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Gentoo in Crisis, Robbins Offers Solution 259

mrbadbar writes "Gentoo Linux founder Daniel Robbins says Gentoo's leadership is in crisis. 'the Gentoo Foundation's charter has been revoked for several weeks, which means that as of this moment the Gentoo Foundation no longer exists.' Robbins offers a solution: his return as President of the Gentoo Foundation. According to Robbins: 'If I return as President, I will preserve the not-for-profit aspect of Gentoo. Beyond this, you can expect everything to be very, very different than how things are today.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Flame war as it should be done! (kerneltrap.org)

iplayfast writes: "The kernel trap has an excellent post of a flame war between GPL2 Linus Torvalds and GPL3 Alexandre Oliva.

Some of the highlights are:
Linus: What kind of logic is that? ....
Alexandre: By this reasoning, .... Is this why you're overreacting?
Linus: ....How stupid are you to not acknowledge that?
Linus: ...I'm sorry, but people who cannot see that difference are just stupid.
Alexandre: No. The FSF actually ....
Linus: ....If you really thought anything else, you're just uninformed and stupid,
and didn't think things through.
...
Linus:...You're a moron.
...
Linus:...Go away."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - The Universal Calculator

e ^ (i * pi) writes: "Ever want to find the airspeed of an unladen swallow? Want to know the value of (4 * 7 + green) / apple? Someone has finally taken it upon themselves to create a calculator not bound by the ordinary limits of mathematics which refrains from limiting you to old fashioned "traditional" calculations. It even has a great documentation: "For numbers, this behaves pretty much as you would expect. For other types, not so much.""
Announcements

Submission + - Via ships "world's smallest mainboard"

ro1 writes: "PC chipset and board-maker Via Technologies today announced availability of the "world's smallest mainboard" — the first shipping board based on its recently unveiled, incredibly small (100 x 72mm) "pico-ITX" motherboard format. The Epia PX10000G is "available now for developers... in limited limited quantities," the company said. http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS9703792352.html Slashdot It!"
Graphics

Submission + - Blender 2.43 has been released

An anonymous reader writes: A new version of Blender, open source 3D graphics suite, has been released. This new version, 2.44, features numerous of bug fixes and a couple of powerful new features such as SSS (Subsurface Scattering) which can be used to simulate realistic skin on renders and new modifiers such as "smooth" and "cast". You can find full list at http://www.blender.org/development/release-logs/bl ender-244/ . And the program itself can be downloaded from http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/ .
United States

Submission + - Gas station owner told to raise prices

norman619 writes: Bhandari, the gas station owner, said he received a letter from the state auditor last month saying the state would sue him if he did not raise his prices. The state could penalize him for each discounted gallon he sold, with the fine determined by a judge. Here's a link to the story
Microsoft

Submission + - Has M$ sabotaged Windown XP?

Michael Andersen writes: Is it just me? Or has Microsoft sabotaged XP lately, possibly to 'help' Vista sales along. I work in IT, and I get one machine after the other in to be fixed, and they all suffer from the most mysterious sickness. They boot up, then after a little while the disk access increases, and it continues to increase until the machine is deadlocked. In my many years in IT and in the history og Windows XP, I have never experienced so many problems at once. Windows XP has always been pretty stable and reliable, and now that Vista sales are lagging, XP performs worse than ever. I know that people will yell at me for acting paranoid, but hey, M$ has created this state in people themselves by using every trick known to mandkind to get further ahead, so no I wouldn't but anything past them anymore! I have had a few people tell me that they have updated to Vista because it gave them better performance on their exsistent hardware!! anyone who has ever used Vista know that, that's not possible !! P.S. If I dissapear, You know who did it!! Cheers, Michael
Security

Submission + - RSA Factoring Challenge is no more!

iplayfast writes: "RSA Factoring Challenge is no more. http://www.rsa.com/rsalabs/node.asp?id=2092
From the site Why is the RSA Factoring Challenge no longer active?

Various cryptographic challenges — including the RSA Factoring Challenge — served in the early days of commercial cryptography to measure the state of progress in practical cryptanalysis and reward researchers for the new knowledge they have brought to the community. Now that the industry has a considerably more advanced understanding of the cryptanalytic strength of common symmetric-key and public-key algorithms, these challenges are no longer active. The records, however, are presented here for reference by interested cryptographers.


I think they've realized that with cheap cpu's and modern OS's, these challenges are more at risk, and can be cracked more easily. They just don't want to pay the money :)"
Linux Business

Submission + - Linux and the Indy 500

tbone1 writes: "Teams from the Indy Racing League are in Indianapolis to prepare for The Indianapolis 500 on the 27th of May. There is a story in the Indianapolis Star about a local Linux programmer who is trying to get the Linux logo on a car. Usually it's the big companies who have year-long deals with the top IRL teams — Marlboro, Target, Motorola, etc — but for a small team racing at the 500 only, a small logo can be purchased for $11,000, or you can be a primary sponsor for about $350,000, and possibly get "Team Linux" in the car's name."
Linux Business

Submission + - Open-source wants open-wheel exposure

kurtis25 writes: "An Article in the Indianapolis Star shares the hopes of a computer programmer who is trying to raise enough money online to become an IRL sponsor, putting a big Linux penguin logo on a car in this years Indianapolis 500. According to the Tux 500 website the group is hoping to raise $350,000 by May 21 to be the primary sponsor of the car; they have already raised $11,000, enough to be a minor sponsor for a car which will sport a small penguin logo."
Linux Business

IBM Reveals New Virtual Linux Environment 96

jenwren1010 writes to mention that IBM has just announced the new open beta version of their virtual Linux environment that allows users to run x86 Linux programs on POWER processor-based IBM System p servers. "Designed to reduce power, cooling and space by consolidating x86 Linux workloads on System p servers, it will eventually be released as the [rolls-off-the-tongue] 'IBM System p Application Virtual Environment (System p AVE).' With a 31.5% global revenue share during 2006, IBM hopes to build on System p UNIX success and extend firmly into the Linux marketplace. Considering there are almost 2,800 applications that already run natively on Linux on System p servers, the chances are good that it will succeed."
Security

Submission + - Is Anti-Virus software dead?

An anonymous reader writes: After stumbling over several unanimous recommendations against using viral scans for your email (which somewhat shattered my security world view), I started to notice a bigger and bigger movement which argues against the use of anti-virus software altogether, as it is ineffective against the main threats of malware, counter-productive (as it eats up system resources), and seems to be more of a "good-luck charm" than anything else.

I have to admit that, even though I deal with loads of suspicious software, I can't even remember when I got the last real virus warning.

So — is it time to dump your anti-virus software, go "commando", and free yourself from the shackles of these system drags?

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