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Comment Re:Ping times are long, but too optimistic. (Score 1) 245

My house (in the UK) has no ADSL available and so I pay for satellite internet. It's not a bad service, but it's relatively expensive, and the caps suck. All this has been discussed to death in other comments. Regarding ping times, my experience is that 0.8-1.2 seconds is about normal. The box does have some optimisation software in it, but AJAXy pages are still horrible to use, mainly because of the lack of visual feedback. No optimisation or preloader can preload the result of a click in a web app that hits a webservice and updates a bit of the UI based on your response. This takes a lot longer over satellite, and the designers of the app usually have never tried it on anything other than a low-latency connection, so they never thought to include an indication that something is actually happening in response to your click. Also, many things can defeat any kind of optimisation, and these things are common for anyone working from home (a common enough things for tech workers in rural areas): VPNs, any kind of remote desktop (RDP, Citrix, etc) especially when combined with a VPN, and any sort of remote shell (SSH, telnet). I think HTTPS also defeats the optimisations, but I'm not sure. I added squid and dnsmasq to try and improve speed and help with the data caps. I also scheduled any large download (including OS updates) to run in the "free zone" between 23:00 and 05:00. That is probably beyond the ability of your average punter though.

Comment Re:So obvious question... (Score 5, Insightful) 388

My bigger concern is what it is gonna do to FOSS in general. While I'm primarily a Windows guy I use a lot of FOSS tools and this whole LibreOffice business, now with the developers abandoning ship, could really come back to bite FOSS companies in the butt. How? Because one of the ways to get serious revenue is to be bought out by a bigger company with the resources to put behind your project and who is gonna wanna buy a FOSS software company now? They will look at Oracle and say they didn't get the code (because libreOffice is quickly taking that) and they didn't get the people (because they all split) so what did they get for all that money? Office furniture?

I'm not sure I see that argument. It's perfectly possible to buy a non-FOSS company and drive away all the best talent, squander your customers' good will, lose the market position of your products though underinvestment and/or stupid strategies and generally drive the good name that you paid for into the dirt. In that case, you'd end up with nothing but office furniture too. When you buy a company, sure you have some assets both tangible and intangible. But also what you're really buying is a brand, a place in the market, some mindshare, a community, and good will. If you lose that (which is all too easy to do) then it doesn't matter if the company's products were closed or open, you're still equally screwed.

Hardware Hacking

$100 Linux Wall-Wart Now Available 464

nerdyH sends us to LinuxDevices for a description of a tiny Linux device called the Marvell SheevaPlug. "A $100 Linux wall wart could do to servers what netbooks did to notebooks. With the Marvell SheevaPlug, you get a completely open (hardware and software) Linux server resembling a typical wall-wart power adapter, but running Linux on a 1.2GHz CPU, with 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of Flash. I/O includes USB 2.0, gigabit Ethernet, while expansion is provided via an SDIO slot. The power draw is a nightlight-like 5 Watts. Marvell says it plans to give Linux developers everything they need to deliver 'disruptive' services on the device." The article links four products built on the SheevaPlug, none of them shipping quite yet. The development kit is available from Marvell.
Linux Business

1 of 3 Dell Inspiron Mini Netbooks Sold With Linux 230

christian.einfeldt writes "According to an article in Laptop Magazine on-line, one-third of Dell Inspiron Mini 9s netbooks are sold with the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Dell senior product manager John New attributed the sales volume to the lower price point of the Ubuntu Linux machines. And the return rate of the Ubuntu Linux machines is approximately equal to that of comparable netbooks sold with Microsoft Windows XP. Dell spokesperson Jay Pinkert attriutes the low return rate to Dell's good communications with its customers, saying 'We have done a very good job explaining to folks what Linux is.'"

Submission + - AISD Teacher Throws Fit Over Student's Linux CD ( 1

VSpike writes: "The Austinist reports on a classic misunderstanding reminiscent of the City of Tuttle vs. CentOS. A teacher sees a student showing off his HeliOS system and confiscates all the disks. She reprimands the student for distributing illegal software and then fires off a threatening email to the person who provided the software to the student, stating "No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful.""

CERN Releases Analysis of LHC Incident 149

sash writes "From the fresh press release: 'Investigations at CERN following a large helium leak into sector 3-4 of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel have confirmed that cause of the incident was a faulty electrical connection between two of the accelerator's magnets. This resulted in mechanical damage and release of helium from the magnet cold mass into the tunnel. Proper safety procedures were in force, the safety systems performed as expected, and no one was put at risk. Sufficient spare components are in hand to ensure that the LHC is able to restart in 2009, and measures to prevent a similar incident in the future are being put in place.'"

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