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HOWTO: Use the console for buttsex (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414611)

Anal intercourse for Linux fans

Linux Buttsex HOWTO

by Anal Cocks
Version 1.0.1, 2nd June 1998


This HOWTO explains how to perform Buttsex in the Linux Operating System w/Enterprise Resources (LOSER). This HOWTO assumes basic knowledge of general Linux operation.

Most basically, all Linux Buttsex requires is a machine running the Linux Operating System, a penis (also referred to as a "cock" or "dick"), and a willing friend. However, you benefit greatly, especially when starting out, if you posess standard Buttsex tools.

Standard Buttsex Tools
Lubricant - Slippery stuff you smear on your johnson and your friend's manpussy, to ease the transition into Buttsex mode. Vaseline will do in a pinch, but water-based lubricants such as KY Jelly and Astroglide are preferable.

Contraception - Protective barrier between your schlong and the inside of your friend's love canal. Breeders use them to prevent pregnancy, but we queer nancies usually use them to protect ourselves from the deadly AIDS virus. While some enterprising faggots have made do with plastic wrap or masking tape, there is no substitute for a latex condom. Most all condoms will do, as long as they aren't the "extra-thin" type. Some condoms are labelled as beiong superior for Buttsex, but are not necessary.

Step One -- Prepare the Anus
This step is especially important if your friend has never taken a willie in the ass before. Prepare his anus for the width and girth of your manhood with the "finger" command. It is used like so:

% finger

Begin with your index or middle finger, and then both middle AND index fingers, at the same time. Ten to fifteen minutes should do. If you wish, you may felate him or suck his balls, while you're fingering him.

Step Two -- Entry
Here the fun starts. Have your friend lay prone on the bed, or even better, get down "on all fours". Optionally, place a couple pillows beneath him to make him more comfortable. Now position yourself behind him, and spread his asscheeks. Apply lubricant, generously, to both your sexrod, and his pit of pleasure. It is advisable to stick your fingers partially inside in his anus, to make sure that the entire edge of the entry is covered.

Your penis must be fully erect in order to make a sucessful entry. If you are not already "hard as a rock", you may rub your penis in his asscrack, while tweaking his nipples (or stroking his cock), and saying intimidating things, such as "I am going to make you squeal like a pig, boy. Squeal, like a pig!".

When your sexstick is sufficiently engorged with blood, it is time to begin entry. Place the head of your cock firmly against his brown anal starfish. Begin applying firm pressure forwards, optionally using your hand to guide your dick on a true course into sodomy. Your friend is most likely moaning in agony or yelping, and you may either ignore this, or in a snide tone, say "You like that, bitch?".

When your penis is in, move on to the next step.

Step Three -- Hardcore Assramming
This is fairly simple. Move your dick around in his ass, towards and then back, at varying speeds. If for some reason your dick pops out, put in back in, undaunted. Continue pumping and thrusting until you feel you are ready to move on to Step Four.

Step Four -- Orgasm
When ready to blow your load, use this command:

% stdout > ass

This redirects your standard output stream into your friend's pink tunnel of shit. Enter the command, then with one final thrust, placing the entire length of your cock inside his body. Your penis will then eject about a quart of sticky white semen, accompanied by tremendous pleasure.

Step Five -- Cleanup
If you wore a condom, cleanup is simple. Remove the condom and toss it out your window. Then sop up any other jizz, anal juice, excrement, or lubricant with Brawny(R) brand paper towels.

If you did not wear a condom, your friend will have a steady drip of cum out of his ass for the next few hours. Tell him to "buck up" and stuff some toilet paper in his underwear.


Congratulations! You are now a l337 LUN1X 4$$r4mm3r, just like Linux Toreballs and his gay minions! Celebrate by masturbating to the sensual gay erotica found at http://www.goatse.cx/ [goatse.cx]


fuckin goat fuckers (-1, Offtopic)

goatkoran (576235) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414614)

GOAT KORAN [goatse.cx]
Classic 2 Oh yeah, in the shitter some more, in the shitter. [es.org]
Classic 3 More Ass stretchin goodness. [es.org]
Female Goater My pussy is too small for this melon. [es.org]
Goatse Grandpas - GRANPA GOAT S3X0R5 [es.org]
Son of a Goat - Holy fucking son of a goat. Kinda looks like Tako from behind, but to be sure I'd have to ask CowGryl Kneel [conhugeco.org]
1 Oh, pardon me sir, would you happen to have any ANAL LUBE? [conhugeco.org]
2 UNGH FART, pssssbt, ungh, tweeep, squeaaaaaak ungh [conhugeco.org]
3 PFFFFFFFFFFT AHH pffft [conhugeco.org]
4 FOOOOOOOOOOOOF blud dribble dribble [conhugeco.org]
Prime Number Shitting Goatse SE THE Prym3 number flow like the river SHIT [massivewang.com]
Goatse Returns! Fuck yeah, the goat man is a coming back to Trollaxor [trollaxor.com]
1 You Will Love to Goatse on all the things of Internet.

2 Will Search and initiate to new members, and you will show the way to the light (www.goatse.es.org)
3 When they return of to see our God Goatse, you mock of them.
4 To fuck, to fuck that are shocked the planets!

Goatsex goatsex GOATSEX Goat Sex animal sex bestiality
Of all the animal sex in the world, the one that suffers the most abuse from modern sexual habits is the large barnyard, otherwise known as the animalsex Our animals were intended by nature to function as a smoothly flowing sex systems, in order to promptly flush digestive wastes from the body.
The large barnyard is one of the four main elimination systems of the world. In Chinese medicine all the internal sex are paired. The large barnyard is paired with the zoo. Your puppy (dog/horse) is made up of four main sections:
(1) ascending, (2) transverse, (3) descending sex & the (4) sigmoid. It's total length is approximately 5 to 5 1/2 feet and it ends at the anus where feces eliminated from the body. The small pony's length is approx. 26 ft. long. They are called large and small not because of their length but because of their width & diameter.

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Re:fuckin goat fuckers (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414622)

Worst... first post... ever.

Re:fuckin goat fuckers (-1)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414627)

You bring a lot to the table. You are a heavy-hitting troll free agent.

Re:fuckin goat fuckers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414724)

thanks, i appreciate the vote ;p
we must remember to, 1) take off the gas cap to our cars, and 2) fuck the hole furiously. TODAY
Trains, planes, cars, rockets, telescopes, tires, telephones, radios, television, electricity, atomic energy, computers, and fax machines. All miracles made possible by the minds and spirits of men with names like Ampere, Bell, Caselli, Edison, Ohm, Faraday, Einstein, Cohen, Teller, Shockley, Hertz, Marconi, Morse, Popov. Ford, Volta, Michelin, Dunlop, Watt, Diesel, Galileo, and other "dead white males."

All reports indicate that we have a booming economy right now, but few understand why this is so. I hate to disappoint my friends on the radical left, but it has nothing to do with Bonnie and Clyde Clinton or the Democratic Party, or with any other party for that matter. What Im about to say is tantamount to blasphemy in this politically correct day and age; yet truth is truth. How long are we going to pretend that origins play no role in our world, the origins of the inventions, science, technology, and economics of the world in which we live?

Our present economic boom is due to the revolution in electronics and computer technology. But saying this is not enough, for these things didnt just spring into existence by themselves. They have traceable origins. And all of our "booms," throughout history, have the same origins as this one. Its no mystery. Just look at the list of names in your history books, and their national origins.

The great majority of "booms" past and present have been brought about by the genius and inventiveness of that most "despicable" of genders, the dreaded white male, or, to be exact, by specific, individual white males. This is not to discredit the many contributions coming from non-whites, but fact is fact. Our most important and consequential inventions have come almost exclusively from white males.

Curse me, or all white males, if you wish, that changes nothing. But if you call me a liar, youll have to come up with the proof that Im wrong. Remember, I didnt say there were no important contributions by non-whites; I said the overwhelming majority. Of course, I know about such things as the Chinese and gunpowder, but they didnt take it much beyond firecrackers and pyrotechnics. And I know about the pyramids and masonry of South America and the zero of the Arabs.

Would we have atomic physics and electricity if it hadnt been for the ancient Greek philosophers who, for example, had the idea that all matter consists of tiny atoms? Aristotle (5th century, B.C., 25th century pre P.C.) used electric charges to treat gout! Archimedes perceived the center of gravity of solids, cylinders, and spheres. From the basic discoveries of Greek civilization it went to the Romans and after the fall of Rome, it passed to later Europeans who expanded on this scientific knowledge. In modern times these ideas were developed by such Europeans as Volta, Ampere, Watts, Bell, Edison, and Einstein, who provided the basis for most of the technical wonders of today. All of them dreaded white males.

Maybe you got your enlightenment from one of the Ivy-League institutions of dis-education. Maybe they taught you that its all the result of white racism and oppression. That every time a potential Einstein, Edison, or Ford popped up in the Third World, a White hit-squad would swoop down and eliminate him before he had a chance to prove himself. Or maybe their schools refused to teach him in the Ebonics of his day. Or maybe they didnt have proper daycare facilities. Or maybe our would-be innovator came from a "dysfunctional family."

But the facts tell us that many of the great men pursued their genius at great personal risk--like the astronomer Galileo, who proved that the earth revolves around the sun. He and other men of genius and courage refused to be suppressed even if it meant their lives. They would permit no race, gender, group or class to keep them from their pursuit of truth and excellence whatever the cost.

If you eliminate, suppress, or debase the while male, you kill the goose that laid the golden egg. If you ace him out with "affirmative" action, exile him from the family, teach him that hes a blight on mankind, then bon voyage to our society. We will devolve into a turd-world cesspool. Where has there ever before in history been a group of human beings who have brought about the likes of the Magna Carta, the US Constitution, and the countless life-saving and life- improving inventions that we now enjoy?

Now it is certainly true that China did lead the world in technology and commercial inventiveness about 1,000 years ago. They had great coal-mining operations, gunpowder, six-masted sailing ships, and intense commercial enterprise. But it all collapsed because the elites, the long-nailed Mandarins, centralized control--1,000 years before Mao--and crushed the expansion and inventions.

Does this mean we should sit back and let ourselves be governed by someone just because hes a white male? Of course, it doesnt. It means simply that we shouldnt suppress anyone, including white males. Let our God-given gifts run free in a free and just society, free from the oppression and tyranny of social engineers. If anyone has gifts beyond our own, be he a white male or other, be grateful. Maybe we have gifts that in some small way can contribute something of value as well. One way or another, were all in the same boat. Few of us have truly outstanding gifts. And most of us have to humbly accept that there are others around who are more gifted than we are. In a democratic society its not for Big Brother to decide who shall thrive and who shall struggle in the hive.

Wah. Wah. Cry wah. Fuck you commie. You leftish shit. Lets make the doors out of paper to let the burgulars in, give a big hug and try to kiss and make friends lalalalalal.

This thread is making me sick, and all the commie leftist biased shit going on makes me even more sick.

There are those few people here which have said some conservative sense to these leftists that would teach gay love to young boys for the sake of diversity.

No one holds a gun to your head to eat that fuckin' McDonalds. NO ONE. These third world saps suck up American culture because they are busy chopping clitorises off of women, suppressing ethnic minority groups though genocide or some other bull shit.

People are way to young and don't read much history. Ask Tibet how it likes China's takeover. Ask the Chinks how they like the Japs when they killed 100,000's during the occupation of Manchuria. Ask any of the down trodden eastern Europeans how it felt to have the long spear of the Soviet Ramrod up their asses during the cold war days? How bout a nice day in a GOULAG? How about making bomb shelters in Iraq near legit military targets to get "bad lefty communist like Christiana AMAPOUR to report civvie deaths even though Hussein is at fault?" How about starving Iraqi "children" aka terrorists in training starving to death because their leader is spending upwards ot 50B/year in WMD research. How about Canada and France selling No. Ko. reactor parts, great fuckin friends we have. How about getting the death penalty in Singapore for smoking a joint? How about giving the Middle East nations the oil fields back (after we built huge oil platforms for them, because the tent dwelling cretins were too fucking retarded

FUCK TIHS ANTI AMERICAN shit. all the foreigners who get here legally stay for a fucking damn good reason. And I welcome you, so long as you pay taxes do what you fuckin want.

This is historically unfounded. We get over our vices and inconsistencies fast here. USA makes mistakes, but the Sudanese still have slavery, we don't. We got over slavery damn quick compared to the rest of the world. We came a long way on suffrage (the right to vote to all the bleeding heart commies who have yet to pay much into the system yet). We may not be perfect yet, but shit, its far from shit. very far.

I hate the commie shit socialists who want the least common denominator for everyone.

FUCK YOU. Id rather nuke your ass and suck up some nice radiation I paid for that share my home with you fucking lazy un-working vermin.

I'll never worry about losing the cure for cancer by nuking dumps like Iraq, because these defunct shithead countries will never make one.

There is so much trash going around on this thread, it makes me laugh. Pseudo educated suppressed homosexuals (not that homosexuality is bad, but suppressing it, geeze you liberal fucks should spread the cheeks and get it done with, you spit your wad a lot harder when the person fucking your ass has a towel on his head) eructating puerile shit.

I'm glad we are planning to make it possible to put me into bondage. I would rather die than be in bondage to these shitty subversive chinks or commies or morally bankrupt suppressive shitass Islamic Towelheads.

We have said for 40 years plus, you do it, you think about it, and you are gone. the red button gets pressed, the red telephone gets slammed on the receiver.

The Japs did well surrendering to us. They are the second or third largest economy in the World, jeeze, the USA really sucks to surrender to , huh? You tools need to think - you really think the US didn't do them a favor by burning down that house? They made off with our car industry for Christ's sake, and boy, I do love driving my Japanese car - its great. And I fucking paid it off in 9 months, $33,000 bucks. And not, its not public property, you cant have a ride, fuck off , its mine I PAID FOR IT. None of this commie shit.

John Walker scume floating around Marin. Bezerkelyite fuckers with Barney Telletubbie view of the world scumballing their shit subversive agenda.

I must say, piss on John Asscraft for being a fascist shit. I may hate you leftist fuck commies, but this right wing fascist shit sucks too.

Really, really. What is going on? There are circles of power, some leaning left, some leaning right, some existing for themselves. They divide the people of the world, always focusing on what makes us different! Are you a fag or not? Are you black or white? Are you left or right? Are you a fat fuck? You know what I dont give a shit what you are, and thats still my fucking car. The circles of power want us to fight amongst ourselves while the prance off with all the fucking money and power.

Everyone wants a nice Japanese import car, real medical care (not socialized shit, like that shit in the UK where if you reach a certain age you entitlement to care is GONE, like if you get dialysis, hit age 65, they PULL THE FUCKING PLUG, because they are commie shits), they want halfway decent schools, freedom to think etc. We got all that here. I live it. You fall on your face here because you are lazy, not a caste system.

Tactical nukes are appropriate, and we had the finger on the button the last 50 years, we just want to remind the world, hey, have a wet dream, and well have a coupla kilotons of force to save us some money.

Appeasing Hitler landed Neville Chamberlain in the historical doghouse, and it took Winston Churchill to show the world the right way. To quote Churchill, "'Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others,'"

All high and mighty EU, they armed these fucking countries. Half the Islamic nations shit came from French military hardware, roundly supplemented by the zipper heads. The I hear some leftist shit in this thread quote MAO the DUNG on the US being the "paper tiger". HAH. Nice life expectancy in China there, Mao Tse Dung. Nice going, harvesting organs from political prisoners for the highest bidders and government dignitaries.

Commies say big business is evil. Hah. The "Evil" Big Business: Doesn't exist like you think it does. I am in a small business. My small business was created from money from big business to innovate new technology to stop Internet DDOS attacks. The innovation would be a B2B service for medium and small businesses. I get my health care, dental, paid vacation and education subsidy either directly or indirectly from Big "Evil?" Business. One could way to make things work better would be to give outright tax credits to companies doing good things in their communities, like building schools or repairing roads or bridges. I'm sure HP could negotiate a better price for the "NEW BAY AREA BRIDGE" than the cabal of stupid idiots running Oakland and San Francisco. Now that I think of HP, I think of a huge company that has built several hospitals and given BILLIONS of dollars in charity through the "David and Lucille Packard Foundation" - established 1964. General Electric was run by a bottom-to-top rags-to-riches engin

Point: Be angry at the media for sucking, be angry at the government for wasting your money. Unless we get a western version of Mohandas Gandhi, be angry with every single Congressman, Senator whatever else. They step on your heads everyday.

Time to go read about some new scientific discoveries or new information about open source software or something interesting. Politics suck.

God I love those Krauts too. The fucking purified leftovers from the National Socialist party. Fuck you krauts. You started two god damn world wars. This Eurotarded Eurotrash Union is a suck bag quagmire of shit.

And these Towelheads and their newfound love for Palestine. Keep in mind these Palestinian vagrants have been booted out of every ISLAMIC nation they try to infect. They are hooligan vagrants , and if you replaced Israel with lets say, a pro Towel regime like France, they would be next on hit list of all the adjacent Arab nations. No one wants to pay for these tent toting Neanderthalic holdovers from the 3rd century. May as well kill them. We wont have to in the long run, the morally bankrupt Islamic nations will mop them up for us when they have expired their usefulness to their twisted cause.

And everyone blames DUBYA, like one person runs the fucking country. Meanwhile, the Congress and Senate make all the fuckin laws, the only power W gets is a big fat Veto. There isnt much the legislative branch can't override. DYBYA has an big administration, so of it is typical Right wing special interest trash, some of it is true blue pro the future of America. Shit, these people have to have some notion of self preservation. Every single Bush family relative isnt surviving WWIII, fuck, I'd be willing to be that 90% of everyone in that administration's extended families would be dead as doornails if there was an all out nuclear conflict. No one wants an extended nuclear conflict, but I would pay front row admission to see bin Towelheads skin get baked off by a tactical nuke dropped off by a Predator or some shit. You dont eve have to aim.

The geopolitical situation in the world is not solely exacerbated by the US. It is bullshit to think that this country control the world's direction. People want what we have and arent willing to adopt our ways. We get what we want by worshipping our own dollar, more than POWER or RELIGION. Its only natural cretins dont catch on to this and feel like trying to defeat us "imperialists." Hey, quick secret you fuckers who hate us - STOP BUYING AND SELLING SHIT TO US, STOP USING OUR CURRENCY. I would be willing to bet that most of the world printed US currency isnt even in the US. Out of many one, e plurbus unum. Printed on the fucking money. I dont buy trickle down doesnt work either, our success trickles down. People think we should have the upper hand after we invent all this shit and create a venue for success because they are failures in life and have to resort to communism or socialism to make up for the fact they need Viagra to get it up, another American invention.

I love how America is seen as this pretty glass castle, and the rest of the serfs plowing the fields for a fair wage all start tossing rocks because they or their culture or their family failed to give the intellectual tools to succeed. Yeah, thats our fault.

I dont think an Islamic person will ever set foot off this planet, because anything not of the planet or Mecca or any aliens are probably UNCLEAN, UNHOLY and vile, and they MUST BEND to ALLAHS will. I cant believe people still believe in this superstitious bullshit.

Hey lefty, youll get extra credit for your shit clas at Berkelely - its called the SUNDANESE CULTURAL CLASS, 101, learn to carve a girls clitoris off! 4 CREDITS!

Bread gets moldy, turns to black.

Lots of things turn dark, moldy and brown with age.

Your kitchen floor was white at some point but you slovenly self had created a swampy quagmire of festering shit.

Black or darkness is an archetype for ignorance in literature, because in the very early days, darkness of the night was a preclusion of the world that was known.

White light is the presence of all the colors in the spectrum, black is the absence of all color.

Your tird-world ape nations have a lot to learn from the crackers. Us whiteys. Us honkies. Us stupid and intellectually inferior (being very facetious here) crackers.

We can cure you. We can. We can dilute your Arab stupidity, we can breed out your nigger sickle cells, we can wane your Asiatic elitism, we can eliminate your Pakistani desire to sell carpets and stink like body odor. We can probably not ever fix the lazy spics and mulattos of the south Americas, but maybe. We have to fuck your women. Let us come in droves and cure you of the animal genes that are mixed in there. Given that you apparently have a cerebral cortex, the animal nigger genes must be recessive.

We can help. Help me help you. Find your wife, and let me knock her up.

1. Take off car's gas cap.

2. Hump the hole furiously.

Re:fuckin goat fuckers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414759)

Fuck off, GOAT KORAN [goatse.cx]
Classic GOAT Oh yeah, in the shitter some more, in the shitter. [es.org]
Classic GOAT More Ass stretchin goodness. [es.org]
Female Goater My pussy is too small for this APPLE (Fuck Steve Slobs, that ass fucking manass). [es.org]
Goatse Grandpas - GRANPA GOAT S3X0R5 [es.org]
Son of a Goat - Holy fucking son of a goat. Kinda looks like Tak0 from behind, but to be sure I'd have to ask CowGryl Kneel [conhugeco.org]
1 Oh, pardon me sir, would you happen to have any ANAL LUBE? [conhugeco.org]
2 UNGH FART, pssssbt, ungh, tweeep, squeaaaaaak ungh [conhugeco.org]
3 PFFFFFFFFFFT AHH pffft PFFFFFftftftftfffffffffT [conhugeco.org]
4 FOOOOOOOOOOOOF blud dribble dribble [conhugeco.org]
Prime Number Shitting Goatse SEE THE Prym3 number flow like the river SHIT - Fucking the goat man is shitting prime numbers. [massivewang.com]
Goatse Returns! Fuck yeah, the goat man is a coming back to Trollaxor [trollaxor.com]
1 You Will Love to Goatse on all the things of Internet.

2 Will Search and initiate to new members, and you will show the way to the light (www.goatse.es.org)
3 When they return of to see our God Goatse, you mock of them.
4 To fuck, to fuck that are shocked the planets! VISIT TROLLAXOR!

Goatsex goatsex GOATSEX Goat Sex animal sex bestiality
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Re:fuckin goat fuckers (-1)

Rock 'N' Troll (566273) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414771)

Slashdot will soon be the first result on a Google search for Goatse. Goatse.cx will also be the first result if you search for Slashdot.

well if you need reliability... (5, Funny)

Romancer (19668) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414624)

I'd hate to see a port of WinCE on a cash register, Imagine the small print on the back of the receipt.

"...you agree by paying this amount, to never divulge what you paid, or purchased, in any form, written, recorded, or electronicly transcribed in any way, to anybody. By having this receipt, you are violating the EUCEA (End User Cash Exchange Agreement) and must distroy this document, or face an audit of all digital processing and storage devices you own."

First irrelevant anti-ms post award! (0, Flamebait)

yatest5 (455123) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414687)

Well done, you posted the first anti-MS joke on this story, which had NOTHING TO DO with MS.

Re:First irrelevant anti-ms post award! (2)

Romancer (19668) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414768)

It also had nothing to do with porting Linux to a Cash register.

He just installed it and had to get the attached "LEDs on a stick" and a cuecat to work through a standard interface. Not a challenge. I was just making the article a little bit more worth while/humorous to read.

Re:First irrelevant anti-ms post award! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414872)

You guys can slug it out between yourselves but don't go dising the guy who experiments with Linux.

Re:well if you need reliability... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414841)

A friend are using delphi to code for cash registers at his complany, so I guess they are running winblows on thoose machines.

Yup, lunix is a total time waster (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414626)

Why don't the use it for something constructive, rather than replacing a perfectly good OS or app(Windows NT, Solaris, Cash Register app) with a crappy fucking nerdy old-school style monolithic minux REWRITE?!?!?!?

Re:Yup, lunix is a total time waster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414728)

A nice GUI would be a good start.

not surprising... (1)

powerlinekid (442532) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414629)

its not really surprising... in that linux supposedly compiles and runs on anything with a gcc compiler... while i'm not sure what processor its running... it appears to be intel based. With that in mind, booting it shouldn't be an issue. Setting up drives and getting the "led thing" as he puts it, to work may be an issue. But again if its intel, the drives and memory shouldn't be much of an issue. Definitly an interesting hack... but I'm not sure how impressive it is.

Re:not surprising... (2, Interesting)

tapiwa (52055) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414751)

I agree

I checked out the site, and it seems that not only is the chip a PENTIUM MMX 233.

He changed the graphics card

He could not get it to run with 4Mb ram and so threw in a 32Mb stick.

Really not much of a hack there if you ask me. Only the LED is impressive.

Re:not surprising... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414790)

Nothing impressive really - it has an off the shelf PC as it's core, so the article is really like saying "Getting Linux to run on a Dell" which is about as easy. The guy basically lifted the lid on a cash register, found a PC and installed Linux. In hindsight, the LED display isn't as impressive as it first seems - the PC will be geared up to talk to it anyway so no extra prizes there.

Pacman on my Kodak Digital Camera [home.sol.no] was more impressive...


Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414630)

PH34R MY SK1LLZ Wh3n I 0wN j00r b0X3n^H^H^H^H^Hcash register

Re:I WILL OWN J00r CASH! (0)

trollbot (542020) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414883)

Why does nobody ever use "^W"???

I do not see the why "^H" has to be the popularity party favour for all children!!?

Please SLASHDOT READERS, solve the mystery for me, the mystery of the "^H" and the "^W"!!?

I won't be truely impressed... (2, Funny)

explosionhead (574066) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414635)

...until I see an old, beat up, chrome covered toaster from the 60's running linux...

...wait a sec, with those mini-itx boards it'd just about be possible...

Shit. I gotta lay off the caffine.

I won't be truely impressed... (1)

yatest5 (455123) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414673)

until I see that old toaster screensaver running on a toaster running linux...

What's so special about this? (3, Insightful)

laptop006 (37721) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414636)

If you actually read the product info you can (for the 'logic unit') either use a:
* ASCII Terminal (Just connect to a *nix box)
* PC (Just install linux)
* NC (Can anyone say X)

Now, yes this IS cool, but it's equivilent to someone isntalling linux on a weird looking PC with some cool peripherals.

Re:What's so special about this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414661)

I totally agree, I mean, windows have been running on cash registers for quite some while. My previous place of employment had a win95 powered cash register. With suprisingly few problems too.

They are just weird looking PCs with touchscreens and barcode scanners, with the upside being that you can alt-tab to solitaire when there's no customers around.

Re:What's so special about this? (1)

h0tblack (575548) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414774)

Agreed, it's a pretty standard beast in core hardware terms -
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
model name : Pentium MMX (stepping : 3)
cpu MHz : 232.099722
ioports including:
T here's an Acer Labs M1521-1523 chipset with M5219 IDE controller.
Interesting quote "After the install I stated poking around the machine to find out what kind of hardware it hads a so forth".
After! I'd have thought cheking the hardware would have been the FIRST thing to do.
Not to say it's not a fun little project, but getting something up and running (like the LCD display) would have been a bit more of an achievement. Or maybe a distributed cash-register-cluster ;)

They've got these at work... (2, Interesting)

hazyshadeofwinter (529262) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414638)

The touch screen version [ultimatetechnology.com] . Always thought one would make a sweet X terminal, and if it can run win95 with our P.O.S. POS software, it can run something decent...

Re:They've got these at work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414654)

http://www.ultimatetechnology.com/products/prod_dr ivers.php4?pid=2

Knock yourself out.

would be cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414640)

cept the unit is just a pentium based pc.
complete with harddrive and floppy. :/

Oh wow (1)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414641)

Someone got Linux running on an embedded PC. If it was an obscure processor than sure, but its nothing more than a PC with a different plastic shell.

This is getting old.


What's that they say? (1)

buzzbomb (46085) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414642)

Oh, yes...

"Just because you can doesn't mean you should..."

Pretty interesting, none the less...

not to be a spoil sport, but... (1)

Romancer (19668) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414643)

It looks to me like he says it's has got a pentium 233 in it. Not what I'd call a true OS install, more of a "getting the periferals to work" project.

If you ask me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414647)

This is a stupid hack.

Unless he's thinking to start his own POS company, that is.

If you guys pay a subscription fee... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414648)

If you guys pay a subscription fee, can you mod the articles down that aren't good?

Just a thought.

Not impressive (3, Flamebait)

Shriek (261178) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414650)

This POS is still a computer so what is the big deal about this? The CueCat that is attached to it is a more impressive hack.

Re:Not impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414669)

Bizarre isnt it. For those people working on till based systems, its perhaps more suprising that windows works on them. A till is far more powerful than the first machines linux was originally developed on. Probably.

Cuecat actually put to a good use (0, Flamebait)

Cornelius the Great (555189) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414652)

And I don't have the barcode scanner. So I hooked up my Cue:Cat instead.

It's good to see that someone has actually found a practical use for that damned thing.

Its a P233 pc (4, Interesting)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414659)

Kinda neat, but its a P233 pc. Really the only cool thing is the led display. I have an old IBM thermal printer that uses fax paper also, used it on my c64. Now put linux on a c64 (load "linux",8,1) and I will be impressed.

Re:Its a P233 pc (1)

jonelf (99217) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414671)

Not Linux but Lunix:
and while your at it you could as
well write a driver for TFE

Re:Its a P233 pc (3, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414829)

first off it isnt a LED display it is a Vaccum Flouresent Display (VFD) (Please excuse my spelling, I just got up, I cant find My glasses, and My hands are still wet from the shower... Ooops too much information)

VFD's are easy to get to talk to linux, they act just like a LCD and if it is serial I am betting that it takes standard Matrox Orbital commands so he just downloaded the code from one of the linux pages on how to talk to one of these things.

Hey, If I install linux on my PC can I get a story on slashdot?? That is exactly what this is.

Now the industrial touchscreens I have that are water,weather,freeze proof... that is a cool hack, but not worthy of a slashdot story...

Re:Its a P233 pc (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414896)

Dude, you took a shower before getting on Slashdot in the morning? What's wrong with you!

And here I was... (1, Offtopic)

MadFarmAnimalz (460972) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414662)

thinking that a 14 incher sucked...

Re:And here I was... (2, Funny)

flewp (458359) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414694)

Don't worry, it's how you use it that makes you a man.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Re:And here I was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414769)

Recursive: Adj. See Recursive

LOL! Awesome!

Well ... (5, Insightful)

Throstur (300329) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414663)

POS machines are nothing more than PC computers with extra serial ports and different peripherals than "normal" PCs. And the POS software normally runs on DOS or Windows (*gasp*) ;-) I really don't see what the big fuss is about, I mean, I've installed Linux on a few different POS machines myself, (I work for a company that makes POS software), and it's just like setting up Linux on a normal PC except for the peripherals.

Re:Well ... (1)

cwebster (100824) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414731)

if they are even that sophisticated. A company i used to work for sold POS solutions. The cash registers were little more than IBM 3151 terminals + fancy keyboard, barcode reader and a pole display. Setup the POS terminals, then run cat5 (serial) back to a portserver, then ethernet to a RS/6000 43p, running the software that drove the whole operation.

Easily scalable, just more 3151's (and possible another portserver).

Re:Well ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414833)

One of the Siemens Beetle range is my choice, few extra serial ports than the standard PC motherboard, good quiet PSUs, plenty of onboard options and interesting compact case designs.

Linux controlling the cash drawer? (1)

eugene ts wong (231154) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414665)

If he could get Linux to control the drawer, then the cash would be real secure! :^)

Been done already: L'‚nePOS. (2, Informative)

RJarett (114128) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414688)

L'ânePOS is a linux/postgres Point of Sale system.

Based on a ThinkNIC, but can be used with any system


First Code Wolfy Post ? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414667)

First Code Wolfy Post !

Intresting... Not too hard but intresting. (2, Informative)

FIRESTORM_v1 (567651) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414679)

I think that getting the display pole is pretty schweet, however the "embedded PC" at the cash register is not anything unexpected. I have a pair of SASI terminals that used to belong to a CoastalMart in town. They had a log 16bit ISA card that connected their peripherials to the box as well as a laptop's 1.2GB HDD downsized to 500MB.. (1024,16,63... familiar?) All I had to do was remove the propietary card that contained a bootROM and voila, a perfectly good P200,32mB RAM 4MB ATI video.. These had PCI in them as well.. One's my router and one is my webserver.. If you are a hardware freak, like I am, you are always on the constant lookout for embedded boxes of this sort.. Cash registers are higly sought out after for this reason... After all, why use a suitcase for a router when you have a shoebox available..

Good catch on the hardware!!

Oh Jesus Christ! Anything that gets manipulated (0)

SensitiveMale (155605) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414681)

with linux you think is a great hack.

I would be inpressed if linux had a attractive useful gui.

Re:Oh Jesus Christ! Anything that gets manipulated (0, Offtopic)

Hyperfrog (575345) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414704)

*Gasp* Don't you participate in The Polls [slashdot.org] ??

Bad slashdotter! Someone spank him!

Linux can run on anything (5, Funny)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414693)

Just goes to show that Linux will run on any old POS.

Re:Linux can run on anything (0, Redundant)

AlterEd (67760) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414793)

I'm sure that pun is going over more heads than you might think.

Re:Linux can run on anything (2)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414823)

hehe, I had to read POS in the other posts about 5 times before I realized it referred to "point of sale" :)

An accurate double entendre without a doubt.

Now, can we (-1, Flamebait)

jsse (254124) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414695)

really run Beowulf clusters on these?

Sorry, mod me down. I just couldn't resist.

Re:Now, can we (1)

FIRESTORM_v1 (567651) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414702)

I wouldn't be surprised.. after all, it IS just a computer inside a funky box... get enough of these and a load of gig-E nics and a gig-E switch, and a lot of cat-5 cables.. heh heh... BIG @$$ electric bill :)

man i gotta lay off the fscking coffee....

I like this (3, Interesting)

ishark (245915) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414697)

Don't ask why... Some things just need doing.

Definitely an excellent reason for this project. I can't think of a better one :)
I'm only surprised that the first use of the display pole was not for uptime/load....

What about a calculator? (5, Interesting)

fireboy1919 (257783) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414699)

I think that this is actually a little smaller...
Look at the bottom of the page.
There's a Linux shell for TI-89!

Now for more wierdness...how about Linux on an oscilloscope? I know a guy who wrote "pong" for it using anolog circuits. Perhaps someone should take it further.

They could use a TV remote as the interface and an adapted LCD driver chip to do it cheap...

Re:What about a calculator? (1)

Vladimir Pizdenko (574982) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414748)

A analog pong on the oscilloscope? COOL! :-) You know where to see screen shots of this? Thanks!

Screen shot (3, Interesting)

Salsaman (141471) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414800)

Try this page [designboom.com]

I can't imagine (1, Funny)

jsse (254124) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414707)

if someone installed Quake [mr.net] on it. This will make the queue longer than ever...

Hey mam what you are typing all I need is to get some change...

Uh Duhh (1)

Tranvisor (250175) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414720)

This isn't just a great hack this should be one of the main uses for Linux! An os thats stable as a rock and once you set it up you'd rarely have to 'reboot' the cash register. Come on, perfect for 24 hour Dairy Marts everywhere :).

Versatile Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414725)

This story illustrates the ever increasing versatility of Linux.

Whether it's on a cash register, an IBM mainframe, a wristwatch, a PDA, or powering NASA experiments, Linux is there. Your ISP uses Linux. So does your university. The US Air Force absolutely loves Linux and plans on investing heavily in Linux technology in the coming year. Linux is once again the darling of Wall Street, as more and more investment firms convert their computer infrastructure to Linux. Oh, and that great new movie with the awesome special effects--yup--you guessed it, Linux doing its job again.

There's no getting around it: We are living in the Linux millennium.

Re:Versatile Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414758)

you're an idiot, this is nothing more than a standard pc, linux is shit

Big Deal (1)

DarkHelmet (120004) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414729)

http://www.micros.com/products/products_descriptio ns/eclipse_pc_workstation/specs.asp [micros.com]

My sister has a couple Subway sandwich shops that run on a copy of Windows 98 Embedded.

The Point of Sale Printer is nothing more than a parallel printer running on LPT1 with its driver set as a standard printer in Win98.

The disk drive on it is USB. The Printer on it is USB. The keyboard uses a standard keyboard interface.

Finally, the processor is a Pentium 3-700 with 128 meg of ram. The touchscreen is basically an LCD with a surface on it that maps to a mouse driver.

Why is this so hard in linux? USB might be painful at times, but the receipt printer is an easy hookup. The cash drawer opens whenever a signal is sent to the printer.

On many occasions I've printed something along the lines of "Welcome to Subway's Sex Shop" using the receipt printer. I don't see it as a plus which operating system I used to do it.

This doesn't surprise me (1)

Tribbles (218927) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414732)

I used to work at Burger King, and we had our cash registers upgraded (this was about 9 years ago now). Inside the registers was basically a 386 processor, networked to the office (and then on to the head office) so the managers could keep track of how much we were selling.

It was quite amusing wathcing them reboot every so often...

Enough time? More like way too much time! (3, Funny)

jonr (1130) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414740)

This is fun and whatnot, but SFW? You have full access to the kernel and everything, so what an excellent way of spending your weekend. A company that I work for, is hacking Linux to work on a embedded medical device eg.
Do you have to mount /dev/cashdrawer?


Slight bug though... (5, Funny)

C A S S I E L (16009) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414744)

Apparently it still operates as a cash register while running Linux... except that it keeps insisting that anything run through it should be costing $0.00.

nothing special (2, Insightful)

BiggyP (466507) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414746)

well, hmmm, sure looks like it's just a PC underneath, pentium processor, 30MB of memory, IDE hard disk, in which case it's not exactly anything special. now the Display on a stick on the other hand, that would be cool.

windows something at the local grocery store (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414753)

this is nothing new, cash registers now run alot more than just adding up the total price. the registers at our local albertsons run some kind of windows, 2k embedded i think but i dont know for sure. next time i'm over there i'll find out the company that makes them.

Display (3)

JimPooley (150814) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414762)

I thought it was quite nice the Cash Register people told him how to get the display on a stick working. That's what I call support...

Re:Display (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414803)

Hey, you're getting your sophisticated technical terminology wrong.

According to the page, it's a "led on a stick", not a "display on a stick" (the latter would seem to be more correct and sounds just as silly, though).

Blah! Try it on a real machine! (3, Interesting)

Cef (28324) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414796)

Just like most Point Of Sale machines, they are just PC's with extra hardware. That is, if they bother. Many are just plain jane PC's, with things like the pole display and cash draw all driven by the printer, while the barcode scanner is plugged in through a keyboard wedge, so it emulates keyboard input.

If you're so interested in this, try developing a whole graphical (note: graphical as in has to look similar to their existing Windows setup) Point Of Sale system that will be using FrameBuffer, that will end up running on 486-dx33's, with 16 meg of RAM, and a whopping 420 meg of h/drive space. The place I work for is doing this for an Australia wide chain so that they can install it on their existing hardware. They are in a 'contract' with the old POS supplier to keep the hardware on the desks for a few more years. Poor bastards!

We have most of the extra hardware working (a whole 2 extra serial ports - and while it has a PCMCIA flash card reader, it isn't even worth the worry). The Point Of Sale program itself is written in Kylix (was originally a Delphi app on Windows), using SDL as an interface between the FrameBuffer and Kylix. Fun fun fun!!

Linux PoS (2, Informative)

BiggyP (466507) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414802)

and people actually sell linux PoS systems,

http://www.internetweek.com/ebizapps01/ebiz07160 1- 1.htm


This is not news. (1)

idiat (12297) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414813)

This is not news, most of these thing's I've used run NT, and if the hardware manage that Linux should be a breeze.

OK so what (2)

fruey (563914) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414824)

Linux on a Mac is harder than that. I got up and running on an old old mac with 32M ram, harder than what that guy did (boot red hat installer and leave overnight). If he'd got it running with just 4M, that would have been cooler.

The article is not without a cool edge though :

She yoinked the RAM figuring I could use it. She's my main lady, and I can't extoll the virtues of marrying a geek grrrl enough. The new RAM works and Tracy r0x0rs.

Credit where credit is due too: quality photos, good description, up in HTML. Doing cool stuff is one thing, writing a reasonable report quite another. Kudos still goes to this dude.

A few questions (1)

Eberlin (570874) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414834)

Just a few questions regarding this great hack --
  1. does it run some form of GNUCash?
  2. does it GPL the ingredients of products bought?
  3. anyone consider a beo...nevermind
Seriously, though. Even if it's just really a funny looking computer, just the thought of making it work has to be pretty cool.

OS/2 spotted as well... (2)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414839)

I remember back in my younger years finding a cash register that ran OS/2... I got bored one day and started pressing key sequences for different operating systems that minimize full screen windows, and before I knew it I was looking at the OS/2 PM on a 6" black and white screen. My only thought at that point was, "this thing can run Quake!" :^)

typical luser shit (-1)

LOTR Troll (544929) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414845)

only linux fags waste their time on shit like this, because their OS sucks dick and will only run on stupid old embedded crap processors. *Linux is Dying.

What's new about this? (2, Interesting)

flc (8089) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414856)

We got hold of some old cash register machines (IBM). It has DOS installed (used under some AS/400 system), but it wasn't good enough.

We tried Windows 98 and Windows NT, but all we came up with was a crashing machine. After struggeling with the MS-based OSes, we tried Linux. Everything matched together and we got everything to work!

We had some problems with X, but that solved after we added a GeForce2MX graphiccard to the machine, so now you could probably play Quake2 with quite good FPS =) Oh well, the Cyrix 233MHz processor is not that fast.

Next week they will be in production, and the main interface is... ..Mozilla!

Here [saunalahti.fi] are some early experiments with the machine (running bitchX).

This is not necessarily a "good thing"... (2)

guttentag (313541) | more than 11 years ago | (#3414860)

When the atomic bomb was built, one of the many arguments against using it was that it would prove to the world that the bomb could be built. If they had never used it/told anyone about it, competing efforts to use it might have died out with WWII, and the Soviets wouldn't have been so determined to steal it.

So now that someone has shown the world how relatively easy it is to get a PC operating system running on a cash register, Microsoft has no excuse not to stand on the shoulders of this research and port Windows XP (which already runs some ATMs).

Then MS's propaganda/marketing machine will begin a campaign to warn retailers about "the dangers of using an operating system written by hackers." It would probably be something along the lines of "Linux could suck the cash right out of the drawer and send it over the internet to some hacker's Swiss bank account."

Extrapolated ridiculousness follows:

  • Supermarkets buy subscriptions to Windows XP...
  • You pay an extra 25 cents at the checkout...
  • Every now and then the store manager tells you to put your stuff down and come back tomorrow because some hacker exploited the Win XP feature that was intended to allow the cash registers to talk to toaster ovens over the Internet.
  • Microsoft patiently waits to see what else we can port Linux to...
Personally, I'd like to see someone get Linux running on my optical Intellimouse Explorer... Apache has been run on less hardware IIRC

IBM cash registeres are PCs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414869)

I dont know about anything else, but IBM cash registers are just PCs with a cash drawer. They run windows NT (and before that OS/2). So no big challenge there.

The point... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414874)


Now it would be impressive (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414875)

to see linux installed on an old mechanical cash register

non-geek human successfully installs linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3414900)

Now that headline would be news.
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