4 Apr 2000 rwatson   » (Master)

Well, continued hecticness seems to be the way of things...

Continued work on Capabilities for FreeBSD, fixing an elusive bug that resulted in a panic when init tried to shut the system down. Init now picks up the extra capabilities it requires at boot time (capability to signal processes owned by other uid's, and capability to invoke reboot()). Having this code in a more workable condition puts be in a good position to push a large pile of trusted OS extensions to FreeBSD out the door, in a continuingly RSN kind of way. Received email from others involved in trusted FreeBSD extensions including a new version of the Mandatory Access Control (MAC) support.

Sadly, the Microsoft trial has resulted in the dropping of the one charge I felt really convincing: that computer vendors were leveraged into only providing Windows as the operating system of choice. Most of the other charges, while no doubt important, are relatively subjective, and may involve tangling of legal definitions and software authorship in ways that may not make sense. Query: if Microsoft is broken up, which bits get which intellectual property? Microsoft Research has been extremely busy, these last couple of years...

Picked up some great bread from the local Bread and Circus store, which is part of the Whole Foods Market chain (may be known in some areas as Fresh Fields, etc), and had a good sandwich for lunch.

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