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Archive for May, 2007

4
May

Cigarette fire takes out Internet2

The Register reports that a Cigarette fire takes out Internet2.

A lit cigarette carelessly discarded on a mattress is blamed for starting a conflagration which knocked out services on Internet2 (Abilene Network) between Boston and New York after it burnt cables which run through the Longfellow Bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge across the Charles River. The fire, which started around 8.20pm, also disrupted services on the Red Line of Boston’s subway.

I’m not saying shut down all experiments ever and save the homeless. But the story goes on to mention that this illustrates the lack of redundancy in the network. But then again, doesn’t it also show the lack of redundancy in social programs?

2
May

Breaking News: Dell & Ubuntu

Google News feeds are alive with a press release from Dell and Ubuntu. Dell will be making the wildly popular free Linux distribution available on select Dell laptops and workstations.

Many folks assume this will drop the price significantly due to the price difference between Windows and Ubuntu, but don’t hedge your bets. Dell will be spending a lot of money on maintaining support and driver compatibility for Ubuntu, something that will arguably cost more than Windows XP (but probably not more than they’re spending on Vista).

What this does bring to the market is a corporate sponsored and supported linux distribution specifically made for home and corporate users. Others have tried, but none landed a sweet deal like this one.

RedHat tried – failed, but succeeded in the server market. SuSE partnered up with Novel, but never really took off.

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