitors.

Video games are sexy. People need to be aware that GNU/Linux is more than just something to drive your webservers.

Oh, and representatives from all the "Big Companies" stopped by at various points in the show to play the video games. Including Microsoft. I'm not threatened at all. :)

As for credit:

A lot of people (myself included) feel that video games are a major factor in getting GNU/Linux to the masses. I can't count the number of people that have said, "Thanks for porting [GAME X]! It was the only reason I kept a Windows partition around!" I heard this a million times at the show from people that don't even consciously consider themselves gamers. I also had a lot of students ask me how to get into the video game industry. We're the answer there, too. Just look at our ports of Quake 2, Freespace 2, Alien vs. Predator, etc. Commercial games that have been open-sourced are a great way to see how the pros did it, and give you a means to tinker with the code (experience, experience, experience). The amateur games we host (Black Shades, Bitstream, OES, etc) are also an attempt to nurture future game developers that are Unix-friendly. The person writing Battle Pong today might be writing Unreal 3 tomorrow.

A lot of people see icculus.org as a kind of Loki reborn. I don't know about that, but overall, people seem to be happy with what we're doing, both as a project hosting site and as game developers.

To the KDE team (Score:5, Funny)
by secondsun

Which will come first, Duke Nukem Forever or KDE 3.1?

I didn't manage to hook up with KDE. Sorry. I went to where their booth was supposed to be, but didn't spot them. Another journo said they weren't around.

Perhaps a KDE developer reading this can fill us in.

To Macrovision Corp. (Score:5, Interesting)
by josh crawley

To Macrovision Corp. (booth R10)

As I understand, your main stakes are in the encoding of ntsc and pal video signals as to make them uncopyable in receiving hardware (correct me if I'm incorrect).

As that stated, why are you involved with Linux? Are you contributing to the video section (V4L) of the Linux kernel or making user-land utilities? In general, what are your open business plans with Linux?

Nancy Robbins of Macrovision said, "We're not with the video group." She offered to put me in touch with the people at the company who are. (Perhaps we'll talk with them another time.)

The Macrovision people at LinuxWorld were from their Enterprise Software Division (formally Globetrotter Software). They were there to push Electronic License Management and Software Asset Management products.

Ms. Robbins described this as "electronic licensing for software" and said their new Java-enabled version worked with Linux. She explained the value of their "license management system" and talked of how one of its great "value-adds" was its ability to handle "multiple pricing models."

Apparently Macrovision believes there is now enough commercial software being written for Linux -- by companies that want to use encrpyted "unlock" keys to prevent unauthorized used of their precious intellectual property (sigh) -- to make it worth their while to be at LinuxWorld.

As a follow-up question, I asked how long they thought it would be until their licensing scheme was cracked. Neither Ms. Robbins nor her coworker, Pam Watkinson, had an answer for that one.

To Linux Software Vendors (Score:5, Interesting)
by MyGirlFriendsBroken

Is Mac OS X a big enough competitor (for want of a better word) to the Linux server/desktop market to warrant porting products over to either OS X or to Darwin?

This is with focus on the server side.

I asked Pete Goodall of Ximian this one. He said, "Not that it's not viable, it's just a lot of work. We have no plans [to port to OS X] at this time."

One of the software engineers at Cylant (whose CylantSecure 2.0 was named Best Security Solution at LinuxWorld) said, when asked about a Mac OS X or Darwin port, "That's not for us, I don't think. No." He ruminated for a second, then added, "That's because there aren't enough Mac servers to make it worthwhile."

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3rd post (-1)

thr0d ps1t (641973) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168597)

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you win the battle..... but not the war (-1)

Proctal Relapse (467579) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168674)

jolly good show chap

Actually, I'm afraid he failed it. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168715)

HES TEH FAILZOR

First Post, gentlemen! (-1)

Proctal Relapse (467579) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168601)

i am at the top of the page!

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First IN SOVIET RUSSIA Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168606)

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MY CAT'S ASS SMELLS LIKE CAT SHIT!! (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:MY CAT'S ASS SMELLS LIKE CAT SHIT!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168649)

This may be off topic, but it's a great way to start a Monday off, by laughing so hard that my face turns red and people in the University Computer Lab give me weird looks.

I think you would find this link useful. [insanehippie.net]

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Re:MY CAT'S ASS SMELLS LIKE CAT SHIT!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168702)

This is one the most original trolls. It is more art than a troll.

What I find most striking about the piece (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168747)

is how his testicles are rendered into rough polygons by the savage slashes and crisp lines of the slash, backslash, and underscore. The artist pays close attention to the backslash especially, and displays the results on slashdot. Coincidence? I think not. There is a lot going on in this piece.

what?? (-1, Flamebait)

pummer (637413) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168615)

microsoft isn't producing any Linux products?? Their salespeople/techies have no knowledge of any products forthcoming?? What a surprise!

M$?! WTF?! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168691)

Microsoft's definition of interoperability : "All your base are belong to us!"

Does their implementation of the open kerberos [thestandard.com] standard now work with Linux machines?

Who the hell do they think they're fooling?!!

Re:M$?! WTF?! (1)

jd142 (129673) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168800)

Does their implementation of the open kerberos [thestandard.com] standard now work with Linux machines?

It does so far. I have web pages that use kerberos to authenticate the main campus's active kerberos domain. I'm running the kerberos software straight from MIT. It could be that the main IT shop did something to force interopability, but knowing them I doubt it.

I'm also not doing anything fancy, just a quick kinit through perl and parsing the result.

America is cheap (-1, Troll)

EURUSD Troll (645141) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168616)

It's 20:05 CET and the Euro is still worth more [yahoo.com] than the US Dollar.

Way to go, americans!

Heh. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168648)

Cool. Make a CHFUSD account, quick.

Re:America is cheap (-1, Offtopic)

red-beard's (639520) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168667)

Woopy doo . It takes a whole continent full of countries just to barely beat the value of currency used in just one .

Re:America is cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168706)

While it's somehow psychologically significant that the dollar is screwing up faster than most other currencies, it's really an impotent drag race between America's completely fake currency and Europe's. The appropriate google search would be right about here [google.com] .

"We start bombing in five minutes..." (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168728)

oh shit, the mic was on?!!!

Well, cat's outta the bag now, that was the trigger for the first reel of "Gulf War jr.", George W Bush's economicalal revivivification plan.

First JeffersonsTheme Song Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168617)

The Jeffersons Theme Song Lyrics
Title: Movin' On Up
By: Jeff Barry and Ja'net Dubois

Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.

Fish don't fry in the kitchen;
Beans don't burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin',
Just to get up that hill.
Now we're up in the big leagues,
Gettin' our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it's you and me baby,
There ain't nothin wrong with that.

Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.

New acronym: SIMP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168637)

"Shitting in my pants". Use it.

Also keep this [jesusgeeks.net] in mind.

Slightly dissapointed about the Darwin responce (4, Interesting)

Neophytus (642863) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168647)

'We wont develop because there isnt enough of a target userbase' - If good applications are developed that outweigh the rivals then surely a userbase creates itself? Or am I just naive in thinking that eventually Apple servers could stand their own against MS and *NIX servers

Re:Slightly dissapointed about the Darwin responce (3, Insightful)

danheskett (178529) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168709)

rivals then surely a userbase creates itself
I think you are wrong. I know very few people who would switch server platforms for a security product. Its a big investment and chances are a competing product for your platform would work okay.

Re:Slightly dissapointed about the Darwin responce (1)

demon (1039) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168814)

Apple really needs to get it together in the way of documentation before I'd consider OS X a "practical" server platform. With Linux or *BSD, at least I have the source, so I can figure things out. With OS X, substantial portions are available in binary form only, and so it's kind of important that documentation is available.

Re:Slightly dissapointed about the Darwin responce (1)

MyGirlFriendsBroken (599031) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168816)

My original thinking when I asked the question was that I seems to me that more "geeks" are taking notice of OS X, I'm one of them. With this in mind on a corperate level I think that IT/IS (whatever) bosses might be more inclined to go with a non M$ platform if it is suported ny a large corperation. After all it has a nice GUI and is easy to use and so it alows managment to feel they have more ownership of a project than perhaps there techical ability would otherwise enable them to.

It is with this in mind that I think the the userbase may come (I hope so) but only if there is the software products and a will amoungst both workers and managment to use OS X

Re:Slightly dissapointed about the Darwin responce (5, Informative)

vipw (228) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168872)

I work at Cylant, I was the engineer asked the question about porting to Mac OS X.

I also run Mac OS X at home on my powerbook, so it's not like my answer was put out in an attempt to poison the platform. I do think that Apple's servers can hold their own, they do lack a little variability but they have a great package for the low-middle range.

The above poster was absolutely correct, security in today's market is seen as an afterthought. You have functionality that *must* be provided and if you can find some mechanisms to provide security on your systems that are being put at risk it is only then that security becomes something you are willing to purchase.

The Xserve is a great little server, but most of its installations are internal to provide print and file services. CylantSecure is more targetted to internet servers where Mac OS X isn't making large enough inroads. I work for a computer security vendor, but I know better than to think a security product can be the "killer app" that drives someone to a platform. The most important thing a company has to provide is functionality, security and reliability are for making sure there are no problems with providing the functionality.

Anyway, those are just some qualifications for why I responded with what I did.

I fail to see... (-1, Flamebait)

unterderbrucke (628741) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168653)

...why any of us want to be seen associating with a known malicious, maybe even crazy, hacker. I know that the rest of the world isn't seeing us as a community any better for associating with law disobeying less than citizens.

Re:Happy belated Troll Tuesday! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168968)

Shut up you shithead.

Microsoft? (5, Interesting)

wzm (644503) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168657)

So, why did MS get that best of show award? Sure, they have Services For Unix, but if it doesn't run on Linux, why should they get any sort of press at LinuxWorld? Am I missing something?

Re:Microsoft? (1)

BoomerSooner (308737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168941)

See MS is putting all that money to good use, buying "best in show". Hell I wonder if they got a ribbon to hang on the wall.

Re:Microsoft? (4, Informative)

missing000 (602285) | more than 11 years ago | (#5169033)

They didnt.
See here [linuxworldexpo.com]

Overall mood (2, Interesting)

Amsterdam Vallon (639622) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168658)

What would you say was the overall mood at this year's conference? How was it different from years past (I don't know because I've never attended one)?

Thanks,
- AV

GET SOME PRIORITIES!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168664)

The worst terrorist attack in recorded history occured one year, four months and 16 days ago, and all you people can talk about is the LinuxWorld exhibitors' responses to Slashdot questions? My *god*, people, get some priorities!

vulterant probably Voltairian / Voltairean (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168666)

"A Voltairean is a man (or woman) who is bent on seeing clearly in all matters; in religion and philosophy he is willing to believe only that which he understands, and to accept ignorance in all the rest; he values reality more than speculation, and simplifies ethics as well as dogma, both for the sake of practical virtues; in politics he favors a moderation that guarantees natural freedom, as well as the freedoms of conscience, of expression, and of person; one which eliminates as much evil and brings about as much good as possible, and places justice among the most desireable goods; in the arts he appreciates restraint and truth above all; he hates hypocrisy, fanaticism, and bad taste with a passion and, not limiting himself to hating these, he will fight them to the bitter end."

Re:vulterant probably Voltairian / Voltairean (0)

twofidyKidd (615722) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168812)

Maybe he just meant "vulturant" as in "like vultures" which still doesn't exist as a word but is closely linked to vulturous as in Rapacious; predatory (dictionary.com)

kde 3.1 or Duke Nukem Forever (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168668)

Which will come first, Duke Nukem Forever or KDE 3.1?

i don't know about duke nukem, but 3.1 is here today. http://www.kde.org/ftpmirrors.html. check the mirrors.

cool (4, Funny)

pummer (637413) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168669)

I'm gonna become a tech journalist. That way I can walk around wearing my Red Hat cap, Microsoft T-shirt, Linux press badge, carrying a bag full of demo CDs. I can also have in my duffel a Rubik's Cube keychain and, to top it all off, a squeezy penguin.

Worth the price of admission?

Re:cool (2, Funny)

mttlg (174815) | more than 11 years ago | (#5169113)

I'm gonna become a tech journalist. That way I can walk around wearing my Red Hat cap, Microsoft T-shirt, Linux press badge, carrying a bag full of demo CDs. I can also have in my duffel a Rubik's Cube keychain and, to top it all off, a squeezy penguin.

As a self-declared expert in the field of free stuff (see my web site, the writing section in particular, for more information), I must caution against such a lifestyle. Sure, it looks glamorous, but what are you going to do with all the stuff? It won't be long before your closet is full of pens, pencils, highlighters, note pads, refrigerator magnets, keychains, t-shirts, hats, letter openers, stress balls, water bottles, plastic cups, and all sorts of other little things that may or may not be useful at some point in the future. You'll realize that the things you use every day, from your drinking glass to your coasters, your swiss army knife, your eyeglass cleaning cloths, and even your mints, were all free, and you won't know what you would do without them - you might actually have to buy something! Trust me, that's not the kind of life anybody wants...

IT'S OUT !!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168670)

GO KDE [kde.org] . Suck this gnomers.

Re:IT'S OUT !!!! (-1, Flamebait)

sexx0r hermoine (645188) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168680)

Does it build on a Cray supercomputer yet? (Since that's about what's required to run it at an usable speed.)

Re:IT'S OUT !!!! (1)

luna1ix (549450) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168720)

So where is my Duke Nukem?

If Microsoft isn't planning linux software...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168675)

If Microsoft isn't planning software Linux and other unixes, they are making a big tactical error. They got to understand that linux is here to stay and will make considerable in roads in the desktop market.

Create linux/unix software or perish!!

You're Trolling for Dollars... (4, Insightful)

Pii (1955) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168817)

Riiiight...

Because the lack of "MS Office for Solaris/AIX/SCO" has been the thing that's been holding them back. If they'd only developed "Office for *nix," they might have become a player someday.

Microsoft is smart not to be releasing Office for Linux. In many ways, it's the only application (Suite of applications) that makes them relevant in the business world. It's what keeps "asses in the seats" as far as keeping their Operating Systems in such wide deployment.

SmallCompany Inc. doesn't care what games have been developed for Linux. They need their people do be able to utilize Word, Excel, and Outlook. They can't afford translation errors in the spreadsheets... They can't afford for the wrong bullet type to appear in their Memos... They need to run Office, and if they need to run Office, then they need to be running Windows!

(Mac people... Don't get all bent out of shape... We know that Office has been ported to MacOS and OSX.)

Why should Microsoft release a product that would only serve to marginalize their hold on the Desktop OS? It indirectly adds another $200 to the cost of the Office Suite. That's free money to them, and they take it straight to the bank.

As for this:

Create linux/unix software or perish!!

That's a laugher. Anybody remember Corel? Loki? If history is any indicator, I think the case can be made that anyone choosing to produce Linux software (for the desktop) will perish.

[I'm no fan of Microsoft, but I cannot indulge your delusions of grandeur.]

Re:If Microsoft isn't planning linux software..... (1)

frankrachel (224667) | more than 11 years ago | (#5169030)

If they made it, people would expect it for free, so why bother..

RedHat on KDE (5, Funny)

niom (638987) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168681)

Red Hat's Jeremy Hogan said any KDE breakage was unintentional

the big problem is that Red Hat's developers are almost all Gnome people

the breakage is only in Red Hat 8.0's default hybrid Gnome/KDE Bluecurve desktop

So RedHat's default setup broke one of the two big Linux desktops and there's nothing to complain about because they only did it out of incompetence and not on purpose? Well, that's like totally vulterant.

Re:RedHat on KDE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168762)

Would you KDE guys just STFU. Hasn't this horse been beaten enough already? Use another distro if it bothers you that much.

Re:RedHat on KDE (1)

unoengborg (209251) | more than 11 years ago | (#5169008)

You see the problem is not so much that Red Hat ships a "broken" or lets be kind and call it a higly modified version of KDE. The real problem is that they do a bad job of supporting their version.

As Red Hat is very slow on releasing bugfixes for their KDE if they release any fixes at all, that is. This goes for fixes for crashes and other malfunctions as well aa security related bug fixes.

And as KDE is part of the redhat distro, it is also part of what users expect to get updated if they subscribe to the Red Hat up2date service that people actually pay money for. But KDE users will not get good value for their money.

And it is not always simple to changie distro. Some products e.g. databasess may only be certified to work with a certain distro e.g. Red Hat.

Re:RedHat on KDE (4, Funny)

alanh (29068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168883)

Oh come on, it was a perfectly cromulent idea.

Duke Nukem Forever Release Date (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168684)

3dRealms will say, "When It's Done" but the word from a major game retailer is June 2003. It was June 15th 2003 but it was pushed back to early June 2003, the 6th to be exact.

Feature requests (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168686)

1. Threshhold ceiling. I'd keep mine locked at 0.
2. If the 'good'/'bad' posts ratio falls beneath some configurable figure, the trolls should win. Maybe a troll image can go beside the headline.

Re:Feature requests (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168714)

that's great, ted, but what about the fiber samples?

Re:Feature requests (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168731)

I think you're not talking to who you think you are. I take a fiber supplement and I might just supplement it all over your screaming face in a few hours.

I AGREE WITH THIS POST! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168763)

n/t

... vulterant=vulturine? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168712)

Perhaps the word the questioner was looking for was:

vulterine [m-w.com]

Main Entry: vulturine
1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of vultures
2 : RAPACIOUS, PREDATORY

Re:... vulterant=vulturine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168958)

Slashdot's new hip word... Vulterant.

Now use it and shut up, ok?

Macromedia or Macrovision? (5, Interesting)

shiflett (151538) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168713)

"Nancy Robbins of Macromedia said..."

Where was she from, Macromedia or Macrovision? The question was directed at Macrovision.

Services For Unix (5, Interesting)

Kourino (206616) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168716)

Is it me, or was anyone else really confused by the response by the Microsoft guy? They're there to "talk about Unix services"? Well, it makes more sense in terms of their Services for Unix. Incidentally, reading the page for SFU, it's good to see real Unixy stuff in Windows. (No, I don't think it will "take away" market from existing Unix products. (Windows + Korn shell) != FreeBSD. I admit to being a little leary about the prospect, but I don't see it happening.)

Anyone have any experience with this Services For Unix thing? I don't have access to Windows machines to run the trials on.

I'm still confused as to why they're at LWCE, when the webpage bills it as "the #1 place for companies that sell, market or promote Linux based products, services, applications and solutions," and they claim to have no plans whatsoever to sell, market, or promote Linux-based anything. I guess that leaves reasons for coming sowhere around building mindshare in the Linux world :3 Although the fact that they seem to be using GPLed utilities [newsforge.com] in their SFU is very interesting. (And perhaps their foot in the door.)

Disclaimer: this is not a Microsoft flame. I am not an anti-Microsoft junkie. Do please refrain from flaming if you want to reply.

Re:Services For Unix (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168751)

Even without SFU, it's a convenient way for them to dispel FUD and counter ridiculous conspiracy theories made by zealots.

They can perhaps give some insight to corporate show-goers about how linux and Windows can exist on the same network, talk about TCO and whatnot.

There are two sides to every story. They belong there, IMO, to balance the zealot-crappery which would drag the convention down into the gutter with namecalling and uninformed software-bashing.

Re:Services For Unix (2, Informative)

reaper20 (23396) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168786)

Anyone have any experience with this Services For Unix thing?

It is pretty cool. It's nice to have an NFS share tab right along the SMB tab, all integrated into the GUI and MMC.

Of course, it's pretty pathetic that you have to spend another hundred bucks on TOP of the ~$800 you paid for 2000 Server just to get it export NFS shares, like every other OS on the planet.

Re:Services For Unix (1)

mark_lybarger (199098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168821)

I'm still confused as to why they're at LWCE

unlike other software companies, they've got $$ to spend on resources to fill a booth (people, gizmo's booth rental, etc).

it's always better to have the booths filled up with something than to have them sitting empty *cough*KDE*cough*

Re:Services For Unix (4, Funny)

bbh (210459) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168822)

After 5 years in development, we're proud to announce we've developed echo and discard for Windows XP.... This shows we wish to bridge the gap between UNIX and the Windows Environment. Quote Of The Day (QOTD) is currently in development but should be ready for Windows 2003. We hope to have further earth shattering announcements at next years LinuxWorld! Maybe a quote expansion pack for the 2004 LinuxWorld!

bbh

Re:Services For Unix (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5169043)

Fuck you, you queerbait Microsoft lover.

Re:Services For Unix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5169151)

The only part of SFU that I've used is the NFS server, and boy does it suck. We never could get it to work right with Linux clients.

Globetrotter/Macrovision's flexlm is in wide use (4, Informative)

JoeBuck (7947) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168735)

How do you think that companies like nVidia design and test their chips? Answer: by running expensive electronic design automation tools and simulators, mainly on big server farms running Linux or Solaris. Almost all of these tools, which cost thousands to tens of thousands per seat, use a flexlm-based license manager. With this kind of setup, as many machines as you like can have the tool installed, but the tool checks out a license from the networked license server in order to operate.

Your question about how long it would take people to crack such schemes isn't interesting: it is not extremely difficult for a good assembly language programmer to crack it, by, for instance, patching the binary executable with a hex editor. However, in practice this does not matter, as the price of being caught might well be expulsion from the chip design business: you can't design chips without tools, you need upgrades to the tools on a regulat basis thanks to Moore's Law, so you can't piss off your suppliers. In that sense, your license manager is just a technique to monitor your compliance with your contract (e.g. that you have 250 Verilog simulator licenses).

Re:Globetrotter/Macrovision's flexlm is in wide us (1)

Gaetano (142855) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168856)

Except that when you are a small company using software that you have paid for that happens to also use flexlm for license management it can be a major pain in the administrators butt.

We have two such products that both need to run on the same server. Both products in their start up and install scripts start-up flexlm, on the same port. Every time I do a patch/upgrade/reinstall I have to force feed the programs to listen to differant ports, which is sort of like bending over backwards in the case of these particular programs.

Now mind you, both these programs that use flexlm came from another software company than macrovision, but god damn, its annoying as hell! Plus the time I spend on other systems filling out forms and faxing it into the company to be gracious enough to get back to me within 24 hours with the license key for the privliage of using the crappy software that we licensed from them for 30 grand.

Re:Globetrotter/Macrovision's flexlm is in wide us (1)

imadork (226897) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168932)

250 Verilog licenses? Where the heck do you work?

Re:Globetrotter/Macrovision's flexlm is in wide us (5, Informative)

t (8386) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168983)

I once had a chance encounter with a woman who turned out to be an employee of flexlm. I asked her if it had ever been cracked and she said "oh yes, several times." She said that the company always takes legal action and has successfully silenced all cracks. Her statement is undoubtedly true since flexlm is and has always been a crappy product, largely unchanged for years, to think that they stumbled upon the perfect copy protection scheme is ridiculous.

cylant (1)

zogger (617870) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168737)

--I'd be interested in hearing from anyone here who uses these cylant security products and would like to comment on them. Thanks in advance.

Re:cylant (feedback) (4, Informative)

scottwimer (628340) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168844)

Disclaimer: I am the CTO Cylant.

We've been running CylantSecure on our external systems for the past couple of years. We've been eating our own dog food, so to speak. All I can say is, "mmm, tasty!" :) Since early 2000 various different companies and goverenmental organizations have evaluated and experimented with CylantSecure, so far we've consistently gotten positive feedback.

To make evaluating CylantSecure easier, it has a built in 30 day fully-featured evaluation period.

scottwimer

Re:cylant (feedback)/thanks (1)

zogger (617870) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168940)

--thanks for your reply, I just checked out your website. A follow up, any plans for just a client application, not geared for servers but for stand alone or small networks that aren't configged as servers? Guess what I am looking for is "more" in the way of personal security/firewalling/whatnot, and I like your kernel-level concepts-those that I can understand anyway, heh!. Thanks again.

Microsoft and Open Source (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward +1 (645038) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168740)

I'm not surprised that there will be no open source software for Gnu/Linux from Microsoft. It's basically against their business strategy. However, did anyone notice that M$ has shared the code for windows with the Russian government? And of course, the Russians are voting against Bush on Iraq.

vulterant (4, Funny)

ryants (310088) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168741)

Krabappel: You know, before I came to this web site I never even heard of the word "vulterant".

Hoover: I don't know why, it's a perfectly cromulant word.

The only thing I can come up with is "vult + erant", which would be Latin for "he/she/it wants + they were".

Re:vulterant (2, Interesting)

Columbo (111563) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168810)

I think the poster meant "vulterine", which is a word meaning, according to dictionary.com

1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a vulture.

2. Rapacious; predatory.

Re:vulterant (1)

Columbo (111563) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168830)

D'oh! Sorry, I meant "Vulturine".

Re:vulterant (1)

ryants (310088) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168849)

"Predatory" claims? "Rapacious" claims? That's unpossible!

Colourless green ideas sleep furiously.

Not across from the main Microsoft campus (3, Informative)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168742)

Tim also said, "We're right across the street from Microsoft. We sell a lot of stuff to Microsoft people. There's a lot of Linux running at Microsoft. A lot of Microsoft developers prefer to work with Linux."

Not to take away from anything that was said but they are not across from the [yahoo.com] main Microsoft campus, but rather between the smaller satellite and the main campus. This gives them less MS visibility though, than being across the street.

Re:Not across from the main Microsoft campus (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5169088)

Being a Pogo Linux employee, I have to say we are infact across the street from Microsoft. Building 119 to be exact.

There are plenty of benefits being so close to MS, I take the shuttle buses regularly to get around for lunch. :)

Re:Not across from the main Microsoft campus (1)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 11 years ago | (#5169156)

Hmm, it has been about 2.5 years since I interned there, I guess they just kept building buildings. :) sorry for the mistake.

I hope the shuttle buses you take have the tootsie rolls on them, I hate the ones loaded with hard candy.

Vulterant (3, Funny)

nuwayser (168008) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168750)

Egads! Vocabulary creationism rivaling Dubya! How misinappropriate!

Re:Vulterant (0)

jd142 (129673) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168774)

Vulterant is a perfectly cromulent word. I don't know why people are so confused about it.

Re:Vulterant (4, Funny)

FatRatBastard (7583) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168904)

Vulterant is a perfectly cromulent word. I don't know why people are so confused about it.

I'm anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have been caused such pericombobulation. I offer JD my most enthusiastic contrafribularities for clearing up such matters interfrastically.

Meaning of "Vulterant" (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168755)

No, I didn't create the word; so I'm just taking an uninformed guess. "Vulterant" (vulturent) might be a created term meaning "in the style of a vulture or buzzard"? Since a "vulture" can be defined as "a person of a rapacious, predatory, or profiteering nature." and this is of what Redhat was accused with their mucking about with KDE; the derivation reads logically to me.

Then again, perhaps "buzzardly" was already taken or wasn't politically correct enough.

Qvacks.

Re:Meaning of "Vulterant" (1)

soorma_bhopali (643472) | more than 11 years ago | (#5169164)

MS word suggests the alternative "vulturine" which means : vulgarity !!

'only' broken with KDE/Bluecurve? (4, Insightful)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168759)

What is your response to the vulterant claims that your Gnome/KDE setup is breaking QT apps and causing havoc for developers who make use of QT?

(...)

Anyway, Hogan says, the breakage is only in Red Hat 8.0's default hybrid Gnome/KDE Bluecurve desktop, but "if you just run KDE, not Bluecurve, there are no problems."


Eep! If the default settings are broken, and 80% of users use the default settings, then there is no 'only' about it.

"Sure, the tires will burst of you drive faster then 50mph, but that only happens when you use the default tires that come with the truck."

'only' is a word when you talk about a minority of people, as in, "it only breaks for KDE users who use Sawfish as their window manager".

Re:'only' broken with KDE/Bluecurve? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168782)

A question for the KDE guys who get bent out of shape about what Redhat did: Would it upset you if Redhat dropped KDE entirely?

(This isn't sarcastic, nor a flame. I am actually being serious, and there is no hidden meaning.)

Re:'only' broken with KDE/Bluecurve? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168834)

Perhaps they meant that it "only" breaks for users who think "vulterant" is a real word.

;-)

Re:'only' broken with KDE/Bluecurve? (1)

cthulhubob (161144) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168961)

Eep! If the default settings are broken, and 80% of users use the default settings, then there is no 'only' about it.

Thing is, the default isn't KDE/Bluecurve, the default is GNOME/Bluecurve - as such, the only thing needed to remember is that if you change from GNOME to KDE, you need to change the theme as well.

Re:'only' broken with KDE/Bluecurve? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5169149)

Good lord!
Did Hogan used to work in MS's PR dept?

w00t! (4, Funny)

dolson (634094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168806)

The person writing Battle Pong today might be writing Unreal 3 tomorrow.

When do I start???!!?

Great questioning... not (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168828)

I just love it when the /. editors try to play journalist and bobble it this badly. They walked up to people in booths and asked whomever was there? What??? I hate to piss on your parade, but that's not how real technical journalism is done.

And as for the lame questions, it reminds me of the old saying about how people in a democracy get the government they deserve...

Yes, *real* journalism. . . (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168929)

just walks up to random people on the street and asks them questions.

KFG

Swag (1)

AlgUSF (238240) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168842)

I would go just for the swag (as long as my company was paying for me to go). Nifty keychain rubik's cubes, stuffed penguins. I would probably get kicked out though for heckling the Microsoft booth. I would probably frisbee AOL CDs at them or something... Am I the only one who finds it kinda stupid the MSFT was at LinuxWorld?

KDE 3.1 is out. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168855)

ftp://master.kde.org/pub/kde/stable/3.1/

Really, it is.

Re:KDE 3.1 is out. (3, Interesting)

KjetilK (186133) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168886)

Uh-oh... Now the /. editors are going to post this on the front-page before it is announced... :-)

Really, I think the posting on /. should wait untill it is announced. The release-schedule [kde.org] says that it is going to be uploaded a bit before the announcement.

Me, I'm downloading! ;-)

Nice interview (0, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168859)

Pretty longwinded way of saying "I couldnt get anybody to answer anything". No news here, nothing to learn.

I imagine Roblimo spent about about a half hour on the last day asking the 'questions', if at all.

If he pressed people at all, and presented himself as a journalist instead of trying to front as some retarded 'undercover' operative, he could have gotten answers. I can't believe none of these companies had any sort of message that they would want covered on slashdot.

What a waste of time. His interviewing skills are on par with Rosie O'Donnels, more about kissing ass and talking about the "Cutie Patootie" boy with the piercings than getting any information.

Re:Nice interview (1)

demon (1039) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168887)

Ok, the next person who mentions Rosie O'Donnell on /. is going to get a serious beatdown. Makes me want to vomit just reading that.

I'm gonna go dig my eyes out with a spoon now.

Vulterant (4, Informative)

Koyaanisqatsi (581196) | more than 11 years ago | (#5168912)

Now it does return at least one [google.com] result. Damm, google is FAST.

Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168931)

Mark thought the Raiders were going to win the Super Bowl.

The fool!

tempting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5168974)

One well-known reporter said, "I've seen so many giveaways over the years that the only way to get my attention now would be to give me a server. No, make that a cluster."

Oh, no. Must....resist....obvious.....joke. Negative....karma....is....bad.

Picky dogs or some really bad dog food? (3, Insightful)

pmz (462998) | more than 11 years ago | (#5169016)

Tim also said, "We're right across the street from Microsoft. We sell a lot of stuff to Microsoft people. There's a lot of Linux running at Microsoft. A lot of Microsoft developers prefer to work with Linux."

When given a choice, engineers will choose the best tool rather than follow corporate dogma. This quote speaks volumes.

What's wrong with this? (5, Informative)

jdreed1024 (443938) | more than 11 years ago | (#5169046)

Apparently Macrovision believes there is now enough commercial software being written for Linux -- by companies that want to use encrpyted "unlock" keys to prevent unauthorized used of their precious intellectual property (sigh) -- to make it worth their while to be at LinuxWorld.

Why does this merit a "sigh"? They're not talking about another DRM implementation here - apparently Roblimo doesn't understand this.

Asset and License Management Software has been around for years. In case you're confused, Macrovision is NOT talking about the product activation you see in Windows XP or TurboTax. Rather, they're talking about something like KeyServer [sassafras.com] , which allows large organizations to buy one copy of Photoshop or something, and "Key" it, so that it can only be unlocked by talking to a KeyServer. This allows you specify the number of concurrent users on the network, and any other number of restrictions (which workstations can use it, etc). This is extremely cost-effective for companies - they buy, say, 5 licenses of photoshop, key it, and then make sure only 5 users can use it at once. Thus, when the BSA comes knocking on the door and says "Hey, you have 100 computers - we demand 100 licenses", they can say "sorry, we enforce concurrent use of no more than 5 copies of the app. Have a nice day." It also prevents employees from stealing a copy of Photoshop and taking it home with them (it won't work). However, this solution is only available on Windows and Mac (and, for the longest time, it was Mac only). I don't see why this is such a problem that it now runs on Linux.

What this means is that WidgetCo, which uses, say, Matlab, and has 200 workstations, can save a ton of money by only purchasing 50 licenses. The MathWorks (matlab makers) won't have a problem with this as long as they can be assured that no more than 50 copies will be running concurrently. (And no, the honor system doesn't work anymore). FLEXlm [macrovision.com] software (what Macrovision is offering) can help assure this. This setup is what many colleges or large institutions use to assure that commerical software on UNIX is abiding by the terms of their licensing agreements or package deals.

So now WidgetCo can save even more money, because instead of having to buy costly Solaris licenses to run a platform that supports licensing software, they can now use Linux, and yet another big institution will be running GNU/Linux.

I know it would be nice if everyone using Linux also used other GNU software to get their jobs done, but really, there's always going to be commerical software. We should be cheering the fact that there is one less obstacle for large organizations to adopt Linux and still maintain their licensing agreements with the big commercial software firms. In fact, FLEXlm has been around for a long time (at least since '91), but it was only for certain flavors of UNIX (read: Solaris). All that happened is that Macrovision bought out the company, and released a version that runs on Linux. Good for them.

Huh? (3, Insightful)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 11 years ago | (#5169092)

The question: "What basic strategies are you employing to better penetrate the server/appliance market with Linux systems?"

The Response: "He said, "High-performance, low-cost clusters on commodity servers, specifically that work with InfiniBand." Okay, fine. He then launched into a spiel about InfiniCon products that had words like "value" and "interoperability" in it but didn't answer my question. I asked again, and got another sales pitch. Okay. Fine. This company's strategy to better penetrate the appliance/server market with Linux is to use a lot of marketing buzzwords."

What was so wrong with the guy's answer? If you're not willing to accept his answers, maybe you should try asking different questions or maybe even send someone else. Your question is basically, "what strategies are you going to use to sell Linux?". His answer was, "we're going to focus on value (i.e. price) and interoperability (i.e., flexibility and technical agnosticism). What the hell was wrong with his answers?

Exactly what answer were you looking for?

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