Monthly Archives: June 2009

Microsoft to ignore web standards in Outlook 2010

It seems that Microsoft decision to continue working with the word engine to process/design emails in outlook 2010 is making waves through a twitter campaign, which gained almost 20,000 twits.

Behind the campaign stands the Email Standards Project, which trys to improve the support on web startands in email clients.

The Email Standards Project is about working with email client developers and the design community to improve web standards support and accessibility in email. The project was formed out of frustration with the inconsistent rendering of HTML emails in major email clients.

From the free software point of view, I’m happy to see a community of people gathering around to try and make the sure better for the users instead of the developers. This campaign also shows how to use twitter and a cool website to create some pressur on a verdor.

Good luck, and don’t forget you can always use Mozilla Thunderbird (:

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle

Last month RHEL 4.8 was released (see release notes). With this release RHEL 4 is entering phase 2 of it’s life cycle. During this phase only urgent software updates will be done and important or critical security issues will be handled.

During the Production 2 life cycle phase, at a minimum, qualified security errata of important or critical impact, as well as, urgent priority bug-fix errata may be released independent of minor releases.

If available, refreshed hardware enablement that does not require substantial software changes may be provided at the discretion of Red Hat via minor releases. New software functionality is not available during this phase. All available and qualified errata will be provided via the minor releases. The focus for minor releases during this life cycle phase lies on resolving defects with a minimum priority of high.

Updated install images will only be provided for minor releases during the Production 2 life cycle phase if required due to installer changes at Red Hat’s discretion.

Regrading RHEL 4, it seems the the release of 4.9 somewhere around Q1 2010, will end the 2nd phase, and the start of the 3rd one. It in the 3rd phase no new hardware is supported, and only mission critical bugs fixes are done. Security bug fixes has the same police like the second phase.

If you’re running RHEL version prior to version 4, notice that RHEL 2.1 just finished it’s 7 years life cycle on may 31st, and RHEL 3 will end it’s life cycle in October 31st, 2010. Details are available at Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle page.

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Filed under Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Why ubuntu sucks in keeping the distribution in good shape?

Tomer writes about Why ubuntu sucks in keeping the distribution in good shape?, which is related to posts I wrote at the past about Why does Ubuntu puts Firefox translation in gnome’s language pack ? and The disadvantage of language packs in Ubuntu. I’m not happy seeing these problems happening again and again.

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Filed under i18n & l10n, Mozilla, Ubuntu