While some politicians would have us believe the crisis is over and we're recovering I think we can never be too sure, at the very least. Respectable people who are widely credited for predicting this crisis (George Celente, Peter Schiff, Ron Paul etc.) are saying there are even worse times to come. Suffice it to say it would probably be a bad idea to go get too comfy right now and think saving and being prepared is no longer so vital.
As Apple's Steve Jobs is announcing that they suddenly "want native third-party applications on the iPhone", something its users have been yearning to have ever since they started buying these phones (even if it meant hacking them), Steve justifies their prior resistance to this kind of openness by security threats. As he says, they are "trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once â€” provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc."
A very engaging, although from some point of view a bit geeky story showing why we love GNU/Linux. Of course, you don't have to be a geek to benefit from the bottom line benefit that the story is pointing to:
"It comes down to the most basic principle for the design of any operating system: it must enable you.">
That's what it's all about. It puts you into the drivers seat. If you're not an advanced user, somebody else is and that somebody is in a community which has the freedom to and is willing to help you too have a great ride!
Only few months ago it may have seemed incredible, and now that it has happened we are left in almost a dreamy state wondering what exactly just happened. There has been a controversy regarding Dell's offering of GNU/Linux (Ubuntu) on their machines being too little, too late, too focused on enthusiast market instead of general market, but it can't be denied, despite everything, that this is a move in the right direction and that it leaves a lot of hope that the long expected surge of desktop GNU/Linux is about to be happening soon.
Have a look at LINA. It's a really clever idea - it solves the same problem as Java tries to solve: making all operating systems equivalent using a virtual machine so developers won't have to support multiple platforms. But there's a difference: LINA doesn't require the developer to work with different tools than he is used to, such as the Java compiler, because LINA is linux. Also, there will be a large amount of software available for it from the start, again because LINA is linux.