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Eben Moglen: Freedom of Thought Requires Free Media

A compelling argument for free software. Learn more about re:publica and Eben Moglen.

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Humble THQ Bundle Clarification

So Humble Bundle is offering a bunch of THQ games. People are mad because they think this signifies a departure from HB's standards of DRM-free and cross-platform offerings. Well, chill out:

From arstechnica:

"John Graham assured users the company will "never stop creating Humble Indie Bundles... and the other bundle types we've successfully launched this year. But we’re also eager to see if our pay-what-you-want plus charity model meshes with critically acclaimed AAA content as well."

Graham said the new THQ bundle did not represent a permanent departure from the company's indie roots, and that the company may even release a third indie bundle this year. "This year has also been a year of many experiments for us that fall outside the traditional Humble Indie Bundle framework," Graham told us. "We’re very excited to be able to offer the gaming community a massive sale with blockbuster content and raise money for charity at the same time. We will of course continue to support indies content as a core of our business."

Regarding the lack of Mac and Linux ports this time around, Graham said plainly that, "in the case of this promotion, it would not have been possible for us to deliver this blockbuster content via other means." But Graham also promised the Humble Bundle "will not cease in our quest to bring awesome content to Mac and Linux and Android," and pointed out that the Humble eBook Bundle contained the first digital publication of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel Signal to Noise."

The bottom line is that it doesn't change anything about how HB does things, and it means more money for both HB and charity.


Linus on Desktop Linux

I started Linux as a desktop operating system. And it's the only area where Linux hasn't completely taken over. That just annoys the hell out of me.

-Linus Torvalds


Avoid the pain of Windows 8

"Avoid the pain of Windows 8"? Really?

I guess this kind of shit slinging is a way to get media attention. But I think it's better if Linux distros advertised good reasons to use their OS on based on its own merits, not as an alternative to pain. Ubuntu is an excellent OS without comparing it to Windows XP/7/8 or whatever.

I use Linux because I like it, not because I hate Windows (which I don't).

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Steam coming to Linux

If you play PC games you've probably already heard that Valve has announced that they are developing Steam for Linux. Specifically, Valve will support Ubuntu and leave it to the community to port it to other distros. This has been in the rumor mill for over a year. I'm looking forward to playing Team Fortress 2 on my Linux boxes.

I don't have anything to add to this news, but I figured it was worth mentioning.


Nvidia loses 10 million GPU order due to poor Linux support

Here's the full article:

The Chinese government wanted GPUs to use for their Longsoon processors, which are MIPS based. But Nvidia's Linux drivers do not support MIPS architecture. The Chinese government responded by giving the order to AMD.

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Stop Censorship


Vim-like Keybindings in Your Browser

Everyone* loves Vim. I want every interactive application to work like Vim. Keybindings and modes that let you keep your hands on homerow as much as possible and off the damn mouse. Luckily, there are plug-ins for Firefox and Chromium (and Chrome) that accomplish that.

For Firefox, I recommend Vimperator.
For Chromium (or Chrome), I recommend Vimium.

Personally, I prefer Vimperator over Vimium, but I prefer Chromium over Firefox. Vimium isn't perfect, but I'm not moving to Firefox over it.


Microsoft Bans GPL From From Windows Market

Super GNU and Tux
Red Hat employee Jan Wildeboer called attention to a change in the Microsoft Application Provider Agreement in his personal blog. He notes that Microsoft has decreed ABSOLUTELY NO (GPLV3-OR-COMPAT-LICENSED) FREE SOFTWARE FOR WINDOWS PHONE AND XBOX APPS.

The license specifically mentioned is the GPL, which if allowed would put the onus on Microsoft, as the distributor, to fulfill the requirements of the license even tho it was chosen by a developer. Microsoft is covering their own back here, nothing more imho - they could be up for some serious issues if they cocked up GPL compliance, so they are just not going there.

The other way to look at this is that Microsoft is evil. Or something. Whether or not Microsoft perceives Free software as a threat, I see this as just another example of how sometimes FOSS is just not compatible with Microsoft's view of the computing world. The good news? No one gives a shit about Windows Phone. Besides, enough of this nonsense, and no one will care about Xbox "apps" either. To believe Microsoft can define the relevant landscape anymore is delusional, whether you're Microsoft's lawyers or a Red Hat employee.


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Desktop Linux Sucks

Maybe not as much as it used to, but it's still terrible. However, I find it preferable to the alternatives. With a little work, I can even get Linux to make my PC useful and do neat things. This blog is about that process.

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