Archive | August 5, 2005

FCC to approve phone company monopolization of DSL

Ars Technica notes FCC likely to deregulate DSL. “The FCC appears set to change its classification of DSL as a telecommunications service. If that happens, expect to see a lot less choice when it comes to DSL service.” By (Eric Bangeman).

That’s a real disappointment. Failing to let providers compete in the marketplace drives up costs for businesses and providers alike, serving as a drag on America’s competitiveness.

What’s in your kernel?

OSNews points in turn to a DevX article, Study: Linux Code Grows as Defects Decline. “Between December 2004 and July 2005, the “defect density” in the Linux kernel has fallen from 0.17 to 0.16 and all serious defects have been corrected, a new report out from code analysis firm Coverity asserts. Defect density declined by 2.2 percent.”

How many defects are in the OS kernel you’re using? Has the defect density gone up or down over time? Cars have satisfaction surveys. Consumer Reports lists pluses and minuses. Why don’t we have a similar test for operating systems.

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