Recently some guys from my flying club were circulating an email filled with FUD about the latest incoming Microsoft virus. Here is the response I sent them: Why not just use an operating system that doesn't require participation in the Microsoft/Norton/McAfee virus racket to start with? I've made a career out of replacing virus ridden Microsoft software with free open source Linux software. I don't have a "high up" Microsoft status like "Dave's brother", nor would I ever want one. In fact I'd imagine Microsoft thinks of me and my kind as enemies of the state. And that's fine.. meanwhile I never have virus infestations because I simply don't use broken M$ software that is vulnerable to virus attacks. Don't get me wrong, I do use some Windoze-only software.. RealFlight for example. But I only do this using Wine, a free open source Windoze emulator that runs on Linux. As a result I've never purchased or ran any Norton or McAfee products or participated in the virus protection racket at all. Un

I don't play the lottery but I find random number generators and the Linux Kernel interesting so I wrote a simple Linux Kernel module that does a PowerballTM "quick pick".   You can download it from GitHub: https://github.com/gdonald/linux-kernel-powerball-module

Every day I see new Linux Kernel hackers fail at their first patch submission. I'm not an expert, but I've learned how the process works and most importantly I've learned how to avoid irritating Linux Kernel maintainers. The "maintainers" are the gate keepers to the Linux Kernel. If you piss them off you will never land any patches into the Linux Kernel. All Linux Kernel development takes place in the open and hundreds (thousands?) of Linux Kernel developers will see and possibly read your patch submissions. You will want to make every effort to submit the best possible patch you can. That's where I come in. If you follow my guide there's a better than average chance you will actually land your patch into the Linux Kernel. For a beginner I recommend working on the drivers/staging tree maintained by Greg Kroah-Hartman. Clone Greg KH's staging tree: > git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/gregkh/staging.git This will take a while. After that you need to checkou

Here's a how-to for building a recent Linux kernel on your Debian GNU/Linux box: You will need to do all this as root. It's serious business building new Linux kernels :) su - The dash after the su command makes it behave as if you had logged in as root directly, a full login environment is applied. Make sure you have the required tools and libraries installed: apt-get install build-essential module-init-tools initramfs-tools procps libncurses5-dev kernel-package fakeroot git-core screen zlib1g-dev Use git to clone Linus' latest git repo: cd /usr/src git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git This will take a long time: Cloning into 'linux'... remote: Counting objects: 2725713, done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (412816/412816), done. remote: Total 2725713 (delta 2286272), reused 2725359 (delta 2285962) Receiving objects: 100% (2725713/2725713), 559.28 MiB | 3.30 MiB/s, done. Resolving deltas: 100% (2286272/2286272), done. Once you

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