Submission Summary: 0 pending, 14 declined, 3 accepted (17 total, 17.65% accepted)
a) the innards of a *nix system,
b) what was (or can be) used to build those innards, and
c) icing on the cake: the goodies for after that *nix distribution has been built or compiled.
Until now. The zentu*nix project is a fairly new and ambitious project that aims to do all three. The site has been recently revamped, re-launched, and now contains well over 600 open-source projects and tools, organized by form and functionality. It is a one-stop resource for everything open-source; though not all sections are focused on the *nix or operating-system related software. Sections include: Building a Custom Operating System, Multimedia Players, Mixers, Rippers, and even a section dedicated to Open-Source Gaming. New projects are also being continually added."
The mapping, which was based on data from the assistance of 5,000 online volunteers, was published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences magazine.""A dense core of 80 or so critical nodes surrounded by an outer shell of 5,000 sparsely connected, isolated nodes that are very much dependent upon this core. Separating the core from the outer shell are approximately 15,000 peer-connected and self-sufficient nodes. Take away the core, and an interesting thing happens: about 30 percent of the nodes from the outer shell become completely cut off. . . . Three distinct regions are apparent: an inner core of highly connected nodes, an outer periphery of isolated networks, and a mantle-like mass of peer-connected nodes. The bigger the node, the more connections it has."
C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]