They are moving to Debian. Unlike a lot of sponsored studies the reasons to switch – stability, reliability, in-house control – are in sync with users’ experiences. Also note that Linux runs on a specialist hardware like the first humanoid robot in space and the laptops that ran XP before.
Twitter now officially backs Linux, by becoming a silver member of the Linux Foundation. Good for the Linux Foundation. Good for Twitter. [Continue]
Close on the heels of migration to GRUB2 comes another switch in the Arch Linux world – to systemd. And I won’t lag behind, though I am getting used to being indifferent towards these switches. With help of the excellent Arch Linux wiki, all my Arch Linux machines now boot using pure systemd installation. [Continue]
My tone indicates that GRUB2 is not useful. Yes, and No. It is a definite improvement over its predecessor with features like better scripting support, graphical boot menus, boot live CD ISOs directly, themes, and so on. [Continue]
Slackware (at Wikipedia), one of the earliest Linux systems, needs your help. I understood the real meaning of open source – freedom and choice – while using Slackware. Slackware is important for open source and for Linux. [Continue]
If you wonder about the Linux kernel development, this video is a good start. It does an amazing job of explaining the process and communication between developers without using technical jargon. A part of it is also a good presentation for people unaware of Linux.
I came across a thoughtful article by Dan Newcome on how the functional programming concepts can overcome inconsistency problems with Unix commands. What if the Unix commands performed atomic operations, without complications and exposed a consistent predictable interface instead of just text! They could be then as composable as functions. [Continue]
Arch Linux recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Unlike most modern tools, it offers simplicity through transparency. You can see this concept trickling down in its applications like netcfg, pacman, makepkg or the Arch Linux Installation Framework. [Continue]
I was helping a friend move to Linux. The printer WeP EX330+DX turned out to be biggest hurdle for moving to Linux. We couldn’t find much on the Web as well. [Continue]
It is great to hear that the Tamil Nadu state’s IT department is going to use BOSS. It is great to hear about Government organizations adopting open source. And it is a double joy to hear that Indian Government organizations are adopting Indianized Linux.