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Developer Linux News for Feb 23, 2009

  • Russian President Confirms Official Support for Wider Use of Open Source (Feb 23, 2009, 18:32)
    Opendotdotdot: "Here's confirmation from the top that Russia is pushing ahead with its plans for introducing free software not just into its schools, but the entire domestic market:"

  • Coyote Linux Design Philosophies (Feb 23, 2009, 16:47)
    Coyote Linux: "Many of you are going to question some of the decisions made when I selected the tools, platforms, and techniques for the development of Coyote Linux 4. I am going to write up a post as a preemptive set of answers which I will refer to when the questions, comments, flames, etc start pouring in."

  • VL-Hot: A Non-polling Alternative To HAL (Feb 23, 2009, 15:33)
    O'Reilly Blogs: "This is accomplished by the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) daemon which continually polls the hardware to determine if anything has been added or removed. Generally this works very well and makes the Linux desktop decidedly more user friendly than it was in the days before HAL. As is usually the case this additional functionality and friendliness comes with a cost."

  • Aligning filesystems to an SSD's erase block size (Feb 23, 2009, 14:03)
    Thoughts by Ted: "I recently purchased a new toy, an Intel X25-M SSD, and when I was setting it up initially, I decided I wanted to make sure the file system was aligned on an erase block boundary. This is a generally considered to be a Very Good Thing to do for most SSD's available today, although there's some question about how important this really is for Intel SSD's -- more on that in a moment."

  • ASUS developing Android-based netbook (Feb 23, 2009, 06:03)
    Electronista: "The company's Eee PC division lead, Samson Hu, informs Bloomberg that engineers have been tasked with readying one of the mini notebooks for a tentative end-of-year release window."