Slashdot (yes, they’re still around) had their users send questions for Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux. Linus Torvalds answers the twelve that were rated highest.
Poul-Henning Kamp bemoans the current state of FreeBSD and by extension the entire open source movement.
After their adventures in court yielded them nothing but judgements against them, SCO filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and is finally shutting down completely.
They were already in Chapter 11 but it’s obvious they had no chance of ever being able to pay their creditors back. This allows them to basically shutdown without having to pay anyone at all. The lawyers, of course, will get any money that remains.
Building the worst Linux PC ever requires emulating an ARM chip on an 8-bit microcontroller. With an effective clock speed of 6.5 kHz (yes, you read that right), it takes 2 hours to boot up to a bash prompt. Not for the impatient, obviously.
What is The Raspberry Pi ? It’s a $35 SoC (System on a Chip) computer than can run Linux. It’s intended to encourage kids to learn programming but the price along with the capabilities make it a great low-power server platform for all sort of things.
It’s so compelling that they sold out immediately (and their site crashed). Just give them time to recover and you should be fine.
Seriously, a USB stick PC for $25 running Ubuntu. All you need is a HDMI display and a USB keyboard.
If you know Linux history, you know that it started as a derivative of Minix, which was a fairly simple OS intended specifically for teaching purposes. But Minix isn’t alone. MIT has used the Sixth Edition of Unix (V6) as the basis for their OS course. But V6 is old, written in K&R C and was intended for the PDP-11. So in order to address these issues in 2006 they rewrote it for x86 processors in Ansi C to create Xv6, a simple Unix-like teaching operating system.