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A FreeBSD "Spork" With Touches of NeXT and OS X: NeXTBSD 17

There are a lot of open source operating systems out there; being open source, they lend themselves to forks, clones or near clones, and friendly offshoots. There are even services to let you customize, download, and (if you choose) bulk-install your own OS based on common components. Phoronix notes a new project called NeXTBSD that might turn more heads than most new open source OSes, in part because of the developers behind it, and in part because of the positive thoughts many people have toward the aesthetics of NeXTSTEP and Mac OS X. (And while it might be a fork of FreeBSD, the developers would rather call it a spork, instead.) NeXTBSD was announced last week by Jordan Hubbard and Kip Macy at the Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group (BAFUG). NeXTBSD / FreeBSD X is based on the FreeBSD-CURRENT kernel while adding in Mach IPC, Libdispatch, notifyd, asld, launchd, and other components derived from Apple's open-source code for OS X. The basic launchd/notifyd/asld/libdispatch stack atop their "fork" of FreeBSD is working along with other basic components of their new design. You can watch a recording of the announcement as well as a longer introduction linked from Phoronix's story.

Comment Re:BSD is looking better all the time (Score 1) 546

And yet some of the most successful systems are not built that way.

Built what way? I think you misunderstood what I said, so I'll say it again more clearly:
The Unix way is a way to build good systems. You can skip "stringing together commands" and still follow the Unix way.

Comment Re: Germany wants a lot... (Score 1) 469

And people certainly do like banned things; it makes them feel that they're learning some secret information that the powers that be have ulterior motives for concealing.

That's so true.....think how many people got excited about the "establishment" suppressing the truth after the Lancet retracted that vaccine study paper....

Comment Re:Instead of trying to create a unique set of sym (Score 2) 124

In other words, the "eXtensible Emoji Protocol" (or XEP) that I keep joking about around the office :-)

The problem with emoji is that there are so many, but not enough to cover every possible symbol someone might want to send. As such, people see the gaps a bit too easily, and are constantly demanding "just one my symbol." (Not to mention that most people don't realize they're part of a universal standard, and not something each individual IM service decided to include/exclude.)

Eventually, you'll either wind up with an unmanageable bazillion emoji (rather than just hundreds), or there will be a backlash where we reduce to a minimum set necessary to represent all possible concepts. (Hey, isn't that called an alphabet?)


Malaysia Blocking Websites Based On Political Content 40

An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago Slashdot carried a piece of news from Malaysia whereby [news] websites based in Malaysia must be registered. Now comes the news that Malaysia is actively blocking websites which carry political opinion contrary to those of the ruling elite. Granted, Malaysia is no US of A nor Europe, but the world must understand that Malaysia is the only country in the world where racial apartheid laws are still being actively practiced — and have received endorsement from the ruling elite which has controlled Malaysia for the past 58 years. (Wikipedia lists some other candidates for modern-day apartheid in its entry on Contemporary segregation.)

Comment Re:Security (Score 1) 546

Yeah, thinking back, that's about the only time I've seen computers get rooted, too. "Someone left the telnet port open." (or didn't have adblock on).

With systemd I'm starting to think that being an idiot once over will be enough as well.

The whole udev thing merging with systemd really astonishes me. I'm not sure how anyone thought that would make sense.

Comment Re:Betteridge's law of headlines says ... no (Score 1) 124

If the Japanese were able to modernize their language in 46 Hiragana glyph I don't see why we should tolerate that Chinese non-sense in unicode

The Japanese language has over 2000 standard characters, and even more in common use.
Anyway, Chinese is a beautiful language, you should learn it some time.

Comment Re:Eh? (Score 1) 122

Many companies have recruitment costs. /. covers IT. There are plenty of IT companies paying either 20% of a year's salary for IT recruitment or paying something like 40% of the first 6 mo or more to sourcing firms. That's tens of thousands of dollars per candidate and after an expensive search.

The road to ruin is always in good repair, and the travellers pay the expense of it. -- Josh Billings