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AMD Donates Servers to Groklaw 64

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the uncruel-twists-of-fate dept.
Core 2 Duo writes "Apparently, someone at AMD noticed that Groklaw has been having trouble running on the old IBM servers ibiblio uses, so they donated two powerful AMD Opteron servers to ibiblio specifically for Groklaw's use. Curiously, this means that Groklaw is no longer hosted by IBM's servers, but SCO's own investor relations website is."
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AMD Donates Servers to Groklaw

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  • by twenex27 (1004369) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @09:40PM (#18712755) Homepage
    The anti-SCO funding conspiracy has widened to include IBM, AMD, *and* SCO!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 12, 2007 @09:45PM (#18712799)
    SCO's "investor" relations website?

    I don't think that there's very many "investors" in SCO any more. Perhaps the server space could be put to better use :-)

    Neil
  • OMG! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Toe, The (545098) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @09:56PM (#18712929)

    Yeah, and the Swift Boat Veterans use Apache [domaintools.com].

    It's like the world is upside down!



    Please engage sense of humor before flaming. Sheeze.

    • Re:OMG! (Score:5, Funny)

      by Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @11:42PM (#18713851)
      I can't remember what the Slashdot Party Line is on the Swift Boat Veterans. Are they anti-Kerry and thus pro-Bush and thus bad? Anti-Kerry and thus good? Pro-truth and good? Pro-lie and bad? Just plain weird?
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by corbettw (214229)
        Well, you got marked Flamebait when you simply asked a question and didn't use any inflammatory language, so it looks like the consensus is they're bad. Which is lame, since all they did was expand on the truth of Kerry's military service and talk about their recollections of what kind of officer and sailor he had been. Still odd how much the Left in this world hates people who tell the truth.
        • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

          by Darby (84953)
          Still odd how much the Left in this world hates people who tell the truth.

          Yet the actual, demonstrated fact is that they were lying sacks of shit. All you've managed to demonstrate is the entirely Orwellian "argument" line of the Republican party, which none but the dumbest of our species gives any credence to at this point (and only one step up from that has done in decades) given the total lack of anything worthwhile coming out of those biggest government douchebags since they pissed away all their state
          • Re:OMG! (Score:5, Funny)

            by mclaincausey (777353) on Friday April 13, 2007 @01:53AM (#18714759) Homepage
            It's true: reality has a left-wing bias. Don't allow reality and facts to brainwash you with their bias: disregard the parent and indulge in hate- and fear-fueled delusion!
            • by Darby (84953)
              It's true: reality has a left-wing bias. Don't allow reality and facts to brainwash you with their bias: disregard the parent and indulge in hate- and fear-fueled delusion!

              Indeed!
              Buy into the bullshit that speaking honestly makes you a Leftist.

              I hate to put facts into such a silly spouting of nonsense ;-) but I hate the left almost as much as I hate the right.

              How about all of you bitches deal with your own shit and stay the fuck out of my business and most especially out of my personal life.
            • Stephen? Stephen Colbert? Is that you?
        • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

          by SQLz (564901)
          Err, I thought that is was general knowledge that the swift boat veterans were full of shit. Damn midwest posters, at it again.
        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by Curtman (556920)

          Well, you got marked Flamebait when you simply asked a question and didn't use any inflammatory language, so it looks like the consensus is they're bad.

          Did you miss his vicious attack on our tradition of groupthink? Clearly he must be stopped or Slashdot is doomed.
  • by Weaselmancer (533834) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @09:57PM (#18712933)

    You know, just to keep things fair. But unfortunately they're Linux, and I don't have enough cash to buy licenses for them. Ah well.

    • by zoid.com (311775) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @10:13PM (#18713091) Homepage Journal
      It would be so sweet if they installed Caldera on it. I have a set of the original Caldera Network Desktop installation CDs including Preview 1, Preview 2 and version 1. It's interesting that the core OS was Redhat on those releases. I think it was Redhat 4.2. And this was way before I had ever heard of Redhat. As a matter of fact it was right about the time of Linux 1.0 .
    • by flyingfsck (986395) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @10:47PM (#18713377)
      I could load Caldera Linux on an old E-machine and ship it to SCO, but I think that would be too cruel, even for SCO.
      • by afidel (530433) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @11:02PM (#18713521)
        Actually I used the Caldera Technology preview back in 2000 and it wasn't bad. In fact because it was based on 2.4 with 32bit UID's out of the box it was much, much easier to setup than Redhat at the time for use at Cisco. We had a NIS+ environment that contained many UID's above what would fit into the 16bit UID's used in the stock 2.2 kernal and getting glibc and everything else working with 32bit UID's was a royal pain. Eventually we developed a Redhat based supported internal distro but at the time the Caldera release fit my particular need.
        • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 13, 2007 @12:16AM (#18714139)
          Most people today wouldn't realize it, but OpenServer and UnixWare were excellent products to use even into the late 1990s. Before about 1999, Linux just wasn't suitable to use for most serious server applications. Sure, you could run a small web or FTP server on a PC running Linux, but that's where it maxed out.

          For larger sites run on PC-based, your options basically came down to Windows NT, UnixWare, OpenServer, or BSD/OS. Although the trend is changing now, most administrators then wouldn't go anywhere near Windows NT. Many administrators had experience using Solaris on large Sun systems, so they found using the SVR4-based UnixWare easy to adapt to.

          While BSD/OS was perhaps a more stable operating system, UnixWare and OpenServer often had better hardware support. If you can find the driver floppies for hardware you bought in the mid-1990s, there's a good chance that you'll find UnixWare and OpenServer drivers on there, along with those for DOS and Windows. OpenServer and UnixWare aren't as appealing today as they were then, but in those days they were often the best UNIX systems to use on PC hardware.

          • Most people today wouldn't realize it, but OpenServer and UnixWare were excellent products to use even into the late 1990s. Before about 1999, Linux just wasn't suitable to use for most serious server applications. Sure, you could run a small web or FTP server on a PC running Linux, but that's where it maxed out.

            That's just not true. Linux was perfectly suitable for serious server applications. I know of several enterprises that used Linux servers for mission critical applications as early as 1996, includin
        • by rucs_hack (784150)
          I used Caldera Linux too at one point, and liked it. I stopped because Red Hat Linux turned out to be better for my needs. Caldera Linux had some pretty good developers who helped advance Linux into the corporate field.

          Caldera was a bit different back then though, McBride wasn't part of the company back then for one thing.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Darby (84953)
        I could load Caldera Linux on an old E-machine and ship it to SCO, but I think that would be too cruel, even for SCO.

        Never have I seen a sig fit a comment so well ;-)

      • Don't do it.

        The Scientologists would sue you!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 12, 2007 @09:58PM (#18712949)
    ..found at the end of the article: So... somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.

    So thanks P.J. for the Sound of Music reference. Where do I begin? I am sixteen going on seventeen... or maybe Edelweiss, Edelweiss, you look happy to meet me... or maybe even when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember AMD's gift, and then I don't feeeeeeeel soooo baddddddd
  • by old7 (564621) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @10:10PM (#18713073)
    because here comes the Slashdotting.
  • by e9th (652576) <e9th@tup[ ]x.com ['ode' in gap]> on Thursday April 12, 2007 @10:11PM (#18713077)
    Is this their way of atoning for their heightened interest in DRM? "We'll give PJ two servers, but you give up framebuffer access."
    • by pchan- (118053)
      How about favorable coverage of their anti-trust lawsuit against Intel? Or, you know, just good PR.
  • Rumor has it that Slashdot runs on a beowulf cluster of these babies [bsutton.com].
  • I know this is OT, but whenever I read groklaw, I always see it as GroKlaw. The favicon doesn't help any either. It's like a green Zoidberg. While I don't care what others do with their own bodies, personally, I want no part of it. What are those mutant clawed people going to do with computers anyway? Not type, that's for sure. *shudder*
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by MichaelSmith (789609)

      I know this is OT, but whenever I read groklaw, I always see it as GroKlaw

      You should read Stranger in a strange land.

      • by StikyPad (445176)
        I grok what grok means, I'm just saying.. www.groklaw.com is not unlike www.penisland.com
  • It's a trap (Score:5, Funny)

    by tangent3 (449222) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @11:12PM (#18713595)
    Hi PJ, we will need to meet you to sign some papers for the servers...
  • Core 2 Duo? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 12, 2007 @11:34PM (#18713799)
    Why is a Core 2 Duo submitting news about AMD anyway?
  • Core 2 Duo? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by squisher (212661) on Thursday April 12, 2007 @11:35PM (#18713807)
    Doesn't anynoe think it's odd that this story about an AMD donation was posted by "Core 2 Duo", which is linked to the Intel page? Since there's no user page for that name, I'm assuming that it's not a person, but somehow a special submission... odd, together with this new Intel Opinion center... might it have caused some bias?
    • Re:Core 2 Duo? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Hemogoblin (982564) on Friday April 13, 2007 @12:05AM (#18714051)
      Interesting. I didn't notice that until you pointed it out.

      Looking further, we can see that the last AMD story, AMD's New DRM [slashdot.org], was submitted by DefectiveByDesign which links to the FSF page.

      Another possible example is the story AMD Athlon 64 6000+ Launched And Tested [slashdot.org], which was submitted by Spinnerbait. It doesn't link to a page, but its a pretty suggestive name.

      Perhaps the editors are surreptitiously inserting their opinions into the submissions. On the other hand, this can all be explained by submitters trying to be clever. But thats not nearly as fun.
      • by Vengeance (46019)
        I wouldn't read too much into 'spinnerbait' if I were you. Sounds like a guy who (like me) is into fishing. It's just a kind of lure.
  • SCO "logic" (Score:4, Funny)

    by defy god (822637) on Friday April 13, 2007 @12:02AM (#18714013)

    Sorry for the use of the word logic in connection with SCO, but I believe the following scenario wouldn't be too far fetched:

    • AMD Donates Servers to Groklaw
    • Search for an IBM/AMD connection through Google: Results 1 - 10 of about 742,000 for ibm amd partnership. (0.13 seconds) [also, note how obvious the connection is by how quickly google came up with an answer]
    • Arstechnica's actual headline: "IBM and AMD partnership extended through 2008" [arstechnica.com]
    • SCO spin: IBM blatantly funding Groklaw!
  • by BillGatesLoveChild (1046184) on Friday April 13, 2007 @12:07AM (#18714073) Journal
    Oh delicious irony. It only seems like yesterday when someone said:

    "AMD plans to block access to the framebuffer in hardware to help enforce DRM schemes,
      such as allowing more restricted playback of Sony Blu-Ray disks.
      They can pry my Print Screen key from my cold, dead fingers."

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/03/28/14OPcurv e_1.html [infoworld.com]

    Groklaw; Better head down to Staples for some legal pads and boxes of biros. You're gunna need them! ;-)
  • PJ is really a lawyer working for AMD.

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