For all of the cool things that Ubuntu has done, their lack of quality control is astonishing and baffling. They’re better at innovating excuses than actually responding to bug reports. This is the latest fun example, “Bug #145805 in aumix “. The binary Aumix package was built incorrectly for Gutsy, so it doesn’t work. Rebuilding it from sources fixes it. So does the crack Ubuntu team leap into action? Yes, but not to fix it...
One strategy to provide a better level of Linux support is to pick a Linux distribution with which a company can grow instead of changing later on to avoid poor support. For instance, before deciding what is more efficient and/or economical, the company must bear in mind that it should align its infrastructure to the business.
"Government Computer News tells us that Intel Director Jim Held doesn't think Linux kernal developers are interested, or ready, to support multi-core processors, "They (Linux devs) weren't so sure of how the community would latch on to large-scale chip multi-processing." He continues, "Microsoft is very much engaged in planning of this future of many-core," and avers that "Microsoft recognizes the importance of parallelism," which left-handedly suggests that Linux developers aren't. While GCN is no fount of cutting edged news, one would think a certain objectivity would be adopted. No attempt was made to develop a story here, and I doubt the one they are promoting exists."
Judge Dale Kimball, the judge presiding over SCO v. Novell, which was just sent back to him when the Bankruptcy Court in Delaware lifted the automatic stay, has issued an order [PDF]. He'd like the parties to tell him what's left, can any of it be handled by summary judgment, and does the subtraction of the constructive trust issue mean the trial will be shorter. Any other matters they'd like to tell him about in the joint statement he leaves to their discretion. And he'd like to know by the 13th. Their answers will impact how soon he can schedule the trial, but he's interested in doing so as soon as possible.
Advocates for complete transparency in the inner workings of voting machines have found a sympathetic home in San Francisco - but they ran into a brick wall at City Hall on Wednesday.
After Verizon Wireless attracted publicity for announcing it would open its wireless network to all devices next year, AT&T jumped into the ring today, embracing the so-called "open devices" trend within the wireless industry.
"As protests mount over the Canadian DMCA, law professor Michael Geist is now reporting that the government plans to delay addressing fair use and consumer copyright concerns such as the blank media tax for years. While the U.S. copyright lobby get their DMCA, consumers will get a panel to eventually consider possible changes to the law. Many Canadians are responding today with a mass phone-in to Industry Minister Jim Prentice to protest the policy plans."
"I've published firmware-tools deb packages, and the latest system BIOS images for 223 Dell system types, into a new repository on linux.dell.com. Please see the instructions for how to use them. In a nutshell, for Ubuntu systems with 7.04 Feisty, 7.10 Gutsy, or Hardy, be sure the Universe section is enabled in /etc/apt/sources.list, then run as root:"