Windows CE Goes Open Source (better than GPL)

Big Big News-


From the Micropsoft Page Annoucing:


Program Details


The Windows CEPD licensing program provides instant and easy source access by using Code Center Premium, an online resource that enables licensees to reference source code securely from any location. The service enables users to browse, search, and download code through a smart card-based Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection.


Types and amount of Code Available


  • Delivers source code for Windows CE 3.0, Windows CE .NET 4.0 and Windows CE 5.0.
  • Provides access to future Windows CE versions as they are released.
  • Provides all Windows CE operating-system source files, except for certain files that are licensed to Microsoft by third-party companies.

Use and Restrictions


The program authorizes licensees to:


  • Create derivative works of the source code to improve, optimize, and debug Windows CE, although derivative works cannot be redistributed.
  • Use the licensed source code as a reference to develop enhancements to Windows CE.
  • Provide feedback to Microsoft on how to improve the Windows CE code base and development tools.

What does this mean? 

Why work on GPL code that can never work for YOU.  If you think you can extend and improve Windows CE, then by all means do so and you can sell your improvement as part of the device you target!

What this Site is All About

The other side of GPL

I am a professional with thirty years of business experience in five markets on three continents.  Now, I tend a business  dependant on both Microsoft and Linux.  I move in both worlds, and I have become disenchanted with what I see ‘outside’ the Window.  This summer, I got pushed over the edge.

This summer we hired a bright young collage Intern to help me with some website projects.  As expected, he came to work with a MP-3 player and a stack of ripped music.  As expected he had a hard drive crowded with stolen software.  As expected, he was very familiar with Linux.  But what was completely unexpected was this bright young man, deep into his technical training in an IP intensive industry, had never heard even a word of what the problems were with Open Source, and what the benefits were of Copyright and patent protection.  It is as if this kid had no concept of why he should pay for something in a store, if he could steal it easily.  Pirated software and stolen content were not even considered on a ethical- or even a opportunistic, theft basis.  Indeed, the only ‘evil’ around was the rich, and assumedly lazy copyright and patent holders.

I decided to make it my mission to put at least one site on the web that will discuss ‘the other side’ of Open Source and ‘file sharing’.  Here it is.

What is Open?

Is GPL code really open?

What do you mean by “open”?  Does “open’ mean anybody can run his program on it?  Well you can run your program on Linux depending on which GUI, which libraries, which this and that from whatever ‘patch’ of whatever distribution is installed on that particular system.  If you are lucky, you might find what you need.  Of course, if it does, that is luck, not planning. 

And how about TiVo, the Cannon Web Cam, and other famous Linux systems- can you run your program on them?  And who controls the program environment of Sharp Zarus or Sony Clie;  Sharp, Sony or or the FSF?

Planning is tough, and forces hard tradeoffs.  Microsoft, for example, plans carefully to move the platform and applications no faster then we want it to move.  For example, Microsoft kept its new applications compatible with Windows 98 for more than six years- an eternity in the software business. 

The “Windows Bloat” that everyone complains about is little more than the legacy of ten years of program support, carried forward.  How fast and far, how robust and secure could the platform have been if Microsoft had simply dropped the commitment to their user base to, say 2 years? 

Another Creative GPL Project

GPL Fosters Creativity?

The only  thing worse than  low grade creativity is reverse engineering and direct copies.  I guess if you can’t invent or extend something, you can always trash and render valueless someone else’s innovation

Go to any users group.  Try to find any project that is not a recode of something that has been done before, on a different OS.  Linux is not about creating, it about copying.  Typical project below:


Wonka
 
by Ramses Smeyers – Wednesday, October 31st 2001 06:26 PDT

Wonka is ACUNIA’s cleanroom Virtual Machine for the Java language. It is extremely portable and self-contained, and can optionally be used with its own real-time executive (OSwaldTM) to provide a complete solution for embedded devices. It is a full implementation of the Java language, not just a subset, and it’s Open Source.

Linux Is Cheep?

Linux is as Free as ‘ Free Time’


Software does not pour into your computer like spilled coffee.  You either get trained or pay someone who has been trained to load and maintain it. 




From Slashdot


Posted by Cliff on Friday August 15, @07:50PM
from the price-hikes-for-penguins dept.
An Anonymous Coward asks: “I work at a company with a large number of Linux servers in the data center. We’re currently evaluating what distribution we want to use moving forward. Upgrading to Red Hat Enterprise from 7.2 would cost ~$350k just for the systems we already have deployed. Due to the change in Red Hat’s release policy, we either have to move to Enterprise, or change distributions. Also, we don’t have Oracle on any of these systems, but we will need it in the future. This leaves us with rather limited options. I’m interested hearing what other Slashdot readers are running, and planning?”

Linux is Stable??


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If it does not change, it must be stable- right??  

This is cute-  a stack of Kernel Code plus GUI, Libraries and everything else, pieced together from dorm rooms and hackers, professors from Bulgaria and emotionally disturbed teens in San Diego is supposed to be stable.   Let’s check on Slashdot and see how they measure this stability

Project: Linux Stability: ————–(Sept 24, 2003)

The Linux Stablity project is a repository for Linux stability metrics, stability tools, and status on stability activities. This project has not yet categorized itself in the Trove Software Map.

Project UNIX name: linstab

Registered: 2003-01-06 14:40

Activity Percentile (last week): 0%

View project activity statistics

  • View list of RSS feeds available for this project :(9-0 feeds)
  • Developers: 5
  • Latest File Releases -This Project Has Not Released Any Files
  • Tracker
  • Bugs ( 0 open / 0 total )
  • Support Requests ( 0 open / 0 total )
  •  System Patches ( 0 open / 0 total ) 
  • Feature Requests ( 0 open / 0 total )
  • Public Forums ( 2 messages in 2 forums )
  • DocManager: Project Documentation (none)
  • Mailing Lists ( 0 total )
  • Task Manager (There are no public subprojects available )

Not exactly a hive of activity is it? In 9 months 5 developers have managed two posts in the Forums.  They could at least spell check the first paragraph.

The GPL does it again: with no money flowing nobody is there to do the boreing work like test stability. 

No wonder a Linux Release is called a “Patch”

GPL- One of the Lesser Lawsuits

Ruben I Safir – Brooklyn Linux Solutions CEO ruben@mrbrklyn.com
Sat, 10 Feb 2001 21:42:37 -0500


Does anyone know that Lucent Technologies has violated the GPL by using

GCC as part of the LUXWORKS compiler for WINDOWS to program
a 16k DSP series of chips… and in addition – they then sold it toooo
lots of companies working with the chips.

This is a serious violation of the GPL


Brooklyn Linux Solutions
http://www.mrbrklyn.com
http://www.brooklynonline.com

1-718-382-5752

The whole link here

http://zgp.org/pipermail/linux-elitists/2001-February/001568.html

Leo Is At it Again!!

I watch TechTV every night.  Every night. LeoLaport and Keven Rose ‘The Dark Tipper” push the envelope a bit more.  Today they gave great instructions on how to ‘RIP” DVD’s.

Here is the text on the TechTV Website:

 

QUOTE:
DVD rip
Brendan in St. Louis is working on a school project. He wants to include a small clip from a movie DVD. How can he get the video from the DVD?

You have to bypass the copy protection on the DVD, which is a violation of the DMCA. In other words, you’ll be breaking the law.

If you decide to continue, you need to get software that will rip a DVD. Leo mentioned DVD Decrypter, but if you do a search on Google for “DVD ripping,” you’ll find lots of free tools.

Once you rip the files, you can edit the video in a video-editing program to get the clip you want.
UNQUOTE

Interesting, and marginally legal.  But on air Leo says something different.  He SAYS ripping ‘May be a vilolation of the DMCA’  Come on Leo!  At least tell it like it is.

Leo’s at it Again. Time For Screen Savers- Do you know where your kids are?

I watch TechTV every night.  Every night LeoLaport and Keven Rose ‘The Dark Tipper” push the envelope a bit more.  Today they gave great instructions on how to ‘RIP” DVD’s.

Here is the text on the TechTV Website:

QUOTE:
DVD rip
Brendan in St. Louis is working on a school project. He wants to include a small clip from a movie DVD. How can he get the video from the DVD?

You have to bypass the copy protection on the DVD, which is a violation of the DMCA. In other words, you’ll be breaking the law.

If you decide to continue, you need to get software that will rip a DVD. Leo mentioned DVD Decrypter, but if you do a search on Google for “DVD ripping,” you’ll find lots of free tools.

Once you rip the files, you can edit the video in a video-editing program to get the clip you want.
UNQUOTE

Interesting, and marginally legal.  But on air Leo says something different.  He SAYS ripping ‘May be a vilolation of the DMCA’  Come on Leo!  At least tell it like it is.