Archive | June 9, 2005

Kuro Box at MonadLUG

Guy Pardoe did a great presentation of the Kuro Boxes, using the US-branded Buffalo Tech LinkStation. Fourteen attendees got into the hardware and the discussions were far-ranging and intriguing.

Maybe it wasn’t about the Mac Mini after all…

On Ed Foster’s Gripelog: Did Apple Sue the Rumor Blogs to Keep Intel Deal Quiet?. “Something’s bothering me about Apple’s switch to Intel, and it has nothing to do with…” Ed connects the dots on Apple squashing rumor sites and the Apple switch to Intel.

Well, we’ve still got the cool codename…

Microsoft Watch from Mary Jo Foley reports that ‘Monad’ Scripting Shell Unlikely to Debut in Longhorn. “However, Microsoft is planning to make its alternative to Unix and Linux command-line scripting available as part of Exchange 12, due next year.”

One complaint I hear about Open Source software is the lack of a “roadmap” – a plan with features and ship dates. On the closed source side, no one can claim to know anything about which feature will or will not make it into Longhorn (WinFS? Monad?) but the ship date of “end of 2006” seems pretty firm. However, what value is committing to a ship date without a similar commitment to a feature set?

P.S. If you’re really looking for a bash-like scripting shell for Windows, why not install CygWin and use Bash and an entire UNIX-like environment? Or you might prefer Ruby, if you’re interested in some of the object-oriented features that might (or might not) be in Monad. Both are shipping now, supported now, free, and don’t require you to use Exchange 12. Waiting on Monad is likely to be, well, monadonous.

IBM reluctant to discuss their use of Wine

Interesting post from InfoWorld: Top News stating the IBM seems reticent to talk about using Wine in-house, perhaps out of concern for potential liability. The article that the threat is likely to come from Microsoft’s vast patent portfolio, and the thought that a Wine developer could be unknowingly infringing on a patented process. This is yet another example of why software patents are inherently a bad idea. Copyright protects the expression of an idea, so that someone cannot lift your source code without your permission. But patents protect the very idea itself. In the physical world of patents, an invention physically identical to someone else’s is unlikely to happen by chance. But in computer software source code, there are only so many ways to make a process happen, to click, drag and drop, and there are common and “best practices” guidelines on how code should work. Software development should be a commons of ideas building on other ideas, not a wasteland of locked-up, owned, restricted ideas.

IBM a reluctant user of Wine software. “IBM’s effort to promote Linux as a viable alternative on the company’s 350,000 corporate desktops took a step forward last month, when the company’s IT organization began supporting the open-source Firefox browser. However, while the move to support a browser that runs on Linux may provide a boost for both Firefox and IBM’s internal Linux effort, Big Blue hasn’t been nearly so eager to promote a lesser-known piece of software, called Wine, that it has used to advance Linux on the desktop.”

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