The six branches of the Howard County Library system in Maryland provide 300 computers to their clients. This week, every computer has been upgraded from a "homegrown" Linux kernel, to Groovix, an Ubuntu Linux derivative.
Amy Begg De Groff, the library's IT director, says Howard County libraries are well supported by its patrons. "We get very gracious funding from the county residents, but the majority of the money goes to [book] collections and payroll. So the funding just doesn't keep up with our IT needs." Because of that, five years ago, the library was exploring alternatives to Microsoft Windows and its steep licensing fees.
Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) started as a telecommunications infrastructure building block, but its strong availability, scalability and service response features are driving its adoption in corporate IT environments, says Bill Weinberg, open source architecture specialist for Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), in Beaverton, Ore. Along the way, it's being enhanced to work with virtualization and blade servers, too.
A while back, I stumbled upon something called the Municator PC from YellowSheepRiver Municator, Inc. At first, I thought this had to be yet another hoax, but as I looked deeper into it, I found out that China has done a fairly nice job of taking the distribution, known as RPLinux, and integrating it with Chinese made hardware.
Kernel development, file systems, virtualization, networking, security, performance, scalability, applications and a lot more. Absolutely free. No other OS grows this fast!
The Linux kernel Serial ATA driver stack has several major updates in kernels 2.6.18 and [upcoming] 2.6.19. This status report describes the latest feature additions, driver updates, and core updates.
Intellibuild (iBuild) is a program that allows you to quickly and easily create your own custom GNU/Linux LiveCD Distribution. You simply open up a template, select which programs you want to be included, click on the "Build" button and wait. When iBuild is done, your custom .iso awaits you. All you have to do is burn and go.
If we look at the future, Linux seems to be doomed to a slow death in a dozen years: DRM, proprietary hardware, technologic innovations and political choices are behind this forecast.
I really appreciate Linux, and Open Source in general: a common base, open and free, foster freedom of individuals and better distribute richness. In the last few months I took interest in Linux and Open Source in a long-term perspective. What I see in the future is terrible: Linux's death. It's just a forecast, I know: it's up to you, after reading this document, to decide if it is reliable or not.
For the world's best-engineered ice cream, go to the Union Court dining area at Boston University. What you'll find is a vending machine that can make 96 varieties of ice cream to order from 12 flavors, two base mixes--premium and low carb--and three dry-ingredient mix-ins.
The ice cream, concocted by startup MooBella, isn't necessarily the world's best--that's subjective--though it's quite good. It's certainly the best freshly made ice cream you'll get from a vending machine because, well, it's the only freshly made ice cream available from a vending machine. "Really good ice cream isn't found everywhere you would want it to be," says MooBella president Bruce Ginsberg.