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According to Really Linux writer Andrea W. Cordingly, “Chicks Love Linux” …

There I was standing around the LUG booth at the annual Linux expo when I realised that unlike years past, there were considerable numbers of female attendants. No, I am not referring exclusively to those female models hired to promote an OS (I won’t mention which one) wearing skimpy demon costumes.

I was truly encouraged to find that women from all backgrounds and ages were making up an increasingly larger portion of those attending such Linux conferences.

Microsoft blames YOU

A recent study shows that Microsoft Vista is more vulnerable to malicious code attack than previous versions of Microsoft. Others argue that this is a misreading of the data. But those closest to Microsoft have a different opinion: The increased rate of malicious code attacks on Windows is the fault of the users (victims).

Microsoft. They don’t like you. Why would you like Microsoft?

Zoom Zoom

Thanks to a new joint effort between Intel and Wind River, you may soon be running Linux in your car.

The effort will run under the auspices of the Intel led Moblin.org effort and will deal specifically with the in-vehicle infotainment marketplace. The idea is to create a Linux based Open Infotainment Platform that will run on Intel’s Atom processor. According to a release issued by Wind River, BMW, Bosch and Delphi are among the companies that are already supporting the effort.

The actual open source code specification is not yet on the Moblin site though Wind River expects to make it available by August of 2008….

Comments

  1. #1 John S. Wilkins
    May 20, 2008

    The second link is the same as the first…

  2. #2 Stephanie Z
    May 20, 2008

    One of my favorite message tees says, “Chicks Dig Unix.”

  3. #3 Hank Roberts
    May 20, 2008

    Hmmmm. Something must have changed since I got my poster.

    “Why Do You Think They Call It UNIX?”*
    ————-
    *”UNIX is a Registered Trademark of UNIX Systems Laboratory”
    (c) Core Productions

    This image appears not to be available online.
    I can understand why.

  4. #4 Richard Parker
    May 21, 2008

    ‘Thanks to a new joint effort between Intel and Wind River, you may soon be running Linux in your car.
    “The effort will run under the auspices of the Intel led Moblin.org effort and will deal specifically with the in-vehicle infotainment marketplace. The idea is to create a Linux based Open Infotainment Platform that will run on Intel’s Atom processor. According to a release issued by Wind River, BMW, Bosch and Delphi are among the companies that are already supporting the effort.”

    What’s with you Americans? Do you really need to exhaust all the fossil fuels on the planet, and now (with bifuels) exhaust all the carbohydrate food staples as well?

    …Just so you can run your computer in your car.

    Can’t you fellows join the real world, and get out of your back-in-the-travelling-womb complexes?

    Grow up, for God’s (and the rest-of-us’s) sake.

    regards

    Richard

  5. #5 Stephanie Z
    May 21, 2008

    I walk to work. I buy wind energy and am renovating an old house to make it much more energy efficient. I…oh, never mind. The point is, I know I could do more. But just when I’m feeling bad about it, Richard, someone like you comes along to invoke all my worst instincts and make me feel so much better about the life I live. Thanks.

  6. #7 Greg Laden
    May 21, 2008

    Virgil,

    As I write this comment, I am downloading the fix for this (or at least a fix for now, I would expect a second fix that is longer term this weekend).

    That Debian had a security hole that was just discovered, never used as far as we know, and that is being fixed this instant is a little different than what happens on Windows machines.

    There … the installation of the security fix is done. I have to go reboot my computer now.

    Oh, wait, of course I don’t have to reboot … how silly of me. This is LInux. It just works.

    Anyway, Keep in mind that even when malicious code is not actually in the process of attacking your Windows machine, you are spending piles of time, performance, electricity and processing power running inefficient barely effective security software.

    Someday, Virgil, you’ll see the light. I know you will.

  7. #8 Virgil Samms
    May 21, 2008

    ? I don’t have a windows machine. Well, I had a W98 box, but I unplugged it a year or so ago. I am posting this from a Fedora+Firefox platform. My mission is to inform, not to ridicule.
    Sinking the Raft I’m Standing On

  8. #9 Armchair Dissident
    May 21, 2008

    To be fair to Microsoft I suppose they are partly right: they’re users are, after all, running Windows ;-)

  9. #10 Greg Laden
    May 21, 2008

    Virgil, right. you need to get on the ridicule bandwagon is what I’m saying.

  10. #11 Interrobang
    May 21, 2008

    Hey man, I’d run Linux on more than the aux box, except that I actually like to eat once in a while, and paying rent is nice, too. So far, I’ve encountered a grand total of one Linux-based job in my field that actually pays money. I applied for it, and got shortlisted, and then as far as I know, the job evaporated. Being in my particular niche in IT means using Windows, and that’s just the long and the short of it.

    Nope, I don’t like it, but nobody said I had to. (For what it’s worth, the secret to running a good, stable Windows system is to run as few other MS programs on top of the OS as possible. Fortunately, most of my working tools are by Adobe.)

  11. #12 Virgil Samms
    May 21, 2008

    Here’s an idea for your next Linux tips posting. Suppose someone with a mac sent you an e-mail with multiple photos embedded, rather than attached. How would you go about extracting and decoding the images? Image headers in the e-mail file look like this:

    –Apple-Mail-15-1016402387
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
    Content-Id: <6961C374-A9DB-4E02-9F57-A7CA2C1260F5@local>
    Content-Type: image/jpeg; x-unix-mode=0666; name=Picture1.jpg
    Content-Disposition: inline; filename=Picture1.jpg

    Followed by lots of encoded gibberish, followed by another embedded image.

  12. #13 Greg Laden
    May 21, 2008

    For what it’s worth, the secret to running a good, stable Windows system is to run as few other MS programs on top of the OS as possible.

    That is so true. And it says everything that needs to be said about Windows!

    Virgil: Open them in a different client. What client are you using?

  13. #14 Virgil Samms
    May 21, 2008

    I am using Evolution 2.12.3. I can view them in the client, but when I save the mail message, the images are embedded and encoded. I can’t seem to find an option for saving the images as images, like I can do when they are attached rather than embedded.

  14. #15 Greg Laden
    May 21, 2008

    Right now I can’t think of how to solve this, but I’ve had (and solved) the same problem. Right click on the pictures? Open the attachment toolbar thingie? … there is a way to do it.

    Try forwarding the message to yourself.

  15. #16 Virgil Samms
    May 21, 2008

    I managed to get it done with Pine.