News Story Linus Torvalds Buys SCO. Monetizes Linux.
Today marks the end of an era for [URL="http://www.sco.com"]SCO[/URL], the embattled company whose officers thought that they owned the full rights to the UNIX code, is no more. Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, purchased the company for just over $4 million. The company will be renamed to Linsco to reflect its new ownership and new direction. I interviewed Linus via [URL="http://www.skype.com"]Skype[/URL] yesterday afternoon about this purchase. The transcript of that conversation, in its entirety, is below. [B]KH:[/B] Hello, Linus, it's great to talk with you on such an auspicious occasion. You bought SCO! [B]LT:[/B] Thanks, Ken. It's nice to meet …
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News Story Does Linus Torvalds Hate Freedom?
According to an ongoing debate over the GPL version 3, he does. How can this be, since Linus Torvalds, creator and chief architect of the Linux kernel, knows about software freedom and free software? He doesn't have a problem with what Richard Stallman refers to as "tivoization," which is the practice of using software available under the terms of a copyleft license but prevents the user/owner from modifying that code through the use of protections. Stallman believes that this is a blatant violation of your freedom. Linus disagrees. Stallman's argument: [COLOR="Green"][QUOTE]One major danger that GPLv3 will block is tivoization. Tivoization …
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News Story The Best April Fools' Day IT Stories of 2009
Yes, it is April 1st, the day that you have to read the news with just a little more skepticism than usual as the pranksters roll out their made up stories. Some are so close to the truth that it is hard to actually tell they are gags at all, of course. The best April Fools' Day pranks to have emerged this year, in my opinion, are the ones that combine both a hint of possibility with a dash of stupidity and in so doing ensure the reader has to do a double take. Here are my IT related favourites …
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News Story Mr. Torvalds, Shrink That Kernel
Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, said at the [URL="http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon"]LinuxCon[/URL] in Portland yesterday that, "We are not the streamlined, small, hyper-efficient kernel I envisioned 15 years ago," he said. "Our kernel is huge and bloated. Whenever we add a new feature, it only gets worse." It's time to put Linux on a diet. What we need is a very small kernel that loads support via external files. Though Linux is a modular kernel, it seems that everything gets compiled in to the central code slug but I have a solution. Instead of making the kernel impossibly huge and compiling …
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News Story Linus Torvalds is a born-again gnome
Everyone knows that Linus Torvalds '[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3825.html"]is a Linux[/URL]' but did you know he is also a born-again gnome? An Australian interview with the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20046/53/"]often outspoken[/URL] creator of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds, has revealed that he is a gnome once more. Well, OK, that he is a GNOME user once again having made the switch back from KDE. It doesn't, to be fair, seem like that long when Torvalds was complaining that GNOME was pants by being too simple to do what he needed. Indeed, a couple of years back he changed from GNOME to KDE. Now things are different, …
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