For many who work or research in the industry, desktop computers have an “end of history” feel about them. The improvements in technology that allow chip makers to double the number of transistors in a given area of silicon every 18 – 24 months are still there but “Moore’s Law” as we understand it –… Read More The year of Linux on the desktop?
These days it is possible to host the Linux kernel on GitHub and their tools reveal some interesting things about the pattern of kernel hacking (or at least of kernel committing.) The “punchcard” tool shows what times commits are made. And here it is for the Linux kernel: It seems that kernel hacking is pretty… Read More No (well, not much) kernel hacking on a Sunday
Richard Stallman (aka “RMS” or the “last of the true hackers” according to Steven Levy’s classic book) is a great, but very difficult, man. His strops and sulks about Linus Torvalds should not blind us to the fact that he does have a serious and valid point when he insists that what most people call… Read More Richard Stallman plainly lacks any sense of irony
Seems, at long last, it may be the GNU HURD, the operating system kernel that Richard Stallman planned some three decades ago as the killer of the proprietary Unices and hacked away at for another ten years before some Finnish computer science student – Linus Torvalds – wrote a task switcher “just for fun” and… Read More What’s that coming over the hill?
Ten years ago next week I booted my first Linux machine – Labour had just won its second landslide and I had a few days off work after the election and so went out and bought a PC from the late lamented Morgan Computers and – dear reader, pity my naivety – paid about £50… Read More Linux 3.0