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?