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Re: [News] More Companies Just Sued Over MP3, Except Linux Companies

In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
on Wed, 28 Feb 2007 00:03:02 +0000
> __/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Tuesday 27 February 2007 16:04 \__
>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, John Bailo
>> <jabailo@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>  wrote
>> on Mon, 26 Feb 2007 23:02:48 -0800
>> <bsydneXrycUHSn7YnZ2dnUVZ_tvinZ2d@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> You can taste the irony of Microsoft's patent positions on MP3 and Linux
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>> | Just when fear enjoys a energetic caddy (Ballmer) on Microsoft's
>>>> | repeated foray into Linux legal uncertainty, a real law suit with
>>>> | real trial lawyers and a real jury ironically slaps down Microsoft
>>>> | as a potential world-record intellectual property (IP) infringer.
>>>> | Yup, Microsoft the purported victim of Linux, is in fact the major
>>>> | MP3 format predator, or so says the assemblage of 12 informed peers.
>>>> `----
>>>> http://blogs.zdnet.com/Gardner/?p=2419
>>> If I were Yahoo or any big portal site, I'd be running like the wind to
>>> make sure my domain was 100% Suse compatible come the time when Dell
>>> starts shipping Linux notebooks.
>> Well, we're not quite there yet, but Dell does offer
>> notebooks with a FreeDOS OS kit, ready to install.
>> Select Notebooks, Small Business, then pull down
>> Open-Source Notebooks.
>> Not quite the same as the Dell Precision 690n workstation
>> yet (which is offered with a preinstalled RH Enterprise
>> Linux WS4), but baby steps, baby steps... :-)
> The whole thing from Dell was a PR stunt.
> http://boycottnovell.com/2007/02/27/dude-certification-isnt-preinstallation/
> Nothing has changed.

Urgh.  Good point.

Nice commentary, of course:

    â??However, I wonâ??t rule out the option of expanding
    the [Linux] pre-installation program at a future
    date,â?? Jeremy Bolen said.

Yeah...let's shoot for 2099, shall we?  Or maybe when the
sun dies.  Such a specific commitment. :-)

If this sort of crap keeps up I might have to wade into
the details of mobos and build my own, with exactly the
stuff I need.  That's a pain in the you-know-where.

The good news: http://www.linux-laptop.net/ appears to have
some data on various laptops.

The bad news: that doesn't tell me a lot about the laptop's
capabilities.  However, System 76 apparently offers a Linux
laptop for a base price of $699, with 14" display and a
card reader.  They're in Denver but that's not too far away
(well, OK, so it might be farther than a short drive but
oh well).  Turns out they also do desktops and servers.


The System76 customization website is very well-crafted,
showing the current price as one selects options in
real time.  They offer Ubuntu.

I'm tempted. :-)  Wild Dog Professional in particular is
dual-processor capable and can take up to 8 GB of RAM,
four 150 GB drives, in a 550W power supply and a
rather attractive silver-colored case with black trim
and silver wheels.

The Ratel series is far cheaper (and less capable) but
still allows for 3 half-height units (though for some
reason they only specify one hard drive; for some reason
they don't mention the power supply output, either.

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