Top Stories by Mark R. Hinkle
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 infinitely customizable to meet the needs of almost any
situation. However, for it to be a viable desktop for the masses there seems
to me that there has to be some common features that a large number of Linux
desktop users would appreciate. I thought about this quite a bit and started
my li... (more)
U R G E N T A P P E A L
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 ... (more)
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)
There is a new facet in the debate between open source and Microsoft, pitting
the flexibility of open source against the tight integration of Microsoft
technologies. One camp claims that integration is the key for ease-of-use and
consequent cost-savings from reduced administration while the open source
advocates are preaching the virtues of flexibility.
Nitix OS, a Linux distribution made by Net Integration Technologies, may
actually be able to assuage both camps. Nitix OS facilitates tight
integration of network services made possible by the flexibility of Linux
open source arc... (more)
Linus Torvalds announced today that all further pre-release updates to the
version 2.6 Linux kernels would be bug fixes only as 2.6 test kernels are
about to reach versions –test8 and –test9.
The following is an excerpt from his e-mail to the Kernel Mailing List,
Wednesday October 8, 2003:
The more interesting thing is that I and Andrew are trying to calm down
development, and I do _not_ want to see patches that don't fix a real and
clear bug. In other words, the 'cleanup and janitorial' stuff is on hold, and
-test8 and then -test9 should be for _stability_ fixes only. In other wo... (more)