Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Cultural wars (Dreams of a Linux Bigot)

Tom Adelstein recently did write an article on LXer Linux News with the title

Linux Threat Posed by Microsoft and Sun: In Your Dreams

He claims that Linux keeps building momentum and claims that companies like
Sun spread disinformation about Linux. As he is well informed, I would tend to
believe him if his article would contain less disinformation.

Let us discuss the main disinformation he tries to spread, note that he
tries to show us his disinformation as questions so he could later tell you
that it was you who did give answers. Querying in a suggestive way however
is just a clever way to hide the fact of spreading disinformation.

  • "What percent of the Opensolaris.org project is actually made up of members of
    the Solaris team? And, does that constitute a community of developers or has Sun
    simply populated their so called community with Sun paid employees so that it
    looks like the broader open-source developers have embraced the project? "

    I am a member of the OpenSolaris Pilot and I know the people who are in
    the Pilot. There are a lot of highly skilled people from all over the world.
    We have people from USA: 70, India: 10, UK: 8, Germany: 7, France: 7, China: 5
    Australia: 5, Canada: 3, Poland: 2, Israel: 1, Belgium: 1, New Zealand: 1.

  • "What percent of Sun's infrastructure actually runs Linux internally?"

    From what I've seen, it seems to be a negligible amount (much less than 1%).

  • Did Sun roll out JDS Linux internally as described or did Sun only offer
    it to Laptop users? Which version does Sun use?

    The Java Desktop system is not a Linux distribution but a GUI with better
    multi media support. JDS is part of Solaris 10 and may be selected as
    the default Solaris 10 desktop.

  • What do you use on your desktop and laptop, Jonathan Schwartz?

    From the "cultural" experiences I got from looking inside Sun, I would
    expect him to run Solaris 10 on a Ferrari amd64 notebook.

    Sun does not run a major risk when competing with Linux, going back to Solaris
    brings Sun back to the roots; back to the ideas of a company that has been very
    successful with Operating system design, implementation and support.

    Linux is currently suffering from lack of competition in the OpenSource OS
    market. There are other OS operating systems but they do not have a good
    marketing. When OpenSolaris will be ready for everyone, this will change
    dramatically and it seems that the Linux bigots are in fear of this date.

    More and more people who work on the Linux kernel get tired from the way
    development is managed. Even people like Alan Cox now warn that there is
    a need for a change.

    People don't like Linux to be a "Kingdom" where a monarch or a small number
    courtiers govern the future. People with hacking skills rather like to make
    sure decisions are technology driven. Everybody who has the needed skill/knowledge
    for a specific subject should get the chance to be listned to.

    After OpenSolaris is available to everyone in Q2-2005, Solaris will not be governed
    by Sun anymore but by the CAB, a group of 5 people, 3 of them being not from Sun.
    The election period ends today and the names will be shown soon...

    My impression is that the fact that Sun does not like to dominate Solaris
    Like Linus Torvalds dominates Linux is the real fear of the Linux bigots.

    Blogger Andrew Pinski said...

    Can you fix the word wrapping, it looks a 3 year old made this blog.

    March 23, 2005 at 7:31 PM  
    Blogger Lady Deidre said...

    Which part of JDS is better multimedia support, prey tell? Its just another gnome packaged by sun, innit?

    May 20, 2005 at 7:14 PM  
    Blogger clockworm said...

    indeed, i agree that a ruleset may inspire excellent work, rather than hamper it. at times i feel that linux is the hippie-child of the open-source world, a child that is fairly resistant to any kind of governance (i can't tell you the number of times i've dealt with arrogant linux users - far more than arrogant solaris users). i do love the things linux has brought us, and respect many of the distros (gentoo, debian, ubuntu and so on), but competition can only be good - ms is a strong company by virtue of its competetive roots, and linux and other open-source os'es can benefit by passing through that kind of refining experience - certainly we can see that solaris is benefitting!

    as for spelling on this blog - i don't think the writer is a native english speaker - considering that, he is doing pretty well with the (extremely illogical and difficult) structures of english.

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    The personal development industry has never been bigger! It consists of a myriad of authors basically telling us how to improve our lives. We are constantly being told self help and self improvement has never been easier. New techniques, gadgets and potions adorn the shelves of new age shops and the 1 billion dollar industry, that is personal development, offers many different approaches to help better our lives. They offer ways to increase our bounty and ultimately alter our own reality. A great example of this is how to develop a Prosperity Consciousness. But does this state really exist and if it does will it bring the effortless unlimited wealth promised?
    A lot has been written about prosperity and how to attain it. We have been told by many religious traditions and every personal development guru that the Universersal Source (God, Spirit, Cosmic Mind or whatever label you chose to give it) is boundless wealth. We are also told that abundance, wealth and prosperity are our birthright! Why then are so many people ill, broke, frustrated and unfulfilled? Can a person really develop a prosperity consciousness and effortlessly attract wealth? Well as with everything in life there is only one way to find out. Test it for yourself!
    Before we can attain and then test the effectiveness of having a prosperity consciousness we need to understand some basic truths. Let's start by explaining three fundamentals of personal development namely; 1. The Universal Source is all wealth, abundance and prosperity; 2. Prosperity is our birthright; 3. You get more of what you focus on.
    1. Why are we told that the Universal Source is unlimited wealth? - Because the Universal Source is the consciousness of the Universe - a universe that is still expanding. It is the driving force behind physical reality. It created everything you see, hear, touch and smell as well as all that we are unaware of (microwaves, radiation, air etc.). It has been stated in religious and metaphysical traditions that this intelligence is not only the Source of everything but that it is also the substance of it! It creates the Universe from itself! It is omnipresent (everywhere present). That means that the entire seen and unseen aspects of the universe are a part of this Universal Source. Science reaffirms this theory as it states that nothing is solid and everything is just one mass of pure energy that vibrates at different frequencies and gives the illusion of separateness.
    So we can now claim that the Universal Source is unlimited wealth, abundance and prosperity with some belief. For if this Source is the very substance of everything then it is all the wealth, abundance and prosperity that exists at this very moment!
    Ok so far? Now lets look at the second point - prosperity is our birthright.
    2. If this Universal Intelligence is the source and substance of all things then there can be only one intelligence in the Universe. Jesus said to his disciples "know ye not that you are the temple of the living God?" Buddha attained enlightenment and "oneness". The list of these religious teachings are too numerous to mention but their message remains the same - God (Universal Substance) resides within and around us. It's very substance makes up our physical body and the world around us - "For in him we live, move and have our being" Acts17:28. Therefore, if this Universal Source is at the very core of our being and is the substance from which we take physical form then it stands to reason that we are connected to everyone else and in fact everything else around us - we are a part of all the wealth, abundance and prosperity of the universe. Just as your hand or foot is a part of your body, so every grain of sand, blade of grass, wisp of wind, bar of gold and brick that is laid in a mansion is part of you. The unlimited wealth of the universe is yours for the claiming. It is already yours, always has been and always will be. It is a part of you.
    Ok let's go the third point - you get more of what you focus on.
    3. "It never rains but it pours", is a saying I have used myself in the past. Have you ever wondered why such a statement appears to be true? Well metaphysics and religion tell us that "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" or as Job cried out to God "For that which I greatly feared has come upon me". What we focus our conscious attention on increases! Don't believe me? Test it for yourself! If you can muster up the strength to do it then think in negative terms for a week. Judge everything that happens to you in negative terms and think only of a negative outcome and watch what happens in your world!!! This is a relatively easy experiment as we are conditioned to think negatively by the world. A word of warning though - once you prove that your focus determines your reality stop thinking negative thoughts as best you can.
    I will not go into the 'hows' of why our focus has such a profound influence on our lives (that would be the subject of a book or perhaps a future article) just prove to yourself that it does. A clue can be found in the teachings of Jesus when he said "The Kingdom of heaven is within".
    So now we have the three principles of the prosperity consciousness explained let's put it to work. The attainment of a prosperity consciousness is relatively simple - just think on the first two principles until you fully understand them and integrate them into your consciousness. As you focus on them you will discover that your feelings of lack disappear and you begin to feel a connection with everything around you. It is really just an attitude shift - nothing metaphysical or mystical about it at all. You begin to consciously realize that everything is a part of you. Your focus changes from poverty to wealth.
    If it helps make a list of affirmations that correspond to the two principles outlined e.g. "God is the Source and substance of everything", "I am at one with everyone and everything around me", "I am a part of all the wealth, abundance and prosperity of the Universe" etc. Don't just rhyme them off in a parrot like manner, think on them and realize the scientific or spiritual truths behind them.
    Will it work? Well I can say now that if you follow the above instructions a real change will happen in you. You will start to see the beauty of the world and the unlimited resources that are available within and around you. Will you attain wealth, abundance and prosperity? Test it for yourself! lucid dream

    February 26, 2007 at 3:19 AM  
    Blogger mario said...

    What are your 50,000 thoughts a day creating?

    Our thoughts create our reality. This is a simple truth known by all people involved on the spiritual path. It is one of the most taught universal principles in the personal development field. Yet it is one of the most misunderstood!

    People practice visualisation, affirmations, they use hypnosis, subliminal programming or countless other tools to transform their lives. However they fail to recognise one key area in their lives that hinder these wonderful techniques from being effective.

    They sit day after day visualising their perfect scene and yet nothing happens. Why? They have followed all the instructions to the letter! They have chanted and imagined! They have formed a colourful, vibrant scene in their minds and affirmed that this is their reality. Then all of a sudden things get worse! What is going on?

    Would you like to know the secret? Would you like to know why these people get no results? Would you like to hear one powerful statement that explains everything?

    Good. I will tell you why these people get no results or even opposite results to those they are aiming for -simply because of the following truth. Consciously controlled thoughts such as visualisations do not materialise - ALL thoughts materialise!!!
    Most people believe that if they visualise for 10 minutes a day their lives will magically transform. This is not the case. You must change your core thinking. You think approx. 50,000 thoughts a day. How many of those thoughts are working against your ten minute visualisation?
    You can control the thoughts that enter your mind by changing the way you view the world. You can decide which thoughts you give energy to and which thoughts you discard.

    The thoughts that you follow and give energy to become more dominant than the thoughts you discard. Your subconscious mind records these as your dominant picture on the issue at hand. You then move towards this picture because your subconscious mind starts making your outside world reflect the picture that you have stored internally.
    Your mind should be on whatever you want. The picture you need to have is a positive vision of you already having achieved your goal. To realise this vision you need to focus and concentrate. Remember thoughts are real, they create your reality.
    Let's say you have been visualising a new house. You spend your ten minutes in meditation picturing yourself living in your dream home. You finish your session and get up feeling positive that you will achieve your goal. Then during the day you get a heating bill through the post and exclaim "Oh no look how expensive this is I cannot afford to heat this house". Where is your focus in the present moment? What are you affirming? You are telling your subconscious mind that you cannot deal with what you have. You are affirming that your life is not how you want it to be. If you knew without doubt that within a week you would be moving to your new home would you honestly be worried about a heating bill? Perhaps other doubts creep in like "I should be happy with what I have", or "I will never get this house looking the way I want it" and so on and so on.
    These thoughts that are not aligned with your goal. You are not giving complete attention to what you want. Whilst you are dealing with these other lines of thought your attention is not on your goal.
    If you are aware of your thoughts you will suddenly realise that you have spent much more energy on counter productive thoughts than on creating a dominant picture of the goal you want.
    Point your focus in the direction of you're the life you want. Think about what you want NOT what you don't want. It's that simple.

    Your focus determines your reality. Change your focus and you change your life. The Secret

    March 25, 2007 at 10:41 AM  
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