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OpenBSD 4.8 Released 176

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
Mortimer.CA writes "The release of OpenBSD 4.8 has been announced. Highlights include ACPI suspend/resume, better hardware support, OpenBGPD/OpenOSPFD/routing daemon improvements, inclusion of OpenSSH 5.5, etc. Nothing revolutionary, just the usual steady improving of the system. A detailed ChangeLog is available, as usual. Work, of course, has already started on the next release, which should be ready in May, according to the steady six-month release cycle."
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+ - OpenBSD 4.8 Officially Released->

Submitted by Mortimer.CA
Mortimer.CA (666) writes "OpenBSD 4.8 has been announced. Highlights include ACPI suspend/resume, better hardware support, OpenBGPD/OpenOSPFD/routing daemon improvements, inclusion of OpenSSH 5.5, etc. Nothing revolutionary, just the usual steady improving of the system. A detailed ChangeLog is available, as usual. Work of course has already started on the next release, which should be ready in May according to the steady six month release cycle."
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+ - PostgreSQL 9.0 released->

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greg1104
greg1104 writes "PostgreSQL 9.0 has been released today, including a pile of new features (with example usage for many). The biggest pair of features now included with the database allow near real-time asynchronous binary replication to slave nodes, along with the ability to run queries against them. Packages such as pgpool-II 3.0 have already been updated to build clusters using that feature, allowing transparent application load-balancing across multiple nodes for scaling read-heavy loads."
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+ - Club Mate Across the USA-> 1

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AFresh1
AFresh1 writes "Hackers on a Plane will be driving a truck across the USA delivering Club Mate to anyone who orders a case. It was a big hit at The Next HOPE and Defcon 18 so I'm sure you want to try it, or if you did, you want more.

Right now, we're scheduled to depart on August 16, so get your order in before then. We have tentative plans to roll through Chicago, Kansas City, Lake Havasu, San Francisco and Seattle. We'll be throwing out specific dates and cities once we establish the demand pattern based on your purchases.

Club Mate — "You get used to it""
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Music

Noisebridge Attempts to Teach Science To Juggalos 198

Posted by samzenpus
from the so-that's-how-a-magnet-works dept.
Working on the assumption that the Insane Clown Posse's song Miracles was indeed a tribute to the wonder of nature and not the cleverest troll ever, some folks from the hackerspace Noisebridge decided to try and educate ICP fans. Surprisingly, most of the fans seemed to enjoy the science lesson, but representatives of the band didn't seem to think it was funny.

Comment: Have you used webOS? (Score 4, Interesting) 178

by AFresh1 (#32315948) Attached to: HP Confirms Slate To Run WebOS
I for one welcome this new class of device. I have a Palm Pre running webOS and I can do probably 40% of my computer activities on it, but the larger screen would really improve that experience while sitting on the couch reading /.

It isn't a computer replacement, the formfactor already limits the uses and so I like the limited software.

However, the Palm homebrew comunity has X running on webOS so if you want, you can have "real" apps.

I think you naysayers really need to try it, even if it isn't for everyone, it is going to be a great class of device for lots of people.

Operating Systems

OpenBSD 4.7 Released 143

Posted by timothy
from the inexorable-and-dedicated dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The release of OpenBSD 4.7 was announced today. Included in this release are support for more wireless cards, the loongson platform, pf improvements, many midlayer filesystem improvements including a new dynamic buffer cache, dynamic VFS name cache rewrite and NFS client stability fixes, routing daemon improvements including the new MPLS label distribution protocol daemon (ldpd) and over 5,800 packages. Please help support the project by ordering your copy today!"
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HP To Buy Palm For $1.2 Billion 271

Posted by timothy
from the I-like-money dept.
necro81 writes "Palm, Inc., which has struggled in recent months after making a splash with its Pre smartphone, will be bought by HP, the world's largest computer maker. The deal has been approved by both companies' boards, and should be wrapped up this summer. HP will get Palm for about $5.70/share (about 20% above today's closing price), or about $1.2 billion. That's a pretty good deal, considering that in the months following the launch of the Pre on Sprint's network, Palm's share price topped $16. But marketing blunders hindered the Pre's more widespread adoption on other carriers, and the company's very existence has recently seemed in doubt."

Comment: How I read it (Score 5, Interesting) 210

by AFresh1 (#29075623) Attached to: Burning Man Responds To EFF's Criticism of Policy
What I got from reading TFA was that Burning Man's lawer (who used to be head lawer at the EFF) has found this to be the most reasonable way to accomplish their goals. They looked at many other ways, but the choices they have are limited by the law. They continue to have discussions on how to not take too much away, but their lawers haven't figured it out yet.
More transparency would be nice. This blog post was a good start, although something formal describing what they are attempting and why they chose the option they did would be even better IMO.

Comment: A couple of other options (Score 3, Informative) 342

by AFresh1 (#28628827) Attached to: What Would You Want In a Large-Scale Monitoring System?

I use Nagios and some custom rolled scripts myself.

For some other options, Nagios has now been forked, so if that is "close" to what you want, you may want to contribute to Icinga.

Reconnoiter also looked pretty kewl, but they haven't released anything yet, but it looks like they are planning it to be very scalable.

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