Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Maddog bites Microsoft

Filed under
Linux

In the past 30 years, Linux legend Jon "maddog" Hall has worked at more technical jobs and taught more students about the technical aspects of IT than he probably cares to remember. One thing he does remember, however, is his nickname, given to him by his students at Hartford State Technical College, in Connecticut. It's a name the ageing, bearded guru has come to enjoy.

The executive director of non-profit advocacy organisation Linux International, Mr Hall, like many Linux evangelists, has made a career out of being a worker rather than captain of industry. He has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, consultant and tertiary-level teacher, among other things. The companies at which he has worked, a mixture of users and vendors, include Western Electric, Aetna Life & Casualty, Bell Labs, Digital Equipment Corporation and VA Linux Systems.

When Mr Hall visits Sydney in late March to speak at the LinuxWorld Australia conference and Expo, it will not be specifically to can Microsoft.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Try GNOME 3.14 Beta 1 with Wayland Without Installing Anything

GNOME is working to implement official Wayland support for the upcoming 3.14 release and they seem to be more than half way there. It's difficult to test the new GNOME 3.14 Beta updates that have been made until now, especially with the Wayland integration, but a Reddit user posted a short and easy-to-follow tutorial in this regard. Read more

Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux

Since last year AMD's had the FX-9590 as the top-end Vishera CPU that can top out at 5.0GHz with its Turbo Frequency, but initially this processor was only available to OEM system builds. Over time the OEM version of the FX-9590 became available to consumers while earlier this summer AMD launched a retail version of the FX-9590 that included the eight-core CPU with a closed-loop water cooling solution. Today we're reviewing this highest-end Vishera CPU to see how it compares to other AMD and Intel processors on Ubuntu Linux. Read more

Ultimate Linux Mint 1.4 Looks Much Better than Its Linux Mint Cinnamon Base – Gallery

Ultimate Linux Mint 1.4, a Linux distribution based on Linux Mint 17 Qiana Cinnamon Edition 64-bit, has been released and is available for download. Read more

Matching databases to Linux distros

Relational database management systems (RDBMSs) aren’t the sort of thing to get most folk out of bed in the morning – unless, of course, you happen to think they’re one of the most brilliant concepts ever dreamed up. These days you can’t sneeze without someone turning it into a table value in a database somewhere - and in combination with the freely available Linux operating system, there’s no end to them. Most Linux distros make it almost trivial to add popular DBMSs to your system, such as MySQL and MariaDB, by bundling them in for free in their online app stores. But how do you tell which combination - which Linux distro and which DBMS - will give you the best performance? This week we've revved up the Labs servers to ask the question: what level of performance do you get from OS repository-sourced DBMSs? Read more