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Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Novell: We Own System V

Novell has issued a press release claiming that they own the patents and copyrights to UNIX System V, not SCO. Bruce Perens weighs in on this on Slashdot. Hopefully this will at least make SCO's suit against IBM more difficult. At the very least, it's nice to see Linux's friends speaking up.

UPDATE! SCO has issued this press release which seems indicate that they are back-pedalling. If this release is correct, I cannot see how they could justify sending threatening letters to corporations that use Linux. They can sue IBM for breach of contract, but they can do next to nothing about anything else. Anybody else smell a lawsuit?

UPDATE #2! Apparently SCO CEO Darl McBride has threatened to sue Linus Torvalds unless more companies license their stuff. That comment is at the end of that story. Maybe he should just sue his parents for naming him "Darl." $10 says that's the root of all of this :)

UPDATE #3! SCO's stock dropped almost 25% today. Anybody surprised?

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Carmack on NVIDIA vs. ATI

id's John Carmack weighed in on Slashdot concerning "cheating" in Futuremark. He points out that it is impossible to test NVIDIA and ATI's latest offerings in exactly the same quality. He also notes that just because a driver is doing some "tricks" behind the scenes, it doesn't necessarily mean it is bad. Thanks Slashdot.

Konsole Tabs

When I talked with J.t. on the phone last night, he pointed out the tab feature in KDE's konsole. Instead of having five windows open with various shells, I just need one with several tabs. The little earmarked piece of paper icon in the top left of the window opens up a new tab. The little konsole icons will take you from one tab to the next. It just goes to show that it's not always the big things. Sometimes the little touches make a program many times more useful.

Changing Distros

Well, I finally got fed up with Mozilla and Mandrake 9.1 not playing nicely together. After setting up Slackware 9 on my other box as a "test" system, I felt comfortable bringing my main box over. I think I've got most of the kinks worked out (having the other box already set up allowed me to take care of some of the kinks ahead of time). Slack is J.t.'s favorite distro, we'll see if it will become mine too.

Before I upgraded, I debated whether or not to back up my HTML and word processing files. I decided to go ahead and do it. It's a good thing I did. After I had Slack installed, I mistakenly deleted my "files" directory instead of the "fonts" one (thanks to a typo and bash's tab-autocomplete function). If I wouldn't have backed up, I would have lost a couple months of work. Good thing I was smart enough to save myself from my own stupidity.

This is the lesson for today: Remember, kids, rm -rf is a very powerful command.

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