Dell Desktops and Notebooks with Ubuntu 7.04 now available
They’re here! Today we’re unveiling our three consumer systems — the
XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook
— with the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux distribution factory
installed. Available today in the U.S., the systems target
the Linux enthusiast community and are a direct result of your
feedback on IdeaStorm. It’s true… you will be able to
customize and purchase Dell’s Ubuntu systems at www.dell.com/open.
“The general attitude seems to be that people should wear square shoes, because squares are easier to design and manufacture than foot shaped shoes. If the shoe industry has gone the way of the computer industry it would now be running a $200-a-day course on how to walk, run and jump in square shoes.”—Alan Kay quote via the fold MAN Page
“You can’t defend the indefensible — Scheme is a terrible choice. The most
important thing about a extension/scripting language is that it be
-simple-. It must have a simple easy-to-understand semantics, it must have
simple easy-to-use data structures, and it must have simple easy-to-read
syntax. Scheme has none of these, while Tcl and Perl have them all.”—
“Credit card security works as well as it does because the 1968 Truth in Lending Law limits consumer liability for fraud to $50. If the credit card companies could pass fraud losses on to the consumers, they would be spending far less money to stop those losses. But once Congress forced them to suffer the costs of fraud, they invented all sorts of security measures—real-time transaction verification, expert systems patrolling the transaction database and so on—to prevent fraud. The lesson is clear: Make the party in the best position to mitigate the risk responsible for the risk. What this will do is enable the capitalist innovation engin”—Schneier on Security: Does Secrecy Help Protect Personal Information?
“'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!”—Dead Parrot Sketch - always a good one to read/hear.