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Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Micro$oft and Volume Licensing

Want to see the way to make money in the software market nowadays? Check out a MAJOR gotcha in M$'s volume licensing scheme. Yeah, it's a scheme alright.

A.T. Hun comments: While nothing MS does anymore shocks me, I would hope that they keep this sort of thing up. There comes a time when even the most cash-rich companies will not want to be put over a barrel like this. If MS screws over enough paying customers, they will start walking. If I were a shareholder, I'd want to have some words about this.

J.t.Qbe comments: It's the typical Microsoft cash grab: you pay them no matter what you do. It's good for Microsoft, since it keeps the cash flowing in and pleases the stockholders. But as more and more of these things come to light, and as free software gets more and more useful/usable, the backlash will start to build. In a big company, what's the better deal: a forced subscription to Microsoft upgrades (and the necessary hardware upgrades) at hundreds/thousands per seat, or Linux/OpenOffice/apache for, um, free?

Monday, April 7, 2003

Let the Games Begin!

Now that the formality (for Red Wings' fans) of the NHL regular season schedule is over, it's time for the real season to begin: the Stanley Cup Playoffs! First on tap for the Wings are the ever-pesky Anaheim Mighty Ducks. My prediction? Red Wings in five. ESPN has a page for this series that's worth checking out.

NWN Linux Client: Beta 4

Bioware has released beta 4 of their Linux client for Neverwinter Nights. Here's a list of the fixes:

I suggest you download it and partake of its chocolatey goodness. Or something.

icculus .plan Update

Ryan "icculus" Gordon updated his .plan with information on the status of his various porting projects. He also announced that he is porting Devastation to Linux too. Apparently he doesn't need sleep. Thanks Linux Games.

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