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"The new systems, Lord added, will be true pre-installed Linux systems — and not just a PC with a blank hard drive and a bootable CD or DVD. Software support is likely to come from the community, however, rather than from Dell. Lord added, however, that hardware support on the Dell Linux systems is likely to be the same as it offers on its Windows-powered systems."
"While the Austin, Texas-based computer company was unwilling to go on record as to which distributions it will support, comments from Dell officials indicated that it is likely to offer support for multiple distributions."
"Matt Domsch, Dell's Linux software architect, did go into more detail on how Dell will be approaching the problem of Linux device drivers. First, given a choice in the matter, Dell will support free software drivers over proprietary drivers every time. For device types where a choice exists between a component with a non-Free driver and one with Free driver availability, in our Linux offering we'll opt to bundle the component with the Free driver.""
I made my way to Computer Science through an unconventional path. I started out studying Marine Science and finished up with a dual major in Natural Sciences and Latin American Studies in 1990. In 2004, after a variety of jobs that increasingly required computer skills, I completed an M.S. in Software Engineering. As a consequence of this convoluted path, I believe that I am weak in some computer science-related subjects.
I retire from the U.S. Army next year and plan to apply to a PhD Computer Science program. Over the next year I hope to accomplish three things:
1. Get as ready as possible for the return to school.
2. Refresh (and possibly learn for the first time) the subjects I need to master to be successful.
3. Show the school a level of effort and interest that will bolster my application (and hopefully compensate for any weakness).
In case it matters, I am very interested in sensor networks, wireless communications and the security of these networks. Embedded systems fascinate me. Where studies permit, I hope to focus on this world."
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