• Best Practical aquires SVK

    Best Practical, the company behind the widely used trouble ticket system "Request Tracker", "RT" for short, added another productivity enhancer to their portfolio: Chia-liang Kao, developer of SVK, joined Best Practical as a partner.

    SVK is a versioning system based on Subversion that allows distributed repositories. For example, you can pull a copy of the main repository onto your laptop, use that local repository while you're moving all over the world, and wherever you have internet access, you can synchronize your local repository with the main one.

    Since SVK, like RT, is written in Perl, Best Practical enforces with that move its position as a small but successful business specialising in Perl-based productivity tools.

  • Linux admins wanted!

    It really can get a vicious circle not having enough staff for the challenges rising. You get buried with work, planned and unplanned. So you don't have the time reading applications. So you don't invite applicants. So your team doesn't grow. So you'll keep drowning.

    I'm glad that this week, I could break that circle. I got some really interesting applications, and I also met some people that might fit the job.

    At WEB.DE IT, we're looking for sysadmins&page=jobs&action=displayJobs&cat=1#job297 that have "Linux" written all over them. We're running hundreds of Linux servers in a high availability environment, so there's much to do and much to learn, too.

    If you're inclined to and feel fit to do system administration in a real enterprise setting or if you know someone who does, then I'd be happy to get your application! (Contact provided in the job ad linked above.)

  • SCO gets what it deserves

    Years ago, I made the effort of regularly blogging news about the allegations brought forward by SCO of Linux containing thousands of lines of stolen code. But after some time, I got tired of all those continuously repeated but at any time unsupported claims and their all the more plausible refutation by the open source community. It got just plain boring and ridiculous, and I stopped wasting my time writing about it.

    Now, judge Brooke Wells issued an order confirming IBM's reproach about the lack of specificity in SCO's claims. GrokLaw has the full text It contains a quite evident analogy for SCO's way of reasoning:

    Certainly if an individual was stopped and accused of shoplifting after walking out of Neiman Marcus they would expect to be eventually told what they allegedly stole. It would be absurd for an officer to tell the accused that "you know what you stole Im not telling." Or, to simply hand the accused individual a catalog of Neiman Marcus entire inventory and say "its in there somewhere, you figure it out."

    As an open source aficionado, I gleefully enjoy to see SCO's butt kicked in court, but I cringe thinking about the amounts of money and time this useless court actions are burning.

  • Finally, Skype supports ALSA

    The Skype client for Linux is unfortunately way behind its Windows counterpart. So far, only chat and phone functions are available for the free operating system; if you want video conferencing or "Skypecasts", the Windows client is your only choice. But it's even worse: until this week, Skype for Linux didn't even support the ALSA sound system that has been the common way of dealing with sound hardware on Linux for years.

    Finally, Skype now released a beta version of Skype 1.3 for Linux with ALSA support. Additional to this desperately awaited feature, the Changelog contains a long list of bug fixes and functions letting Skype for Linux catch up at least a bit to its Windows sibling.

  • It's expensive to live in Dublin

    Maybe I should rethink my plans of moving to Ireland. At least Dublin is among the 20 most expensive cities in the world to live in. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Dublin holds place no. 18, following Paris and Singapore.

    Curiously, not one German city is among the top 50!?