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Linux Guru Alan Cox Takes A Year Off

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the hit-by-the-year-off-bus dept.

Linux 403

An anonymous reader writes "Linux guru Alan Cox is taking a year off from RedHat and kernel development to get his MBA. For years, Alan Cox has maintained the extremely stable 2.2 Linux kernel, and more or less been Linux creator Linus Torvalds' right hand man. Now it sounds like the 2.2 kernel is up for grabs to someone who is 'good at refusing patches and being ignored'..."

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haha! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743645)

you said 'cox'

Naww!!! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743647)

He just got scared off by SCO!!

Re:Naww!!! (4, Informative)

DickBreath (207180) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743687)

He just got scared off by SCO!!

The 2.2 kernel, which he maintains, is the one that SCO claims is free of supposed IP infringements. It is the 2.4 and later kernels which SCO claims were written mostly by SCO. (Millions of lines vs. a total of 4.4 million lines.)

Re:Naww!!! (5, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743743)

That's today. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Re:Naww!!! (-1, Troll)

gazbo (517111) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743810)

Slightly off-topic, but how come all of the Linux kernels are even numbers (as in 2.2, 2.4 and soon 2.6)? I've never seen an odd digit at the end.


Is this a bug/feature in the "BitTorrent" source control system that I hear Linux uses?

Re:Naww!!! (3, Informative)

Rhubarb Crumble (581156) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743837)

Slightly off-topic, but how come all of the Linux kernels are even numbers (as in 2.2, 2.4 and soon 2.6)? I've never seen an odd digit at the end.

Stable versions have even final digits. Odd final digits (2.1, 2.3, 2.5...) indicate 'development' versions.

Odd digit kernels are experimental. (-1, Redundant)

roystgnr (4015) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743856)

After they've done a hundred or so revisions of an development kernel (like 2.5), they stop adding new features, they keep revising to try and work out any remaining bugs, and they eventually release the result with the next even number. After a dozen or so revisions of this stable kernel, they fork the code again, and the stable kernel (with a few exceptions) just gets new drivers and bugfixes while the new development kernel gets new features and major rewrites.

Re:Naww!!! (-1, Redundant)

BlackHawk-666 (560896) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743865)

The odd numbers are reserved for test/development versions.

Re:Naww!!! (-1, Redundant)

Ktulu_03 (668300) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743870)

There are 2.3, 2.5, and there will be a 2.7. The odd-numbers are development kernels. A while after 2.4 was released, a 2.5 branch was started. The 2.4 version was pushed towards stability, and the 2.5 branch received new features. When 2.5 was ready, it was re-branded 2.6.0-test1 and a few months after 2.6 is released, a 2.7 branch will be created based off 2.6, and new features will be added.

Re:Naww!!! (-1, Redundant)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743895)

Well, quite a few years ago, they ran out of odd numbers, so they started using even numbers!

Seriously, even -> stable, odd -> devel.

Re:Naww!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743917)

Kernels with even version numbers are considered 'stable'. The odd numbers are for developement versions.

More at: http://www.tux.org/lkml/#s1-2

Re:Naww!!! (0, Offtopic)

BlackHawk-666 (560896) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743838)

SCO wrote all the whitespace characters in the current kernel too ;->

Re:Naww!!! (3, Funny)

deego (587575) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743861)

>The 2.2 kernel, which he maintains, is the one that >SCO claims is free of supposed IP infringements.

Exactly! Alan Cox was missing all the limelight 2.4 is getting nowadays, and got pissed off.

Re:Naww!!! (0, Flamebait)

smkndrkn (3654) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743935)

The parent was being sarcastic. How did you add to the discussion dickbreath? lol

Re:Naww!!! (1)

Shiblon (25972) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743792)

Are you kidding? He's getting his MBA. He wants to be SCO!

phirst fost pucks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743648)

phirst faust

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743650)

Alan Cox is a dick anyway

First shocked post (-1, Offtopic)

stor (146442) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743656)

Nooooooooo!

Cheers
Stor

I'm good at being ignored (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743660)

and I've been lobbying for the position for quite some time now, but so far no replies.

hmmm....

Re:I'm good at being ignored (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743667)

Sorry... what was that again? I wasn't paying attention...

Whew, they changed the story... (5, Funny)

Craig Maloney (1104) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743665)

Before, the story read that he was taking a year off to get his MBNA. Sheesh, I get at least two offers a month from those bohos for instant credit. :)

MBA? (5, Funny)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743670)

What does a Linux kernel coding god need with an MBA?

Re:MBA? (5, Funny)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743699)

What does a Linux kernel coding god need with an MBA?
Because MBA'ers get all the girls.

Re:MBA? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743800)

Nah, you got it all wrong, it's not the MBA'ers that get all the girls, it's the NBA'ers that get all the girls.

Re:MBA? (1)

ShadeARG (306487) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743710)

Perhaps to get a Ph.D one day? He's got more than enough hands-on experience. There could be more interesting ventures down this road.

Re:MBA? (5, Funny)

Mournblade (72705) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743740)

Well, the SCO suit is going to result in Linux being declared illegal, so he'll need a new career.

Re:NBA? (1)

cK-Gunslinger (443452) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743741)

Seriously, I didn't even know he played basketball.

Re:MBA? (1)

fussman (607784) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743754)

Makes you question your belief in a god, doesn't it?

Re:MBA? (5, Insightful)

mnmn (145599) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743755)

Apart from being 'funny', honestly why would Alan Cox need any degree or certification? He can go to any Linux development company and put his resume on the table:

Alan Cox.

Unless the HR manager is a college assistant who has Bonzi Buddy installed on her Windows laptop, Alan will get hired. I suppose some larger companies have policies to honor degrees at all levels of the management and Senior Cox is getting ambitious. In that case it kinda gets sad to see him planning to manage rather than code.

Re:MBA? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743790)

Alan Cocks.

Haha!

(What I did there was this: I read the word 'Cox', and then decided to replace that with a word with the same sound, but with a meaning that is a little more... ya'know?. So I wrote 'Alan Cocks', great huh?)

Thanks all.

Re:MBA? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743915)

This is much c00ler: Alan's Cock.

I turned around the sound at the end of these words. Pretty nice huh?

Re:MBA? (4, Insightful)

ralphus (577885) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743797)

Is it totally crazy to think that he just might *want* one?

Re:MBA? (4, Insightful)

anthonyrcalgary (622205) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743815)

Because learning is fun and you can't learn everything you want to know by coding alone.

And he might want to teach.

Re:MBA? (4, Insightful)

mikeee (137160) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743851)

And if he wants to start a business, or be upper management, a (good, not diploma mill) MBA will be a big win.

Re:MBA? (0, Flamebait)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743900)

Yea! Just look at how well all those MBA's are running the companies in America!!!

Re:MBA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743878)

I started my MBA at NYU and after one semester I figured out very quickly that you don't really learn anything. MBA is totally a bullshit way to impress your bosses. There is no real value added. Real life experience trumps it ten to one. Only MBA's think that MBA's are important.

Re:MBA? (1)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743962)

Learning is fun. But still, an MBA! There are a million different studies that are more interesting. One of my colleagues resigned to do an MBA. I still don't understand why?

that's exactly it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743887)

He can go to any Linux development company

That's exactly it. Maybe he is tired in being paid in stock and would like a job that would give him a legit salary.

University Lecturer? (1)

msgmonkey (599753) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743890)

Maybe one day he wants to get a PHD and become a lecturer?

Re:MBA? (3, Funny)

Mandi Walls (6721) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743901)

Know Thy Enemies

Re:MBA? (4, Insightful)

stilwebm (129567) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743912)

Apart from being 'funny', honestly why would Alan Cox need any degree or certification? He can go to any Linux development company and put his resume on the table:

Unlike the world of MCSEs and A+ certifications, you don't go and "get" a degree. You earn a degree by learning important skills. He is not going to school just to get a piece of paper. In the case of an MBA, he will learn important management skills that take many years of real-world experience to learn. In business school, that take 1 to 2 years to master many of the skills.

Perhaps he wants to start a business? He is a great coder, good at managing source code trees, but an MBA will teach him about managing a business. Alan obviously isn't just trying to improve his resume, he's trying to improve himself.

Re:MBA? (1)

Darth (29071) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743916)

Well, a few years ago my brother was planning to go back to college and get an MBA (he has a computer engineering degree from Texas A&M). I asked him why he wanted to get an MBA instead of getting a masters in something interesting and not full of shit (i'm biased, but i'm self aware too). His response was that there's more chicks in the MBA program than the engineering programs.

Re:MBA? (3, Insightful)

ReadParse (38517) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743809)

Well, I can understand this, even though I've never been quite the academic. I'm sure he doesn't need it for employment, but rather because he wants the education itself. And that's admirable.

RP

Re:MBA? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743833)

Maybe he aspires to more than computer programming has to offer, namely a mediocre salary plus RSI. Maybe he wants to be in a position where he can make important decisions once in a while.

Signed,
A Bitter Programmer.

Re:MBA? (0, Funny)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743839)

Why, to achieve step 4 of course!

4. Profit!

Re:MBA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743849)

To become a Mourning BSD Advocate?? There's already a BSD Alan Cox.. they don't need him.

perhaps (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743680)

He's going to go brush up on his legal skills, and be a key witness/consultant against SCO.

I really don't blame him. If I could afford it, I'd take a sabbatical.

Re:perhaps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743811)

maybe he'll take a Black Sabbatical and go on tour rocking out with Tony Iommi and all those guys...

Finished with my kernel
'cos it couldn't help me
with my mind!

This kid looks like he is... (1)

Osrin (599427) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743696)

... ready to take on any challenge. http://osrin.netfirms.com/files/second.htm

I'm a Republican! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743698)

Oh, I'm a Republican
I got a small schling
I like to bomb niggahs
and make a lot o' bling

I got a bunch o' friends
in high up places
They helps me get dem
government graces.

Don't need no history
Don't need no schoolin'
I got my ideology
To keep me a shootin'

I fancy myself
A brilliant tactician
But neither me nor m'buddies
Could even pass basic trainin'

See, I'm above all that
A fightin' and shootin'
I just say "Sic em!"
Then run the other direction

Liberals! Faggots!
Commies and queers!
Socialist hippies
Full o' pussy tears!

You think I'm smart
I just know who's who
I couldn't run a fruit stand
without the red white & blue

I'll drop some crap
about Jesus the Christ
You'll buy it all
and vote for me twice

'Fact, Jesus is comin'!
Real soon, now!
So we gotta prop up Israel
That ol' sacred cow

Propaganda's m'friend
But I calls it "fact"
Even though I don't read
'Cept for Chick tracts

Facts? No! Don't need em here!
We're conservatives! We work on FEAR!
Don't like what we say?
Well FUCK YOU, bud!
We'll shove it down yer throat
and tell ya it's good!

Well if it's up for grabs... (0, Funny)

LeoDV (653216) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743702)

Now it sounds like the 2.2 kernel is up for grabs to someone who is 'good at refusing patches and being ignored'

I can do that! Pick me!

Re:Well if it's up for grabs... (1)

broeman (638571) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743791)

Alan Cox is involved in discussions around (July XFree86 Open Discussion Mailing List), and is not ignored when speaking. I really liked what he did for the 2.2 to keep it strong, and when he comes back, the 2.4 might be waiting for him for the same task.

Re:Well if it's up for grabs... (2, Interesting)

BlackHawk-666 (560896) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743892)

I think they mean getting ignored by Linus when he submits patches to him. Linus is world famous for ignoring patches multiple times and never replying to emails.

Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743703)

Now the latest non-sco kernel is no more. Now SCO can force everyone into 2.4+ licenses.

Wow! (-1, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743706)

Once SCO wins this lawsuit and everyone has to roll back to the 2.2 kernel, this will be a much bigger deal. You're going to need someone who can handle the stress, because 2.2 will once again become the current codebase. I'd imagine Linus would just take it over again.

Hmm.. There's a thought. Maybe they know more about the legitimacy of the SCO case than they're letting on, perhaps he's stepping aside so Linus can move back in.

Anyways, can't trust any of them if they aren't on the payroll. Eventually IBM will find a way to "own" linux, whether they buy it from SCO or, hell, they could just take it. What are ya gonna do about it, they're IBM.

Re:Wow! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743738)

you are a troll

Re:Wow! (0, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743778)

Ya think? Or is it that slashbots just cant handle another opinion.

Yeah, conspiracy theories about the gumment and microsoft in league with the MPAA are all fine and good, but god forbid anyone cast a doubtful eye on the saints of the linux kernel.

I have no doubt that many contributors would have no problem dumping proprietary code on Linus for inclusion, if for no other reason than to see their name in the source tarballs to stroke their own egos.

Pull your head out of the sand and look around.

Re:Wow! (0)

BlackHawk-666 (560896) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743933)

Damn, looks like Darl must have signed up another new account on Slashdot and hoped nobody would notice he was posting under a nom de plume.

Re:Wow! (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743762)

It's not 1965 anymore. IBM doesn't pull that crap, because they were righteously smacked down for it. However, considering the case of Microsoft, getting anyone in the U.S. government to firmly and fairly execute antitrust law in the past decade seems to be impossible!

the truth! (5, Funny)

borgdows (599861) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743708)

Liars!

The Truth is that Alan Cox has resigned from Linux development since he's not able to pay us the required development license (69,900$) we were asking to him. He preferred giving up instead of being sued to death as he deserves.

Cheers,

-- Darl MacBride

Explain to me.. (1)

cK-Gunslinger (443452) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743712)

Ok, I thought that each previous version was "set in stone," so to speak, and all new development takes place on the current kernel?

Now I envision that each kernel steps through major revisions (2.2 -> 2.4 -> 2.6), but development continues on each revision. Is this right?

Re:Explain to me.. (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743728)

New development, sure. But there's a CONSTANT stream of bugfixes for the older code. It's shocking, I know, but linux, like any other complex software project, always has another bug or two hundred to be found.

Re:Explain to me.. (4, Interesting)

Zachary Kessin (1372) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743731)

the 2.2 kernel is basicly unchanging, but that does not mean that bugs don't get found from time to time. So he is incharge of the folks who fix those, as well as updates to drivers etc.

Good Luck with your MBA Alan! I went back to finish my BA at 28 and it was not easy to do in some ways, but it was really worth it.

Dumb newbie question?? (1)

ericisbananaman (699862) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743763)

As a relative newcomer to linux I was wondering what the big deal with Alan Cox leaving to study is? Are the major Linux developements completed by just a handful of people? (I know that the code is reviewed by millions and can be changed by anybody clever / able enough) This may be a stupid question to ask on /. but as my primary school teacher told me if you dont ask questions you may never know the answer... :o)

Re:Dumb newbie question?? (0, Flamebait)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743854)

Its really not a big deal at all. He just basically has the final say on which bugfixes go into the "official" codebase.

If you ran 2.2, you'd know that there are dozens upon dozens of diffs that you have to manually apply and then rebuild the kernel. Cox basically hasn't been doing his "job" in a long time, but hey, you get what you pay for.

I hope that MBA gets him a nice sweet gig managing a 7-11 or something.

Re:Dumb newbie question?? (1)

defMan (175410) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743857)

There are many people working on the kernel, but some are more known then others because they do more or are more visble. Alan Cox scores well on both points and has been the maintainer of the 2.2 series upto now.

That's why it's a somewhat bigger deal.

Re:Explain to me.. (2, Informative)

levell (538346) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743777)

Basically no new features will be added to 2.2 but if there is a security vulnerabilty then a new version would be released (the version number would be 2.2.x where x is 1 more than the current revision, that's why there's a third part to the version number!)

Patches can land on the current stable branch too (2.4.x) but normally only to fix bugs or add things that are very low risk.

As you surmised most new development happens in the latest version 2.5.x which is currently in the process of becoming the next stable branch: 2.6.x

Sorry if I'm spelling it out too much :)

Re:Explain to me.. (1)

llordsmiff (580731) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743781)

2.even versions are (supposed to be) stable. that means that mostly security/bug fixes go in. but occationally, new features that are developed and stabilized in the newer versions are "backported" to older kernels.

- llordsmiff -

Re:Explain to me.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743798)

someone correct me if I'm wrong. But there is no 'new development' on the 2.2 kernel, its just updates and patches. There are still alot of servers out there running the 2.2 kernel, so it has to be maintained.

Re:Explain to me.. (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743816)

It's more like maintenance than development. New features are very unlikely to be added, but bug and security fixes still get addressed.

Summer job? (4, Funny)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743715)

Summer job at SCO, reviewing code?

Cox to stop thrusting in the fall (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743730)

Tarballs thoroughly licked!

Typo in story (-1)

cerskine (202611) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743735)

That should read "Anal Cocks"

Taking Over (5, Interesting)

njvic (614279) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743744)

Now it sounds like the 2.2 kernel is up for grabs to someone who is 'good at refusing patches and being ignored'...

OK here's the chance for a question I've always had to be answered.

What is the process involved in getting someone to take over 2.2 kernel and who has the final say in who is selected? I have always been curious about the more politcal side of GNU/Linux and your answers would be much appreciated.

Cheers!

Re: GNU/Taking GNU/Over (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743812)

First of all RMS Worshipper, this really IS "just the kernel", so it's a little uncalled for to call it "GNU/Linux"

It's just Linux...just the kernel. No GNU, well except for the toolchain, but then everyone would have to call their software GNU/Vim/Emacs/QT/KDE/blah/blah/blah if we all followed that convention.

Kinda ridiculous, don't ya think?

Re:Taking Over (0)

Biomechanoid (515993) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743931)

What is the process involved in getting someone to take over 2.2 kernel..?

You threaten to perform the FSF song. Kind of like a pre-emptive strike.

Re:Taking Over (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743932)

You're an idiot.

Suggestion (0, Troll)

AmoebafromSweden (112178) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743747)

Why dont you Americans vote for Alan Cox's MBA as a Governor of california.

Re:Suggestion (1)

SugoiMonkey (648879) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743774)

Because we're idiots; and well, quite frankly, most of us would be scared by his last name.

A proposition (-1, Offtopic)

jaymzter (452402) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743753)

Melissa,

Will you be my work wife? I agree to your per seat licensing requirements, and after having read your EULA I believe I can work within it's restrictions (although a more permissive license allowing the modifying of source would have been preferred). I also promise to keep you patched and upgraded on a regular basis, and not to migrate to another platform without 2 weeks prior notice.

Re:A proposition (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743876)

Awww aren't geeks so cute.

Of course I'll marry you.

-Melissa

Finally some R & R (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743758)

After years of coding he'll finally get to relax and get that elusive shower.

Great, another fucking suit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743766)

That's all we need now is *another* MBA. Alan, stop wasting your time and get back to real work!

Alan Cox is going to the NBA?? (4, Funny)

jetkust (596906) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743772)

What team is he playing for?

Re:Alan Cox is going to the NBA?? (0)

paradesign (561561) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743885)

Hes going to be playing right next to Kobe. I guess its better than being in NamBlA.

Suggestion (5, Funny)

TrailerTrash (91309) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743773)

I nominate Darl McBride. He has an intimate knowledge of the Linux kernel, intellectual property issues, and has a relationship with the Linux developer community.

Re:Suggestion (2, Funny)

kurosawdust (654754) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743920)

I imagine he'd also be excellent at "refusing patches and being ignored"...

Happy thought... (3, Funny)

HiQ (159108) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743780)

I'm glad it's a MBA and not a MCSE 8)

Re:Happy thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743840)

I'm glad it's a MBA and not a MCSE 8)

Yeah or even worse an MSCE

Re:Happy thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743926)

Master of Science in Civil Engineering? I would think that would be better than Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Cox should go to law school. (1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743782)

That's where to future of Linux seems to be -- a court room.

For a second I read... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743783)

he was taking a year off to get an MCSE!!!

What timing. (5, Interesting)

digrieze (519725) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743786)

The timing on this is incredible. The most stable kernal we've got that isn't under the SCO shadow is now effectively frozen, thereby preventing any potential code polution. Cox may have just provided the instant way out if SCO wins. I wonder if this is accidental or sheer genious?

Good luck Alan with the MBA, maybe you'll get paid what you're worth (finally).

His site has been hacked! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743872)

a year to get an MBA? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743884)

i highly doubt that.. it takes AT LEAST 3, if lucky, years to get an MBA..

yo nigga (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743922)

fuck SCO and those pussy ass bitches

linux 4 life kid, ya hear son?

i'm a fucking whip out my glock and put em to shock, son

you realize that it ain't a crime_, son.. till you realize that you're a shook one

lata nigga

To Quote My Parents (2, Interesting)

Raven42rac (448205) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743923)

"You're taking a year off, do you want to be a loser or something?" Is Alan like, insecure about his job prospects, or just likes learning? I would err towards the latter.

stupid question (0, Redundant)

pimpinmonk (238443) | more than 11 years ago | (#6743925)

dumb question, but doesn't it take 2 years to get an MBA?

swap jobs (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743945)

I have an MBA but have been interested in linux kernel development. Alan, could we just swap jobs for a year?

morons suggest taking a little time to reflect.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6743951)

what might happen to US if unprecedented evile/the felonious georgewellian southern baptist freemason fuddite rain of error, fails to be intervened on.

you already know that too. stop pretending. it doesn't help/makes things worse.

they could burn up the the main processor. that would be the rapidly heating planet/population, in case you're still pretending not to notice.

of course, having to badtoll va lairIE's whoreabully infactdead, pateNTdead PostBlock(tm) devise, robbIE's ego, the walking dead, etc..., doesn't slow us down a bit.

that's right. those foulcurrs best get ready to see the light. the WANing daze of the phonIE greed/fear/ego based, thieving/murdering payper liesense hostage taking stock markup FraUD georgewellian fuddite execrable are #ed. talk about a wormIE cesspool of deception? eradicating yOUR domestic corepirate nazi terrorist/gangsters will be the new national pastime.

communications will improve, using whatever power sources are available.

you gnu/software folks are to be commended. we'd be nearly doomed by now (instead, we're opening yet another isp service) without y'all. the check's in the mail again.

meanwhile... for those yet to see the light.

don't come crying to us when there's only won channel/os left.

nothing has changed since the last phonIE ?pr? ?firm? generated 'news' brIEf. lots of good folks/innocents are being killed/mutilated daily by the walking dead. if anything the situations are continuing to deteriorate. you already know that.

the posterboys for grand larcenIE/deception would include any & all of the walking dead who peddle phonIE stock markup payper to millions of hardworking conservative folks, & then, after stealing/spending/disappearing the real dough, pretend that nothing ever happened. sound familiar robbIE? these fauxking corepirate nazi larcens, want us to pretend along with them, whilst they continue to squander yOUR "investmeNTs", on their soul DOWt craving for excess/ego gratification. yuk

no matter their ceaseless efforts to block the truth from you, the tasks (planet/population rescue) will be completed.

the lights are coming up now.

you can pretend all you want. our advise is to be as far away from the walking dead contingent as possible, when the big flash occurs. you wouldn't want to get any of that evile on you.

as to the free unlimited energy plan, as the lights come up, more&more folks will stop being misled into sucking up more&more of the infant killing barrolls of crudeness, & learn that it's more than ok to use newclear power generated by natural (hydro, solar, etc...) methods. of course more information about not wasting anything/behaving less frivolously is bound to show up, here&there.

cyphering how many babies it costs for a barroll of crudeness, we've decided to cut back, a lot, on wasteful things like giving monIE to felons, to help them destroy the planet/population.

no matter. the #1 task is planet/population rescue. the lights are coming up. we're in crisis mode. you can help.

the unlimited power (such as has never been seen before) is freely available to all, with the possible exception of the aforementioned walking dead.

consult with/trust in yOUR creator. more breathing. vote with yOUR wallet. seek others of non-aggressive intentions/behaviours. that's the spirit, moving you.

pay no heed/monIE to the greed/fear based walking dead.

each harmed innocent carries with it a bad toll. it will be repaid by you/us. the Godless felons will not be available to make reparations.

pay attention. that's definitely affordable, plus, collectively, you might develop skills which could prevent you from being misled any further by phonIE ?pr? ?firm? generated misinformation.

good work so far. there's still much to be done. see you there. tell 'em robbIE.

as has been noted before, lookout bullow.

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