(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)
(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
According to TDCJ spokesman Larry Todd, ... (more)
(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
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)
(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)
(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)