In the mid 90′s I was part-owner of a small ISP. We had given out Trumpet Winsock  to a large number of customers and couldn’t convert them to anything else. Unfortunately a new release of the Linux kernel (from memory I think it was 2.0) happened to not work with Trumpet Winsock. Not wanting [...]
I have just configured IPVS on a Xen server for load balancing between multiple virtual hosts. The benefit is not load balancing but management. With two virtual machines providing a service I can gracefully shut one down for maintenance and have the other take the load. When there are two machines providing a service a [...]
Jeff Bailey writes about the last 26 years of Microsoft . He gives Microsoft credit for “saving us from the TRS 80″, however CP/M-86 was also an option for the OS on the IBM PC . If MS hadn’t produced MS-DOS for a lower price then CP/M would have been used (in those days CP/M [...]
TED has a post about the design of the new OLPC .
I never liked the previous OLPCs , for my use a machine needs a better keyboard than the tiny rubber thing that they had. I understand why they designed it that way, for use in places where it would be an expensive asset [...]
I believe that the Red Hat process which has Fedora for home users (with a rapid release cycle and new versions of software but support for only about one year) and Enterprise Linux (with a ~18 month release cycle, seven years of support, and not always having the latest versions) gives significant benefits for the [...]
Mark Shuttleworth has written an interesting post about Ubuntu release dates . He claims that free software distributions are better able to meet release dates than proprietary OSs because they are not doing upstream development. The evidence that free software distributions generally do a reasonable job of meeting release dates (and Ubuntu does an excellent [...]
Anthony Towns writes about using an improved version of jigdo to download CD/DVD images . His improvement is basically to pipeline operation for better performance.
Jigdo (the Jigsaw download) is a tool to download a set of files and then use them to create a CD or DVD image . The idea is that most [...]
Patrick Winnertz writes about the demotivating effect of unreasonable delays on joining the Debian project .
While I agree that things need to be improved in terms of getting people in the project in a timely manner (the suggestion of providing assistants seems good), I don’t think that anyone has a good reason for being [...]
Uwe Hermann has described how to resize a root filesystem after booting from a live-cd or recovery disk . He makes some good points about resizing an LVM PV (which I hadn’t even realised was possible).
The following paragraph is outdated, see the update at the end: Incidentally it should be noted that if your [...]
Albert writes about software development and how much teamwork is used . He makes an interesting clash of analogies by suggesting that it’s not a “team sport” because “its not like commercial fishing where many hands are used to pull in the net at the same time“.
I think that software development for any non-trivial [...]