A prediction

I’m going to go out on a limb and make a prediction: in the near future, Microsoft and Novell will announce that Microsoft is opening up all or most of .NET and chunks of the Longhorn technologies. This will include submitting Avalon/XAML, Indigo , and the rest of .NET to ECMA as standards. Furthermore, royalty free grants to all relevant Microsoft-owned patents will be issued. Here’s my evidence: first, Novell is implementing Avalon and Indigo. They wouldn’t be doing this if they didn’t have a reasonable expectation of being able to distribute it legally. Second, during the recent GNOME Mono/Java argument cryptic statements like this were made: “The Mono/Java argument is a real mess in this respect – we discussed it some in public, but it turns out all the relevant facts aren’t public.” What relevant facts are those? A Microsoft patent grant would be very relevant. Third, Microsoft continues to insist that they’re not going to be Evil anymore (really, you can trust us this time). But keeping Avalon/XAML proprietary (and trying to proprietize the web) would be _proof_ of Microsofts continued Evilness. And finally, there’s this very incriminating photo of Novell’s Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza participating in a chorus line with Microsoft’s CTO. What more proof do you need that some sort of (unholy?) alliance is afoot? You heard it here first, folks.

__More:__ This may only refer to the C#/ECMA patent grant but Miguel has also said this: “As previously reported we (Novell) are working on the legal items
ourselves, and will have an official statement when we are done.”

The Andreessen Twelve

Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen listed his top twelve reasons for the growth of open source software at the “Open Source in Government” conference:

1. “The Internet is powered by open source.”
2. “The Internet is the carrier for open source.”
3. “The Internet is also the platform through which open source is developed.”
4. “It’s simply going to be more secure than proprietary software.”
5. “Open source benefits from anti-American sentiments.”
6. “Incentives around open source include the respect of one’s peers.”
7. “Open source means standing on the shoulders of giants.”
8. “Servers have always been expensive and proprietary, but Linux runs on Intel.”
9. “Embedded devices are making greater use of open source.”
10. “There are an increasing number of companies developing software that aren’t software companies.”
11. “Companies are increasingly supporting Linux.”
12. “It’s free.”

Driving to Laptopia

Doc Searls’ trials and tribulations with Linux on the laptop.

Yes, Dan said, IBM will be offering both a Linux desktop and a Linux laptop–this year. IBM, Dan reported, has 15,000 house testers using Linux on the desktop. When Jeff said this was “going to make Doc very happy”, Dan replied, “Anything we can do to make Doc happy is okay.”, or words to that effect. The quote comes from Jeff’s own memory of the conversation.

Kids Play

EGM gets nine kids, ages 10 to 13, to play classic video games from the 70s and 80s and writes down what they say with hilarious results.

On Tetris:

Tim: Which button do I press to make the blocks explode?

EGM: Sorry, they don’t explode.

Becky: This is boring. Maybe if it had characters and stuff and different levels, it would be OK. If things blew up or something or—

Sheldon: If there were bombs.

Becky: Yeah, or special bricks. Like, if a yellow brick touched a red brick it would blow up and you’d have to start over.

John: Why haven’t I won yet? I’ve paired up so many of the same color.

EGM: Don’t worry about colors.

John: I just lined up six of the same color. Why didn’t they blow up?

EGM: Nothing blows up.