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Charles H. Schulz is leaving the Oracle run OpenOffice.org. Mentioned below he will be continuing with the Document Foundation. Their primary focus was LibreOffice.  LibreOffice is a repackaged OpenOffice.org.  However, now indeed forced to be a complete fork of the product.

As far as how this comes about I have a few opinions about Oracle.

I feel Oracle will come to find their desires against open source projects will be a failure. Maybe this is part of their plan. Maybe they only wanted parts of SUN. I would say they are quickly burning their bridges to open source.

That being said, maybe in some sick twisted fashion this is what they want to do to free the projects they control. To allow the projects to continue as Oracle exists they must be freed and by a community movement. Alienation of the community, which seems to be present in MySQL, OpenOffice.org, seems to have driven those who hold strong to their projects to drive a new direction. I even wonder how well VirtualBox is doing under Oracle.

Sad to see this happen. There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel and it isn’t shining in Oracle’s favor.

Today is a special day. I feel both sad and relieved, happy and somewhat disgusted. I have officially resigned from my all my duties, roles and positions inside the OpenOffice.org project. My resignation is effective immediately and I am leaving the project. I will now be contributing to the Document Foundation, while of course continuing to work at Ars Aperta and at the OASIS as a member of its Board of Director, eGov Steering Committee and ODF Committees.

These past days have been tense. In a sense it was to be expected, but on the other hand I feel that it was in fact quite surprising and unprofessional. The Oracle employees who are members of the OpenOffice.org project and who expressed themselves these past days have displayed a disturbing lack of understanding of Free and Open Source Software; LibreOffice is, after all, and until proven otherwise, a downstream version of OpenOffice.org, and as such deserves inclusion into the OpenOffice.org community.  I can only imagine what it would be like if Debian was rejecting the Ubuntu employees among its teams, calling it a fork.  As for the fork itself, and because we’re still a downstream version of OpenOffice.org, forks become forks only when one of the boys refuse to play ball with the others; and the Oracle team of OpenOffice.org just did that. As such, and you might call this disingenuous, they created the fork and bear the final responsibility for it; of course the community at large created the Document Foundation and LibreOffice, but the astounding lack of dialogue, the immediate labeling as competitors from the very second created the fundamental rift that turned a potential, vague state of things into a hard reality.

Now, this is not going to be an Oracle bashing blog: I would like to thank the engineers of Hamburg, the former Sunnies and StarDivision employees for the opportunity and honour they gave hundreds of people like me to work on their side and contribute to a quite unique project. They’re good people. But History plays against them. In any case, they are for ever welcome inside the Document Foundation. Fair winds, Genossen.

This post would not be complete without my final message to the Native-Language Confederation of OpenOffice.org, the bulk of the worldwide communities forming the heart of the OpenOffice.org communities: this is my message of resignation that I’m reposting here:

"It is with great emotion that I am resigning from my role as lead of
the Native-Language Confederation of OpenOffice.org. This resignation
is immediate. It has been a pleasure, a lifetime experience, a honour,
to work with all of you for 10 years. When we started, we were around 3
to 4 projects. We are now over a hundred communities, reaching
worldwide a hundred million of users. This has been the achievement of
the OpenOffice.org community, it has been our achievement, and let no
one take this away from you. I look forward working with all or most of
you again in The Document Foundation, and am considering the future
with optimism. Last but not least, I would like to thank all of you
here, in the OpenOffice.org community, who made all this possible, and
even gave me a chance to become someone better. You can be proud of you.

Cheers up!

Charles-H. Schulz. "
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Motorola announces 4G-ready USB modem for LTE networks worldwide

Motorola announces 4G-ready USB modem for LTE networks worldwide | ZDNet.

By Rachel King | October 20, 2010, 8:52am PDT

Motorola got things rolling yesterday at the 4G World 2010 conference in Illinois this morning with the introduction of its portable LTE USB-lt key.

The FDD LTE USB-lte 7110 device is intended for use on 4G LTE networks worldwide, even those not necessarily supported by Motorola. However, Motorola hasn’t specified any networks at all yet.

Using a “common” USB interface (most likely 2.0), this wireless modem should be capable of handling streaming HD movies, video chat and blogging, and quicker uploading of videos to social networking sites.

The rest of the nitty-gritty details (such as specific transfer speeds, pricing and a launch plan) have not been revealed yet.

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Verizon calls “first!” on $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Verizon calls “first!” on $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab

Verizon calls "first!" on $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab

Verizon and Samsung announced Wednesday that the 7″ Android-powered Galaxy Tab will be available on Verizon’s network beginning November 11. Samsung has already announced plans to bring the device to all four major carriers—and to release a WiFi-only version—but it appears Verizon will be the first carrier out of the gate.

The Galaxy Tab is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and runs Android 2.2. Built around a 7″ 16:9 wide touchscreen (a point of contention among some tech CEOs), the tablet trumps the iPad with the addition of front and rear-facing cameras.

In addition to including apps for text, image, and video messaging, Verizon will load a number of custom apps on the device, including V CAST Music and V CAST Song ID, VZ Navigator, Slacker Radio, Kindle for Android, Blockbuster On Demand, and the exclusive game Let’s Golf. Users will also be able to purchase apps from Verizon’s V CAST Apps store; it’s not clear if the device will also be able to access the Android Market or not.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will available contract-free for $599.99. Special 3G data plans start at $20 per month for 1GB, though information about additional plans and pricing was not available this morning.

Verizon’s Tiered Data Plans Reportedly Coming This Month – PCWorld

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Verizon’s Tiered Data Plans Reportedly Coming This Month – PCWorld.

Verizon will introduce tiered data pricing on October 28, Engadget reports. Unlike AT&T’s two-tiered data plan, however, Verizon will not be abandoning the unlimited data option for smartphones.

The popular wireless provider has been hinting at moving toward tiered data plans for some time now, and finally confirmed the switch in late September. Verizon Wireless chief executive Ivan Seidenberg told investors during a press conference that the introduction of new products and services would “allow Verizon Wireless to introduce a tiered pricing structure.”

Verizon is the second major mobile phone company to adopt tiered data plans –AT&T first introduced its tiered plan earlier this year. The Verizon plans are different from AT&T’s two tiers for iPhones (200MB/month for $15 or 2GB/month for $25), and perhaps the most significant difference is the fact that Verizon will not be abandoning the option of unlimited data.

According to Engadget, the Verizon data plans will be as follows:

Smartphone owners will be able to choose between 150MB/month for $15 ($0.10/MB overage), or unlimited data for $29.99.

Feature phone owners will be able to choose between $1.99/MB “pay as you go” (the same as the current $1.99/MB option), $150MB/month for $15, and unlimited for $29.99.

MiFi, FiveSpot, and integrated netbook owners will be able to choose between 5GB/month for $50 and 10GB/month for $80. MiFi and FiveSpot users will also be able to choose a 3GB/month plan for $35 as part of a 90-day promotion (this plan is designed for tablet users). All of these plans feature an overage price of $10 per gigabyte.

Finally, if you pick up a MiFi-enabled iPad (on sale October 28) from Verizon, you will be able to choose between 1GB/month for $20, 3GB/month for $35, 5GB/month for $50, and 10GB/month for $80. All of these plans will have the overage rate of $10 per gigabyte. Depending on how much data you use, this could be more expensive than AT&T’s iPad plan.

Current Verizon customers will not be required to give up their data plans (the 25MB/month for $9.99 option was eliminated), and will be able to switch over (if they so choose) at any time.

As far as we know, this tiered pricing structure is valid for Verizon’s 3G network only — when Verizon updates its network to 4G, the prices/plans may change.

Single 3TB Drives Now Available!

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Western Digital has released 3 TB Drives! Seagate also has drives soon to be released. Supported for Vista and Windows 7. You must use GPT for booting and have an EFI capable system. Otherwise you need an add-on card.

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WD breaks capacity limit with 3TB hard drive

The new WD Caviar Green 3TB internal hard drive from Western Digital.

The new WD Caviar Green 3TB internal hard drive from Western Digital.

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Dong Ngo/CNET)

Today, Western Digital announced the availability its own 3TB and 2.5TB internal hard drives–the latest in the WD Caviar Green family–that you can bring home and install in your computer. This is great news for those who want a second and large hard drive for their computer that runs
Windows 7 or Vista.

The reason that Seagate has been hesitating to release the 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive–which it used to make the FreeAgent GoFlex Desk external hard drive and the BlackArmor NAS server–as a standalone product is because of the limitations in existing PC motherboards and in Windows operating systems.

In the meantime, however, Western Digital has a quick solution for consumers to immediately take advantage of its new ultra high-capacity hard drives. The company bundles the new WD Caviar Green 2.5TB and 3TB hard drives with an Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)-compliant Host Bus Adapter (HBA), in the form of a PCI Express add-in card.

Other than that, the new WD Caviar Green drives are much like traditional SATA2 3.5-inch hard drives. They sport 64MB of cache memory and utilize 750 GB-per-platter areal density and Advanced Format technology, which was first available with the Scorpio Blue drive. The Caviar Green drives are designed to use minimum amount of power spin at around 6000rpm.

Both models of the new hard drives are available now. The 2.5TB version (model number WD25EZRSDTL) is slated to cost around $190 and the 3TB version (model number WD30EZRSDTL) is around $240. Both of them will come with a three-year limited warranty.

Dong Ngo

Dong Ngo is a CNET editor who covers networking and storage. He also writes about a variety of other topics, from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the daily life of people around the world. Dong is well- (and not so well-versed) in several languages and tends to spend his free time traveling.

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