LINUX

PalmSource becomes ACCESS

Today, ACCESS, a Japanese company that acquired PalmSource (not to be confused with Palm, which… oh, never mind) earlier this year, announced that they will be absorbing the PalmSource brand. Probably a good thing. I’ve been a Palm user for about seven years now, and have done my share of pontificating and pondering their fate, but I hadn’t really read up on the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP). The summary on their website mostly made my eyes glaze over (“standards-based software architecture … best-in-class … combined technology portfolios …") until I got to this part:

Goodbye, SCO

I haven’t been following the SCO case very closely, having only mentioned it once since I started this blog. So I missed this ass-kicking order that came down over the summer from Judge Brooke Wells. It’s long and detailed (GrokLaw speculates that this is to discourage SCO from a tedious appeal), so don’t be afraid to skim for the good parts. For example: The court finds SCOs arguments unpersuasive. SCOs arguments are akin to SCO telling IBM sorry we are not going to tell you what you did wrong because you already know.

A different kind of switching

During the same period that I thought I’d be playing a lot with an old Dell laptop running Ubuntu Linux (but haven’t), several notable Apple fans have made, or are seriously and publicly considering making, the jump from OS X to open-source operating systems like Ubuntu. Mark Pilgrim led the way. (He does work for IBM, though he’s gotten remarkably few snide remarks about that in the comments.) Cory Doctorow is talking like he’s about to do it as well.

Score one for Dell, sort of

Tonight I had to get some data off a Dell Inspiron 4000 that has a totally screwed up W98ME installation. Rather than struggle again with burning CDs from the broken system, I decided to see how hard it was to get at the hard drive itself. I didn’t have any directions or anything, I just flipped the laptop over and started unscrewing stuff (I’ve done this since I was a kid, but have gotten a little bit better at putting things back together).

Linux will eat itself

When I came across Distro of the Month I started thinking that maybe there’s a problem with the number of Linux distributions. Distrowatch.com tracks approximately 372 different Linux distributions. At one per month, it would take 31 years to make it through the list – assuming that no new distributions arrive during that time, which I’m afraid is wishful thinking. Distrowatch’s How Independent Is Your Distribution page boils the numbers down some – 129 of those 372 are based on Debian, for instance.

Which PalmOS is really next?

I’m living happily with my Palm TX, but I’m already thinking about what comes next. (It would be nice to have a multitasking operating system.) There has always been a lot of overlap between the Mac and Palm worlds. The original developers were Apple refugees. I know this is facile, but as I look at what has passed and what’s been announced for the future, I start drawing parallels between Apple’s operating systems and Palm’s:

Ubuntu, I buntu, we all buntu

$ grep ub$ /usr/share/dict/words | ruby -ne "print split(/(\s+)/).map{|w|w.capitalize}" | xargs -I FOOB echo "FOOBuntu" | column Bathtubuntu Interclubuntu Strubuntu Bedaubuntu Knubuntu Stubuntu Bedubuntu Misdaubuntu Subuntu Beelzebubuntu Moneygrubuntu Subshrubuntu Blubuntu Nubuntu Succubuntu Bubuntu Ouroubuntu Swilltubuntu Cherubuntu Overscrubuntu Trillibubuntu Chubuntu Pubuntu Trubuntu Clubuntu Redaubuntu Tubuntu Cubuntu Redubuntu Unclubuntu Daubuntu Rerubuntu Undaubuntu Disdubuntu Rescrubuntu Underclubuntu Drubuntu Resnubuntu Undergrubuntu Dubuntu Reubuntu Underscrubuntu Flubuntu Roubuntu Undershrubuntu Flubdubuntu Rubuntu Undertubuntu Fubuntu Sandclubuntu Undubuntu Gaubuntu Scrubuntu Washtubuntu Glubuntu Semishrubuntu Woodgrubuntu Grubuntu Shrubuntu Zebubuntu Hubuntu Sillabubuntu Zermahbubuntu Hubbubuntu Slubuntu Inrubuntu Snubuntu I got the idea for this after listening to a recent LugRadio podcast.