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flydpnkrtn writes "Has anyone else noticed http://news.google.com/ returns a 502? Apparently the GOOG didn't properly anticipate the load from fans trying to find out who won the SuperBowl.
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.
Please try again in 30 seconds./code" Link to Original Source top
flydpnkrtn writes "As OO Writer told me today automagically via a little "Updates are available" widget, OpenOffice.org 3.0 has entered open beta.
See here for the milestones overview, and here for the download page.
It's a Beta folks — standard "do not run in a production environment" disclaimers apply." Link to Original Source top
flydpnkrtn writes "An interview with former kernel developer Con Kolivas (of the -ck patchset) rants and raves about desktop Linux, and discusses why he quit developing for the Linux kernel as a side hobby.
A/. post summarizes the circumstances that brought Con to the decision as well." Link to Original Source top
flydpnkrtn writes "From TFA:
For a month that saw a GNU GPL lawsuit and nearly 20% growth in GPLv3 project conversions, September has quickly become yet another month set to go out like a lamb (I'm looking at you, March).
Are developers revolting against GPLv3 because it's too restrictive? Will we see a major rise in popularity of the LGPL based on that fact?" Link to Original Source top
Is boycottnovell.com being sponsored by Microsoft?
flydpnkrtn writes "I started suspecting something fishy myself just by the sheer volume and number of posts, and after a little digging found a USETNET
post that basically echoes my thoughts: Is someone paying Roy Schestowitz (one of two editors of boycottnovell.com) to post pro-Linux/Anti-Novell articles and further fracture the OSS community? If you've ever read about the crazy, anticompetitive things Microsoft has done in the past it's something completely within their "realm" so to speak.
flydpnkrtn writes "From the InformationWeek article: "Under its controversial alliance with Novell, Microsoft is entitled to receive key technical documentation from the Linux distributor even if that documentation is not generally available to open source software developers, according to a Novell document."
Also from the article:"In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday, Novell revealed a number of new details about the Microsoft deal."
Is this just more Novell-bashing material? Or is this "no big deal"? And of course this type of thing runs contrary to the 'spirit of the GPL'..." Link to Original Source top
flydpnkrtn writes "'The Mono Project on Feb. 20 announced that it has developed a Visual Basic compiler that will enable software developers who use Microsoft Visual Basic to run their applications on any platform that supports Mono, such as Linux, without any code modifications.'
As the article says, '37 percent of enterprises use Microsoft Visual Basic.NET for development and maintenance of their in-house applications. Among.NET developers, 59 percent use Visual Basic.NET as their only programming language.'
IMO this is huge news — instead of using such products as RealBasic to get cross-platform goodness you can run Visual Basic apps on anything Mono runs on, and oh by the way you don't have to relearn anything." top
flydpnkrtn writes "As I browse Wikipedia and look at people's talk pages I see more and more people that have done more and been here longer than I seem to think so...
User:Bluemoose ("Had enough of this, all the good people seem to be leaving.") and User:Sn0wflake ("I no longer have the time or energy to care. The project, to me, has failed") are prime examples of people with high edits that have been around for a while that seem to think so.
Is Wikipedia just a fad and truly is "failing," or is it just going through "growing pains"?"