Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

BuzzBites: Linux and Lenin; Booting Up

Linux and Lenin

Linux versus Microsoft has always been a clash of ideology as much as technology. Now communists are getting involved, giving the debate an air of a global socio-economic struggle. The Indian state of Kerala, which is communist, recently announced it plans to promote Linux in its 2,724 high schools.

"We are against monopolies of multinational companies in any sectors," the Agence France-Presse quotes Kerala's education minister, M.A. Baby, as saying. "Ideologically I support Linux and free and open operating systems." Baby promised Microsoft won't be banned from the schools, but it makes you wonder if there's deeper meaning to the name "Red Hat." --Andrew Conry-Murray, [email protected]

Booting Up

What do technology and the art of throwing rubber boots have in common? More than you might think, at least in the United Kingdom. British scientists have constructed a robot that hurls Wellington boots, which apparently qualifies as a sport in the British Isles.

  • 1