Developer Linux News for Mar 27, 2000
LinuxPR: Corel to license FLOW!� and TurboProject� source code from IMS (Mar 27, 2000, 23:37)
"'This agreement... fulfills our promise to provide world-class
applications for Linux."
ZDNet: Hackers settle Cyber Patrol suit (Mar 27, 2000, 23:31)
"ACLU attorney 'surprised' as programmers surrender rights to
their hack of Cyber Patrol filter and agree to permanent
CNET News.com: Slashdot teams with Quios for wireless distribution (Mar 27, 2000, 23:23)
"The agreement between Quios and Andover.Net is a step in the
gradual increase of information available over wireless networks,
augmenting services such as stock quotes and sports scores."
ZDNet: The New Open Source Frontier (Mar 27, 2000, 21:43)
"There are several other open source relational database systems
available, and some observers are starting to ask if one of these
will emerge as a partner to Linux, working alongside the open
source code operating system on Web servers and database servers.
Others, however, wonder if the open source databases are up to the
PRNewswire: Timpanogas Research Group Announces Release of 2.2 NetWare File System on Linux (Mar 27, 2000, 21:35)
"Timpanogas Research Group, Inc... is pleased to announce
immediate availability of the NWFS 2.2 NetWare File System Open
Source Code for Linux. This release supports Linux Kernels 2.0,
2.2, and 2.4."
Network World: Will Linux be a hit or miss on the corporate desktop? (Mar 27, 2000, 21:19)
"According to the survey of 1,640 enterprise network managers,
open source operating systems are used on 10% of desktops, with the
number jumping to a surprising 23% of enterprise desktops by
technofile: Corel Linux is easy to install and has many improvements (Mar 27, 2000, 19:38)
"Don't get the idea Corel Linux is just for "newbies."
Experienced Linux users probably will appreciate the Corel file
manager, which seems to be an improved version of the "Explorer"
file-and-folder manager in Windows."
The Haus: Interview with Thomas Frieden [on Linux Shogo Port] (Mar 27, 2000, 19:12)
"All of us at Hyperion are die-hard Amiga fans. But we also look
at other markets, and next to Amiga, we consider Linux as some sort
of distant cousin, a strong community much like the Amiga, so we
also decided to work on that."
LA Times: Microsoft Compromise (Mar 27, 2000, 19:03)
"The most pragmatic way to do that would be to require Microsoft
to license its software, making its now-secret 'source codes'
available to programmers, who could then customize and improve on
it. Access to Windows for innovators outside Microsoft's orbit
would allow improvement, competition and lower software
VNU Net: Python 3000 not backwards compatible, warns creator (Mar 27, 2000, 18:42)
"Python 3000 is a monumental effort - all the code will be
rewritten and the documentation revised."
A proposed solution to the crucial Amazon patent issue (Mar 27, 2000, 18:26)
"It should be clear why patent law was invented. It was to
protect the investment of those entities that did the research and
development to provide a product to the consumer. It was to assure
that if they invested that labor they would not have their reward
Freshmeat: Developing with Open Source (Mar 27, 2000, 17:55)
"The Open Source phenomenon threatens to overtake us all. IBM is
supporting it strongly, Sun is doing it, and even the bane of
existence -- Microsoft -- has an interest in it. But where does
that leave developers and potential developers that have found
themselves called to this clandestine world?"
BW: Sigma Designs and Inprimis Partnership to Accelerate Availability of Internet-Based Appliances (Mar 27, 2000, 17:44)
"Inprimis' software development services will initially be
focused around interactive TV software from Liberate Technologies
and Infomatics' Linux JNT."
SRO: Where's The $$$ In Open Source? (Mar 27, 2000, 17:34)
"For instance, companies working with open-source Java risk
running headlong into Sun Microsystems. The practice also raises
questions of how open-source developers should be compensated."
VNU Net: Sun under fire over Linux commitment (Mar 27, 2000, 17:26)
"Sun has gradually lost interest in Linux since last November.
He said that the company believes that Linux is designed for the
Intel-based platform and that "Linux contributes to the downfall of
Solaris [Sun's proprietary operating system] on Intel."
WideOpenNews: What Are Linux Developers Thinking?! (Mar 27, 2000, 17:17)
"...most are using Linux on the back end and creating back-end
applications, as opposed to client-side apps like wordprocessors or
spreadsheets; many get frustrated with the dearth of device
drivers; many are dissatisfied with current debugging and testing
tools; and they overwhelmingly trust Linux's reliability."
IDG.net: Linux users to protest Copyright Act (Mar 27, 2000, 16:57)
"In effect, it (the act) lets copyright holders write their own
arbitrary copyright laws."
ZDNet UK: Speaking Linux released (Mar 27, 2000, 16:50)
"The distribution is able to talk to its user using
text-to-speech application called Speakup developed specifically to
work on Linux."
The Register: Hackers use PlayStation 2 to dump DVDs to tape (Mar 27, 2000, 16:47)
"PlayStation hackers have discovered a second way to use the
console to bypass the DVD industry's strict regime."
Tcl-URL! for March 27, 2000 (Mar 27, 2000, 16:23)
Tcl is a simple textual language, intended primarily for issuing
commands to interactive programs such as text editors, debuggers,
illustrators, and shells.
Kernel Traffic #60 Is Out (Mar 27, 2000, 16:16)
Mailing list threads from the Linux Kernel Development Team.
The Register: Apple open source OS to ship on Intel (Mar 27, 2000, 15:33)
"You have to ask, though, why an Intel vendor would want MacOS
X, rather than Linux. Linux has some clear attractions, but it
lacks - for now at least... a solid user-friendly desktop
LinuxPower: Interview with Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka, Joint CEO's of BioWare Corp. (Mar 27, 2000, 15:19)
"BioWare was kind enough to talk to us about their efforts with
porting their games to Linux."
IT-Director: Lawson latest to abandon the fat client (Mar 27, 2000, 15:05)
"...to discontinue selling its "fat client" client/server
applications in favour of its "thin client" browser-based
VNU Net: Microsoft antitrust verdict due tomorrow (Mar 27, 2000, 14:55)
"Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson has already ruled that the
software giant has a monopoly in the PC operating system market and
analysts expect him to judge that the company illegally abused that
LinuxPR: Iopener can be used as a Diskless Thin Client (Mar 27, 2000, 14:18)
"Yes, the Iopener* from NetPliance can be used as a Thin Client
computer in a Linux/Unix environment."
SJ Mercury: Cobalt Networks is emblematic of valley evolution (Mar 27, 2000, 04:48)
"... the company and its products tell you a lot about the
technology industry. They're emblematic of several transitions --
from desktop computing to network computing, proprietary software
to open source, complex boxes to easy-to-use appliances, local
focus to global ambition."
dotcomma: Perl to PHP Migration (Mar 27, 2000, 03:49)
"Perl... has many downfalls that prevent it from being the
perfect language for web development. That perfect language is