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Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner
Kernel News: Mat
The only thing we have is a kernel quote
Funniest thing I’ve read today:
* NOTE TO LINUX KERNEL HACKERS: DO NOT REFORMAT THIS CODE!
* This is shared code between -REDACTED- CVS archive and the
* Linux Kernel sources.
* Changing the source just for reformatting needlessly breaks
* our CVS diff history.
Company name redacted to try to be nice, but really, someone needs to stop using cvs…
Distro Talk: Tony
- 3-30 – Gentoo Linux 12.1 – a live DVD demonstrating the latest Gentoo technologies and open-source software applications
- 3-30 – Proxmox 2.0 “Virtual Environment” – a specialist Debian-based distribution designed for running virtual appliances and virtual machines
- 3-28 – Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-37 – a specialist Debian-based live CD designed for cloning disks, has been released
- 3-28 – Webconverger 12.0 – Debian-based browser-only distribution designed for deployment on web kiosks
Distro of the Week: Tony
- openSUSE – 1434
- Fedora – 1445
- Pear – 1714
- Ubuntu – 2703
- Mint – 3650
April Linux Conventions:
Linux Conference Scene – April 2012
Linux Storage, Filesystem, and MM Summit
Organizer: Linux Foundation
Dates: 1-2 April 2012
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA – Hotel Nikko
The Linux Storage & Filesystems Summit is a small by-invitation event which focuses on collaboration and implementation.
High Performance Computing Linux Financial Markets
Date: 02-APR-12 to 02-APR-12
The focus areas of the show will be issues related to virtualization to increase back office efficiency and cost savings of existing HPC systems. Venue: Roosevelt Hotel, New York,
Collaboration Summit (CollabSummit) 2012
Organizer: Linux Foundation
Dates: 3-5 April 2012
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA – Hotel Nikko
An exclusive, invitation-only summit gathering core kernel developers, distribution maintainers, ISVs, end users, system vendors and other community organizations for plenary sessions and workgroup meetings to meet face-to-face to tackle and solve the most pressing issues facing Linux today
Indiana Linux Fest
Dates: 13-15 April 2012
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana – Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel
Indiana LinuxFest is a community F/OSS conference, which is showcasing the best the community has to offer in the way of Free and Open Source Software, Open Hardware, and Free Culture.
Penguicon (Penguicon) 2012
Organizer: Penguicon, Inc.
Dates: 27-29 April 2012
Location: Dearborn, MI, USA – Hyatt Regency Dearborn
Think of a weekend long Linux Users Group meeting with hundreds of other geeks, which also just happens to have nationally acclaimed guests, its own wireless network, hotel room parties, lots of folks talking about Science Fiction and Fantasy, a place to buy cool t-shirts and buttons and such, amateur singing, anime, a costume contest, and free caffeine and snacks always available. Scheduled guests include:
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a “security guru,” he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.
Jim Gettys — Jim Gettys was the Vice President of Software at the One Laptop per Child project, working on the software for the OLPC XO-1. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT and worked on it again with X.Org, where he served on the board of directors. He previously served on the GNOME foundation board of directors. He worked at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
LinuxFest Northwest (LFNW) 2012
Organizer: Bellingham Linux User’s Group
Dates: 28-29 April 2012
Location: Bellingham, WA, USA – Bellingham Technical College
KDE Cascadia will be held in partnership with LinuxFest Northwest. This is a pilot of regional KDE gatherings in conjunction with established grassroots FOSS conferences. The goals are to reduce the effort and expense associated with a single annual stand-alone meeting, and to increase user and developer involvement in KDE.
Linux Enterprise End User Summit 2012 (invitation only)
Organizer: Linux Foundation
Dates: 30 April – 1 May 2012
Location: New York, NY, USA – New York Stock Exchange
An invitation-only event bringing together the core Linux maintainers and development community representatives to collaborate with senior IT leaders from the largest and most dynamic Linux users in the world for education and collaboration.
The Tricorder Is Powered By Linux
Dr. Peter Jansen created a tricorder like device based on the unique looking design of the 24th century Star Trek version. He began the project in 2007. He produced two working versions and was working a third that greatly reduced the production cost, he later abandoned the third version as he stated it departed to radically from what the tricorder was supposed to look like. He has started work on a version four that is aimed at reducing the production cost and maintaining the tricorder look. Schematics and software source code for versions one and two are available for download from his website (http://www.tricorderproject.org/). Jansen say that the purpose of the project is to “encourage scientific curiosity and help people better understand the world.” He expands upon this with the following statement:
“I think for me, it’s really about curiosity. And helping to find ways to see and intuitively visualize the world around us, to help share that curiosity, and get folks excited about science,”
The second version tricorder, named the “Mark 2”, is the more sophisticated of the two working models he has created. It runs Debian GNU/Linux on an ARM920T-based Atmel micro-controller. The clamshell design has two OLED resistive touch screens, with one appearing to be dedicated as a keyboard and the other as a display. It has built in sensors that measure temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, magnetic fields, color, ambient light level, GPS location, and distance to a surface.
Jansen however was not the first one to recreate the Star Trek tricorder. A company called Vital Technologies produced an elaborate sensor device back in 1996 that they marketed as a tricorder. Jansen’s Mark 2 does more closely resemble the tricorder from Star Trek than the one from Vital Technologies. Over the years there have also been many tricorder toys sold with no functionality at all.
Linus Torvalds Shows Microsoft Patent Invalid
Forbes ran an article back 2007 in which Microsoft (MS) claimed that Linux infringed 235 of its patents. The article was entirely one sided and an obvious attempt by MS to create FUD (Fear Uncertainty Doubt) around Linux and to scare off large companies from using Linux. These claims were exposed as bogus, well as much as possible since MS refused to name any of these patents, back then however that did not dissuade MS. They are still swing the big phony patent hammer around signing undisclosed deals with manufacturers over Android. So far all of these companies have fallen prey to MS except for Barnes and Noble (B&N) and Motorola. Microsoft tries to avoid a legal battle whenever possible as it would expose them for the frauds they are. The B&N case has shown this pretty well so far. One of these patents being used against B&N and Motorola is #352 which explains a method for:
“storing filenames with lots of characters in old filesystems such as the Windows FAT (File Allocation Table) filesystem that are designed to use very short filenames. Mobile phone makers use this type of technology so that their devices interoperate with other operating systems, including Windows,”
Motorola uncovered a post from Linus Torvalds which predated the patent by three years. MS lawyers argued with Linus over confirmation of the date to the point where Linus finally just told them “OK stop this stupid argument, can we go onto something else?” Making this patent invalid will certainly have an effect on MS practice of forcing companies to sign deals over bogus patent claims.
Munich Shows Open Source Solution LiMux Is Less Expensive And More Reliable Than Windows
In response to a question from the CSU Party of the Munich city council Christian Ude, the Lord Mayor, said even though the project had to be extended until 2013 and the budget increased by 50% that when the project is completed it will show a 25% saving over a comparable Windows installation.
The current cost of LiMux is €11.7 million. It would have cost them €11.8 million to continue with the Windows installation they had in 2005. However the number of computers needed has increased requiring an additional €1.65 million for software. Also an additional €2.08 million used for optimizations and extensions as part of the LiMux project. He went onto say that had they continued with Microsoft an upgrade to the current level of the LiMux installation would have cost at a minimum €15.52 million. This number does not take into account the license fees for the required software. The license fees for the current Windows installations that are left cost €2.8 million.
They also asked how many problems had been reported by employees. He said that problems were not tracked a way that lends itself to statistical analysis. He did note however that individual administrators were reporting fewer disruptions to service. The number of disruptions has fallen from 70 a month to a maximum of 46 per month. The remaining 2,500 PCs of the councils 12,000 PCs are slated for conversion to LiMux by the end of the year.
Red Hat Joins The Big Boy Club
(First Open Source Software Company To Do So)
Red Hat the first “Pure Play” open source software company to reach revenues over a billion dollars. Lets define what “Pure Play” means, it is a company whose shares are publicly traded and that either has, or is very close to having, a single business focus i.e. Coca-Cola as they sell only beverages, but not PepsiCo as they also own the snack food company Frito Lay.
Red Hat reported a fourth quarter revenue of $297 million dollars bring thier fiscal year revenue to a total of $1.13 billion, up 25% year over year. That fourth quarter revenue translates into a fourth quarter profit of $36 million. Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat’s CEO, had this to say about thier fourth quarter earnings:
“The strength of our fourth quarter was a fitting conclusion to a remarkably strong year for our business”
Jim Whitehurst also explained why it takes an open source software company like Red Hat to achieve this goal:
“Red Hat could get to $5 billion in due course, but that entails replacing $50 billion of revenue currently enjoyed by other computer companies.”
What he means by this is that in order attain that $5 billion of revenue Red Hat would have to displace software that currently costs $50 billion.
The company also announced a new stock repurchase program to buy $300 million of it’s own shares. This program supersedes an existing program which has brought $214 million in shares back to the company.
Difference engine: Free is too expensive
Article in the economist about the status of desktop-linux in the corporate environment.
All dressed up and nowhere to go…
The Raspberry Pi foundation issued a statement today with a status update on their much-anticipated $35 Linux computer. The first 2,000 completed units have arrived in the UK, but the devices aren’t ready to be shipped out yet because the foundation’s retail partners won’t distribute them to purchasers until they have been stamped with the CE marking….
Dell, Ubuntu Team for Updated Linux Cloud Platform
What is with Dell? They make it very difficult to find Ubuntu laptops on their site, yet they team with Ubuntu for a Linux cloud platform.
Google Drive rumors have been piling up lately, with the service reportedly on the verge of launching in the first or second week of April
Linux Tycoon – The Linux Distro Building Game
The idea is simple: You design and manage your own distribution of Linux and compete against other Distro’s.
Languages to be deactivated in Debian Installer
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