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Slashdot Moving To FreeBSD

AilleCat posted more than 13 years ago | from the you-never-know-it-might-actually-be-mostly-true dept.

Slashdot.org 228

Newsforge, Slashdot, Freshmeat, and all Mediabuilder sites are moving to FreeBSD 5.0-CURRENT for its increased SMP capabilities, this move should be completed by Beltaine (May 1st), leaving enough preparation time before the festival to sacrifice a goat to the SCSI gods.

CmdrTaco seems to be excited about the move, knowing there are several BSD experts on the network staff now.

"Linux's disorganization, and the fact it seems like a a bunch of unconnected developers tried to write an OS with no prior planning or agreements has been hard for us at Slashdot who have to work with the Operating System. To the users, there will be no difference, the upgrade will be seamless. Trish and Jim will be happy and they will stop their complaining about Linux," he said.

John Baldwin, a kernel hacker working on SMPng at BSDI's Open Source Division, said that "it should be able to handle Slashdot just fine, Are we done yet? I have things to code."

This also reflects a shift in focus for OSDN, as we are starting to move away from the politically charged Linux in favor of more reasonable, stable OSes.

You're sure to hear more about this transition in the coming weeks, along with some other important announcements.

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Funnier Yet (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#321461)

Linux's disorganization, and the fact it seems like a a bunch of unconnected developers tried to write an OS with no prior planning or agreements has been hard for us at Slashdot who have to work with the Operating System.

What's funnier yet is this statement is ever so true.

Tasty Natalie portman. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#321462)

I like to bury my cock in natalie portmans dripping snatch.

The biggest April Fools joke of them all... (1)

gavinhall (33) | more than 13 years ago | (#321466)

Posted by serpens:

Is all of the poor stupid people who wasted their moderator points to moderate posts today.
Of course it could be no worse than what I'm doing right now however.

serpens`
When I was a kid, April Fools Day ended at noon.

Re:Have you all forgotten already? (2)

dieman (4814) | more than 13 years ago | (#321478)

Couldn't imagine why people dont use *BSD for application servers more. Oh yeah, the lack of actual vendor support. You cant even get a half-decent JVM for the thing.

Generaly, I've only had to use BSD in some situations where i needed a pretty robust networking setup with a small base supporting system of programs. I don't mind it being used because of its time tested firewalling (compared to netfilter, which really does kick a bit of ass, but is brand-spanking-new but who cares otherwise?

Also, nothing stops a few hundred megabit smurfs. You can protect the load on your heavenly precious applications servers, but the poor, poor upstream and firewall taht have to deal with it. Too bad theres no good traceback yet on ICMP to deal with this. Yes, traceback on ICMP. Be afraid, you too might lose your privacy to ping. :)

Re:wait a second... (1)

pen (7191) | more than 13 years ago | (#321482)

Actually, Slashdot is on the time zone you set in your prefs.

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looking forward to (1)

DarkClown (7673) | more than 13 years ago | (#321484)

april 2nd.

Re:wait a second... (1)

DarkClown (7673) | more than 13 years ago | (#321485)

this was posted on April 2, (the Slashot clock wasn't set for daylight savings) but it can't be true.
maybe if they're cruising their slashdot yacht in the bermuda triangle.

Re:wait a second... (1)

Cid Highwind (9258) | more than 13 years ago | (#321487)

Yea, but before Daylight-savings-time Slashdot was on eastern time. Are you telling me it as a sudden unannouced descion for slashdot to move to Central time?

The slashdot crew lives in Michigan, which is in central time. The physical servers are in California, which is in Pacific time. If you see times in Easter time, it's because you set them that way in your preferences.

Is this another April 1st Joke ? (1)

rkt (9943) | more than 13 years ago | (#321490)

I can smell a big practical joke here.... it would have sounded much better if it was moving to Microsoft IIS instead...


Re:unsuspectedly ... (1)

nebby (11637) | more than 13 years ago | (#321492)

^^ Funniest April Fools gag all day

Re:looking forward to (1)

thegrommit (13025) | more than 13 years ago | (#321493)

heh - wonder how many of these stories will make it into other "news" sites.

April Fool's sucks this year (1)

Sharkyfour (14327) | more than 13 years ago | (#321495)

C'mon, guys. You guys have always been really good with the April Fool's gags, but this year's is just lame. It's almost like you forgot about it and pulled it out of your ass at the last minute. Oh well. Maybe next year.
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Re:enough with the april fools humor! (1)

griffjon (14945) | more than 13 years ago | (#321496)

you obviously didn't read the entire RFC, they have to be carrier pigeons, you can't just grab some birds outa the park and hope to set up a wireless avian carrier network!!

enough with the april fools humor! (2)

griffjon (14945) | more than 13 years ago | (#321497)

one is good. two is OK. A day of mediocre april fool's jokes is NOT OK.

I, for one, was really depressed by the lackluster April 1 RFC this year. I much prefer IP over Avian Carriers.

*sigh*

In the new millennium, there will be no good humor...

Re:Finally?!?! NOT (2)

CokeBear (16811) | more than 13 years ago | (#321500)

You get 3 days to moderate. If you don't see anything you like today, wait until tomorrow.

Still political (1)

LionMan (18384) | more than 13 years ago | (#321501)

Okay, this is a good move because of technical issues, but how many people are going to switch from linux to *BSD "just because slashdot uses it"? It's just as political, in this respect. I have not switched to BSD yet, though I have wanted to, because of my inexperience with it. This is the major hurdle for most computer related problems, I suppose, so I don't see why it has stopped me. Maybe I'm just too political.
(but *BSD is so more 31337! ;)

haha... another lame april fools joke... (1)

billybob (18401) | more than 13 years ago | (#321502)

I hate this tradition. I really do. As if it wasnt bad enough when I was growing up, its even worse on internet. EVERY news site just cannot resist making some lame-ass story that sounds ridiculous and is supposed to be funny. Unfortunately these people do not realize that they are not comedians, they are nerds who run a website. Theyre not funny. Christ.

editorial: (5)

ywwg (20925) | more than 13 years ago | (#321504)

I'd just like to say that this has been the most stupid, pointless, unfunny april fool's day in the history of mankind, or perhaps just slashdot. If you're going to do a joke, at least either invest an oddly large amount of time in the project (bonsai kitten) or make it very funny. There is a reason sites like nytimes and cnn.com don't do these stupid things, and that is because they are reputable news sites whose job it is to inform their readership. Slashdot, while not terribly reputable ("post first, fact-check later!"), still claims to be a news site. I think a certain level of maturity is called for at some point.

And if you're going to make jokes, make them funny, at least!

Does this mean other things might change? (1)

Gr00ve (30611) | more than 13 years ago | (#321510)

Like a certain editor will stop modding comments that question their integrity out of eye shot and out of the archives?

Tomorrow's news: (5)

tomcrooze (33802) | more than 13 years ago | (#321514)

April 1, 2001: Today will certainly be known as a sad day in Linux history. A large component of what made Linux successful, Slashdot.org will be moving to the FreeBSD distribution.

The White House has had tens of thousands of angry "Slashdotters" started to protest in DC, while 500 police and National Guard officers patroled the area. Angry comments to the police such as "You won't understand what Slashdot meant to me!" and "L33T HAXORS OWNZ J00!" were exchanged, resulting in a fiery clash that left hundreds dead. The remaining crowd set fires, destroyed property, and put all the W's back on the keyboards in the White House. Mysteriously, about 50 pairs of pants with what appears to be hot grits in them were left behind.

Even Natalie Portman tried to appease the crowd by unveiling a carved petrified-wood model of herself.

Riots in Redmond, Washington have also broken out, as thousands of pro-Microsofter's started tailgate parties and drunken orgies in the Microsoft parking lot. Bill Gates was quoted as saying "I'm too old for this [sexual activity]."

The global economy has plummeted, the moon has decided to start moving back towards earth, and Linus Torvalds is traveling by armored plane to Rob Malda to propose a Linux unification standard. Whether it will work out remains to be seen.

Humorous aspect (4)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 13 years ago | (#321519)

This is humorous simply because it's so 'last year' in nature. At this time last year, it seemed like linux might start to fracture. Now, things seem to be getting tighter and tighter, as the 'bad distributions' get weeded out, and the good ones take the precident. The fact that kernel 2.4 was (somewhat) recently released, bringing it quite near to par with the BSD kernel, just adds to the humor.

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CAIMLAS

Re:wait a second... (1)

Ruzty (46204) | more than 13 years ago | (#321524)

Michigan is in the Eastern time zone. The Central time zone generally begins west of Lake Michigan (with some exceptions).

-Rusty

ComanderTaco? (1)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 13 years ago | (#321526)

Does anyone else find it funny that ComanderTaco never posted anything? I guess he learned from last year that everyone hates this and let other writters get flamed.

Re:wait a second... (1)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 13 years ago | (#321527)

Yea, but before Daylight-savings-time Slashdot was on eastern time. Are you telling me it as a sudden unannouced descion for slashdot to move to Central time?

Re:wait a second... (1)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 13 years ago | (#321528)

Ok,and its still set that way, its its still an hour off. Is it not for you?

Re:wait a second... (1)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 13 years ago | (#321529)

True, and this story says it was posted "11pm April 1st" on my screen when it was really posted on 12am April 2nd. Hince, as my orginal post said, their clocks are not set for daylight savings time.

Re:wait a second... (1)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 13 years ago | (#321530)

Did you not notice that the posted story time was an hour before the real time, in any time zone, or am I drunk off cough surrup again? The posts time are off by an hour too. You just posted this comment that I'm replying to a few minutes ago but it says its been there for more then an hour!

Re:wait a second... (1)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 13 years ago | (#321531)

oh, woops, yea thanks. I was set on Eastern Standard. I didn't even know there was a differnce.

Re:wait a second... (1)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 13 years ago | (#321532)

oh woops nevermind. Eastern standard, eastern daylight? I never heard thouse terms before you pointed that out. Thanks.

wait a second... (2)

DanThe1Man (46872) | more than 13 years ago | (#321534)

this was posted on April 2, (the Slashot clock wasn't set for daylight savings) but it can't be true.

Re:FreeBSD? (1)

Zorikin (49410) | more than 13 years ago | (#321536)

Xenix would have been funnier.

Ahhh jeez, not again! (1)

The Original Bobski (52567) | more than 13 years ago | (#321538)

I vote for one and only one really good joke. This endless stream of lame attempts is really getting boring.
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Well that does it (2)

Dwonis (52652) | more than 13 years ago | (#321540)

Heh! This is probably an April Fools' day joke, which tells us all how clueless the Slashdot crew really is. To them, it's a joke that will never be true. To many of us, it's quite possible and it would be quite rational to move to FreeBSD for a high-load network service (i.e. website). Go figure!

Good try, anyway!
--------
Genius dies of the same blow that destroys liberty.

...ok... (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 13 years ago | (#321541)

Um, yeah.

Earth to Slashdot! Earth to Slashdot!

Come in!

The Geeks in Space must have gone to far...

Seriously. Get back to reality please... You should have hours ago, but apparently the Cluetrain left and still hasn't come back.

Re:wait a second... (2)

Coward, Anonymous (55185) | more than 13 years ago | (#321542)

Go to your Customize Homepage [slashdot.org] and choose the appropriate Daylight timezone.

ANY serious posts? (1)

danwatt (61528) | more than 13 years ago | (#321548)

Come on, were there ANY serious posts today?

Well... (3)

Pseudonym (62607) | more than 13 years ago | (#321549)

I'm gonna go cybersquat on vabsd.com right now.

April Fools? (1)

_marshall (71584) | more than 13 years ago | (#321552)

Is this a slashdot-style april fools? Not that it matters, but it's a good one if it is.

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unsuspectedly ... (2)

rbolkey (74093) | more than 13 years ago | (#321554)

... the best april fool's joke on slashdot today was a banner ad:

See Java run ...
See Java run fast ...
See Java run fast on Mac OS X.

Mad props to Apple Inc. for that one.

Re:Odor (2)

barneyfoo (80862) | more than 13 years ago | (#321559)

Just for your further edification, FreeBSD's SMP support is on a level with Linux2.0's. That means it has one giant kernel lock, and is really only useful up to 2 processors (and really not even then). Whereas Linux has had alot of tuning in this area, it scales up to around 8 processors, and can do 12 or 16 if you're really masochistic. (SGI had it running on 32, but said nothing of efficiency).

For good FreeBSD SMP you're going to have to wait for 5.0.. But that probably wont be out until 2004.

Troll -1: flamebait (1)

Vicegrip (82853) | more than 13 years ago | (#321560)

Is anyone laughing?

Odor (4)

Ledge Kindred (82988) | more than 13 years ago | (#321561)

Is it just me, or is there a squanty type of odor about this story...

-=-=-=-=-

True or not :-) (2)

PooF (85689) | more than 13 years ago | (#321562)

from the you-never-know-it-might-actually-be-mostly-true dept. Guess you never really know... ya right...

--
From: Aaron "PooF" Matthews

Because the would've been obvious (1)

_UnderTow_ (86073) | more than 13 years ago | (#321563)

Because saying that they're moving to any windows platform would have been obviously an april fool's joke

/. sees the light (1)

ckuhtz (87644) | more than 13 years ago | (#321565)

It's great to see /. see the light... I am a big fan of the 5.0 SMP code as well. I am surprised to see you guys move to a -CURRENT train, though. It seems to be pretty decent these days, but sets (potentially) a bad precedent perhaps. The whole idea is to upgrade to -RELEASE trains or other -STABLE trains to get production releases. I guess we'll just have to see how things go. Keep up the good work.

Re:Odor (1)

Dock (89815) | more than 13 years ago | (#321567)

Slashdot: Please stop trying to tell jokes, you're not funny. Please. Something at least remotely funny would be something like "FBI switches network to Windows 2000, accidently reveals database containing answer to JFK conspiracy, IRS switches to Linux but through misconfiguration accidently DOS's the commerce department.." or something along these lines. Funny to some, corny to others, at least it's worth a 'heh', instead of a 'ugh'. wuvu

hmmm... (2)

jbridge21 (90597) | more than 13 years ago | (#321569)

If in doubt, nmap is your friend.
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APRIL FOOLS!!!! (1)

emmons (94632) | more than 13 years ago | (#321571)

Does anyone honestly believe this??? Besides, if it were really happening, CmdrTaco would be the one posting it.

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Re:FreeBSD? (1)

UnifiedTechs (100743) | more than 13 years ago | (#321575)

Or MacOS maybe, followed by a rant by Taco about his problems posting stories with only one mouse button!!!

Umm... (1)

cperciva (102828) | more than 13 years ago | (#321577)

1. It's April 2nd today, not the first. That means IT'S TIME FOR THE /. EDITORS TO STOP POSTING CRAZY STORIES.

2. If /. were to switch to FreeBSD (which IMHO would be a good idea given its long history of running major websites) it should switch to 4.x-STABLE, NOT 5.0-CURRENT... the -CURRENT tree is specifically for *development* and not intended for use on production systems.

For Future Reference... (1)

Cheshire Cat (105171) | more than 13 years ago | (#321580)

Taco, Hemos, et al...if everything you write on April 1st is a prank, it just comes off lame and boring. Had you slipped this in amongst a dozen authentic posts, you'd've probably gotten some bites. Beating people over the head with "the funny" doesn't make it funny. Being sly and subtle goes a lot further than posting every drunken idea that crosses one's mind.

Just something to consider for next year.

Finally?!?! NOT (5)

Skrap (105397) | more than 13 years ago | (#321581)

I finally get to be a Moderator (supreme cosmic power at my fingertips!) and I get stuck moderating people's trolls on slashdot's april fools posts? Dah. Its a cruel cruel web.

about time (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 13 years ago | (#321589)

About time. Perhaps the server performance will be better.

FreeBSD is not something to make fun of. It is quite good.
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ahhh.. a perfect end to a perfect day (4)

mr_gerbik (122036) | more than 13 years ago | (#321591)

Shall I get the flamewar kicking?

WHAT???? FREEBSD 5.0 SUCKS! Why not move to OS X for godsake?! If yer gonna dump Linux, move to something worthwhile.. hell, Windows ME running Personal Web Server would be a step up!

-gerbik

Re:Odor (4)

pi_rules (123171) | more than 13 years ago | (#321594)

I agree entirely here. At first glance at the story, I'm thinking, "Okay, makes sense .. FreeBSD is supposed to the superior SMP system, right?". Wait.. backup.

A) Slashdot isn't coded for performance, never has been it seems like. It's an ad-hoc Perl/CGI implementation. This screams "bad performance" no matter what OS you put it on. Logically if they wanted a faster response time they'd code in mod_perl, php, or SOMETHING other than this archaic architecture.

B) Tracking down any nuance in the Linux -> FreeBSD transisition wouldn't be transparent. It should be, and I've never looked at the Slash code but I'm really _really_ doubting it was built with portability in mind. :)

C) With all the pro-Linux stuff I see on here I'd consider it more likely to see Natalie Portman waring a pants full of hot grits screaming "All your base are belong to us!" in the middle of Times Square than see Slahdot switch to a BSD.

The above was ment to be moderately humorous... sue me if I didn't hit my target.

Justin Buist

Taken. (2)

yerricde (125198) | more than 13 years ago | (#321595)

VABSD.com is taken.

Registrant:
ByteCode (VABSD-DOM)
1550 Sonnys Way
Hollister, CA 95023
US

Domain Name: VABSD.COM

Administrative Contact, Billing Contact:
Brooks, Kevin (KB842) brooks@BYTECODE.COM
ByteCode
1789 Glenmorrie Dr.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
US
(408) 565-9601
Technical Contact:
Operations Center, NetGate Network (NNO) noc@NETGATE.NET
NetGate Communications
473 Sapena Court, Suite 6
Santa Clara, CA 95054-2427
(408) 565-9601

Record last updated on 12-Mar-2000.
Record expires on 12-Mar-2002.
Record created on 12-Mar-2000.
Database last updated on 1-Apr-2001 15:09:00 EDT.

Domain servers in listed order:

NS.NETGATE.NET 204.145.147.12
NS2.NETGATE.NET 204.145.147.16
NS3.NETGATE.NET 205.214.170.254

What are the best April Fools articles on the net? (1)

lesterhv (125530) | more than 13 years ago | (#321597)

This one should have been an Ask Slashdot

What are the best/funniest April Fools jokes and articles on the web that you've seen? My favourite was the Mybc.com article [mybc.com] about a bridge shutdown because of a rare bird. What makes it even better troll is that we are in the middle of a transit strike.

Richer still the NDP (aka) socialists are about to be trounced -- check out the latin bird names

Re:What are the best April Fools articles on the n (1)

lesterhv (125530) | more than 13 years ago | (#321598)

furgettabout the link. They've pulled the article. But the question still stands

FOR GOD'S SAKE! (1)

Carlos Laviola (127699) | more than 13 years ago | (#321600)

ENOUGH [slashdot.org] WITH THIS APRIL FOOLS STORIES, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! I MEAN IT!

You're tired of Slashdot ads? Get junkbuster [junkbusters.com] now!

If it's not Debian, it's not true. (1)

paqsys (134767) | more than 13 years ago | (#321604)

Anyone that knows Slashdot central, would know that the servers would need to be pried from the cold dead hand of CmdrTaco before they would remove Debian.
Besides this would have serious implications for the conspiracy theorists out there.

April Fools? (1)

vespazzari (141683) | more than 13 years ago | (#321608)

maybe, although I dont really even know what the post said, I just wanted to get first post

come on people... (1)

slashdoter (151641) | more than 13 years ago | (#321613)

Everyone keeps saying that they want some real news and to drop the April First thing. But as we who read slashdot know, they only post 3 or 4 stories on a Sunday. Let just give them a day to play around. Just one a year. relax and have what fun you can have with it.


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FreeBSD? (5)

DeeKayWon (155842) | more than 13 years ago | (#321614)

If it were "Slashdot moving to Windows/IIS", it might've been funny.

More appropriately... (2)

proxima (165692) | more than 13 years ago | (#321617)

"Slashdot Moving To Windows 2000"

In a somewhat surprising move, Slashdot administrators have chosen to move their primary web hosting servers to the Windows 2000 platform. While the audience of Slashdot is primarily unix-based and Microsoft-hating, CmdrTaco believes the move is justified.

"You get what you pay for, so we're paying Microsoft a lot of money for our clustered servers. We like the fact that we can blame Microsoft when Slashdot gets overloaded with requests. In addition, Windows 2000 can run MySQL just as well as Linux. I also like to browse with Internet Explorer on the web server and click the pretty little widgets to mess with server hardware." he said.

Rather than repeat myself... (1)

/dev/urandom (167536) | more than 13 years ago | (#321620)

... I'll just make a link [slashdot.org] .

Re:unsuspectedly ... (2)

Fervent (178271) | more than 13 years ago | (#321621)

hehehe

If you think that's bad, you should try starting OS 9.1 Classic from within OS X. Be prepared to go get a cup of coffee.

Re:ahhh.. a perfect end to a perfect day (2)

Fervent (178271) | more than 13 years ago | (#321622)

Ahem, Windows 2000 Professional (desktop) and Apache is kinda fun. :)

Re:Real life examples? (1)

caffeinated_bunsen (179721) | more than 13 years ago | (#321623)

I recommend 7.62x51mm NATO. The recoil's a bit annoying, but well worth it for the power. That's assuming you're talking small arms. If you want something bigger, there's nothing like a 120mm M256 with a depleted-uranium sabot round to make them see your point of view.


That wasn't funny, was it? Oh well. I'll try harder next time.

Re:prout (1)

ickyfreak (181280) | more than 13 years ago | (#321624)

duh... yeah an april fool on the 2nd :)

Real life examples? (1)

DCowern (182668) | more than 13 years ago | (#321625)

Our college paper may soon be moving to Linux. I want us to move to OpenBSD for its increased security. Can anyone give me some ammo other than security to back up my stance?

Re:Real life examples? (1)

DCowern (182668) | more than 13 years ago | (#321626)

On a side note, I *am* serious and yes, I did get the joke... just to clear up any confusion. ;-)

Re:wait a second... (2)

Cassivs (183894) | more than 13 years ago | (#321627)

slashdot is currently in waltham, massachusetts [slashdot.org] eastern time.

Re:wait a second... (2)

Ami_Chan (188543) | more than 13 years ago | (#321632)

this was posted on April 2

Think about time zones. Where I am, it is 11:23 PM April 1. This is the central time zone. Don't forget that many of the slashdot stories for parties are what not occur on the west coast-Pacific Time. They have enough time left on their April Fool's clocks.

Re:ahhh.. a perfect end to a perfect day (1)

athlon02 (201713) | more than 13 years ago | (#321637)

WinME? over FreeBSD? for a server? uhh, yeah, nice April Fools joke!

Oh... (2)

TheFlu (213162) | more than 13 years ago | (#321642)

Perhaps if you guys were to just move Slashdot to some decent hardware instead of trying to run the site on that Palm III CmdrTaco got for Christmas 2 years ago, you wouldn't be having this problem.

I agree though, I find the SMP as well as the RAID support on the Palm to be rather lacking, but I'll be happy to send you my modified kernel for it if you wanna give that a shot.

Teaching your girlfriend to play "Palm Pilot" >>> The Linux Pimp [thelinuxpimp.com]

Re:enough with the april fools humor! (1)

Cirvam (216911) | more than 13 years ago | (#321645)

Wait you mean that wasn't serious? Damn here I am training my pigions to carry the ip datagrams...

Re:unsuspectedly ... (1)

mojo-raisin (223411) | more than 13 years ago | (#321646)

april fools!

Community reaction (4)

HongPong (226840) | more than 13 years ago | (#321649)

In reaction to this announcement, Mr. Stallman screamed in anger. "This sort-of-closed-source BSD licensing scheme is inappropriate and unacceptable, and furthermore, the press release clearly says 'Linux,' not 'GNU/Linux.' I want Taco's head on a plate with a side of refried beans, now!!"

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Spring break. (1)

jonsuen (230380) | more than 13 years ago | (#321652)

Wow. You must be bored.

In another news... (1)

necrognome (236545) | more than 13 years ago | (#321653)

Official Microsoft Press Release

We have seen the light. We have been producing buggy, unoriginal software ever since we bought DOS for $50K. These practices, as of this moment, will cease. We are now an open source company. At the end of this year we will release Windows 2001 in three "innovative" versions:

  • Free.NET
  • Open.NET
  • Net.NET

We understand that we have had run-ins with you, the Open Source Community, for a number of years now--but hey, at least we are Scientologists! To make of for all the trouble and restarts we've caused you, we invite you to use and enjoy the three flavors (described above) of the new Windows platform. We ask you to remember two things as you do this:

  1. Microsoft = = the American way
  2. All your distributions are belong to us

Sincerely,
$1US Gates

Re:why its fake (1)

ffsnjb (238634) | more than 13 years ago | (#321655)

1. Who cares who posts?
2. FreeBSD 5.0-CURRENT is the development branch thats been going on for AT LEAST 6 months
3. Who cares?
4. No.

Funny it's April Fools' Day (1)

illumynite (239768) | more than 13 years ago | (#321657)

But wow, how surreal if it's true

FreeBSD (1)

DavidBerg (240666) | more than 13 years ago | (#321658)

Isn't it interesting to see how ignorant the majority of slashdot users/readers really are? Damn, if it doesn't say Linux or Open Source, then they believe it sucks. This is very typical closed mindedness that is what the OSS model is supposed to be against.

Let's review this phoney slash statement for what it is, phoney.

When is FreeBSD 5.0 coming out? Well, according to the freebsd site, that would be 3rd Quarter 2001. Hmm, and whend did this article state that it's being moved over? By the end of the month.

Now, who owns Slashdot? A company whose stock symbol is LNUX. Now, I wonder if they are going to change it to FBSD? Maybe they could be called VA BSD.

Oh well, I just am amazed at how gullable the average SlashDotter is.

dave

Re:For Future Reference... (1)

ldvl (243601) | more than 13 years ago | (#321659)

Yeah, but wouldn't it be funny if this one were true? If they slipped in a true story amidst a dozen pranks.

"That's a good one Mr Clinton. For a minute there, you had me believing you actually had sex with one of your interns"

SCSI gods (1)

DaHat (247651) | more than 13 years ago | (#321661)

bow before them.

You /. editor guys can't troll. (1)

perdida (251676) | more than 13 years ago | (#321662)

a whole day of shitty april fools articles.

The word 'goat' is in the article, for chrissakes. You sux0r.

Re the changeover, like VALinux is gonna support this, anyway. what a useless cost outlay to make them even less congnizant of the daily operations of your site.

This is why u guys should have stayed independent. If you actually WANTED to move to a *BSD you could. Now if you want to VAL is gonna see this article, disregard the date and accuse you of crying wolf and other forms of mismanagement.

-perdida

Early adoption (1)

noz (253073) | more than 13 years ago | (#321663)

FreeBSD does not yet recognise the 5.0 tree as their primary focus, but when they do we can assume that almost all bugs will be ironed out, however it has often been the case that there has remained one or two rather large bugs.

The open source philosophy allows us to find and fix these bugs quickly with all products, so in reality /. will be contributing to the open source movement in another way, however it could compromise the security picking up an early major release of an operating system.

Are you saying... (1)

Thakandar2 (260848) | more than 13 years ago | (#321665)

that Linux is not good enough? Oh sure, millions say that FreeBSD has better SMP capabilities, but are you going to listen to them, or an honest and unbiased Linux-Apostle like me? Who have you heard from more, really? I mean, Linux is even a cooler name than FreeBSD... and it's free as well! I just don't see the point.

Re:You /. editor guys can't troll. (1)

gags bunny (263639) | more than 13 years ago | (#321666)

its actually a reference to an old quote about how one of the crucial steps in establishing a scsi chain is sacrificing a goat.

No More! (1)

CeramicNuts (265664) | more than 13 years ago | (#321669)

I hate April 1st.

Re:haha... another lame april fools joke... (1)

kajl_astaroth (265742) | more than 13 years ago | (#321670)

For me, it is the most funny april fools day ever. I have never laughed so hard at so many people bitching.

Aha! (1)

CanSpice (300894) | more than 13 years ago | (#321671)

So that's why it seems so much quicker today...

In a related move... (4)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 13 years ago | (#321673)

Microsoft has decided to move to Mac OS X, while Linus believes that Windows ME 0.3 is the future of all computing. In un-related news, Sun loves AMD and SGI is may as well be dog-humping SCO. Steve Jobs has jumped in bed with the new Amiga company, and HP-UX will now be called BeOS. Wall Street has collectively commited suicide, and the American public pretty much just yawned, except for the 145 day traders who strung themselves up by the privates.....

Newsweek says, "We like cheese"

Re:Wrestlemania X-7 (1)

wanton (310689) | more than 13 years ago | (#321676)

here is the goat that should be sacrificed!!! Goat [zeninternet.net]

April 2, not first (1)

cb0y (311811) | more than 13 years ago | (#321678)

Are you up late at night to 4am?

Its april 2, not 1.

I think we should all teach slashdot and others a lesson, DONT READ ANY of these sites in future on april 1 and 2. To teach them a lesson.

Funny thing is, freebsd would work better (1)

cb0y (311811) | more than 13 years ago | (#321679)

now thats the joke on linux

Have you all forgotten already? (1)

jmock (314822) | more than 13 years ago | (#321680)

It seems like most of you have forgotten that Slashdot, Freshmeat, and a number of other OSDN sites are already sitting behind two FreeBSD boxes. That's right kids, those are the firewall [slashdot.org] machines that protect Slashdot from a number of DoS attacks.

Due to that fact, I don't know why it'd seem too surprising that the decision was made to switch to FreeBSD since it already plays an important role in Slashdot's operation.

Oh here we go... (1)

catpyss (321548) | more than 13 years ago | (#321684)

Im sure this is going to start a firestorm of uninformed remarks. This is clearly a joke but I am willing to bet we will see all kinds of posts comparing Linux and BSD OSs.

Humm.. it worked before! (1)

vandelay (413358) | more than 13 years ago | (#321686)

I get a shiver reading these words..

...John Baldwin, a kernel hacker working on SMPng at BSDI's Open Source Division, said that "it should be able to handle Slashdot just fine, Are we done yet? I have things to code."

Re:Alright (1)

lmd (413644) | more than 13 years ago | (#321687)

Its only a few more hours before April 2 (depending on where you live, of course) and hopefully no more lame April Fools jokes. However, this could be true. This is likely to be the last post of April 1 and they expect us to think its another April Fools joke but in fact it could be true.

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