Should Microsoft fire Bill Gates too?

Today in Open Source: Should Bill Gates be fired? Plus: Android tablet sales beat Apple, and five fun Linux racing games

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Should Bill Gates Be Removed?
Steve Ballmer has been booted as CEO at Microsoft. Now should Bill Gates be removed from Microsoft's board of directors? Datamation thinks he should be given his walking papers and sent on his way.

What Microsoft needs now is a bold leader with a clue, not another yes-man personally selected by Gates. The next CEO needs to solve Microsoft’s historic inability to launch products based on its own research. He or she needs to get desktop touch computing into the hands of consumers.

And most of all, Microsoft needs to figure out how to ship great products before or at the same time as comparable products from Apple and Google, not several years later.

But even the best leader will fail if Microsoft’s founder, former CEO and board chairman continues to use his outsized influence to push the wrong products -- or the right products at the wrong time -- based on his tone deaf inability to understand what customers really want.

Microsoft needs to reverse its long decline. And as every Microsoft user knows, the only fix it is a full reboot.

It’s time to give Bill Gates the three-finger salute.

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I could not agree more with the article, it's way past time for Gates to be removed and sent into deep retirement. He's had far too much influence, for far too long. He seems way out of touch with developments in computing over the last ten years, and his continued support of Ballmer as CEO has resulted in Microsoft almost completely missing the mobile boat.

Microsoft's only hope now is to do sweep all of the past aside, and move into the future with totally new leadership that isn't rooted in the 1980s or 1990s.

Android Passes Apple in Tablet Sales
Linux Gizmos is reporting on data from ABI Research that says Android has surpassed Apple in tablet sales.

ABI Research says its data from the first half of 2013 shows that leadership of the mobile tablet market has now shifted from Apple to Android. Data from the second quarter show the number of Android-powered tablets sold surpassing iPads for the first time, and the share of tablet-related hardware revenues achieving parity.

“ABI Research has identified a trio of events signaling Apple’s iPad family of products has passed the baton to the Android ecosystem,” says ABI senior practice director Jeff Orr. “The number of Android-powered tablets [in Q2] surpassed iOS-based slates for the first time, tablet-related hardware revenues reached parity, and perhaps most important, the average selling price (ASP) of iPad is rapidly approaching the market average.”

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The problem I have with this is that it doesn't break down the profits generated by tablet sales. According to the article, Apple gets about 50% of worldwide tablet revenues. But overall revenue only tells part of the tale.

Who's making the real profits on these tablets? It's all fine and dandy to sell tablets, but what kind of profits are Android companies generating with these sales versus the ones Apple is getting?

I'd also like to see a product and company breakdown within the Android platform itself, then compare each of them to Apple's numbers. I think that would provide a much more interesting look at what's going on in the tablet market.

Five Linux Racing Games
Tux Arena has a fun look at five Linux racing games that includes some screenshots.

SuperTuxKart comes with several game modes, like single racing or Story mode, vehicles models, inspired by mascots in the free software world (you can drive with Tux, FreeBSD devil, GNU etc) and a whole bunch of maps, which you can unlock by completing missions in the story mode. STK also includes weapons to slow down your opponents. There is an in-game add-on menu from which you can download even further maps and models.

Five Linux Racing Games
Image credit: Tux Arena

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I'm still a big fan of SuperTuxKart, it reminds me of the old Mario Kart games on Nintendo. Those kinds of games are simple, fun and just flat out groovy to play.

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