I think there’s a chance we’re about to see Microsoft start to slip downhill, in a way that may only be apparent a year from now if it continues. The company’s been a big moneymaker for years, but news items like the recent writedowns and my personal experience that they’re outsourcing license compliance checking makes me think that the rise of tablets and smartphones is cutting into their Windows/Office revenues like nothing ever has before.
It’s a guess, and it’s not likely that I’m right. If I am, it’s a seismic shift. Enough armchair theory! Here’s the links:
- Some details on the creation of the Bitrig project. It’s mostly the drama side of the story, rather than the practical details. (via) The project appears to be backed by a commercial company, which is helpful.
- “Get out of my way, window manager!” I don’t know if it’s any good, or evenif it works on DragonFly, but I like the name. (via)
- Dru Lavigne, the driving force behind a lot of good BSD things, gets interviewed. (via)
- Try Git in your browser.
- Building the British countryside generator. Come for the concept, stay for the explanation of Voroni diagrams.
- BSD 4.4 and IPv6, possibly mashed together. It’s kind of like making an all-electric Studebaker Land Cruiser, but worth it, in and of itself.
- DragonFly developer Alex Hornung has a blog, and I didn’t realize it. There’s some interesting stories on crappy multimeters and keyboard repair. Andsoftware.
- Hey, ADOM, which ceased development in 2002, is up as an Indiegogo project. It’s a very sophisticated roguelike, and it runs on DragonFly.
- Can someone help this guy with his NFS question? Maybe it’ll get answered before this gets posted, if I’m lucky.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: The Whole Story. A comics collection, sort of like the ‘humble indie bundles’ for games, where if you pay a bit more, you get even more comics.