Archive for March, 2007

HP making money off supporting Debian

Big Debian Linux Payday For HP

HP is making $25 million by supporting the free Debian GNU/Linux distribution in what may ultimately turn out to be a challenge to commercial distributions from Novell and Red Hat.

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ZFS Boot

ZFS Boot is going to make things a lot to try out with Opensolaris. Snapshot based system upgrades is a very interesting feature.

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Solaris Wishlist – Lose the PhDs

I really respect Jonathan Schwartz, he has made Sun and Solaris worth considering again. He seems to combined the best qualities of a visionary big company leader who understands technology. A geek who can explain things to big business. Not an straight-forward combination.

For along time Sun was the heart of Unix, but with the advent of GNU+Linux and building of the open-source community in the late 90s Sun has fallen well behind the innovation cycle. Currently people do not (in general) create and use products like Xen, Zimbra, Alfresco, or Asterisk on Solaris. Companies like Google and Paypal use Linux at the edge to drive deployment and increase their innovation productivity, maybe leaving Solaris to the backend traditional well-structured heavy loads.

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A Mac-esque Rails Development Environment on Windows

A recipe for building a Mac like Rails DE on Windows.

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Using MTBF and Time Dependent Reliability for disks

Some follow ups on the disk reliability studies that have been going on recently: Using MTBF and Time Dependent Reliability for disks.

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ZFS online replication

Zfs is moving pretty quickly. milek’s blog: ZFS online replication

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PC vs Mac – The Novell Linux version

Novell parody on the Apple ads. The second one is very clever.

From: Wired, via Crave and digg.

Third one via the youtube site:

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Moore’s Law and memory to hit physics wall

From Moore’s Law and memory to hit physics wall:

“You get into the 25nm regime, and there may need to be a new structure for nonvolatile memory,” said Mike Splinter, CEO of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Applied Materials Inc., the world’s biggest supplier of tools for making microchips. “I’m quite nervous about this, because 25nm is not that far away, and if you have to change a process in a couple generations, then that is really challenging,” Splinter said in a recent interview.

The transition to large solid state Drives might not be so clear cut.

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Dapper: Blotter (Blog Plotter)

I guess I need to work on my marketing:

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Intel Concept UMPC

From Gottabemobile. The flip keyboard is interesting.

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