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Monday, January 19th, 2004

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2 Questions
1.) I herd from someone at my school that the 2.6.x Kernels only worked good on AMD64s. I have a P4 I'm thinking about putting linux on. But this would knock out my AMD Athlon XP 2400+ desktop system that already has RedHat 9.0.

2.) Has anyone played with phlak. I have made a disk of it and it looks pretty powerful for a Live Distribution. Its copy to HD stuff didn't work for me. But otherwise powerful network attack and defence kit.

Just shout out to me what you think about this.

Current Mood: high
Is it really FREE?
A friend, Carl Franklin has offered to help me acquire much needed technology access for my classroom. My school is in a depressed, rural section of Eastern Connecticut. We have very limited access to technology and I would like to amend that so that students could do more research, multi-media projects, etc, as I had students do in my previous school. I expressed to Carl that I was looking into trying to build a Linux Terminal Server Project and he said that Microsoft would give me stuff, instead (obviously, they're NOT going to help me build a linux terminal server).
Now, I love Carl and his family. We go to the same church and our daughter play together. I care for his youngest in the church nursery. They're really nice people. Carl is a phenomal musician, too, and we jam when the occasion presents itself (about once or twice a year). We frequently argue over the benefits of OSS and the evils of Microsoft (or, as he might put it, the evils of OSS and the benefits of MS.).
Oh, did I mention that he's a VB.net teacher, author and BIG DEAL at Microsoft?
My feeling is that nothing coming from MS or the Gates Foundation is really FREE, not to diminish the good that the Gates Foundation has done, of course, but, let's call a spade a spade, eh.
Personally, I would much rather provide my students with exposure to linux and the myriad benefits thereof. At the same time, I would feel badly about neglecting his generous offer to use his influence at MS to benefit my children.
Also, I am having great difficulty finding money and hardware for the LTSP project that I would like to build (a server with 5 to 10 terminals, to provide my students with web access and office software, etc., for school projects.) Other teachers in the middle school are acknowledging the need, but since I'm the "tech expert"(be afraid) among the four middle school teachers , they're leaving this little project to me. There is not hope of acquiring funds through the school board. The principal says if I can find the money/materials that I can do what I want.
I'm having mixed feelings.
What do you think?
Does anyone happen to know how to get sound working under Debian Linux, with a 2.2.20 kernel on a Sparcstation IPX machine.

(Sorry, if I'm disturbing the cobwebs... :)

I loaded the sound module, but /dev/audio and /dev/dsp both report ~no such device~ or similar. Not sure if I have to re-compile the kernel to have the right drivers, or if there's some other trick.
Now, photodharma made a post, and lightning_rose made a response to that post that got me thinking. Basically, among the really smart folk I know it's generally accepted that MS is dead in the water. Why?

Well, think about the events of the past year (meaning January '03 - January '04):

  • Apple has finally standardized on Mac OS X, the first realy consumer Unix. Based on FreeBSD, Apple is touting is as the "future".

  • IBM first quietly, then very loudly begins to push Linux. First offering it on high-end zSeries mainframes, now you can purchase most any IBM server with Linux on it. Rumbles within IBM indicate that sometime in the '04 fiscal IBM will begin offering Linux desktops, most rumors point to SuSE as the distro of choice, ThinkPads, and they may standardize their own corporate desktops on Linux.

  • Novell first announces that the next major release of it's venerable NetWare software, NetWare 7, will have the option of running atop a Linux kernel. They will give the user the choice of running either a Linux or a NetWare kernel.

  • Novell finalizes a deal to purchase SuSE Linux. IBM pumps $50 million into Novell.

  • SCO sues the world. IBM, Intel, Redhat, Novell, and others set up defense funds for coporate Linux users.

  • Sun Microsystems, once one who vehemently opposed Linux, announces a Linux and Java-based desktop OS that will run on x86 hardware.

  • HP, once a big bed-partner of Microsoft, announces that they will begin offering Linux on select desktop models. They go further and partner with Apple to bring Apple's iTunes to HP desktops, and a HP-branded iPod.

  • Dell, another Microsoft stronghold, begins to offer select "OS-free" systems. Through Dell Corporate, users can choose to have Dell install select Linux distros on select PC's.

  • Sharp releases, and further refines a Linux-based PDA, the Zaurus.

  • Wal-Mart begins sale of low-cost PC's that run the Lindows OS instead of Windows XP.

    And that's all I have. Seriously people, the future for MS isn't good. More and more are realizing that the Microsoft Tax is no longer a tax, but rather an option. I don't know about the rest of you, but the next 12 months is going to be exciting for me ;).
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