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Ask Moshe Bar about [your choice here]

Roblimo posted more than 12 years ago | from the rennaisance-men-of-the-computer-age dept.

Linux 473

Moshe Bar is (pick one) 1. A Linux kernel developer; 2. A motorcycle enthusiast; 3. The primary openMosix maintainer; 4. A respected Linux device driver writer; 5. Author of several books and many articles about Linux; 6. Newly married. 7. A Talmudic scholar; 8. All of the above. The correct answer is 8, and since in addition to (or perhaps because of) all this Moshe is a popular guy, this interview is here by reader request. (Yes, we take interview requests; send them to robin@roblimo.com.) Ask Moshe whatever you wish, one question per post. We'll send him 10 of the highest moderated questions and post his answers as soon as he gets them back to us.

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Frist ! (-1)

L0rdkariya (562469) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631436)

C to the motherfuckin LIT !

Re:Frist ! (-1)

CLIT (581942) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631449)

Mad propz on a fine FP, my friend.

You do the CLIT proud!

Re:Frist ! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631503)

The CLIT must end. I've finally come to my senses. Please stop for the good of humanity.
-cyborg_monkey

ps. I will no longer post logged in comments. Thank you.

you are teh impostor (-1)

CLIT (581942) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631518)

nt

Re:you are teh impostor (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631598)

Damn right! That is a great UID, btw. Soft and pink... tasty too!

Re:you are teh impostor (-1)

CLIT (581942) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631627)

And easily stimulated as well.

It's good to be back in the crap again!

Moshe Bar is... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631647)

9) A nice chocolate covered cookie bar with caramel and some other bits of goodness in there. Not quite a Twix, not quite a Clark Bar.

I think I'm going to go get a Moshe Bar right now.

That was a joke.

First LNUX is Dying Post! (-1)

Jon Katz on Tuesday (578508) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631438)

I dedicate this first pr0st to C.L.I.T and all that is good. Keep the AC scum at bay!
That said, my weekend was very productive. I removed all Linux installations from the computers here at work. We needed a more stable network. After some research and looking into it, we felt Microsoft Windows 2000 was the way to go. So far, it's been more than we expected!

For this I have to say that * GNU/Linux distributions are Dying. Without clear leadership in the group - it is doomed. Inner fighting and bickering has pretty much led to LNUX being delisted. I imagine when Slashdot.Org finally tweaks out and dies - the productivity index of most companies will increase and the economy will be saved. So until then, LNUX and Slashdot.Org will continue to hurt our economy. I hope you are all happy.

Re:First LNUX is Dying Post! (-1)

ElCagado (575762) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631467)

Congrats for removing Linux. I removed it this weekend from my dual boot win2k machine. Since removing linux I have started noticing girls again. I actually went outside too! My god I think I have started a new chapter in my life: Uninstall Linux Today!

LNUX down .06 today, stands at .81 (-1)

CLIT (581942) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631482)

Check out all the gory details here [cnn.com] .

Looks like LNUX is one day closer to delisting.

LNUX is not dying - it's already dead!

Re:First LNUX is Dying Post! (-1)

perl_god (578135) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631487)

God, you are so right. The putrifying corpse of Open Source is clogging the once-healthy byways of good old Capitalistic Free Enterprise Democracy. Stinkin' leftists.

Re:First LNUX is Dying Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631539)

It's slashdot.com, not slashdot.org you idiot

FIRST POST (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631439)

dedicated to acs~~~cyborg monkey sux

Re:FIRST POST (-1)

L0rdkariya (562469) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631458)

Repent. C.L.I.T. is willing to forgive and forget. You must simply denounce the AC and all it stands for.

Re:FIRST POST (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631463)

>=[ i am teh sux0r. Must be the crack.[IN MY AZZ]

Have you read the Moderator Guidelines yet? (-1, Offtopic)

clinko (232501) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631453)

"Have you read the Moderator Guidelines yet?"

Slashdot wanted me to know, So I want to know if he has too...

Question: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631490)

Have you ever had a homosexual experience? How bout a hermaprodite?

2. A motorcycle enthusiast; (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631456)

Why a Harley? Aren't they a little big and heavy?

Bikes (3, Interesting)

crumbz (41803) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631457)

Why did you choose a Harley Davidson? Just curious.

I have a question (-1)

perl_god (578135) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631464)

How do you feel about Nazi IBM and Germany using Lunix as a front for their Global Domination plans?

Thanks.

What's your primary browser? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631466)

Mozilla, Opera, Netscape, Galeon, IE, lynx? Which is it?!

Most important question. (4, Redundant)

flewp (458359) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631469)

Where do you find the time for everything?

Re:Most important question. (5, Interesting)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631730)

To make a more specific version of the parent question:

You do all that and have a wife? How can you possibly find time for her? Does she want more time? Does she kernel hack with you?

Sidenote: Before people bitch about the 'one question rule', all of it could be slurped up into one question, I just broke it down so that its more readable :-P

Time (2, Interesting)

rnb (471088) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631473)

How do you find time to follow all of your interests?

As a matter of interest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631478)

Do you have Asperger's syndrome? It is very commonplace among hackers at your level.

Hey Rob (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631479)



Hey Rob-

Will you have sex with my girlfriend? You must have a big cock, with riding around on all those motorcycles and everything.

Re:Hey Rob (-1)

L0rdkariya (562469) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631659)

From Rob:
Sorry, pal. I don't swing that way. You should know better than to post your heterosexual garbage on a pro-linux site like this. As for the motorcycle, I just like to feel the power between my legs, whether it's Hemos, Katz, or any other male.

FUCK LINUX GAYWADS (-1, Offtopic)

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my question (-1)

L0rdkariya (562469) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631493)

What are your feelings on the C.L.I.T. ? Why do you think Fecal Troll Matter has turned to an AC sympathizer ? Does cyborg_monkey look good in that dress ?

Mod parent up (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631569)

Good questions.

As a device-driver writer... (5, Insightful)

Marx_Mrvelous (532372) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631496)

It seems like such a chore to write drivers that work on all distros since they all use different kernels. It seems to me that businesses only develop for windows because they are guaranteed that their drivers will work on all windows machines for X (4,5,6) years without any mroe work. Having experience writing Linux device drivers, do you think that a cross-distribution effort to standardize on kernel versions and guarantee major hardware manufacturers this compatibility would promote driver development in Linux?

Re:As a device-driver writer... (2, Insightful)

TweeKinDaBahx (583007) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631535)

You hit the nail on the head with this one. I think that a standardized driver system would help to persuade many people to use Linux. I know that my main concern about implementing Linux in business setting is it's incompatibility, and standardized drivers would be a giant leap towards solving this problem.

Open Source (3, Interesting)

TweeKinDaBahx (583007) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631497)

What is your opinion of the current state of the open-source community at this time, and do you think open source beer has a future?

Also, Do yout think that Germany's swich to open source will have a signifigant impact on the open source community and/or IT in general?

Rants (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631500)

Are there any rants you'd like me to ask about? If so, please explain.

And, do you pronounce it mohsheh, or moishee?

Browser Bug? (1, Offtopic)

OblongPlatypus (233746) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631502)

Attention: There appears to be a bug in the web browser you are currently using.

Ack... I can't decide what to say at this point. I'm torn between making an IE joke, poking fun at Roblimo for screwing up his link, and pointing out Amazon's horrible site design which renders the concept of a Uniform Resource Locator meaningless.

Roblimo's link [ Re:Browser Bug?] (0, Offtopic)

eples (239989) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631529)


poking fun at Roblimo for screwing up his link

Actually, Roblimo is F E M A L E.
Maybe we could poke fun at your inability to determine the distinction.

Re:Roblimo's link [ Re:Browser Bug?] (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631634)

he dont look [roblimo.com] female to me

Re:Roblimo's link [ Re:Browser Bug?] (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631642)

well i never saw a pic of Roblimo where it was clearly visible that s/he was female.

..and the name "Roblimo" is quite gender-neutral.

Re:Roblimo's link [ Re:Browser Bug?] (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631670)

No, he is not. Go to http://roblimo.com and see for yourself.

A chick with a beard is a rare thing indeed. We should be so lucky.

Re:Roblimo's link [ Re:Browser Bug?] (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631678)

i'd prefer to poke fun at your inability to determine the distinction, given the photo on his homepage [roblimo.com]

I have only one question: (5, Funny)

Baldric Dominus (455367) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631505)

Does Moshe have a son/daughter named "foo"?

Recently Married? (-1)

Jon Katz on Tuesday (578508) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631506)

Did he marry another man or something? Must have since he is involved with Linux.

openMosix (4, Interesting)

MBCook (132727) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631508)

What is the major difference between openMosix and Mosix, and what do you think openMosix needs to improve on the most?

beard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631510)

If the picture in meoshebar.com is really Moshe, how come that we have a lot of bearded in the community (like Stallman and many others), but not a talmudic student?
(Perhaps because of the wife?)

One more question -- (-1)

perl_god (578135) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631526)

Hoping you can help me with this one:

Why is it easier to upgrade an entire *BSD system, kernel recompile and all, than it is to get fonts to render correctly across the board on a Luinx workstation?

TIA

Getting started as a kernel developer... (3, Interesting)

PM4RK5 (265536) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631527)

As an avid Linux user, and programmer, I've always been interested in developing the kernel. However, the sheer size of the kernel has been rather intimidating, and kept me away from it. I've also found myself to be better at programming "utilities" rather than "end-user" types of programs. Is there any section of the kernel that would be "the best place to start"?

With that in mind, are there any suggestions you could make to those of us interested in kernel development, on how to get started?

Thanks up front.

Talmud and Technology (4, Interesting)

valdis (160799) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631528)

We have already seen the Islamic religious authorities having to deal with the question of whether divorce via e-mail is binding. What do you see as the biggest and/or most interesting questions regarding Talmudic teaching as they apply to current/near-future technology?

Talmud is JEWISH (1)

thasmudyan (460603) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631762)

OMG man, these days you can really get the jewish guys going at you if you're making an islam statement within the same context as their holy script.

ISLAM=Quran
JUDAISM=Talmud

Anyway, (non-orthodox) jewish religion is pretty open-minded, much more so than most christian or islamic groups. Jewish teaching has no problem with technology.

Different social groups (5, Interesting)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631531)

As someone involved in many different activities, do you have cohesive social groups? That is, do the people from, say, your motorcycle-riding friends develop/use linux as well? (Or does your wife know about your dirty little secret? [kernel.org] :P) I'm interested in knowing what your social ties are, being as it seems you are a fairly active individual.

Favorite historical figure.. (2, Interesting)

mrgrey (319015) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631536)

He also has a long-standing love-affair with Israeli history.

What is your favorite Isreali historical figure?

Re:Favorite historical figure.. (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631552)

The state of Israel shouldn't even exist.

Re:Favorite historical figure.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631606)

You shouldn't even exist.

Re:Favorite historical figure.. (-1)

perl_god (578135) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631630)

I don't exist.

What exactly... (1)

Shads (4567) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631547)

... is A Talmudic scholar and what does it consist of?

Re:What exactly... (1)

Flakeloaf (321975) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631705)

A Talmudic scholar is one who studies the Talmud ;)

OK, OK, OK... without going into too much detail, the Jews believe that god gave Moses a written teaching and a verbal explanation of that teaching, collectively referred to as the Torah. The Torah Shebiksav is the written text, and consists of several of the books of the Old Testament, and a few books unique to the Torah.

The Torah Shebalpeh was god's verbal explanation of the laws and the reasons behind them, intended to be passed down orally from one generation to the next. The gist of the explanations was put to paper in a text called the Mishna, but the real details are in the gemara; the Mishna is more like a thousand year-old cue card.

The Talmud consists of the Mishna and the gemara. A Talmudic scholar is one who has studied the Talmud in great detail, and is familiar with Jewish religious laws and customs.

Re:What exactly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631708)

Some quotes follow. Make up your own mind.

Erubin 21b. Whosoever disobeys the rabbis deserves death and will be
punished by being boiled in hot excrement in hell.

Moed Kattan 17a . If a Jew is tempted to do evil he should go to a city
where he is not known and do the evil there.

Non-Jews are Not Human Baba Mezia 114a-114b. Only Jews are human
("Only ye are designated men").

Also see Kerithoth 6b under the sub-head, "Oil of Anointing" and Berakoth
58a in which Gentile women are designated animals ("she-asses").

Jews are Divine, Sanhedrin 58b. If a heathen (Gentile) hits a Jew, the
Gentile must be killed. Hitting a Jew is the same as hitting God.

O.K. to Cheat Non-Jews, Sanhedrin 57a . A Jew need not pay a Gentile
("Cuthean") the wages owed him for work.

Jews Have Superior Legal Status, Baba Kamma 37b. "If an ox of an Israelite
gores an ox of a Canaanite there is no liability; but if an ox of a
Canaanite gores an ox of an Israelite...the payment is to be in full."

Jews May Steal from Non-Jews, Baba Mezia 24a . If a Jew finds an object lost
by a Gentile ("heathen") it does not have to be returned. (Affirmed also in
Baba Kamma 113b).

Sanhedrin 76a . God will not spare a Jew who "marries his daughter to an old
man or takes a wife for his infant son or returns a lost article to a
Cuthean..."

Jews May Rob and Kill Non-Jews, Sanhedrin 57a . When a Jew murders a Gentile
("Cuthean"), there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a
Gentile he may keep.

Baba Kamma 37b. Gentiles are outside the protection of the law and God has
"exposed their money to Israel."

Jews May Lie to Non-Jews, Baba Kamma 113a. Jews may use lies ("subterfuges")
to circumvent a Gentile.

Non-Jewish Children Sub-Human, Yebamoth 98a. All Gentile children are
animals.

Abodah Zarah 36b . Gentile girls are in a state of niddah (filth) from
birth.

Abodah Zarah 22a-22b . Gentiles prefer sex with cows.

Abodah Zarah 67b . "The vessels of Gentiles, do they not impart a worsened
flavor to the food cooked in them?"

Re:What exactly... (0, Offtopic)

TweeKinDaBahx (583007) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631744)

Abodah Zarah 22a-22b . Gentiles prefer sex with cows.

So sayeth Jerry Springer..

BitKeeper (5, Offtopic)

AirLace (86148) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631564)

Despite staunch opposition [iu.edu] from certain developers, Linus has recently started [google.com] to maintain the kernel [bkbits.net] using the non-free BitKeeper [bitkeeper.com] SCM product, which is not only proprietary but also uses undocumented file formats, making interoperability difficult or impossible. Do you think it's fair to encourage developers who would otherwise keep to Free Software to turn to a proprietary solution and what is in effect, shareware?

Re:BitKeeper (1)

grungeKid (4260) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631581)

Regarding "undocumented file format": You can get the source code for bitkeeper. What other doc do you need?

Re:BitKeeper (2)

AirLace (86148) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631652)

Source code doesn't equal documentation. Just look at the recent Ogg Vorbis fiasco [kuro5hin.org] . Besides, due to the license of BitKeeper, it would be wise for developers not to even look at the code as it's no doubt encumbered with patents, trade secrets and who knows what else. Remember, Microsoft employees aren't even allowed to run GPL software because it might infect their code.

Re:BitKeeper (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:BitKeeper (1)

RocketJeff (46275) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631732)

Despite staunch opposition from certain developers
Since this reference the email to the kernel dev list from The Open Source Club at The Ohio State University (who don't seem to have done much kernel development) I assue that when you say 'certain developers' you mean 'people who may have looked at the source but who don't really contribute to it.'

Congratulations (2)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631587)

... your life is now an open book. Welcome to the life of the slashdot celebrity.

A two part question: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631595)

Have you considered changing you first name to Hershey? Or maybe your last name to Pit?

Popularity, Ease, Reliability Threshhold (2)

4of12 (97621) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631603)


Do you see Mosix becoming so easy to use, so powerful and so fault-tolerant that cheap clusters of commodity boxes will soon displace big proprietary SMP machines?


And, just to be totally random, have you found that your Talmudic studies have made you, as a person interfacing with other people, more easy to use, powerful, and fault-tolerant?

His Byte Column (2)

wiredog (43288) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631604)

Serving With Linux [byte.com] is interesting.

Use of Mosix/openMosix (1, Redundant)

_iris (92554) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631610)

Hello Moshe. Do you use openMosix at home? Do _you_ believe openMosix is well-suited for small mini-clusters to allow individuals to save cpu cycles from older machines or is it really only for larger clusters?

Your new motorcycle (2)

dstone (191334) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631611)

I read that your past rides have been a Harley-Davidson Softail, a Fat Boy, and a Yamaha Dragstar 1100. I believe I see a Harley Sportster laid into the graphic on the front page of your web site [moshebar.com] , so is that the new one on the way? 883 or 1200? Any special plans for it? Engine mods?

Memory pooling. (2)

ahfoo (223186) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631612)

I wrote to the mosix-list a few years ago about whether Mosix would ever help me render animations with a Windows 3D animation app under Wine. I got a reply saying that anything running under Wine would require pooled memory. Are we going to be seeing this soon because Wine has definitely improved in ways that I don't think anybody imagined in just a few years.

a question that will plague man for all time... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631617)

Are you the goatse guy?

What three "things" would you change? (1)

mhoulist (462635) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631618)

and why?

politics, religion, computing, etc.

no holds barred.

Linux and Jewish Law (5, Interesting)

Bonker (243350) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631628)

I understand that a lot of Jewish religous law about technology is based around the 'started fire' idea. Forgive me for not knowing more about it as I'm not Jewish, but the way I understand it, a fire cannot be started on the sabbath, but a fire can be maintained during the sabbath.

By the same doctrine, computerized systems can be booted on the day before the sabbath and then put on an autmatic mode during the sabbath. During that time, a sysadmin can address important issues as they creep up, just like he would add a log to the fire he started before the sabbath.

Right? Please correct me if I'm not.

Okay, this said, is Linux kosher for the sabbath? Is it permissable to say, perform a checkfs during the holy day? What tasks can you perform and what tasks can't you?

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Re:Linux and Jewish Law (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631677)

>just like he would add a log to the fire he started before the sabbath.

It is forbidden to do such a thing.

Re:Linux and Jewish Law (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631695)

You're logic isn't flawed, but your assumption is. A fire may not be actively maintained, but it can be allowed to burn(and must be since one is not allowed to extinguish it). It would thus be prohibited to add a log to a fire, and consequently to acitvely maintain a running system. But cronjobs, etc., ought not to be a problem.

Re:Linux and Jewish Law KILL THE JEWZ PLZ (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:Linux and Jewish Law (3, Interesting)

Otter (3800) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631782)

I understand that a lot of Jewish religous law about technology is based around the 'started fire' idea.

It's more that electricity is classified as 'fire' and electrical devices are subject to the laws governing fire. That is the case when the electricity has the potential to create a fire, because it creates heat or sparks. Solid-state electronics and LEDs are a different matter, but that's getting into some obscure rulings and in practice almost all electrical devices are treated as fire.

but the way I understand it, a fire cannot be started on the sabbath, but a fire can be maintained during the sabbath...just like he would add a log to the fire he started before the sabbath.

No, the fire can't be touched at all, except for reasons of safety. On holidays, which have a weaker set of restrictions, the fire can be tended.

By the same doctrine, computerized systems can be booted on the day before the sabbath and then put on an autmatic mode during the sabbath.

That's a different issue -- if a cron job or something similar is configured before the Sabbath starts, there's no problem with its running itself. Most religious Jewish homes have lights connected to timers for precisely that sort of thing.

As a device driver writer... (5, Interesting)

dalutong (260603) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631644)

do you think that the Linux kernel should follow the same route as the Mozilla project. That being that when Mozilla reaches 1.0 the API will freeze and any plugins, applications that use gecko, etc. will be compatible until version 1.2 is out. Should the Linux kernel make some sort of standardized API for drivers so a driver that works with 2.4.0 will work for 2.4.20?

Is this a reasonable request? (doable?)

why/why not?

advice (1)

dirvish (574948) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631653)

What advice to you have for open source developers who are just getting started?

Re:advice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631716)

Don't release your code under the GPL unless you want it stolen from you!

What do you prefer? (1)

incom (570967) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631655)

Harleys or sport bikes?

What was their expression??? (3, Interesting)

haggar (72771) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631667)

After reading this cheerful little event [moshebar.com] I decided to ask you: what was the expression on the faces of these Microsoft executives, when you delivered your speech about Linux?

Talk about priceless :o)

My question... (1)

ruiner13 (527499) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631669)

What is the sound of one cursor blinking?

:)

Database Clusters (5, Interesting)

emil (695) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631673)

As a cluster guru, I am curious about your take on database server clustering in both the commercial and the open-source space.

First, it appears that IBM DB2 has been wiping the floor with Oracle on the TPC benchmarks lately, and Oracle "RAC" has been a flop. However, IBM is not using any hardware from its proprietary server lines, but instead relies on clusters of "federated" databases running on 32 standard PCs running either Linux or Windows. It does appear that Oracle still generally beats IBM in raw performance on a single system (as IBM refuses to post any non-clustered benchmarks AFAIK).

Do you think that any of the hype over either of these vendors cluster packages is worth attention? Do you agree with Sun's claim that TPC(-C) no longer has any practical relevance? It all seems to be getting rather silly.

Second, is there any push to make any of the ACID-leaning open databases (Postgres, SAP-DB, etc.) fault-tolerant, perhaps using Mosix? I assume this would require modifications to Postgres enabling it to access raw partitions. Have you had any talks with the Red Hat Database people about cluster modifications to Postgres, just out of curiousity?

Re:Database Clusters (-1, Offtopic)

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the future of linux (2, Interesting)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631675)

Linux (as is a lot of open source software) is mostly just a reimplementation. Although there are some novel ideas, unix, clustering, etc, were done by others years ago.


Do you think the linux kernel, openMosix, and Open Source in general can break out of that stereotype?

Re:the future of linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631700)

Well there is the novel idea of writing non ANSI c compiler rules into gcc so the kernel hackers can really hack at the code. And tie the Linux kernel to gcc forever. That was pretty novel!

re: interviews (1, Offtopic)

Kasreyn (233624) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631680)

Why are you guys starting a new interview with Mr. Bar when we still haven't seen the results of that interview with Alan Cox? Or did I just miss it when it posted?

-Kasreyn

Re: interviews (2)

OblongPlatypus (233746) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631728)

Why not? Starting another interview won't do anything to (further) delay the Alan Cox interview.

Talmudic scholar? (1, Funny)

mrsam (12205) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631690)


Is Linux kosher?

Motorcycle Question (3, Interesting)

w.p.richardson (218394) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631691)

What do you think of the return of the Indian [indianmotorcycle.com] brand?

As for me, I think someone is cashing in on a classic. Tis a shame.

Which Talmud? (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631693)

Babylonian or Jerusalem?

It's 12:31 pm... (2)

nowt (230214) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631707)

Please restate your assumptions ;)

Perceived Image (-1)

Jon Katz on Tuesday (578508) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631726)

What do you think Linux & Slashdot's reputation does to companies thinking about adopting linux. I mean, if anyone who runs a respectable business saw that Open Sores movie that included RMS, Linus, CmdrTaco, and a host of other clowns - they surely were turned away.

Why do you think the LBGT community latches around * GNU/Linux and that they enjoy having RMS as their dictator?

linux filesystems (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631731)

since as is the linux filesystems book is horrible
(most structural basics and concepts are not explained but
just used, maybe a third of the book are sourcecode
dumps and partly very outdated howtos) will you finish it
and bring it into a form that makes it worth buying?

Tomas Pospisek

Future of OpenMOSIX (1)

tssm0n0 (200200) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631755)

As someone who has been following MOSIX for a few years (and now OpenMOSIX), I'm wondering what do you see as your short term goals? What about long term, do you see OpenMOSIX as an integrated part of Linux which can transparently migrate any application, or even individual threads, accross a network?

Also, what areas of the project are priorities at the current time? I'm wondering as a developer who is also looking for an interesting masters project in the next few months.

Since you're a talmudic scholar (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631769)

Why are all jews in israel such murderous scum.

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hmm (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3631774)

11. fascist living on occupied territory

Not about Linux at all... (5, Insightful)

Dimwit (36756) | more than 12 years ago | (#3631785)

...but the article said pick anything. Since there are quite a few philosophers on Slashdot (and since I'm Jewish and this question gets a lot of thought from me, and when will I ever be able to ask again?) here's my question:

Do you see any reconciliation between science and the G-d of the Torah? What about between Science and any sort of Creationism at all? Do you see the possibility that science, as it approaches the moment of Creation itself, becomes more in tune with religion? I guess a big part of what I'm asking - do you see a place for (or proof of) G-d in science?

Thanks...sorry this isn't the usual Slashdot fare, but I can't help but ask.
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