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Linux Weekly News for April 5, 2001

Apr 06, 2001, 20:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh, Michael J. Hammel)

Leading items and editorials: Wind River Systems buys into free software, the Linux Standard Base needs you, the Linux 2.5 kernel hackers summit, things that upgrade in the night, Microsoft's Passport License.

"Wind River Systems buys into free software. Wind River Systems is well known as the largest vendor of proprietary software for embedded systems. It has been clear for a while that embedded Linux is a serious threat to this company's business; many have wondered just how Wind River would respond. Now we know. The company has announced the acquisition of all the "software assets" from BSDi, a long-time seller of BSD-based systems, and the current home of the FreeBSD project."

"The Linux 2.5 kernel hackers summit was held on March 30 and 31 in San Jose, California. It was an intensive two days of [[Kernel summit]] presentations and discussions on the directions that 2.5 development might take. LWN editor Jonathan Corbet, by virtue of being a kernel hacker wannabe (and the co-author of the second edition of Linux Device Drivers, which is due out from O'Reilly this (northern-hemisphere) summer) was able to be present at this event; please have a look at LWN.net's Kernel Summit Report for a description of what transpired."

"Things that upgrade in the night. Well-known human-computer interaction expert Bruce Tognazzini recently posted this rant about an automatic "upgrade" to his Replay TV box that, for him, downgraded the value of the system. Bruce thus joins the growing crowd of people who realize that it is important to have control over the computers in our lives..."

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