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Infrastructure Linux News for Apr 27, 2001

  • NE Online: "On Being Linus" (Apr 27, 2001, 21:30)
    Here's a five page interview with Linus Torvalds, covering a little of everything: from the genesis of Linux as free software, to opening the source to Transmeta's code morphing language, to the future of Open Source software: "The future won't be all Open Source. That's clear. I think it's going to be one accepted way of doing things, and it will take over in certain niches, especially in niche markets where you don't have a lot of economics of scale. I mean developing software is really expensive. It is only cheap to copy. So if you want to make money on software, you have to sell millions and millions. That's obviously what Microsoft does. And so in small projects, in niche markets, I think Open Source has the best leg-up, and then what tends to happen is that once you've found one niche, it kind of tends to spread just because it can. And I think that's going to be the pattern in most areas."

  • TechWeb: Google Defies Dotcom Downturn (Apr 27, 2001, 20:56)
    Google visitors can, according to one firm, provide a web page in 0.64 seconds on average by leveraging the power of server farms using "truckloads of small systems," and it does it using Linux. This article looks into the logistics and decision-making that goes into making Google tick from a non-evangelical point of view, right down to the distribution the site's chosen.

  • CNET/Yahoo!: Amazon yanks "Gates," "Torvalds" reviews (Apr 27, 2001, 18:15)
    Death of a gag: Amazon's pulled dueling Linux reviews from "Bill Gates" and "Linus Torvalds."

  • osOpinion: All for One -- Without Indrema (Apr 27, 2001, 17:45)
    What do TV/VCR combos have to do with the death of the Indrema? This osOpinion column maintains that the console failed to do one thing and do it well and that's what killed it. Our related stories offer a sampling of competing theories.

  • SignalGround: Living Cheaply: SuSE 7.1 and USB on a Budget Box (Apr 27, 2001, 16:09)
    How's $474 sound for a reasonably speedy computer running the latest SuSE? Better yet, after reading the specs, how about coming back and tweaking them?