10 Questions for CES

Senior Editor Doc Searls goes on his annual penguin hunt at one of the world's largest trade shows.

Doc Searls is the Editor in Chief of Linux Journal


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Ben LeMasurier's picture

I'm glad that you mentioned DIY (do it yourself). I think this is the heart of open source development and large shows such as CES should push it as much as possible.


Linux support for "stuff that hooks up to PCs" - yes

Michael Shiloh's picture

Thanks for the great report. I look forward to your answers. Meanwhile, I will answer one of your questions. You ask:

Will anybody--for example, telescope manufacturers--who makes stuff that hooks up to PCs start providing support for Linux, alongside Windows and OS X?

MakingThings manufactures a line of controllers and analog and digital input and output interfaces for simple electrical devices like motors, lights, sensors, and switches. Both our C API and our interface to Macromedia's Flash are supported under Linux, on both X86 and ARM.

For example, consider the telescope. We have controllers for 3 different types of motors: hobby servo, stepper, and brushed DC motors. If your telescope uses any of these, you can control it from Linux, using our stuff.

Disclosure: I work for MakingThings

Michael Shiloh

Linux - handicapped accessibility

Susan Cragin's picture

I wish you did more on handicapped accesibility.
Many Linux programmers seem to have RMIs and spend a lot of time in front of M$ and Dragon NaturallySpeaking, of which there is no comparable Linux product.


Luc Verhaegen's picture

I hope that you are not going to laud VIA any further.


This is about as far from the truth as possible. And this sort of attitude is only the tip of the iceberg.

So please, instead of approaching VIA in a congratulatory manner, try ignoring VIA like VIA ignores the open source community/reality.


gvy's picture

Luc, but it's far from the worst, albeit not the best.

I can tell that they've (after several attempts) provided ALT Linux with the source code (under NDA) to build binary-only drivers for their video.

Let them grow up to understand that letting people to do things for them is much better :-)


Luc Verhaegen's picture

Please take a look at unichrome.sourceforge.net and dri.sourceforge.net, and check the validity of the VIA Technologies claims yourself.

A look at who is behind unichrome.sf.net will shed some light on my motives.

Pretty funny about the 'Linux

Anonymous's picture

Pretty funny about the 'Linux' search. Problem is, the same thing happens when you search for 'windows' - or 'dog' for that matter.

Bottom line is that this is just a junk site thrown together to support a many-multi-million dollar trade show.

hey doc, i really enjoy your

kurt's picture

hey doc,
i really enjoy your weblog.
re linux, yes it's pervasive, imminently flexible and gaining ubiquity
it still remains extremely expensive, in terms of the administration, gnu updates, and seat costs. Not the nonrecurring install price, but the kernel rebuilds, updates, etc..., it's a lot of work, not only keeping versions up but ....

Linux also doesn't a offer vastly different approach from a programming language perspective. like the difference between C and object oriented C++/Java.... its much more efficient constructing programs in java than rewriting decades old code in C. one could write java on Linux....

proprietary solutions have their own pitfalls, some more slapstick than sensible. i've used them both, i like both for different reasons. i hate em for others....

i think we'll see a blending of both for quite some time. i wouldn't predict the Linux community ever really taking the desktop, unless we get Google Office with complete MSFT backward compatibility. CIOs are unlikely to massively install Linux desktops, especially when MSFT interoperability is so important to corporate collaboration.
Many VPs have said, no way... not til Linux can do everything MSFT can do, transparently. I mean not the viruses or security hicups of course.

developers sure, but there are millions of developers, and hundreds of millions of users..... the novice user hasn't followed the developers before, necessarily. only when the product design, UI and useability is

Of course, MSFT is making it easy by building such poor products of late. the stability is appalling!


GPS Violations?

Zachery Bir's picture

"Are there rampant GPS violations? (That's a question from readers of last year's report.)"

Do you mean GPL?


Anonymous's picture

No, this is no typo.
Have there been bombs dropped where they shouldn't?
Due to some errors in the GPS System they where not dropped on the White House for sanitizing as planned but on Chickenpens in Falludja.