Get Ready For Transparent Network Transparency

Fake News written by Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen on Sunday, June 6, 2004

from the opaque-windows dept.

A new project called LiNukes has been announced that aspires to become the "the next generation of X." This alternative X implementation introduces a brand new concept conceived by the LiNukes team called Transparent Network Transparency (TNT). Much like Lindows/Linspire/Linwhatever, LiNukes is designed with Windows users as the target audience.

In the following exclusive interview, the founder of LiNukes, Mr. H. Alfwit, talks about the new project.

Q: So how does TNT work?

A: In all its simplicity, TNT takes a standard X implementation and wraps it up in obscure code to eliminate any signs of network transparancy. The network transparency is transparent! Using our patented TNT-API, it will be very hard to implement any graphical program that can be run on a remote server and show up on your own screen. This way we hope to attract a lot of Windows developers, since they don't have to familiarize themselves with the concept of network transparancy.

Q: Windows does have a bit of network transparancy... You are able to enter an URL in the filemanager. Do you have any features like that?

A: It's not that network transparancy is impossible with TNT. It's just harder to implement in your application. Speaking of IE or the Windows filemanager, we have also adopted another design concept of Windows. With careful surgery-like coding, we have tied the whole desktop, filemanager, browser, e-mail client, you name it, directly into the Linux kernel. This way if anything crashes, everything crashes. This ensures that you will always know if your LiNukes operating system is fully functional. Any bug will effect the entire system, and thus will be to easier find.

Q: Doesn't the close tie between kernel and desktop lead to security issues?

A: Not really. Any security issues related to this are outweighed by the fact that intruders can't use a GUI to crack the system from the inside. Nobody uses a terminal these days.

Q: What has been the hardest part to implement?

A: Funny enough the whole TNT concept and kernel hacking hasn't been the hardest part. We have worked very hard to strip all debugging information from the kernel as well as applications down to 'Fatal Error.' We still have a few bugs where real debugging information might inadvertantly show up, possibly confusing the user. This will, of course, be fixed in our final release.

Q: Shouldn't you be focusing on the real bugs instead of these error-message-bugs?

A: I have no comment on that.

At the moment, LiNukes is having a financial crisis because a major sponsor recently backed out after it was revealed that the project might infringe on a patent involving the "oversimplification of failure messages." If LiNukes ever makes an official release we will of course review it here at Humorix.

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