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(LinuxWorld) -- A long and sometimes bitter thread entitled "A Modest Proposal: We need a Patch Penguin" has been the center of attention for many on the Linux kernel mailing list the past few weeks. (See Resources for the URL to join the list, but beware before subscribing, it has very high traffic.) Underlying the debates on the best methods and/or tools to improve the kernel hacking process is a more troubling question: can Linus Torvalds continue to successfully lead Linux development? Rob Landley began the 300+ message thread on January 28th, when he wrote: Okay everybody, this is getting rediculous (sic). Patches FROM MAINTAINERS are getting dropped on the floor on a regular basis. This is burning out maintainers and is increasing the number of different kernel trees (not yet a major fork, but a lot of cracks and fragmentation are showing under the stress). Lin... (more)

No justice from Microsoft for the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice

(LinuxWorld) -- Texas proves fertile ground for Microsoft's marketing by intimidation campaign. As we reported last August, Microsoft pressured the City of Austin into Microsoft's most expensive licensing scheme -- one which virtually guarantees Windows exclusivity on the desktops of the city's personal computers -- by the threat of a lawsuit for "undocumented" software. A recent Austin American-Statesman story carried the news Microsoft claims the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) owes $1.5 million dollars for missing licenses. According to TDCJ spokesman Larry Todd, ... (more)

Meet the Perens

(LinuxWorld) — If you've kept one eye open watching industry news the past week or two, you've seen the stories about Bruce Perens and his open-source licensed book series with Prentice Hall. I'll get in a few words on that book series later in the column, but first I'll try to put things in context. Bruce Perens is a fascinating individual, and he probably knows his way around the suit side of the house better than any other leading figure in the free/open-source software movements. I had the chance to visit with Perens for nearly an hour last week. I couldn't help but ge... (more)

What's new with HP's open source efforts

(LinuxWorld) — This week's story is about how Linux is faring at post-merger/post-Bruce Perens Hewlett-Packard. First, a brief detour to make clear why that's important. I want to show you what Microsoft hopes Linux's future will be like. Warpstock 2002 was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas. In some ways it was like any other computer conference: technical sessions, exhibition booths, and after-hours camaraderie. In other ways it was more like a wake or a reunion than computer conference. There were just over 100 loyal and faithful OS/2 survivalists in attenda... (more)

A mixed welcome for Unreal Tournament 2003 on Linux

(LinuxWorld) — I have some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news came almost as an afterthought: Epic Games' brand new (September, 2002) release of Unreal Tournament 2003 included a Linux version in the box. According to a blurb I read online, the Linux version was completed too late in the game for it to be mentioned on the box. I'm not talking about the demo of UT2003, by the way. I mean the real thing. That's amazing. A major new game from a major game maker available for Linux users on the same day it became available for Windows. Imagine that. The rest of ... (more)