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GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Simpler and/or more efficient Autotools replacement?

eexaa writes: As you probably might have noticed, common ./configure script size grew to around half megabyte today, and even with simplest and smallest projects, running it can take around a minute on older or embedded systems.
I was wondering how nice it would be to have a tool that can take input similar to autotools (list of targets to build and list of things to check for), could produce a configure script that isn't bloated (and doesn't explicitly check for all obsolete things that happened more than 20 years ago), would possibly live without m4 (or any other intermediate layers) and doesn't expect installation on user side (which is exactly the wrong thing about SCons, CMake and similar systems). And yes, I believe that sacrificing some not-longer-needed compatibility for efficiency would be fine today.
So — are any Slashdotters aware of some software or a set of mystic autotools tweaks that would make this possible?

Submission + - Dedicated controller for 3D panning?

crazygamerz writes: I have recently purchased a cheap, brandless trackball mouse from ebay and would like to use it as a dedicated controller for panning and zooming in 3D environments such as games, Google Earth, Maya, etc. However, Windows by default only recognizes this device as an additional mouse and I could not figure out a way to make the two mouses function independently for different purposes. I have searched the whole internet but could not find any similar projects. Is this doable? What are the steps that I need to follow?

Submission + - Efficient Autotools Replacement?

eexaa writes: As you probably might have noticed, common ./configure script size grew to around half MB today, and even with simplest and smallest projects, running it can take around a minute on older/embedded system.
I was wondering that it would be nice to have a tool that can take input similar to autotools (list of targets to build and list of things to check for), can produce a configure script that isn't bloated (and doesn't explicitly check for all obsolete things that happened 20yrs ago), possibly lives without m4 (which is just plain ugly) and doesn't expect installation on user side (like SCons, CMake and other systems usually do). And yes, I believe that sacrificing some unneeded compatibility for efficiency would be fine today.
So — are any Slashdotters aware of some software or a set of mystic autotools tweaks that could help me solving this, or should I rather just sit down and code it?

Submission + - Where do all the milw0rmers go now? (remote-exploit.org)

eexaa writes: No matter whether you noticed it or not, milw0rm is mostly dead since late September, and no one seems to be doing much about it. If we don't care about possible malicious usage of the actual exploits, milw0rm was one of the main resources for all the sysadmins who tried to stay secure and didn't have time/money/connections for security experts that would do it for them, or for living in complicated and unfriendly underground networks. Question is simple — Where do all the happy followers go now for their nicely-packed exploit listing? Are there any replacements? If not, is there some other good-enough information source I've missed?

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