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OpenBSD 3.6 Song Released

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  • Song? (Score:1, Troll)

    by Twintop (579924)
    I must've missed the memo about projects having a theme song. I'm both repulsed and intrigued by this story, both the content and the fact that it is deemed news-worthy enough to make it onto Slashdot.
    • Re:Song? (Score:5, Informative)

      by MerlynEmrys67 (583469) on Tuesday September 28, 2004 @08:12PM (#10379324)
      Wow - where have you been. OpenBSD has been shipping a "release song" for as long as I can remember... Many of them are funny, most of them cover rather serious topics - none of them are works of art that should ever be played in public.
      • This is where the "Did I miss the memo?" part comes in. :) I guess I haven't been paying attention to it. /Was ignorant to it, isn't anymore.
        • Never heard of this either. Mind you, Windows has had its own release songs - that's the song that first plays when you launch Media player. Kinda like Winamp's launch song that they've been using for the last couple of years, though I'd call it more like rap than anything else.

          "Well, now, Winamp's here and you gotta *stop* It really kicks the llama's.... HMMMMMM, ass?" (Beastie Boys on the brain tonight)

          • Gotcha. I understand more now what the story and article means about the theme song to the release. I still don't think my comment should be sitting at -1 Flaimbait (I'll probably get modded to flaimbait for saying it in a reply under my original post, too), but my original comment didn't come out with the tone and inflection it was supposted to of. I have karma to burn though, I guess. :-P
          • The difference is that the Windows songs actually sound good. *plays %windir%\system32\oobe\images\title.wma*
    • Re:Song? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by node 3 (115640) on Tuesday September 28, 2004 @08:38PM (#10379497)
      I don't understand your surprise. Some software companies even have their own music videos [ntk.net].

      On a more serious note, I somewhat repulsed that a person would find a project release song repuslive. The repulsion is what I'd expect from the PHB sort. To me, having a song illustrates wonderfully the difference between Free Software/OSS communities and the corporate world. In the one world, creativity is stifled because creativity is often inefficient and non-productive, while in the other, creativity (the human spirit) is the entire purpose.

      Even worse, when the corporate world does take on theme songs, they are geared towards mind-control. Take, for example, this old IBM company song:

      IBM, Happy men, smiling all the way.

      Oh what fun it is to sell our products night and day.
      IBM, Watson men, partners of T.J.
      In his service to mankind-that's why we are so gay.


      (yes, sung to "Jingle Bells")

      There are, of course, counter-examples on both sides, but the tendencies are clear.
  • We've all noticed the "extra" links below the stories by now. But take a closer look:

    Online Books
    Dev Tools DevChannel
    Online Operating System Books
    Online Security Books
    Compare the best prices on: Software/Utilities

    (well, fair enough)

    The song
    OpenBSD 3.6
    mp3
    ogg

    (links from the story)

    Security whitepapers
    Best deals: Security
    More Security stories

    (blah, blah, blah)

    It's funny. Laugh. whitepapers
    Best deals: It's funny. Laugh.
    More It's funny. Laugh. stories

    (WTF?!!)

    (And "It's funny
    • It's just brute forcing it.

      A few links in general, a few links from the story, and then a trio of links (whitepapers, best delas, more stories) for each of the story icons - in this case it's Security, Laugh It's Funny, Operating Systems, and BSD.

  • Ummm, Country? Bad enough, Classic Country?!

    I'm sure some cowboy will mod me down. ;)
  • by NanoGator (522640) on Tuesday September 28, 2004 @08:05PM (#10379277) Homepage Journal
    Huh. I kind of expected it to be provided in sheetmusic format.
  • by QuantumG (50515) <qg@biodome.org> on Tuesday September 28, 2004 @08:15PM (#10379350) Homepage Journal
    Gotta love the way the Theo fish just goes nuts at the end and starts yelling at everyone. Someone needs to make a blowfish cartoon where other fish get into morally dubious situations and the Theo fish just comes in and tells em they're all idiots and if they don't contribute to his project then this'll be the last release.
  • by numbware (691928) <justin@justinjacobs.com> on Tuesday September 28, 2004 @10:15PM (#10380015) Homepage
    ... the Windows song would just be the windows error "ding" sound over and over again for about 10 minutes.

    ps; the BSD song is something different. not good. not bad. just different

  • by raffe (28595)
    Anybody tested the smp stuff? Working good? Perfomance experience?
    • Re:SMP (Score:2, Informative)

      by jdew (644405)
      Works one newer chipsets. It dosen't work on my Compaq with a BX chipset. Get some weird error about MP: specification not found.

      However, on the newer machines, it zips along. Don't expect HT chips to show up as two cpus though.

      From the hackathon, they were saying that a quad opteron was compiling the Open kernel in under a minute.
    • Re:SMP (Score:2, Informative)

      by Nonesuch (90847)
      SMP is functional and stable on a Dell 1750 server.

      Although it's just one of many [openbsd.org] changes, it receives an inordinate amount of attention.

      I'm tempted to make my next machine a dual-processor AMD64 system just to play with all of the new features in 3.6

      • Inordinate? SMP is the single feature that I've heard people wishing for most in obsd. Given that there is an upper limit on the speed of a uniprocessor system, I'd say it's an absolute necessity. If you want a single machine to handle high-speed routing and VPN connections without using VPN accelerator cards, you will need SMP.
  • Great news! (Score:3, Informative)

    by ivoras (455934) <ivoras@fer.REDHAThr minus distro> on Thursday September 30, 2004 @09:09AM (#10393309) Homepage
    From the "What's new" list:

    • SMP support on OpenBSD/i386 and OpenBSD/amd64 platforms.
    • tcpdrop(8), a command to drop TCP connections.
    • A generic IEEE 802.11 framework has been added.
    • Improved support for USB 2.0 (ehci(4)) controllers.
    • ... and more.
    See http://www.openbsd.org/36.html [openbsd.org]
  • In response to the overwhelming popularity of release theme songs, Microsoft recently announced the Longhorn release theme song [fallenjedi.com].

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