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2005-12-15T13:27:24+01:00lakerdonaldIn case anybody reads this anymore, the new URL is http://libervis.com/blogs/6/lakerdonaldthe Jedi/GNU Project
2005-11-01T20:43:26+01:00lakerdonaldHello all. I&#039;m back from my blogging hiatus.
Kinda Jedi Linux news...kinda just general F/OSS news. I have officially moved the former Jedi GNU/Linux project, along with force-get and fs-make to a new endeavor known as the Jedi/GNU Project.
To this end, the name of Jedi GNU/Linux is now Jedi/GNU Linux, to fit the name of the Jedi/GNU Project.
The Jedi/GNU Project aims to provide a stable userland that fills in the gaps that the GNU Project has left.
...Quake 3 GPL'd
2005-08-23T21:13:52+01:00lakerdonaldShort rant today, Kids!
As you all are well aware, Quake III was recently GPL'd ( source code wise ).
And as usual there's this whole convoluted build process that needs gcc-2.95 and some q3lcc assembly deal.
If it's impossible to compile, don't GPL it!GPL v3
2005-08-11T16:17:17+01:00lakerdonaldAlmost 15 years ago, RMS penned the GPL v2. Back then, there wasn't so much to worry about; I mean, the Hurd was due out any month now, nobody had heard of Linux (except maybe Linus himself!), and software patents and intellectual property were things of which only lawyers spoke.
Fast forward to 2005: I.P. and software patents are words tossed about left, right, and center; the Internet has reached every country on the globe; and everybody with an Internet connection ...Why Proprietary Software Is NOT the root of all evil
2005-08-02T16:55:20+01:00lakerdonaldOkay people, put the torches and rope down! At least hear me out before you lynch me...That means you too!
First let me clear some things up:
I am not talking about Software Patents
I am not being paid to do this by Big Software
I will not make any unprovoked French jokes
Now that we have all of the prerequisites out of the way...
I am tired of hearing people say that proprietary software is inherently evil. I think it's a dumb idea, but it's not evil; here&#...Don't get the wrong idea...
2005-08-01T14:21:32+01:00lakerdonaldDon't get too comfy based off of my last post...
Apple's switch might be the end of the world for another reason. For example, trusted computing:
In case you don't know wtf Trusted computing is:
So, yeah...whatever.Apple Making The Switch
2005-08-01T10:41:15+01:00lakerdonaldAs everybody and their computer-illiterate Grandmother undoubtedly knows by now, Apple is now going to an Intel-built chip.
Just thought I'd let you all know...since according to everybody, this is a big deal...or something.
It's really not...Despite what I've heard, Apple will continue to make different computers, not the same HP/Dell/Sony/Gateway black-boxes that have flooded the market. Apple is still going to be doing the iPod, and no, Bill Gates doesn&#...The European Union -- Not what I expected
2005-07-06T22:17:54+01:00lakerdonaldQuote:In a 648-14 vote (with 18 abstentions), the European Parliament has voted against the controversial 'Computer-implemented Inventions Directive' on its second reading.
EU lawmakers stated that software patents could limit innovation, cause difficulties for businesses and that human knowledge cannot be patented.
This was not what I expected to see when I did my daily news run...
And I'll tell you why. (After all that's the point of a blog, right?)
...Phones That Do It All
2005-05-20T18:55:19+01:00lakerdonaldWell, my mom just got a Camera Phone today. "Big deal," you say, "Her and about a bajillion other Americans." Well, the bajillion other Americans don't matter to me. But my mom getting a camera phone made me wonder: Why?
Why do we need a phone which takes pictures? If that doesn't give you any pause, then let me rephrase: Why do we need a camera that lets us speak to somebody else? For years, people have gotten by with their camera and their c...What's in a name?
2005-05-16T20:06:10+01:00lakerdonaldI picked up a copy of Computer Shopper the other day, and I was enticed by a caption on the cover which proclaimed a first look at the new Pentium 4.
So I took myself to page 28, and read about the arrival of the Pentium 4 660, the latest in Intel's 6xx series of processors. This was the "latest and greatest Pentium", clocking in at 3.6Ghz.
"Wow," I thought, "with the Hyper Threading that's 7 gigs a second."
Well if this 3.6Ghz marve...