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Windows 7 and the Linux lesson

You may love Linux or hate it, but when a distribution is complete, there’s very little hesitation by commercial operators when it comes to getting the completed operating system out there.

The Ubuntu 9.04 release candidate was posted on April 16 with final code promised for seven days later on April 23. The final Ubuntu 9.04 code was turned around as promised.

The same cannot be said of Microsoft and Windows. And that’s causing some frustration among those who want to get on with Windows 7.

The Windows 7 Release Candidate – build 7100 – has reportedly been leaked to the web. And unlike previous Windows 7 builds that showed up on one torrent here or there, the release candidate’s on four. The word is that Windows 7 Release Candidate will be available to MSDN and TechNet members at the end of next week with general availability on May 5.

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National Free Software Conference

A National Conference on FREE SOFTWARE is being held on the 15th & 16th of November, 2008 at the campus of Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi. The 2007 Conference was held in Hyderabad.

Information Technology (IT) has revolutionised the way people communicate and enterprises run their business. Internet has provided yet another space, the cyber space, facilitating people round the globe to organise themselves in newer forms. There is no debate that our country, its people and institutions need this technology for its progress.

Understand Software

Software is an important component of an IT application, if not the most important. Software remained in the public domain till nineteen eighties. In the eighties, it was taken over by business interests and is now a private property with Intellectual Property Right (IPR) restrictions. The impact of patents and copyrights which are various forms of IPR are basically two fold. On the one hand it has restricted the transfer and growth of knowledge in society through monopolisation, while on the other hand it has resulted in the siphoning of wealth from the brick and mortar economy to the cyber economy at alarming proportions.

Conference Overview

The Conference will be a milestone in the history of the Free Software movement in India. The event will comprise of


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GNU’s 25th Birthday Article by RMS

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Read the Malayalam Version translated by Santhish Thottingal

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Linux Qoutes

In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? — Hasse Skrifvars

Once upon a time there was a DOS user who saw Unix, and saw that it was good. After typing cp on his DOS machine at home, he downloaded GNU’s unix tools ported to DOS and installed them. He rm’d, cp’d, and mv’d happily for many days, and upon finding elvis, he vi’d and was happy. After a long day at work (on a Unix box) he came home, started editing a file, and couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t suspend vi (w/ ctrl-z) to do a compile. — Erik Troan

When you say “I wrote a program that crashed Windows”, people just stare at you blankly and say “Hey, I got those with the system, *for free* —  Linus Torvalds

…you might as well skip the Xmas celebration completely, and instead sit in front of your linux computer playing with the all-new-and-improved linux kernel version. —  Linus Torvalds

…Unix, MS-DOS, and Windows NT (also known as the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) — Matt Welsh

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ഞാന് ശ്രീജിത്, ഒരു സ്വതന്ത്ര സോഫ്ട് വെര് അനുകൂലി/ഉപഭോക്താവ്

ഇതൊരു പരീക്ഷണ പോസ്റ്റാണു്. ഇത് ഉബുണ്ടുവില് നിന്നും സ്കിം രീതി ഉപയൊഗിച്ച് പൊസ്റ്റ് ചെയ്തതാണു്.

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OOXML: A threat to ODF ?

With OOXML getting the ISO stamp, ODF is no longer the only standard left in its domain. It will have to fight for survival and dominance against a heavyweight fighter – one thats backed by Microsoft!

The ISO is a body which approves standards. First we need to know how the ‘standard’ came into the picture. Noone pushed any standard. The government organizations and industries needed a vendor independant standard (Open Standard) when it came to data storage. In the case of data storage it is not safe to use any proprietary standards. A standard should be independant of any vendor or application and should be easily decodable at the end user level.

Microsoft was asked to create such a standard many years ago by several govern ment organizations. But when the ODF came into picture and it is approved as an ISO standard,  Microsoft came with its own standard OOXML. The situation is a ‘Standard War’ between Micosoft and ODF. Both of them have advantages in their own perspective. But many government organization will use ODF as their standard in the future. According to my perspective the standards are meant to be unique: ie. for a particular solution you dont need to create several standards. Such a situation will erase the meaning of being a “standard”. It is needless. Let’s wait and see the standard war between OOXML and ODF.

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