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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Andrew Wagner Mozilla Foundation not closing... (112 comments)

To be clear, this Mozilla Labs thing does not seem to be related to their big products and research projects, i.e. firefox, firefox os, rust, servo. Mozilla labs is some sort of project incubator for people to work on webby applications.

about a month ago

Learning About Enea's Real Time Linux Embedded OS (Video)

Andrew Wagner Added value over, say, ubuntu? (27 comments)

What is the advantage of this over using, say, one of the realtime ARM kernels floating around on the net, with a ubuntu userspace? In our application we have had pretty good experiences treating our beaglebone blacks like any other linux machine, with only the installation (via sd card instead of usb key) and the device overlay tree stuff being hardware specific. We regularly ssh in, run vim to edit files, recompile... Is the idea that it is capable of scaling down even smaller than debian can, for boards that are less powerful than a beaglebone? I tried out the "smart" package manager they use on my ubuntu laptop, and it seemed slow, and seemed like it did not import the existing package selections; "smart upgrade" offered to delete practically everything on my system including stuff like vim.

about a month and a half ago

UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Andrew Wagner Re:Youtube video by Van Jacobson, from 2006 on thi (254 comments)

It is extremely neat. I do think they need a better spokesperson for the technology, though; Van Jacobson's talks are so crammed with partisan political references they turn me off, despite agreeing with him politically.

about 1 month ago

UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Andrew Wagner Re:Prior Art? (254 comments)

It's the same guy (Van Jacobson) in both the google video and one of the NDN videos. And the catch-22 is that "make sure this talk is well mirrored and universally known" is a big part of what NDN is for.

about 1 month ago

UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Andrew Wagner Re:Mass media takeover and destruction of 'net (254 comments)

I think you're underestimating the amount of content that normal people produce, and especially the amount of content they would share if sharing it was a more robust experience. There are a LOT of old geezers out there dying every day with domain specific knowledge in their heads that has not been transferred to the internet, mainly because they are not the type of person who is willing to learn a bunch of web technologies and set up a server and use what's left of their money to pay someone to maintain it after they're dead. Sure, people can use centralized services for that, but if data is not profitable to the large corporations hosting it, sooner or later it will be garbage collected too. When YouTube goes down, and someday it WILL, vast swaths of our global culture will evaporate with it because it was all tied to a central service, unlike the sort of system the NDN guys are trying to build. Remember, big media ~already has fancy caching and persistence (for them) mechanisms set up for content delivery that they are heavily invested in. My understanding is that NDN is trying to democratize this, so that content you produce, or that you have an interest in, remains cached on your devices in a way you control, while still being shareable with others.

about 1 month ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Andrew Wagner Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (511 comments)

If you copy and paste in "while(*p++ != '\0')" without figuring out exactly what is going on, that's a pretty big red flag that you're not ready to work in C. I absolutely agree RE the difficulty of not knowing how to precisely convey how much experience you have in a given language on a CV though...

about 2 months ago

Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

Andrew Wagner Re:That is...if you even can get steam installed (99 comments)

Really? I guess YMMV; I deliberately sought out a laptop with an Intel GPU because Intel's drivers are open source, and as such are already shipped with any OS. Nvidia's installer "script" requires you go google for it and download it manually, it subverts your package manager, breaks every OS update, has frequent problems with xorg.conf, required tinkering with nvidia-xconfig... once I even had to manually remove the script part of the file and untar it manually because of some incompatibility... It could also depend on what linux distro you're using... Debian and Ubuntu have the best package manager in the industry, so anything non-standard is a step down.

about 8 months ago

BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

Andrew Wagner NOT for boards like Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone (64 comments)

The summary doesn't give a good idea of the scope of the project. The lead developer is targeting chips with low pincount. He considers more powerful smartphone class ARM's like found on the Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black to be too powerful for his project to make sense, and recommends running linux: That said, he offered to help if someone else wanted to do a port for some reason.

about 8 months ago


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