When I first heard about IBM's Linux Technology Center, my ears pricked up
because Austin, Texas, was regularly mentioned in conjunction with it. I
pictured the LTC as part of IBM's complex of buildings on and around Braker
Lane in north Austin. That impression was so firmly entrenched in my mind
that I contacted IBM and asked about visiting the center and interviewing
some of the company's top Linux geeks. Big Blue gently informed me that I was
mistaken; the LTC is a virtual center, not a physical one. Still, my
curiosity about the LTC remained high. This week, I'll present what I've
learned about the LTC since then.
Many of the LTC's key players are my neighbors: for example, Sheila Harnett,
the LTC technical lead; George Kraft of the Linux Standards Base; and Steve
Best, who leads the team porting IBM's JFS (journaled filesystem) to Linux.
But of course, the LTC ... (more)
If you stay connected to the Internet, you will be scanned. It's a fact of
life. If you have a continuous connection, you'll be scanned regularly, quite
often by someone with bad intentions. This week's column is a basic primer on
scanning: what it is, why it's done, and the wonderful world of "secret
handshakes" and stealth scans.
Scanning a system, or a network, is normally done in order to find out what
services are available. But remember, there are two groups who do it
regularly. The good guys -- system administrators and network security folk
-- do it to see what is exposed... (more)
(LinuxWorld) — Here it is, just as promised. This is the conclusion of the
Perens extravaganza begun last week. This week's column is made up of
excerpts from my conversation with Perens two weeks ago. The conversation
followed no set course. My questions were not pre-ordained; they wandered
over the Linux terrain like it was a cow-path in Texas. But Perens' responses
were lucid, well-informed and very interesting. I have trimmed and edited the
conversation a bit in order to pack as much of it as I could into this week's
Lobbying for change LW: Let's say that I, as a hot-h... (more)
Not long after the second part of the most recent Perens interview went
online, we got email from Larry McVoy. He said there were some factual errors
in the Perens piece and asked what our policy was on corrections. We assured
him that we always tried to make corrections when they were needed and asked
what the errors had been. He pointed out two: Perens' claims that BitMover
(McVoy's company, which produces BitKeeper,) had trouble making payroll and
that McVoy was constantly threatening to sue him.
Thinking that a story on BitKeeper — the controversial proprietary source
(LinuxWorld) — Joe Aramendia, my son-in-law, has made his first two
starts in NASCAR Busch Series events this year: first at Rockingham, then in
Las Vegas. As a result, I've been practicing saying "tar" instead of tire,
pondering the meaning of phrases like "driving off the hood" and "drive it
like you stole it," and hanging out on NASCAR.com to learn what's new during
the week prior to the race. Susan has broken me of the habit of scuffing up
my "tars" while driving into town.
NASCAR.com, as you might have guessed, is the official Web site of NASCAR.
Turner Interactive, a... (more)