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"By comparison, the new library is based on Otoy's proprietary ORBX codec, which was built from scratch to be easier to implement in a browser environment."
I'm a little confused on this one. Aren't Mozilla the ones who are trumpeting everywhere how they are keeping the Internet FREE for all of us? Now all of a sudden they are promoting a proprietary codec as their next big thing? Or "proprietary" is fine - as long as *they* are the ones who put it forward in the first place? I'm not saying that we might not have to live with proprietary codecs for some reason or another - but where does the above fit with what Mozilla supposedly stood for all these years? Who's going to rake in the revenues from content providers in licensing fees for using this codec to generate material? And who's going to get a cut from it for promoting it on their platform? Oh, I forgot - Mozilla already gets a cut from Google for selling us to them and towing their line.
Hmm - did they divide the number of crashes by the number of hours the machine was being used? I don't see that anywhere. Crashes/week? WTF is that? I can have a machine up for 5 minutes in a week - I bet you it won't crash. How many hours per week were those Mac's running Windows? Why don't you take your headline grabbing statistics and shove them - you know where.
The comparison with supermarket jobs is not always a fair or realistic one. Yes - when fresh out of uni - I was led to believe as well that I deserved dizzying heights of remuneration. However - if you stop a minute and look from the perspective of the employers as well - you will notice that in a less skilled job, the employee will reach their peak performance quicker and provider a quicker return to the company - with far less investment in training from the employer. However, in a more complex and skilled role - and that is specially true for IT, where many times university leavers have very little practical experience and thus their productivity is low - people will effectively spend years learning on the job. Thus their productivity is very low to begin with. I have clients in other industries a well (i.e. accountancy) - and they make the same observation about people they hire. Fresh school/uni leavers might have high wage expectations - but they are very inefficient when compared to experienced people and it takes good many years to get up to that speed.
Re: Never extrapolate a curve close to a turning point
While your point 1. does make sense, I'm afraid I can only partially agree with point 2. and point 3. And by partially, I actually mean "not agree much at all".
First, your example about employees not being able to create mobile apps? Well, I don't think that has much relevance in the long term. We are talking about a new and emerging technology, which has been around for much shorter period of time than the rest of the industry. You choose to extrapolate from that? Are you sure the mobile app development market will look the same in 5-10 years time - and it will be just as inaccessible as it is now to people with lesser technical skills? I'm not sure at all. Not if you look back at what the history of computing has to teach us.
Secondly - your point 3 about the increasing complexity of IT - in a sense, it would be nice if that was the case - if the complexity of IT would bring more of the work into the hands of specialists. While it is true that there are plenty of fields in IT where one has to truly know one's stuff to make it - you neglect to take into account the fact that while IT has increased in complexity nonetheless over the years - a lot of that complexity has been moved deeper and deeper into the bowels of the beast - away from users and power users. IT has been on a path to "democracy" so to speak pretty much since its inception. Where are the "specialists" in long coats reigning over the data room - as gods supreme? Do you still require an engineer (or a team of them) to install a printer or a scanner for you? No - and the reason is because a lot of this technology has been simplified at the interface level sufficiently for even average users to handle it themselves - even if they don't understand what is under the hood/bonnet. And things are continuing relentlessly in that direction.
As to your web design example - I'm not sure where you've been the last 5-10 years - but you've obviously never heard of WordPress, or any of the other frameworks/templates based tools. Yes - you could say that people who don't know proper web design will end up with insecure Wordpress installations, or that a template based website is not a substitute for a proper, professional version. And that just installing a Wordpress site doesn't make one a web designer. And you would be right. But did we have tools available in '99 for an average user to get an interactive, database driven, dynamic content website up and going without advanced knowledge? Ten years ago anybody would have been shocked if they were shown a Wordpress website from today (specially one with a tasteful theme) and be told that somebody with virtually no webdesign expertise has put it together.
For good or for worse - that's where the world is going. Not back to the good old days when technical experts were scarce and paid in gold. Yes - like in any industry - true experts will still be able to command wages above their peers and be in demand no matter where the industry is going - within reason. The rest is just daydreaming. And I am working in this industry, and I am and will be affected by it every day - but that's just the way it is.
I concur with many of the thoughts in the post above. Maybe it's just me - and I've been only working in a paid role in IT for about 11 years - but I get disheartened when I see people who are supposed to be IT pros, yet have not passion or real interest in either being good at what they do or doing things properly. Crazy to see people working for software houses developing and supporting Windows software for a living - and yet having no idea that they shouldn't put user configs or program data in C:\Program Files - and that's been the official MS stance for many years. I don't even like Windows and still know it! Or things like sharing an entire C: drive to the network out of convenience - with no second thought to security implications. Or phone engineers leaving VoIP or hybrid systems connected to the internet with ports open and the default admin username/password! And then wondering why sometimes their clients find the phone system configuration trashed when they go to work in the morning!
Yes - the words "IT Pro" are pretty meaningless nowadays. It's not so much not knowing stuff that's worse - everybody learns all the time - what is worse is not caring about learning more and being good at what you do.
And don't even get me started on sales people who pass themselves as "IT experts" or "IT consultants". I'm sorry, but working in a company where other people actually do "IT stuff" and know the real thing is not the equivalent with you yourself having a clue. Bugger off and stop calling yourself an IT expert. No disrespect intended to those sales people who might actually possess real IT knowledge - not just regurgitate some acronyms they overheard or follow a series of steps on s sheet of paper without having the faintest clue as to what they mean.
If they really wanted to keep the Internet "free" for all of us - why didn't they take over development of WebOS from HP and push that as far as it would go? There you have it, a mobile operating system based on Linux and on HTML - already open sourced. Even if HP didn't give them the gsm drivers - it would have still been less work than starting from scratch. Why didn't they develop Lightning with connectors and drivers to plug into various back-ends - so that there is finally a viable free alternative to Exchange? Oh - sorry - that might have upset uncle Google and their Google Docs market. And no - the .ics and webdav connectors for Lightning are useless for anything more than few hundred appointments - even with those numbers it is a pain.
The least they could do is STFU about their great role in human history of keeping the Internet free for all of us. That might have been the case in the early days - but it's been long lost among board reshuffles and Google subsidies.
Underhand marketing much
Who got a back hander for posting this thinly disguised piece of marketing, erm, infomercial on The Reg - that's what I want to know. Biting the hands that feeds it - my a$$e!
As far as I know this has been the case in the Republic of Ireland for at least two years. A friend of mine use to be subscribed to a 4G LTE provider there - using a fixed router (supplied and fitted by the provider themselves). Unfortunately - at least at the time - the real-life speeds were pathetic and it kept on disconnecting and giving problems. So in theory, doable. In practice, without decent coverage and network capacity - not so much.
Re: Very good indeed
I agree. Overall the article does bring forward interesting information. However, from practical experience, far too many managers have an overly and unjustifiable positive bias - so I'm a bit weary of just taking the word of the guy who was in charge of it all and who wouldn't have an interest in making his efforts look crap - if there were any actual problems. So useful, but could have done with the contribution of some third party with less personal stake in the project, as well.
"Government and regulation is too big, expensive and crap until it is something that you feel passionately about then all of a sudden you want more involvement of said beast."
So, basically, government for the sake of government. Self serving and self perpetuating bureaucracy - the worst kind (the only kind?).
I say No - something is either needed, or not. Feel free to apply your passions to something else - the privilege of paying more of my money in taxes to support a bigger government than is absolutely necessary does not instigate any passions in me (at least not the positive kind).
I like the HP Microservers in general - but one thing puzzles me: the power supply. Why install a 150W power supply in a server which can take up to 4 x 3.5" hdd's? Sure, to begin with, that is just about enough, but few years down the line, with capacitor aging - I'm not sure I would feel reassured if I'd be the owner of that server.
Re: database software.
Assuming you are not trolling:
"Companies hit with huge settlement demands for innocent behaviour" - well, if they are hit with settlement demands, it means they are already (allegedly) using unlicensed software, otherwise what would be the basis for those settlement demands. And using unlicensed software is not "innocent behaviour" - at least not according to current law - no matter what you or I think about it. If the demands are not founded, then there is no need for a counter offer - just refuse to pay and prove the demands are wrong.
"should make a counter offer of the same figure as a discount (net zero); " - I'm not sure you are in an ideal position to make a counter offer after (allegedly) committing a criminal act. If they are right and you have already been using their software, you already owe them money.
I like Linux and open/free software, I use it every chance I get and I recommend it to all my clients every time it can be reasonably deployed. However, I don't suggest to my clients that they start taking liberties with commercial software license terms or outright pirate stuff, just because I might not be a fan of what proprietary software represents or is. As far as I'm concerned, if you don't like it (or its price), don't use it - which is what I do and suggest my clients do every chance they get. I don't like the price of Ferrari's, and hence haven't bought one :D
Re: One more reason...
"Both XP and W7 took a few attempts to install them cleanly on new hardware combinations."
Strange that. Can't work out why would anyone "attempt" to install XP or W7. There is no way I can recollect how many XP and W7 machines I've installed - but I certainly didn't have to "attempt" to - never mind few times.
Yeah - that will work wonders with smartphones nowadays having a battery life just a touch longer than an ant's attention span. Dead battery = truancy.
Why not the Chinese?
I'm vaguely wondering why didn't the Chinese (either directly through sovereign funds or through one of their large tech companies) buy a share (or in full) the MIPS technology. It would seem the perfect opportunity for them to own and control their very own architecture, instruction set, processor and platform. They already seem to use it in a lot of stuff - now they would have had a proper foot hold in the business - with possibilities of competing even more effectively against the likes of AMD, Intel, ARM and others.
Re: @ AC 13:19 Merely getting old, maybe?
You certainly have a few interesting points to make - but some of us are actually talented at what we do. Dare we say, we have a vocation for our occupation. Maybe some people can just jump from one career to other, as finances require or entice, but others have much more of an emotional and intellectual affinity for what they do. If the only reason one goes to work is just to pay for a mortgage and holidays - sure, your line of thought is fully applicable.
Than again - I don't know if your Quality of Life is that much better as you spend 8 hours of your working day (is that most of your waking time?) doing something just for the money - when plenty of us spend 8 (or more hours) of our days doing something they actually like doing - with some lucky ones even working with people who's company they enjoy. Who has more quality time in their life then?
The equation is not that simple.
Re: Every user interface gets this way!
"Because of featurism. It's a great excuse for a developer to not work on what needs to be done or finish what he was doing before."
I agree. Prime example is Mozilla Thunderbird right now. The bugtrack is full of elusive, annoying and intermittent bugs experienced by users in the last 10 years. But these are difficult to work on - why bother. The back-end, including the address book and email storage engines need a serious rework to bring Thunderbird into the 21st century, including Maildir support (locally, not on the server), which would seriously improve performance and reliability - but that's like, well, hard work, and you can't exactly show off at the end - so let's forget about it and just move the icons around the screen for the next version, or hide them altogether so that we can all be hip and up there with the other fashionistas of the software industry. Urgh!
Please - enough with the one-sided praises and glowing reports of Mozilla's role in the tech history. Can we know a bit more about Mozilla using virtually the same name for a not-for-profit organisation and a commercial entity? Is this sharing of brand awareness, good will and other resources between two entities with such different goals exactly healthy? Can we also talk a little bit about how, arguably one of the most important (and presumably impartial) players in the world of web technology receives the vast majority of its funding from Google - which has such vast interests in the area of web browsers, web advertising, mobile phones, mobile OS's, online office and collaboration suites, webmail and in general controlling and knowing every single bit of our lives? Is it all rosy and positive endevour we are talking about? A bit of critical thinking would be most welcome here.
Got one of those as well. Very pleased with it - it might weigh a bit - but I used it on transatlantic flights, when working away from the office and generally away on holiday for my laptop and even camera (with USB charging).
I wish they would quote Wh figures in the article above though - mAh or Ah are useless with multivoltage devices - and even for s single one you have to sit down and do the maths - not easy to compare capacities quickly.
Re: What, no AAs?
If we are talking about AA, C and D batteries, aren't most of them NiCd or NiMh types? Doesn't that mean their energy density is lower than most packs in this article - which are Li-Ion or Li-Polymer? To me, that's one of the main advantages of using one of these custom power packs - and not using a bunch of AA's, D's or C's.
Thanks for this. Now, El Reg, can we be spared the dubious honour of having to read so many valuable quotes from the almighty Mr. Muller - maybe some of the articles can actually be researched, not just regurgitated.
Re: Touchpad pressure/duration
"I'm sure they exist, but I've never knowingly used a laptop which allows you to set the pressure at which the touchpad responds, nor the duration (apart from double click speed)."
Actually it depends. If you use Linux on your laptop - pretty much any laptop will have those settings available. I had to play with those settings in Xorg.conf to get an overly sensitive touchpad to work properly. You could set the pressure threshold, and duration before a tap registered as a click. Really handy when you need them. Then again, on most laptops, the defaults seem to work just fine - so you don't normally have to fiddle with them.
On the other hand in Windows - yes, don't recall them being exposed by regular mouse or touchpad drivers. But there could be exceptions to this one.
Re: all it needs is a TrackPoint
"to all intents and purposes this thing *is* a laptop... it's like the fondleslab equivalent of a ThinkPad W520."
Well, almost. I agree that the hardware looks like my dream laptop - superb battery life, superb resolution, strong build quality. I would buy one right now - in spite of the price. Except..., well, it's not a laptop. At least not a PC laptop. I can't just go and install easily the latest version of my favourite Linux distro. I can't install LibreOffice, I can't install Mozilla Thunderbird, a good VoIP client (I tried about 4 last time on an Android phone and they were full of bugs), VirtualBox, GnuCash, GanttProject, InkScape, Sane/XSane, Audacity and the list goes on. Yes - there are some cut down versions of similar software - but they have 10% of the functionality the above pieces of software have.
And there is the Google + manufacturer control thing. Good luck if you will be able to upgrade past 1-2 next versions of Android. In contrast - I have no problem upgrading my 5 year old laptop to latest version of <insert your favourite distro>.
This is a superb piece of hardware kit. But what people seem to be forgetting is that in the open source world (and proprietary, for that matter) - we benefit from software which has been developed and improved over many, many years. It will take a long time for the same level of functionality to be available on Android apps - if ever.
So no - a device which can accomplish about 20% of what I do on my 10 or 11 inch x86 laptop is *not* the same as a laptop. It's an appliance - an amazing bit of kit - but nevertheless - an appliance. Shame - but that's the way it is. I just wish they would sell something like this - at 10 inch and with this resolution and battery life on x86. But they don't.
Re: Typical Acer garbage.
Agree about the power button. Placing it on the outside - specially the front edge - is a recipe for the laptop turning on during transport. Bad idea.
Oh, and the rest - of course the spec on this machine is worse than average - it doesn't do anything particularly well. Don't know why The Reg fell for the "ultrabook" moniker anyway - as this machine is as far away from what an ultrabook is supposed to be anyway.
"Google is shilling a shit OS whose intent is to collect all my personal info."
Judging by how Mozilla seems to have been taken over by marketing droids in the last few years, how they stubbornly avoid dealing with core bugs in their products while they muck about with the interface all the time, and the fact that Thunderbird now bundles "offers" from various web "partners" when you install it and other annoying messages from the "headquarters" - all for your own "good" - I wouldn't be surprised if their new OS would be just as rapacious at gobbling up all your personal info and behaviour statistics. Mozilla are slowly morphing into a wolf in sheep's clothes - the good guys behaving just like any other greedy commercial entity out there. At least with Google I know where I stand by now.
Re: So true!
I'm afraid that is true. Windows XP without SP2 didn't have the firewall enabled by default. If the computer is connected to the Internet during the OS install using ethernet and a DSL/cable connection (without a router with firewall and/or NAT in between - just the cable modem with public IP) - malware would exploit the various open ports and vulnerabilities even before you manage to finish the installation. Been there - learned the lesson the hard way :-(
Yeah - agreed. Postfix and Exim - two solid options for a smtp server nowadays. Couple that with Dovecot or Cyrus for imap/pop3 - and you get as much functionality as you desire. Even server side filters (but manageable from the client) with Sieve support. It is beyond me why people still believe in re-inventing the wheel - instead of getting a solid solution in place which will survive the whims of vendors and fads of the industry. Yes, some of the stuff above takes a good while to learn - but then, it works, it is reliable, solid and efficient in terms of hardware resources. You can even plonk a web interface on top of it, such as Horde - and you get contacts management and calendars as well - including sharing options.
Just get it done once, and get it done well.
Thanks for taking a whole article to pretty much quote word for word what the IBM dude is spouting - but not taking a single paragraph to explain what NBN is. This might be an IT website - but not each and every one of us if fully conversant with every single topic. It makes for good journalism to assume some of your readers are new to the subject - and provide a touch of background info.
"Actually, the problem with Socialism is it has been given a bad rep by those corrupt leaders who tried to impose it on their people."
Really? How else do you get Socialism but by imposing it on the people? What, do you want to be socialist on your own? How would you "redistribute" other people's money if it's only your money that you control?
And also, "corrupt leaders"? What other kind of leaders are there? When are people going to stop believing in cuckoo land and get it that utopian dreams are utopian (and dreams, actually)? At least capitalism (or free market or whatever other variation we seem to be having these days) accepts some (or plenty) people will be greedy and tries to work with it. Of course it's not perfect, but it is realistic at least. Oh, and it doesn't take away freedom in the name of some childish BS fantasy and "greater good" or whatever way you want to call it. If you don't like being an adult, dealing with reality, taking responsibility for your actions and choices and standing on your own two feet - you can always stay home with mummy and daddy - that's perfectly fine - but don't ram your life style choices down the rest of our throats.
Re: Fix the cables with chewing gum
So a highly efficient, highly civilized dictatorship than. Hmm, I think I'll put up with the inconvenience of slower Internet, chewing gum on the pavement and quite a few other things in order to keep a bit more of my personal freedom. Everything has a cost, and I value my personal freedom much higher then walking on clean side walks - as appealing as that might sound. But I suppose everybody has their own priorities.
Re: Cost? Don't make me laugh
There will indeed be significant costs relating with retraining, assessment, writing plans, support, implementation of change etc. But these are mostly one offs. As they are saying in the article - once the foundations are laid, and if they stick with it - significant savings will be there in time - once the initial cost is amortized and they have to pay no more regular license fees.
Interesting move from Iceland. I guess, like with any other IT project - it will all be down to how well and smooth it is implemented.
I'll happily have the replica '67 shell on top of the brand new 'stang. They can keep the rest of the crap.
Well - Trevor does have a way of getting overly excited about stuff before actually delving deep enough into said product or feature. Just the fact that he keeps on repeating "the way it was explained to me" is quite telling. I'd rather prefer a review from somebody who sweated over a product for a good while longer before passing on a verdict - not just clicking few buttons and believing what's been told to them - so they can quickly move on to reviewing some other "greatest and latest". But maybe that's just me.
I've bought from Amazon (also available on Ebay) a 133Wh external universal battery for £90, like this one here:
It comes with about 20 different tips for connecting laptops and a USB port for charging devices. It is considerably bigger and heavier then the model reviewed here, but boy do I love the extra 8-12 hours it provides for my sublaptop or netbook - depending on how heavily I use them. It can output 16V or 19V (or 5V over USB). I also use it with my 18.5V and 20V laptops. It also comes with an auto cigarette lighter charger.
Mine is actually marked 155Wh on the back - just shy of the 160Wh most airlines seem to allow as maximum Lithium-ion battery size to be taken aboard aircraft.
"Hoary old coders are skilling up on mobile says a survey from CWJobs, revealing that 81 per cent of UK IT pros are planning to refresh their skill sets by sitting down and swotting up on some HTML5 in 2012."
How does skilling up on HTML5 imply automatically that it is for mobiles? Since when is HTML5 an exclusively mobile skill? Or is this another one of those "let's pull a statistic out of our own back side" moment?
Re: Still waiting...
You are right. But this is not really a netbook. This is more like the sub-laptops which existed before netbooks - a small enough machine, but with enough performance, resolution and keyboard size to be used for much more serious work (and longer periods of time) then one of the initial, 7" screen Celeron processor netbooks. And the good thing is that this machine doesn't actually cost close to £1000 (or even over) - as the sub-laptops used to cost. So yes, it is more expensive then a "true" netbook - but it is a lot cheaper then a sub-laptop with similar functionality.
Re: Re: Lenovo
This machine has the ATI/AMD GPU/APU - and many ATI chipsets have tricky support under Linux. I don't know what is the current support status for this - but last time I looked (few weeks ago) there was a whole procedure involving downloading graphics drivers separately from AMD, installing them and configuring.Some people report success, while others seem to struggle. AMD doesn't release open source drivers for their graphic chipsets, only binary ones - so many distributions don't include them by default. There is a good chance that your Linux install is using the framebuffer (or similar) generic graphic driver at the moment - and that is what makes the general desktop experience slow. It is one of the main reasons I held back on buying this machine for the moment - but a fully working solution will probably be available sooner or later.
Bold? Not so sure. It's a cosmetic respray of their existing consumer netbook(s) - so it couldn't have taken much of an effort (or financial risk, for that matter). Not sure if the consumer version is available yet with the new Atoms - but everything else seems the same (except Windows version, of course).
It does seem insane they are pitching at business a machine which has a version of Windows for home users. Maybe on some levels it might make sense - as others pointed out - but the paradox is right in the spec. Somebody's got their wires crossed.
Oh yeah. Might be another £50 or so - but you get a screen with a decent resolution, extra 1.5 inch of screen, the AMD E450 processor which in all the benchmarks is far faster then the Atoms - and crucially, a seriously faster video card compared to the ones bundles with Intel Atoms. Perfect for watching now (and hopefully in the future) all those heavily compressed video streams - or even a bit of game playing - if that's your thing. Also - HP netbooks and laptops in general have probably the loudest speakers around (compared to many other netbooks and laptops) in my experience. All in all, a magnificently useful machine in an appropriately small package - and a perfectly suitable price - considering what you get.
""favourable margins" that resulted from rising disk drive prices caused by the crisis in Thailand."
I was wondering how much of the recent hdd price hike is the floods in Thailand and how much is the middlemen taking advantage of it with fatter margins. I guess I just had my answer then.
Although I agree that many of the "accessories" in the article are rather useless, I believe that the Canon printer reviewed here and the similar one from HP are indeed the smallest A4 printers you can get. I had the HP 460bwt printer for about 4 years now and it has been very useful to me. If printing for business purposes, A4 is pretty much a must - and the HP version has a battery and wifi or bluetooth as well (depending on which model you are buying).
Also, a universal laptop external battery would have been a useful addition. I have a 133W/h one I bought on Ebay (new) - and I find it brilliant - specially for long journeys. Plugged into a netbook gives about 12 hours of solid work, movie watching or listening to music - a bit less on my sublaptop. And those hours are in addition to the internal battery of the laptop. Yes - it is heavy, but well worth it. It comes with about 20 different plug adapters, and even has a usb connection to charge things that can use it.
I also agree with the comment about portable scanners. I have one of those feed-through, usb powered, "Toblerone" size scanners - and found it really useful on the go - if quite slow to operate.
"Hopefully that means a simple software fix, but until then the US-Cert is recommending that WPS be switched off, and going back to the MAC Address white list."
Not sure I understand this bit. How about just using WPA-PSK instead of WPS (or WPA with Radius)? Why the need for MAC address white list? And, isn't it possible to spoof a MAC address anyway?
Thank you for that. I will try Sogo out as soon as I can. I've installed and used the SyncKolab extension for Thunderbird/Lightning at a number of different clients for about 2 years now - but the number of bugs it contains is far too great. I keep on contributing bug reports, and some of them have been fixed. However, it is still corrupting data, duplicating data and making a general mash of things. I think I've just about given up on it.
There seems to be some confusion here. "Enterprise", unless I'm wrong, also includes all those small and medium businesses. They are all "enterprises". Maybe some of them could be regarded as "rich" - but plenty of them are not. And I thought open source wasn't exactly about making software available to the poor - but more about the promotion of of open standards and freedom from lock in. What better way to achieve that then offering a true alternative to GMail, MS Exchange, and the other proprietary options. And if we are talking about wide adoption of open source software, what better way is there but having work places use open source applications - and getting their workers trained on them?
Why is Mozilla redefining open source as mainly suitable for home users? I don't think Linux would be where it is today if the kernel developers would have shied away from providing the kernel with high end, big iron, enterprise class features. From fear that it might be used by all those "rich corporations". Quite the opposite actually.
The majority of my business clients are happy to use open source software (on Windows, mainly, on the desktop - it's true) - and they use Firefox and Thunderbird already. But the lack of a proper calendar server is a serious thorn in the side.
Yes, we are talking about open source, and the "ultimate" argument still applies: if I need it I should just go and build it. But I can't help thinking that 300 million would get there a lot faster - for all the talk of furthering open source and the rest of political fluff.
"The Google/Mozilla deal is a boring case of two organizations partnering out of self-interest"
... and in the process Mozilla not giving a toss about the other projects they are running, or could support. It seems that the obsession with web browser glory has gone completely to the heads of its executives. Thunderbird and Lightning have been pretty much languishing for years - with important bugs still alive and well in the software. I wish they would finally get round to fixing the calendar properly, give it a good scalable back-end and a real multithreaded interface, and even start a calendar server one day - who knows. A calendar server is what is really missing from the open source eco-system to compete against Exchange. I've tried all current options for calendar servers, and they fall over when there are more then 1000 appointments in the back end.
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