FireFox’s progression marches steadily on in the Euopean ‘Browser wars‘. The open source underdog has been chewing out lumps of the market from under IE7′s feet for a while and it looks set to continue. A survey carried out between the 5th & 11th of March has shown that FireFox has overtaken IE7 in 14 of the 30 European countries involved. Continue reading
From the Iron curtain to a Net one. Estonia maybe the smallest of the three Baltic States and one of the smallest countries in the EU, but this hasnâ€™t hampered them in writing another chapter for the Internet world record books. Continue reading
I wrote about the EasyGate ‘box’ last September,(picked up by Slashdot - link) I suppose you could call it a follow up to the French Minitel, designed for Internet access and not much else really. But then, with the whole concept of Web based operating systems taking off, online storage for free etc. what more do you need these days to surf the web and keep in touch ?
Anyway, the news that might interest the ‘pull it apart see how it works’ crew, is that the developing team behind easygate, who have built a custom distribution of the Linux kernel to run the ‘bread oven’ – are publishing there work, source code & whatnot on their wiki (French) – here is the source code access page so the ‘likes to tweek’ can have a nosy.
The Streaming Service of the Council of the European Union – where you can view live transmissions of ongoing public events or browse the archives – can only be accessed by Mac or MS Windows users due to the WMV format chosen for the videos!
Quote from the Councilâ€™s FAQ page â€œThe live streaming media service of the Council of the European Union can be viewed on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh platforms.
We cannot support Linux in a legal way. So the answer is: No support for Linuxâ€ Update: this statement has since been omitted
Iâ€™ve no doubt there is some screwed up and ill enlightened legislation that could stop support for Linux, they make the laws after all. But havenâ€™t they heard of interoperability?
If the BBC can offer their video services in both WMV and Realmedia formats, why cant the EU?
Shouldnâ€™t all government websites make their content available platform-independent?
First they force Microsoft to market a version of Windows without media-player in accordance with the EU’s antitrust rulings and then they release content that needs that very media player. Only in the EUâ€¦ you would be forgiven for saying.
Stefan Esterer has formed a petition here for those amongst us that have a thing about Open standards, level playing fields, politics for penguins etc.
HAPPY NEW YEAR by the way