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Linux Today Quick Takes

Aug 30, 2000, 05:28 (4 Talkback[s])

Quick takes aplenty this time around. In Malaysia, Linux users have gone wireless; in the Netherlands, business gets serious about Linux; in your mailbox, Microsoft cries out for help; and on their own pages, even as they cuddle up with GNOMEs, Sun spreads a little... sunshine... about "public domain software." And that's not all.


  • Curt Wuollet wants to know "How many got Micro-spammed?":

    Just as I thought we were in a lull in the DOJ vs Microsoft affair, I have noticed a perceptable increase in the covert and overt FUD campaigns. The last salvo left me curious. I received spam directly from Microsoft on behalf of the "Freedom to Innovate Network" bemoaning their current persecution both from the US government and the EU and explaining that Sun is trying to steal their trade secrets and they are courageously resisting yada, yada, yada.

    Since the mailing came from microsoft.com, I am assuming that FIN is one of the propaganda organs of MS and the mailing is genuine.

    I was wondering what demographic selection could possibly have me as sympathetic to their cause. Are they selectively targeting Linux folks? Is it simply blanket bombing? It was certainly unsolicited email and offered no reply mechanism.... (probably a good idea if you are MS spamming Linux people) I was disappointed in that all I could do was remove myself from their mailing list. Is this a new tactic? Have the mighty sunk so low? Ask around, let's figure it out.


  • Jerome Makrel writes:

    There's a somewhat older article at Geekcomix News Network. It's the humorous opinion/take on a non-technical user's experience with computers (Apple in specific) and their recent "conversion" to Linux use (and how they feel they can never really go back). It's funny, and accurate, and indicates that Linux can be used quite successfully by a non-technical user. The article's called iMac Mine.


  • Duncan Mac-Vicar Prett wrote in to let us know about the KOF91 engine, which can form the foundation for 'Street Fighter'-like games. KOF91 allows players to download characters from the net, add backgrounds, and customize the game. He's ported it to Linux, GPL'd the source, and he's looking for other developers to help him out. His site is located at http://www2.netexplora.com/koflinux, and there's a partial mirror, too.
  • George Mitchell contributed an item about a company's attempt to introduce digital watermarks to MP3's, making, among other things, tracking copyright violators easier.
  • Paul Eggert caught an interesting bit of marketing agitprop on behalf of PC NetLink from the folks at Sun:

    Q. Why should I use Solaris PC NetLink software instead of SAMBA, which is in the public domain?"

    A. SAMBA is reverse-engineered, unsupported, and does not have all the functionality of Solaris PC NetLink software. Solaris PC NetLink software implements core Windows NT services using Microsoft code ported to the Solaris environment, which should provide for a greater reliability and compatibility than software that is reverse-engineered. In addition, Solaris PC NetLink software provides the full complement of command line net commands to manage and view Windows NT domains, so an administrator could administer both Windows NT and Solaris systems from one system.

    The whole press release


  • Michael Meding provided us with a link to beta drivers for Matrox dual-head support under XFree86 4.0.1
  • Danny Yee wrote

    I believe the spread of the FSF meaning of "free software" at the expense of the older "freeware" one is a linguistic indicator of the success of the free software movement. Here I look at what the major search engines return on a search for "free software".


  • Abd Rahman Johari writes that My-Linux (a Malaysian Linux User Group) is now running on a "highly dynamic interactive site dedicated to serve and promote Linux specifically in Malaysia market. Running on RedHat Linux, Apache Webserver, PHP4 and MySQL this proves itself to be the best suite to provide access via Internet and Mobile Internet world (from WAP to 3Gs.)

    Since WAP is very hot now, our beloved My-Linux site can be accessed using WAP Devices. The WAP url is http://wap.my-linux.org/ Mobile people can get update on Latest News, Event Calendar, Job Offers, Send Feedback and much-much more."


  • Finally, dooby brought us this word from the business front in the Netherlands.

    B&B and a few other company's such as Computer Associates, Worldcom, KPMG and IT-solutions, are joining forces to services the dutch market in Linux Services.

    Antoine Adams, founder and initiator of B&B Groep BV has gathered all involved company's and toghther they have started to services the dutch market and with succes. More and more company's are visiting the website of B&B and are talking with this joint force to solve smaal and large IT-problems.

    "Finally, the large company's are realising that their geeky UNIX administrator also can get ill. I have to admit that RedHat's latest release, 6.2, SUN's Staroffice and especially Unicenter TNG for Linux by CA are helping us in getting taken serious by company's as Sony, Philips and the dutch government. The thing I do now is give a lot of presentations on the advantages of Linux-in-business and slowly serious deals are being made.. I'm happy".. Antoine Adams CEO B&B

    The last year the use of Linux in business organisations have increased. Everyone knows. But in Holland this has grown so rappidly that organisations suchs as B&B are working overtime to do all migrations, building fall-back systems and take care of Internet Security.

    The last few months B&B alone installed more that over 1200 Linux servers in around 250 different company's. (workstations not included).

    B&B