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"What If Linus Torvalds Gets Hit By A Bus?" - An Empirical Study

"What If Linus Torvalds Gets Hit By A Bus?" - An Empirical Study
Every so often there's discussion as to what would happen to Linux if Linus was "hit by a bus". What a lot of people don't know is that it's already been sorted out.
posted by Foaf on Feb 9, 2001 - 0 comments

Ok, time to drop the recent religious wars, and return to the traditional religious wars. "Linux is just a fad", saith Microsoft. Genties and ladelmen, start your engines.
posted by baylink on Jan 29, 2001 - 18 comments

Linux no longer foolproof?

Linux no longer foolproof? And a smile descened upon Redmond...
posted by mecawilson on Jan 22, 2001 - 21 comments

A modern Dr Bowdler...

A modern Dr Bowdler... (yeah, I know it's Salon, but...) A video-rental store in Utah offers "cleaned up" versions of modern films. First thought: is it legal? Post-DeCSS, one would think not: after all, the MPAA has done its best to protect its right to control the manner of reproduction. But are the studios not jumping to litigate, because they're happier to alienate Linux users with DVD drives than the LDS contingent in UT?
posted by holgate on Jan 11, 2001 - 31 comments

Linux 2.4 is out.

Linux 2.4 is out. I guess it's not vaporware after all. [Linus's announcement email inside]
posted by holloway on Jan 4, 2001 - 7 comments

Well, we talked about NORAD a few posts back, I guess now it's time for everyone's *other* favorite agency: the NSA has a logo. That's funny. No, really, the topic of this posting is their release of Security-Enhanced Linux, including Mandatory Access Control and other cool B-1'ish stuff. Ted T'so has some interesting observations in this Slashdot thread on the topic as well.
posted by baylink on Dec 23, 2000 - 5 comments

"Welcome to the United Police State Of America."

"Welcome to the United Police State Of America." Number two Linux spokesman Alan Cox may have been a bit over the top in his reaction, but industry plans to integrate copy protection and rights management into future hard drives could cause all kinds of legal and technical nightmares.
posted by harmful on Dec 22, 2000 - 6 comments

Codeweavers, Windows software on Linux.

Codeweavers, Windows software on Linux. I think the average consumer might be very interested in Linux, if they could run their current Windows programs on it. Another step closer to the end of Bill Gates' evil rule.
posted by Zool on Dec 14, 2000 - 19 comments

IBM to spend $1 billion on Linux in 2001

IBM to spend $1 billion on Linux in 2001 Look for OS/3 to hit store shelves by 4Q 2001...
posted by Brilliantcrank on Dec 12, 2000 - 0 comments

Fat chance.

Fat chance. Since when do these four companies have the ability to prevent anyone else from creating yet another version? (Also, conspicuous by its absence from this story is Corel.)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Oct 6, 2000 - 4 comments

"Microsoft Bails Out Rival Corel"

"Microsoft Bails Out Rival Corel"...but the "L-word" is never mentioned. Still, looks like MS-branded Linux and/or a port of Office to Linux just became a lot more possible.
posted by aurelian on Oct 3, 2000 - 7 comments

Apparently, the conventional wisdom is not quite right. The SDMI's Executive Director says they have "thousands of entries" in their contest to hack the various proposed digital music security schemes. As I pointed out recently in a similar context, the "Linux community" and the population of computer literate, financially motived, non-OS-sectarian hackers are far from being one and the same...
posted by m.polo on Sep 20, 2000 - 6 comments

Microsoft Linux - the premier Linux distro....

Microsoft Linux - the premier Linux distro.... Who would have thought???
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Sep 17, 2000 - 6 comments

This brings taking revenge on your compute to a whole new level.

This brings taking revenge on your compute to a whole new level. Like twelve kilovolts.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Aug 27, 2000 - 1 comment

To paraphrase George Carlin, don't you find it just a little strange that Linux Daily News is running stories about Dynamic Probes right next to stories about Brown Orifice?
posted by baylink on Aug 21, 2000 - 2 comments

Fred Moody bashes linux programmers

Fred Moody bashes linux programmers Fred had me on his side of the argument until he started generalizing linux programmers as misanthropic, talentless hacks. I find that arguments are more effective if you stay away from personal attacks, but that's just me.
posted by jgooden on Aug 19, 2000 - 0 comments

IBM's Linux commercial.

IBM's Linux commercial. Part of their Avery Brooks "serious software" ad campaign, which I like a lot, I have to say.
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Jul 22, 2000 - 2 comments

Netscape Communicator 4.74 Final

Netscape Communicator 4.74 Final has been released. This is reported to be the last in the 4.xx series browsers before Netscape 6 comes. Warning: this time it finally tips the scales at just over 20 megabytes for the Win32 version, wow. It's supposed to be a better Linux implimentation.
posted by Dean_Paxton on Jul 19, 2000 - 0 comments

I am shocked - shocked, I say!- to discover that the Linux/Open Source media would operate using the same sort of shenanigans as the media covering the Evil Empire!
posted by m.polo on Jul 14, 2000 - 8 comments

Citing Security, China Selects Linux for Gov't Systems

Citing Security, China Selects Linux for Gov't Systems
The government is also starting Red Flag, a Linux software firm. Trying to lock down the market before MS can get in, or adding one billion developpers to the opensource community?
posted by rschram on Jul 8, 2000 - 6 comments

Red Hat co-founder Marc Ewing files to become a millionaire. Finally.

Red Hat co-founder Marc Ewing files to become a millionaire. Finally. More power to him, I say.
posted by baylink on Jun 28, 2000 - 5 comments

This could be your sysadmins ...

This could be your sysadmins ...
posted by billpena on Jun 21, 2000 - 6 comments

Aw crap.

Aw crap. You *know* their Linux initiative is going to take the blame for this, right...?
posted by baylink on May 18, 2000 - 12 comments

since people who use Linux as a client OS are generally geeks, they tend to use one of the ugly, unfriendly default mail programs that ship with Linux distributions: from IDG with love. I hardly call it ugly if it saves your ass and your virtual "Billions."
posted by greyscale on May 9, 2000 - 14 comments

On a lighter note...

On a lighter note... Joe Pranevich explains why Linux 2.4 isn't *really* "late".
posted by baylink on May 5, 2000 - 4 comments

RedHat Linux security problem uncovered.

RedHat Linux security problem uncovered. Today, apparently it was discovered that if you install the Piranha package with RedHat 6.2 (ostensibly part of the default installation, but there's controversy over this), a default password is installed that would give anyone access to the Piranha configuration package; from there, it is apparently trivial to execute any command on the box that you want.
I find it very interesting that the fact that Microsoft had a "backdoor password" in a DLL made huge news (and it turned out to be patently false), yet this has gotten almost no press. I'd like to think otherwise, but I know it's because people hate Microsoft, and thus are eager to deride it... and yet here's proof that even the mighty Linux is susceptible to the same exact problems.
Next time you reach for the keyboard to cry out "nyah nyah!" at the discovery of some problem with Windows, remember this...
posted by delfuego on Apr 24, 2000 - 15 comments

Hard drives in PlayStations!

Hard drives in PlayStations! "Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony (NYSE: SNE) will reportedly include a hard drive and modem in the U.S. version of its second-generation PlayStation gaming product set for a fall release."

Slashdot reported that linux would be the development platform, but my question is how soon to expect a linux port to a Playstation?
posted by plinth on Apr 14, 2000 - 6 comments

Microsoft Windows for LinuxTM

Microsoft Windows for LinuxTM This site also features Microsoft Linux Certification. It's funny, laugh.
posted by mathowie on Mar 22, 2000 - 4 comments


workspot Sometimes you run across something on the web and you go "gee, why didnt I think of that?". Imagine being given your own linux box, with a way to view the desktop remotely via a java app that only draws the changes to the screen. Workspot does that and more - you get StarOffice, TheGimp, the K desktop, and a web server with cgi - bin access... it's cool!
posted by triptych on Feb 20, 2000 - 3 comments

Forget Fezbot (Feb 13th) - now you can try out Linux with a bootable CDROM. DemoLinux.org is making available downloadable disk images that you can burn to a CDR and boot from your CDROM drive. This Mandrake distribution recognized my video card and mouse without any problems (but not my soundcard). A healthy variety of software (like Gimp, Netscape, and Corel WordPerfect) is included.
posted by hit-or-miss on Feb 14, 2000 - 1 comment

Linux just got easier than Windows ever will. Fezbox is a *web-based* installer for Red Hat Linux and works in either Linux (as a windows update-style site), or in Windows itself (apparently you can partition and install linux over the web too). If this works smoothly, I'm in awe.
posted by mathowie on Feb 13, 2000 - 0 comments

Now that Sun's Solaris 8 OS is going to be free,

Now that Sun's Solaris 8 OS is going to be free, and the BeOS too, I wonder if it's too little, too late. Will we see jumps in their respective shares of the OS market? Or is this a last ditch attempt to compete with Linux?
posted by mathowie on Jan 27, 2000 - 0 comments

I don't think anyone would ever actually do this,

I don't think anyone would ever actually do this, but MS has released instructions on how to uninstall Linux and install WindowsNT/2000 over it.
posted by mathowie on Dec 22, 1999 - 0 comments

What to get the 4-8 year old Linux hacker that has everything? How about this book?
posted by mathowie on Dec 18, 1999 - 0 comments

This is kind of funny: WinLinux

This is kind of funny: WinLinux 'the linux that runs like an application inside windows.'
posted by mathowie on Dec 14, 1999 - 0 comments

Who says there's no money in Linux? With VA Linux's recent IPO, Eric Raymond just made a cool 35-40 million dollars.
posted by mathowie on Dec 10, 1999 - 0 comments

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