Developer Linux News for Mar 29, 2000
Open Source IT: Out of this World; Linux-Based Astronomy Software Has Truly Universal Impact (Mar 29, 2000, 23:13)
"For many loyal users, Linux' low cost and high reliability make
it an operating system that is truly out of this world. At the
astronomy department of the University of Iowa, in Iowa City,
however, scientists are using Linux to get a look at other
Red Herring: Big Fish: Time for Gates to leave (Mar 29, 2000, 23:03)
"Instead of choosing valiantly to fight, Mr. Gates should just
call it quits. Though his company won't be struggling anytime soon,
thanks to its still-impressive control of the desktop software
arena, neither is it cutting-edge enough to warrant Mr. Gates's
PRNewswire: Investment Group Acquires Pick Systems (Mar 29, 2000, 21:29)
"New Management Team Offers Solid Financial Backing And Renewed
Strategic Vision for Growth."
SJ Mercury/Reuters: U.S. Patent Office to overhaul Internet area (Mar 29, 2000, 21:27)
"Patent Commissioner Todd Dickinson said second reviews of
applications would become standard and he outlined efforts to make
better searches of previous inventions and industry practices."
BW: TransNexus to Offer OSP Toolkit Free To IP Telephony Network Device Vendors (Mar 29, 2000, 21:17)
"The OSP Toolkit is available as a free download from the
TransNexus web site for any vendor of IP telephony network
LinuxPR: WorldStation Virtual Control Software Released For Linux (Mar 29, 2000, 19:39)
"...an advanced control program that allows customers to remote
control the popular Ten-Tec RX-320 HF radio over a TCP/IP
The law of fotocopy (Mar 29, 2000, 19:21)
LinuxPR: e-smith, inc. Signs Exclusive Technology Agreement In Japan (Mar 29, 2000, 18:43)
"Ivynetwork to co-develop and market Japanese version of the
e-smith server and gateway"
NetworkWorld: Linux and Java: A natural fit (Mar 29, 2000, 18:35)
"The open source nature of Linux and Java makes the two
technologies a good fit for each other. De Groot says that Sun's
efforts to become more open source-oriented were helpful in
Blackdown's effort to port Java to Linux."
Kernel Cousin wine #36 by Eric Pouech Is Out (Mar 29, 2000, 17:56)
Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix.
Linux Kernel 2.2.15pre16 Released (Mar 29, 2000, 17:51)
CNN: Gnutella finds friends among MP3 enthusiasts (Mar 29, 2000, 17:41)
"Gnutella, similar to its spiritual ancestor Napster, is a
program that resides on a user's machine and catalogs MP3 music
files. The files can be freely traded among Gnutella users."
Linux.com: DeCSS, Napster, and the Demise of Consumer DAT (Mar 29, 2000, 17:35)
"A hammer can be used to commit crimes such as murder but they
also have many legitimate uses. Restricting the manufacturing and
distribution of hammers would be ludicrous."
SF Gate: Software Licentiousness; UCITA gives new meaning to 'All Rights Reserved' (Mar 29, 2000, 17:19)
"There's a quiet war now being fought, the outcome of which
might potentially affect every computer user in the United
Upside: Learning from Napster (Mar 29, 2000, 17:05)
"...the companies are in part to blame for their problems by
also choosing to ignore music consumers."
TechWeb: Corel Surge Leaves Analysts Puzzled (Mar 29, 2000, 16:24)
"Bargain hunters looking for cheap software companies connected
to the hot Linux operating system could be finding Corel's low
Reuters: Compaq opens e-commerce centre in Shanghai (Mar 29, 2000, 16:01)
"Compaq and China's RedFlag Software Co Ltd launched a
certification and support programme for software vendors using the
Chinese version of the Linux operating system..."
The Register: Confident Novell struts in DENIM (Mar 29, 2000, 15:59)
"The company hasn't just turned itself around: it seems to have
become taller, with its share price zooming up since December...
There's no sign of Windows 2000 having hurt Novell's share price
yet, despite Microsoft's long-term antagonism."
VNU Net: Linux penguin speaks out for the blind (Mar 29, 2000, 15:17)
"The talking distribution, called Zipspeak, is developed from
version 7.0 of Zipslack, which is a simplified version of Slackware
allNetDevices: IBM Stops Production of Windows CE Device (Mar 29, 2000, 14:46)
"IBM has stopped producing its Windows CE-based handheld but
will continue selling devices built on the Palm OS, the company has
ZDNet: Evan Leibovitch -- Finding itches to scratch (Mar 29, 2000, 05:37)
"...the point needs repeating as open source spreads its message
(or hype, or evangelism) beyond the OS and into other realms. The
further away you get from generic OS functions and into industry-
or task-specific work, the harder it will be to sustain -- let
alone complete -- a good bazaar project."
Open Source IT: Software Development, Apache-style (Mar 29, 2000, 05:16)
"This arrangement has been called a 'meritocracy;' the more you
do, the more you're allowed to do. Access to each successive level
of participation is controlled by the opinions of your peers. The
more you submit, and the more your submissions are considered to be
of value, the more 'merit' you acquire."
SiteReview.org: The Strength and Weakness of the Microsoft Monopoly (Mar 29, 2000, 04:10)
"...one aspect of Microsoft's monopoly is more fundamental...
the investment in skill, experience, training, tools, and
certification of Windows software developers themselves."
BW: TheLinuxStore.com to join Corel's Linux Roadshow 2000 (Mar 29, 2000, 02:25)
"EBIZ to officially unveil 'duOS' (Dual-Boot Desktop) and PIA
(Personal Internet Appliance) Systems Pre-Installed with Corel's
WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux and Windows."
PRNewswire: VMware Signs OEM Agreement With Microsoft (Mar 29, 2000, 02:09)
"VMware to Offer Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
Pre-Installed In a Virtual Machine."
BW: Merlin Software Announces Option Source Program (Mar 29, 2000, 01:36)
"Speeds Up Development of Open Source Linux Software by