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Linux: Documenting Memory Barriers

David Howells posted a document on memory barriers on the Linux Kernel mailing list. Memory barriers are a way of ordering IO accesses to devices from the kernel. His document has undergone a lot of revisions based on the feedback he's received from the developers of the Linux kernel.

Prisoner of Redmond: Yet Another Way Paul Allen Isn’t Like You or Me

Robert X. Cringely reveals the true reason why Paul Allen of Microsoft fame left the Redmond company, even though it was on track to become an extremely valuable stock. Considering Microsoft's track record and behavior over the years, this should not be surprising, but if true it is beyond pall!

Thanks to GnuGuy who pointed out something Cringley states at the end of this incredible story: Cringely writes:

My reason for bringing up this topic at this time is because it will all shortly be back in the news as Microsoft goes to court later this year in what might well be its last-ever anti-trust trial. Remember those 19 states and the District of Columbia that settled over time for software vouchers and promises from Microsoft to no longer do evil? Well only Iowa remains, represented by a lady lawyer from Des Moines named Roxanne Conlin whom I have met. Roxanne is not in any way impressed with Microsoft vouchers, no matter how many there are. Looking for real money for the people of Iowa, Ms. Conlin is about to dredge-up all this old news and put a new spin on it.

Based purely on character (or lack of it), I confidently predict that Microsoft is going down. It should be interesting.

Ibm Challenges Microsoft With $300 Million Ad Campaign

At the center of the new migration initiative under Move2Lotus is "Migrate to the Penguin." IBM is introducing a limited time only rebate program for eligible IBM Software Resellers who move customers from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux collaboration offerings.

Study Shows People Do Not Trust Microsoft!

Microsoft was also the only company cited as having a negative brand potential.

Out of 22 companies, Microsoft ranked 20th in brand trust showing that consumers are wary about the company. HP and Apple (of course) broke the top 5 as being trustworthy. Accordig to the study Microsoft has "negative brand potential."

Running Linux, Version 5 Behind the Scenes

Last year, I had the opportunity to participate in Running Linux 5th Edition. Mae West once said, "Flattery will get you everywhere". So, I felt flattered when asked to re-write the first chapter and add a major section in Chapter 28. For aspiring writers and interested parties, you might benefit from my experience with what we called RL5.

It's a Linux World

Yours truly and other Linux aficionados will be in Boston next week for the love fest known as Linux World Conference and Expo. This year's show is gearing up to represent the year of the ecosystem, as there won't be any major distribution announcements from the Linux heavies.

MySQL AB Acquires Firebird Foundation and Flamerobin

Milan Babuskov one of original creators of fbManager which became Flamerobin, just made it publicly known that he now works for MySQL AB.

NVIDIA ships wine libraries to support native DirectX!

As we all know, NVIDIA does support the Linux community with their very best. At least the drivers for their graphics cards work flawlessly. But it seems, that this is not enough for them. Quite a few minutes ago two NVIDIA employees appeared in wine's IRC channel.

Geek to Live: Mastering Wget

  • Life Hacker; By Gina Trapani (Posted by tadelste on Apr 2, 2006 4:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"A versatile, old school Unix program -- Wget is a highly hackable, handy little tool that can take care of all your downloading needs. Whether you want to mirror entire web site, automatically download music/movies from a set of favorite weblogs, or transfer huge files painlessly on a slow or intermittent network connection, Wget’s for you." ...

Wine 0.9.11 Released

  • WINE HQ; By Alexandre (Posted by tadelste on Apr 2, 2006 4:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Just in time to give you something to do this weekend, Alexandre released Wine 0.9.11.

RIAA and MPAA merge to form MAFIAA

  • MAFIAA Press Room; By John T. Haller (Posted by tadelste on Apr 2, 2006 3:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) chairman Dan Glickman and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) president Cary Sherman today announced the historic merger of the two organizations. The newly-created entity is being called the Music And Film Industry Association of America, Inc.

Enabling and disabling services during start up in GNU/Linux

Here is a cool article which pursues how one can enable or disable services during start up in GNU/Linux. You get to know how you do the same task in different distributions like redhat, gentoo and ubuntu as well as the old fashioned way.

Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 6 Released!

The Ubuntu team is proud to present the 6th Alpha test, called Flight 6 of our next release, Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake). With Flight 6 comes additional Look-and-Feel improvements, Live-CD installer enhancements, GNOME 2.14 final, and much more.

List of the April Fools Jokes for 2006

Wikipedia has a list of all of the big pranks that have happened. The list is growing fast, enjoy the hilarity.

Canonical has asked for nUbuntu to Cease Development

A non-funny April Fools Day Joke? Quite.

In an email I received from Canonical today, they have stated that nUbuntu must cease development. Their reasoning behind this is that the ideas behind nUbuntu are giving Canonical & Ubuntu a badname. I have fully complied with their request, and this site will go down as of 12:00pm on Saturday. I would like to thank everyone who has supported nUbuntu and I hope I will be able to develop a new distribution, which people will find just as good as nUbunt

Novell adds virtualization to NetWare to promote Linux migration

Novell last week announced a migration path for users of NetWare that will allow them to run the legacy operating system on Linux as a guest operating system under the open source Xen or VMware ESX Server virtualization environments.

My Desktop OS: OpenVMS with CDE

Call me a dodo bird, but my desktop OS is OpenVMS, an operating system that's secure, reliable, and low-cost, with consistent performance and desirable functionality.

Customizing Ubuntu

Notice of Intent: When Debian (desktop) fails you, what are you going to do? Panic, of course. Afterwards, try to set up Ubuntu to my liking, however, that requires modifying grub so that it once again knows about that Linux installation on hdb.

Novell's latest products keep company-faithfuls happy

Last issue I told you how Novell CEO Jack Messman had come right out and committed to supporting NetWare, at least in the form of NetWare 6.5, for "as long as customers want to support it." It was perhaps the most pleasant announcement heard at the annual BrainShare conclave for the NetWare stalwarts. Of all the training sessions, for example, there was only one focused on NetWare. But there were lots of other announcements that could affect your Novell-based network.

Boycotting "Get the Facts" Advertisements

Microsoft has engaged in a questionable practice of advertising on seemingly every Linux related article on the Internet. We may not have the ability to stop the advertisements, but we will look for alternate sources carrying similar story content. Because Microsoft crosses the line doesn't mean we have to fold our hand.

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