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Submission + - Why is FreeBSD not as popular as Linux?

kraemate writes: Linux is the de-facto OS on servers and mobile devices these days — but i was wondering about why it is so far ahead of other OSes like FreeBSD. As far as i know, FreeBSD has equal(better in some cases) performance, matches linux feature for feature, and has some of the greatest technologies : dtrace and ZFS.
Why then, is Linux deployed on almost all servers, when other operating systems are a very compelling alternative?

Comment Die facebook, die (Score 5, Insightful) 211

So now facebook is the new google, extremely minor changes are finding place on tech news sites.

Is facebook really technology? From what i can figure out, its a place where people spend 700 billion minutes a month playing farville and mafia wars.

I'd rather have all the facebook employees working on something significant, like i dunno, developing software for the space missions, or heck, even search engines. Search engines are awefully complicated - facebook is just a photo album with lots of cookies to track you.

At what point do we realize that people wasting time on such sites is as big a danger as say, drugs?
When's the war on facebook ?

Comment Re:Competitive... (Score 1) 249

Identity theft is only a real problem in civilized places.

More seriously, i wonder how many of the prison inmates here in india are able to speak english. If people who went to english schools and have had 'accent-training' programs and what not speak so horribly, how can petty prisoners be expected to be fluent?

Comment Re:Probably people abusing the system (Score 4, Interesting) 324

Stopping the shipping of free CDs is a long overdue but unfortunate move.

CDs were absolutely the only way to obtain a linux distro for me, and canonical's generous free shipping saved me(and countless others in 3rd world countries) by providing the discs.

However i have seen enough rampant abuse of this, so much so that i would rather see a few thousand people unable to use linux because they cannot obtain CDs than canonical shutting down because of the greedy unscrupulous jerks.

Comment Free speech vs. defamation (Score 3, Interesting) 131

Can someone please tell me where exactly free speech ends and defamation begins?
Is sarcasm defamation? Is questioning the reasons for the existance of a political organization(like in this case) defamation?

Coming to this case.. the comments were made in a forum which was intended for this very purpose. What next are they going to do, jail everyone who was a member because they are associated with someone posting a nasty message?


Submission + - Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) on 10 years of Slashdot (networkperformancedaily.com)

boyko.at.netqos writes: "For many years, Slashdot has been the gold standard of technical news online; the most successful blog that pre-dates the word "blog." It has been a haven for the geeky and the nerdy and a cultural meme over the past decade. We spoke to the creator and editor of Slashdot, Rob Malda, previously as part of our coverage of Slashdot's Firehose. Now, as Slashdot reaches its 10th anniversary, we speak with him again about Slashdot's past and its future.

A quick excerpt:

What will Slashdot look like in 2017?

If I win, hopefully mostly the same, except maybe a little more interactive and comprehensive. I hope that we're talking about the same types of things, but 10 years more advanced. I hope that the same level of conversation is taking place. And I hope that they keep letting me do it.

What do you mean by "win", what happens if you "lose", and if so, do you think you'd just start over again with a new site?

Well, my job is often balancing the economic realities with the desires of the users. There's a lot to that- advertisers want X, sales/marketing wants Y, readers want Z, and I have a certain budget, a certain number of engineer man hours, and only so many clock cycles of DB time.

If I lose, it means Slashdot no longer is able to be an independent voice on the Internet, and it is instead overrun by commercial interests. And at that point I'd probably leave. I don't know if I'd consider starting over again. It's a lot of work, and to have done this at the level I have, it would be anti-climactic personally to start over at zero unless I could find something worth doing it. Like a truckload of cash, or some sort of really interesting challenge to make it mentally worth trying. But quite honestly, Slashdot is interesting and on most days satisfying — starting over again would suuuuck. The first time around was 20-hour days for many years!

How did you keep your sanity?

I was young and didn't know better. And caffeine will get you a long ways."


Submission + - openSUSE 10.3 public release

Shizawana writes: The latest version of openSUSE is being released today. Here is a sneak peak of all the new features and additions, including highly anticipated changes to the YaST package management.

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