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Linux PC Maker System76 Plans To Design And Manufacture Its Own Hardware (liliputing.com) 101

An anonymous reader quotes Liliputing: System76 is one of only a handful of PC vendors that exclusively sells computers with Linux-based software. Up until now, that's meant the company has chosen hardware that it could guarantee would work well with custom firmware and the Ubuntu Linux operating system... Starting in 2018 though, you may be able to buy a System76 computer that was designed and built in-house... CAD files for System76 computers will be open source, allowing anyone with the appropriate skills and equipment to build or modify their own cases based on the company's designs.
"We're prototyping with acrylic and moving to metal soon," the company says in a blog post, adding "Our first in-house designed and manufactured desktops will ship next year. Laptops are more complex and will follow much later."
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Systemd-Free Devuan Announces Its First Stable Release Candidate 'Jessie' 1.0.0 (devuan.org) 359

Long-time reader jaromil writes: Devuan 1.0.0-RC is announced, following its beta 2 release last year. The Debian fork that spawned over systemd controversy is reaching stability and plans long-term support. Devuan deploys an innovative continuous integration setup: with fallback on Debian packages, it overlays its own modifications and then uses the merged source repository to ship images for 11 ARM targets, a desktop and minimal live, vagrant and qemu virtual machines and the classic installer isos. The release announcement contains several links to projects that have already adopted this distribution as a base OS.
"Dear Init Freedom Lovers," begins the announcement, "Once again the Veteran Unix Admins salute you!" It points out that Devuan "can be adopted as a flawless upgrade path from both Debian Wheezy and Jessie. This is a main goal for the Devuan Jessie stable release and has proven to be a very stable operation every time it has been performed. "

Comment Re:Whatever happened to at-will employment? (Score 5, Informative) 73

This is in Ontario Canada. This is most definitely not an "at-will" jurisdiction when it comes to employment.
The Ontario Labour Relations Act applies, along with common law. (The entitlements written down are not what applies -- it is what is "usual and customary" that applies in Ontario for severance compensation -- and that is *much* more generous than what is written in the legislation.)

Anyone subject to severance (of any kind) in Ontario should consult with a lawyer experienced with the practice of employment law in Ontario before signing anything.

Comment Re:I need a kidney and still think this is good. (Score 1) 295

I hope you get your kidney in time.

I think organ donation should be opt-out. And if you have opted out, you are ineligible to receive an organ transplant. (With at least a 12 month waiting period after opting back in.)

Further, there should be a 3 month waiting period to effect an opt-out. No opting out and then killing yourself out of spite, or having next-of-kin object to an accident victim who has not opted out from donating organs & tissue.

From what I've read, this would solve the organ shortage in most regions.

Comment Re:Russia exposes political corruption in the US.. (Score 1) 821

Literally giving debate questions away to the detriment of Bernie.

Literally taking gifts from foreigners for access to the Secretary of State.

Literally saying that she lied to the public, but told the truth to the bankers.

Perhaps none of that rises to the label of "corruption" for you, but by most accounts, those actions are at least immoral if not illegal.

Comment Re:Russia exposes political corruption in the US.. (Score 1) 821

If the RNC internal documents show that they're giving away debate questions, or colluding against primary contestants to get their favored candidate in, or running corrupt charities to take foreign money in return for government failures, then I'm all for having them exposed, whether it is a Russian bear, a Nork kimchee, or even just a disgruntled insider.

Now, if the DNC internal docs had just shown say, motorcade schedules, and children's school addresses, or other sensitive information that didn't show corruption, Obama would have more of a leg to stand on. Instead, it looks like he's punishing the messenger to avoid the message.

Comment Russia exposes political corruption in the US... (Score 4, Insightful) 821

...and they now must be punished.

Is someone going to prosecute and sanction the DNC for stealing the election from Bernie? Or the Clinton Foundation for running a massive pay to play scheme?

Next time Voice of America points out corruption in some foreign election, should we expect to be sanctioned by that foreign nation?

And this is even if you believe that we have 100% proof that Putin leaked Podesta's and the DNC's emails.

Honestly, if Putin *did* do the crime, we should be thanking him for doing a job that the US mainstream media should've been doing.

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