ruphus13 writes: Debian now includes new architectures as part of its release payload. The FreeBSD kernels compiled for i386 and AMD64 are being included. While speculations exist as to this being a move to avoid legal issues, this does hold the promise of bringing some UNIX features into the kernels. From the post, "While it's not quite as simple as dropping a new kernel in the heart of an operating system, both the Linux and FreeBSD kernels are contributed to and supported by many different projects. Seeing as this is a little bit more extreme than a different chip architecture, it wouldn't be surprising to see a fork along the way. It might not divide the project, or adversely affect it, especially if the new kernel draws in new users and developers.
The FreeBSD kernels (called kfreebsd in their Debian forms) will be available in the unstable and experimental branches of the Debian project in the very near future."
ruphus13 writes: In an effort to drive more awareness to Linux, the Linux Foundation announced the "We're Linux" contest. Over 90 entries were received, and the finalists are now out. From the article, "The contest was spawned from the idea that other software companies were paying millions of dollars to celebrities for endorsements, while Linux was promoted and shared by enthusiastic, passionate, actual users. Contestants were given a simple directive: tell the Linux Foundation what Linux is for you, why you use it, and why you'd encourage others to do the same. Humor and professional production quality weren't required — it just had to be genuine." Details on the finalists can be found on the Linux Foundation Video site here.
nandemoari writes: "Not only will users be able to keep Windows Vista, but they'll be able to step back in time two generations, all the way to XP. "We will offer downgrade rights from Windows 7 to Windows XP in the same way we did with Windows Vista," a Microsoft rep said.
Insiders speculate that the right to use this time machine might be reserved for those purchasing licenses for only two versions of Windows 7 — Ultimate and Professional. However, that's not yet been confirmed."
An anonymous reader writes: Reacting the the alleged fraudulent election procedures, students are storming the presidency and parliament of the small eastern European country of Moldova. It is reported that they used Twitter to organize. Currently twitter and blogs are being used to spread word of what is happening since all national news websites have been blocked.
If the 1989 Romanian revolution was the first to be televised, is this the first to be lead by twitter and social networks?