Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-15

  • Build a Linux Media Center PC HOWTO: #
  • Heading to Boston for #linuxcon #
  • Wim Coekaert or Oracle at #linuxcon "We will not kill Linux or Solaris. We like BOTH." #
  • Rob Chandhok of Qualcomm at #linuxcon "We think we'll have a dual core CPU at 1.5GHz per core in a phone in the next year or so." #android #
  • Currently shopping for an #android phone, most likely a Nexus One. #linuxcon was the impetus and the final push I needed. #
  • @benfox The Samsung Captivate looks to be my second choice. The unfettered android experience of the Nexus One is compelling though. in reply to benfox #
  • There was a recent "security issue" at, but details have not been released yet (they will be soon). John Hawley at #linuxcon #
  • RT @linux_pro: First packed talk I've seen at #Linuxcon is unsurprisingly about #Android <- currently sitting on the floor myself #
  • #android represented 27% of the smartphones sold in the first half of 2010. #linuxcon (~ 6 million devices are activated per month) #
  • "Application developers exist to make your phone do more for a very short time, and then turn off" #android Matthew Garrett at #linuxcon #
  • on the topic of my previous tweet: how do #android users find the battery life of their current phone? Ideally, include phone model in reply #
  • RT @TechJournalist: shouting match in #Android session #LinuxCon Garrett asked an audience member to leave the room. Never seen that before. #
  • James Morris at #linuxcon "security features are now mainstream in Linux.We're better equipped to address modern threats but need to evolve" #
  • RT @jzb: Getting ready for press panel at #LinuxCon – nice crowd! <- you got me while I wasn't looking. #
  • @jzb at #linuxcon "Ubuntu forced other companies such as Red Hat and Novell to focus on Community again" <- panel is vehemently disagreeing #
  • While the panel at #linuxcon didn't wholly agree on the biggest Linux story of the last decade, the consensus for this year is mobile Linux. #
  • @jzb adroitly points out that the lack of a reliable methodology for counting unpaid Linux has a big impact on reliability of #'s #linuxcon #
  • @sjvn at #linuxcon "Linux is everywhere, but from a news perspective it's nowhere" (as it becomes mainstream, the media landscape changes) #
  • Will the biggest challenge to future Linux kernel development be finding exciting things to work on? Kernel panel at #linuxcon #
  • @tytso talking about Google taking heat for shipping non-mainline code when Red Hat and Novell both ship patched kernels. #linuxcon #android #
  • Markus Rex of Novell at #linuxcon "Linux is the best example of how people working together can create more than individuals working apart" #
  • Jeffrey Hammond of Forrester at #linuxcon "congratulations, you're on the winning team" – says Linux has crossed the chasm #
  • only 21% of developers "have not used OSS as part of my dev projects" (notes that the demographic was skewed toward MSFT users) #linuxcon #
  • US adoption of Open Source is closing the gap with Europe. Telco still leads industry adoption. #linuxcon #
  • "Open Source is changing the culture and dynamics of enterprise IT" @jhammond at #linuxcon #
  • Dawn Foster on MeeGo at #linuxcon – many challenges (technical, architectural, governance, social, community) in merging Maemo and Moblin #
  • Right now core #MeeGo contributions are very low outside of Intel and Nokia, with the notable exception of Novell #linuxcon #
  • Bret Piatt of Rackspace at #linuxcon – Rackspace is using Xen while Nasa is using KVM. OpenStack supports both. #
  • Hype vs. Reality: Today's Linux Story from the Media's Perspective on by @suehle (that's a nice screenshot IMHO) #linuxcon #
  • Survey: 98 percent of enterprises using Open Source – #
  • Chris Kenyon of Canonical is discussing the level of success the Linux desktop has reached at #linuxcon #
  • "Much of the success Linux has on the desktop is a result of its flexibility as a platform." #canonical at #linuxcon #
  • audience member at #linuxcon "In the enterprise, interop with legacy Microsoft infrastructure is still a huge pain point for desktop Linux" #
  • audience comment at #linuxcon "OSS developers are far too open to removing features that many people use, without giving a viable option" #
  • IDC at #linuxcon "One of the top reasons for Linux adoption is 'Microsoft avoidance' (ABM)" #
  • Eben Moglen of the SFLC at #linuxcon "We are not defending freedom against capitalism or business, but usually from greed" #
  • "The patent crisis is NOT going to go away" Moglen at #linuxcon #
  • "We have to find ways for freedom to make good business" Moglen at #linuxcon #
  • "The cloud is a cloudy phrase" in response to a GPL-related cloud question at #linuxcon #agpl #gplv3 #
  • from Nokia at #linuxcon one meego differentiator is that it's a full Linux experience, a truly open computing environment in your pocket. #
  • from Intel at #linuxcon the multiple vendor model of meego means they don't have to predict where innovation will come from. #
  • The upstream first philosophy is key to the future meego strategy. There will be no bifurcation in the project. #linuxcon #
  • Audience question: Has the success of Android compromised some of its openness and can the same happen to MeeGo? #linuxcon #
  • Nokia on Symbian at #linuxcon – it's not going anywhere and will move forward independently of MeeGo. "Its role remains interesting" #
  • This Oracle Systems Strategy Update webcast seems to confirm (by complete omission) that OpenSolaris is no more. #
  • The roadmap for Solaris, which unsurprisingly marks the end of OpenSolaris <-an ugly Friday for Oracle in the OSS world #
  • Google Calls Oracle Patent Suit Baseless And An Attack On The Open-Source Java Community – #SCOracle #

Random LQ Stats – Browser Update

I like to post random LQ stats every once and a while, and with the recent release of Firefox 3, now seems like a good time for a browser update. Here are the stats for July:

Firefox 66.05%
Internet Explorer 20.86%
Mozilla 4.98%
Opera 4.28%
Safari 2.07%
Konqueror 1.59%

Now, breaking down the Firefox numbers:

3.0 56.52% 18.02% 12.66% 1.59% 1.37% 1.34%

I have to admit that I’m a bit surprised, but quite impressed with the uptake up Firefox 3. To have well over 50% of the Firefox market share that rapidly is a remarkable feat. If they’d just fix the CSS overflow bug that makes LQ code tags scroll horizontally, it’d be even better ;)


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

Having just completed my first podcast in a while, I was looking for some additional information on the recent failure of OOXML to gain ISO approval. I commented on some of the alleged nefarious activity that had taken place, but I admit I missed this coincidence:

During the voting process the reputation of ISO as a dependable technical standardization organization was questioned. For example, in Sweden a Microsoft representative was caught offering to recompense partners for voting yes to OOXML. Also a sudden interest from countries like Ivory Coast to the OOXML issue has been found suspicious.

We studied the relation between the corruption level and voting behaviours of the countries. We found that more corrupted the country is, the more likely it was to vote for the unreserved acceptance of the OOXML standard proposal.

We used the [Transparency International’s] 2006 CPI index (Corruption Perceptions Index) as a measure of corruption. CPI index is a number between 1 and 10. A small CPI index means that the country is perceived to be very corrupted, while a large CPI index means that the country is perceived to have little corruption. Haiti has the smallest CPI index of 1.8, while the countries perceived having the least amount of corruption (Finland, Iceland, New Zealand) have a CPI index of 9.7. In barplots below the CPI index has been rounded down to the closest integer value.

ISO received a total of 87 votes, of which 70 was given either by the Secretariat country (USA), participating members (“P Member”) or observers (“O Member”); in the graph below only these 70 votes are shown. The votes are counted according to the complicated voting rules of ISO. The remaining 17 countries – most of which are perceived to be relatively corrupted (median CPI index 3.0) – mostly supported the OOXML (approval 13, approval with comments 2, abstention 2, disapproval 0).

I’ll leave whether or not this is sheer happenstance up to you, but the full EFFI article is worth a read.


More OSCON licensing announcements

(I briefly mentioned these in a previous post, but here’s a bit more detail. As I catch up on things that happened while I was at OSCON, you’ll likely see more frequent posts that are a bit more terse than usual.)

Microsoft wasn’t the only one to make a licesning announcement at OSCON.

First, SugarCRM announced that the next version will be licensed under the GPLv3. This has been a long time coming and Sugar has gotten a lot of criticism in the past for not being “Open” enough. Kudos to them for burning the boats.

Next, the Common Public Attribution License (CPAL) that Socialtext submitted was approved by the OSI. For those of you unfamiliar with the CPAL, it’s an attribution license. It was interesting to hear Ross talk about the approval process and all that was learned along the way. The license went though a number of iterations, and in fact started out as a vanity license. To me, that’s an indication that the OSI approval process is doing what it was indented to do. How it will handle the recent Microsoft submissions will offer a fascinating insight into that process, as I’m sure it will be scrutinized even more than normal.