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See also: last week's Back page page.
LinuxDevices.com intends to be "the embedded Linux portal." It is full of embedded Linux goodies, including news, jobs, links to other resources, and so on. Worth a look.
Rob Kennedy's Linux-howto.com site has a new look, and a new URL at howto.tucows.com. All of the useful documentation material remains, and he has added other features, such as recent kernel patches and more. Worth a look.
In the same reorganization, the Tucows "Linuxberg" site has been moved to linux.tucows.com.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet
December 2, 1999
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Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 11:20:47 -0700 From: Greg Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Kicking the Heathens [In reference to http://www.osopinion.com/Opinions/TJMiller/TJMiller1.html] I have to say I agreed with this article 100%. In fact, I have to tell my Libertarian friends this all the time: you don't win many converts by insulting people. "If you don't see things the way I do than you must really be a dumb ass" doesn't help people to see the light. It is one thing to disagree with someone and argue your case, and another to insult somebody's intelligence. I've even had religious zealots criticize me because my systems are all dual boot. I run both Windows and Linux, because there are many things Linux does better (such as anything having to do with networking or the Internet) but there are some apps (yes, sometimes including the kewl games) that I want to run that, for various reasons, I can't run on Linux. And I don't want to be called a traitor to the cause for it. I don't care much for religious zealots. I run Linux because in many cases it is a better value than Windows (how can it not be when it's free) and not because of any religious convictions about open source. If the open source software does what I want, I will use it. If Windows does what I want, I will use it. --Greg
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 1999 23:32:26 -0500 From: Ambrose Li <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: certification stuff "Is Linux professional certification really necessary?" Actually, is professional certification really necessary? This is being asked not only in the Linux circle, but also in the general sysadmin (USENIX) and software development (IEEE/ACM) communities. (In fact, the same seems to be happening elsewhere, in graphic design.) "Certainly not everyone is sold on this point." Yes (and I'm only half-sold on this point, like most poeple I suppose), but it seems that certification is coming. I wonder how many Microsoft certified engineers can legally call themselves engineers though (i.e., have a P.E. license); I'm sure we can sue most of them and win in court :-) Cheers, -- Ambrose Li <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.interlog.com/~acli/ "A good style should show no sign of effort; what is written should seem a happy accident." -- Somerset Maugham.
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 19:03:58 -0500 From: "Jay R. Ashworth" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: RANT: The great merger mania... Am I the only one? Am I the only one who's tired of every company thinking that they have to own every other company on earth? This is why I've come to hate the public stock market... We're likely to see this, in the specific case of RedHat, and I hope Bob and Marc have the balls to stand firm. Yes, it is the responsibility of the management to manage the company to the benefit of the board, and thereby the stockholders. But who defines what's "the benefit"? In today's market, that seems to be being defined by the unwashed masses who own the stock. And we don't buy stock to help a company anymore, or even to be able to say we own it -- we buy it to make money. It is my view that it is the job of the board of directors of any public company, having been made confident that the long term plans of the management will work, to _insulate_ the management from the slings and arrows of outrageous stockholders. Greed, in a word, is bad. I just hope some prominent public companies start recognizing this, and acting _very publically_ in accord with the corollaries thereto... before the entire house of cards comes down around us. Cheers, -- jra Jay R. Ashworth email@example.com
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 17:56:41 -0600 From: Scotty Orr <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: World Domination in Sight Hi, Whenever I go to a store that sells computer software, I always go check to see how the "Linux section" is stacking up (don't you?). CompUSA has the largest Linux section of the stores I check. It makes me feel good. Now, Wal-Mart is not my favorite place to shop, but whenever I *must* go there for some reason, I (like many of you other closet Wal-Mart shoppers) always go back to the electronics department to see what they might have, AND to see if Linux has been "mainstreamed" yet. I know it's a strange yardstick, but I always thought that if Linux could ever make it to Wal Mart, well..... Well, it has happened. A boxed version of Linux has appeared on the shelves at Wal-Mart in Sedalia, MO. And much to my surprise, it was a very current version. Macmillans Linux 6.5 (which is Mandrake 6.1 with PM, XFree86 3.3.5 AND Linux kernel 2.2.13!) was right there on a shelf at eye level (for $29.95). This may seem trivial to you, but in my mind, it is a huge milestone! I mean....think of it....You can now buy Linux even at Wal-Mart in Sedalia, Missouri!! WOW! Scotty Orr