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Submission + - Erich Bloch, Who Helped Develop IBM Mainframe Dies At 91

shadowknot writes: The New York Times is reporting that Erich Bloch who helped to develop the IBM Mainframe has died at the age of 91 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease. From the article:

In the 1950s, he developed the first ferrite-core memory storage units to be used in computers commercially and worked on the IBM 7030, known as Stretch, the first transistorized supercomputer. “Asked what job each of us had, my answer was very simple and very direct,” Mr. Bloch said in 2002. “Getting that sucker working.” Mr. Bloch’s role was to oversee the development of Solid Logic Technology — half-inch ceramic modules for the microelectronic circuitry that provided the System/360 with superior power, speed and memory, all of which would become fundamental to computing.

Submission + - Slackware 14.2 Released

shadowknot writes: After nearly three years of development Slackware 14.2 has been released. Patrick Volkerding made the announcement today:

Yes, it is that time again (finally)! Following a long period of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.2!

Eric Hameleers (aka AlienBob) has also produced a live version of Slackware 14.2 for those wishing to try it out without modifying their hard drive or spinning up a full install in a VM. ISOs are available from the official mirrors as well as the torrents page.

Comment Re:Ubuntu?! (Score 1) 157

I spoke with some guys running the Ubuntu booth at last year's IBM Enterprise conference in Vegas. They were there to tout their System p distro and when I quizzed them on the potential of a z port I got the deer in the headlights, what are you talking about look. Now that could've just been the guys I was talking to and there may well be some z enthusiasts back at Shuttleworth Towers but from my experience they really didn't seem interested. If you're really serious about running Linux on z you most likely run SUSE (SLES), Red Hat is actually rather behind on the platform.

Comment Re:awesome!... wait... (Score 1) 23

I think this is the real question. SLES is a product for servers/high uptime systems. Perhaps I'm ignorant but I don't know of many server lines that use ARM CPUs. It makes sense for them to be on x86/64, Power and z (s390x) but not much else for SLES. OpenSUSE support for as many architectures as possible is probably sensible but I'm not sure that there's need for the enterprise-class ditro to do the same.

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 674

Or to reframe without the authority worship:

We likely don't know the full story here. I suspect it could have gone like this:

* Someone has their phone plugged into a socket labeled 'Not for public use'.
* PCSO notices, says "Unplug the phone now or I'll call the real police on you because RULEZ!".
* Man asks reasonable question of costumed imbecile thereby challenging the tiny bit of authority costumed thug believes they have.
* Costumed tax leeches aggress against peaceful person who has harmed nobody
* Man gets rightly indignant at baseless aggression
* Higher paid costume wearers extort/kidnap for contempt of cop

Comment Year Typo? (Score 3, Insightful) 37

In 1998 the duo started work on SNES-CD, a video game media format that was supposed to augment the cartridge-based SNES by adding support for higher-capacity CDs. In 1991 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sony introduced the "Play Station" (yes, with a space) but it never saw the light of day.

I think the first year should read "1988" no?

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