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  • the next 5 years is crucial to MS.

    I remember when Apple was on the brink (and REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY wish I invested even a tiny bit of money in AAPL shares at the time).

    People thought they would go bankrupt. But instead they went all the way to having the largest market capitalization of any company in the world. By a large margin.

    Stop and think about that. It's insane.

    Apple almost made $200 billion dollars last year. And that's not from being some huge conglomerate - that's from selling like four major products. What in the actual f*ck?

  • Linux codename "Hurr durr I'ma sheep" released

    Might as well also mention that GCC 5 was released today. Linux better catch up.

  • Linux codename "Hurr durr I'ma sheep" released

    , KirbyFC wrote

    *snip*Version numbers are completely arbitrary.  You can give your product any version number you want.  You don't necessarily have to start at 1 (the first version of Windows NT was 3.1) and you can skip numbers if you want (Windows recently went from 6.something to 10).

    That said, there has always been a sort of "gentleman's agreement" in the software world.  Version 4.0 represents significant changes over version 3.0, while version 4.1 only represents a minor change from version 4.0, and version 4.1.1 represents an even smaller change.

    This pattern of version numbering is not only logical and sensible, it communicates important information to users, especially businesses who may be affected by big changes in a piece of software.

    What I find interesting is that a few years ago, around the time of Linux 2.6.something, there was a post on a mailing list that Linux Torvalds frequents and he said very emphatically that there would NEVER EVER be a Linux 3.0.  I don't remember the reason, but I thought it it was a very weird thing to say. 

    Linux 2.99.99.99.99.99.99?

    But now it seems that he has jumped on the Google/Mozilla bandwagon of "Let's increment the major version number even though we haven't made any major changes that would warrant such a change."

    "Significant changes" is pretty subjective though. Especially in the kernel, sometimes some feature comes into Linux that is extremely significant for users of a specific hardware platform, but meaningless for me. 

    Linux's development model has been basically release a new version of Linux every 8-10 weeks. That's as major as a release gets. Kernel features are actually developed asynchronously, it's possible that a feature is developed for years before it is eventually merged into a mainline window (which is typically only the first week of the release cycle). Git was actually designed for the explicit purpose of accommodating this kind of development model.

    What we see is that Chrome and Firefox has been emulating Linux's release model of "rapid releases" lately. As such, I think Linux should be <release number>.<patch level> also. Maybe the next version of Linux will indeed be Linux 5.

  • Linux codename "Hurr durr I'ma sheep" released

    , magicalclick wrote

    You have a typo Linus. That's a typo right?

    No typo. Linux naturally is named after him. Linus is the original author and chief maintainer of Linux. One of his important jobs is to come up with erudite codenames for Linux releases. Git is another software system he created. You may of heard of it. It is also named after him.

  • Linux codename "Hurr durr I'ma sheep" released

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    Just out of curiosity, are there people who post on Linux-oriented forums whenever a new version of Windows is released?  If there are, what are the reactions from Linux users?

    Ubuntu Forums has a whole Windows forum, but it doesn't seem very active.

  • Linux codename "Hurr durr I'ma sheep" released

    From a psychological/marketing perspective, it is a big deal. It definitely hit the tech news a lot harder then a typical kernel release. Linux 3.19 just wouldn't sound as impressive. From a tech perspective I've seen far more interesting releases. But it's Linux 4.0. That's a big deal. This will go down in history as roughly the time Linux 4.0 was released.

  • new info around Midori team

    , felix9 wrote

    well, new episode again

    today lets start from this sad news, Chris Brumme went to Google
    https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=184465800&authType=name&authToken=_KZN
    losing such a high profile veteran engineer to Google is not good sign for MSFT

    well. now lets move to some history of a less talked part of the project, : MSP, or ASP.NET for Midori

    some tidbits come from these patents
    BUILD-TIME RESOLVING AND TYPE CHECKING REFERENCES
    INPUT FILTERS AND FILTER-DRIVEN INPUT PROCESSING

    and also from LinkedIn profile of Wen-Ke Chen
    https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=30799456&authType=name&authToken=6DFP

    *snip*

    lastly lets talk about some nice(-r) stuff,

    Microsoft recently open source LLILC, the LLVM based MSIL compiler, on GitHub
    https://github.com/dotnet/llilc

    this is exciting stuff, and I found that Joe Duffy is a Collaborator of this project
    https://github.com/dotnet/llilc/issues/436

    also, some formal Midori team members are working on this project now
    like Pat Gavlin https://github.com/pgavlin and Eugene Rozenfeld https://github.com/erozenfeld

    so I think they are in the Compiler and Language Platform group too, in Joe Duffy's team.
    and they are working with the old Phoenix team, building cool stuff with LLVM, whic is nice.

     

    That Microsoft was porting .NET to LLVM is kinda surprising and interesting. Do you have indication what Midori was?

     

  • Linux codename "Hurr durr I'ma sheep" released

    Linux 4.0 codename "Hurr durr I'ma sheep" released. It's not a huge advancement or anything. Actually the 4.0 is entirely arbitrary - Linus just felt it was time to make a 4.0. But still. Linux 4.0 released. That's a big deal.

    Linus Announcement: https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/4/12/178

    Features: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/04/linux-kernel-4-0-new-features

    In other news, 2015 is the year of the Linux desktop. Discuss.

  • Unique feature of IR and depth streams in Kinect v2

    What do you mean? It's not unique to Kinect 2.

  • Microsoft taking aim at Linux servers?

    , fanbaby wrote

    His greatest quote: hire better sys admins who are not the click-next type. i.e. the unix kind.

    Microsoft? A Channel9 troll? It's more likely than you think.