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Mysql - Part of Linux Foundation - Can it be for real???!!!

With the acquisition of Sun - Oracle has come a full circle with its offering.

Now the question in everyone's mind - What happens to MySQL.  I am sure it will continue to be nurtured, promoted and all that. Will it be done with fair practices?  Why not donate Mysql to Linux community or Apache foundation or better still promote/nurture Mysql as an independent organization?

Why Linux ?

It is proven beyond an iota of doubt - How to manage community software platform with Linux? In the world of Light (LAMP) M is a very important member. 

Oraclians - please donate Mysql to Linux Foundation!!

By the way - This is my personal opinion!!



Whats wrong with /etc/skel?

I have been in charge of setting multiple Linux terminal servers up through the years. I have also been tasked with getting Linux desktops conforming to the same user defaults and centrally manage those. Some applications that behave the *nix way are really easy to manage but the ones like OpenOffice, Firefox, Gnome and others can be a real pain because they have settings in all the different places and with different ways of setting them.

 Sometimes i wonder if many developers are very good at programming but perhaps not that up to speed on making them easily managable in a larger enviroment. Its really not that much of a hassle of making it really easy to manage settings for an application. 

 Put user specific settings in "~./appname",  the default user settings in /etc/skel/appname and distributing, altering them en masse and setting sane defaults becomes really easy and does not in any way demand anything else than very simple scripts.

 The worst of them all is in my mind Gnome that uses gconf. While i cant comment on its merits for programmers its a living hell managing as an admin where you have more than a couple of computers or on a terminal server. I totally abhorre using any kind of databases or registers for settings. I cant imagine it saves especially much time for the developers and it certainly introduces nothing but troubles for the users.

This is in my mind really something that needs to be taken into consideration for those who wish people in corporations using their apps more. Especially firefox and openoffice thats pretty hard to manage on both Linux and Windows regardless of any policy tools , scripts or whatnot.

 Linux in itself and as an OS works wonderfully in regards to settings and such, its just some of the applications bolted ontop and ran on Linux that would really need some rethinking from a management point of view.


How to introduce those new to Linux -- to Linux.

This often proves rather difficult, at least for myself. I'll start off with an example. When I first started to become interested in Linux, a friend decided to lend me a disc. It happened to be Ubuntu 5.10. To this day, I either use Debian, Ubuntu, or Mint. This is because it was my first impressions to Linux, and it's what I accustomed myself to. So this is where you need to decide what to show them.

For instance, decide how competant they are when it comes to computers. While this may be a harsh statement it's very true. If this person is only able to log in and surf the net, don't suggest something such as Arch or Gentoo, rather suggest something such as Mint. If they enjoy a little bit of monkeying around with things, give them Ubuntu, or perhaps even openSUSE.  It depends on the type of person

Now what exactly do you show a person to demonstrate Linux. First you have to think about what Linux really is. At the very basic level, it's an OS. It provides a layer to execute programs that people have written, and for some people that's good enough. For others, and in reality the majority of the young population, you're going to have to convince them that Linux is better than Windows.

One of the first things that you should show them is the office suites available. I personally have no use for an office suite, but apparently people are willing to pay 300+ dollars for that software. The next would be photography, such as the Gimp. Show them how to do things that you could do in Photoshop in the Gimp. Show them how the media players work, how to create movies, with something such as Kdenlive. This is what they want to see. Then show them them some of the fancier things. Do a little bit of management through the CLI. How to list files, move, copy, install applications, start applications, configure the os. This will show them that you both know what you're doing and what is available to them on Linux.  The last thing you need to do is ask if they have any apps that they couldn't do without, and then show them a suitable replacement for them, and if you can't even find one, then use the opportunity to demonstrate Wine to them.

All this being said, it's a good idea to watch what you show them. Just like the old saying--first impressions are the most important.


Hey, Who Let All Of These People In?

Welcome to Day One of the new This is a day that culminates a lot of marathon work by our team of web developers and content staffers to bring to life a really exciting, community-focused

I have to admit, it's really exciting to watch people come in and use the site. We've been working so intensely on its construction, it's become a virtual home for the web team these past months. So to see new content show up exactly as we'd hoped would happen is very gratifying.

As we also expected, there've been some bugs showing up along the way today, and I am grateful to the admin team for getting  some of them cleared already. Remember, please send bugs and glitches to the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it e-mail address.

For ideas on what you would like to see added (or removed) from, please continue to use the IdeaForge site. That will allow your fellow community members to vote on the ideas and enable us to keep track of the myriad of brainstorms that have been coming in today.

 Again, so glad you're all here! Please pardon the dust while we implement the immediate fixes, and welcome again to the first day of  the new


New Linux Challenges

With the new push by the Linux foundation towards improving the public image of Linux through the new sites, we think about what are likely to be the new challenges Linux as a social phenomenon.

One arena that IMHO Linuxers everywhere should invest is in the education market (meaning: kids). My son (11 yrs old) got an Intel classmate for school last this year and it came with windows and a half-baked Linux distro, I'd rather not mention the name. After I told him about the multiple advantages of free software and Linux he started to use Linux as his preferred operating system on his new computer. It bothered me however that the outdated version of the Classmate came with did not do justice to what a first Linux experience should be.

Soon enough I proposed to him we installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix on the classmate. He agreed and when I asked him some partitioning questions like how much space he wanted to give each operating system, he surprised me by asking me to completely wipe off Windows. Of course nothing would give me more pleasure, but I asked again: "are you sure? what if you need windows for something Linux can't do?" he then laughed in my face and said: "There's no such a thing!".

Now, at school all the other kids envy his brand new Linux system and how much better it performs than the original OSs.

Kids are always willing to try new things. And if we introduce them to Linux early enough, they won't settle for inferior operating systems in the future, and definitely won't accept software which restricts their freedom to use their computers to their full extent. looking good

Hey, I like this site!  I was glad to get an invite to the beta, and am just now having a play around with all the features - and it seems there are quite a few.

I noticed that at least some of it is running on Joomla, which is cool, but I must admit to expecting to find it Drupal powered.  Obviously there is a lot more going on behind the scenes, so I'll be looking forward to hear a bit more about that. (who knows, maybe it's Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress all at the same time - it almost feels like it).

Well done to those at the Linux Foundation for the work on this site!  I'm sure there will be plenty of improvements as the site gets going, but I'm impressed with what you have done so far.

Keep up the good work!


Linux - Mother of Community

To me Linux is the mother of all open source software/platform/stack/OS and Social networking concept and platforms.

Over the years, we have learnt how to work effectively and efficiently with in the norms of a community. This knowledge triggered  a plethora  of ideas to folks to actually follow the path laid by Linux community to develop so many other software stacks. The whole concept of community development drove hordes of people to think of networking online or in today's words - social networking. In my opinion Linux have had a positive influence on society at large to actually create sense of togetherness and unity among people from all walks of life. For once we should all be proud of Linux's accomplishment to treat every one equal irrespective of race, color, caste, creed or religion. 

To the whole world - Watch out - is coming very soon to a browser near you!! We will rock the world.



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Plan 9 Authentication in Linux Paper Available

Ashwin's paper on implementing Plan 9 authentication and capability device for Linux is now available for free from the ACM Archives along with the rest of the special issue on the Linux kernel that I helped co-edit:

9P/Virtio Slides Available

The slides I presented at KVM forum on using 9p over virtio to provide a paravirtualized file service are available on the <a href="">KVM wiki </a>
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