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Developer Linux News for Jul 23, 2008

  • The Current Development Kernel is...Linux-next? (2008-07-23 18:45:27)
    LWN: "But the value of the mainline repository for development would appear to be less than it once was. The mainline is no longer where the action is."

  • Fedora Launches OLPC Group (2008-07-23 18:00:27)
    Tectonic: "“Their time is stretched perilously thin … we in the Fedora community can therefore have a huge, direct, and immediate impact on the success of the OLPC project.”"

  • Dictators in Free and Open Source Software (2008-07-23 16:30:27)
    Free Software Magazine: "Some people seem to challenge the idea that most (if not all) free software projects need a benevolent dictator—that is, somebody who has the last say on every decision. They are quick to point out Linus Torvalds’ past “mistakes” (see the brackets): using BitKeeper to manage the kernel, not allowing “pluggable” schedulers in Linux, etc. As a software developer, I feel that a dictator is absolutely necessary in every free software project."

  • Open Source Still the Best Way to Develop Software (2008-07-23 14:15:27)
    Computerworld: "I can't take this study too seriously. After all, what else is Fortify going to say? "Open-source's Law of Many Eyes works great. You don't need our products?" I don't think so."

  • Anatomy of Linux Loadable Kernel Modules (2008-07-23 03:30:27)
    IBM Developerworks: "The Linux kernel is what's known as a monolithic kernel, which means that the majority of the operating system functionality is called the kernel and runs in a privileged mode. This differs from a micro-kernel, which runs only basic functionality as the kernel (inter-process communication [IPC], scheduling, basic input/output [I/O], memory management) and pushes other functionality outside the privileged space (drivers, network stack, file systems). You'd think that Linux is then a very static kernel, but in fact it's quite the opposite. Linux can be dynamically altered at run time through the use of Linux kernel modules (LKMs)."