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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Cronopios Re:Birth of the Hurd (480 comments)

Have you considered restarting the Hurd again, using Minix 3 instead of Mach?

MINIX 3 is a free (BSD license) operating system designed to be highly reliable, flexible, and secure. It is based on a tiny microkernel running in kernel mode with the rest of the operating system running as a collection of isolated, protected, processes in user mode. It is POSIX compliant and can run bash, emacs, gcc, gdb, the X Window System, etc.

The Debian project showed that it's possible to have a GNU system on top of the FreeBSD kernel. Would producing a GNU/kMinix system be more realistic than the Hurd becoming a production-ready, superior kernel?

about 2 months ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Cronopios Birth of the Hurd (480 comments)

Peter H. Salus, in his book `The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin' quotes Thomas Bushnell (the initial Hurd architect) as saying:

My first choice was to take the BSD 4.4-Lite release and make a kernel. I knew the code, I knew how to do it. It is now perfectly obvious to me that this would have succeeded splendidly and the world would be a very different place today.
RMS wanted to work together with people from Berkeley on such an effort. Some of them were interested, but some seem to have been deliberately dragging their feet: and the reason now seems to be that they had the goal of spinning off BSDI. A GNU based on 4.4-Lite would undercut BSDI.
So RMS said to himself, "Mach is a working kernel, 4.4-Lite is only partial, we will go with Mach." It was a decision which I strongly opposed. But ultimately it was not my decision to make, and I made the best go I could at working with Mach and doing something new from that standpoint.
This was all way before Linux; we're talking 1991 or so.

In hindsight, do you regret that decision, or are you happy about Linux being the usual kernel in GNU systems (and the subsequent misnaming)?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Cronopios Re:An incomplete list from my shelf (796 comments)

As the subject of the post said, the list is incomplete, so it obviously lacks diversity.

I could go on with non-English literature, such as
Cronopios and Famas
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Book of Disquiet
The Idiot
The Sound of the Mountain
The Tale of Genji
The Tin Drum
The Trial
War with the Newts ...
but you don't want me to list my whole collection. Hopefully those are enough to add some depth to the previous list, even though I didn't include any non-fiction.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Cronopios An incomplete list from my shelf (796 comments)

A Confederacy of Dunces
Dharma Bums
Lord of the Flies
On the Road
The Golden Notebook
The Grapes of Wrath
The Razor's Edge
A Clockwork Orange
Brave New World
Player Piano
Slaughterhouse Five
The Diamond Age
The Dispossessed
The Island
The Stand ...

about 4 months ago

Linus Switches From KDE To Gnome

Cronopios Re:KDE4 Lacks A Desktop (869 comments)

Putting my desktop in a tiny Window is just crazy. I have a large screen monitor for a reason.

I guess you're talking about the Folder View plasmoid. Please notice that it can work fullscreen, thus emulating the classic desktop.

However, I prefer to have a completely clean desktop, because it's always covered by windows anyway.

more than 5 years ago



South Africa appeals to ISO and IEC against OOXML

Cronopios Cronopios writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Cronopios writes "The South African national standards body, SABS, has appealed against the result of the OOXML DIS 29500 ballot in ISO. In a letter sent to the General Secretary of the ISO and IEC, the SABS expresses its deep concern over the increasing tendency of international organizations to use the JTC 1 process to circumvent the consensus-building process that is the cornerstone to the success and international acceptance of ISO and IEC standards. This a new nail on OOXML, after the UK standards body being taken to court over OOXML by UKUUG and Microsoft announcing support for ODF on MS Office. You can help these efforts by signing the Hague declaration."
Link to Original Source

NetBSD developers speak about version 4.0

Cronopios Cronopios writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Quique writes "NetBSD 4.0 was released last December. I read in Hubert Feyrer's blog that Federico Biancuzzi (who recently interviewed the founders of the OSI) has collected interviews from more than twenty NetBSD developers in an multiple-page article on Ars Technica, which talks about what's new in the latest release of this ultraportable Unix-like free operating system, including release engineering, some of the latest security features in NetBSD 4.0, virtualization with Xen, a number of filesystem enhancements (and new filesystems) and NetBSD's participation in Google's Summer of Code. If you have any comments, there's also a page for comments and discussion available."



KDE 3.2.2 Released

Cronopios Cronopios writes  |  about 10 years ago

KDE 3.2.2 has just been released. The official announcement is available at the KDE site. The source code has been available to packagers for some time, and Debian Sid already carry the binary packages. For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the KDE 3.2.2 Info Page.

KDE 3.2.2 is a maintenance release which provides corrections of problems and enhanced support for existing translations. For a more detailed list of improvements since the KDE 3.2 release in early February, please refer to the KDE 3.2.2 Changelog.

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