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Programming

+ - Arcs out->

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "Paul Grahams new follow up to LISP is out in a first version. Its called Arc. From arclanguage.org

Arc is designed above all for exploratory programming: the kind where you decide what to write by writing it. A good medium for exploratory programming is one that makes programs brief and malleable, so that's what we've aimed for. This is a medium for sketching software.
Paul has already received some feedback."

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KDE

+ - Nokia to acquire Trolltech

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "Nokia and Trolltech ASA today announced that they have entered into an agreement that Nokia will make a public voluntary tender offer to acquire Trolltech (www.trolltech.com), a company headquartered in Oslo, Norway and publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. KDE uses QT toolkit as base."
Sun Microsystems

+ - cifs/smb in solaris kernel

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "In a blog by Sun egiuneer Alan Wright you can read that they are implementing CIFS in the solaris kernel: "We had been working on an independent CIFS implementation for several years, and we would use this as the basis for the Solaris CIFS project, but it would take time for everything necessary to fall into place: there is a big difference between what management at Sun would like to happen and what the engineers at Sun will endorse. [...]What does this mean for Samba on Solaris? Not a lot really. ""
Patents

+ - Patent case against red hat and novell

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "From Groklaw: IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement They claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. You might recall the patent was used in litigation against Apple in April 2007, and Beta News reported at the time that it's a 1991 Xerox PARC patent. But ars technica provided the detail that it references earlier patents going back to 1984 claim to have the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,072,412 for a User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects issued Dec. 10, 1991 along with two other similar patents. So in July one Microsoft executive arrives; then as of October 1, there is the second, a patent guy. October 9, IP Innovation, a subsidiary, sues Red Hat. And Novell. So much for being Microsoft's little buddy. I think SCO II has arrived"
Media (Apple)

+ - John C. Dvoraks switch story.

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "Hell froze over! John C. Dvorak, long time hater of the mac now likes it."I have no plans to move to the Mac platform for my personal use. That said, I have noticed that I've been recommending the machine to friends and neighbors when they want to know what kind of system they should buy.""
Patents

+ - Novell CEO gives behind-the-scenes account of deal

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "Q&A with Ron Hovsepian CEO of Novell. He described 'a love-hate thing' between the two companies over at computerworld. From the article: "This past May, I picked up the phone and called Kevin Turner, the COO at Microsoft. I knew Kevin when he was the CIO at Wal-Mart. I said, "Kevin, I'd like to have a conversation about what the customer needs. If you could put back on your old hat as a customer, if I came in and started talking to you about virtualization on Linux, and this Microsoft guy showed up and started talking to you about virtualization on Windows, what would you say to us?""
Businesses

+ - Why startups fail

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "Paul Graham writes about 18 resons startups fail. From the article: "In the Q & A period after a recent talk, someone asked what made startups fail. After standing there gaping for a few seconds I realized this was kind of a trick question. It's equivalent to asking how to make a startup succeed — if you avoid every cause of failure, you succeed — and that's too big a question to answer on the fly.""
Software

+ - Good Agile, Bad Agile

Submitted by raffe
raffe (28595) writes "Steve Yegge at Google posts his views on agile development and som intersting bits about life at google. From the article:
"From a high level, Google's process probably does look like chaos to someone from a more traditional software development company. As a newcomer, some of the things that leap out at you include:
— there are managers, sort of, but most of them code at least half-time, making them more like tech leads.
— Google has a philosophy of not ever telling developers what to work on, and they take it pretty seriously.""

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