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FBI to investigate how Trump knows more than US intelligence agencies

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The joint committee by FBI, CIA and NSA is opening an investigation into claims made by president-elect Donald J Trump at Mar-a-Lago where he said “I think it’s unfair if we don’t know. It could be somebody else. I also know things that other people don’t know so we cannot be sure.”

“Who is giving Mr. Trump all of that information? Either his is bluffing, as usual, or he is actually getting his information from his of POC in the Russian government. In either case, it’s dangerous and should be investigated,” said one person who is familiar with the formation of the committee.

Over time Mr. Trump has expressed his trust in US intelligence agencies, US election process, US secret service that protect the president, Air Force One, US federal government…to name a few. For more than 7 years Mr. Trump ran a campaign that current president Barack Obama was not a US citizen and demanded his birth certificate. At occasions, Mr. Trump has expressed more faith and trust in Russian hackers, Wikileaks and Russian government than the US government.

A member of the committee who refused to disclose his identity told news reporters that never before in the US history has any president done this.

Another reason behind the investigation is Trump’s refusal to disclose tax returns, which may throw lights on how much money he owes to Russians.

A majority of Republicans and Trump voters criticized McCain and said they are politicizing the presidency. “An attack on Putin is an attack on the US. We should not tolerate that,” one angry Trump supporter said.When we asked Mr. Trump about this investigation he said, “I will tell more on Tuesday.”

When we asked Mr. Trump about this investigation he said, “I will tell more on Tuesday.

Microsoft signs deal with ownCloud

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Microsoft has signed a deal with Boston based ownCloud Inc. to power the underneath infrastructure of Microsoft’s cloud service OneDrive and Azure Cloud.

“Open source technologies are innovating at an unprecedented rate due to massive scale of collaboration across communities and companies,” said Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Client Mobility at Microsoft. “We have been increasing open source components within our non differentiating infrastructure. And induction of ownCloud in our cloud infrastructure is a natural path for us.”

This is not the first time Microsoft is baking in open source technologies in its cloud infrastructures. Recently they developed a Linux based switch for their Azure Cloud. This week they announced the arrival of Ubuntu for Windows, to enable developers in running Linux developer tools on Windows.

Commenting on the announcement Frank Karlitschek of ownCloud told me in a telephonic interview, “We are excited about this development and we look forward to working closely with Microsoft. They have been a great partner.”

Kamala Subramaniam, Principal Architect, Azure Networking at Microsoft wrote in a blog post, “Both the cloud and the enterprise depend on high-speed, highly available file sync services for their services. This makes it critical for enterprise customers to be able to control their own destiny by rapidly adding to their infrastructure features they need while keeping out feature changes that increase risk and complexity.ownCloud fills that requirement.”

She continued, “Traditional file sync software is built for several customers with several scenarios and feature requests. Since the ownCloud focuses on feature development based on Microsoft priorities, it has a Lean Stack. The thin software stack focuses on software needed for our Datacenter Networks and strives to fix, test and remediate file sync software bugs faster than the current run rate. The ownCloud is also a Modular Stack as opposed to one monolithic image. The advantages of a lean and modular stack are plenty. It makes validation easier with less probability for hidden, high priority bugs and reduces new feature request time lag.”

When asked about whether any of the integration component that Microsoft is developing in-house a Microsoft spokesperson said that since ownCloud will be used within Microsoft’s own OneDrive and Azure infrastructure, they won’t be releasing the source code. However, if in future OneDrive client is integrated with ownCloud client then due to GNU GPL, they will open source OneDrive.

Under the deal the existing ownCloud enterprise customers will be able to migrate to OneDrive that will be powered by ownCloud. At the same time existing OneDrive customers will also be able to move to ownCloud Enterprise edition and manage their subscription through Microsoft.

Microsoft is expected to complete the transition to ownCloud by the end of 2016.

Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network

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Microsoft today announced that they are joining the Open Invention Network (OIN)as a licensee. The company joins the ranks of IBM, Google, Red Hat who have been a long time OIN member. The company made a pledge that they will not use their patents against any Linux vendor. If needed they will use their patents only in defense.

“We love Linux. We are committed to be part of this vibrant Linux community and software patents was one big roadblock. We are removing that roadblock today,” said Satya Nadella in a press statement.

Microsoft joins the ranks of Google, IBM, Red Hat...
Microsoft joins the ranks of Google, IBM, Red Hat…

The surprise announcement comes just two days after the company announced Ubuntu for Windows, a joint initiative by Microsoft and Canonical to bring Linux dev tools to Windows 10.

Microsoft has invested heavily in Linux and other open source technologies. They are using Linux to power networking switches in Azur Cloud, they are open sourcing their extremely popular tools Visual Studio and platforms like .Net. They have made available all leading Linux distributions – RHEL, SLE, Ubuntu, Debian, etc – on their Azure cloud. They are working with the Linux Foundation on CII.

Jim Zemlin, executive editor of the Linux Foundation said in a statement, “We have been working with Microsoft on so many different areas. I am so happy to see this refreshing change at Microsoft.”

Microsoft today is actually more involved with the Linux and open source community than many open source vendors. As a result, their decision to join OIN and make a public gesture that they will not use their patents to attack any Linux vendor is a natural progression in the direction of them becoming a pure open source company.

Florian Mueller, one of the leading authorities on patents and intellectual properties who also works as an IP advisor to companies like Google, Red Hat and SUSE, wrote on his blog, “OIN is a great platform for Microsoft to make such a pledge. The reason being OIN is a soft platform. You can join OIN and still sue each other. Oracle and Google are great example of how OIN offers such great flexibility; the right to sue.”

The company is also expected to join the Linux Foundation as a member.

Jono Bacon urges users to ditch Linux and move to Mac OS X

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SILICON VALLEY (Factual Error) — Jono Bacon, who recently delivered a talk on Ubuntu at SCaLE is having a change of heart. Jono is asking the Linux community to ditch the Linux kernel and switch to XNU (X is not Unix) that’s used by Apple in Mac OS X operating system.

Jono wrote on his personal blog, “Today my computing experience is comprised of a bit of Ubuntu and Mac OS X. On Ubuntu I am still playing with GNOME Shell and on Mac I am using the standard desktop experience.”

He further added, “My Mac has beautiful hardware and anything I plug into it just works out the box (or has drivers). While I spend most of my life in Chrome and Atom, I use some apps that are not available on Ubuntu (e.g. Bluejeans and Evernote clients). I also find multimedia is just easier and more reliable on my Mac. So I want to get rid of unreliable Linux.”

Not everyone will agree that multi-media is less reliable on Linux than on Jono’s Mac OS X. Check out the video below that demonstrates how smooth and painless it is to start Keynote application from Mac OS X at a Linux event.

Jono’s basic idea is to keep the user land open source and replace the base, Linux, with Mac OS X. He proposes, “When you fire up the distribution, GNOME Shell appears (or Unity, KDE, Elementary etc) and it is running natively on the Mac, full screen like you would see on Linux. For all intents and purposes it looks and feels like a Linux box, but it is running on top of Mac OS X. This means hardware issues (particularly hardware that needs specific drivers) go away.”

We approached Greg Kroah-Hartman who maintains drivers for Linux and has done an incredible job at offering much better driver support for Linux than it’s available for Mac OS X. Greg rebuffed Jono’s assertions and said, “There is no consumer devices that I know of don’t work with Linux.”

Reddit, as expected, went nuts after this blog post from Jono. One Redditt user, who has now been banned for voicing his opinion on the internet, wrote:

I can only smile to see that Jono specifically call it ‘my’ Mac. Apple’s RDF is at work. So someone who proclaimed at SCaLE that ‘We (he probably meant Linux) have won’ actually believes we haven’t. And is now telling people that open source desktop environment needs to move from Linux to Mac OS X, to a platform that’s designed by the most restrictive software company in the world.

Richard M Stallman was not pleased with Bacon, he told us in an emailed interview “I have tremendous respect for Jono and his fantastic work in laying the foundations for the Free Software and Open Source world that we have today, but I think he is short-sighted at times. His views on software projects are pretty binary: either a strict set of ethics (defined by him) are observed, or it should be shunned. This just seems a bit childish to me.”

We also reached out to Linus Torvalds, who was at LCA, Australia. He had an Nvidia moment on the stage and said to Jono: “Hey, you fucked up.”

Miguel de Icaza, the co-founder of Gnome said in an emailed interview, “Mac has killed the Linux desktop and Jono’s arrival to Mac OS is a natural progression of a Linux user.”

Fine print: This story was filed in the Factual Error/Humor section.

Jono Bacon introduces Bad Voltage spin-off Mac Voltage at SCaLE 14x

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At the SCaLE 14x Jono Bacon (GitHub and Ubuntu fame) launched a spin-off of his extremely popular Bad Voltage show. The new show is called Mac Voltage and it debuted amid the huge gathering of drunk people trying to get more free beer at SCaLE 14x.

The show started off with Bacon sitting on the stage floor with his MacBook, trying to figure out how to start a keynote presentation at the open source conference. The skit ran for 10 minutes amid cheers and excitement from the drunk audience.
https://youtu.be/5B65T9P-0wY

When I inquired Bacon about the use of Apple’s MacBook, non-free OS Mac OS X and non-free application Keynote instead of Linux or LibreOffice at the event, Jono angrily replied “Didn’t you attend Sarah Sharp’s keynote about increasing diversity in the open source world? I am simply trying to diversify my use of operating systems and applications.”

He was pretty pleased with the performance, “It was a great performance by the group. We rehearsed for it the whole day at the conference and I am satisfied with the debut. We will be back.”

Only party pooper was Matthew Garrett who didn’t realize that it was a spin-off of Bad Voltage. He forcefully grabbed the mike from Gareth Greenaway, stormed the stage and delivered a very angry rant on the stage. Later he was dragged out of the room by security forces, lead by the drill sergeant Larry Cafiero. 

Bacon said that Apple has accepted (after the team paid the $99 fee) the skit as part of their WWD conference and the crew will produce a show for the upcoming Apple Conference.

Fine print: This post was filed under ‘Factual Error/Humor’ section.