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Submission + - One uncle's gift of Linux .. (opensource.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The year was 1996. December 1996 to be more precise. I had just finished my first semester of college and was spending Christmas at my uncle's apartment in Port Jefferson, New York.

My uncle was a PhD student studying computational geometry and eager to show me some of his work. He was especially interested in telling me about this free Unix-like operating system that came with a book he had bought.

Submission + - Linux Foundation puts the cost of replacing open source at $5 billion. (linuxfoundation.org)

chicksdaddy writes: Everybody recognizes that open source software incredibly valuable, by providing a way to streamline the creation of new applications and services. But how valuable, exactly? The Linux Foundation has released a new research paper (http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/linux-foundation/estimating-total-development-cost-linux-foundation-collaborative-projects) that tries to put a price tag on the value of open source, and the price they've come up with is eye-popping: $5 billion. That's how much the Foundation believes it would cost for companies to have to rebuild or develop from scratch the software residing in its collaborative projects.

To arrive at that figure, the Foundation analyzed the code repositories of each one of its projects using the Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO) to estimate the total effort required to create these projects. With 115,013,302 total lines of source code, LF estimated the total amount of effort required to retrace the steps of collaborative development to be 41,192.25 person-years — or 1,356 developers 30 years to recreate the code base present in The Linux Foundation’s current collaborative projects listed above.

Submission + - LibreOffice turns 5 (opensource.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Italo Vignoli, founding member of The Document Foundation, reflects on the project's five-year mark in an article on Opensource.com:

LibreOffice was launched as a fork of OpenOffice.org on September 28, 2010, by a tiny group of people representing the community in their capacity as community project leaders. At the time, forking the office suite was a brave—and necessary—decision, because the open source community did not expect OpenOffice.org to survive for long under Oracle stewardship.

Submission + - Persistent "pipes" in Linux (github.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In a project I'm working on I ran into the requirement of having some sort of persistent FIFO buffer or pipe in Linux, i.e. something file-like that could accept writes from a process and persist it to disk until a second process reads (and acknowledges) it. The persistence should be both across process restarts as well as OS restarts.
Unfortunately in the Linux world such a primitive does not exist (named pipes/FIFOs do not persist their contents to disk and — being in-memory — have low limits on how much data they can contain). The thing that comes closer to this is logrotation (but this has issues when the consumer might stop for extended periods of time). So I figured I could try to come up with something better using hole punching.

Submission + - BOSS Linux - a debian based distro from CDAC (abhis.ws)

Abhishek Dey Das writes: CDAC introduced BOSS, a debian based distro to be used by all Government institutions across India, Government funded schools, and even ATM machines. The distro is free to download and comes with added tools and more localization options.

Submission + - Best Reliable Laptop for Linux?

An anonymous reader writes: I will be looking for a new laptop soon and I'm mostly interested in high reliability and Linux friendliness. I have been using an MSI laptop (with Windows 7) for the last five years as my main workhorse and did not have a single, even minor problem with the hardware nor the OS. It turned out to be a slam-dunk, although I didn't do any particular research before buying it, so I was
just lucky. I would like to be more careful this time around, so this is a hardware question: What laptop do you recommend for high reliability and Linux? I will also appreciate any advice on what to avoid and any unfortunate horror stories; I guess we can all learn from those. Thanks.

Submission + - Thanks To Valve, More Than 1,500 Games Are Now On Linux (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Steam Store crossed the threshold this morning of having 1,500 games natively available for Linux. Timberman, a 0.99$ video game was the 1,500th title, but while there are a lot of indie games available for Linux, in the past three years have been a number of high profile AAA Linux games too.

Submission + - Valve's Steam Surpasses 1,500 Linux Gaming Titles

prisoninmate writes: In case you needed more proof that Linux is becoming an important player in the gaming market, Valve's Steam library now features 1,500 titles that offer support for GNU/Linux distributions, including Valve's own Debian-based SteamOS. The even more good news is that many other games will have support for the Linux platform soon, mainly because Valve will finally release its Steam Machines gaming console / personal computer in November.

Submission + - Technology Colonialism (modelviewculture.com)

jrepin writes: Technology companies today are increasingly colonial in their actions. This can be seen in the veneer of sovereignty they seek to cultivate, how they work across borders, their use of dominant culture as a weapon, and the clear belief that “superior” technology is a suitable excuse for lawlessness, exploitation and even violence.

Submission + - Microsoft builds its own version of Linux. What could go wrong?! (theregister.co.uk)

dvp1964 writes: Sitting down? Nothing in your mouth?
Microsoft has developed its own Linux distribution. And Azure runs it to do networking.

Redmond's revealed that it's built something called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS), describing it as “a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux” and “our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches.”

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