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Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter,
are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community
are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal
challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open
Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source
community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be
applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the
ability to communicate freely on the internet. The fact that someone, or some
group disagrees with the policies and/or practices of another person or group
does not justify this type of attack. We strongly urge whoever is responsible
to stop the attack immediately.
Last Monday at the Desktop Linux Consortium Conference at Boston
University’s Tyngsboro, Massachusetts Campus there was a lot of talk about
a “UserLinux” distribution. The topic was sparked by remarks by Bruce
Perens who voiced a need for a distribution that was designed to meet
community needs for a desktop operating system based on the Linux community
favorite Debian distribution.
I contacted Bruce who has been kind enough to interject some comments to my
own text. They are marked [thus].
The thought of UserLinux sparked my thinking. The thing I like about Linux is
that it’s ... (more)
Mark Hinkle's Socialized Software Blog
Is 2008 going to be the Year of the Acquisition? Activity in 2007 was on
the rise but now things seem to be at full speed.
I remember when Alta Vista and Excite! were the hot search engines, my how
the world has changed. It looks like it’s narrowing down to a two
horse race with Microsoft putting the moves on Yahoo! for about $44.6 billion
(Notes from SearchEngineLand). I guess it’s really on now, Google
versus Microsoft in a search engine death match.
Yahoo! acquired Zimbra last year. I wonder what that means for the "Exchange
Mark R. Hinkle: "Linux is ready for the desktop"
In my view, Linux on the desktop is a viable operating system.
It offers many features that are more innovative than commercial solutions.
Virtual consoles, secure remote access solutions, true multi-tasking, and the
ability to use robust journaling file systems all come to mind. Despite these
advanced features, I have also noticed some parallels between Linux and some
earlier versions of Windows. Let’s term these similarities as “growing
I do feel that there are many cases today where Linux is an inadequate
solution, speci... (more)
Linux evangelist Bruce Perens has made available his first draft, UserLinux:
Repairing the Economic Paradigm of Enterprise Linux. Which at first read
sounds like a good idea, even though it seems to bear many similarities to
United Linux. UnitedLinux to date seems to have had very little impact on the
Linux user community - due to SCO’s participation and the lack of
unilateral support by Linux distribution vendors, most notably Red Hat.
Analysis of UnitedLinux’s results to date may be helpful to those thinking
about jumping on the UserLinux bandwagon. This is not to say that UserLi... (more)