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What Is Vendor Lock-in?

After weeks of searching, you finally found it .. the killer application that adapts to your business perfectly and requires a minimal initial investment in the form of a license fee. You can’t wait to seal the deal, your job is about to become infinitely easier because support will be handled by the vendor. The […]

The Multi Kernel Has Landed

Anyone working on, conceiving or contemplating a new operating system could spend an hour looking at Barrelfish. ¬†According to the SOSP, Barrelfish is, well, really .. a multi kernel. Imagine a traditional monolithic kernel, per core, tied together with the sensibility and reliability of a micro kernel. Yeah, I’m still digesting it myself shortly after […]

FSF Helps launch Windows 7 – Adds better garbage collection

Hot off the FSF press from Peter Brown [Executive Director]: Hi everyone, This Wednesday, August 26 at 11am, the Free Software Foundation will be launching its Windows7sins.org public awareness campaign, drawing attention to the threats posed by the adoption of Microsoft’s proprietary operating system. We have a launch event here in Boston on the Boston […]

And the package manager debate rages on

If you ask any *NIX engineer what they love or hate the most about their operating system of choice, many will indicate the package manager. For those of you who don’t use a UNIX like operating system, the package manager is the program that lets you install other programs. A small group of developers (me […]

Cisco Settles With The Free Software Foundation

Brett Smith, licensing engineer for the FSF writes: BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Wednesday, May 20, 2009 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Cisco Systems, Inc. are pleased to announce that they have reached a joint agreement. Under the agreement, the FSF has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against Cisco.

Xguests / XMLPulse Moved To ShareSource

If you’ve found my site by following a link to the Xguests program, take note that I have moved it to ShareSource. The project (and releases) can be found here. ShareSource offers free Mercurial hosting, which also comes with a bug tracker, wiki, release manager and ACL manager for other developers. Rather than hosting the […]

Yes, I’m Still Alive

Its been a while since I’ve updated this blog. I was actually tickled to get a few e-mails from readers asking me if I was still alive and well. I’m alive and kicking, the last month and a half has been extremely busy. There are some new goodies, however! Gridnix is finally launching, projects that […]

Please adopt /etc/vendor

If you package and distribute any kind of POSIX operating system (i.e. it has an /etc), please consider adding a file named /etc/vendor with the following format to your offering: DistroName DistroVersion DistroDomain An Example: Foonix 1.23 foonix.com One of the biggest headaches for anyone hoping to support as many free operating systems as possible […]

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