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+ - XP cheaper than Linux on new Eee PC-> 3

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KrispyDollars
KrispyDollars writes "It sounds crazy to say this, but the XP-based version of the Eee PC 900 (the new version with the 8.9" screen) will actually be considerably cheaper than the Linux based version. At the official launch today, the company told journalists that "Microsoft has been a longstanding supporter of Asus" to explain the price discrepancy. And — get this — only the XP-based machine will be sold at mass-market retailers, while the Linux-based model will be consigned to computer stores."
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Hardware Hacking

+ - Blind Accessibility, VAXen, and BSD

Submitted by Mortimer.CA
Mortimer.CA (666) writes "The most recent BSDTalk (#143) has an interview with Deborah Norling (who's blind) where she talks about: command-line accessibility, documentation quality, using (serial port) Braille and speech systems on old PDPs and VAXen/s, GUI screen readers, and SIMH."
Operating Systems

FreeBSD 7.0 Bests Linux In SMP Performance 288

Posted by kdawson
from the coulda-been-a-contender dept.
cecom writes "After major improvements in SMP support in FreeBSD 7.0, benchmarks show it performing 15% better than the latest Linux kernels (PDF, see slides 17 to 19) on 8 CPUs under PostgreSQL and MySQL. While a couple of benchmarks are not conclusive evidence, it can be assumed that FreeBSD will once again be a serious performance contender. Some posters on LWN have noted that the level of Linux performance could be related to the Completely Fair Scheduler, which was merged into the 2.6.23 Linux kernel." Update: 03/06 21:32 GMT by KD : An anonymous reader sent in word that Linux kernel developer Nick Piggin reran the benchmark today and came to a different conclusion: In his benchmark Linux was faster than FreeBSD.
Announcements

+ - NYCBSDCon 2008 Announced with CFP->

Submitted by
GMan00
GMan00 writes "We are proud to announce further details on NYCBSDCon 2008, to be held at Columbia University on October 11-12 in New York City. NYCBSDCon.org been updated with the Call for Papers and information for interested sponsors.

NYCBSDCon 2008 Call For Presentations

Continuing on the success of 2005 and 2006, New York City BSD Conference (NYCBSDCon) is the main technical conference on the US East Coast for the BSD community to get together to share and gain knowledge, to network with like-minded people, and to have fun. This event is organized by members of the New York City *BSD Users Group (NYC*BUG).

The NYCBSDCon program committee is accepting submissions for imaginative, embryonic and energizing presentations surrounding the BSD operating systems. We are looking to attract a wide range of speakers and attendees; therefore, topics of interest range from the esoteric to development to practical, everyday sysadmin life. Of course, original topics are preferred in most cases.

Each talk is expected to be 45-50 minutes, including a few minutes for questions and answers if the speaker wishes — potentially recorded. Presenters will have audio/visual and network connectivity.

Abstracts for presentations are due July 15, 2008.

Authors of accepted submissions should be able to provide the full presentation for publication on NYCBSDCon sponsored mediums. Further instructions will follow notification of acceptance. Submissions accompanied by a non-disclosure agreement or a product advertisement will be rejected.

Abstract submissions should be emailed to cfp at nycbsdcon dot org in text, ps or pdf format.

Conference Location: Columbia University, New York, NY
Conference Dates: October 11-12, 2008

Important Milestones:

Mar 01 CFP Released

Jul 15 CFP Deadline

Aug 01 Notification of Accepted and Rejected Presentations

Do not let travel and accommodation concerns get in the way of your submissions; we may have some opportunities to subsidize speakers, but it is too early to guarantee anything at this point.

For questions, concerns or comments, please contact us here: info at nycbsdcon dot org."

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Software

+ - OpenCVS is to be released soon?

Submitted by Drinking Bleach
Drinking Bleach (975757) writes "Theo de Raddt has connected OpenCVS to the OpenBSD build. This means, OpenCVS will be built by default, and will appear in OpenBSD snapshots from now on. Theo and other OpenCVS developers encourage thorough testing of the software, so it may quicker have a real version released; OpenCVS.org has said "to be released soon" since 2004!"
Announcements

+ - Results of NetBSD's 2007 Fundraising Campaign->

Submitted by jschauma
jschauma (90259) writes "The NetBSD Project ran a fund raising campaign in the last quarter of 2007 with the goal of raising $50,000US by the end of the year. With the generous support of many companies and individual users, this goal was met. Read more about what supporting companies (such as Google) have to say about NetBSD, what has been achieved recently, and what changes to expect thanks to the donations in the press release."
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Software

+ - NetBSD developers speak about version 4.0

Submitted by
Quique
Quique writes "NetBSD 4.0 was released last December. I read in Hubert Feyrer's blog that Federico Biancuzzi (who recently interviewed the founders of the OSI) has collected interviews from more than twenty NetBSD developers in an multiple-page article on Ars Technica, which talks about what's new in the latest release of this ultraportable Unix-like free operating system, including release engineering, some of the latest security features in NetBSD 4.0, virtualization with Xen, a number of filesystem enhancements (and new filesystems) and NetBSD's participation in Google's Summer of Code. If you have any comments, there's also a page for comments and discussion available."
Software

+ - NetBSD developers speak about version 4.0->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ars Technica has a long article consisting of interviews with various NetBSD developers. Entitled Waving the flag: NetBSD developers speak about version 4.0 it covers a broad range of topics, including release engineering, some of the latest security features in NetBSD 4.0, virtualization with Xen, a number of filesystem enhancements (and new filesystems) and NetBSD's participation in Google's Summer of Code. The interviews with the 21 developers were conducted by Federico Biancuzzi."
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Operating Systems

FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE Now Available 100

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the put-the-daemon-back-in-the-box dept.
cperciva writes "FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE, the fourth release from the highly successful 6-STABLE branch of FreeBSD development, has been released. In addition to being available from many FTP sites, ISO images can be downloaded via the BitTorrent tracker, or for users of earlier FreeBSD releases, FreeBSD Update can be used to perform a binary upgrade."
Operating Systems

+ - FreeBSD 6.3 has been Released.

Submitted by
Efklides Stephanopoulos
Efklides Stephanopoulos writes "FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE is out. "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE. This release continues the development of the 6-STABLE branch providing performance and stability improvements, many bug fixes and new features." Find more of the highlights and details of this here."
Announcements

+ - OSS 4.0 Released Under BSD Lisence->

Submitted by
Sin2x
Sin2x writes "4Front Technologies is proud to announce the release of the source code to Open Sound System v4.0 under the BSD license for FreeBSD and other BSD compliant operating systems. OSS is a cross platform API that provides drivers for most consumer and professional audio devices for UNIX and POSIX based operating systems, including Linux. Owing to its open architecture, applications developed on one supporting operating system platform can be easily recompiled on any other platform. Open Sound System is also available for Linux under the GPLv2 license and OpenSolaris under the CDDL license. It is also available for commercial and proprietary operating systems under the 4Front commercial license."
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Wii

Wal-Mart's Terrible Nintendo Wii Knock-Offs 490

Posted by Zonk
from the anything-for-a-buck dept.
MaryAlan writes "Wal-Mart is now selling an electronic LCD game in the kid's section that resembles a Wiimote so closely that even Wal-Mart employees can't tell them apart in a picture. But the games — made by ToyQuest out of L.A. — are complete and utter crap, to the point of being unplayable. Their only redeeming feature is that they look like the Nintendo Wii, which means Wal-Mart is relying on brand confusion to sell any of these things to unsuspecting customers. There is a gallery of photos online, so you can take a look at side-by-side pictures with a true Wiimote, down to the fake speaker on the front. "
Unix

What's New in OpenBSD 4.2? 203

Posted by Zonk
from the new-footloose-and-fancy-free dept.
blackbearnh writes "OpenBSD 4.2 was released today, and has a host of new features. O'Reilly's ONLamp site has a pretty thorough overview of the release. 'Even though security is still there, this release comes with some amazing performance improvements: basic benchmarks showed PF being twice as fast, a rewrite of the TLB shootdown code for i386 and amd64 cut the time to do a full package build by 20 percent (mostly because all the forks in configure scripts have become much cheaper), and the improved frequency scaling on MP systems can help save nearly 20 percent of battery power. And then the new features: FFS2, support for the Advanced Host Controller Interface, IP balancing in CARP, layer 7 manipulation with hoststated, Xenocara, and more!'"
Networking

+ - Jun-ichiro 'itojun' HAGINO passes away

Submitted by
Asmodai
Asmodai writes "According to http://undeadly.org/cgi?action=article&sid=20071030220114 as well as a communication in Japanese by itojun's younger brother, Jun-ichiro 'itojun' HAGINO passed away on the 29th of October at the age of 37.

Itojun, as he was commonly known in the BSD world, was one of the major driving forces behind the KAME IPv6 networking stack which is present in the BSD OSes as well as many other devices.

For more information about itojun, please see his homepage at http://www.itojun.org/"

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