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Wind River and FreeBSD's relationship ending

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FreeBSDFrom BSD Today comes this story:
Back in March, 2000, BSDI merged with Walnut Creek CDROM, the main distributor for FreeBSD. And BSDI had goals to "form a united front for the BSD operating systems. The company will deliver, support and enhance both BSD/OS and FreeBSD."

Then in April, 2001, Wind River bought the BSD properties from BSDi (and BSDi became the hardware company, iXsystems).

As was mentioned in my recent BSD/OS article, BSD/OS was the focus of the acquisition: "FreeBSD came along for the ride and ... gave Wind River a pulpit in the open source community."
Wind River had been actively seeking a partner for the FreeBSD project, said Larry Macfarlane, the Senior Director of the Application Platforms Product Division at Wind River. "Unfortunately, nobody has expressed sufficient interest."
 
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SETI@home broadens search

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The SETI@home project currently has over 3 million users, and is in danger of running out of data to send away for analysis to you and me. The project now has a Linux-based, super-fast digital data recorder donated by Hewlett-Packard. This new gadget can record data ten times faster than the old one, making a broader electromagnetic spectrum available for analysis.

One of the inherent problems with a project like SETI, is where to look. The spectrum in which it could be worth listening is vast. Up until now, the microwave band had been the place to point the parabolic ears.

There's more about this on Wired.
 
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Roaming Network Configurations for Laptops

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FreeBSDAs mentioned earlier, Daemon News has an article that addresses the common requirement of having differing settings on a per-location basis, this can include IP addresses, DHCP settings and even email profiles.
Ron Rosson of the San Diego BSD Users Group - SDBUG has created PCSite to address many of these same concerns. Information about PCSite can be found here.
 
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XFree86 (4.x): getting DRI to run on a Voodoo3 in FreeBSD

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From Daily Daemon News: " BSDatwork.com has a put up a simple step-by-step HOWTO on getting DRI working under XFree86 4.x with FreeBSD and a Voodoo3 video card. " Find the article here. DRI is (of course) direct rendering, and speeds up your GL programs.
 
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IEEE 802.11 WLAN Primer

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Whitepapers
Wireless LANs are popping up all over. Isn't it about time you kicked back and read up on what's inside? Either that or you'll be forced to actually believe the utterings of the next sales droid that have you cornered.

Jim Zyren and Al Petrick of the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance, have put together this immensely useful whitepaper. It sets out to explain just what happens on the OSI MAC and physical layer when you access The Dilbert Zone on your laptop during that numbingly boring meeting.

The whitepaper is in PDF-format, so you might want to download it directly off of the link here.
 
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Web review: How stupid is your boss?

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Why are so many middle managers and executives technically inept? If they weren't, we might have more companies running their intranets on Linux. But if they were, we might not be able to surf, download, and email on company time quite so much.
Today's web review is for deskbound workers with clueless superiors. It's calls Don's Boss Page. When the index page is loaded, it looks like an Excel chart. If you scroll down, you'll see the real intent of the site.
 
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Build your own supercomputer

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ZDNet: How to build your own supercomputer: Take a few off-the-shelf, stripped-down PCs, add some network switches, a maze of Ethernet cabling and some homegrown Linux software, and you'll be well on your way.

Hewlett-Packard, together with a national laboratory in France, tried this recipe out. To the great surprise of many scientists, it worked. What they ended up with is the "I-Cluster," a Mandrake Linux-powered cluster of 225 simplified PCs from HP that has benchmarked its way into the list of the top 500 most powerful computers in the world.
 
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Simple FreeBSD firewall/NAT setup in half an hour

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If you plan on NATing and firewalling your precious home LAN after connecting it to the world via Cable Modem or xDSL, here's how to do it with a FreeBSD box. A person named Jim Arnold did just that.

The page Simple FreeBSD firewall/NAT setup in half an hour on his site, explains the setup for FreeBSD 4.2, so your mileage will invariably vary.
 
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The Ig Nobel Prize

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NewsGoofy science has its own awards. It's the Ig Nobel Prize, and scientists look forward to this event even more than the real McCoy. Or maybe not. Or maybe.

The awards are organized by the Annals Of Improbable Research (AIR), and happened last night.

Go see.
 
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The Deep Web

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It's all in here...The Web.
1 billion pages.
19 Terabytes of content.
Really? Not really.
 
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