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Submission + - Stallman to step down as Emacs maintainer writes: "Richard Stallman is planning to step down as head maintainer of the GNU Emacs project. In an e-mail to fellow Emacs developers, he today asked for candidates to succeed him. RMS wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor in 1975 at MIT's AI Lab. Seen by many as the founder and chief advocate of the free software movement, Stallman has also been actively involved in Emacs' development. GNU Emacs 22, due soon, will be the first major release of the editor since 2001."

Submission + - Space Flight May Be Coming Soon to Ohio

UglyTool writes: "According to MSNBC, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio officials are proposing a set ot incentives intened to lure Canadian rocketeers RocketSpace to launch from and land at an area airport. A decision on the incentives could be made by January.

From the article:

Such a package could include tax credits, financing programs and training grants amounting to millions of dollars, said Matt McCollister, the seven-county chamber's vice president for economic development. PlanetSpace's chairman, Indian-American entrepreneur Chirinjeev Kathuria, told he expected the incentives to amount to "somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million."

The Wii Launches in Japan 80

The Wii has launched in Japan, successfully and without many of the incidents associated with the PlayStation 3 launch. Joystiq's coverage of the Wii's painless Nippon birth has nothing but praise for the crowd control efforts of electronics outlets. The talk is entirely of sellouts and happy gamers. From the article: "Numerous methods of retail were used to launch the Wii, and these varied from store to store. Yodobashi kept its customers camped overnight in a parking lot, distributing numbered tickets to determine the order of entrance, before opening its doors at 7am. Bic Camera also opened at 7am, although most of the 650 people in line there didn't arrive until the first trains of the morning began to run at around 5am. Famitsu reports that the Tokyo Ikebukuro branch of Bic Camera sold out if its allocation of 1,200 units, while the Tokyo Yuuraku-cho arm of Bic Camera declared the console "sold out" at 5.41am when the 1,500th person arrived in the queue there." Kotaku has even more extensive coverage, with plenty of photos of the waiting lines.

Journal Journal: AMD demonstrates native quad-core x86 server processor

AMD showed off their stuff at the annual AMD Industry Analyst Forum in California. They demonstrated a server powered by four upcoming Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors (codenamed Barcelona ), manufactured on 65nm silicon-on-insulator process technology, utilizing all 16 cores. "By delivering a consistent thermal envelope while adding two more processing cores, along with micro-architectural enhancements, AMD says that it

Submission + - Is OSS GUI innovation the linux weak spot?

hedgehog writes: "Looking at Ubuntu this evening, and having been an on-again / off-again Linux user for about eight years now, I'm often struck by how dated some of the design aspects to most desktop environments feel. This isn't intended to troll.

From early 90s icon design (though Gnome arguably looks a bit fresher) to nearly every distro sporting some kind of start button / taskbar interface, Linux always seems to be playing a game of catchup in this regard.

I understand the argument that grandpa wants something that looks familiar, but thinking of another OSS project — Firefox — won its audience on tabbed browsing. There was a feature that probably wasn't familiar to most novice users who switched. Yes everything else looked familiar, but where's the tabbed browsing equivalent on the desktop environment side? Arguably our elders are also not the only ones that should be courted into the Linux camp.

Skinnable apps often go the route of clunky, flawed usability on any OS, because there's no QA for zeeb69's manga skin. What about default, modern UI that sports a "killer app" feature?

I realize this is a number of visual aspects not-so-neatly rolled into one for purpose of discussion, but what's the Slashdot community's opinion on the state of UI? Is this a problem? If so, are distros simply not courting the right designers? What can be done to improve upon this? If my assumption is flawed, what might be done to change that stigma?"

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