Archive for September, 2009

Vista Poisoning my Clock??? Pt 4

Vista Poisoning my Clock??? Pt 4

This is now getting weird [28 Sept].  The last two times I have rebooted, the Linux clock has been correctly set.  I hadn’t gotten around to adding ntp to the boot files…

Heaven knows what has changed, but the time seems to be consistently right again.

[5 Oct] Arrrgh!!! Now it’s fast (by ~20 mins).  Updated to daylight savings yesterday.  Reboot today, and its fast (all the other times its been slow)

Vista Poisoning My Clock?? (Pt 3)

Vista Poisoning My Clock?? (Pt 3)

The Story so far.

I think it may not be Vista’s fault – or if it is, it may be some way that Linux interacts with the MB BIOS.  At 23:30 I rebooted from Vista.  During POST I entered the BIOS config to check the hardware clock – 23:30.  I left the BIOS and it proceeded to boot to Linux – once boot finished, time was 23:09.  Something is happening during the Linux boot sequence to throw off both system time and hardware clock time (hwclock –show matches system time).   I believe that in Linux the system time is read from the hardware clock on boot, then written on shut down.  If that’s correct then something is changnig the hardware clock before Linux loads it for System time.

Microsoft/Linux: Don’t Cross License with Us?

Microsoft/Linux: Don’t Cross License with Us?

Last week saw the purchase, by OIN, of a portfolio of patents which ultimately originated from MicrosoftOIN has alleged that Microsoft had described this portfolio as relating to Linux.   Red Hat has speculated that Microsoft auctioned these patents off in the hope of them being picked up by a patent troll and used ‘offensively’ against Linux (which I take to mean ultimately by way of litigation).

Without being a potential bidder I can’t say whether or not any of this speculation is true, but what if it is?

First, if this speculation is true, it means that Microsoft believed that the patents would be of value in litigation against Linux.  By selling the patents it therefore consciously decided not to litigate over them itself.

Second, what is the impact of this sale on manufacturers of Linux based devices who are entering cross-licensing arrangements with Microsoft?  What is the value of a cross licensing deal intended to protect against Linux related patents if the very patents you want to license are, will be, or have been, sold off to third parties?

Is Microsoft undermining its patent cross licensing push?

Vista Poisoning My Clock??? – Pt 2

Vista Poisoning My Clock??? – Pt 2

Click here for the story so far.

So, today I turned on my computer at 11:44, booted into Vista, simply to check the time (correct) then rebooted into Linux -> the time shown was 11:36 – a loss of 8 minutes during the reboot.  The time on the hardware clock /sbin/hwclock –show was also 11:36.  So, presumably somehow in the reboot process from vista-> linux something is resetting the hardware clock – but more weird, the change is not consistent across reboots (different reboots result in a different change in time).


Vista Poisoning my Clock???

Vista Poisoning my Clock???

Started dual booting a little while ago (now that’s a story in itself!).  I’ve noticed my clock in Linux is now off all the time.  I switched from UTC to local time, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference (and the time offsets are not consistent – this morning, for example, Linux was off by 3 hours and 9 minutes). Vista’s time seems to remain consistent between reboots (Linux-> Vista or Vista-> Vista) but when I boot up Linux the time is off (by some offset, but I don’t think its a consistent offset).  As a for-example, I turned the machine off around 10:20 this morning, and turned on at 12:09pm.  In that time the clock lagged by 24 minutes.  I doubt it’s the battery as the time was right when I booted Vista first thing this morning.

I can’t find anything similar on the web…

Any thoughts?

OIN buys MS Linux Patents

OIN buys MS Linux Patents

The Open Invention Network has bought a number of patents from Microsoft at auction.  Their press release is here.  It is testament to the sorry state of the patent system that a vehicle must be set up specifically to buy patents and then not use them.

Dell Ubuntu Oops

Chris Smart reports on the availability of a 10″ Linux netbook from Dell in Australia.  I went to check it out and noticed some oopses on the Dell site – the operating system icon, and the availability of Norton Security (is there an Ubuntu version?  I don’t know).  It is somewhat scary that the generic icon they use for “operating system” is a specific logo for a vendor’s product (scary for competition, but also scary for that vendor as such usage can undermine trademark rights).

If you know someone at Dell, ask them to fix…

Also, the Linux version does not come with a customisation option for an office suite (while the windows config has the option of adding office).

Screen grabs :

Wrong OS Icon (3)

Wrong OS Icon (3)

Is norton available on Ubuntu?

Is norton available on Ubuntu?

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