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Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 342

by sprag (#33244838) Attached to: The Future of OpenSolaris Revealed

Opensolaris survived only because of Sun's benevolence. Once the source drops stop, that's the end of Illumos project: its either stuck permanently at whatever the last drop was (especially in light of the binary-only internationalization stuff) or becomes incompatible and then its no longer solaris.

Stick a fork in it.

Comment: Re:Groklaw debunked nothing but straw men (Score 2, Informative) 250

by sprag (#32691894) Attached to: Open Source Complaint Against IBM Gets Support

If i said it was closed source then I misspoke.

But, that isn't the point: the open source project isn't affected. The commercial entity which is repackaging hercules has been informed (not sued, not C&D, just informed) that if they continue with their lawsuit against IBM then IBM might consider using this list of patents against them. Again, not against the open source hercules community but the commercial entity.

I think software patents suck, but using a lawsuit to try to force someone to do something that they don't want to sucks just as much.

Comment: Re:Groklaw debunked nothing but straw men (Score 4, Informative) 250

by sprag (#32691270) Attached to: Open Source Complaint Against IBM Gets Support

I think Florian's beef is that IBM's response letter mentioned patents which may be infringed by the hercules product -- and how one of them was on the 'gift to open source' list. Of course, even then he's wrong: the open source hercules project is different than the commercial product which is seeking the copyright license.

The bottom line is the commercial hercules people started this fight and they were in the wrong to assert that IBM must license its properties to anyone who comes by and asks. The patent (non-) issue doesn't have anything to do with it and its an emotional sideshow to get the OSS folks to be on the commercial hercules' side.

Comment: Re:Only true if MS made laptops (Score 4, Insightful) 189

by sprag (#28872409) Attached to: First MS Retail Stores Will be In Scottsdale, AZ and Mission Viejo, CA

Its yet another club that MS can use against the OEMs.

Don't like what MS demands for the desktop? Oops, I guess we can't sell your laptops in the stores anymore.

Promise to ditch linux? Yeah, we can make space for your wares in the stores.

This isn't good news for vendors no matter how you slice it.

Comment: Re:What Benefit Does C Have Over Assembly? (Score 4, Insightful) 207

by sprag (#26623389) Attached to: CoreBoot (LinuxBIOS) Can Boot Windows 7 Beta

Being in C, it is easier to see what the person writing it was doing, compared to assembly.

Consider if you had to do some nasty computation such as finding what address is used for a given row and column on the screen:
(in bad assembly)

mov ax, row
mov bx, col
shl col,#1
xor dx,dx
mul ax,#80
add ax,bx
mov pos,ax

Whereas in C it is:


and much more readable.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.