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Palyh has been hitting gnu.org pretty hard today. Seems like Microsoft is having a bit of problem keeping up with all the bounces sent to support@microsoft.com.

SMTP error from remote mailer after MAIL FROM:<mail@gnu.org> SIZE=2452:
host maila.microsoft.com []: 452 4.3.1 Out of memory

How do some people sleep at night?

SCOX had a huge opening gap up this morning. Today's high is currently 8.04 for a stock that had a previous 52-week high of 4.86.

Mr. Softee can't buy SCO -- owning Unix would have just a few antitrust concerns. They want to fund SCO's efforts to destroy Linux (and free software in general), but why simply fund SCO, when you can license the Unix source code and patents in the process? Microsoft comes out of this licensing arrangement looking like a model citizen in the software world, while the free software community looks like a vagrant pickpocket.

The SCO vs. IBM lawsuit is expected to go to trial in two to three years. The SCO FUD isn't going away anytime soon -- unless they get bought -- which is exactly what they want to happen.

Red Hat posted a short letter to their customers regarding the SCO situation. It's worth reading.

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To any Perl hackers out there:

Why does [^\s]* match a sequence of zero or more non-spaces in 5.005, but fails in 5.8.0?

I had to change some code in parrot to get it to build under Red Hat 9.
Specifically, I had to change:
            if ($line =~ m/TEMPLATE\s+([^\s]*)\s*{/) { #}
            if ($line =~ m/TEMPLATE\s+(\S*)\s*{/) { #}
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I'm not sure why I never bothered looking into apt-rpm before now. The only thing I miss about not using Debian here at home is apt. That problem appears to be very much fixed now.

Fast security updates, a good desktop with the latest version of XFree86, and apt -- that's all I really need in a distro.

So why is it that Debian still hasn't released a security advisory for the linux ptrace exploit on x86?

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nivin.org is temporarily down. I should really look into getting a Mini-ITX as our firewall/gateway.

Fan on the (Built-by) ATI 7500 in Misty's computer (current firewall/gateway) only mostly works now. I've never heard anything good about those fans, so the plan is to replace it with a Sapphire (Powered by ATI) 9000 with only a heatsink.

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After much effort, I finally have a usable hacking environment. I picked up a Tyan s2495, Athlon XP 2700, a gig of RAM, and installed Red Hat 8.0 on it. My current laptop is still running Red Hat 7.2 with xfs (predates the stable release of ext3), so this was my first time getting 8.0 up and running.

metacity is the least configurable window manager that I've ever used. Luckily, the code is small and readable, so I was able to easily hack in some window behaviors to keep myself from going insane. Releasing a window manager for production use that doesn't support configurable mouse bindings? Come on... Red Hat should be able to do better than that.

Minus the initial metacity nightmare, 8.0 + Xft-enabled Phoenix is quite nice.
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