sofar writes: "Several news sites report Diebold has sold off its money-losing voting machine business, quote "Premier Election Solutions, Inc., the subsidiary that makes up the bulk of Diebold's voting machine business, will be sold to Election Systems & Software". One can only wonder what this means in the long turn for the voting machine business — will it topple over and be replaced widely by the pencil, or will a "new" Diebold pick up the pieces and do worse than the original one. Uncertainty will be a big problem for the government organizations using the machines."
sofar writes: "After two years of development, the my Xfce friends have managed to create yet another great Xfce release. The new release builds out to improve the desktop management. Session management is drastically improved and the window manager now detects hung applications. Internally, Xfce now sports a full-fledged configuration system. All in all this new release brings a long awaited update that brings a lot of maturity to the light-weight desktop. Go take the 4.6 tour!."
sofar writes: "Intel has just announced and released source code for their Open-FCoE project, which creates a transport that allows native Fibre Channel frames to travel over ordinary ethernet cables to any Linux system. This is an extremely interesting development where datacenters can reduce cost and maintenance by reducing the amount of Fibre Channel equipment and cabling while still enjoying the benefits and performance of Fibre Channel equipment. The new standard for channelling fibre channel frames over ethernet is backed by Cisco, Sun, IBM, EMC, Emulex and a variety of others working in the storage field. The timing of this announce makes sense with 10 Gigabit Ethernet becoming more widespread in the datacenter."