Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Microsoft's "intellectual properties"...

Here's an interesting interview by Duncan McLeod (Financial Mail, 8 June 2007) with Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu founder, (not exclusively) about the recent deal by Microsoft and Linspire. It seams to be basically the same kind of "not-suing-each-other-for-infringement-of-unspecified-patents"-deal Microsoft made with Novell and Xandros. I can't think of a good reason why any Linux distributor should agree to a deal like this...? Anyway, I'd like to quote a short part of this interview:
"Microsoft is asking people to pay them for patents, but they won't say which ones. If a guy walks into a shop and says: 'It's an unsafe neighbourhood, why don't you pay me 20 bucks and I'll make sure you're okay,' that's illegal. It's racketeering. What Microsoft is doing with intellectual property is exactly the same. It's a great company and I have great admiration for it, but this was not a well considered position."

This basically sums it up pretty well, I guess. I like Windows, but Microsoft's behavior is simply disgusting...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Qemu with Debian Etch

Recently, I wrote something about installing VMware server on Ubuntu Edgy, which should basically work with Debian's Etch, too. There is an alternative to VMware: Qemu. This peace of software also emulates a complete PC hardware and is opensource. To make Qemu faster it comes with a kernel module called "kqemu" which is free but distributed under a proprietary license until version 1.3.0pre9 - and this is the version Etch ships with. You may download the latest software from here, but I installed the default Debian packages and therefor I'll write about this kind of installation.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

My Vista Experience, Pt. 3

Lately, I had some trouble installing a new Nvidia display driver:
During installation of this driver Vista told me that "Age of Empires II Update 2" was not compatible with Vista... Er...? OK.....? The Nvidia installer ended without actually installing the driver and Vista then asked if it should try installing the program with recommended settings? Well, go ahead I thought... Now the Nvidia installer was sure it wasn't running on Vista and quit. I rebooted and tried my luck again - no success. Still the installer quit because it could "run on Vista only" - though I was quite sure I was running Vista at this time! I guess the "recommended" settings emulate some kind of Windows XP environment - but I couldn't turn this off again for this Nvidia installer. Well, I'm sure there would have been a solution to this but I wasn't in the mood searching for it.