This evening, our current hoster did a great job by fixing the Coccinella website in about 30 minutes. It came out there were a few MySQL errors caused by Drupal's cache...only 200GB of errors! :-D Luckily, Florian is a nice hoster; our previous cheap hosting service provider would surely had suspended our account.
Mats Bengtsson, the founder of Coccinella, passed away on November 29, 2008. He was born in 1959 and had a very successful career in academics and specifically in his field of interest, theoretical physics. Early in school he distinguished himself particularly in mathematics and he even produced his own math books in primary school when his teachers were not able to help him further on. He graduated at Lund university as an engineer, continued as a research student in theoretical physics and presented his doctoral thesis, ”Parton showers in a phenomenological context”, at the age of 28 years. He spent a post-doc period in Germany (Aachen), but previously he had also been at the Cern laboratory.
O'Reilly interviewed Greg Kroah-Hartman (log), the Linux kernel developer who founded the Linux Driver Project. The interview explains how the Linux Driver Project can support the weirdest Japanese USB devices, how Linux is being developed, why binary only kernel drivers are illegal, how a time-based release schedule benefits Linux, and how Greg thinks about synchronized releases. Although all these topics are interesting to read, I will restrict this blog post to the latter 2 of them.
The Coccinella project is pleased to announce today the immediate availability of Coccinella 0.96.10, a free and open-sourcecross-platform communication tool with a built-in whiteboard for improved collaboration with other people. This second synchronized release introduces major visual improvements including the Oxygen icon theme and the new control panel with slots in the main window.