Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Apr 2011 19:57 UTC, submitted by PLan
Legal Should I be sad or relieved? Groklaw, the website that played a central role in the SCO vs. sanity case, has just announced it will close up shop on May 16 of this year. Groklaw's place in history has been secured, surely, but in recent years, the site became more and more like a relic from the past, clearly stuck in the everyone vs. Microsoft mindset of the late '90s and early 2000s. Even in today's announcement post, Groklaw shows that its time has indeed come.
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Microsoft...
by olafg on Mon 11th Apr 2011 07:07 UTC
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2010-05-27

Thom is so naive today...

Microsoft is notorious. And yes they have been worse than many other companies. Gates is terrified of what happend to IBM, so the Microsoft ploys have often been unethical. Companies like Google, Sun and SGI have been much more likable (though with their own bad habits). Heck, even Commodore and Apple have acted better. Much better.

The reason Microsoft has not been going for mobile phones until now is that cellphones used to be gadgets, not computers. Microsoft are threatend now that mobile phones are computers and extending into tablets and therefore touching laptops. Big corps like Microsoft are slow movers, but when they move they want total domination. The iOS model, which Apple now are directing towards OS-X by having an appstore for Mac and certain API moves, has awakened the giant from rest. MS is uneasy about this development and how Linux in the shape of Android can undercut them.

Hence Windows-8 might turn out to be a multi-device operating system tied in with downscaled versions of their most crucial app: Office... MS is all about the Office package. That ecosystem is what gives them the ability to lock their customers to their platform.

I sincerely hope that companies will move to the cloud using HTML5-based apps for their business in the future. Maybe in 5-10 years. In that timespan MS has to move fast to keep their lock-in strategy in place. This is a never-ending battle, and serious sites like Groklaw are needed. Not for nerds, but for educating lawyers about how the computer tech and market works.

Edited 2011-04-11 07:25 UTC

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RE: Microsoft...
by nt_jerkface on Mon 11th Apr 2011 16:38 in reply to "Microsoft..."
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2009-08-26

Thom is so naive today...

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I sincerely hope that companies will move to the cloud using HTML5-based apps for their business in the future. Maybe in 5-10 years.


You're the one that is naive. Million line C++ codebases are not going to be converted over to Javascript. Very few seem to understand how much work it takes to build software like Autocad or Vegas.

In that timespan MS has to move fast to keep their lock-in strategy in place.


Microsoft would have more competition on the desktop if the FOSS world didn't have a lock-out proprietary companies strategy. The hostile attitude towards proprietary companies has held back Linux at no cost to Microsoft.

The FOSS movement is like PETA trying to take on the meat industry by shaming people for eating meat. Instead of steak, just eat hummus. Our alternative isn't good enough for you? Well then go eat your juicy steak then ya bastard! Go eat it with a nice cold beer! That will teach you!

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RE[2]: Microsoft...
by olafg on Mon 11th Apr 2011 17:11 in reply to "RE: Microsoft..."
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2010-05-27

You're the one that is naive. Million line C++ codebases are not going to be converted over to Javascript. Very few seem to understand how much work it takes to build software like Autocad or Vegas.


I am not naive, I'm just way ahead of you... ;-)

Get off your high horse: I said competitors to Office, not AutoCAD. Actually, the HTML5 engine does a lot of the GUI-work for most apps. As ECMAScript gets closer to strict typing the JIT will do better work, and you can write your apps in a language close to C++/D that compiles down to typed javascript. Look at Google's Closure for a start.

And yes, I am proficient in both ASM, C++, ECMAScript and a slew of other languages... Most imperative languages are rather similar, which of course is why they can use the same compiler backend. Compilers can get a long way by static analysis on programs that stay away from dynamic features. You just have to know how the compiler works and write with that in mind.

Our alternative isn't good enough for you? Well then go eat your juicy steak then ya bastard! Go eat it with a nice cold beer! That will teach you!


Actually, online web-apps provide easy access from any HTML5 capable browser. So online-office is easier than moving your files and apps with you.

As for computational power. ActionScript3 is based on a dialect of ECMAScript and provides strict typing. Flash10 PixelEngine (used to be called Hydra) provides very fast SIMD operations on arrays. It's only a matter of time before a descendant of OpenCL is be available in browsers. Give it 5-10 years. If Apple, Opera and Firefox cooperate then HTML5 can become av very real office application platform. Webkit is very close, already.

Edit: And yes... you could run AutoCAD as a client-server app with the AutoCAD codebase running on the server and having a webGL streaming display engine in the browser-client. No problem if you have a speedy connection to the server.

Edited 2011-04-11 17:28 UTC

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RE: Microsoft...
by JoeBuck on Mon 11th Apr 2011 17:17 in reply to "Microsoft..."
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Apple is at least as big a threat as Microsoft is; in many ways their practices are worse. Imagine what life would have been like if all programs running on Windows had to be approved by Microsoft, and Microsoft demanded (and got) 30% of all revenues. But this is exactly what Apple is doing with the iPhone and iPad.

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