OpenGL and 2011 as the year of Linux – Will it be because of Apple and Valve?

Somehow, no matter how many “will 20xx be the year of Linux” articles get published every year, the moment never seems to arrive and why is that? Linux has been packaged into great consumer desktop OS’s for at least six years, and by that I mean that even a novice could use it. Since that point Linux distributions have had a reasonable plug-n-play install experience, there were distros with sophisticated management tools that negated the need for command-line wizardry, the desktop environment was recognisable and usable by windows/mac users, and tools for packaging, distributing and installing apps were becoming common place. This blogger has been using SuSE flavoured distro’s since 9.1 was released in 2004 (thank you Novell for that free promo disk). Arguably, Linux has been a useful desktop OS for even longer, provided you were more technically minded, as can be attested to by the native Linux ports of games like the Quake and Unreal Tournament series which hark back to the end of the 20th century, so what happened……….

Ah gaming, that’s what has been missing from this whole desktop Linux equation, somewhere along the line it all went awry, the games dried up and somehow the great desktop revolution never happened. After all, we all know you can browse the web just fine under Linux, they even have flash support, just as we all know that the desktop experience is pretty polished these days, and that there are some truly stellar apps which compete toe-to-toe with the best windows and Mac equivalents, even better, you never have to worry about viruses or trojans, but what is that without games!

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Britain’s future strategic direction #2 – And why I believe Think Defence are wrong.

The RUSI paper: A Force For Honour generated a lot of discussion on the web given the general interest in the Future Defence Review and how that will guide Britain’s strategic future, a notable example of which was the Think Defence series on the FDR.

Think Defence has written a great many discussion papers and other Defence related articles, all of which are interesting, most of which I find insightful and otherwise agree with, but I cannot say the same about their conclusion to the RUSI paper:

FDR – Raiding, Nation Building or a Bit of Both

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At the gates of (climate) hell – Why it might be a good thing to take a step back.

This post has been filed under “politics” for a reason, because this blog does not dispute the following:

  1. That climate change is always happening, and the recent historical temperature record has shown significant warming
  2. That climate change has frequently been both rapid and severe, which by definition makes it catastrophic to species
  3. That feedback mechanisms, both positive and negative, work to accelerate or mitigate the scale and rate of change
  4. That humans are a climate feedback mechanism, and will have an impact on the state of climate equilibrium
  5. That CO2 is a Greenhouse Gas, and that anthropogenic CO2 is by definition anthropogenic climate change
  6. That it may yet come to pass that we, as a species, are proven to be responsible for causing catastrophic climate change

Where this blog heads of into wild and uncharted territory is in its present conviction that:

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The problem with ebook services – How Kobo doesn’t get it quite right.

Kobo has recently joined the Royal Rumble between Apple’s ipad ebook service and Amazon’s Kindle, and it’s interesting because it allows more flexibility than is usually the case by relying on Adobe’s Digital Editions DRM, a fact that allows for PC and Mac clients, support for various ebook devices, and a host of client apps for smart-phones.

Kobo is certainly the least restrictive ebook service I have yet found, and is to be applauded for that reason. On the other hand this DRM severely restricts the usage of the content; where is Linux support, why can’t i read Kobo media on the Kindle I have already bought, and why isn’t there a Kobo app for my Maemo smart-phone? The fact that Kobo use the .epub format would otherwise be commendable, instead the advantage of an open-format is irrelevant because it is riddled with DRM.

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Britain’s future strategic direction #1 – RUSI and the Defence of the Realm.

It is not news to anybody that Britain’s Armed Forces are about to enter a crisis, with decades of underfunding, followed by a decade of improperly funded wars, followed by the recession led Defence cuts, the result of which is to prompt a Defence Review in the near future.

Of all the analysis on Britain’s Future Defence Review (FDR) conducted by the IPPR, Think Defence, The Kings of War, Richard Norths blog-spot and The Times series on FDR, it is the RUSI series that ask the most incisive questions in my opinion, and this post in particular draws upon the second report: A Force For Honour in order to ask that most basic of questions from which all else follows; what place in the world does Britain wish to hold in the 21st century?

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Opportunity or threat #1 – How will Cameron respond to a European Monetary Fund?

We have a British general election looming large which the Conservatives are odds-on to win (whether that will be with a useful majority or not is another matter), and it is no secret that the British electorate are somewhat sceptical of the EU and the Conservative portion of it particularly so.

In an effort to win over the euro-sceptic rump of his party he made the following pledges:

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“myopia into dystopia – a glimpse into the future” What does it mean?

It means that you have found the place where I will publicly ruminate on the path of the future, and given that I am enthused by the topics of; military (jedidjah), politics (beefed) and technology (adjūtrix),  you can be sure that they will be the prevailing themes in whatever posts may follow. What is the angle? In short, the fusion of the three themes above and how each is impacted by the others.

I’m a classical-liberal, so unfortunately I don’t have much time for your self assigned group identities, or the heirarchy of oppression that assigns worth to those groups. I’m interested in you as an individual, and your liberty. As an individual. And i’m willing to speak up on behalf of your liberty, not least because doing so defends my own.

I’m also not terribly interested in achieiving the approval of others in conforming my views to the accetpable norm.

The combination… well, you might choose to take offence. I’m okay with that, because I did not give it.