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Running Ubuntu Karmic Alpha

I've een running Karmic since Alpha2 on two machines and yesterday, I had my first breakage to fix (network-manager would no longer run because of a missing library).

It than hit me that Karmic over the last months had been about as stable as the Windows Vista Desktop I had at a customers site for several months to use Outlook.  You know, sporadic crashes and frequest reboots...

I'm shocked

This post is not related to technology in any form, but I feel so stong about this issue that I'm sending this out into the world anyway.

In recent days, the Flemish public schooling system voted for a ban on headscarves, much to the anger of the Muslim community.
Apart from public protests, there was a response from an Imam that they would open their own schools that allowed religious symbols for students (not only Muslim).  The politicians immediately responded that they would try to block such a move (which is completely legat at the moment) because they label it divsive.

OpenSuSE back to it's roots

There some controversy surrounding this, but OpenSuSE is moving back to KDE as the default desktop.  Gnome will be available as an option though.

The move hardly surprises me, as SuSE has historicly always been a KDE distribution, I started using KDE 1.0 on SuSE 5.3 many years ago.

So good luck to them, and KDE4 actually is an excellent desktop, even though I'll be sticking to Gnome for now.

KDE4.3 in Kubuntu

I created a live USB key with Kubuntu 9.10 Alpha3 to check out the new KDE 4.3 and I was very, very pleasantly surprised by it.

I used to be a KDE user until Ubuntu Warty in 2004, which switched me to Gnome.  A switch that had been comming for a while because I used mostly Gnome apps like Evolution.

When KDE4 first came out, I just had to test it out,  but it was bearly usable.  I tested every major release since then and starting with 4.3 KDE has a beautiful, functional desktop that is very stable and extremely fast.

Microsoft and a GPL violation

While a lot of people are celebrating the release of GPL'ed code by Microsoft and the convicted monopolist is actually getting praised for this move, the word is out that they were actually in violation of the GPL by staticly linking in other GPL code.

So they could either opt to go this route or be dragged into court again for using other people's code without proper adherence to that codes license...

Funny how some things never seem to change.

Following up on Mono patent issues

I stated previously that I would wait out the response from institutions I trust before celebrating the liberation of Mono with MS covering two patents under it's community promise.

The FSF released a follow up article on RMS's warning not to depend on Mono before these events.  And to be frank, their points seem very valid to me and seem to make the Community Promise to be the dead duck I feared it to be.

Mono's patent promise a dead duck?

After reading up a bit on what happened with Mono while I was out sick, I came across another excellent post by Glyn Moody. 

As he correctly points out, lawyers from the SFLC have been over this Open Promise that Microsoft is using and concluded it was incompatible with GPL software:

Mono and Microsoft's surprise

Microsoft made a surprise move by putting 2 of its patents that relate to mono under a community promise.

So, now everything with this environment is fine and dandy, isn't it?  Not quite.
I take my lead in matters about Free Software mostly for institutions I really trust, this includes the FSF with Richard Stallman and sites like Groklaw.

And RMS correctly points out a few catches in this new deal (there always are catches when dealing with MS):

What's wrong with having ideals?

When blogging or replying in forums, I increasingly get replies like I got on my previous blogpost about the FSF's statement in the mono debate:

"Unfortunately, the FSF has crossed the line between towards religious fundamentalism way too long ago"

Besides not providing anything factual in the debate, these responses always puzzle me.  Free Software (which is the original movement) has always been about ideals. 

RMS and the Free Software Foundation join in on the mono debate

RMS and the Free Software Foundation released a statement about depending on Mono:

"We should systematically arrange to depend on the free C# implementations as little as possible. In other words, we should discourage people from writing programs in C#. Therefore, we should not include C# implementations in the default installation of GNU/Linux distributions, and we should distribute and recommend non-C# applications rather than comparable C# applications whenever possible."

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