Writely

A guy on the Gentoo forums was giving away invites to Writely. For those of you who dont know, Writely is an online word processor designed to be used in your web browser. The plus of this service is all the files you work on are saved online, and best of allyou can invite folk to view and edit your documents with you. This sort of program is to me extremely usable, as I like to have folk read over what I’m working on for fics as I work. We’ll see if this sort of setup over time is usable and the way of the future. I’m not sure about any one company being able topull it off. But I would very much like to see an Open Source program to do this say on a private server. MS Office is also thinking along these lines with their Live offerings. I doubt I’ll ever WANT to use MS programs, but it’sonly a matter of time before the folks at Openoffice.org do the same.

SCO get’s smacked!

This just off of Groklaw. Judge Wells granted IBM’s motion to limit SCO’s claims significantly. The judge, in striking the areas IBM requested, has eliminated a significant portion of the SCO case and in her ruling stated that the reason was purposful lack of specificity that SCO had been ordered to adhere to.

PJ has more on this on groklaw.net.

Setting up Linux: What you really need to know.

I origianlly was going to start a section on the Darkscribes.org main page for technical type articles and such. That never materialized but I did keep the couple of articles I did write. I’m debating adding such a section to the Sanctum page so we can share our knowladge with you, the folk out there.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m an open source proponent. I’ll admit, I’m pragmatic and would like some of the propriatary stuff out there opened up. However, I’m not a zealot who thinks everything should be gpl’d open source or never allowed to see thelight of day. The best thing about open source is that it can be whatever you need it to be. There are a thousand different distros, window managers, programs for office and such, anything you need. Honestly I do hope more folk will begin developing programs and utilities that focus towards the Linux OS, however a few folk refuse to see that in order to make it really feesable they have to give the developers and companies the freedom to choose NOT to share their code.

Lot of folk don’t feel that that freedom is really freedom. I disagree, and feel any zealot who’d say otherwise is infact going against the spirit of the opensource mantra.

My two cents of course.

Right now, I’m thinking of beginning a spate of posts to help folk get Linux setup on their computers. I may not be a dev, but I am a writer and therefore willcontribute through my writing.

WinFS is Dead.

Looks like MS has given up on WinFS. It was supposed to be the next big thing in storage file systems. A relational filesystem that would revolutionize computing. Well now the best bits are being divied up between ADO.NET and SQL Server and the rest tossed out like so much medical waste. Can’t say I care, Vista and Office 2007 still aren’t justifyable in any way for an upgrade. The whole refusale to support an international standard document format is just not endearing.

Xp Phone Home

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060608002958907

For those of you wondering what your computer does when you aren’t looking. The Genuine Avantage validation tool has been phoning back to MS stats and such about your system. The implications here are massive, and MS is trying to get around the issue by saying that you folk consented to this. It’s not spyware if you said you want it.

 If by informed consent they mean the EULA… how many folk have ever read one of those? I’m a GPL fan and I’ve never read GPLv2 or 3.