Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup we think Ubuntu One might better be named Ubuntu Four or Five if based on reliability. On the other hand, Ubuntu is looking good at the Mobile World Congress. We define true Linux Advocacy, while a new Linux distribution in the works generates both fans and flames. We’ve got Software Licenses in Plain English (cooler than it sounds), and the most articulate letter to the UK Cabinet Office Standards Hub you’ll ever read.
Ubuntu One Not Number One
OMG! Ubuntu tells us we’re not alone if we’ve been experiencing Ubuntu One Connection problems. I couldn’t sync all weekend on my combined Linux Mint and Ubuntu network, but Copy has been rock solid for me so it’s all good. Hopefully Canonical will have Ubuntu One up to standards before the wave of Ubuntu portable devices hit the cloud.
Ubuntu With Serious Game at Mobile World
Great looking Ubuntu booth at Mobile World Congress 2014. Like the Softpedia writer said,“This is Canonical’s third year at MWC, where the company will try to prove once and for all that the Ubuntu phone device will become reality in the very near future.”
True Linux Advocacy
Linux Rain on the essence of promoting Linux. “Linux Advocacy in its simplest and clearest definition is not MyLinux versus YourLinux. It is simply Advocating the use of Linux.” I’ve used Ubuntu, Mint and Elementary since returning to Linux in 2012, yet I’m fascinated by someone who’s a Fedora Guy or Arch Fanatic and want to know why. Hey, man, it’s Linux!
Numix to Release Gnome-based Linux Distribution
Screenshots of the planned Numix Linux Distribution. As several of the commenters said, it looks very Elementary-like. There are plans to monetize the OS as well, so that will be something to watch. Interesting comment thread, currently at 53 comments. Most readers asking why a new distribution is necessary, a good idea or if even the Numix Project qualifies as a distro. Many comments slammed the project’s monetization plans. My take (and we’ve said this once already today), it’s Linux! Follow your passions and go for it.
Software Licenses in Plain English
This is a great reference to many software licenses and what they CAN, CANNOT and MUSTDO. Click on any license and three boxed lists will appear. GNU GPL v2, for instance, CAN Commercial Use, Modify, Distribute, Place Warranty. CANNOT Sublicense, Hold Liable. MUST Include Original, Disclose Source. Sidebar: The “include original” trips a lot of people up, but its an important aspect of the GPL.
Most Articulate Letter to UK Cabinet on ODF in the World
Lawyer Andy Updegrove writes the most articulate letter to the UK Cabinet Office Standards Hub on ODF Compliance that you’ll ever read. He urges them to stand firm on their decision to move to ODF as an office software standard, using the example of what might have been if Massachusetts had followed through with their attempt to do the same 10 years ago.
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