Having just bought an IBM ThinkPad (great piece of hardware), declined the license agreement and installed Linux, I thought you might be interested to hear of my ongoing communication with IBM on this subject. Here's an excerpt from their first e-mail:
Our legal department has provided the following response: “IBM does not sell its notebook or desktop personal computers without an operating system. Today, all IBM personal computers are preloaded with a Microsoft Windows operating system. From time to time, we also have offered certain ThinkPad notebooks with the Linux operating system. All of IBM's personal computers ship as a complete system. IBM does not accept the return of individual software items separate from the system. We will, however, accept return of the entire system within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.”
This fight continues to be a burden to us all, and I'd be interested in any upcoming revival of Windows Refund Day. It's not the money, it's the principle involved.
IBM's ThinkPad and legal departments must not have been on the list for Lou Gerstner's “we support Linux” memo. Somebody send us an extra copy and we'll make sure they get it.
I found your article very interesting on how ILM works with Linux. I was intrigued by the fact that they had a more real-looking Yoda than George wanted (which made sense). However, I was wondering if you could ask the guys in your interview if they could release a little video with the real-looking Yoda. I am curious as to how that one would have looked.
Robin Rowe replies: Getting pictures is often the most challenging part when researching movie studio stories. Hollywood clears a limited number of stock images for publicity. Writers don't usually get a choice of what pictures they will receive. I'm fortunate to receive the cooperation of the studios for Linux screenshots, but don't get everything I ask for.
I am an avid shooter and compete in a number of shooting competitions. One thing that a number of the shooting supplies vendors do when you place an order is ask if it is okay to add $1.00 to your order for a contribution to the NRA. Millions of dollars are contributed to the NRA this way. Many Linux and open-source projects and programs could really use funding assistance. I thought the same sort of program could be used to assist these programs and projects. Perhaps each of the vendors in Linux could “adopt” a project and collect for that specifically. Perhaps the buyer could be given a choice, or the funds could go into a common pot and be doled out as needed. I know I would not have a problem if your folks asked me for $1.00 when I renewed my subscription or bought something from ThinkGeek, SuSE or Mandrake.
Some vendors already do this—linux-cd.com will let you put a donation on the order form when you get Debian CDs.
I read your review about NLE video editors [LJ, February 2002] for Linux and am interested in the Broadcast2000 source. How can I get it?
Robin Rowe replies: Cinelerra replaces Broadcast2000. You can find that at heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php3. Getting Cinelerra support can be difficult, but LMA (www.lmahd.com) supports Cinelerra with purchase of its editing workstations.
As an aging 37-year-old rock musician and IT administrator, I'm finding it more and more painful working around the increasingly loud forest of fans, hard drives, etc. Even the whine of the hard drive in my Mac Cube bothered me enough to dump it. I would absolutely love to see an article on how we with sensitive eardrums could build the “Ultimate Silent Home Linux Box”. Anyone up for the task?
I would like to thank you for the mentions of some of the things that LI has done for the Linux community over the years in the calendar of your 100th issue. However, both in your calendar and in the quote from me on page 22, you had me listed as the “Founder of Linux International”. That honor goes to Patrick D'Cruze, of Australia. Patrick came up with the idea that Linux needed an organization that thought about the business side of Linux. He helped with deciphering the GPL, protecting the trademark “Linux”, organizing tradeshows and formed Linux International.
However, he also recognized that it would be harder to start the organization from Australia, so he contacted a couple of companies in the US, and basically transferred the incorporation to the US. In September 1995, Alan Fedder, of Uniforum, accepted the voluntary position of Executive Director of Linux International.
I joined the Board of Directors of LI in November 1995 as the representative of Digital Equipment Corporation. At that time we had several other companies on board, including Linux Journal.
In May 1996, Alan had to devote more of his time to his paid positions and stepped down from the executive directorship, although he was kind enough to remain the treasurer. The members decided that I would fill the still-volunteer position. I have been in that position ever since.
Just wanted to contact someone at Linux Journal and say, hey, this is a really neat idea to send a Linux calendar. Way cool!!
Before this gets started the wrong way, I must say that I enjoy Linux Journal very much and usually read it cover to cover. I do wish to complain, however, about the RAV ad on page 125 of this month's (August 2002) LJ. Language of that type is inappropriate in such a fine publication as yours. I still enjoy the magazine, and I know that you get paid in great part by the advertisers, but I would ask that you be, perhaps, a little more picky in your choice of ads.
In 1998 the Gartner Group says: “There's little hope for free software” (Linux Journal 100, page 73). But if you look today from the perspective of a Nasdaq at below 1,300, when software companies cut staff, it's great to see that innovation still happens on a daily basis in a whole host of open-source projects such as Linux, Apache and Jakarta. These probably are the seeds of some future success stories.
In your recent Linux Timeline [August 2002 issue of LJ], you mention VA Linux Systems purchase of Andover.net, “...owner of the popular web sites Slashdot.org and Freshmeat.org....” The correct site is Freshmeat.net. Freshmeat.org now appears to be unpopulated. At one time, it was host of a site of quite a different sort.
—Daniel D. Jones
One would think that a product review that took four people to write it would be pretty good, however, that's not the case in your August 2002, 100th issue article titled “The Linux Router” on page 121. Your authors would have done much better by stating the actual throughput numbers of the Cisco alongside their price and let the reader decide which route (and router) they wanted to take.
The writers admit that (on page 122 and 123) only one set of their numbers is correct. It states that “The measurements for the Pentium I are misleading, as the bottleneck is the 90Mbps practical limit of 100Base-T Ethernet...” and “The bandwidth of the PIII-based Linux router cannot be calculated...” It sounds to me that this test is totally bogus and should have been conducted with an actual internet speed connection, with network cards capable of handling speeds that Cisco routers operate in, should have given the Cisco router bandwidth numbers and should have been done by a team that has done product reviews before and is not still in college.
LJ, August 2002, “How a Poor Contract Sunk an Open-Source Deal”, by Henry W. Jones, III
MySQL AB is based in Uppsala, Sweden, not in Finland.
LJ, August 2002, “OmniCluster Technologies' SlotServer”, by Linda Hypes
The URL is: www.omnicluster.com, and the price is: $499.00+ (US list). This review is specific to the SlotServer 1000; the SlotServer 3000 has additional features and memory.