Microsoft Patents the Crippling of Operating Systems
Okay, I'm a bit suprised by this for serious resons.
1. I thought the big mainframe vendor back in the golden times did this too (or was it just limited to the hardware?)
2. Shareware works like that?
I don't know if th fact it's "applied just to an OS" makes a lot of distinction, legally, but practically, this patent seems to have a grade of innovation of zero.
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This is not true, being paid per visualization is quite common still, although one gets paid really few for it.
The "user clicked and bought product" is called conversion, and is paid a lot, but is not the only thing paid.
A Secure OS For the Dalai Lama?
a lot of linux and mac os x do not have a lot of features listed, nor did they have them when they were 'conceived.'
Nor do a lot of Windows Vista installs. Can you have those features on Linux/Mac OS X? Yes (excluding parental control, and keeping in mind we are talking about "approaches" more than how a certain feature exactly works. Because MS has patented that exact method so no one else can legally use it).
In the end, the OS is as secure as the user keeps it. You can have a super secure Windows/Linux/Mac installation, or equally have a very loose one.
And effectively hardening your OS implies you have to understand you might lose some functionality (see all those apps on Windows that fire up unneeded UAC prompts by doing the very wrong thing, or those apps on Linux that are happily unaware of SELinux) and do not bitch about it with the wrong people (the OS makers).
Although I concede you that there has been a certain mindset of "I run Linux/Mac OS so I'm inherently secure" that needs to be eradicated ASAP
Back on the topic, it doesn't matter what OS you choose, but develop good policies and stick with them and you'll be reasonably secure.
Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences
No. Copyright law is preserving the right of the artist to attempt to profit from their work without the active interference of others.
More correctly, it preserves the author right to decide under which conditions said work can be copied, and under which conditions said work can be modified.
Creative Commons (and Open Source) use the copyright mechanism extensively and that is, in fact, their legal stand.
Which Distro For an Eee PC?
I'm typing this from my 901 running Fedora 9.
It does not work (completely) out of the box; the things that you need to tweak are the following:
Boot Fedora from USB, by downloading any live iso (or the netinstall if you are short on space) and following http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraLiveCD/USBHowTo (or the relevant page in the manual: I'm frankly more happy with the manual)
Install the whole thing (SSD users might want to check out Theodore T'so blog on how to correctly format an SSD to have semi-decent performances)
See that it works "sort of"
Check out http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Eee_PC. It does not have all the solutions but has valid pointers for googling.
The GMA950 is going to be a pain as usual, so if you plan to run compiz like I do you should google for optimizations of the driver.
It mostly boils down to inserting
Option "MigrationHeuristics" "greedy"
in the Device section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf but this might be outdated information.
However, this is to improve performances, the stuff will work (just slow, and compiz can REALLY slow down apps like Firefox)
How About an iPhone OS Or Android-Based Netbook?
Like Bill Clinton once said... or was it Al Gore? Anyway, most of the amazing battery performances of cellphones come from using dedicated, low power hardware.
A small, and absolutely not comprehensive list:
ARM based processor (yes, RISC is much more efficient and predictable, than whatever-i686-is)
Low-power wireless (that can be a true killer, especially true for WiFi, much less for WiMax)
No hard disk (that kills a lot)
Sure, software has its own share of guilt: mainly, the fact that mainstream OSes, in their standard configuration, are much oriented toward having to deal with x86 processors, hard disks, PCI buses, etc.
From those OSes, one can churn out a system that retains the kernel and some userland but does a better job handling low-power resources.
A practical example, my EeePc (from which I'm typing this) ran painfully slow when i first installed Fedora on it (default install, with LVM, big swap space, continuous disk access). Tweaking parameters here and there has fixed a lot of speed issues and, probably, makes the battery run better than it did.
Maybe one should try Ubuntu NetBook edition and do comparisons based on that.