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ACM OSR Linux Issue Available For Free Download 18

Eric Van Hensbergen writes "In accordance with the ideals of the issue's open source topic, the ACM has agreed to make the July issue of Operating Systems Review: Research and Developments in the Linux Kernel available for download free of charge. It contains a number of interesting papers written by LKML members like Rusty Russell, Paul McKenna, and Eric Biederman as well as academic OS researchers who've made contributions to mainline on topics ranging from RCL, VirtIO, Checkpoint & Resume, to CUBIC TCP, etc. A primary motivation behind this special-topics OSR issue was to help bridge a gap that currently exists between the kernel community and the academic OS research community, by encouraging kernel developers to publish recent additions to the Linux kernel as well as to provide a forum for experience papers which describe the introduction and integration of research into the mainstream Linux kernel. We think it is important for the research community and the kernel community to cross pollinate more and hope this issue will be the first of many venues where the will be able to do so."
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ACM OSR Linux Issue Available For Free Download

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  • Re:Cool (Score:3, Interesting)

    by clang_jangle ( 975789 ) * on Saturday August 09, 2008 @05:04PM (#24539731) Journal

    or have digital library access.

    Right, which requires a no-charge registration. Worked for me.

  • Excellent (Score:3, Interesting)

    by fatalGlory ( 1060870 ) on Saturday August 09, 2008 @11:34PM (#24542455) Homepage
    One of the things I love most about the Linux (and general open source) development paradigm is that researcher's get a great platform to start from and when they come up with new advances in OS technology, everyone can benefit from it as soon as its implemented.

    Honestly, its the reason I tell people that a Windows/Mac Box is a home appliance and a Linux Box is a computer. When technology advances, Linux advances. Commercial OS vendors might take years to release a version with a new filesystem technology, etc.
  • by Dollyknot ( 216765 ) on Sunday August 10, 2008 @07:18AM (#24544439) Homepage

    Making the source code for a public operating system closed ie secret, is just ignorance masked as greed. If when Microsoft released Windows 95, they had also released the source code, they would have had millions of programmers, improving it, updating it, making it suitable for use by the human race. Instead of which we only had thousands of programmers working on it

    Instead what did we get?

    We got the new windows washes cleaner syndrome, like who needs Win 95 when you can have Win 98. just as the bugs start to be got out of Win 98, Microsoft tells us you don't need Win 98, its old hat, you must buy the new improved Windows called Win Me, the same mean trick was worked with Win XP and now Vista. I jumped ship after Win Me.

    The more that Academia and Industry realize the benefits and logic of open source, the better the future for our poor benighted planet.

  • Re:Excellent (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Wednesday August 13, 2008 @10:26AM (#24582929)

    I beg to differ. Consider ZFS, DTrace, LLVM, PAM, Bonjour and launchd/SMF. Embraced by Apple and Sun

    OK, and how quickly have they been adopted by Microsoft?

    Adoption by Apple is one thing, but adoption by Sun is entirely another. For most individuals, a Sun machine isn't even an option. They're horrendously expensive, and they don't exactly have much software available. Same goes for OpenSolaris. Sure, you can download it and play with it, but is there a real distro out there that makes it as convenient as Ubuntu? Or do you have to compile everything yourself? Gentoo isn't exactly popular among even typical Linux users for exactly that reason: only serious die-hards want to compile all their own software, and at least Gentoo makes that fairly simple too, whereas OpenSolaris probably doesn't.

    As for Apple, does your typical Mac OS X desktop use ZFS and Dtrace? No, didn't think so. So that isn't really a fair statement either.

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