Linus Issues Independence Day 2.6.31-rc2 Kernel
Phoronix: Linus Issues Independence Day 2.6.31-rc2 Kernel
For those of you not out celebrating the Independence Day / 4th of July in America, there is a new release candidate for the Linux 2.6.31 kernel that is now ready for testing. In this second release candidate there is a new DRM pull bringing various fixes and improvements, including Intel DisplayPort support for hardware with such new connectors. Beyond updates to the kernel side of the Linux graphics stack, Linux 2.6.31-rc2 brings performance counters to new architectures, large architecture updates for MIPS and PowerPC, a large intel-iommu merge, and various other changes...
Only in the United States of America because we in South America don't celebrate that.
Originally Posted by phoronix
Some people think that in America only USA exists...
I would like to know why so many developers in Linux work, but in other important areas such as Xorg, there are less devs.
In English, people usually say/write "the Americas" when a short term is needed to talk about North and South America together, while "America" is almost always referring to the USA. If there is some kind of ambiguity or arrogance in this, it's inherent in the name of the country. As much as I like to join in the fun of critiquing Michael's English, I have to say that this has been standard usage for a long time and is not likely to change anytime soon.
Originally Posted by KDesk
Exactly. America is a country. "The Americas" are continents with many countries. There's a pretty clear difference, there, i think.
Originally Posted by Ex-Cyber
america might also refer to the "new world".
Does it get annoying to anyone else non-american to see most tech sites mention this (4. of july, some kind of big day back there)? Sites with global audience should ignore things like this IMO.
Sorry, but "American" has been the term used to describe residents of the USA for at least a hundred years and probably more. Living as close to the US as I do (you can see it from Toronto on a clear day) I think I would have heard if there was another term being used
There is some unfortunate ambiguity in naming - the word America was also used to refer to the entire North + South American land mass.
I think the problem here is more the lack of a global standards committee for naming things than arrogance or ill intent
Last edited by bridgman; 07-05-2009 at 06:55 AM.
I have to partially disagree with you. Right, people have been using "America" for the USA - even here in Germany - they still do. But then it's simply plain wrong. The country's name is United states OF america. America is the continent. That says every worldmap.
Originally Posted by bridgman
I really think this is discriminatory towards all other countries in America, since it makes them look "less important". Which is of course not the case.
This is ridiculous. You can try to redefine the term if you want, but don't complain when others use it the way it's been used for the last hundred years. As far as making other countries look less important, if you think this matters then those countries are either super insecure, or they really are that unimportant. Complaining about what people call another country isn't doing them any favors.
Originally Posted by mcgreg
And lots of countries have their names shortened like this - Britain, Iran, North Korea, China, etc. all have much longer names that no one uses.
Last edited by smitty3268; 07-05-2009 at 02:40 PM.