World Domination 201

December 25, 2006

First of all, Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you all enjoy the holidays.

Secondly, I read through Eric S. Raymond’s essay titled World Domination 201. In this essay, ESR points out that the Linux community has until 2008 to get ready for the next shift in computer hardware. And because of this shift in hardware, a shift in software will also take place. In 2008, the low end PC’s will all have 64-bit CPU’s and the market will have to pick a new standard for the 64-bit architecture.

He listed several issues that are requirements for this new standard:

“The issues we believe to be requirements for the new 64-bitdesktop standard platform are, in order of increasing painfulness:

  • Drivers for all major existing hardware.
  • 32-bit legacy platform emulation.
  • Surviving the killer app.
  • Enabling preinstalls.
  • Support for all major multimedia formats.”

Point one and five stick out in my mind as quite important. As I have been following the Planet Ubuntu articles in my spare time, binary video card drivers and multimedia codecs have been a point of major discussion. Basically, Ubuntu might be enabling binary (non-free) video card drivers in its next release. This will allow users to enjoy the eye candy of transparency, rotating cubes, etc. Multimedia codecs allow users to listen to MP3’s and watch DVD’s, both are not free.

I have not finished the World Domination essay, so I am not exactly sure where ESR stands on this issue though I am assuming he is agruing for free alternatives to the binary drivers. I agree that to win the average computer user, Linux will need to work out of the box. But will that cause the Linux community to be just like Windows and Mac OS X? Should we be willing to go away from the roots that started this movement to win the desktop market?

Those are questions that I am unable and unwilling to answer myself. And I will probably still be loyal to the Linux community either way.

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December 15, 2006

So my fifth semester of college is done. About frickin’ time too. I am looking forward to Christmas break, a lot. I don’t go back to school for a full month, which gives me plenty of time to work, relax, code, game, etc.

New Things:

  • My podcast downloader works. I need to think of a good way to check if the feed is updated or not. Right now, it always downloads the enclosure even if it was download during a previous run of the program. Anyone interested in trying the program out?
  • My roommate is playing Gears of War. He has been stuck on the last boss for at least an hour now. I am laughing inside.
  • My little bro got his first girlfriend. Dave, if you read this, congrats dude.
  • I am excited for the Spring semester.
  • Flock 1.0 has been pushed back to an early 2007 release. Pretty sure this hasn’t been stated officially, but Mike stated it in the forums.
  • Everyone Loves Raymond has turned into my favorite TV show. Ever since Lost has taken a break, ELR has taken a special place in heart. I also watch all the Heroes episodes online and am really looking forward for new episodes.
  • Looking forward to the Lamb of God/Trivium tour. Pissed that I am missing In Flames for basketball.

More on point #4. Why the heck would I be looking forward to school? Well, I am actually taking a programming class this semester, which is always a plus in my book. I also got to skip the first semester programming class so I don’t have to labor through too much old material. I am semi-scared about coding in Java. I didn’t have the greatest experience learning Java in high school so I am a little apprehensive about it. But I am sure pretty it won’t be that bad. Also, I am taking an Info Security class. This class should be pretty fun and interesting. Security is definitely one of my passions and the course follows the necessary items for CISSP certification so if I do well in the course, I may try to get my first cert.

Yay! I updated my blog again. Awhile ago, Lloyd pointed out that I don’t post often enough. Hopefully that will change. Probably not though.

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