Developer Linux News for Sep 21, 2000
IBM DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition, Version 7.1 for Linux download (Sep 21, 2000, 22:15)
"This evaluation copy of DB2 Universal Database Version 7.1 is a
fully Web-enabled relational database management system. It is
scalable from single processors to symmetric multiprocessors to
massively parallel clusters."
PRNewswire: CYRANO Confirms Release Date of OpenSTA (Sep 21, 2000, 21:09)
"Using OpenSTA a user can generate realistic heavy loads
simulating the activity of hundreds to thousands of virtual users,
whatever the development languages used. This capability is fully
realized through OpenSTA's distributed testing architecture."
AllAfrica.com: GNOME Foundation To Benefit South Africa (Sep 21, 2000, 20:53)
"The development of a modern user environment, based on open
industry standards which will run on virtually all UNIX operating
systems as well as hardware platforms, will work well within the
South African IT industry."
PR: Sun Announces Plans to Establish Accessibility Lab and Works with GNOME Foundation to Establish Fund (Sep 21, 2000, 19:35)
"Sun Microsystems today announced it will establish an
Accessibility Technologies Lab to work on technology development
for people with disabilities. The lab will work to develop an
assistive technologies framework for utilities, device drivers, and
voice interaction capabilities for the upcoming GNOME 2.0--a free,
open-source, and easy-to-use user environment. In addition, Sun
also announced it will be working with the GNOME Foundation, an
organization of open community developers and leading
high-technology companies, to establish the GNOME Foundation
accessibility development fund that will be used to provide grants
for projects that provide research and that develop assistive
technology for the GNOME user environment. This fund will be
managed by the GNOME Foundation."
KDE Dot News: Corel ports Mozilla to Qt (Sep 21, 2000, 19:13)
"Buried under hundreds of emails on the Konqueror mailing list,
was this little gem from Ming Poon of Corel. Apparently, Corel has
been working for months on a Qt port of Mozilla. The results are
reportedly impressive with QtMozilla turning out to be more stable
than the official Linux GTK version. Corel plans to port QtMozilla
to KParts so it won't be long before you can embed even that in
Community: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? (or, Does Intention Matter?)
(Sep 21, 2000, 15:40)
The licensing issues are resolved and the "desktop wars" are
back to their usual slow simmer. Claude Rubinson, however, argues
that there's more to Free Software than following the letter of the
license, and here he takes up the question of the intimate linking
of a business entity (Helix Code) with a Free Software project
(GNOME) and asks about the importance of commercial intent.
LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Xi Graphics Is Here to Save You from Free Software (Sep 21, 2000, 15:27)
"For the purposes of feuding over desktops, CDE is, to Linux
users, a non-issue. KDE and GNOME are the acknowledged primary
competitors in the Linux world, and the recent opening of Motif and
CDE have done nothing to shake that. For purposes of feuding over
standards, CDE is more often used as the poster child for the
standards process running amok. If ever an interface managed to
bring to computing the same design standards that went into, say,
the platypus, CDE is it. The fact that some of the same heavies
that tried to inflict it on us once upon a time are now behind
GNOME speaks volumes about where they stand on it today. Chalk that
one up to a victory for Free Software or, if you aren't as sanguine
as I am about the future of Linux on the desktop, the utter and
abject failure of industry pointing a loaded standard at our
NYTimes: It's a Word World, Isn't It? (Sep 21, 2000, 12:32)
"Today many people are surprised to learn that WordPerfect still
exists, so complete is Microsoft Word's dominance. But WordPerfect,
the oldest word processing program still in wide production for
PCs, is thrumming along."
LinuxPR: KDE Dot News goes live!
(Sep 21, 2000, 09:07)
"The KDE Desktop Environment project is pleased to announce the
launch of KDE Dot News, a news and discussion site dedicated to KDE
and supported by the KDE community."
LinuxPR: Easy Software Products Releases ESP Print Pro v4.1.3
(Sep 21, 2000, 09:05)
"ESP Print Pro v4.1.3 adds new drivers for EPSON, Xerox and GCC
LinuxMedNews: Innovation, Open Source and Lessig (Sep 21, 2000, 07:38)
"For Lessig, the importance of open source is not in it's
increased efficiency, it's increased robustness, but rather in it's
use of commons to foster innovation. This should really be obvious
to anyone engaged in producing software."
LinuxWorld: Opening minds at OpenSales - Recent open source POS module could make waves (Sep 21, 2000, 00:49)
"Currently, the company's primary software offerings are
OpenSales AllCommerce and OpenSales Retailer. Both are written in
Perl, covered by the GPL, and available for download from
OpenSales' developer site."